Mid Year Book Freak Out 2017

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Today I’m bringing you a mid year tag to recap some of my reading from the first half of 2017. I discovered this one on Literary Legionnaire and it was created by Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books. Check out my responses below!


Best Book I’ve Read So Far In 2017

How to pick just one? At the top is definitely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab but I also adored The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli!

Best Sequel I’ve Read So Far In 2017

Not surprisingly another Victoria Schwab title. Our Dark Duet left me a mess but it was oh so amazing!

New Release I Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

I’ve got a bunch of books on my shelf from earlier this year still to read but I really need to get to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Must read faster…

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

Where to even begin? There’s 27 Hours by Trisitina Wright, Warcross by Marie Lu, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, The Language of Thorns and Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo. Honestly I could go on and on and on. Fall 2017 is overflowing with excellent stories.

Biggest Disappointment

Probably Gilded Cage by Vic James. It just wasn’t what I expected and I didn’t connect at all.

Biggest Surprise

I thought I would like Noteworthy by Riley Redgate but I didn’t expect to fall head over heels for it. Just so freaking good!

Favorite New Author

Mackenzi Lee! A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was phenomenal and I love the way she writes funny historical fiction. Just bought the audiobook for this one for a reread and I’m so excited.

Newest Fictional Crush

Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon was an absolute delight. He’s sweet, nerdy, and so endearing. I love him so much!

Newest Favorite Character

Jason Zhou from Want by Cindy Pon was such a cool character. He was conflicted yet driven and his friends were family. Definitely loved his voice and story arc.

Book That Made Me Cry

Most recently How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake left me a complete wreck. I read it in one four hour sitting during a road trip and sobbed pretty much the entire book.

Book That Made Me Happy

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde was such a wonderful cute story set at a convention. It just made my heart sing.

Favorite Book to Film Adaptation I’ve Seen This Year

You know what I haven’t really seen any book to movie adaptations this year unless Wonder Woman is a valid option. I’m gonna count it. It was too amazing not to.

Favorite Review I’ve Written This Year

I think my fave this year has been Saints and Misfits review. I really loved this one from S.K. Ali and hope people pick this one up.

Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought So Far This Year

So far I think both editions of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor are the prettiest purchases. I just love the blue and yellow gold combination.

Books I Need To Read By The End Of This Year

So many!!!! Hopefully Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. Obviously The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas as well. These are really just the beginning.


How has your 2017 reading year been? Any books I need on my radar?

Let me know in the comments below!

Book Trailer Tag!

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Book trailers have become more and more popular as promotional avenues and it’s fun to think of all the different options out there. The Book Trailer Tag, created by Kayley Hyde on Youtube, asks a bunch of questions in regard to the medium and a reader’s relationship to it. Check out my answers below!


What is your favorite book trailer?

My friend Sarah from The YA Book Traveler makes some of the most wondrous book trailers. Currently my fave is her most recent work for The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye. Check it out HERE but be wary of spoilers since it’s a sequel.

Do you remember the first book trailer you ever watched?

Honestly no. The first one to really stand out in my mind though was the trailer for Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. It was done by Yulin Kuang who puts out amazing short films on Youtube.

Do you seek out book trailers when considering reading a book?

Not typically but if I see a trailer for a book I’m excited for I always check it out.

What’s the silliest book trailer you’ve ever seen?

There’s a website used by educators called Book Nook where students can make their own book trailers and let me tell you some of them are hilarious. I watched one on The Fifth Wave and these two boys starred in it; bad green screen hijinks and so much more.

What book trailer made you wish that the book was a film?

This trailer for Geekerella by Ashley Poston was so well done that I totally think it would make a great film. Plus I desperately want Starfield to be a real show so this is the next step. Right?

What book do you think would make a great, cinematic trailer?

Well, of course, any book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse! I’d love to see one for Six of Crows specifically though. The shady streets of Ketterdam, the vast ice fields of Fjerda. It would be visually stunning.

Has a book trailer ever swayed you to read a book that you weren’t sure you wanted to read?

Not that I can think of but I am pretty new to this book trailer thing.

