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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

I have decided that I want to make “Tag Tuesday” a regular thing. So, for today’s post, I am doing the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag. I did this tag last year around the same time and thought it would be both fun and appropriate (especially considering it is the middle of the year and I am completely freaking out).

1. The best book of the year so far…

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Absolutely LOVED this book (if choosing it for this question didn’t clue you in). Highly, highly, highly recommend this audiobook. The narrator is fantastic. The story is so unique and the characters are very well developed. You can see my full review here.

 

2. The best sequel of the year so far…

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. I don’t really have a lot of options for this question since I haven’t read very many sequels, but I decided this would be the best choice. I didn’t enjoy the first half of the book but once I got over halfway through, I was sucked in and finished the end of it in one sitting. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get into the third and final book in the trilogy. You can read the full review of the first book here.

 

3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want to…

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I received this book in an Owlcrate Box and am really disappointed that I haven’t read it yet. I just finished reading The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to get my eyes on this one (that sounded weird).

 

4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year…

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I absolutely love Becky Albertalli and while I haven’t read anything by Adam Silvera, I have several of his books on my shelf that I am dying to read. I am interested in seeing how they work together since their writing styles are so different.

 

5. Biggest Disappointment of the Year So Far…

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For those of you who don’t know, this is the second trilogy set in the Mistborn world, 100-something years after the events of the original trilogy. The original Mistborn trilogy is probably my favorite adult fantasy series of all time and I was so excited to read this book. While I didn’t hate it, I just wanted and expected so much more from this story. This book is set in a futuristic wild west with magic and it just wasn’t for me.

 

6. Biggest Surprise of the Year So Far…

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I read The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry and it wasn’t terrible, I gave it 3/5 stars. So, when I read this one I expected it to be about the same, but I have to admit this book sucked me in from the very first page and I finished it in one sitting. If you haven’t read anything by this author or you read another book and didn’t enjoy it as much, I highly recommend giving this one a try. A full review will definitely be coming soon.

 

7. A New Favorite Author…

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While this is the only book I’ve read by this author, I have a hard time believing that I will love his other books as well. I actually had his Unwind series on my bookshelf but unhauled it a while ago and regret that decision immensely.

 

8. New Favorite Character

I am actually going to combine this question with #9 which is New Fictional Crush and that is Rhy from the A Darker Shade of Magic series. Rhy is someone who is loved by everyone, he wants to be a great King, brother, son, boyfriend, friend, etc. I love his attitude and personality. I can’t wait to see how his story ends. I also wouldn’t mind an entire series around him.

 

10. A Book That Made You Cry…

I actually don’t have a book for this one. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry, but I also haven’t read any sad books recently. If you have any really good ones you recommend I would love to hear them. I am planning on reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera soon. So, hopefully, I will have an answer for this book next time.

 

11. A Book that Made You Happy…

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This book was so much fun, I laughed so much, the story was so fun, I enjoyed this more than I have anything in a while. I highly recommend the audiobook if you haven’t read it. I listened to the audiobook then went online the same day and ordered a physical copy for my shelves. You can read my full review here.

 

12. The Most Beautiful Book of the Year So Far…

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For this one, I decided to choose a book that both came out this year and I read this year because there are just so many I could choose and it’s hard to narrow it down. Loved this book and love this cover. Beautiful on the inside and out.

 

13. Some Books To Read Before the End of the Year…

I could literally just had a picture of my entire bookshelf and call that my answer to this question. But, I decided to choose two books that if I read nothing else, these two would be the ones I would read. I don’t think I need to say more.

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14. Tag Someone…

I tag EVERYONE because this tag is so much fun and I think everyone should do it. I would love to know your answers to these questions. So, if you do/have done this tag, I would love to know down below in the comments.

 

 

 

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker. I found this on I Wuv Books’ post, here, and decided it would be fun.

