My Summer TBR & Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

This time for my weekly TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) post, I decided to combine this week’s topic Books on my summer TBR with some questions from Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag.

I did this tag 2 years ago and it was so interesting to look back on it and see what books I loved/hated in 2017. So I want to have something similar this year as well. Especially because I don’t feel like I’ve read any truly wonderful books this year yet. There were a few that I really enjoyed and gave 5 stars to, but only 5 (out of 39) made it to my “2019 favorites” shelf on GoodReads.


Hmm… This is a difficult question. There were a lot of mediocre or “okay” books this year, and there were also some good books, but it’s very difficult to decide which one was the best. I think I have to choose «Circe» by Madeleine Miller. At times it was slow and overwhelming to read, but overall it’s the most beautiful, intricate and thoughtful book I’ve ever read.


I’ve been very bad about reading sequels and finishing series. But the best sequel I’ve read so far is «Limited Wish» by Mark Lawrence. If you’re looking for a new YA Sci-fi series or books about time travel, you have to read this new series by Mark Lawrence.


All of them?!?! You’ll see that the books on my summer TBR are mostly ARCs of upcoming releases. But the book that is already out and I’m dying to read is «Recursion» by Blake Crouch! I read «Dark Matter» last September and loved the mindboggling story Blake Crouch created, so I’m hoping this will be just as good.

Oh, and also «The Passengers» by John Marrs! I feel like Blake Crouch and John Marrs have a similar style/type of stories, i.e. unbelievably astonishing.


«Nine Perfect Strangers» by Liane Moriarty. It was my first book by Liane Moriarty. Everyone seemed to love «Big Little Lies», and I decided to try her newer book. Unfortunately, it wasn’t captivating or surprising, and the characters… urggh… I think I hate all of them.


It has to be «To Best the Boys» by Mary Weber! Which is interesting, because one of her books made it to my “biggest disappointment” in 2017 😀 But her new YA fantasy, that is also a standalone – «To Best the Boys» was so good! I read it in one sitting and craved more. You can find my review here!


These are the ARCs I need to read as soon as possible. June has been my ARC reading month and I feel like this trend will have to continue in July and August as well.

What are you planning to read this summer? Are you all caught up on ARCs? Let me know in the comments below!

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31 thoughts on “My Summer TBR & Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Ooooo!! Very nice! You’ll definitely get through your list 😉 I just finished an ARC, so I only have one more to go. However, I’m participating in a read-a-thon in July and possibly another read-a-long with Met to the Any’s book club shenanigans (If I can get the book from the library on time) … so my July reads have been scheduled lol! I do want to find time in August to FINALLY read With the Fire on High … I bought it and then got swamped with other books lol!

    Here’s to us both finishing our TBR’s!

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    1. I think I’ll only participate in booktube-a-thon in July (will depend on how busy that week will be, especially at work) and then newts in August. And I’d love to do a 24 hours read-a-thon at some point this year.
      Good luck with your July read-a-thon! It sounds very fun. I hope your group wins! 😀

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  2. Great lists! Glad to see that To Best The Boyz was the biggest surprise for you — I’m so excited to read it & I’m just waiting on my copy to arrive! I also want to read Recursion soon. Happy reading and hope you enjoy all of these!

    My TTT post

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  3. I have a short list, but I love reading these even when I’m not participating (I just published another author interview on my blog instead). You might want to take a look – Jane Davis is an amazing author!

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  4. I loved DARK MATTER too and can’t wait to read RECURSION. I also feel you on NINE PERFECT STRANGERS. It’s definitely not Moriarty’s best (although it’s not her worst either). BIG LITTLE LIES is one of my favorites, but she’s also got some other great ones like WHAT ALICE FORGOT, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET, etc. You should definitely give her another go.

    Happy TTT!


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    1. Thank you, Susan! I’d like to watch the Big Little Lies TV show, but not sure if i should read the book first or not… Lol I will definitely check out the other books you mentioned 🙂


  5. I’ve been meaning to get to Circe ever since it came out. You make it sound even better than it already did. I hope you get to read some more new favorites during the rest of the year 🙂

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    1. That’s interesting! Usually people say Circe was better than the Song of Achilles. I need to add it to my wish list, and hope that it reads quicker than Circe. Lol

      I read The One by John Marrs two years ago and really liked it. Have you read any John Marrs books before? I would like to read more of his works.


  6. I’m not surprised about Nine Perfect Strangers. I feel like Liane Moriarty is hit or miss with a lot of her releases. I’ve LOVED some but have been underwhelmed by others. Here’s to hoping, if you read another by her in the future, you find one of the novels that hits more of a sweet spot! That being said, I DEFINITELY need to get to Circe soon. And now I’m kind of intrigued by To Best the Boys?

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    1. I might give Big Little Lies (the book) a try. I don’t know much about it, but it reminds me of Desperate Housewives and I used to love that show. Ahaha

      «Circe» is the most beautiful and intricate book I’ve ever read. If you already own it, I’d recommend to start it asap! 🙂


  7. Hallo, Hallo Alex,

    I’ve decided to talk about #MyYASummer for TTT this week, however, like you, I decided to tuck in the Mid Year Book tag into a future TTT!! I was a bit behind in getting that together and felt that would be good timing. I wish I could say I’m current with my readings of ARCs and the stories I have to read for blog tours and/or reviews – however, coming off those 5x migraines in May, I haven’t read too much this June. Most depressing is realising I didn’t get into any audiobooks either – as I just had trouble focusing. I try not to get too down when I can’t focus on stories – either in print or audio, but other days I just seriously wanted to read but lacked the ability. This is one reason I decided to focus on YA this Summer… as sometimes I find YA a bit easier to transition into and out of which is one reason I enjoy it so much.

    The ARCs and review books will get read but mostly likely not too far ahead of the post dates – per my norm but one day hope to amend.

    I was re-reading your selections and I don’t believe I’ve heard of any of them (which is a lovely surprise) — I hope the second half of the year goes well for you.

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    1. Sad to hear about the migraines. 😦 I hope you’re feeling better. Headaches are the worst, I can never focus on a book during headaches.

      And for some reason the only time I can focus on audiobooks is when I’m driving. I don’t know what it is, but even when I’m cleaning or cooking or doing other household chores I can never listen to audiobooks, always get distracted by something. lol

      You’re right, YA books are usually easier and quicker to read, which makes them a good choice to get back into reading.

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