A List of My Favorite Books in 2018 thus far!!! (Mid Year Freak Out Tag)

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I was tagged by Kelly from Another Book in the Wall and I’m still in shock that it’s mid year???????

I’ve very prone to freaking out, it’s definitely my thing. But I’m trying to remain calm and Vulcan and take this whole “change” thing in stride.

That’s the mature thing to do.

And I want to be a good young person.

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^^my emotional maturity

But 2018 has so far been my best reading year yet and I HAVE SO MANY GOOD THINGS TO SHARRRREEEEE!!!!!!!!

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Best Book You’ve Read This Year

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The Foxhole Court/ This series is my favorite thing in the entire world. NEIL FREAKING JOSTEN. ANDREW FREAKING MINYARD. OH GOD.

We have 1) found family, 2) a demisexual MC, 3) a violent fictional sport, 4) the mafia, 5) college, 6) friendship, 7) dark angst w literally every character, and 8) the most beautiful gay love story of all time. that good stuhf.

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Best Sequel You’ve Read in 2018

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/ I’m reading through this series for the first time and Goblet of Fire was so perfect????

Kings Rising/ SUCH AN AMAZING SERIES. And the books get better as they go. Damianos and Laurent are low-key the fluffiest couple to ever fluff.

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New Release You Haven’t Read but Want To

Fourteen Summers/ I first seen this on Netgalley, but I wasn’t approved for it and now it’s my mission to read this book against all odds.

There are two boys and the book is about their relationship with each other and one of the twins’ new boyfriend. I think it’s going to be overwhelmingly adorable

Anger is a Gift/ I’m a little bit in love with books about friends taking care of each other and trying to change the world. And Adam Silvera recommended this so of course I have to try. I’m also a little in love with Adam Silvera c:

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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Ravensong/ I’m slowly dying until Ravensong releases on July 31. It’s the sequel to “Wolfsong” *my favorite book to exist*

I declared on twitter that I refuse to leave my room until its release because I’m overwhelmed with love for the characters and my coping mechanisms are sh*t AND GUESS WHAT???

TJ Klune, the hero that he is, gallantly saved my life:

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*cries*

Darius the Great is Not Okay/ This book is going to be my first real look into Persian culture, with friendship and a nerdy depressed boy and I just want to read this so much.

Black Wings Beating/ A DELICATE SMOL BOY. AND HIS SISTER IS BADASS AND PROTECTS HIM. AND SIBLINGS! FALCONERS!

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Biggest Disappointment

Leah on the Offbeat/ I think I’m so disappointed in these books because i loved Simon so much, and my standards were so high. But I should have known going in things would be bleak because I didn’t like Leah in Simon’s book,,, and she remains mean af.

The Upside of Unrequited/ This book was so bad. It just made me feel sad and exhausted.

The MC believes she has to be dating in order to be happy. Whenever this happens in a book the romantic relationship is unbelievable and crappy, because it’s based on insecurity.

BUT BECKY I STILL LIKE YOU

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Biggest Surprise

List of Cages/ This book made me SO HAPPY. It’s about a PLATONIC relationship that the MC finds more important than romance??????? !!!!!!!!!!

It was my birthday and Christmas and getting random flowers all at once.

A big brother protecting and doting on little brother?????? and i’m just a poor smol girl this is too much.

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Favorite New to You or Debut Author

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The Wicker King/ It’s a tragedy that this book is not more popular. This is about two boys who love each other more than all things.

When Jack starts having hallucinations, it’s up to August to help him.

And the book itself is a so artistic, with the pages going black as the book progresses and Jack slips further into madness. + throughout the book there are pages of playlists for each character???? It makes my dayyy c:

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Newest Fictional Crush

Simon and Baz in Carry On/ I think Simon and Baz are very pretty and dramatic and I love them.

Monty Montague in Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue/ THE MOST BEAUTIFULΒ  BISEXUAL BOY OF ALL TIME. I NEED TO HAVE THIS TRUE GORGEOUS SUNFLOWER.

And he’s so flirtatious with everyone and he’s an emotional wreck I just want him. I will rush into battle in his name.

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Newest Favorite Character

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Kaz Brekker in Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo/ I think Kaz is the most terrifying character of all time. HE’S SO RUTHLESS? They all say he doesn’t need a reason to do things, breaking someone’s leg or destroying a business.

But I love him so much and I want to kiss his nose.

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Book that Made You Cry

Autoboyography/ This book made me weak with feelings because one of the MCs struggles so much with his religion and being gay.

And no one should feel hated for being themselves.