This week’s teaser comes from The Red Knight by Miles Cameron. I recently acquired this book as a part of a fantasy book buying binge. It looks so good, I can’t wait to dive into this world.

In a single heartbeat all of his opponents fell, and as they fell they turned to sand. His sword actually passed through one, and beyond his suddenly evaporated opponents, Ser Gawin rode directly at the troll.

                         – The Red Knight by Miles Cameron, pg. 328

 


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Twenty-eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.

Twenty-eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting are hard, leading a company of men – or worse, a company of mercenaries – against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.

It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.

The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he’s determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery, it’s just another job. The abbey is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can’t deal with.

Only it’s not just a job. It’s going to be a war…

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Intimidating TBR Tag

This tag has been going around for a while now, and to be honest I’m not really sure where it started. But I thought it would be fun, so here we go.

A book that you haven’t finished yet.

There are a couple of books I could use for this one. But I think I’ll go for the ones that I actually plan on finishing. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak. These are actually similar stories. I started both of these on audiobook. For Ember, my library loan expired, and for Book Theif, I decided I would rather read the physical copy instead. Trust me, these are both high on my list to finish.

A book you just haven’t had the time to read. IMG_0922

Can I just add a picture of my entire TBR shelf? No? Okay. If I have to pick one, I will go with Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff. I am so excited to read this book. But I don’t want to rush through it, but I also don’t want to squeeze it in a few pages at a time before I go to bed when I am so exhausted from the day. I think this one will be taken on vacation with me this summer. Can’t wait!

A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel.

For this one, I’m going with A Gathering of Shadows and A conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. It had been so long since I read A Darker Shade of Magic, that the excitement had waned a bit and honestly, I’d forgotten a lot of what happened in it. But I just happened to do a reread last week so be looking out for that review.

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I actually don’t own any recent releases that I haven’t read yet. So, I’m going to go with Every Day by David Levithan because I just got it a few days ago. Ever since the movie trailer came out, I have been so excited to read this book. Since I now own it, I will read it that much sooner. I also can’t wait to see the movie.

A book by an author you read previously but didn’t like.

I tend not to buy books by authors of books I didn’t like. But, I do have one that could be used for this category. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I tried reading her Shiver series several years ago but couldn’t even get halfway through the first book. But The Raven Boys is so loved by so many people that I definitely plan to pick it up.

A book on your TBR that you’re just not in the mood to read.

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For this one, I’ll go with More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera. I really want to read this book, but from what I hear it’s extremely sad and I have to be in the right headspace to read a book like that. I’m not really sure I want to cry right now. Soon though.

A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous.

It by Stephen King. Need I say more?

A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.

So, I buy a lot of books based on the cover. I could literally pick up a random book and more than likely it would work for this question. I actually just went on a fantasy buying binge and got the ones with the coolest covers. Not gonna lie. So, I guess I’ll just pick one. Age of Iron by Angus Watson, The Red Knight by Miles Cameron, and Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie. Okay, I’ll pick three.

IMG_0923The most intimidating book on your TBR.

For this, I would have chosen It by Stephen King, but I’ll choose a different one. Let’s go with The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I really want to read this book because so many people rave about it, but it’s so long and daunting that I can’t bring myself to just dive in. It’s also very high fantasy and while I love high fantasy, something about this one makes me anxious. Not to mention, we may never actually end up getting the last book in the series and I don’t want to fall in love with something I can never finish.

 

Well, there you go. That’s the tag. If you would like to try this tag, then I TAG YOU!

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Tuesday Teaser… on Thursday

I know it’s technically Thursday, but just go with it.

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker. I found this on I Wuv Books’ post, here, and decided it would be fun.

This week’s teaser comes from Dead Emotions by ME! I couldn’t help myself.

Teaser…

It was such a strange thing to see it happening while not being able to feel it. The nurse pushed the plunger and a warmth spread through me.

