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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020

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The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag is always one of my favourite posts to do, I love reflecting on how my reading is going so far within the year. I chose multiple answers for some questions because I just couldn’t narrow it down.

QUESTIONS:

1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas and The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
I couldn’t just pick one for this question because I loved them both.

2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

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The Toll (Arc of a Scythe #3) by Neal Schusterman
The Toll is the last book in this trilogy and I loved how this ended. The whole book felt so epic and I loved seeing all the threads in this trilogy come together in The Toll.

3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

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A Song Below Water by Bethany C Morrow

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

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A Snowfall of Silver by Laura Wood
I recently made a post about my most anticipated releases of the second half of the year that you can find here but I decided to pick just one from that list for this question. I’ve loved both A Sky Painted Gold and Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood and I know I’ll love this book.

5) Biggest disappointment

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Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers
I loved the His Fair Assassin trilogy and Courting Darkness is a spin off series from that trilogy so I expected to love it just as much but I was disappointed in the characters and I thought the overall story didn’t flow as well as the His Fair Assassin trilogy.

6) Biggest surprise

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
I was very surprised at how much I liked this book.

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

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Laura Weymouth
I’ve read both The Light Between Worlds and A Treason of Thorns this year and I really liked them both especially the writing of them so I can’t wait to read what the author writes next.

8) Newest fictional crush

I rarely have crushes on characters and this year I haven’t had a fictional crush.

9) Newest favourite character

Bryce (House of Earth and Blood) and Tori (The Guild Codex: Spellbound) – I love these two characters and I couldn’t pick just one of them, their personalities are so strong and I loved reading about them both.

10) Book that made you cry

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House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

This is definitely an emotional read.

11) Book that made you happy

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Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #1) by Annette Marie
The Guild Codex is a series I started this year and I’ve really enjoyed every book I’ve read so far. The characters and their interactions together are so fun to read about and I’m very glad I picked up the first book in this series.

12) Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I’ve decided to change up this question to favourite tv show adaptation I’ve watched this year and for this question I chose two shows that were adapted from books but I don’t know if they’ll count for this question since I haven’t actually read the books they’re based on but I thought I’d talk about them anyway. I watched The Expanse and The Witcher this year and loved them both, I do plan on reading the Expanse books sometime this year.

13) Favourite review/post you’ve written this year

I did a spoiler-filled post of House of Earth and Blood where I just talked about all my feelings for the book. I usually don’t do spoiler reviews but this book was the exception.

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

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The Light Between Worlds by Laura Weymouth

I actually received this book for Christmas last year but I didn’t read it until this year. I love the cover and the spine as well as the inside of it.

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

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Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff, Renegades by Marissa Meyer and Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey.

 

What are some of your answers to these questions?

 

 

 

 

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Spring Has Sprung Book Tag

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I thought it’d be fun to do a Spring book tag and I have seen this one going about so I thought I’d do it. This book tag is called ‘Spring Has Sprung’ Book Tag and the original booktube video can be found here.

QUESTIONS:

1. Flowers: All the flowers we remember are blooming again. Pick a book that’s a fresh take on a retelling.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer – I haven’t read many retellings so my options were limited for this question.

2. Cadbury Mini Eggs: Obviously the superior springtime candy of choice. Pick a book that you consider to be a sweet treat.
A Sky Painted Gold and Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood – I’ve cheated by picking two books for this question but I enjoyed these books a lot and I think the stories in them are sweet and beautifully written and I’d highly recommend them.

3. Allergies: Seasonal allergies often make your eyes water. Pick a book that made you cry.
The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles – I loved this book and it was one of my favourite reads of last year. I feel like I’ve heard no one talk about it which is a shame since it’s such a great book with emotionally charged writing.

4. Spring Cleaning: Out with the old and in with the new. Pick a book to unhaul.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – I have the first three books in this series and although I liked the first one, I didn’t enjoy the others as much.

5. Spring Break: It’s the perfect time for an adventure. Pick a book involving a road trip.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – This book isn’t centred on a road trip but Alec and Magnus do travel a lot in it so I think it counts for this question.

6. Mating Season: It’s that time of year in the animal kingdom to make some babies. Pick a book with some smutty delights.
Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost – I loved this series, it’s a great adult urban fantasy series and one of my favourite vampire series’.

7. Rainbows: I just feel like Spring is made of freaking rainbows. Pick a book featuring an LGBTQ+ character(s).
The Diviners by Libba Bray and I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – Again I cheated by picking two books for this question but I couldn’t help it, I loved both these books.

