Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I think we have all seen this tag hanging around the bookish sphere the last month or so. Who is late to the party doing it? That would be me. Story of my life. Anyway, TA-DA! Happy slightly-more-than-halfway-through-2017 book tag! Appreciate the second half of the year, folks. We are all going to blink and it is going to be Christmas. Going…too…fast…


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This book blew me away when I read it back in January. I had picked it up on a whim and continue to be grateful to my freezing winter self for doing so. Schwab quickly became one of my favorite authors after reading this Shades of Magic trilogy.

 

 

 

 


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

Hands down A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I loved it so much I read it twice in a week. That takes a lot of affection and dedication for that monstrous book.


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

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Roar (Stormheart #1) by Cora Carmack. I ordered this one pretty much right after it came out June 13th and it is still sitting on my shelf. I really need to get to it…

 

 

 

 

 


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. This book will either be amazing or I will mock it mercilessly. There will be no in between, you can just tell.


Biggest disappointment.

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Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. People rave so much about this book/series/author. I bet they organize sacrifices to it. With all the wonderful things I heard about it I expected to at least like this book, if not be over the moon for it. I wasn’t. I hated it quite passionately. I’m considering changing my review on Goodreads from two stars to one I hated it so much.

 

 

 


Biggest surprise.

24690 by A. A. Dark. I had not read a horror/thriller/whatever in a long time before I picked up this book. I can’t even really remember what drew me to it but I recall having that I MUST READ THIS BOOK feeling when I first spotted it. 24690 is definitely not for the faint of heart but for me at the time, it really hit the spot.


Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Pierce Brown, hands down. I hadn’t read any of his books, heard about him, nothing before 2017. How did that even happen? I’m so glad I picked up his Red Rising series. He has become one of my favorite authors. Not to mention his snarky, sharp humor on twitter gives me the jollies. Seems like a good guy that writes amazing books.


Newest fictional crush.

Striker from Deanna Raybourn’s Veronica Speedwell mysteries. Granted, I have been completely obsessed with Raybourn’s books lately but Stoker would be amazing either way. Intelligent, resourceful, a bit prickly, and his roguish eyepatch all together make a fairly irresistible character.


Newest favorite character.

I’ve pondered this one for several minutes while browsing the list of books I’ve read this year and no character is really standing out for me as an overall favorite. There have been several I’ve enjoyed but none jump out enough to be considered a favorite. Hm…


Book that made you cry.

Literal tears? Nothing. The closest I got was a sense of fury when a certain character died in Golden Son by Pierce Brown. So many characters died in that book so I’ll leave you to guess which one.


Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

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While I am certainly got a fan of Caraval by Stephanie Garber I can’t deny that the cover for it is absolutely striking. The one I have shown here is the US cover but the UK cover is equally as beautiful.

 

 

 

 


What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Any that strike my fancy? I don’t make a reading list and stick to it, I just read whatever gives me that spark in the moment. I have a nice TBR list on Goodreads and then I end up just picking up something at random. You never know.


Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)

I love browsing through other reading blogs. There are a few that I will typically click on no matter what the topic is but for the most part I’m happy to browse and try to appreciate the wide variety of opinions and reading tastes in the community. Even though I do occasionally roll my eyes…


 

That’s all folks! I hope you have had a great first half of 2017 and feel free to leave a link to your mid-year tag in the comments.

Unique Blogger Award

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Thank you so much to Stephanie’s Novel Fiction for nominating me for the Unique Blogger Award!

I very much enjoy getting nominated for these. It allows you to share a little bit of yourself that is not specifically book related to all of you other lovely bloggers.

The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions

Questions from Stephanie:

  1. What’s the funniest book you’ve ever read or movie/tv show you’ve ever watched? Or both?

-My husband will tell you straight up that my sense of humor leaves a lot to be desired. Apparently when I’m trying to be funny I sound like a big meany. Whoops. That being said, I have to choose a recorded stand up comedian act for this one. I love love LOVE Eddie Izzard. His Glorious stand up is a thing of beauty. Perhaps not strictly a movie/tv show but it is filmed and I can pull it up on Netflix so it counts to me! I got to watch him live a few years back in Connecticut and he is amazing.

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2. What is something that you’ve always dreamed of doing but never have?