What is your favorite style of book trailer?

I really like book trailers that give the reader a look at the world there about to be immersed in. It jolts the imagination and gives a starting point for visualizing the words on the page.

What book trailer would you send to someone to encourage them to read a book you love?

Have you read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff yet? Please watch this trailer and then pick up the book. Be repared for pain and suffering.

Who do you tag?

Whoever would like to participate! Or feel free to answer in the comments.


So what did you think of this tag? Do you like watching book trailers? Any I need to check out?

Let me know in the comments below!

The “Anything But Books” Tag

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I came across The “Anything But Books” Tag on The Bookkeeper’s Secret and thought this would be a fun little post to do. So here’s a little more insight into me:

1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

Oh where to begin! Currently I’m loving Star Wars Rebels which I’m trying to catch up on. I also adore The Clone Wars, Avatar the Last Airbender, and Legend of Korra. Some old school faves are Hey, Arnold, Rocket Power, and Jonny Quest.

2. What is your favorite song right now.

I’ve been listening non stop to Ed Sheeran’s new album and especially Galway Girl and Castle on the Hill.

3. What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Binge watching television shows is totally a valid answer right. I have so many to catch up on! Continue reading

The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag

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I know, I know. A tag on a Monday? Do not fear, I will have a review tomorrow. That being said, The Anonymous Bookaholics Tag caught my eye when I was on Flying through Fiction, and thought it would be fun. So without further ado, here we go!


What do you like about buying new books?

I have a deep love for buying new books even though I probably shouldn’t. I love a bright, shiny cover without blemishes and no damage. I’m kind of picky but if I’m paying for them I want each one to be as perfect as possible.

 How often do you buy new books?

At least twice a month but probably more like every week. It depends on how spaced out my anticipated releases are and if I’m in a spendy mood. Continue reading

The TBR Book Tag

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I feel like the start of each new year is a good time to reflect on my neverending TBR and saw this book tag done by Mariam over at Flying Through Fiction. So let’s talk about all the books waiting to be read!

How Do You Keep Track Of Your TBR Pile?

For the most part I keep all of my owned TBR books on one set of shelves. Currently only a couple don’t fit in the slots but they sit on top of it.

Is Your TBR Mostly Print Or EBook?

Mostly print as is my reading habits. It’s probably around 60 books at the moment. TBR eBooks are pretty much all ARCs and under 10.

How Do You Determine Which Book From Your TBR To Read Next?

Honestly it depends on my mood but occasionally by release or if it fits a reading challenge. Continue reading

Which Classic Female Author Am I?

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Hello all! I’m trying something new today. Instead of a book tag I’m going to take a Buzzfeed quiz. This one is “Which Classic Female Author Are You?” Let’s take a look at how my answers pan out, shall we…

What are you writing with?

Ink Pens

Typewriter

Laptop

Pencils

Quill Pens

Gel Pens

I find it much easier to write pen to paper and don’t mind crossing things out if needed. Continue reading

Creatures of the Night Book Tag

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When searching for book tags I discovered this Creatures of the Night Tag on Dreamland Book Blog. It was originally created by Katytastic on Youtube and I thought October was the perfect time for this one. It’s simple! Just pick your favorite book with each of these different creatures of the night. Let’s get started!

Vampire

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In 1972, a 16-year-old American living in Amsterdam finds a mysterious book in her diplomat father’s library. The book is ancient, blank except for a sinister woodcut of a dragon and the word “Drakulya,” but it’s the letters tucked inside, dated 1930 and addressed to “My dear and unfortunate successor,” that really pique her curiosity.

Her widowed father, Paul, reluctantly provides pieces of a chilling story; it seems this ominous little book has a way of forcing itself on its owners, with terrifying results. Paul’s former adviser at Oxford, Professor Rossi, became obsessed with researching Dracula and was convinced that he remained alive. When Rossi disappeared, Paul continued his quest with the help of another scholar, Helen, who had her own reasons for seeking the truth. As Paul relates these stories to his daughter, she secretly begins her own research.

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