Reading, StephReads2018

Mid-Year Book freak out tag!



Hello fellow booknerds!

I have literally seen this tag on pretty much everyone’s posts/videos right now and thought that it would be a cool idea to do, so no I wasn’t tagged, but I’m still doing it because that’s how I roll in the Shire here.

Before I get into the tag I wanted to give you a bit of an update of how my reading is going so far…and well, let’s just look at the stats.

So far this year I have read 118 books out of my goal for 200 for the year. Which is good, and yay I’m over half-way through, but last year, by this time I was about 20 books more in my reading challenge, so because I’m pretty much only competitive with myself, I’m trying to kick it into gear so that I can read more in the latter half of the year.

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This breaks down into:

Adult nonfiction: 25
Adult fiction: 34
YA: 23
MG (Middle-grade): 17
Graphic Novels: 10
Translated: 3
Foreign (not translated/read entirely in other language): 2
Audio: 2
Poetry: 4

I have to say, I thought that the YA category would beat the adult but obviously that didn’t happen. I am pleasantly surprised how many graphic novels I’ve been reading lately but they are starting to grow on me, especially how fast I can read them, so that makes me happy.

Now, on to the tag questions:

Question one: What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?
Honestly, this is a hard question to answer (this would be hard at any time of the year let’s be real) but I have to say two different books, mainly because the rating on those ones didn’t change.

I don’t know about you, but when I read a book and give it a rating, usually what happens is about 2-3 days after I read it and rate it, I decide that the rating I gave at first, really wasn’t the rating that it deserved.ย  So those books are Party of One by Joy Beth Smith and the Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. Both of them were read early in the year but I find myself thinking about certain phrases and also about the points made. And they are still ones I recommend to everyone, so that definitely means something.

Question two: The Best Sequel you’ve read so far this year:
I really haven’t read that many sequels this year. (Something I really do need to get on with because I have so many half-started series and haven’t finished them.) I would have to say Dire King by William Ritter (4th book of the Jackaby series) or the Lost Plot by Genevieve Cogman (4th book in the Invisible Library series).


You only thought you would get one blog post without a mention of Jackaby, didn’t you? Seriously though, as a wrap-up for the series, I felt that one was very well done, and gave me all. the. feels.

And in Lost Plot we got so much more of Kai and I was happy (though I did think at the end of the 3rd book that Vale would be featured in this one more but…he wasn’t…sad panda)


Question three: A New Release you haven’t read yet but really want to:
For me, this goes to A thousand perfect notes by C.G. Drews (aka Paperfury).
I ordered this from bookdepository and apparently it is traveling at the speed of a turtle running in peanut butter while looking at molasses because it STILL has not arrived and I am just ready for it to be in my greedy little hands so I can cry and have all the feels like I’ve been seeing all over the social medias (Yeah it sounds like a great heart crushing book and I cannot wait to inflict all this pain on me)

Question four: Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
Kingdom of a Blazing Phoenix (companion novel to Forest of a Thousand Lanterns….which I still haven’t read….shush….I’m getting there…) and probably Muse of Nightmares (sequel to Strange the Dreamer). Also…Escaping from Houdini which is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series…that I still have yet to finish. (Whoops)
Other then that, I don’t really know. I have a tendency to not actually pay attention to any new releases coming out later in the year because my brain still for some reason thinks that it’s like February and when I’m realizing it’s June…I kinda short-circuit.

Question five: Biggest disappointment:
There are two, Shadow of the Wind and Strange the Dreamer.

For Shadow of the Wind, it started out promising, atmospheric and moody all about a book that is going to kill people and about the cemetery of lost books and I was all about that…but after 150 pages it delved into a guy just wanted to get with a blind chick…and it was so boring.

For Strange the Dreamer…let’s be real, I loved the majority of this book. But there was a HUGE chunk of the middle that could have been easily edited out that wouldn’t have effected the story in any way, shape or form. Also there was a lot of repetition of words and ideas usually in the same page, and while I did enjoy the story (It still got 3.75 rating from me) I didn’t feel it lived up to the hype. (I’m actually going to be doing an in depth review on this one soon)



Question six: Biggest Surprise:
Let’s Talk about Love by Claire Kann.

