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.

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.

Do I Have That Book Tag

1. Do you have a book with deckled edges?

I have the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi so any of those

2. Do you have a book with 3 or more people on the cover?

It’s not very clear, but We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

3. Do you have a book based on another fictional story?

Yes, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Do you have a book with a title 10 letters long?

I have Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

5. Do you have a book with a title that starts and ends with the same letter?

After searching, the first one I found was New Moon by Stephanie Meyer

6. Do you have a Mass Market Paperback book?

I might, I don’t have access to check this book for confirmation but I believe that Clockwork Princess is a Mass Market Paperback

7. Do you have a book written by an author using a pen name?

I don’t own books that have the pen name but I do own books of the authors that have used pen names before, like J.K. Rowling and Stephen King

8. Do you have a book with a character’s name in the title?

I do. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. 

9. Do you have a book with 2 maps in it?

This might be cheating but Throne of Glass has a map on two pages, but it’s just a connecting map

10. Do you have a book that was turned into a TV show?

The Six of Crows duology is turning into a TV show, but it’s not currently out

11. Do you have a book written by someone who is originally famous for something else? (celebrity/athlete/politician/tv personality…)

I do, I have one called Gmorning, Gnight by Lin Manuel Miranda

12. Do you have a book with a clock on the cover?

The only one I can think of is Map of Time by Félix J. Palma

13. Do you have a poetry book?

I have multiple. The first one I saw was Love Her Wild by Atticus

14. Do you have a book with an award stamp on it?

Yes. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

15. Do you have a book written by an author with the same initials as you?

I believe I don’t. I have multiple authors beginning with N but not my last initial.

16. Do you have a book of short stories?

I don’t think so. I just unhauled a book that did though

17. Do you have a book that is between 500-510 pages long?

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, this one took a long time to find because there were a lot of books below or above this amount

18. Do you have a book that was turned into a movie?

Yes. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

19. Do you have a graphic novel?

It’s a manga called Ten Count by Rihito Takarai

20. Do you have a book written by 2 or more authors?

I do. I have My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodie Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Hamilton Book Tag

Hello! I hope you all have had a very nice week. In this post, I will be doing the Hamilton Book Tag!

I know I’m very late at the game for posting this sort of book tag, however, in honor of doing this, I am actually seeing Hamilton for the first time at the end of March, and I am so excited.

I developed my love for Hamilton in my first semester of my freshman year of college. My roommate was very into theater and I overheard it while she was listening to her playlist of musicals, and instantly fell in love.

I don’t have much money especially to travel and then see Hamilton, so I wasn’t expecting to see it. My lovely boyfriend, Eric bought me the tickets so we can travel and go see the show as my Christmas present. He planned it all out around my spring break and so he could take off work and so I wouldn’t have to miss school.

***The links connected to the title of the song are not mine, I took them off Youtube in order for you all to listen to the songs throughout this book tag! ***

So with that little note, let’s get into the book tag!


1. The Room Where It Happens: Book world you would put yourself in

This is a tricky one, the one that is calling me more to is the Shadowhunter world. It’s our real world but has different aspects of magic and powers, and it doesn’t seem too bad.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character

Shirin from A Very Large Expanse of Sea because for how much she’s been through, she’s still incredibly tough. You see her grow in the book and how she views the world and her story is definitely one to be heard.

3. My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

I would say, Evelyn Hugo, because she has gone through a lot in her life but she doesn’t let it get her down and she kept going on; especially at the beginning of her career.

4. Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive [warning spoilers!]

I really loved Dobby from Harry Potter so it would be nice if he was alive. Also, Evelyn Hugo, because I feel like she would be a very insightful woman to learn from, besides the story she told within the novel.

5. Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read [warning spoilers!]

Not many books that I’ve read had a heartbreaking ending, but there is one couple that I’ve thought about when I read the question. No doubt, The Fault in our Stars couple, Augustus and Hazel Grace. I understand why John Green wrote the book the way he did, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less. When Augustus died, it broke my heart, and I cannot imagine what Hazel Grace was thinking when it happened because oh my god.

6. You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

I can’t really come up with a sassy villain. I can think of some but I don’t think they’re sassy though. So, I will put this question on hold, but if any of you come up with something for this question, let me know!

7. The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming [warning spoilers!]

The one that I immediately thought about was We Were Liars. I didn’t really like the book in the beginning but when I discovered essentially everything that had happened wasn’t real, I was caught off guard. Like, enough to rate a little higher than I was thinking I would have.

8. Non-stop: A series you marathoned 

I marathoned The Mortal Instruments in just a week. I wanted to end my last summer before college by finishing that series because I wanted to get to it during the summer but never got around to it because of other books. I also didn’t know when I was going to get to it during college, so I was determined to read the series, and I’m so glad that I did.

9. Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POVs 

As this should be quite obvious, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. This has more POVs than expected, it is told in mostly Wavy’s perspective but the reader sees other points from her grandmother, cousin, a judge, a teacher, and Kellen, and there a probably a few more as well.

10. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

I can totally see how the Mortal Instruments will be remembered because it still is a very talked about series. Although, I don’t think Harry Potter hype will ever stop.

Goodreads Tag

1. What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

The last book I read was an ARC of Again, But Better by Christine Riccio; I do have a review posted about it so, if you want to know more on my thoughts, go check that out.

2. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading two books; one is Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, which is a reread for me. The other book is Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston, another ARC review to be posted soon.

