Tag Tuesday: The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hi everyone! June is officially over so we are MORE than halfway through the year. Yikes! I figured this week, I’ll take a look at what I’ve read so far this year and put the good, the bad, and the ugly into a tag. I’ve read 34 books so far this year and Goodreads tells me I’m “one book behind” on my goal of 75 books. Without further ado, here goes!:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

Short Stories From Hogwarts of Power, Politics, and Pesky Poltergeists. I only have a short list to choose from and I wasn’t in love with the Grisha sequels so when all else fails, default to the PotterVerse! This was actually my favorite of the short library collections. I found this one witty and interesting, moreso than either of the other two books.

344992213. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

To Kill a Kingdom is getting so much buzz and I have had this book for months now! Why have I still not read it?! I always tell myself I want to be ready for the Goodreads awards and I’m going to binge read when the nominees come out but there are just way too many. I have to start NOW and I just know that this will be on there.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. I am desparate for this release!! I have heard its good and its right up my alley. I cannot wait for this release!!

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Wrinkle in Time: Graphic Novel. Maybe its been too long since I read the book, or maybe the graphic novel was just too cheesy for me. Whatever the matter, I had been looking forward to reading this and ended up very disappointed. I don’t have a ton of experience with graphic novels, but I have enjoyed those I have read….with the exception of this one.

289456656. Biggest surprise.

Zero Repeat Forever. I’m choosing this not just because I am surprised that I enjoyed a sci-fi book (its not my typical go-to genre), but I was surprised by the ending. Hello cliffhanger!! I was so drawn into the characters of this book and I can’t wait for the second book to release!!

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Ashley Poston – Geekerella. I received an ARC of Geekerella before the paperback was released and I absolutely LOVED the book. Honestly I was a little skeptical but it all ended up great! Now I’m considering buying my own hard copy because I loved it so much! Ashley Poston is definitely an author I will read again.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Levi from Fangirl. Pretty much enough said. The guy can make me a latte anytime! 😉

9. Newest favourite character.

The Darkling! Seriously…all the merch, all the books, all the angsty talk….#teamDarkling

2511100410. Book that made you cry.

November 9. I have fallen in love with Colleen Hoover this year and November 9 is probably my favorite CoHo book at this point. I can’t wait for her next book to release! All Your Perfects is the title and it releases on July 17th. Almost here!

11. Book that made you happy.

Catching Fire. Book #2 of The Hunger Games is my favorite and I have been craving a re-read for a while. I was so happy to finally pick it up and I absolutely loved my time listening to the audiobook for the first time.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Annihilation – way better than the book. The movie is SO trippy! It was everything I expected but didn’t get from the book!

3364552713. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. I feel like I got to reference some fun works, use some great quotes, and find some fun pictures to put into my review. Plus I enjoyed the book itself so that made writing the review all the better.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Sky in the Deep. I thought this book was beautiful both inside and out. I like that it was unique and strong.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to read Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom, The Darkest Minds, and I want to pick up the Red Queen series again, now that its finished (I hate cliffhangers with unreleased books).

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So there you have it, folks! If you are reading this and you have not yet done this tag, consider yourself officially tagged and go do it! Its a good one! Oh, and just a reminder, my giveaway is still open for The Last Time I Lied. If you live in the U.S. or Canada and want to read this amazing summer thriller by Riley Sager, visit my last post and give me your best shot and two truths and a lie and I’ll enter you to win a free copy of the book. Giveaway goes until 7/19/18. Goodluck!

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On the nineteenth day of #blogmas … Tag Tuesday: The Joy of Christmas

→ Here are the questions 🙂

1. Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release/releases are you most anticipating?

2. Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing it’s praises?

3. Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world building?

4. A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read?

5. Christmas Sweets: What book would you love yo receive for christmas?

6. Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling?

7. Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

8. Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas and/or some of your favourite memories?

From @gowithflick on YouTube.

On the 17th day of #blogmas …my Secret Santa emerges!

