2019 Mid-Year Book Freakout

I think I missed the halfway point of the year (oops) but I had such fun with this tag last summer and I really wanted to do it again for this year! 


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda. I was awestruck by this amazing debut. Do yourselves a favor and add it to your TBR!


BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War #2) by R. F. Kuang. Fans of the first book are not going to be disappointed by this action-packed, glorious sequel. Get ready for an onslaught of emotions and an ending that will stab you in the back. 


NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

Bloodwitch (Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard. It took me two tries to finish Windwitch, so I think I’m just nervous to pick this one up.


MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young and Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black.


BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Again, But Better by Christine Riccio. If you’ve seen my review, you know how disappointed I was by this. I couldn’t even finish the book.


BIGGEST SURPRISE

Enchantée by Gita Trelease. I’ll be honest, I was not expecting a whole lot from this, but it really impressed me!


FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR

Tessa Bailey has earned herself a new fan after Fix Her Up. I cannot wait to read more of her books!


FAVORITE NEW CRUSH

Tavin from The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen and Reid from Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin are DELIGHTFUL. I cannot wait for the second books in both those series!


FAVORITE NEW CHARACTERS

Rasmira from Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller, Lee from Fireborne, and Louise from Serpent & Dove are characters I can think of from the top of my head that I really enjoyed. 


BOOKS THAT MADE YOU CRY

No book has made me cry yet, but the ending of The Dragon Republic was definitely a suckerpunch to the gut. Please fix what you did, R. F. Kuang 😫


A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegmund-Broken was such a feel good book!


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKS YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR

My OwlCrate edition of We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal is really stunning, and I’m also in love with the cover of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. The cover is just so bright and tropical and fun!


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

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


 

Top 5 Wednesday: Emerald Covers

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. If you want to join or find out more information about the weekly themes check out the Goodreads page! Today’s theme was really fun because I happen to be a May baby and so my birthstone is an emerald!


17926775STOLEN SONGBIRD – This series is so underrated. It has a lot of ratings on Goodreads, but you hardly ever hear anyone talk about these books. Everything about these books is awesome. The premise revolves around a Beauty and the Beast-retelling involving troll, an enemies-to-lovers romance full of angst, magic, and political intrigue. There’s a lot to love in these books and I highly recommend them if you haven’t read them yet!

39863498THE GILDED WOLVES – Roshani Chokshi is a godsend to the YA community. I’ve yet to be disappointed or underwhelmed by one of her books. The heart of this story revolves each of the amazing and diverse characters, and their relationships with each other. I loved the heist aspects and all the little intricacies of the plot that made this a really stunning book. 


16131473HONOR’S KNIGHT
– This is the second book in the Paradox trilogy, an action-packed adult science-fiction series. I’m extremely picky when it comes to books set in space, and this was everything I could have hoped for and more. With YA books in the genre, I always feel like there’s something missing, but I find a lot of adult sci-fi dense and hard to get in to. This was the perfect blend of what I love about both and I wish I could find more books like it!

30518319A DANGEROUS COLLABORATION – I’m obsessed with the Veronica Speedwell series. If you enjoy: murder mysteries, Victorian-era settings, witty banter, the slowest of slow-burn romances, and a smart, independent heroine, then you need to read these books ASAP. The writing is incredible and I’m almost equal parts impressed and frustrated by my inability to solve the murder or guess correctly before the characters. I usually describe this as the adult version of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

28962906STALKING JACK THE RIPPER – Another book series that revolves around historical England, murder mysteries, a smart protagonist, and witty banter between the heroine and love interest. I always tell people that this is the YA version of the Veronica Speedwell series, so if you like one, I guarantee you’ll like the other!

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Tag

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve done a book tag. Thank you so much to Alexandra @ Whimsy Pages for tagging me! As I’m sure most of you have figured out, I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones. And while there were a few things I really enjoyed about the season finale (and final season in general), I was mostly left feeling disappointed and lost. I have a lot of unanswered questions and I’m hoping the ending GRRM has is a little more fleshed out and fully explained (or totally different, let’s be honest here). Anyway, since I love all things GoT, I’m super excited to be doing this book tag!

This tag was created by orang-utan librarian!


PART I

“WE DO NOT SOW” – A BOOK YOU WOULD NOT BE WILLING TO INVEST IN

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. But really any upcoming book written by her. I have a lot of issues with her writing and the recurring themes she uses in all of her stories.

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“FAMILY. DUTY. HONOUR.” – A BOOK ABOUT STRONG FAMILY TIES

I recently finished Finale (Caraval #3) and I absolutely adore the loving relationship between sisters, Tella and Scarlett.

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“WINTER IS COMING” – YOUR FAVORITE WINTER READ

Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyers and The Bear and the Nightingale series by Katherine Arden. Both have snowy settings, atmospheric writing, are inspired by fairytales, and have a dreamy quality to them when reading!

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“OURS IS THE FURY” – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU FURIOUS.

Hmm, there are a few different books throughout the years that have truly angered me. I’ll never forget accidently ripping a page out of Reached (Matched #3) by Allie Condie as I turned the page furiously. Also, The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass and Dawn of Legends (Blood of Gods and Royals #4) by Eleanor Herman were both t e r r i b l e conclusions to their respective series and had so many moments of WTF that I end up quitting both of them midway through.

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“FIRE AND BLOOD” – A BOOK THAT PRODUCED STRONG EMOTIONS IN YOU.

I’ve come to the conclusion that I am an emotional reader. However, I will never get over the feelings I felt after reading The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen. I even knew going into the book what to expect and was still wrecked by the ending. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it. You can read a review of this amazing book here.

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“A LANNISTER ALWAYS PAYS HIS DEBTS” – A BOOK YOU FEEL INDEBTED TO.

There are a lot of books from my youth that helped me become the reader I am today, but The Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne have a particular spot in my heart and really cemented my love of adventure/fantasy and nurtured my imagination. 

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PART II

WOULD YOU WIN OR DIE?

I’ll be the optimist and say I’d win. 


WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU IN?

House Stark 🐺

I’m not even going to take the quiz because there’s literally no other house I would ever feel like I belonged to. 


TAGGING: Nikki | Flavia | Tasya | & anyone else who wants to join!

WWW Wednesday #20

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

41147279WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

 

 


30075662 (1)WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

 


35424766WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Nyxia Uprising (The Nyxia Triad #3) by Scott Reintgen

WWW Wednesday #19

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words in which the three W’s stand for:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

28220826WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore. This is the book of the month for the Dragons & Tea Book Club hosted by Melanie and Amy! This has been on my radar for a while and I’m a huge fan of McLemore so I’m really looking forward to reading this.

 


40590407WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

 

 


39841372WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Defy the Fates (Constellation #3) by Claudia Gray