8. Spring Awakening: Pick a book that’s also filled with completely dysfunctional characters.
In the Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski – The characters in this series are cold blooded killers and they are all so dysfunctional but they also make the books so interesting to read.

9. In like a lion, out like a lamb: Pick a book series that didn’t get better as it progressed.
Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet – I liked the first book in this series and thought it might be a new favourite series of mine but I felt like the sequel wasn’t as good.

10. Fun in the Sun: Tag some Friends!
I tag whoever feels like doing this tag! 😀

What would be some of your answers to these questions?

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The Christmas Carol Book Tag

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Christmas is nearly here so I thought I’d do another Christmassy tag. The original video of this tag can be found here.

QUESTIONS:

1) The Ghost of Christmas Past – A book that was a childhood favouriteThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

2) The Ghost of Christmas Present – A recent book that you think will become one of your all time favouritesThis Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal- El Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I read this last month and loved it, it’s definitely one of my recent all time favourites.

3) The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come – A book coming out next year that you’re most excited aboutThe King of Crows (The Diviners book 4) by Libba Bray, Crescent City by Sarah J Maas and Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. I couldn’t pick just one.

4) Bah, Humbug! – A book that everyone else loves that you just can’t standSerpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin.

5) Bob Cratchit – An old dependable that you always recommend – I didn’t know what to choose for this question but I decided to choose some series’ that I’ve consistently loved for years. So I picked the Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews and the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

6) Tiny Tim – An underhyped book that you think deserves more loveThe Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven.

7) Today? Why it’s Christmas Day! – What’s a book that always gets you in the mood for Christmas (apart from A Christmas Carol)? I don’t have a specific book in mind for this because I don’t read much Christmas themed books so I think I’ll go for the obvious choice of Harry Potter.

8) The Muppet Christmas Carol – Your favourite film adaptation of a book – The Muppet Christmas Carol is my favourite Christmas movie but I’ll not pick that since it’s already mentioned in the question. Instead I’ll choose Catching Fire.

9) Tag some people! – I’ve decided not to tag anyone since it’s so close to Christmas.

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Do you like A Christmas Carol? What would be some of your answers to these questions?

Merry Christmas!

 

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Christmas Cracker Book Tag

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I found this christmassy tag and I thought I’d do it since it looks fun! I think the tag has been around for a lot of years so I don’t know where the original is.

QUESTIONS:


1. Pick a book with a wintry cover.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
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2. Pick a book you’re likely to buy as a present.The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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3. Pick a festive themed book.Home for the Holidays (Night Huntress book 6.5) by Jeaniene Frost
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4. Pick a book you can curl up with by the fireplace.Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
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5. Pick a book you you want to read over the festive period. – I plan on rereading the His Fair Assassin trilogy by Robin LaFevers this year.
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6. Pick a book that’s so good it gives you the chills.This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
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7. Pick a book going on your Christmas wishlist.The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth
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What’s a book that’s on your Christmas wishlist?

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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I saw a few people post about the Sunshine Blogger Award and it seemed like a lot of fun so I was very surprised when I was actually nominated to do this tag. Thanks so much to Emma @NeverJudgeaBookByItsCover and to Emer @ALittleHazeBookBlog for nominating me to do this. They both listed some really interesting questions and I’ll be answering them both in this post.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

How does it work?
• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
• Answer the 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
• Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Emer’s Questions:

1. Do you own multiple copies of any book? If yes then what book/s?
Yes, I own two copies of the first Harry Potter book, although one is a paperback and the other is the illustrated edition.

2. What is your current favourite song?
I love Kpop and GOT7 (one of my favourite kpop groups) had a comeback at the beginning of November and I’m still obsessed over it so my current favourite songs would be ‘You Calling My Name’ and ‘Crash & Burn’ by them and I’ve also been loving ‘Money’ by DAWN (I know I’m cheating by choosing three songs, haha).

3. Why did you decide to start blogging?
I started book blogging because I wanted to talk about books with other people and because I’d already been following the book blogging community for years and I kind of already felt like I was a part of it before I started my blog so it felt easy to just start a blog after following the community for so long.

4. If you could get to spend the day with any celebrity who would you choose and what would you spend the day doing?
This is a difficult question because I don’t really have a ‘favourite’ celebrity or look up to many of them. I suppose for this question I’d choose Jackson from GOT7 because I think we’d have a laugh no matter what we did since he seems like such a funny person.

5. Have you any auto-buy authors?
Yes I have quite a few authors that I’d almost always auto-buy their books, like Taylor Jenkins Reid, Adam Silvera, Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, Marie Lu.

