The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2018 Edition

It’s Book Tag time.

I can’t believe it’s that time of year already, but I’ve seen this tag appearing quite a lot over the last few days and it made me realise that yes, we actually are now in that Mid-Year period once again. I’ve been enjoying most of my recent reads, so here’s to remembering a few of them in a tag, the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018:

I can’t choose just one, but I’m going to try really hard to limit myself.  Both of these were 5 star reads for me, so I’m going for…


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

  2. Best sequel of 2018 so far:

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams.
I love Tor, Vintage and Noon and their adventures are getting more and more dangerous and exciting as the books go on. Whatever’s going to happen next?!

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

The Outsider by Stephen King. I cannot wait to start reading this, it’s definitely high up on my TBR pile.

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

The Corset by Laura Purcell.
Melmoth by Sarah Perry.

I’ve really enjoyed previous books by both of these authors, so I’ll be looking out for their new releases.

5. Biggest disappointment of 2018:

I hate this category title, it sounds really harsh, so I’d rather call it books that in the end just weren’t for me and I’d go for The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton.

6. Biggest surprise:

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.  I enjoyed everything about this book from the setting and the characters to the mystery and the twists.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):








Agatha Christie. I cannot believe that it’s taken me all this time to discover someone so well-known. I was really missing out there, wasn’t I? Still, I have a massive catalogue of books to go at now, and am going to enjoy each one.

8. Newest fictional crush:

I’m obviously missing out on something here because sit and think as I might I’m drawing a blank on this answer. Help!

9. Newest favourite character:


Poirot! How could he not get a mention during this tag. I like Hastings as well.

10. Book that made you cry:

It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. If any of my favourites don’t make it to the end of Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan, which I’m reading at the moment, I don’t think I’ll be very happy.

11. Book that made you happy:

There were a couple of little scenes towards the end of Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie that had me smiling.

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2018 you’ve seen:

I’m going to have to say Murder on the Orient Express for this, even though I’ve already mentioned that book. I know that movie came out last year but it was only a couple of months ago that I finally saw it and I don’t think I’ve read anything else that’s been made into a movie. Well, I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline but I haven’t seen the movie version yet so I can’t really use that one.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year:

Here I go again, dropping the names of books I’ve already used:


The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Murder on the Orient Express, both by Agatha Christie.

14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin has a beautiful cover, and the story was very good.

15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

There are countless books I could mention here, but I’ll limit myself to these….

More Agatha Christie
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower
Circe by Madeline Miller

And so concludes my 2018 edition of The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag.

As always, if you’ve not already done this and you fancy reminiscing over all the amazing books you’ve read so far this year, feel free to consider yourself tagged.
If you’ve already done it, leave me a link to your post so I can check it out.
See you next time for another Book Tag!



9 thoughts on “The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag: 2018 Edition

  1. Annemieke says:

    I’m planning on doing this at the start of July. It is tradition, right? haha.

    You clearly have a favorite there with Agatha Christie. I have Murder on the Orient Express on my shelves but haven’t read it yet. I hope i like it better than Miss Marple. 🙂


    • pagesandtea says:

      It’s definitely a bit of a tradition 🙂
      I read Orient Express after watching the new movie and I really enjoyed both which is what started my Poirot reading. I haven’t tried any Marple so far.

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  2. Rachel says:

    I just got into Agatha Christie last year but I’ve already read six or seven of her books and I adore her! I’m so happy she was so prolific, I can’t wait to explore even more of her books.

    Liked by 1 person

    • pagesandtea says:

      I can’t believe it’s taken so long for me to discover Christie, but I have a whole lot of books to choose from now I have. I think I’ve read about five so far, three Poirot and two standalones. I’ve enjoyed them all.

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