Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag (a tad belated)

I have so much fun doing these book tags and since we are getting on with 2017 (August is nearly OVER?!) I thought this tag would be both fun and informative! It’s nice to look back on your reading year and reflect on some favourites!

  1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017
    Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer AND The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Both of these books were intense reads that just grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. They left me feeling jarred, uncomfortable, and a little bit hollow. Not how you want to feel after reading a book? Perhaps not always, but these are two books that resonated with me, educated me, and really made me think and consider things that I haven’t before. I really love books that I find myself thinking about when I wake up, in the middle of lunch, on the bus etc. I highly recommend both of them!
  2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
    Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare AND Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. It looks like I am incapable of choosing just one answer but I just really loved both of these books. After finding Lady Midnight enjoyable, but not mind-blowing, I was so happy to find myself completely immersed and addicted to Lord of Shadows. It reminded me of how much I love the Shadowhunter universe and I cannot wait for the next instalment. Days of Blood and Starlight was a re-read for me but it had been a few years and I adored it even more the second time around. It is beautifully written, and you can read my rambling review-style post about the entire series earlier on my blog!
  3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
    Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, Wintersong by S. Jae Jones and pretty much every single book that has come out in 2017! I haven’t been able to purchase many new books this year and so my Wishlist is dangerously monumental.
  4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?
    All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Biggest Disappointment?
    The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkowski AND Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I had heard SO much hype around The Winner’s Curse trilogy and I was so ready to be absolutely in love with it. I wanted an addictive read with complex, likeable characters, and an intriguing plot. I didn’t feel as though I got any of that, and I was left feeling pretty bored and without much affection for any of the characters. The story was okay, and I read all three, but I look at them on my shelf, taking up space, and feel disappointed that money was spent on them. I won’t ramble on about Cruel Beauty, but basically I was super excited for a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and this one just lacked for me. The romance wasn’t believable and the plot seemed to drag on.
  6. Biggest Surprise?
    Probably The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis! I picked up this book thinking I would get a light-hearted, witty read but instead I was hit with a heaviness that I did not expect.
  7. Favourite New Author?
    I loved reading Burial Rites by Australian author Hannah Kent, and I would really love to pick up her other two(?) books! Her writing is poetic and beautiful.
  8. Newest Fictional Crush?
    I really loved Prince Merik in Truthwitch – he was a little messy, cranky, cheeky, and sweet! I loved his banter with Safi and I really can’t wait for their reunion in the third book.
  9. Newest Favourite Character?
    I liked Iseult in Truthwitch and Agnieszka in Uprooted! Both really interesting, complex, kick-ass female characters that I really enjoyed. Both have really cool powers and perspectives that I appreciated! Also Ty Blackthorn from The Dark Artifices is an absolute gem.
  10. Book That Made You Cry?
    I didn’t actually cry, but Burial Rites by Hannah Kent was absolutely heart-breaking. Beautiful, achingly sad, and absolutely worth a read. I also haven’t finished it yet, but I am almost certain that I will cry when I finish The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I am unprepared and will likely drown in tears.
  11. Book That Made You Happy?
    After a couple of heavier books recently, The Falconer by Elizabeth May was just what I needed: fantastical historical-fiction with a kick-ass heroine + a cranky, pretty male lead + hilarious snarky pixie. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book with a romance that made me feel all gooey, the way I used to reading YA, and I felt as though this book gave me that feeling. It’s a little more cliche’ than I expected, but I am really enjoying the series anyway!
  12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
    I think the only movie adaption I’ve seen this year is Before I Fall which I enjoyed! It was an honest interpretation of the book and it made me feel the same way I did upon reading it for the first time!
  13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
    I actually have no idea, this question is strange but I did enjoy writing my gush-y review about Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy!
  14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?
    Probably either the hardcover copy the The Raven Boys that I snagged second-hand or Burial Rites which is also a really nice hardcover that I also snagged for super cheap ($2) from a second-hand store! I absolutely adore hard-covers and I can never usually afford them so I take full advantage at thrift stores.
  15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?
    Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor is at the absolute TOP of my list but I also really want to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy! I loved The Hobbit and I’m a massive fan of the movies, so I really think that it is past time that I read the books themselves!

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