Mid-Year Book Freakout

How is everyone’s summer going? I’ve been seeing this tag everywhere and it looked like too much fun to pass up! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year. I’ve read some great books so far, and I’m sure there are plenty more to come in the second half!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I read this back in February and so far nothing has topped it.


BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2018

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden. I greatly enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale but I didn’t seem to be as awestruck and enamored by it as everyone else, and I really didn’t care too much about Morozko. All that changed with this book.


NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra. I will get to this before the year ends. I will.


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

My most anticipated releases for the year, let alone the second half, are Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor and The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S. A. Chakraborty.


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Everless by Sara Holland. There was so much hype for this book and I waited ages for it to finally come out…and I just barely enjoyed it. 


BIGGEST SURPRISE

State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury. I had never even heard of this book until it arrived in my FairyLoot box. It was such an unexpected delight and I’m highly looking forward to the sequel!


FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR

*patiently waits for Adrienne Young to announce her next book*


FAVORITE NEW CRUSH

Prince Cardan from The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Come on, did any of you really not see that coming? Also, Morozko, the brooding frost-demon from the Winternight trilogy.


FAVORITE NEW CHARACTERS

So far I’ve really enjoyed Jude from The Cruel Prince, Vasya from the Winternight trilogy, Zara and Nadim from Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine, Zélie and Prince Inan from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and Rin from The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.


BOOKS THAT MADE YOU CRY

Krisina Pérez crushed my heart with the ending of Sweet Black Waves, but Megan Bannen murdered me in cold blood with The Bird and the Blade.


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren was an absolutely spectacular book about first loves and second chances. 


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR

My wallet hates me, but I couldn’t resist the UK special editions of The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.


WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

Other my two most anticipated releases, the five books I need to read the most before the end of the year are:

 


 

The Cookie Book Tag

Happy Monday! I worked all weekend so I plan to spend my day off today catching up on some reading. Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall tagged me to do The Cookie Book Tag and the questions looked so fun! Check out Kelly’s blog; she’s amazing and I love her posts! 


CHOCOLATE CHIP: A CLASSIC BOOK THAT YOU LOVE OR REALLY ENJOYED

The Iliad by Homer. I’ve actually read this twice – both for school – and I loved it both times! As a huge Greek mythology nerd this has everything I love about those ancient stories; meddling gods and goddesses, war and action, and a whole crew of famous Greek heroes. 


THIN MINTS: A FANDOM THAT YOU WANT TO JOIN AND/OR A HYPED BOOK YOU WANT TO READ

I mentioned this is one of my last posts, but I really want to read the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I’ve heard and read so many great things about this series and I hope I get around to reading them soon!


SHORTBREAD: AN AUTHOR YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF

Leigh Bardugo. I’ve called her the Boss-Ass Queen of Writing before and I stand by that statement. Her writing is amazing, her stories are engaging and captivating, and her characters are dynamic and lovable.


SAMOAS: AN EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER

A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck. This book absolutely wrecked my heart (ha. see what I did there?) It was very easy to feel connected with the protagonist, and therefore I felt all of his emotions while reading: anger, embarrassment, heartache, grief. I both laughed and ugly-cried while reading this.


OREOS: A BOOK WHOSE COVER WAS BETTER THAN THE STORY OR VICE VERSA

Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. These books are amazing and I can’t wait for the last book to come out in the fall! There are a few different editions of these covers but good lord, none of them are pretty to look at. I actually bought my copies from Dymocks because the Australian editions are not as bad. 


TAGALONGS: A BOOK THAT WASN’T WHAT YOU EXPECTED

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. As part of the plot, there’s a few reveals about the story that show that not everything is what it seems. There’s one twist that I was definitely not expecting that changes the reader’s perception of the setting and the story quite a bit. 


SNICKERDOODLES: A BOOK YOU MAY NEVER STOP LOVING

I’m going to go with A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I simply cannot get enough of those books or the characters or all of the side stories and histories. Similar to the Harry Potter series, these books are going to stay with me forever.


This was really fun and I hope you all enjoyed my answers! I’m tagging the following lovely bloggers:

Lilly @ Lair of Books | Katie @ Pages and Pugs | Ashley @ Book Tales |
Regina @ Bookish in Bed| Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile

The End of Year Book Tag

I can’t believe it’s already December guys! Is it just me or does it seem like each year gets shorter and shorter? I found this book tag a while ago (I can’t remember from where exactly) and thought this would be a great tag for nearing the end of the year!


ARE THERE ANY BOOKS YOU STARTED THIS YEAR THAT YOU NEED TO FINISH?

