Mid Year Book Freakout Tag: 2019 Edition

Look, technically speaking it’s still mid year-ish. So technically we’re still allowed to post this. And honestly if any of you are surprised that we’re posting this late, then you’re in for a wild time on our blog 😂


Our approach to everything in life

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag was created by Chami and Ely on Youtube and Ngoc was originally tagged by Chami when she had a BookTube channel many moons ago (don’t try to find it, all evidence has been destroyed.)



1. Best book you’ve read so far


Ngoc: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, which I reviewed here. Also, The Hate U Give because holy guacamole with cheese, that book was phenomenal

Nish: Robbins Basic Pathology.

math studying GIF

I’m kidding (I’m crying at the fact it’s probably the book I’ve read the most of though). The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Bought it years ago and finally picked it up and zero regrets were had.


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far 


Ngoc: QOATD by Cassandra Clare, which comes as a surprise to absolutely no one.

Nish: *pretends to be shocked that Ngoc picked a Cassandra Clare book*

Ngoc: I mean, I’m not gonna lie, there were some extremely convenient resolutions, but you know what they say – love blinds us, and honestly Cassie Clare could write a shopping list and I’d still be like “OUTSTANDING! SENSATIONAL! 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND!!”


Nish: It might not technically be a sequel, but the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur. I’ve never really been into poetry, but Rupi has me hooked.

wes anderson poetry GIF

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Nish: HOW LONG IS A PIECE OF STRING? I need to get my hands on The Red Scrolls Of Magic by Cassandra Clare asap, as well as When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk.

Ngoc: THERE ARE TOO MANY. Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim, Gumiho by Kat Cho and of course, the fan favourite – Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, just to name a few?


Me trying to make it through my TBR before I die

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year


Nish and Ngoc: (If your answer wasn’t the currently untitled final instalment of The Shaw Confessions trilogy, then we’re both extremely disappointed in you.)

5. Biggest disappointment




angry 3

Ngoc: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. This came highly recommended by a friend who has pretty similar reading tastes to me, and honestly it sounded right up my alley (gotta love me an enemies to lovers trope, amiright?) Unfortunately the book was pretty bland, the character development was negligible and the romance was pretty meh. I WANTED TO LOVE YOU SO BADLY.

6. Biggest surprise


Ngoc: Strange the Dreamer – I’d heard AMAZING things about it but honestly didn’t think it would be that good!

Nish: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. I thought it would be corny, and maybe it was a little bit, but that was counterbalanced by how ADORABLE it was!

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Ngoc: Laini Taylor and Angie Thomas

Nish: Kevin Kwan (I only read Crazy Rich Asians after seeing the movie and omigosh how was it EVEN better) and Rupi Kaur.

8. Newest fictional crush

Nish: Honestly I forgot how much I love Peter Kavinsky until the Netflix movie came out and then I reread the series and then I rewatched the movie like 13 million times. So I’m counting Peter as a new-crush due to my newfound heights of love for him.

noah 2

Nish: Also I feel like each of our posts should feature one Noah Centineo GIF minimum? Yes? Yes.

Ngoc: I-I’m shook, guys! I looked through my entire list of books this year and realised I haven’t discovered any new fictional crushes?! WHO AM I?? WHAT AM I?! QUICK EVERYONE, SEND ME RECCS FOR SOFT CINNAMON ROLLS, STAT!


9. Newest favourite character

Ngoc: Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer – a character who lives and breathes books, and BROKE HIS NOSE BECAUSE A BOOK FELL ON IT?! TELL ME MORE.

Nish: Don Tillman from The Rosie Project. The book is from his POV, and he had me bursting out random chortles of laughter.

10. Book that made you cry


Nish: I am only 1/10th of the way through, but my current read is The Tattoo Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Tissues are already a necessity.

Ngoc: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – yet another book that has been sitting on my TBR for a hot minute even though almost all my friends have recommended it. GUYS, THAT ENDING THOUGH-


11. Book that made you happy


Ngoc: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – I’m convinced this would give even Snape the warm fuzzies!

Nish: A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard. This book pulled me out of my reading slump with a smile.

cute aww GIF

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Dark Between Stars - Atticus Poetry

Nish: Ngoc actually bought me The Dark Between Stars by Atticus. Not only are the words beautiful, but the images too! Absolutely stunning. THANK YOU NGOC!

Ngoc: Can I say…all the new editions of Pride and Prejudice I’ve acquired this year? And yes, you read that right. EDITIONS. As in more than one. I’m thinking of doing a post about my Pride and Prejudice shrine so let me know if that’s something you’d be keen to see 😛 

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?


Ngoc: The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stievater, Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (I know, I KNOW, you can formally exile me from the Jenn Bennett fan club, I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet either,) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (THIS WILL BE THE YEAR I READ THIS BOOK, I SWEAR)…and honestly so much more

Nish: I second The Raven Cycle and Aristotle and Dante. I also need to finish Queen of Air and Darkness before someone (*coughs*) kills me, and continue the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard!