                                 -Dead Emotions by Elizabeth Ballew pg. 99

 

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cover2.9Raina Worth is just like every other nineteen-year-old girl, except for the fact that she has no memories before waking up from a coma three years ago. After losing what family she has left in a fatal car accident, things finally appear to be looking up, that is until people start turning up dead and she becomes the number one suspect.

Raina is sent to one of the new Behavior Correction Centers. A hospital-like prison where patients are forced to learn from their actions or face the consequences. But Raina is realizing that isn’t the only thing going on there and if she doesn’t learn how to protect herself quickly, she won’t survive.

Raina knows her sister, Bexley, is responsible for the murders but nobody believes her. It’s hard to prove your sister is a murderer when she was pronounced dead over a year ago. Raina does everything she can to bring Bexley out into the open but proving her innocence might be more difficult than she thought, especially when even the doctors are hiding the truth.

 

and the winner is

 

Joseph Rollins

Congratulations Joseph! I will DM you to get your information and what box you want. Unfortunately, this is the final winner but thanks to everyone who participated and I will definitely be doing this again in the future!

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Teaser Tuesday – April 24, 2018

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker. I found this on I Wuv Books’ post, here, and decided it would be fun.

This week’s teaser comes from Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. I received this book in the April Owlcrate and it sounds really interesting. I can’t wait to give it a read.

 

Teaser…

The alcohol warmed him from inside out. It made everything louder and quieter at the same time.

              – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody pg. 146

 

 

aosWelcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

 

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Teaser Tuesday – March 6, 2018

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purple Booker. If you want to join in grab your current read, flick to a random page, select two sentences (without spoilers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments of The Purple Booker. I found this on I Wuv Books’ post, here, and decided it would be fun.

This week’s teaser comes from Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I am enjoying this book so much and I highly highly recommend it. The audiobook is amazing as well and I can’t wait to see how it ends.

Teaser…

Over time, a strang pattern revealed itself. A smiling fair one passed a dessert or fancy up the table in my direction, only for Rook to intercept it before it reached me.

– An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson pg. 173

 

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A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

         Goodreads ⊥ Amazon

 

 

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Down the TBR Hold #6 26-30

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story. It is dedicated to decluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. I know that there are some book on my TBR pile that I’m never going to get to, so this tag is a nice solution to my never-ending TBR pile!

How it works…

  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Down the TBR Hole #4

Books…

 

The Future of Us by Jay Asher

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I absolutely loved and adored Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and so this one immediately went on my TBR shelf. However, it has been on there so long that I don’t even remember what it is about. Honestly, I’ve lost all interest. So, It Goes.

 

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

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I love the concept of this book. I still have interest in reading this but if I am honest, I have walked past this book on shelves so many times and passed it up, in-store and on online. So, I am really on the fence about this book. I think, for now, I’m going to say, Go. I can always add it back later.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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I don’t even have to think about this one. To Kill a Mockingbird is so loved by so many people. It’s a classic. I don’t know when I will get to it, but I will get to it. Keep.

 

Snow White Lies by Sarah J. Pepper

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I added this and a bunch other fairy tale retellings when I was going through a retelling phase. This, like others, is a book that I honestly have no memory of. All I can tell you is that it is a Snow White retelling and that’s based on the cover. I no longer have any interest. Go.

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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This has been on my TBR for as long as I can remember. I want to be one of those readers that reads a bunch of classics and literary fiction, but that’s just not my tastes. So, Go.

 

I have made some progress today. Got rid of four out of five books. If only I could do this more often, that and not add any more. Yeah, that’ll happen.

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Down the TBR hole #5 21-25

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia @ Lost in a Story. It is dedicated to decluttering your TBR pile, going through each book and choosing which one should stay or go. I know that there are some book on my TBR pile that I’m never going to get to, so this tag is a nice solution to my never-ending TBR pile! So, here goes nothing!

