Mid-Year Freak Out Tag – 2019

It’s that time of year again! I’ve only read 13 books, so I’m a little bummed about that. However, I set my goal for 25 books this year, and I’m already 2 books ahead of schedule so that makes me feel a bit better!

Let me know down in the comments what your goals are for the rest of the year!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.

The only sequel I read this year was Defy Me and it wasn’t the greatest. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars; it wasn’t the strongest book out of the series.


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

I have this on request for my library so I’ll be reading this very soon. Once I read the synopsis, I was intrigued to read this because I think this will be a very impactful but yet lighthearted read, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading it.


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

I haven’t really been caught up with recent releases all that much beyond the recent couple of months. However, I will want to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance when it comes out. So, I’ll be waiting for this one for the next 6 months.


5. Biggest disappointment.

Definitely Defy Me. After I got hooked in the Shatter Me series, I was excited for each book, and I thought we were going to get our questions answered, but since nothing really happened, it just left off with more questions, unfortunately.


6. Biggest surprise.

I heard very good things about this book. The synopsis sounded really interesting, and decided to give it a try. As I read it, I was surprised that it wasn’t really like I was expecting. The writing especially, wasn’t very good, and there were actually a lot of grammar mistakes that were noticeable. I did like parts of the character’s relationship, however, a lot of the time, the dialogue between them were awkward and forced. It definitely wasn’t as I was expecting.


7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) and 8. Newest fictional crush.

Casey Mcquiston – author of Red, White and Royal Blue

I don’t have a fictional crush, but instead, one relationship I adore is Alex and Henry from this book. It’s a hate to love trope, and it’s just so adorable!


9. Newest favourite character.

I know I’ve been technically cheating on some these answers, but I don’t connect with characters that easily. But in Water Runs Red, the author, talks about herself and her experiences through poetry. It’s definitely inspiring, and shows how much strength she has despite her struggles. I have a lot of admiration for her.


I’m going to combine 10. Book that made you cry. and 11. Book that made you happy. because the same book is for both of them.

I fell in love with this book the moment I read it, and it made my cry and it made me incredibly happy. It allowed me to connect with the story and gave me all the feels. This was definitely a five star read, and if you haven’t yet, you should read it too!


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

I haven’t bought many books this year, or received many. I believe I’ve only bought two. The Butterfly Project cover is so beautiful.


13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

One of the books I want to read is Bloom because the plot has me very intrigued, and it’s also a graphic novel and I can already tell I’ll love the art style. I’m just going to go on with what I’m feeling to read besides this book.

Queer Recommendations

Hello! Happy Wednesday!

In honor of pride month, I’ve decided to recommend books that have queer characters! I have decided to list books I have read, and tell you about some I haven’t read but heard wonderful things about and would like to read in the future. There are so many books that are coming out that include queer characters this year and it warms my heart because it needs to happen.

I don’t particularly talk about my sexuality very much, not because I’m not open about it but just because it never really comes up. I identify as demisexual. For those who don’t know what that means, demisexual is where I am not sexually attracted to anyone unless I have an emotional connection with someone.

**Let me know down in the comments what your favorite queer book is, or share if you’re comfortable enough, what your sexual identity is!**


Books I’ve Read:

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

 

 

 

 

28919058Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

 

 

 

 

25978892The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

 

 

 

 

51VFrzslYiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

 

 

 

$_57The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

 

 

 

51Wx9AWeqzL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

 

 

 

32970644._UY2550_SS2550_Pulp by Robin Talley

 

 

 

 

81f678XqcuLThe Princess and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

 

 

 

 


Books I Haven’t Read but Want To:

29225589Bloom by Kevin Panetta

 

 

 

 

 

i-wish-you-all-the-best-e1538766467795I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

 

 

 

 

 

9780525554295How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

 

 

 

 

 

how-not-to-ask-a-boy-to-prom-by-sj-goslee-book-cover-189x300How Not To Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duologies

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I was thinking about what books to recommend, and looking back at all the books I’ve read, I’ve realized it was either contemporary or longer series, but very few duologies. So for today’s post, I decided to list some duologies for those who don’t like series but want another book afterward the first one! 

If you’ve read any of these, or think of some other ones, let me know down in the comments! **

Also, if I got any duologies incorrect and actually are series, please let me know as well!