Ngoc: I honestly have no idea who this someone is that you’re referring to


14. Favourite Book Community Member

Nish: I am a brand new baby unicorn to book-blogging and couldn’t be happier to be starting this journey with one of my best friends, Ngoc. And honestly so keen to get to know some wonderful new people!

Ngoc: YOU SHALL NOT MAKE ME CHOOSE. I CAN’T. Everyone has honestly been so lovely and welcoming – from supporting me after I returned from a 2 year hiatus to write the saltiest of reviews and then when Nish and I set up this blog! YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST AND WE DON’T DESERVE YOU



And that’s a wrap! If any of you have done the Mid Year Freakout Tag, link your post so we can check them all out 😊 

Lots of Love,


12 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freakout Tag: 2019 Edition

  1. aahhh i love your friendship, nish and ngoc – you guys are so adorable! and i agree with what ngoc said about the hate you give – it was so. good. and has a powerful and heartbreaking message. i also own the little book of hygge (i bought it only because the cover’s pretty hahaha), but haven’t read it yet, and i’m really looking forward to giving it a try!
    and nish, i NEED to start reading the red queen books too – so many people have told me how amazing they are, but i haven’t read a single one 😛


    1. Awwww Chloe that’s so sweet of you!! 😘 THUG was insanely good & I honestly think it should be required reading! OMG READ THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE ASAP, IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE!!

      Also I’ve had Red Queen on my shelf for YEARS & haven’t picked it up yet so that makes 2 of us! 😂

      Thanks for reading! 😘

      💛 Ngoc

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    2. Hi Chloe!!! You are too kind omigosh 😊

      Also I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE RED QUEEN BOOKS I demolished the first one (I read it on a plane and was already hooked at about page 30) and am just waiting for a hardcover ed. of the next one! You will not regret it, trust me!

      💚 Nish

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  2. Oh my Gosh, your choice of GIFs is EVERYTHING!! I love them so much and they relate so well with your text like, for real, inspiring choices xD
    I’M SO SORRY you had to read After. I haven’t read it yet but I’ve read enough about it to know I should steer clear off. That “friend” of yours better stay unfriended, THAT IS NOT OKAY. I might watch the movie since it’s on Netflix (just for kicks) but I’m not expecting to even be able to finish it. I have a thing for terrible trashy stuff though, so I might at least laugh? xD
    Awesome post, girls, so happy to see you got to fangirl a lot here and hope the rest of your reading year goes just as smoothly! ❤


    1. Awww thanks so much Sophie!! Hahaha I swear we spend more time looking up GIFs than we do actually writing our posts 😂 I can’t comment on After, fortunately *my* friends know better 😂 Let me know what you think of the movie though!

      💛 Ngoc


    2. Chloe, thank you. It was NOT OKAY.

      For the sake of your SANITY I recommend staying far far away from After. Unless the cast is someone you find attractive, so you can at least mindlessly stare at someone without having to listen to a single element of the dialogue because if they stay true to the books, you are in for a world of pain.

      💚 Nish


  3. OMG, I’m a big fan of this post !!! I LOVE IT 😍
    especially those gifs, I can’t 😂 👏🏻

    I hate “After”, I think that one time I tried to read it and I get to page 20 and I simply knew it wasn’t the book for me, SO PROBLEMATIC!
    I need to read Dreamer Strange SO MUCH!!, I have no excuses I LOVE Laini Taylor, it has to happen this year or I’ll not be able to forgive myself 😅

    I hope you both have a beautiful rest of the year and manage to find more incredible readings, I LOVE your blog! 💕

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    1. Awww thanks Sofii!!! Hahaha we try with the GIFs, we really do 😂

      Yeah look I feel like you have to go in with superrrrr low expectations but honestly I have too little time & too many decent books to read so I’m not even gonna go there 😂 YES PLEASE READ STRANGE THE DREAMER & LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU DO!!

      Thank you so much for stopping by & for your lovely comment 😘 Happy reading to you too!!

      💛 Ngoc

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  4. I’M SO HAPPY YOU READ THE HATE U GIVE. It’s one of my all time favourites so I’m glad you managed to read it! Strange The Dreamer also sounds so good so I’m excited to get to that one.
    I feel you both on the new releases conundrum – so many good books have and are being released in 2019 but I don’t know when I’ll manage to get to them all – there just isn’t enough time?!
    I’ve read book 1 of Red Queen and even though I own book 2 I haven’t got to it. I don’t really remember much of the first book to be honest and I don’t have the time to reread it so probably won’t finish. I always struggle with finishing series because of this haha.
    Great post & hope you both have a great second half of the year too!

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    1. OMG YAYYYY!!! Yes I’m so pleased I FINALLY got around to reading it hahaha 😂 Omg definitely let me know if you end up reading Strange the Dreamer 😍

      Hahaha that’s happened to me before – it’s such a hassle re reading books so you can continue with series, that’s why I prefer to binge read series or else I’ll never get it done 😂

      Thanks for reading & I hope the last half of the year will be great for you too!

      💛 Ngoc

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