How it works…

  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Down the TBR Hole #4

The Books…

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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I still own this book and I really enjoyed watching the movies so at some point in the future (I don’t know when) I do want to eventually read this book. Verdict: Stay

 

Atonement by Ian McEwan

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This is one of my good friend’s favorite books and I really want to give it a try. However, it is not the type of book that I normally read so I’m not sure how I will feel about it. It’s one of those that I sort of want to read but don’t actually know if it will ever happen. I guess I will keep it for a little bit longer. Verdict: Stay (for now)

 

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell

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Okay so here’s the deal, I think this will be really funny and relatable, but I don’t know if I will ever actively search it out… which is what I use my goodreads “to-read” list for. If I happen across it one day then I might pick it up, but I see no reason to keep this on my shelf. Verdict: Go

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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I am dying to read this book. It has gotten so much hype that I don’t know how I couldn’t want to read it. Verdict: Stay

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

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I absolutely loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and I really want to read her other books. I think Sharp Objects showed up on one of my previous posts and I really want to read them both. They are on my Amazon wish list, which is what I use for books that I plan on getting in the very near future. Verdict: Stay

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End of the Year Book Tag

This tag was created by Ariel Bissett as a way to reflect on your reading plans for the last few months of the year. It looked like fun so I decided to give it a go. I won’t tag anyone specific but if it interests you then you should do it too! It was a good way for me to see what I have read and what I am looking forward to reading by the end of the year.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

I tend to finish books that I start, but there is one book I started on audiobook but decided to put it down in favor of reading it in physical form later on.

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Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

I know it’s not a very unique answer, but reading Harry Potter really gets me into the mood for fall/Christmas time. I also like to read dark fantasies or mysteries. A couple of options might be…

 

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?

All of my most anticipated releases of 2017 have been released. If there are any books not out yet that you think should be on my radar please let me know. I am always looking for more books and authors to add to my shelf. I am sure there are several that are supposed to be amazing but I just haven’t come across them yet.

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

I don’t really plan my books ahead of time, but I would like to finish The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra clare. I would also like to finish The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas but I’m not sure if that will happen.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?

This might be cheating, but I am currently reading a book right now that I think could potentially become a favorite. I am not very far into it right now so I am not 100% sure, but I am really enjoying it so far.

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Have you already started making reading plans for 2018?

The only plan I have thought of so far is to create a TBR jar. I think this will be a good way to get to books that have been on my shelf for the longest time. There are so many books that I want to get to but they keep getting pushed back in favor of reading new, more popular books.

If you have any fun ways to motivate you to read books that have been on your shelf for a long time, I would love to hear them!

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My Most Owned Authors

These are the top 5 authors that I own the most of their books. (That sounded really confusing.) Anyway… there are six authors on my “top 5” list because number five consists of two authors of which I own the same amount of books.

Brandon Sanderson (15 books)

  • The Final Empire
  • The Well of Ascension
  • The Hero of Ages
  • The Alloy of Law
  • Shadows of Self
  • The Bands of Mourning
  • The Way of Kings 1
  • The Way of Kings 2
  • Words of Radiance 1
  • Words of Radiance 2
  • Warbreaker
  • Elantric
  • Arcanum Unbounded
  • Steelheart
  • Firefight

Cassandra Clare (13 Books)

  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire
  • Clockwork Angel
  • Clockwork Prince
  • Clockwork Princess
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
  • The Bane Chronicles
  • The Shadowhunter Codex
  • Lady Midnight

Sarah J. Maas (10 Books)

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • Throne of Glass
  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Empire of Storms
  • Tower of Dawn
  • The Assassin’s Blade

J.K. Rowling (7 Books)

  • Do I really need to list out all Harry Potter books?

Diana Gabaldon (6 Books)

  • Outlander
  • Dragonfly in Ember
  • Voyager
  • Drums of Autumn
  • The Fiery Cross
  • The Outlander Companion part 1

Rick Riordan (6 Books)

  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
  • Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
  • Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth 
  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
  • The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

 

What are some of your most owned authors? I would love to know!!