The Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag | 2018 edition

This is the third year in a row I’m doing this tag and two years ago my blog was a tiny baby blog and now it’s grown so much (I’m getting sentimental). I’m so grateful for how far I’ve come and I’m so grateful that you all support me and my content, thank you!

Now that I’ve gotten the cheesy stuff out of the way, let’s get into the tag. It’s almost halfway through 2018, so it’s the perfect time to look back at what I’ve read in the past six months. I’ve read about 60 books (I’m writing this in advance so I can’t go any more specific than that but check my goodreads if you want more details), and loved the large majority of them! I’ve discovered some new favourites and overall had a great time reading!

I was tagged by the lovely Ruby, go check out her blog here!

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The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I’ve had added only two books to my “favorites” shelf, but I always struggle with picking my favorites. I always love books a lot but never so much that it really sticks out from the other books I loved. Anyway, I’m going to go with… I CAN’T CHOOSE. I’m just gonna pick two because they were both personally really important to me and also really fun!

 

Your favourite sequel of the year

Obsidio!! Okay, it wasn’t perfect but I love that series with all my heart (seriously, it broke it so many times, I think it just tricked me into thinking I love it). The new characters were a bit meh but I liked them nonetheless and *screams “Kady” into empty space*. I just have so many feelings for this series, and Obsidio was a pretty darn good conclusion!

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A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

Let’s Talk About Love has been on my TBR since I first heard about it and I just need to read it. I just need to get my act together and buy myself a copy of that pretty thing and read it. It has an ACE POC MC (I’m pretty sure she’s also biromantic)!!!

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

So last year my most anticipated release for this question was All The Crooked Saints and I still haven’t read it oops. Let’s hope it’s different this time. I’m just gonna make a little list because I honestly have too many to just pick one!

First and foremost: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee- If I die before I read this book, someone better go to my grave and read it to my dead body because there ain’t no way I’m missing out on this book. It has the epic wonderful aro-ace Felicity as main character and my babies Monty and Percy better be in there. ALSO: SCIENCE GIRL GANGS, HELL YES.

others: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (I still haven’t read the first book but shhhh I will), Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.

 

Your biggest disappointment

I can’t really think of any one book that stood out, but perhaps The Opposite of Loneliness because I thought it was just very boring. I more often than not do not finish books I don’t enjoy so if I picked from those it’d be Stalking Jack the Ripper though I only read about a quarter of that. (rant review here)

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Biggest surprise of the year

My biggest surprise was probably Far From The Tree by Robin Benway because I went in with no expectations whatsoever and ended up absolutely adoring it!

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Favourite new to you or debut author

Ashley Herring Blake (new to me) and Laura Steven (debut)! I’ve read ARCs of both of their 2018 releases and now I definitely need to try and read everything they’ve written or will write!

 

Your new fictional crush

I don’t do crushes.

New favourite character

Felicity Montague from The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue!!! I just relate and look up to her so much!

A book that made you cry

I don’t remember if I read anything that made me really cry, only books that made me cry because I was laughing so hard (The Gentlemen’s Guide) or because they were hurtful…

A book that made you happy

I’m really trying not to mention The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue for every question so let’s go with something else. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee and the sequel Not Your Villain both made me really happy! They’re just so sweet and uncomplicated without being boring at all!

 

Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

I saw Love, Simon a few weeks ago and loved it!! (except the ending)

Favourite book post you’ve done this year

The most popular post I’ve done in the past 6 months was this one which is about ARCs and alternatives to Netgalley, and as much as I enjoyed doing the series on ARCs with a focus on international reviewers, those are not my favourite posts! My favourite is definitely my post about Simon Spier and the rise of LGBT+ stories. I absolutely adored the response it got and I got to interact with a lot of lovely people and hear their stories and it was wonderful! I’ve been wanting to do more similar posts but I lack the inspiration.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

I actually haven’t bought that many physical books (I read a lot of ebooks and audiobooks) lately but here are some of my highlights:

 

What are some books you need to read by the end of the year

My TBR is very plain right now, I’ve been ignoring it for a while and barely ever add books to it but I’d like to read Queens of Geek and Let’s Talk About Love (and all the before-mentioned books I’m anticipating of course).

 

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Did you do this tag? What was your favourite read of 2018 so far? Do you agree with any of my choices? Do you have a favourite post you’ve written this year? Let me know! I’d love to read it (if I haven’t already)

The Book Addiction Tag | How big of a book nerd am I?

Since I’m really tired (I woke up at 6am and I’m not a morning person) and didn’t prepare anything for today (yay for my procrastination skills), I decided to do a fun tag today! I actually haven’t seen this around but I googled and found it and I thought it would be nice to just chat a bit about how big of a book nerd I am haha. I don’t know who created the tag, and I wasn’t tagged so I guess we should just get started!

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The Rising Author Tag | Let’s talk Camp NaNoWriMo and my latest writing project

As you might have noticed, Camp NaNoWriMo has started! If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a smaller version of NaNoWriMo in which you can set your own goals AND if you don’t know what that is: NaNoWriMo is a month long writing challenge in which people try to write a full novel (or at least 50k words of it) which takes place in November.

