Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag!

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag!

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I really enjoyed doing the end of the year freak out tag at the end of 2018 so when I spotted this mid year post from Priyasha at Books and Co I thought I would give it a go!

Screenshot 2019-06-02 at 12.23.37I honestly have no idea how it can be June already. I’m happy to say I’m doing okay with my 2019 Reading Challenge – I am hoping to push myself to read 150 books but we’ll see how that goes. My other challenges (get my Netgalley to 80% and buy less books) aren’t going as well, but we’ve still got another six months of the year to go.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
This is such a hard question because I hate just picking one book, but I really loved Aurora Rising.
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2. Best sequel of 2019 so far?
It’s got to be The Wicked King – that book almost killed me.
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3. New release you haven’t read yet but really want to?
I picked up a copy of Finale when it came out but I haven’t got the chance to pick it up yet.
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4. Most anticipated release for the rest of 2019?
There are so many that I’m excited for – Angel Mage by Garth Nix is definitely one of them but I think it’s got to be Crowfall – I’m dying to find out what happens!
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5. Biggest disappointment?
For this it’s definitely Vassa In the Night. I thought this was going to be a gorgeous story and I really didn’t get on with it at all.
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6. Biggest surprise?
This is definitely Daisy Jones & The Six – it’s really not the kind of book I would normally read and I picked it up on a whim but I absolutely loved it.
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7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?
I really fell in love with Shadowscent by P. M. Freestone. It was a cracking debut and I’m so excited to read more from her.
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8. Newest fictional crush?
I don’t really do fictional crushes so for this I picked my favourite couple – I loved the romance between Lyra and Vesper in A. G. Howard’s Stain.
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9. New favourite characters?
I love Nick and his friends in One Word Kill – Simon, Mia, John and Elton are a great bunch and I love watching them save the world.
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10. Book that made you cry?
So far I don’t think any books have made me cry but I definitely had a lump in my throat reading As Far As the Stars.
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11. Book that made you happy?
I was so happy reading The Princess and the Fangirl. I love Ashley Poston’s characters and it was great to see Darien and Elle from Geekarella make an appearance.
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12. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?
I don’t think I’ve actually seen any movie adaptations so far. I am currently watching the TV adaptation of Good Omens though and it’s brilliant.
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13. Favourite review you’ve written this year?
I was really pleased with my review of The Familiars. It’s such a beautiful book and I really wanted to do it justice.
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14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year?
I received a copy of Perfectly Preventable Deaths and I honestly just love that cover!
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15. Books you need to read by the end of the year?
I honestly have a list as long as my arm but I would just like to try and get my TBR down a good bit (like that will ever happen), but I really want to read Night Film!
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This tag was so fun! I’m not sure who has done it and who hasn’t so if you’re interested in doing it consider yourself tagged! 

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

I Should Have Read That Book Tag

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I saw this tag over at Ruby’s Book Blog and thought it looked like fun so I thought I would give it a go. This tag was created by the lovely BooksNest.

231252661. A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
One of my closest friends is forever recommending books by Clare Mackintosh. I’m getting more and more into crime fiction and I picked up a copy of I Let You Go. She also gave me a copy of I See You, so I really need to get cracking on trying her books.

173333192. A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
This is probably the majority of my TBR to be perfectly honest. I’ve had Burial Rites by Hannah Kent on my TBR for the longest time and every time I pick it up I think it sounds like such a brilliant read and then I never get around to actually reading it.

206176363. A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
I’m completely terrible for starting a series and never finishing it. A prime example is the Throne of Glass series. I’ve read The Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight – I own the rest of the series but haven’t picked them up yet.

128734. A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
I really like reading classics and I studied English Literature at University so have read a fair number – I haven’t yet read Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier yet so I really need to get around to that.

28374007 (1)5. A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
I could probably make a list a mile long of popular books I haven’t read yet but I’d really liked to get around to reading Three Dark Crowns because so many people seem to love that series.