518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue & 51j3V1E7DHL.jpgThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee

Gentleman: Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
Lady: A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

 

220px-Six_of_Crows_by_Leigh_Bardugo_book_coverSix of Crows & 81IJga9KONLCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Small Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

 

 

81vurbvn9ALWarcross & 91qfFm25d1L.jpgWildcard by Marie Lu

Small Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

 

51etZBZC7cL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgStrange the Dreamer & 41c28whhx5L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Small Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

 

514XGJE1F2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Wrath and the Dawn & 51526714The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Small Synopsis: In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

 

51B-fyFkZOL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThis Savage Song & 51SthgtYS4L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Small Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

 

 

9780147513878Flame in the Mist & Untitled-4Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Small Synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

 

 

51ASXoxJhXL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Passenger & 51Kva+pUtEL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Small Synopsis: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

 

 

 

9781442472433_p0_v2_s550x406.jpgScythe & 91mya47EdnL.jpgThunderhead by Neil Shusterman (As of right now it’s a duology, it might become a trilogy in the future)

Small Synopsis: Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

 

51Yib0LnJoL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWintersong & 81r9zd4qbgL._AC_UL320_SR220,320_Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones 

Small Synopsis: All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

 

 

** Synopses are from Goodreads

My Favorite BookTubers

Hello! Happy Tuesday!

I haven’t really talked about what influenced me to start a book blog. Besides the obvious love for books, and wanting to talk about them, I watch BookTube videos. It’s essentially the same thing as blogging, but with videos. I knew I didn’t have enough confidence or determination to make videos but I knew that I was capable of having a blog. I definitely don’t regret starting my blog. It’s still a whole learning process for me, but I’m still enjoying my time writing blog posts about books but also writing and art as well.

In today’s post, I wanted to share with you all some of the BookTubers that I love to watch, and that inspires me to read and start this blog.

Let me know down in the comments what inspired you to make your blog, and if you watch BookTube, who are your favorites! ***


**Links to their YouTube channels are in their name**

InsaneReader: Although he doesn’t post many videos as of recent, I still enjoy watching his videos. Caleb is very passionate about the books he reads, and he has this energy that is totally relatable. He’s also pretty energetic in his videos which makes it more entertaining to watch.

Paperbackdreams: This channel is run by Kat. She’s very awkward and random but very funny and passionate. When she has thoughts about a book, she puts a lot of thought into it, and if she doesn’t like a book, she gives examples of why she doesn’t but also gives credit to the side that might enjoy it.

Emmabooks: This channel is made by Emma. She reads a lot of different types of books, and a lot every month, and has thorough thoughts about each on that she reads. She has a lot of recommendation videos, especially pertaining to mental health.

Kate Pfeil: Kate reads a lot of different books, and usually, it’s books that most of booktube doesn’t talk about or read. It’s refreshing to watch her videos because she reads all different kinds of books, and to get new book ideas.

BooksandLala: Kayla or Lala is a very popular booktuber, and she mostly reads newer books, but she is very honest in her responses to the books she reads. She gives both sides of the book, and the reasons whether she likes books or not. She also does interesting challenges, some to push herself to read the books on her TBR shelf and try new things

Chocolate Book Tag

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I am busy studying for finals but I decided to do a fun, quick tag for all of you.


51stviwczzl-_sx338_bo1204203200_Dark Chocolate — A book that covers a dark topic (abuse, domestic violence, rape, loneliness, bullying, death, etc)

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. I know I talk about this book a lot, but I love it so much. It handles a lot of difficult topics, like drugs, abuse, a lot of heavy topics, but it’s so raw and it’s amazing. Go read it.

Review

51dQBC7HcaL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_White Chocolate — Your favorite light-hearted/humorous read

I don’t talk about this a lot, but A Man Called Ove by Fredrick Backman is a very good book. It’s about this old man trying to protect his neighborhood, but he’s a grumpy old man but it’s almost like the cutesy old man type. He develops a relationship with his neighbors after his wife dies and it’s just light-hearted and funny at some times.

Review

29589074Milk Chocolate — A book that has a lot of hype that you’re dying to read

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson. I’ve heard nothing but very good things about this book, and I wanted to pick it up last semester but I kinda pushed it away and never got to it. I hopefully will this summer.

 

81dZd9aMhjLChocolate with a caramel center — Name a book that made you feel all gooey in the middle while you were reading it

This is probably A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. There were different parts in it that I was getting all giddy about it because it was so cute. There was a part that I didn’t expect to happen and my mouth fell open lol.

 

42861725._UY2048_SS2048_Wafer-free Kit-Kat — Name a book that surprised you lately

Water Runs Red by Jenna Clare. I don’t really read poetry books that often because I feel like that they are similar in ways that just make them seem just okay. This poetry book, however, is different than anything I have ever read, and it was really refreshing. It’s about finding yourself, friendships, heartbreaks because of those friendships and life in general. It was something I didn’t know I needed.

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Snickers — A book that you are going nuts about

Honestly, probably Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston. This book is definitely worth its hype right now. I pre-ordered a copy after my ARC of it, and I probably will re-read it. Also, it comes out today, so happy book birthday!

Review

 

Hot Chocolate with cream and marshmallows — What book would you turn to for a comfort read?

I don’t really know, I’m not the type of person to re-read books that often so I can’t think of anything that would comfort me.