-I want to go on a cruise. I want to sit on the deck, be served frilly drinks, and devour book after book while being rocked by the waves. These drinks are to be served by either a handsome fellow with a mid day beard or a busty deck wench, I’m not picky. I want to go to the lunch buffet and eat whatever I want without guilt. Then, after stuffing myself beyond reason, return to the deck and my book. I want to lean along the railing and watch the moon come up from among the waves. Or perhaps a river cruise where I can get off every now and then and explore a new city. Either way, the idea of days at a time without a to-do list or agenda just sounds completely divine. No phones. No outside contact. Just blessed peace.

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3. What author, living or dead, would you like to spend an entire day with? Why?

– Edgar Allan Poe. Don’t even have to think about it. I’d love to see his tortured mind in action. Can you imagine being present as he puts pen to paper and writes The Fall of the House of Usher? I know the saying goes, “Never meet your idles,” but I can’t fathom being disappointed by Poe. Can you imagine that I lived in Baltimore for years and never went to see his grave? I feel like such a fraud. One of these days…

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My three questions:

  1. You have the opportunity to visit either the future or the past and you must choose either or, not both. Which do you choose and why? Where do you go?
  2. You are in a Matrix type situation being offered a red pill or a blue pill. The red pill will allow you to go back to a certain point in your life and have a do-over such as correcting a horrible mistake that has affected the rest of your life negatively. The blue pill just lets you continue you on as is. Which do you pick?
  3. You are a pilgrim heading to a far off land and may only take one book with you on your journey. Which book would you take and why?

 

I tag:

Judith @ Chain Interaction

Stephanie @ Adventures of a Bibliophile

Angelica and Rosie @ The Book Cover Girls

 

Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Reads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme Summer Reads. In preparation for Memorial Day (which is always the unofficial summer kickoff), let’s recommend some summer/beach reads: books to go in your beach bag, best books set in summer, books with summer-y covers, best beach reads for people who don’t enjoy contemporary/realistic reads, best beach reads for fans of X genre, etc. etc.

To get myself in the mood to write this one I pulled up a playlist called So Cal Summer on Google Play. To say the least, I’m not feeling summery yet. Here it is still rainy and vaguely chilly. (For the record, so far this play list is more depressing than anything)

 

A BOOK WHERE THERE IS A LITERAL BEACH

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Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts. So, every now and then I read a romance novel. If you’ve so much as glanced at my book reviews before that may be a bit of a shock, I know. Toward the end of the book, the characters take a vacation at the beach where our main character, Laurel, gets engaged. It’s really a pretty sweet scene.

THE ALIEN BEACH

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Freedom’s Choice by Anne McCaffrey. This book is the second in McCaffrey’s Catteni series. In this series, Earth and other planets have been invaded and the indigenous intelligent life has been stolen away from their home planet and some of them are transplanted on new planets to colonize them. Low and behold the group, which includes a giant biped cat, find themselves on an alien beach. (Can you tell I’m having trouble with this summery/beachy theme, yet?)

SUMMERY COVER

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That Summer by Sarah Dessen. I’ve never read this one but boy does that cover shout summery beach day to me.

UPCOMING SUMMER RELEASE

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Are you Sleeping by Kathleen Barber. This book is set for release on August 1st which is certainly high summer. Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter. -From Goodreads

 

Alright, guys. I’m going off the rails on this one. This theme and I are going to have a fight. I could just tap out and list a bunch of books that I’d like to sit on a beach to read but that would end up being just a list of my favorite books. That feels like cheating. So, while above you see some beachy/summery books, below I give you… songs that make me think of summer! Yeah, I know, that’s still cheating…give me a break, here.

 

My Own Worst Enemy by Lit. For me, this is close to an ultimate summer song. I remember sitting in the grass at a music festival, the summer sun beating down on me, listening to these guys blast this song to the crowd. It was a great experience and will always be a happy summer memory.

Scotty Doesn’t Know from the Euro Trip soundtrack. Does this song even need an explanation? High school graduates, graduation party, awesome and catchy song.

1985 by Bowling for Soup. I remember hanging out with my friends on summer nights singing along to this song. It came out the year I graduated from high school and a lot of warm nights were spent with this blasting out of the car windows.

Josie by Blink 182. This song just makes you think of a hot California summer. Not to mention I’m pretty sure it’s the first time I’ve run across this video and I may have giggled.

 

 

So maybe I didn’t follow this week’s theme to the letter. Maybe I should have just browsed Goodreads and found books with titles or covers that made me think of summer. But, I didn’t. I hope you enjoy it all the same. Happy Tuesday!