183710316. A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
This was quite a difficult one because I’m a bit of a stickler for reading the book before I see the movie but I saw A New York Winter’s Tale at the cinema and enjoyed it. I later learned it was originally  a book so I bought a copy and haven’t read it yet – does that count?

42190061 (2)7. A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
I’ve been seeing The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman all over Instagram lately and I am really excited to read that one. I’m definitely hoping to get to it this month.

So that was the I should have read that tag! If you fancy having a go consider yourself tagged!

2018 Reading Survey!

2018 Reading Survey!

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I saw this tag over at TV Addicted Bookworm and thought it looked really fun so here’s my 2018 reading survey!

Reading Stats

Number of books read: 142
Number of rereads: 18
Pages Read: 44,112
Genre you read most: Fantasy

Questions

book cover (53)1. Best book you read in 2018?
This is such a difficult question! I read so many wonderful books in 2018 but the book that really sticks with me is The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. It was a beautiful conclusion to one of my favourite series of all time, it made me cry a couple of times and I’m honestly still trying to process it enough to write a full review.
book cover (8)2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?This was probably Glass Town Wars by Celia Rees. I loved her books growing up so I was really excited to dive back into her writing but this one didn’t really click with me. It was a solid 3 star read but I was expecting something more.

Untitled design (97)3. Most surprising book you read (in a good or bad way)?
It definitely has to be Mirage by Somaya Daud. I expected to really enjoy this fantasy/science fiction story with doppelgangers and danger but I didn’t expect to completely fall in love with the story and characters. I need book two now!!

Untitled design (96)4. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
I’m not sure I really pushed anyone to read any particular book but I did talk a lot and post lots of pictures of The Sisters of the Winter Wood and a few people said they were going to pick it up. It’s such a beautiful story I couldn’t help but shout about it.

book cover (55)5. Best series you started in 2018?

This one is cheating slightly but it probably has to be The Folk of the Air by Holly Black. Technically I read The Wicked King in 2019 but can I started the series in 2018 and can confirm it’s the best thing ever.

book cover (20)Best Sequel?
This is definitely Darksoul by Anna Stephens. I’m a bit obsessed with the Godblind trilogy so this was an eagerly awaited release. I couldn’t put it down and it was a brilliant addition to the series. I just wish I didn’t have to wait for the next one.

book cover (16)Best Series Ender?
I shamefully didn’t finish that many series in 2018. I did finally finish the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and I thought Ruin and Rising was the perfect ending to a series that has absolutely become one of my favourites. 
book cover (62)6. Favourite new author you discovered in 2018?

That would definitely be Jay Kristoff/Ami Kaufman. 2018 saw me finally pick up The Illuminae Files as well as Likelik3 and honestly why did I not read these brilliant books earlier. I’ve since ordered the Nevernight books and I’m already really excited to dive into them.

book cover (50)5. Favourite cover of 2018?
It’s got to go to Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman. This book is gorgeous both inside and out and if you haven’t read it it’s definitely worth getting your hands on a copy because it was a big highlight for me in 2018.

Untitled design (8)6. A book you can’t believe it took you so long to pick up?
Vicious by V. E. Schwab. 2018 was also my introduction to V. E. Schwab but I can’t believe I’d never read Vicious before. It was so dark and addictive and an instant five star read. I really need to get around to reading Vengeful.

book cover (37)7. Which book made you cry in 2018?
The Letters to the Lost series made me sob in both instalments. I tend not to read books that make you cry but I actually read a few that made me shed a few tears. This heartbreaking series that deals with grief and family and dealing with abuse was impossible not to cry at.

book cover (22)8. Most action packed/unputdownable book you read in 2018?
The second instalment in the Raven’s Mark series was an unputdownable book for me. Ravencry was everything I wanted from the next book in the series. It was fast paced, tons of action and adventure and I raced through it because it was so so good.