We’re up to day 17 and Christmas is drawing nearer! This December, I have entered myself into three Secret Santa exchanges online. Two that I found through Instagram–one of which is a general bookish exchange and one is Harry Potter-themed–and then the other is with my blog chat on Twitter. I think I have mentioned it before, but I’m going to describe it again because it is a wonderful group of people who deserve recognition:

So we are the original Great Bloggers Chat (@GreatBloggersGC on Twitter). We came together as a group of “amateur” book bloggers who felt we didn’t have many followers and weren’t finding many ARC’s, but who wanted to grow and learn more about the bookish community. Together, we support and encourage each other and help one another feed our blogs and find connections in the book and social media worlds and it has helped all of us so much not only in our reading, but personally as well. We’ve become friends and have really done our best to be a beacon to other new or small bloggers as well.

All right, so that’s my spiel for today. Now for the goodies. The following is the contents of the package I got in the mail that I got from my GBC Secret Santa. I also got 2 Kindle e-books! Needless to say, I was spoiled and I am extremely thankful! Merry Christmas, Secret Santa!

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On the 16th day of #blogmas …”The Last Jedi” BLEW MY MIND

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Here is my opinion about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”: BEST STAR WARS MOVIE YET. Yes, I felt that it had its few flaws; its few corny moments. Overall though, I had way bigger moments of  practically flying out of my seat yelling “HOLY SH*T!!!” in shock, amazement, and pure badassery than anything else. Even my fiance, who is a HUGE fan (as in, one of those fans who you never want to play trivia with; one of those fans who has a storage unit full of collectibles) had moments of awe and wonder. Thinking about it now, I was having reservations about going to see it again, wondering if maybe it won’t be as exciting the second time around because I will know what’s coming but I don’t think that will be the case. I have a feeling the thrills and chills will still be there. I get the impression there will be plenty of “Easter eggs” (as Dan calls them) to find.

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And on an end note, we fantasy book readers need to discuss the beautiful creatures in this movie. Especially the arctic foxes, the racing creatures (I didn’t catch their names…my assignment is to look that up), and the porgs. Honestly I’m a bit indifferent about the porgs–they’re ok, but a bit overdone.

So if you wish to discuss the movie, please keep it generalized and spoiler-free or contact me privately and we can chat about it all day! I might have my fiance (Dan) write up a guest post because we’re so hyped about the new movie. Maybe after we go see it again. Have you seen it? Are you planning on seeing it? What do you/did you think?

Currently listening to: Pandora Classical Christmas – “Angels We Have Heard On High”

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#blogmas post 14: Ho Ho Ho – Secret Santa!

When I was in school I used to dread Secret Santa exchanges. I would always spy on the person I chose and there was so much anxiety around who chose me. I just hated trying to find the right balance the pressure of finding the “right gift.” Ugh, and then the nervousness of watching them open the gift and being watched while opening mine…SO NERVE WRACKING!!!

However, this year I signed myself up for three bookish Secret Santa exchanges. I have really enjoyed meeting new people and shopping for them and I am SO excited to do our exchanges! There is still a bit of anxiety surrounding “Did I buy more than they did?” “Did they buy more than I did?” “Will they like it? Do they have these things” etc.  But still, this is the best experience I have had! Today I received one of my three packages and I was so impressed! This was actually the smallest of the packages, I believe, monetary-wise, and I was so happy and impressed with my haul. My ‘Santa’ spoiled me. Here’s how it turned out:

So in case anyone is looking for ideas for a Secret Santa box, here are some ideas of what we came up with, between my Secret Santa and I:

– Books – Funko Pop – Fuzzy socks – Christmas socks – Bookmarks – Fandom pin – Candle – Candy – Cookies – Glitter/Gel pen – Marker set – Washi Tape – Fairy lights – Mug – Hot cocoa – Fandom art prints – Keychains – Chapstick – Holiday ornaments

There are so many little doo-dads out there to put in a box so get creative. Just walk around a store and think outside the box, so to speak. As I said, I loved shopping for these other people and I already can’t wait to put more boxes together in the future!

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On the tenth day of #blogmas …

…we’re back to the Book Blogger Hop! For those of you who don’t know, the Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books but is now maintained by Billie B. at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and receive new followers. There is a new prompt each week so feel free to jump in any time!

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Q: If you celebrate Christmas, do you feel the need to stop reading anything BUT Christmas-themed romances once the season starts?

