Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018! – With a quick look at my goals and some extra

We are already on the sixth day of July. We have already completed six months in 2018. The year is cut right in half and of course that means it is time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. I feel like this is just one of those tags you do every year whether or not you get tagged. Its like tradition. But I also totally got tagged by Norrie from Reading under the Blankie. Check our her answers here!

This is just such a nice way to reflect on the first half of the year really. As that is what we are doing here I decided that it would also be a good idea to take a very brief glance at my year goals before heading into the questions.

Quick Mid-Year Look at Goals

From 2018 (Reading) Goals

Ontwerp zonder titel(2)My reading challenge goal was 60 books for this year. I crushed that and am on my way to double that already. #oops
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)The next goal was to read 5 books by Dutch authors of my shelves. Reasonably on track here with 2 out of 5.
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Then I tried to not let my physical tbr grow. I shall hang my head in shame.
I also wanted to finish or catch-up to 10 series.
I have hit 10 series already, just not the ones I listed…
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)There were also 15 specific books I wanted to read this year. So far I am pretty on track here, maybe a tad behind.
Ontwerp zonder titel(2)I also was ready to read 5 classics. Crushed it.
Ontwerp zonder titel(2)For beat the backlist I was going to read 40 backlist books. Crushed it and upped to 80. Crushed that as well.

From TTT #125 – Low Pressure Goals for 2018

Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Hit a 1000 followers on WP for my blog.  But I am getting there!
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Hit a 1000 followers on my bookstagram. So close! Like 7 away from it.
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Hit a 100 150 followers on bloglovin’. Since I’ve gone over to Feedly I rarely look at bloglovin’ and as such this goal really isn’t that important anymore. It really wasn’t to begin with. Even so I hit a 100 really quickly in January and upped it to 150. Seeing as I am not active on bloglovin’ I’m still at 132.
Ontwerp zonder titel(2)Post reviews on a retail site for review copies at least. I am doing pretty decent with this one. I add in reviews elsewhere when I give my feedback on Netgalley.
Ontwerp zonder titel(2)I don’t have to review all the books I read. I review what I want.
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Reread more books if I feel like it.
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Read all the books gifted at Christmas 2017. Only two so far.
Ontwerp zonder titel(3)Read pre-orders within 2 months. Missed a few. #oops

Mid-Year Goodreads

Recently Goodreads shared in two blog posts the highest rated books on the first half year and the most read books of the first half year. I thought it would be interesting to see if I read any of the books and if I felt similar. I didn’t really want to make a whole post about it so I decided to add it in here.

Of the highest rated books I have only read one and that is Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. I rated it 4,5 stars so I would say I do agree. I would however like to point out that while I enjoyed it I do agree with some of the critical reviews that have been surfacing regarding a scene where someone came out.

Other than that I have Children of Blood and Bone and The Cruel Prince on my tbr to read.  I am not surprised to see Circe or Iron Gold on the list. One that did surprise me was Senlin Ascends. I saw it first when browsing netgalley (or one of the sequels) but have never heard anyone talk about it.

With the most read books, again I have only read Leah on the Offbeat. Not a surprise to see it on there. I was surprised to see some more ya on this list. Besides Children of Blood and Bone, and The Cruel Prince I saw Thunderhead, The Hazelwood and Everless. I know The Hazelwood was a much talked about book but I didn’t get that impression with Everless.

The Freak Out


Not including rereads: The Fifth Season / Lake Silence / The Mad Ship / To Kill a Kingdom / The Empty Grave / Leah on the OffBeat / Bones and Bourbon / Spinning Silver


The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud. It is the conclusion to Lockwood & Co.


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black.


mid year freak out 2018.png Spinning Silver / Record of a Spaceborn Few / City of Ghosts / The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy / 9 From the Nine Worlds / Bright Ruin

Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda. I still liked the book but I had higher expectations. Also The Oddling Prince by Nancy Springer and The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green.

Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves. Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray.


Dorian Graves / Alexandra Christo / N.K. Jemisin


Surprisingly I have grown quite fond of Malta, something that I wasn’t expecting at the start of the Liveship Traders trilogy but if you want to see how to do character development, read Robin Hobb people. Wintrow from the same trilogy and family is also such a precious cinnamon roll.