3. What was the last book you marked as ‘TBR’?

I tried doing TBRs but I’m not that type of person. I’m a mood reader, so I just look for books that I haven’t read that sound good to me.

4. What book do you plan to read next?

After the two books I’m currently reading, I recently bought, The Butterfly Project. I’m very excited to read it.

5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do. If you want to know more about how I rate books, I have a post created all about that under the Bookish Posts tab.

6. Are you doing a 2019 Reading Challenge?

Yes, I have set it to 25 books. I’ve currently read 6 so far, which I think is pretty good for me since I’ve been in and out of reading slumps for a while.

7. Do you have a wishlist?

I do not, I usually just buy books on a whim every once in a while. I have before but I got a little overwhelmed by it.

8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m not entirely sure if I want to buy No Exit, I might just wait it out until the library has it or something.

9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I won’t share anything now, but I do have a post on my favorite literary quote underneath the Bookish Posts tab! I also have another quote relate post coming soon.

10. Who are your favorite authors?

Tahereh Mafi, Bryn Greenwood, and Marisha Pessl; as I was looking at authors, I realized that I’ve hardly read any of them twice. I’m thinking that I should dedicate a month to reading more books from authors I’ve enjoyed.

11. Have you joined any groups?

I have not, and I don’t know if I will plan to either. But we shall see.

Reader Problems Tag

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Honestly, I am a mood reader. If I feel like reading a specific kind of genre or a specific book I will. I currently am in the mood to read contemporary novels; so if you see a lot of those popping up in my monthly wrap-ups, that is why.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

It all depends on how invested I am. If I like it to a certain extent, I will continue and finish it. If the book is bothering me so much and I find myself skimming and dreading to finish the book, I will stop reading it.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

This one also depends on how close I am to my goal. If I set my goal at 50, and I read 30 books, I won’t force myself to read 20 books in a short period of time. I will still continue reading until the end of the year at the same pace I have been. I’ve learned that forcing yourself to read only makes reading kind of painful because I’m not enjoying the books in the way I should be.

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

I mean they’ll bother me, but I won’t cry about it. Unless it’s a special case like Shatter Me, where the first cover is completely different from the books afterward, but they did make a new cover for the first book again. So, in that case, I’d just replace it with one that matches.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I don’t really bond with anyone related to bookish things because I don’t have friends in the bookish community to do so with and in my real life. I will talk about these books to people, but most of them haven’t read the books I have.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I don’t cry that often while reading, unfortunately. However, if I’m reading a book powered with emotions for me, I will let my reactions come to me, regardless if people are watching me. I won’t let anyone get in the way from me having emotions about a book.

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

This has been a recent case for me, but honestly, I won’t re-read the previous book because I don’t exactly see the point, especially if it’s, say the third book, it just feels off to me. I will find a synopsis for either the series or the previous book and that will help catch me up on what I need to know for the next book. It doesn’t take away the future reading experience for me.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I don’t really have people who borrow my books because I’m not surrounded by people who read most of the time. If I were in the situation though, I would just tell them that I don’t want them to because I am careful about the condition of my books.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I have been in and out of reading slumps for the past couple of months. I don’t do anything particular, I go about my life, and once I feel like I’m ready to pick up a book once again and read, I will. I just let things happen, I am not the type of person to be in the same kind of mood all the time, and I think that’s just fine.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

Recently, I haven’t bought any new releases, I right now, I don’t exactly feel like doing so either. I come to find myself with a lot of books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read, and currently not in the mood to read. If I am interested in reading a newer release, I can borrow it from my library. I will then decide if I want to buy that book if I read it.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on what reading mood I am in, how busy I am, and the level of interest it has. There are times where I will buy a book and read it almost immediately and times where I either eventually get to it after a while or like some of my books currently that have been on my shelf for a long while and won’t be read in a long time.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

– E-Book or Physical Book?

Physical book

– Paperback or Hardback?

Both

– Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

Online, especially for Barnes and Noble because they have cheaper prices than in store when it’s full price

– Trilogies or Series?

Trilogies; some exceptions like The Mortal Instruments. In series sometimes it can drag on for a while and then it gets kinda boring

– Heroes or Villains?

Both depends on the situation

– A book you want everyone to read?

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

– Recommend an underrated book?

Believarexic by J.J. Johnson

– The last book you finished?

G’morning, G’night by Lin Manuel Miranda

– The Last Book You Bought?

It’s been a long time since I’ve been bought a book, but I believe it was Darker Shade of Magic

– Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

The only thing I can think of is used paper, or a pen to hold my spot for a second

– Used Books: Yes or No?

Yes

– Top Three Favourite Genres?

Young Adult Fiction

Thriller

Young Adult Fantasy

– Borrow or Buy?

I used to just buy but now I’m leaning more towards borrowing unless I know I like the book

– Characters or Plot?

Characters bring out the plot, so characters

– Long or Short Books?

Depends on how much I like the book

– Long or Short Chapters?

Short; it doesn’t feel like the story is going so slow, and if I need to put my book down, it’s easier then to stop at a chapter than in the middle

– Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Guitar Notes

Fangirl

– Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?

Both, I want a book that can make me have many emotions

– Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Usually our world, easier to relate to and keep my attention

– Audiobooks: Yes or No?

Usually no, but not opposed

– Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

Sometimes, usually with older books because the covers aren’t as good as today’s

– Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to Movie

– A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

The Longest Ride

– Series or Standalone’s?

Both depends on the situation