220px-Six_of_Crows_by_Leigh_Bardugo_book_coverBox of chocolates — What series have you read that you feel has a wide variety and a little something for everyone?

This is a duology but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It has different types of characters that bring each other together in order to finish out Kaz’s plan. The characters all have backstories and the world building is very complex but it isn’t too hard to understand that you’ll get confused.

Books That Have a Male Protagonist

Hello! Happy Tuesday, I hope your week is starting off well!

I notice that a lot of YA books have a lot of focus on female characters, I know that sometimes when it’s a romance, it has both, but even then it usually focuses on the female main character. So, I wanted to pick out of a few books that focus on the male characters for the majority of the book. 

As I was looking through the books with a male main character, I noticed that more than half of the novels had taken place in a different setting other than a typical school. They had different worlds or plotlines of dystopian or utopian settings, which I found really interesting. Something that didn’t really surprise me though is that more than half of the authors were male, but I feel like that is fairly common. Authors usually (not all the time) write their main characters using their own gender. 


o-NEW-HARRY-POTTER-COVER-facebookHarry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

As most of you know, Harry Potter is based upon his life in a world of wizards. So this is an obvious one, but  I thought it would be nice to add it to this list.

512-aldvAsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Paper Towns by John Green

This book follows Quentin or Q, who is in search of finding his neighbor Margo. He notices that she has left behind clues in order to find where she went. I think this is another book that it’s nice to see a male character, and not only that but Q has male friends, so it’s mostly just a group of guys, which is a nice change as well.

7766027I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

This book takes place is Jasper or Jazz’s perspective. This isn’t a typical young adult novel. Jazz’s father has been imprisoned for being a serial killer, which allows Jazz to be motivated to help the local Police Department when a new serial killer comes around. I think this book has a nice twist of character and plot, and it has a male protagonist.

51NzrYog-7L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I feel like this book is fairly popular but for those who aren’t familiar, this book has a male main character named Wade. He enters a virtual utopia name OASIS and decides to figure out puzzles in order to win. I think this another example of a well written YA novel with a male lead.

 

518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Henry or also Monty sets on a quest called The Grand Tour of Europe where he brings along his friend Percy and sister Felicity. During this trip, Monty’s recklessness brings them trouble along the way. This novel is very fun to read and has LGBT romance within it so I think that it’s something to consider when choosing the next book to read.

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron is trying to find happiness after a tragedy happens. He tries to move on with the help of his girlfriend, Genevieve, and his friend Thomas. But there’s something about Thomas that confuses him about himself and for his future. Aaron is determined to fix it by going to the Leteo Institution. I think this is an interesting novel about diverse themes, like mental health or LGBT views. 

9780440414803_mresHoles by Louis Sachar

This story is about Stanley who is said to be under a curse. He is sent to an all-boys detention center where the warden makes them dig holes all day. It’s an interesting story to read about because it takes place essentially in the middle of nowhere but there’s a lot of character development and has a male main character.

514hIkoe-JL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

This book tackles a lot of heavy topics because a good majority of where it takes place is in a psychiatric hospital. This is because Craig, the main character is suicidal, and attempts suicide and is placed inside the hospital to seek. I saw this book as a more positive book for mental health because instead of Craig being miserable and wanting to leave, he takes it as he can change. I think it’s also important in having a male main character in these kinds of situations because men have mental illnesses too.

71LkLmxqgjLEleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Although this novel is in dual perspective switching between Eleanor and Park, I think it is more for Park to be the main character especially at the end of the book. This is just kind of realistic expectations of unexpected friends and then to this sort of romance. In this high school sort of scenario, I think it’s important to have a male main character because I feel that most high school novels are written in female perspective most of the time and it’s nice to have a boys perspective of things.

SummonerNoviceThe Novice by Taran Matharu

I think this book is fairly similar to Harry Potter, so there isn’t much for me to elaborate on. Fletcher has learned he can summon demons, and enters a Military Academy in order how to control summoning and other skills. I think that Fletcher adds a nice touch because he’s new to the whole summoning thing but if I remember correctly he knows some things about it or is aware of it. So he learns how to control it but not is completely out of the loop.

Blogiversary!

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Hello! I’m excited to share with you all with exciting news! I’ve officially been blogging for an entire year! I’m so thankful for everyone who has visited my blog. I also truly appreciate all of my followers who stick with me while I grow and improve within this blog! 

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To celebrate I wanted to ask all of you to comment with questions for a Q&A for my blog post next Tuesday. You can send me any questions book-related or personal, it doesn’t matter to me. Also, let me know if you want me to create a video of me answering these questions or make a written blog post!

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Besides the Q&A, if you have any suggestions for blog posts or any posts you want to see more of or have any other comments you have about my blog, please comment or contact me!