A: Nope. I love Christmas, and I try to read as many Christmas-themed books as possible but I don’t ONLY read Christmas books. I don’t “restrict” myself. That all being said, I probably do read about 80-90% Christmas or winter books. Its just what I’m in the mood for. I still read different genres within the Christmas theme….not all romance. Mostly mystery or some contemporary romance or classics/historical fiction–there is just so much out there! So far, I have finished reading Kiss Me in New York and I just started reading Christmas at Hope Cottage. I’ll maybe get through one or two more holiday reads before the end of the month?? We’ll see!

I’m always up for recommendations if you have any for me! Please feel free to tell me if you’ve read any good holiday/wintery books lately! 😀

Currently watching: Jim Carey’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

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On the second day of #blogmas ….

andrew-neel-48762I present to you my wrap-up for the month of November. Regarding books read, I hit my average, which is four books read. I miss the days when I was finishing 6 books every month. Those were the days! So here is a re-cap of my completed books for the month of November:

32682118 – 4 stars     22663629 – 3.5 stars

34058936 – 5 stars!!    28016509 – 3.5 stars

In 2016 I read 127 books in total. I was so proud of that number – it was my largest ever! This year my goal was 100! I’m currently at 75, so I’m not likely going to hit that number, but I’m still going to try to get as close as possible to it so we’ll see!

What reading goal(s) did you set for yourself for this year? Are you close to hitting it or did you reach it already?

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Reader Problems Book Tag

Hi everyone! To make up for my missed #TagTuesday last week, my weekly tag falls on a Saturday for this week. I was tagged by Dora, more formally known in our blogging family as Dorka at Berries and Books for the tag for the week, which is Reader Problems, and if some of these don’t just rub you the wrong way, then you are broken! Here goes:

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next? I am a mood reader so it depends on what kind of mood I am in. I think that my mood depends a lot on the weather and the season, so if it is summer and it is sunny, I’ll probably choose a contemporary romance. If its fall and its dreary, I’ll probably pick suspense or horror. Winter I tend to choose more fantasy/dystopian. etc. One other thing that determines what I read next is any other ARC/galley deadlines. If I told a publisher I would read something and have a review up by a publication, then I’ll make sure that I have that done. If I’m doing a tour and I need to get a book read and do my photos and a review, then I will have to prioritize reading that book.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed? If I made it halfway, I will likely finish. Less than halfway, probably not. Unless its an 800-page book, but I don’t read long tomes very often and honestly  that is part of the reason. Another consideration is, again, if I am committed by a publisher. If I have to finish it to write a review, then I will. If not, I probably will. But usually, I try to give a book the benefit of the doubt because usually, endings are the best parts.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how? The holiday season can either be the biggest help or hurt to TBR lists. Personally, I get a small break from work around the holidays so I like to think positive and hope that I will reach my goal. If not, it really isn’t the end of the world. I will just adjust my goal for next year.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope? I. HATE. THIS. But really, what else is there to do except wait until you can collect the copies you need. Trade away for what you want, order them online. If you really love them so much, that’s just what you have to do.

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? There has to be someone else out there who feels the same way. I know there are hundreds and thousands of people who love”Queen Maas” for example but I’m still in the dark about her books. I know I’m in the vast minority on that. I feel so lonely in this…but I have met a couple of people who either dislike (GASP!) or have not yet read her books. Again, very few…but they do exist. So while I FEEL alone, I am not alone. You just have to search and wait until you find those few and far between who are like you. The book community is shockingly huge once you really get into it.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? Oh, I’ll cry over a book in public. Not purposely, but if I have to, I will. I have. The pain is real.

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7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!? Yeah, this has happened to me. I’ve tried to find the synopsis on Goodreads. I’ve tried Wikipedia. I’ve tried just going on in the sequel. A good author will recap everything for you and you should be fine and things will come back to you. But a really good book will be worth the reread. However, rereads are time consuming so its rather a tossup, in my opinion.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask? Sorry, but I just put my foot down and say no. Maybe I’ll escort them to use my B&N discount or take them to the library but no, not taking my babies…I mean, books.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump? Knock on wood, but I really don’t get this problem.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy? The one that I truly intend to read next. When I have a coupon. Usually. Hopefully.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them? Ohhhh, you got me. Probably a really long time. Ohhh, the pain!!! I’m so sorry bank account!! But my shelves look beautiful!!

Moving forward, I tag:

Linda @ Linda’s Little Library

Sarah @ Book Hooked Nook

Cassandra @ Cassie Winters

Stephanie @ Phannie the Ginger Worm

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