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Mid-Year Freak Out

I was tagged by the lovely Molly @ Silver Button Books to take part in the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag! This tag is so much fun and such a great way to figure out where you stand on your goals since the year IS half-over.
Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?

That’s a hard one because I read so much variety! I can’t choose just one, but two is doable.

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really loved the Legend series by Marie Lu and Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham. They’re so different so I really can’t choose between the two, but they are both really well written and fun to read!

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ IN 2018?

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Again, it’s hard to decide. I don’t want to be too repetitive by saying the second book in the Legend series, Prodigy, but I really, really liked the series. I also really loved Siege and Storm, the second book in the Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo.

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO?

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Oh boy!! My TBR list has been suffering really bad this summer. I keep getting lucky enough to check out new books from the library, but then I suck at getting to them. Currently, I have War Storm by Victoria Aveyard and Us Against You by Fredrick Backman from the library, but I haven’t read them, yet.

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

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I suck at choosing just one book. So here are two more. Shari Lapena has a new book coming out August 7th called An Unwanted Guest. I really enjoyed Lapena’s The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House, so I think this book will be a great read to cozy up with as fall hits. Additionally, the second book in Marie Lu’s Warcross series, Wildcard, will be coming out in September.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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I liked the Shiver series by Maggie Stiefvater when I read it in high school and. as I entered the blogging world, Stiefvater’s name keeps coming up. However, I could no get into The Raven Cycle series. I tried, I read the first two books, but I just didn’t like the books. I still can’t decide what it was – the characters, the story, the writing – I just know that I had absolutely no desire to continue reading the books.

BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Depends on what you mean by surprise. Biggest surprise as in “you’ll never see that coming!”?  I would have to say Not Like Everyone Else by Jennifer Leigh. Biggest surprise as in “that was way better than I thought it would be”? The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?

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Tomi Adeyemi. I love love LOVED Children of Blood and Bone and I am realy excited to continue reading this series. The writing is so powerful and the story important that I can’t imagine anyone not loving her.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

I’m not sure that I have one… I guess maybe Day from the Legend series or Cartier from The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross?

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

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I absolutely adored Mariko in Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (my review here). In terrible circumstances, Mariko picks herself up and, rather than relying on a man for help (like some heroines), she learns how to fight and infiltrates the Black Clan. I love her as a character because she is so strong and powerful and Ahdieh .

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

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I haven’t read many tear-jerking books this year (which is okay after the Me Before You incident at the gym a couple years ago). I did cry at the end of The Giver by Lois Lowry. I still don’t know if it was happy crying or sad crying, but it was definitely there. I also cried at the end of King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard. Honestly, I’m ready for all the drama of this series to be over, but I really really can’t stand where the end of this book left us. Those were angry tears.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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The cute romance of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agneda made my giddy with butterflies. It was such c ute and perfect ending to such an important story. Both Amy Poehler’s Yes Please and Lauren Graham’s Talking as Fast as I Can memoirs made me laugh out loud as I as listening to them. I’ve really enjoyed many of the books I read this year, so far, but these three truly made em happy 🙂

FAVORITE BOOK-TO-FILM ADAPTATION?

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I think I’ve only watched The Help and Cold Mountian this year. I haven’t read Cold Mountain, so I don’t know if I can say that I like it as an adaptation. But I really love The Help, I can watch that movie and reread that book any day of the week.

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Because I’m not very caught up on the book-to-film adaptation watching, I thought I’d add “book to film adaptations I am really excited for” to my mid-year freak out. I LOVED Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli (my review here), and I’m really looking forward to the movie, Love, Simon. I also read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle this spring and I would really love to see the movie. My mom and little sister read it also, so I’m waiting to watch it with them 🙂 I haven’t read Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple, yet, but it is on my summer 2018 reading list. The movie came out in May and I really would like to see it soon! And last, but definitely not least, I cannot wait for The Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society to come out as a film. I read this book a few summers ago and still vividly remember it as a favorite for me (I even put it on my summer reading list, again!).

FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR?

Either Just Read July + 5 Essential Tips for Reading More Books OR My 12 Most Anticipated Books This Summer. Both these posts were a ton of fun to write and I loved how they turned out. It helps that the pictures were so beautiful thanks to Unsplash 🙂

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR?

Funny story… I’m supposed to be on a book buying hiatus until I finish graduate school. Don’t worry, I’ve still bought books. BUT if my husband asks, you didn’t see anything. I really love the simple elegance of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert but I also enjoy the light-hearty summery feel of The Color Project by Sierra Abrams.

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

ALL OF THEM! Haha — but seriously. I want to double my reading goal of 30 books, so I need to read at least 28 more books. Here, I would like to refer you to my challenges page. I need to read 8 more books for my Just Read July challenge, different types of books for my 30 books challenge (I need to branch out more), and I would like to check off at least 5 books from my Owned but Unread list.

 


And there you have it! My mid-year freak out from 2018. I’ve read some really amazing books, but I definitely have a ways to go before I reach all my goals! Thank you, again, Molly for the tag this has been so fun to do! I know it’s getting a little past the “mid-year” mark, but I would like to nominate:

  • Everyone!

It’s alread half-way through July, so if you want to do it, GET IT DONE!

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