Boys love boys and girls can love girls and it’s beautiful, even miraculous. I just wanted to flip off everyone who made the MC feel ashamed of who he was. I’M STILL CCRRYYING.

Wolfsong/ SO MANY EMOTIONAL TURNS. Just when I thought, okay, it can’t possibly get more devastating, I would promptly get slammed in the chest with feelings. it was HELL. but so beautiful.

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The Song of Achilles/ Pat and Achilles are the most tragic lovers of all time. Please escort Romeo and Juliet, I need blink through gay tears.

More Happy Than Not/ This book almost destroyed me. Unrequited love is something I really cannot handle at all.

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How to Repair a Mechanical Heart/ SUCH A CUTE STORY!! Two fanboys who are just want to make each other giggle like five year olds and they are PLAYFUL and they are there for each other?????

I cried with joy

Aristotle and Dante/ I’ve read this book 3 times and it’s an addiction at this point. I always cry when Dante wants to be kissed and Ari says: “Stand up.” It’s a holy second.

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Book that Made You Happy

Hot Head/ The two MCs in this are so FUNNY AND PURE. They truly love one another and it’s about firefighters! And two best friends who would do anything for each other!

There’s a lot of mature content but the story itself is very sweet.

The Raven Boys/ The Raven Boys set friendship standards so high that it’s hard for other books to keep up.

THE WAY GANSEY’S VOICE SOFTENS WHEN HE SPEAKS TO ADAM???

THE WAY RONAN FEELS PLATONIC JEALOUSY FOR HIS BEST FRIEND GANSEY??

Please help i’m having a friendship attack. i’m overcome.

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Leo Loves Aries/ If someone asks “yo, whats a healthy relationship look like because I’m trying to live my best life?” I would gently hand over this book.

It’s like a manual on banter and respecting one another and best friends-lovers as a means to pure golden sunshine.

The Lightning Thief/ I’m currently reading this and it’s so amazing?????? Rick Riordan’s writing style is FUN and the characters and dialogue feel so genuine. PERCY IS MY ANGELIC BEST FRIEND

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Something Like Summer/ I’m CR this one too and it’s so cute so far!!!!! I’m so excited to get further into this book because it’s a love story spanning 10 years, and they go from enemies to friends to lovers

and complicated! passionate! relationships! are! best!

Vincent and Theo/ i’m so obsessed with mmmyyyy Vincennttttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s my actual hero and this while this is nonfiction ( nonfiction is my long-standing enemy) it reads like fiction and it goes over one of my favorite platonic soul mates of all time!!! Vincent and his little brother Theo!!!!!

I still need to buy my own copy for my shelf because this was so good.

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Favorite Book-Film adaptation

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Love, Simon was such a great film!!!!! It was less romantic than the book, because the movie is mostly about Simon’s personal journey.

BUT STILL.

I loved it and Simon is criminally adorable.

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Favorite Post You’ve Done this Year

My post on why book friendships are the most amazing part of reading!!!! I’m obsessed with platonic love and best friends are the reason I persist on this planet.

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Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year

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This didn’t turn out to be what I expected but the cover is still splendid.

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What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of This Year

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The Supervillain and Me/ I actually need to read this very soon because my blog tour stop is in about fifteen days lskfdlskfdskl.

I feel like someone erased my memories of ever having this on my kindle and now I’m suspicious of everyone.

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How has your year been?

What is your favorite thing you’ve read????

Tell me in the comments if you’ve done this tag because I want to travel to your blog and see!!!

- malanie

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75 thoughts on “A List of My Favorite Books in 2018 thus far!!! (Mid Year Freak Out Tag)

  1. Jamie @Bubblybooks says:

    OMG your literally just reminding me of the the amazing books I need to read because for some reason I am a limp noodle who can’t seem to read anything within a reasonable amount of time! The Wicker King has been on TBR forever same with The gentlemen’s guide to vice and virtue (which looks SO amazing and funny and I need it rn!)

    KAZ KAZ KAZ KAZ OMG cannot express how much I LOVE this character with all my heart and I think I might die waiting for Leigh Bardugo to release her next book!!

    Love simon is so cute and adorable I loved it!! Have watched it twice now and thats still not enough!

