Tag Tuesday: Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi, everyone! Its Tuesday again. We made it through Monday and are one step closer to Friday. I don’t really mind the weekdays too much but I know some people are constantly counting them down. Well, participating in tags always helps pass the time, doesn’t it? I was tagged by my friend Sarah at Book Hooked Nook to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. Now, I realize we’re just a bit past mid-year at this point but too bad! Never too late to have a bit of fun! 😉

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017. I have two candidates for this but I’m doing my best to choose one for each category. I choose The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana. Here is why: first off, it was a pleasant surprise. I was chosen to read an ARC from Penguin’s First to Read site and I didn’t have very high expectations because her first book didn’t have that high of a Goodreads rating (I think it was at a 3.7 or something, which to me is a take-it-or-leave-it rating). Secondly, I liked it because I was hooked from the very beginning with a fable about trees. I love trees and fables and mythologies. The whole story was beautiful and I devoured it. Third, I was given a free copy to read and I ended up buying a hard copy for myself. I can’t say that about the other book I was considering. So this one wins the prize.

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017. Again, another book more or less involving Middle-Eastern settings, fables, and adventures. My enjoyment of this book is more character-driven, as Khalid is definitely among my book boyfriends (yum!) but the writing is definitely beautiful and it put Renee Ahdieh on my watchlist of authors.

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3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to. Ok, first off, looking at the cover on a screen does it no justice. There are little stars in the tree and they sparkle (I mentioned before that I love trees? I wasn’t kidding).  Second, it’s a novel revolving around summer camp. I pretty much grew up at summer camp and my heart still lives there. And third, all the feels. I am a sucker for this type of book. This will be my jam. And Emery Lord? I have heard all the things. This book must be read by me while the crickets are still a-chirping outside my window.

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4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. Beautiful cover. Intriguing synopsis. This is screaming Interstellar to me. It probably will be nothing like that, but still….super cool.

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5. Biggest disappointment. Ugh. I don’t even want to talk about this.

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6. Biggest surprise. See #1.

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7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) This book was amazing. Read it.

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8. Newest fictional crush. 2 words: Oakley. Ford.

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9. Newest favourite character. 2 words: Oakley. Ford. Am I having de ja vu??

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10. Book that made you cry. Again with the de ja vu. READ THIS BOOK. Seriously. I will now reveal that this was my second contender for best book so far of 2017. It was so good. I haven’t gotten around to buying a copy yet, but its mainly because I am currently unemployed and I just don’t have the funds. But I know that as soon as I do, I am going to practically sleep with it. I will probably re-read it as soon as I get it, and I will cry all over again. Seriously, this book is so beautiful. Read it and love it and lose your soul in it. So worth it.

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11. Book that made you happy. OMG. Iko. Just….Iko. She is the best character. If I didn’t already enjoy this series, I love it all the more now that I read this graphic novel. And let me just say that this was my first graphic novel, and I really enjoyed it! I literally laughed out loud multiple times. It was really great.

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12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. I have been absolutely slacking in this department. I did see “Beauty and the Beast” and no, that is not my answer. Yes, I liked it and no, that is still not my answer. Maybe I am biased but Anne of Green Gables/Anne with an ‘E’ just holds such a special place in my heart. I loved the show!

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13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. I just really like this cover, the fact that it has the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel (can you tell I’m from Chicagoland?), and I got to put milkshakes in it!

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14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received). Umm, do I really need to explain this cover buy?? ….didn’t think so.

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year? So these are my literal need to reads, as in, obligated for Netgalley or other review websites. Of course there are more and I have many other ARCs sitting around, AND I have a TBR of my own but I know you all know how all of this goes.

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As I mentioned before, I know its late in the year so if, by this point in the year you have NOT done this mid-year tag, consider yourself officially TAGGED!

Today’s Listening: “Charlie Boy” by The Lumineers

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Let the Summer Biannual Bibliothon Begin

6b602617cb4c30652a0f969cee83cbc0Its finally here. We now embark on this Bibliothon, which lasts an entire week, so hopes are high that much reading will get done! Already the BB team has prompts up for the full week for our blogs and social media accounts so you better believe I’m trying to keep ahead of the game because that means more time for reading! So for day 1 we have a Book Blogger Tag hosted by Nana @4teenliars :

Blogger Book Tag Questions:
1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
. “Once and For All,” “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street,” “The Flame in the Mist,” “First We Were IV,” “Windy City Magic,” “Dividing Eden”
2. What is your favourite genre to read in Summer?
. I tend to read more contemporary books in summer than the rest of the year, especially in audiobook format. I also try to read at least one full series each summer.
3.Where is your favourite place to read in the summer?
. I enjoy reading outside whenever possible. I love the summer air, the birds singing, the wind in the trees
4.What is your favourite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
. I like tags and group reads. They require me to think, but not too much. Usually my brain is so focused on reading that I need a break, but not too much of a distraction.
5.What fictional character would you hang out in the summer if you could?
. Katniss or Luna
6.What are your plans for summer?
. Currently I’m unemployed (sad) so all I’m doing is applying for jobs (boring) and reading (fun!)
7.Do you have summer reading playlist, If not what would be on it?
. Mostly I use a playlist that someone made for Dewey’s 24-hour read-a-thon. Its 24-hours of amazing music for reading and I LOVE it!!
8.What is your favourite summer movie?
. Always the Marvel movies. I still haven’t decided how I feel about the DC characters yet.
9.What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?
. Go camping with family and/or friends.
10.What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

Honestly I’m new with the tags so I just plan to do what I come across.

If you’re curious and interested in joining the Biannual Bookathon, check them out on Twitter @BBibliothon or Instagram @BiannualBibliothon !

Sing on!

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