Untitled design (16)9. Book you read in 2018 you’re likely to re-read in 2019?
I read Katherine Arden’s spooky Halloween middle grade Small Spaces this year and thought it was the perfect October read. It’s pretty short so I think I might make it a tradition to read it every Halloween because it’s a lovely creepy story.

book cover (26)10. Best book from outside your comfort zone?
I don’t read much contemporary fiction and 2018 was the year I wanted to push myself outside my comfort zone and read more contemporaries. I read quite a few that I absolutely loved but one surprise was the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I’d never had any intention of picking them up because they seemed too romance heavy for me but I binged the entire series and I thought they were brilliant.

Untitled design (6)11. Most memorable character from 2018?
I totally fell in love with Alosa from Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King. I read both books in this duology and I loved the headstrong and brazen pirate princess. This series is so addictive and I really wanted another instalment of Alosa’s adventures!

Untitled design (75)12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood really sticks out as one of the most beautifully written books of 2018. I completely fell in love with this dreamy historical fiction that brings to life a Gatsby-era romance.
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13. Most thought provoking/life changing book of 2018?
The Feed by Nick Clark Windo was definitely a thought provoking read. An end of the world story after technology goes wrong it really made me think about society and our reliance on technology as well as how addicted we are to our phones. It’s a brilliant story and definitely one that’s stuck with me through 2018.

book cover (59)14. Favourite passage/quote from a book you read in 2018?
I don’t really do favourite quotes or anything like that but this one from My Sister, the Serial Killer definitely stuck out:

“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”

Untitled design (58)15. Shortest and longest book you read in 2018?
My shortest was Warm Up by V. E. Schwab – a short story set in the world of Vicious at just 15 pages. The longest book I read was my reread of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at 744 pages.


16. Book that shocked you most?

Resin by Ane Riel. I have no idea what I was expecting with this book but it definitely wasn’t the twisted and spine tingling story that I read.

Untitled design (69)17. Best book you read based on someone else’s recommendation/peer pressure?
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neil was recommended to me by a friend and I was a bit unsure but I’m so glad I picked it up because it’s a beautifully written reimagining of The Little Mermaid where she lives in a brutal patriarchal society.

Untitled design (59)18. Best debut you read?
This one has got to be A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney. This kick ass Alice in Wonderland retelling is so full of action and adventure that it definitely became one of my favourites of the year.

book cover (96)19. Most vivid world building/setting?
For me Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron really stuck out. Set in Edinburgh the story really captured the heart of a city I love so it was brilliant to fall into this book.

book cover (12)20. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
I laughed so much at The Exact Opposite of Okay. It was a hilarious story and I’m so excited to see what Laura Steven brings out next!

book cover (6)21. Hidden Gem of the year?
I really loved Harley Quinn: Mad Love. This is an all new novel version of Harley’s origin story and it was brilliant to dive into a full length tale of how she becomes one of my favourite comic book characters.

book cover (53)22. Book that crushed your soul?
I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record but The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden. I’m probably never going to get over it.

Untitled design (72)23. Most unique read?
It took me so long to pick up Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Ami Kaufman but I’m so glad I did because the format is completely unlike anything I’ve ever read and I loved ever second of it.

Looking Ahead

 

Untitled design (62)1. One book you didn’t get to in 2018 that is first priority in 2019?
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom. I’ve put them off long enough and I really want to get to them before King of Scars comes out because I believe there are potential spoilers!

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2. Book you are most anticipating (non-debut)?

My most anticipated release was The Wicked King by Holly Black. This post went up a little late so I’ve already read it but it was definitely worth the wait. Other than that I’m excited about A Curse so Dark and Lonely and All the Wandering Light!

3. Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2019?
Bloodchild by Anna Stephens. This is the concluding book in the Godblind trilogy and INEEDITNOWW.

4. One thing you hope to accomplish in 2019?
Blog more consistently and try to post at least a few times a week instead of sporadically.


5. A 2019 release you’ve read already and recommend?

Stain by A. G. Howard. A gothic fairytale fantasy story, this book is really beautifully written and I think fans of her work are going to absolutely adore this one.

So that’s my 2018 reading survey! If you did a similar post I’d love to see your bookish stats for the year so send me a link!