Books & Movies

The mid-year book freak out tag

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I have been super busy lately. It’s going to be pretty busy until the end of the summer, so I will probably start posting regularly again in September. Anyway, I saw this tag going around, and I thought it was a fun and quick post I could put up!
I was doing really well in my reading until recently, I was way ahead of my goal but the last two months I’ve only been able to read a couple of books because of, well, life. However my year reading goal was 40 books and I’m currently at 39 so I’m not pushing myself to read more and just taking it easy.
So I’m going to answer the questions of this tag to review my yearly reading so far.  I hope you enjoy and you can look forward to more content soon!

 

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1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.
My favorite book I read this year has to be Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I was instantly drawn into the story, I love the writing and it has one of my favorite fictional female friendships in it.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018. 
My favorite sequel is actually the fourth book in a series, and that’s Winter by Marissa Meyer from the Lunar Chronicles. I loved this series overall but I especially liked the last book because I loved the new characters, the new setting and the meeting of all the characters. This book is over 800 pages long and I thought I would drag on being this long but it didn’t! There was so much action and never got boring. I have officially fallen in love with this series and especially the characters.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to. 
I really want to read FuryBorn by Claire Legrand that came out recently, I have actually ordered it and am waiting for it to arrive. It’s a fantasy set in two different timelines following two different queens. That’s pretty much all I know! But I have heard really good things about it so I’m excited to get to this one.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
This definitely has to go to Vengeful by V.E. Schwab that comes out September 25th. I read Vicious early in the year and it has been one of my favorite books of the year. I loved the morally grey characters in this book, and I’m so excited to read about them again!

5. Biggest disappointment.
I think I have to say Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I was really looking forward to reading this book because it is SO hyped up, and the cover is so beautiful but I just thought this was… Meh. I think I gave it three stars because I have no feelings towards it and honestly I can’t really remember what happens in this book. I seem to be alone in having this opinion but yeah.. A bit disappointed with this one.

6. Biggest surprise.
The biggest surprise for me was We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. I picked this up at random in a charity shop because I had seen it around and the cover is gorgeous. And then I chose to read it randomly too I really didn’t know what it was about. I had no idea how much this book was going to hit home with me. It has a female/female romance in it and I didn’t even know before reading it! It became an instant favorite.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) 
I would go with Laini Taylor because I think I would read anything she writes now but I have only read one book by her, so I’ll go with Marissa Meyer. I really liked the Lunar Chronicles and I’m looking forward to reading more by her. Special mention to Patrick Rothfuss too, I read The Name of the Wind this year and he is also a new favorite author but I have to read more by him.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I don’t really get fictional crushes but if I had to choose I would probably say Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone because, well she’s amazing and small and girly and strong and artsy and sassy. Love her.

9. Newest favourite character.
All the characters from the Lunar Chronicles really. I love every single one of them, I think they are all amazingly written but I might have a slight preference for Cinder (she’s just so cool) and Jacin (I just love his character arc).

10. Book that made you cry.
Fun fact, I never cry for fiction (books or films). I can get sad, heartbroken, traumatized, but I never physically cry. But a book that made me sad would be The Perks of Being a Wallflower (another new favorite) by Stephen Chbosky. I also was a little bit traumatized in one passage of The Name of The Wind.

11. Book that made you happy.
This has to be Ingo by Helen Dunmore. This is an old favorite that I read like 9 years ago, so it made me feel so happy to reread it and love it just as much as before. And I will be continuing on with the series.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
This didn’t come out this year but I saw it this year. Hidden Figures (a film about the black women who helped NASA in the space race in the 60s) was an amazing film, like incredible. It could be an all time favorite. I love how they filmed it, the scenery, costumes, script, actors. Just great. I then read the book and was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the same as the film, it was more of an informative book about NASA, and airoplanes and less about the lives of these women. I ended up DNFing this book because I felt like I had got what I wanted out of it and didn’t want to force myself to finish it.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. 
I don’t write individual book reviews but my favorite post this year is probably my “Is makeup feminist” post. It was a more serious post and I really felt like I expressed myself in it.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.
There are a lot of books I bought this year that are beautiful. One of the most beautiful books I bought is We are Okay, but I already mentioned that so I will go with To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo. Not a favorite but I did enjoy it and the cover is really gorgeous.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Omg loads. But mostly I want to finish the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, the second book in the Name of the Wind series and hopefully finish all the Jane Austen books I haven’t read yet.

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