Monday, August 22, 2016

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

Hey wassup hello!

I was tagged to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag by Brandi of Brandi Janee's Bookshelf (Her Blog // Her BookTube Channel). Thanks for tagging me, Brandi!

We have obviously moved well past the mid-year mark, so why am I doing this tag? Because, this blog post has been sitting in my drafts for a while now (like, a couple of months) and I am finally finding the time to post it! But, I also really enjoyed doing this tag because it made me stop and think about how my year of reading has been going so far, what I still need to read, and what I want to pick up. So far this year, I haven't read nearly as many books as I had hoped I would have read by now (I am just starting to hit my reading stride). So, please bear with me if there's some repetition in this tag.

Without further ado...

Best Book You've Read So Far In 2016
Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman is definitely one of my 2016 favorites. It's a swoony historical-ish romance that I gobbled up. It was the first book I read this year and the perfect way for me to start 2016. When I first finished Blackhearts, it hadn't yet been determined if there would be a sequel, but the book left off on SUCH a cliffhanger that I was dying for more. Luckily, my prayers were answered--Blacksouls is set to release in April 2017!

Best Sequel You've Read So Far In 2016

Definitely A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. I can't even go into this right now. I looooooooove this book so much and I can't wait to share my review with you all. Ugh, Sarah's slayed me again, you guys. Aside from the fact that Sarah J. Maas is my favorite author and I love all of her books, I also picked ACOMAF for this category because it's the ONLY sequel I've read so far this year.

New Release You Haven't Read Yet But Want To
The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. Although I have yet to read the final installment of The Winner's Trilogy, I can easily say that this is my favorite YA Fantasy Trilogy. It has political intrigue and well-developed characters with complex dynamics and emotions. I don't know why I haven't picked up The Winner's Kiss yet. It's been sitting on my shelf collecting dust. But, now that I'm out of that horrid reading slump I was in for the past few months or so, I can feel myself getting into a serious fantasy kick. I'm probably going to re-read The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime and just binge this series in one sitting. It's definitely next on my TBR list.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year
I feel like my choice for this is pretty obvious: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas, of course! I'm so freaking excited for this book! Words cannot even describe the anticipation building in my head and heart for this next installment. (I'm also excited for the Throne of Glass coloring book that's set to release on the same day! I love adult coloring books, but this one is going to be one that I truly cherish.) I can't wait to find out what happens with Aelin and her court/merry band of misfits, and Manon and her badass girl gang or Iron Teeth Witches.

Biggest Disappointment 
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern. Yeah, I wasn't feeling this book at all. I didn't really have any expectations for it, but it was still such a disappointment. It's possible that I'm just completely done with dystopian stories, but I didn't really like the world of Flawed. It felt like something I'd read a dozen times before. And, the main character was just kind of bland. Such a travesty, because I really wanted to like this one.

Biggest Surprise
Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson. When I started reading Gena/Finn, I found that I wasn't in much of a contemporary mood. However, with its unique format and quirky, relatable characters, this book easily changed that. While the story is fun to start, it definitely has a heavier feel near the end--it's incredibly real and honest. I ended up enjoying this more than I thought I would!

Favorite New Author (Debut Or New To You)
Going back to my first answer, I'm choosing Nicole Castroman for this one! Not only did I love Blackhearts, but I also got to interview Nicole, and I've interacted with her a bit on social media. And, she is such a sweetheart.

Newest Fictional Crush
As much as I want to choose Rhysand (from A Court of Mist and Fury) for this one, I'm going to choose someone else, lest my answers all come from Sarah J. Maas' world. So, I am choosing August from This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. August definitely won me over. He's a monster, but he's a sensitive monster. A misunderstood monster with feelings. And, I honestly just wanted to hug and comfort him while I read this one.

Newest Favorite Character
I really loved Amani from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. She's such a badass. In her world, there are rules and prejudices that limit women's' freedom, but Amani refuses to let that hold her back. She frequently disguises as a man, sneaking out at night to compete in sharpshooting contests. Amani is fierce, determined, and far from perfect. I can't wait to see where her story goes in Traitor to the Throne!

Book That Made You Cry
I haven't actually cried while reading this year. But, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas brought me near to tears on more than on occasion. It's not that the book was sad--I just had a lot of feelings.

Book That Made You Happy
Smut by Karina Halle. I'm choosing this one because it's the most light-hearted of all the books I've read so far this year. For a New Adult novel, I wasn't expecting this on to be funny and light at all, but it was hilarious. The characters didn't have any traumatizing backstories, and there is a happy ending. It was a refreshing read!

Most Beautiful Book You've Bought So Far This Year
I was going to say Rebel of the Sands for this one, because that cover is gorgeous. But, technically I didn't buy that one. I received an ARC to review. So, I'm choosing milk and honey by Rupi Kaur! Not only is the cover really lovely and minimalist, but it's also soft and velvety. I love velvety covers.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?
Sooooo many. Like, I can't even list them all. I'm just going to list ten books that are sitting at the top of my TBR pile right now.

// The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski // Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson // The Thousandth Floor  byKatharine McGee // I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson // I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai // To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han // Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older // The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Favorite Book Community Member
Me, myself, and I

BookTuber: Regan of PeruseProject

Blogger: Shannon at It Starts At Midnight

Bookstagram: Mariah @vibinwithbooks

I'm tagging YOU reading this to complete this tag!

Talk to you all soon-ish :)


  1. I'm glad your finally got around to posting! So many books that I want/need to read. I'm never going to catch up!

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