Yakkety Yak Mid-Year Freakout Tag

Posted July 29, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Let's Chat / 29 Comments

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Created by:  Is That Chami?  and Eli Jayne booktubers

It’s a tad after the mid-year point, but who’s counting, right?  I thought this was an excellent way to give an update on my reading for the first half of the year before all this starts getting hazy in my memories by December.  So, as of June 30th, I have finished 256 short stories, novellas, and novels.  I did a quick tally and am happy to report that about half came from my own TBR pile, about five percent came from the library, and the rest were gifts, giveaways, or review books.

Here’s my tag responses:

1. Best Book I’ve Read So Far in 2018:

I am going with both Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton and Obsidio by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff.

Two different styles and ages for this one.  I think both books were really showing the shine in writing.  Cleeton nailed her characters and historical and ethnical setting while Kauffman and Kristoff kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails (figuratively).

2. Best Sequel in 2018:

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs

I adore pretty much anything from either of her urban fantasy series so this was an easy find.  Her characters and worldbuilding and strong plots make a book fly by.

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

Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

I got to read pretty much all the newer releases for the first half of the year that I was dying for so I’ll put this one which just came out.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2018:

Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Yeah, I put one down, but you and I know there are a ton more that I will be slipping into the shopping carts and off the Net Galley and publisher invites before much longer.

5. Biggest disappointment:

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Yep, no surprise to our regular readers, but I had just about enough about half way through and quit the book and the series after both heroines drove me nuts.

6. Biggest Surprise:

Year One by Nora Roberts

I thought this was one thing and it was so much more.  I was riveted.  And, the feels, seriously.  Who’d have thought a post-apoc paranormal would wreck havoc with my emotions?

7. Favorite New Author (debut or new to me):

J.D. Robb

I know, it’s about bloody time, right?  I finally started reading the In Death series and now I know what all the fuss is about.

8. Newest Fictional Crush:

Death (pronounced Deeth) from Loretta Ross’ Auction House Mysteries

I’ve read three books from the series and love this disabled Marine turned PI/Bounty Hunter who got taken to the cleaners by his cheating ex while he was in hospital in coma and then learned his brother followed his grandparents and parents into death before he could see them again.  Life’s looking up for him now that he’s with Wren, but his strength and vulnerability along with his generous and kind heart have me swooning a little more with each new book.

9. Newest Favorite Character:

Yasmeen from Heart of Steel and Tethered by Meljean Brook

I just loved this fierce, calculating lady airship pirate and her exploits.

10. Book that Made You Cry:

Dane’s Storm by Mia Sheridan and Promises to Keep by Genevieve Graham

Yep, I’m a cryer, but these two had me sobbing.  In a good way, of course.

11. Book that Made You Happy:

The Sometimes Sisters, Cowboy Bold and Small Town Rumors by Carolyn Brown

All three were books I read by her so far this year and my smile didn’t leave my face and occasionally I got the giggles.

12. Most Beautiful Book You Bought or Received:

Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris

The stark black and white of winter and the ominous tone since this is a murder mystery is just gorgeous and the raised, embossed texture is fabulous.

13 What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of 2018:

I don’t know about need so much, but I definitely want to read this stack and more…

Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh
Come Back to Me by Sharon Sala
Rocky Mountain Cowboy by Katie Ruggle

14. A Favorite Book Community Member:

Darlene, my friend who owns Another Look Books, a brick and mortar book store in the Detroit area.  We’ve been book buddies for 25 years and she was one of the first friends I made when I moved here.  She hosts lovely events for authors, World Book Night, release parties, club reads, calls me when she comes across hard to find or out of prints, and all sorts of personal touches like totes, free books, comfy and pretty bookcovers, bookmarks given away for her customers who are part of her loyalty program.  I was sad with her when her shop flooded last year and she had to close for 9 months.  It looks fabulous now and I wish her many more years to come.

Feel free to consider yourself tagged if you’re interested in sharing your own mid- year results.  Love to know how folks would answer these so feel free to leave me a link in the comments if you do or share some of your own responses here.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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3 years ago

My goodness, Super Sophia, mad kudos on most of your 256 reads coming from your own TBR pile! Very impressive for sure, and that’s a lot of reading your got done for only half way through the year. Isn’t it great to find a friend who not only shares the same interest, but truly “gets you”? Twenty-five years of friendship is pretty wonderful. I was iffy on the Nora Roberts book, but she continues to outdo herself when it comes to keeping up with trends. Carolyn Brown is just a person I would want to hang out with for lots… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  RO

I was really proud of myself, too. It was a big deal to me that I hit all those books languishing on the pile.

I’m new to Nora Roberts, but I’ve heard much to make me think you’re right. Ah yes, Carolyn Brown seems the perfect cozy book friend to hang out with.