Anyway, I am taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo because… why not? I love writing and taking part has always inspired me to write much more than I normally would. Now, this month I must say, the dedication is not that strong, in fact, I haven’t written anything in over a week, so that’s going well oops.

May – whose blog posts I am very sad to have been neglecting this past month (I AM SO SORRY) but whose blog I absolutely adore – tagged me in the Rising Author Tag! Thank you May! And I thought that would be a perfect introduction to my Camp NaNoWriMo project! You might have heard of it before because I once talked about it months ago, but it has changed dramatically from then!

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How I Choose My Books Tag | Let’s Take a Look at What’s on my Shelf

I saw this tag over at Sydney’s blog Fire and Rain Books and it looked like much fun! This tag is quite self-explanatory, the title says it all so let’s get into it! I just reorganized my bookshelves so it’s the perfect time to go on a little scavenger hunt!

I actually have two shelves, one with all my YA books and one with all my adult, middle grade, classics and non-fiction books and then I also have my ereader (which is actually a very old ipad but it still works). Anyway, I’m going to find some books on all of those shelves and my ereader and there are 8 questions so I’ll be doing 3 from my YA shelf, 3 from my other shelf and 2 from my ereader (because I have much fewer books on there).

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1. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

 

I picked up Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid because it was on sale (that sounds bad haha). I read one of Adi Alsaid’s other books (Let’s Get Lost) and quite enjoyed it and then I saw this one was only a few euros in ebook format so I bought it. I quite liked it (that seems to be the lesson here: I quite like Adi Alsaid’s books haha).

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2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

The Darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans is a book I needed to read for my Dutch literature class and I expected to hate it because it’s Dutch literature and I really don’t like Dutch literature. However, I liked it! I loved the mystery aspect and the unreliable narrator aspect a lot and I still find myself thinking about it every now and then, which is something that’s rare for me. Especially since it has been years since I read it.

 

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3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick a book at random. How did you discover this book?

 

I discovered Radio Silence by Alice Oseman through Eve’s blog, I think. I don’t quite remember. Anyway, I absolutely loved it! I got the book through this book service that send out books to bloggers for review and after writing my review I never heard from them again haha.

 

 

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4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

Warcross by Marie Lu has been recommended to me by pretty much everyone that read it so I think this counts. I actually have a lot of books that were recommended to me still unread on my ereader. For some reason I tend to pick those up not as soon as other books.

Anyway, I really enjoyed Warcross, it was so action-packed with twists and I liked the characters, so yeah, it was a success!

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5. Pick a book that you discovered through booktube/book blogs

 

The fact that Victoria Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is now one of my favourite book series is entirely because of book blogs and bloggers (including Ilsa). I don’t think I would ever heard about it, let alone picked it up if it weren’t for the hype. I LOVE THIS SERIES.

 

 

 

294565986. Find a book with a one word title. What drew you to this book?

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman – HAVE YOU SEEN THIS COVER?? It’s absolutely gorgeous! I won this copy (it’s an ARC) from a giveaway held by Akemi herself and I adored this book so much.

 

 

 

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The only book I can think of that I discovered through an adaptation is The Hunger Games (and the rest of the trilogy). I saw the first movie before reading the book, I think. I’m not exactly sure anymore. It has been a long time! I do remember really well going to the movie with my friends from high school and really enjoying the movie!

 

 

 

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8. Think of your all time favourite book(s). When did you read them and why did you pick them up in the first place?

My all time favourite book is Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. I first read it for my English class. You needed to read a couple of books but you could decide for yourself which books you wanted to read so I went to my school library and found this book. And then I put it back because I thought it would be too difficult to read such a big book (it’s not really big, but I was really bad at English and preferred my books to be less than 200 pages if possible). But it intrigued me and I ended up reading it (and I’m rereading it for the 5th? 6th? time next week!)

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What is one book on your shelf you picked up because of a recommendation? How did you discover your favourite book? Which book did you read that you thought you would hate but ended up loving?

The Ace of Shades Book Tag (hijacked by a Scarhand :P)

As you might know, I have been anticipating the release of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody for a while (okay, for over half a year…) and I was so happy to have received an eARC but even more, I’m also in the Ace of Shades street team (go #Scars!). Ace of Shades has been compared to Six of Crows (I mean, now you have to read it, right?) and is about a girl, Enne, who is trying to find her mother in the City of Sin with gangs and criminals and I’ll just let you read the synopsis (below) because it’s amazing. This tag was created by some members of the Doves, which is another team in the AoS street team: Katy and Min. Thanks guys! (also thanks for letting me do this tag :))

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Looking back at 2017 | This Time Next Year Tag

This time last year, I made a list of goals and I just remembered I did that so now we’re going to look back at these goals and see if I actually accomplished them! I did the This Time Next Year Tag and I’ll look back at that! I will also make new goals for 2018.

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