None. Never.


Witchmark by C.L. Polk

The fact that I could read and review Spinning Silver was just beautiful. Physical wise I would say the two editions of Alice in Wonderland (that I finally read) were gorgeous. But also the hardcover of The Amulet of Samarkand I got from La La in the Library <3, Tess of the Road and Murder on the Orient Express.


Look you ask this question every year and expect my answer to be different from ALL the books every time…

The Way of Kings / The Name of the Wind / Strange the Dreamer / The City of Brass / The Last Magician / Neverwhere…to name a few.

34 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018! – With a quick look at my goals and some extra

  1. Oh, another book-non-cryer! Hello 😀

    60 books so far! Nice – well done for crushing that goal!

    I still need to read the Cruel Prince as well. But it’s a series and i have started and not finished so many. Just kinda wanna catch up with those a bit first i think.

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      1. Whaaaa??? OMG, awesome!
        And here i am, stuck on the book i started over the weekend, and it’s not even that long… like, 440 pages or something.


  2. Ooh Lake Silence and The Cruel Prince are two I also want to get to. I haven’t read Defy the Stars but I was impressed with the Claudia Gray books I’ve read.

    Robin Hobb is such a master of characterization… I love how she writes.

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    1. I thought Defy the Stars was better than A Thousand Pieces of You. 🙂

      That she is. It is a bit of a commitment but once you have committed you cannot go back haha.


  3. Your goals are awesome (and you are crushing it!). I also really want to reread The Way of Kings and The Name of the Wind before the year gets out, but who knows if I’ll actually achieve that or not…

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  4. Haha, I remember my feelings about Malta! I hated her so freaking much and then somehow Hobb managed to totally turn it around. Still one of my favourite character developments of all time.

    And yes, Wintrow is precious!! Protect him 🙂

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    1. Right? It was amazing. I saw some saying how they started liking Malta at the end when I was reading the first one and I was like, no way is that happening to me and then, here we are haha.

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  5. Awesome job reading 60 books!

    The only midyear Goodreads book that I have read is The Kiss Quotient. At some point I’ll probably read the Cruel Prince and the Children of Blood and Bone, but I have so many books on hold at the library that I”m afraid to add more… because what if they all become available at the same time?

    Strange the Dreamer is a beautiful book.

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  6. Wow! This is quite beautiful. You are kicking butt. Good for you. I am hoping to at least start a Robin Hobb trilogy this summer. I hope.

    Congrats on such a milestone on Instagram. Maybe one day you can share your advice on how to be part of bookstagram and produce fun material on there while connecting with people. It was really challenging for me.

    9 from the Nine Worlds looks so good! Also: Spinning Silver has a dreamy cover. I cannot wait to check it out

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    1. Thanks. I hope you will. Let me know what you think of them Dina. 😀

      I always think I’m more on the sidelines when it comes to the bookstagram community (though I think that is also what works for me?). I think Maraia is a bigger part of bookstagram. We must demand her to show us her ways!


  7. Congrats on doing so awesome with your reading goals! Posting reviews to retail sites is something I’m also trying to work on this year. Spinning Silver is one of my most anticipated reads as well – I know it’s already been released but I’m still waiting for my preorder to arrive…

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    1. Thank you.
      For some reason that always slips through. But for now I’m at least doing it with the arcs I read. So that is progress.
      I hope you got Spinning Silver by now. It is so pretty and so good. 😀


  8. Wauw, voor het grote aantal uitdagingen dat je jezelf hebt opgelegd ben je wel heel goed bezig. Op die ene na dan waar ook ik mijn hoofd beschaamd voor moet laten hangen. 🙂 Ik kreeg onlangs Het vijfde seizoen onverwachts toegestuurd dus wie weet komt het er ooit wel eens van om dat boek te lezen. Lake Silence vond ik zelf ook prachtig. Dit weekend deel ik mijn favoriete 2018 boeken tot nu toe. Beter laat dan nooit zeker. Alleen vind ik deze tag eigenlijk nog toffer omdat hij je echt aan het denken zet. Misschien moet ik hem aan het einde van het jaar eens invullen of hem opslagen voor volgend jaar. Maar ik vrees dat ik dat vorig jaar ook al van plan was en het uiteindelijk vergeten ben.


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