Thanks for dropping by, Radiant Ro!

Lover Of Romance
3 years ago

oh oh….just hearing you enjoying JD Robb is now making me want to grab this author now. I know these books are super popular.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

They are nice gritty futuristic romantic suspenses. I think you’d get a kick out of them, Renee!

Stephanie Jane
3 years ago

I thought my reading tally was high, but you’re thousands of pages ahead of me! Congrats on clearing so many from your TBR 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Stephanie Jane

I am so glad to finally be hitting my TBR pile instead of piling on more and more books. It feels great to reduce it and, bonanza, I’m reading some pretty good gems. 🙂

3 years ago

oh that’s always fun to read!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yes! I’ve had a pretty good time with these reads, Melliane. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

256? Good grief you have been a little reading monster. lol I’ve been keeping track of the books I’ve read so far this year and I’m at 61. I’ll have a complete total at the end of the year.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

LOL! It doesn’t feel like that many, but you’re right.

I love reading everyone’s book update posts. I’ll look forward to your post. 🙂

3 years ago

This sounds like a fun way to look back at the first half of the year. You sure read a lot of books and neat you got such a nice balance between reading your own books and review copies. I’ve read 63 books so far this year. I remember your review for Feversong. I am still glad I stopped reading after Iced. Sounds like you read some good books this year so far. This was a fun post to read.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I saw several folks doing this one and I thought the same thing that it was a good way of summing it all up.

3 years ago

I’ve only read 95 so I am way behind you. I can’t even fathom how fast you read! I loved the Nora Roberts one as well and listened to it. I think my favorite new to me author is Mariana Zapata. Have you read her? She writes wonderful slow burn romances. Favorite read of the year so far is really hard. The Simple Wild by K.A.Tucker, Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger or Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan would be up there but so many others as well.(Midnight Valentine by J.T. Geissenger, Gaslight by Dannika Dark, Running Barefoot and Making… Read more »

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Oh yes! Zapata is on my list. I hadn’t heard of her stuff until just recently. I just bought one of her books on the Prime sale. I need to read Tucker’s book b/c I love her stuff. Geissenger sounds good, too. You definitely had a good reading year. Considering all you have going on with you in real life, you’ve been doing great, Lorna.

vvb reads
3 years ago

I’ll have to visit Another Look Books when in the area. Glad to hear about Next Year In Havana. I have that slated for next month 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  vvb reads

Each time you talk about your local book stores, I make a note so if I’m in SF, I can visit. 🙂 You’ll have to check out John King Books, too, if you’re ever in the Detroit area.

Oh yes, Next Year in Havana was fabulous. I can’t wait to see what you think of it. I’m chomping at the bit for book two in the first of 2019.

3 years ago

Thank’s for sharing your mid-year. I like the book tag.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Angela

You bet, Angela! I had fun putting this one together.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I’ll look forward to it if you do this one or a similar one, Alyssa. Yes, time has zoomed by. 🙂

Christy LoveOfBooks
3 years ago

Love this tag. I REALLY want to read Year One. And the In Death series is a must for me to start SOON! And wow, you’ve read so much already this year!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh, yes, you really do, Christy! Both those series are grabbers.

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

Year One was fan-friggin-tastic. I am so stoked for book two. I loved Next Year in Havana and darn it I have Obsidio (bought it on release day) and still need to read it . Epic fail! Although I did read his newest which rocked!

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh, you are in for a treat when you grab up Obsidio. I definitely want to read his newest after seeing your praises of it.

Carole's Random Life
3 years ago

Loved Burn Bright, Iron and Magic, and Next Year in Havana! I have the audio for Year One and can’t wait to get to it. You also inspired me to pick up some JD Robb books. I don’t know when I will get to them but I have quite a few ready to go 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Year One is intimidatingly long, but so worth it once it gets rolling. Can’t wait for book two and want that one in audio like I did the first one.

Oh yay! Hope you like the Robb’s when you try them. 🙂

AngieElle @ Ba_BAMB
3 years ago

I keep wanting to do this tag, but by the time I remember, it’s too late for me. LOL

I loved Next Year in Havana, too, and I have Iron and Magic on my TBR. You know I want to read JD Robb, so knowing she’s a new favorite or yours has me even more giddy to read her.

Thanks for sharing, Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

LOL! My mind is like a sieve and there are so many things I forget that I wanted to do. Maybe they have a last half of the year tag.

There were some really good books out this year. Glad we share excitement over the same ones, Angie. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

I’m so glad you started Robb and are enjoying them. Such a great series. Ugh on Moning. I bailed on her last year. The early books by her were so dang good.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, it has been quite the fun series challenge this year and I look forward to my next Robb book each month. 🙂
Yeah, I got so worked up about those gals’ antics that I thought it was best that the Fever series and I part paths.