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      skbfbkr the Wicker King made me so emmottiooonalll 😭 two boys who love each other more than all things!!!!! AND KAZ!!!!! I just want to hug him sm and I am willing to risk death. also I just want love sim n to take over the world β€œwhy I straight the default?” = my favorite motto in this world

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  2. Mel says:

    I’m so relieved not to be alone in disliking Becky Albertalli’s other books. I think part of it for me is that I just loved Simon so so much, and the other books (well, maybe just Upside) were okay, but not as amazing, so I couldn’t even really like them. I agree with you about Leah; I didn’t remember her from Simon but in her book she’s really mean. Leah also just felt like Simon fanfic to me, but that’s another conversation.

    I’ve heard so many good things about the Foxhole Court books this year that I might have to give them a try despite the dreadful covers. They sound so wild and also DIVERSE and QUEER YAYYYYYY πŸ™‚

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      *gives giant high five of friendship*
      u are so right, Leah was kind of like glorified fanfic that was hoorrrible

      and it’s so sad the covers are like this for foxhole court, I must protest for a redesign!!!!

      The covers have grown on me bc I’m so in love w the story but STILll the covers deserve to be gorgeous

      QUEER WILD DIVeRSE BOOkS ARE LIFe 😭

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  3. Winged Cynic says:

    β€œThe MC believes she has to be dating in order to be happy. Whenever this happens in a book the romantic relationship is unbelievable and crappy, because it’s based on insecurity.” YES, PREACH GIRL!!! πŸ˜€

    Also, I love List of Cages for the platonic relationship too, as well as the friendships in the Raven Boys! And hahaha I totally know how much you love Foxhole and Wolfsong, so fingers crossed I’ll get β€˜em ticked off my TBR soon! (By the way, I think Kaz will bite you if you try to kiss his nose, so that’s maybe not the best idea. Just saying. πŸ˜‰ )

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  4. Cri Paperbacks and Pizza says:

    I didn’t like The Upside of Unrequited neither! Don’t know if I am ever going to read the spin-off about Leah, still.

    I really need to read The Foxhole Court because I think I am going to enjoy it. Like a lot. Friendship in books is always a way to go! That’s why I loved The Raven Cycle too. My babies ❀

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OH T HANK GOD I WASN’T THE ONLY ONE! I stay true to Becky only for Simon vs. but her other books are just not v good.
      ALSO PLZ READ FOXHOLE COURT SLKDJFSLKFJ
      gansey is my precious true angel, he deserves friendship always c:

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  5. bookbeachbunny says:

    It struck me while reading this that I should really see if there’s any fan fiction writing for a Simon, Ban, Monty, Percy cross-over. I think those characters would have great adventures! Happy you’re having a good reading year! Hope it continues πŸ™‚

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      OH MY GOSH. I would cry for years and years if I got a GGVV and Simon v. cross over???? I don’t know which woudl be better, the 1700s AU for Simon and Bram or monty and percy becoming modern cute gay precious boyyssss c:
      tysm you’re the best as always ❀

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  6. Dezzy @ The Thoughtful Voice says:

    I love Autoboyography (it was so emotional and beautiful πŸ˜­πŸ’—) and The Lightning Thief!! (I hope you enjoy the rest of the Percy Jackson series ahhh; it’s one of my favorite book series of all time.) I also really enjoyed Love, Simon – I watched it three times in theaters hehe. This is such an amazing post with even more amazing books! 😍

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  7. Marie says:

    A LIST OF CAGES was such a wonderful read, I loved it so much and it broke my heart and these characters were sooooooooooooooooo precious, right??? I am so glad you loved it so much!
    I really want to read The Wicker King, I heard amazing things about this book from so many fellow bloggers, I can’t wait to get around to ittttttt!
    More Happy Than Not made me cry as well, such a sad, powerful, beautiful book. I feel like Adam Silvera likes to make us cry?! I will need to read his other books hahhaa.
    Lovely answers for this tag! ❀ ❀

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      omg List of Cages made me sob. i was literally in bed reading the book and it was past midnight and i was sobbinnnninggg BECAUSE THAT POOR SMOL BOY DESERVED A BETTER LIFE. SO INNOCENT???? SO PURE??????
      Marie plzzzz read Wicker King i will be so happy and you will dote on August adn Jack. you’ll want to adopt them c:
      + Adam Silvera and I have such a weird relationship, I both want to hide frmo him adn all the feelings AND I think he’s a writing genius and slkdfjslkfjslk

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  8. anna says:

    every time u mention the wicker king, i die a little inside. god i LOVE this book so fucking much i want to be buried with it!!
    i read and loved all but two of the books u listed as the ones that made u cry so i guess i gotta read wolfsong and more happy than not as soon as possible……………

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  9. Satou Johns says:

    I am so happy to know that you dislike Leah haha I don’t get why people liked her and this book about her… she was a complete b… -____- and I think Leah is one of the reasons why I didn’t enjoy Simon as the rest of people… I love Aristotle and Dante ❀ and I have read it once and listen to it once too haha I think I might cry with Song of Achilles 😦 I am reading it right now! T_T

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      LSKJDFSL LEAH WAS THE WORST. and i wanted it to work between us sm!!!! because usually I love sassy girls who are adorable???? but leah is mean!!!!!
      + satou, your love for Ari and Dante brings me life bc i also love those precious boys.
      ++ i’m still crying for pat and achilles and it’s been 3 months D:

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      • Satou Johns says:

        Leah is contrary to adorable! I have the impression that she is the type of person that if she doesn’t like something is garbage and you should deal with it. Like if she is the one defining what is good or bad… ugh haha I would have written the story of Abby… XD
        Ari and Dante ❀ they are love ❀ and I have given that book to my BF and one of my best friends and they simply loved the book! and I am dying to read the sequel!
        Don't tell me T_T I by the stories know what happened and the omens and all T_T

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  10. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    Kings Rising, Love, Simon & Harry Potter are making my heart warm, omg. And I need to finally read The Foxhole Court ahhh. (WordPress keeps deleting my comments, so please know that there was a lot of screaming and a lot of hearts when I first commented here.)

    Anyway, I ADORE this post, and I hope the rest of 2018 has many more amazing books in store for you!! ❀

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      SAME TASYA! whenever I see one of the HP books i’m intimidated for some reason??? nd I shouldn’t be bc I’m a book blogger! and I must have courage! and bravery! adn not be afraid,,, BUT THEN RON IS THERE AND I’M OKAY AGAIN c: c:

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      CINDY OMG FOXHOLE COURT!!!! that series is my heart. it’s more of a lifestyle than a book tbh c: c: PREPARE TO RUSH INTO BATTLE FOR NEIL JOSTEN’S SAKE ❀
      I'm so glad another person agrees w me about Becky's other books, they really are just horrible

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  11. Angelica (TheBookCoverGirl) says:

    I really want to read Anger is a Gift as well. I got to meet the author at BookCon and he was really cool so I’m super excited to get my hands on it. And the friendships in The Raven Boys are honestly the best thing ever! I can’t wait for Maggie’s new series!

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  12. Rebecca @bookishlyrebecca says:

    [whispers] I want to read Anger Is A Gift too so we should buddy read it ❀ ❀

    You've read so many diverse books!!!! I need to follow your lead and finish June off strong but I'm waiting on a hold. I feel like I have a hard time picking my favorite read of the year because I've read so many books I've loved. Probably a tie between Emma Mills and Long Way Down or The Nowhere Girls. I just love them all so much and for many different reasons!

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  13. meltotheany says:

    Not that I should pick favorites, but this is my favorite post of these yet. SUCH good books! And so aesthetically pleasing! Also – You are now the reason I am going to give Foxhole Court a try! Hahaha! Happy reading, and I hope you’re having an amazing start to the new season, love! πŸ’–xx

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  14. Birdie says:

    Melanie! You always crack me up! -β€œyo, whats a healthy relationship look like because I’m trying to live my best life?”- I literally snorted with laughter! Plus, your love for Wolfsong is currently my favorite thing in the world. Every time you squee I get little hearts in my eyes all over again!

    Secondary thoughts, how have I not heard of The Wicker King?? That sounds amazing. Also, you’ve made me a little nervous to read Running with Lions, which I’ve just bought. I hope I like it.

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  15. Loretta @ The Laughing Listener says:

    So many amazing books!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY POOR TBR, JEEZ?!?!?! Lol. I kid, I love it. ❀️ That first gif is one of my favorite things, it always makes me laugh and I love finding excuses to use it. Also, THAT TWEET FROM TJ KLUNE THO????? πŸ˜‚ *Immediately scours Twiter*

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    • malanielovesfiction says:

      LORETTA MY DEAR YOUR TBR HATH BEEN BLESSED c: c: ❀
      when tj klune *ox and joe's dad??!!!* responded to my smol tweet i think I actually died. i might be a ghost rn. nm i'm too hungry to be a ghost c:

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  16. Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams says:

    Ahhhh I’m obsessed with your choices!! Kings Rising? Love, Simon? The Gentleman’s Guide? The Song of Achilles? I LOVE. ❀️

    And thanks for not letting me forget the Foxhole Court series, I neeeed to get to it soon.

    Hope the second half of 2018 is amazing, Malanie!! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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