I am not normally for a contemporary. I like dragons and magic and dark stabby sort of books and this book is NONE of those things. It’s contemporary and cute and just such a good, wonderful book that I was shocked to see how much I loved it. Seriously if you haven’t read this yet, I highly recommend it. There were some times when I was just like “Girl use your WOrdS!” But as a emphatic 9 enneagram I completely understand the whole avoidance instead of confrontation and it’s so good!

Question seven: Favorite new author or new to you author:ย 
Emily X.R. Pan who wrote the Astonishing Colour of After. Her writing was so lyrical and beautiful that I just *swoons softly* also a high contest one is Melissa Albert for Hazel Wood, because again, beautiful writing. Yes please give me all the things they write because they are so good!

Question eight: Newest fictional crush:
Yeah, this is not really a new one but Charlie from the Jackaby series is still one of my all time favorite characters. He’s so sweet and nice and adorable and I just love him. A. Lot.

Question nine: Newest favorite character:
It’s a toss-up between Sammy and Annemae from Under a Painted Sky. They both have such strength, such amazing adventures and are deep true friends. There aren’t a lot of good girl friendships in YA and this one is so amazing, I just fell in love with both of them. (Also you should read this book)

Question ten: book that made you cry:
I cry at a lot of things. Hallmark commercials. Happy endings. Things that aren’t actually sad but make me feel things. And usually most of the non-fiction books that I read will make me cry in some way. That being said I think the last book I actually cried while reading this year was 84 Charing Cross Road, just because it was such a beautiful friendship built over the love of good books and yeah, it just made me want a friend or two like that.

Question eleven: Book that made you happy:
Under a Painted Sky. Hazel Wood. Let’s Talk about Love. Dire King. The Astonishing Colour of After. My Lady Jane. The Night Circus. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters. A Christmas Carol. Northanger Abbey. Princeless vol 1-2.
Yes some of those are rereads, but they are all ones that bring a smile to my face. They are just that good and memorable.


Question twelve: Your favorite book to film adaptation:
I am counting this question as “from all time” because I haven’t really seen very many book to movie adaptations this year, so favorite one is of course Pride and Prejudice (95) or LoTR because both of those were so faithful to the books, and the casting was so amazing…*sigh*

Question thirteen: most beautiful book you have either bought or received this year:
I have a few of those, shocker I know, but World’s of Ink and Shadow, Vincent and Theo and the Astonishing Colour of After are all top contenders for this. Personally I love how publishers are starting to put forth more of a cover love appreciation and give us great covers because…let’s be real, that’s why most of us buy books in the first place, because of the cover.

Question fourteen: What are some books that you need to read before the end of the year:
Trick question, pretty much all of them?
Seriously though, I have about 15 books I want to read before the end of the summer and about 30 more that I want to read before November…and based on how my reading is going, I’m not sure how I might accomplish that. I do want to get to Vincent and Theo; Ink, Iron and Glass; midnight dance; Sky in the deep; and Hunting Prince Dracula this summer, but I’m not sure if that will happen or not.

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Anyways, that is the mid-year book freak out tag. Hope you have a great day and remember life is too short to read mediocre books!

Happy reading!




3 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book freak out tag!

  1. Soooo you’ve read about a 100 books more than me which is just so freaking cool and I’m jealous of your library omg.
    And I just read a sample for The Astonishing Colour of After and I’m definitely going to buying it.
    Hazel Wood has been on my TBR list for the longest time and this blog post has just pushed it to the top ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. CG @ Paper Fury says:

    Awwww *happy tears at ATPN being mentioned* YOU ARE LOVELY THOUGH.

    And so much congrats on getting so many books read woo!! I am a bit behind on my reading goal compared to what I was last year (lol like 30+ books difference๐Ÿ˜‚) but life changes, I guess?! And I’m so glad you enjoyed Let’s Talk About Love too! SO CUTE.

    Also publishers have upped their game with covers. ๐Ÿ˜ I love everything so much!

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