Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing very well! As you might have noticed, I disappeared for a little while. My mental health wasn’t great and I had my history exam and everything got a bit too much. So I needed a break. Or, well, as much of a break as someone who has to study all day every day can have. But I took my history exam this week and I’m feeling a bit better, so I thought it was time to return to the wonderful world of blogging!
Also, I know I’m very behind on my reviews but I thought a tag would be a bit better of a come-back. But the reviews are coming. I promise you. And because we’re officially halfway through the year, I thought the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag would be very appropriate, so let’s dive straight in!
Well, apparently this tag starts of with the hardest question. While I’ve read quite a lot of books this year (according to Goodreads I’ve read 64) not one of them really stands out as The Best. Don’t get me wrong, I read a lot of good books like Girl Out of Water, the Lillac Town series, A Crown of Wishes, Knit One, Girl Two, and I really enjoyed them, but I wouldn’t be able to call one of them my absolute favorite, sadly. I really hope I’ll find one of my new favorite books during the second half of the year, tho!
Okay, this one is a lot easier because I’ve only read one sequel this year so far (not including comics) and that was A Crown of Wishes. And I’m pretty sure that even if I had read a lot more sequels, I would still call this one my favorite. It’s just such a magical, and wonderful book and if I’m making a top 10 or 17 books of 2017, this one will definitely be on there.
I have so many new releases I still want to read? I could probably make a list of 20 books for this question, but I’ll go with 2. One of them is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, which I got in the mail yesterday and would’ve started right away if it wasn’t for the 4 other books I’m reading at the moment. The other one is Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, which is the next book I’m buying once my TBR has shrunk and I allow myself to actually buy books again.
I have so many possible answers for this again, but I’ll go with a book that I’m reading and ARC of right now and that’s Like Water by Rebecca Podos. This has been one of my top 3 most anticipated releases for this whole year, and I’m only 60 pages in at the moment and I can already say that it’s exceeding my expectations!
This will come to no surprise to any of you, but it’s definitely The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and not only was it just plain bad, it was also very hurtful. Here’s my review.
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh! I don’t read a lot of graphic novels because I didn’t think I’d like them very much, but then I requested this on Netgalley because it looked fun and I completely fell in love with it! The storyline is amazing, the characters are so great and lovely and pure, and the art is so colorful and happy and there’s just nothing I don’t love about this.
Almost all of the books I’ve read this year were written by authors that are new to me so it’s hard to pick, but 2 authors that really stand out are Laura Silverman and Shira Glassman. Silverman’s Girl Out of Water was fantastic and she’s really become one of my auto-buy authors, and I also fell in love with Glassman’s Knit One, Girl Two and Fearless, and I can’t wait to pick up her Mangoverse series.
I don’t get fictional crushes as easily as I did when I was a bit younger, but two characters that really stayed with me and I wish I could be friends with are Vikram from A Crown of Wishes and Mayte from The Paths We Choose.
Why is this tag so hard? Ugh. Okay, I think my newest favorite characters are both Gauri and Vikram from A Crown of Wishes, because they’re both so clever, and I love their banter.
Something you should know about me is that I cry very easily while reading books. Not just when it’s sad, I also cry when something great happens, or when the book is so utterly beautiful that I get incredibly sad when it ends. But one book that stands out (I use this sentence a lot, I’m sorry) is The Paths We Choose by Maria Hollis. In this book there’s a scene where the main character reconnects with her brother, and this made me so emotional that I had tears streaming down my face while I was reading it.
Just like I cry a lot while reading, a lot of books also make me very happy. I guess I just have very strong emotions? Idk. But the last book that made me happy (and the last book I actually finished) is Amina’s Voice. It’s such an excellent and heartwarming book, and I had a big smile on my face when I finished it. (Okay, I admit, I also had tears in my eyes, but that’s besides the point.)
Finally, another not-so-hard question! The most beautiful book I’ve received is, without a doubt, my ARC of Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore. I literally just stared at the book for 5 minutes straight after opening the package because it’s GORGEOUS. And if the ARC is so incredibly beautiful, just imagine how pretty the finished copy will be!! I can’t wait.
Let’s try to make this list as short as possible… Want by Cindy Pon, Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, Warcross by Marie Lu, Every Heart a Doorway & Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao and let’s just stop here because I could go on all day.
So, that was the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! (I’m so glad this is a blog and not a booktube channel because that title is impossible to say. Wow.) I’m really interested to see what your answers to these questions would be so, tell me, what book was the biggest surprise/disappointment for you this year?