In addition to the many books still left on my TBR for the year, there were quite a few that I never got around to finishing that I wanted to. Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) by Susan Dennard. I loved Truthwitch but I just couldn’t get into Windwitch when it released. I had hoped to come back to it later but never got around to it.


DO YOU HAVE AN AUTUMNAL BOOK TO TRANSITION INTO THE END OF THE YEAR?

I don’t have a go-to book for transitioning towards the end of the year, but An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson was the perfect fall book to get me into the mood. 


IS THERE A NEW RELEASE YOU’RE STILL WAITING FOR?

I was waiting for Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes but apparently I missed the memo that the release date was pushed back until February 😩


WHAT ARE THREE BOOKS YOU WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR?

I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish more than three more books before the end of the year so I can accomplish my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but realistically it probably won’t happen. The three I really want to finish though are:


 

IS THERE A BOOK YOU THINK COULD STILL SHOCK YOU AND BECOME YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR?

I think I’ve read all my favorite books of the year!


HAVE YOU ALREADY STARTED MAKING READING PLANS FOR 2018?

I started my 2018 TBR list way back in January, and it seems to be growing larger every week! Hopefully I’ll be able to cross more off the list than I was this year. 


 

My Life in Books Tag

I saw this tag at Kristin Kraves Books and it looked like too much fun to pass up! To make it a bit harder for myself, I decided to only use titles of books that I currently own on my bookshelf!


FIND A BOOK FOR EACH OF YOUR INITIALS

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
EEmpress of the Seven Hills by Kate Quinn
KThe Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson


COUNT YOUR AGE ALONG YOUR BOOKSHELF: WHICH BOOK IS IT?

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Apparently my first shelf holds a higher number of books than I thought!


PICK A BOOK SET IN YOUR CITY/COUNTRY

Divergent by Veronica Roth. 


PICK A BOOK THAT REPRESENTS A DESTINATION YOU’D LOVE TO TRAVEL TO

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning. I want to travel to Ireland so badly. My dream is to one day spend weeks travelling there 😍


PICK A BOOK THAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

My favorite colors are pink and purple, so I went with This Shattered World and This Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.


WHICH BOOK DO YOU HAVE THE FONDEST MEMORIES OF?

I suppose it would be too easy to say Harry Potter, but alas, those are the books I grew up reading and thus having the fondest memories of!


WHICH BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE MOST DIFFICULTY READING?

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner was required reading for a class in high school and to this day remains one the worst books I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading.


WHICH BOOK IN YOUR TBR PILE WILL GIVE YOU THE BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN YOU FINISH IT?

I’ve read The Iliad by Homer multiple times, but I’ve yet to read The Odyssey. One day, I hope!

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hello everyone! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things: I’m starting to get out of my reading slump and I’m writing more reviews and blog posts. I don’t know what was going on, but I’m glad to be moving out of whatever funk I’ve been in these past couple of months! I’ve seen a few other blogs do this Unpopular Opinions tag and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share my thoughts!


A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES YOU DIDN’T LIKE

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I read the first couple of books in the series and didn’t like them, and I still don’t get all the hype. 


A POPULAR BOOK OR SERIES EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE

Paper Princess by Erin Watt. I think this book is really a love-it-or-hate-it, which for me was a love. I made the mistake of starting it just before bed and didn’t stop until I had finished it in the early hours of the morning!


AN OTP YOU DON’T LIKE

Rowan/Aelin in the Throne of Glass series. I won’t delve too much into this but it mostly stems from my hatred of Rowan as a terrible character and a toxic love interest.


A POPULAR GENRE YOU HARDLY REACH FOR

I was going to say YA Contemporary, but I’ve been reading a lot more of those recently, so I’ll say graphic novels. They just never really interested me. 


A POPULAR CHARACTER THAT YOU DON’T LIKE

Severus Snape from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. I never, ever liked him and probably never will. 


A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO

Sarah J. Maas. Her books are not for me.


A POPULAR TROPE YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING

I don’t know why this is becoming such a theme recently, but villainous characters as love interests-especially in the YA genre. I’m not talking morally grey characters; I’m talking about characters that are truly horrible, or that have physically/emotionally been abusive towards the main character and yet the fandom and/or author decides to make them the love interest anyway. How can you not see how toxic those relationships are and then market them to young, impressionable teenagers as “romance”? I could go on and on about this but I’ll leave it at that.


A POPULAR SERIES YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

(Although, ever since season 7 ended, I’ve been toying with the idea of possibly trying to read them.)


The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie,” but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Atonement by Ian McEwan. I loved the book but the movie is just so good.