6. What is your all time favourite TV show?
I’ve watched and loved so many tv shows so this is a hard question but I think a tv show that has consistently been my favourite is The 100, it’s such an amazing show with great characters.

7. What is the last book you either rated one star or DNFd?
I DNFed The Devouring Gray earlier in November, I don’t think it was a terrible book but it was just one I didn’t really care about so I decided to give up on it and move onto a book I would care about more.

8. Water, still or sparkling?
Still.

9. What is your favourite season?
Autumn.

10. What has been your favourite read of 2019?
I’ve read so many good books this year but my favourite would have to be The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

11. I love contemporary books. What contemporary book would you recommend that I read?
I know I’m cheating but here are three recommendations: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven, I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman and Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard.

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Emma’s Questions:

1. If you could meet your favourite character, what would you say to them?
I’d probably choose Izzy O’Neill (from The Exact Opposite of Okay) and tell her how funny I think she is because her character really made me laugh.

2. Do you judge a book by it’s cover?
I do appreciate a nice looking cover and sometimes that’s what first attracts my attention to a book but mostly I try to not judge solely on the cover and at least check out the blurb to make sure it sounds like something I’d like.

3. What was your last 5 star book?
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. I didn’t know what to expect from this book but I loved it, it’s a very uniquely told story.

4. Hyped books, yay or nay?
Probably nay since I mostly seem to end up being disappointed in them more than them living up to their hype but I still read a lot of them.

5. What bookish world would you visit and why?
The world of Harry Potter would definitely be an obvious answer for this one (I mean who wouldn’t want to go to Hogwarts) but I’m going to choose Narnia instead.

6. If you went to Hogwarts, what would be your favourite lesson?
My favourite lesson in school was always History so I think History of Magic would be great but it seems kind of boring compared to the other lessons so maybe I’d choose Charms or Potions.

7. Has there been a book that has surprised you this year?
Wildcard (Warcross book 2) by Marie Lu surprised me because I heard some mixed things about it when it came out so I put off reading it for a while so I was very surprised when I ended up enjoying it even more than the first book.

8. Can you name your top 3 books of 2019 so far?
I’ve read so many great books this year so here are just some of my favourites: The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles, This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, Under A Dancing Star by Laura Wood.

9. Write your current read in emojis?
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10. What is one book you would recommend to everyone?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

11. Favourite reading season, Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn?
Autumn.

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Since I don’t know who’s already did the Sunshine Blogger Award tag I’ll not nominate anyone. What would be some of your answers to these questions?

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Stranger Things Book Tag

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I love Stranger Things so when I first saw this tag (on LauReads) I knew I had to do it. If you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet I’d highly recommend you do, it’s a great show. There will be no spoilers in this post and the original tag video can be found here. So let’s get onto the questions.

QUESTIONS:

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1. EPIC INTRO: Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – I loved how this book just instantly intrigues you with the intro being a murder scene and then a police interview before going back to tell you what happened. It instantly grabbed my attention and I loved the book.

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2. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis – I decided not to go with the obvious choice of Harry Potter for this question but I also feel that Narnia is quite an obvious choice as well, who wouldn’t want to experience Narnia.

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3. SQUAD GOALS: Name your favourite bookish group of friends.

Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh – I love the friendships that have developed over the course of the Guild Hunter series. The relationships between all the characters are so interesting and I love how deep the friendships they have made are.

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4. ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Name your favourite unhinged character.

The Savior (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 17) by J.R. Ward – For years the author of this series has teased Murhder, who is a character that has been described as being very unhinged in previous books. I didn’t find Murhder as unhinged as I expected him to be but I did like his character.

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5. THE UPSIDE DOWN: Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.

Vengeful (The Villains book 2) by V.E. Schwab – I really liked the first book in this series and thought the plot and characters were interesting but I disliked Vengeful, the characters in Vengeful didn’t seem like the same characters in Vicious.

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6. MAD SCIENTISTS: Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman – This series felt like it could really happen and it’s so chilling to think about. In this world parents can sign a form to have their child ‘unwound’ which means their body is harvested for parts and the whole book is so creepy and scary to think about.

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7. DEMOGORGON: Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.

The Passage by Justin Cronin – The Virals from this trilogy are scary, they’re like fast zombies and the way they’re described in this book is very frightening.

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8. CLIFFHANGER ENDING: Name a book that left you wanting more.

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman – This is a standalone book and the story does wrap up so it doesn’t have a cliffhanger ending but I really liked the characters and wanted to read more about them so that’s why I chose it for this question.

Do you like Stranger Things? What are some answers you’d choose for these questions?