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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2020

Hey Bookworms!

Can you believe half the year is gone?! Crazy.
This year has been an odd one for sure, it hasn’t been my best year of reading, quantity-wise but I’ve read some great books!

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

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Oh my god, this book!! It was SO good. I loved every moment of this book.
I honestly couldn’t fault it.
My review is here.

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

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

I loved this book!! I literally want the whole series right now. I am SO SAD I have to wait years for the next one. It left off on a killer cliffhanger. It was INSANE!

My review is here.

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

The Love Square by Laura Jane Williams
& The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon

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

I actually don’t have one. I’m trying not to keep up with new releases too much as I need to get my tbr down! It’s getting out of hand and I need to stop adding to it (lol).

5. Biggest disappointment.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

I am seriously sad to put this book here. I fully expected it to be my favourite book of 2020 but BOY was I wrong. I haven’t been this disappointed in a while.

Review / Rant here.

6. Biggest surprise.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The Handmaid’s Tale was such a great book and even though I did want more I didn’t think anything could compare. It didn’t have as much impact on me as the first book but this one was more enjoyable! I saw so many negative reviews for this, I was worried going in but it is definitely worth picking up in my opinion!

Review here.

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

New to me – Alice Oseman
I read the graphic novels Heartstopper for the first time this year and OH MY GOD! WHY didn’t I read sooner?! It’s the most adorable series ever.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Zaf from Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

9. Newest favourite character.

Dani Brown!

10. Book that made you cry.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

Considering it was my biggest disappointment, this might be a surprise that it also made me tear up a bit. One thing that was done right in this novel was the emotional impact, it had all the feels!

11. Book that made you happy.

I’ve read so many happy books this year!!
So I don’t keep using the same books I’ll go with Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.

Review here!

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

Already mentioned these two but oh well:
House of Earth and Blood & Starsight
They’re GORGEOUS!

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

SO MANY!

Here are a few that are high priority:

The Burning White by Brent Weeks
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson


What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year? What are you looking forward to reading next?

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The Book Snob Book Tag

 

Hey guys!

I’m not sure who made this tag or whose blog I saw it on.
The questions have been in my drafts forever! Oopsy.

 


Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Not always, some genres I prefer as movies so I’ll watch the movie rather than the book. Sometimes I watch book adaptations without knowing they were a book first and then I read the book after I find out. Doesn’t bother me much!

Format Snob: You can only choose one format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which do you choose: physical, ebooks, or audiobooks? 

I READ IN EVERY FORMAT. *Cries*
I’d probably go with physical… I would seriously miss audiobooks though.

Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a nonreader? 

Yes, of course??? My partner doesn’t have to have the exact hobbies and interests I do. I’ve only dated one reader in the past… It doesn’t really bother me but I will try to get them to read books I like lol. I can’t imagine being shallow enough to not date non-readers.

Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

Historical Fiction.
Snoozefest.

Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read from one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Fantasy!
It is limitless, I never get sick of it.

Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

Hmm… Classics maybe?
I know a lot of people look down on readers who don’t read classics. Which is dumb, just because you don’t read classic doesn’t mean you’re ‘unculture’ or ‘poorly’ read. Read what you enjoy!

Snobbery Recipient: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

I’ve had men assume I don’t read ‘proper’ books aka I only read romance or chick-lit. Which really annoying me because a) romance & chick-lit are valid genres and are proper books?? and b) why just because I’m a women does that mean that’s all I read. Men. *sigh*


Feel free to say I tagged you if you want to do this tag!

Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂

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The Diverse Book Tag

Hello everyone!
I’ve been meaning to do this tag for a few weeks and now couldn’t be a more perfect time!

This tag was created by MissMaddyChats & she tagged me to do it. Make sure you check out her post too!
I’m assuming diversity means all kinds of diversity so I’ll include different races/genders/sexualities etc.

Maia Tamarin- A book with a strong heroine (who’s diverse)!

Chloe from Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Chloe’s black and chronically ill but such a great character! I absolutely adore her!

Also, Echo from Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown – She has been through so much and yet keeps going. I admire her so much, such an amazing, strong woman!

Kiko Himura- A book with a biracial character

I haven’t read many books with a biracial/mixed-race(despite being mixed-race myself.) character, unfortunately.  There seems a lack of biracial/mixed-race characters in books, in my opinion.  I think Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is supposed to biracial(?) – but that’s not own voices.  I believe Jesper from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is biracial if I remember correctly…

Ones on my TBR:
Starfish & Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Zayneb- A book written by a Muslim author

Recently, I read Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik – It’s a Muslim romance, which I had never read before and knew absolutely nothing about.
My review is here.

Séverin- A book with a morally grey character (who’s diverse)!

Victor Vale from Vicious by V.E. Schwab – He’s ace

Mia Covere from Nevernight by Jay Kristoff –  She’s bisexual

Starr Carter- A book that educates about the struggles a poc can go through

A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry.
This is actually a play I read in uni, but it really showcases the racism against black people in the 1950s USA. It’s a great play, if you don’t mind reading plays or if you ever get a chance to see it on stage, definitely do!

I need to read way more about this topic, I seriouly need to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas & others like it.

Anna K- A book that breaks stereotypes (which is diverse)!

But I’m going to use Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik again.
I’m not Muslim, so I’m not going to be able to give an own-voiced opinion, nor is it my decision to make but this book broke the stereotypes I was used to hearing about Muslims, particularly dating/marriage wise.


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The Coffee Book Tag

 

Hey guys!
 Finally, a new post! I have been busy writing assignments but I have finally finished and submitted everything. The semester is officially over and I am FREE! Yay!
Today I’m doing another tag, what better way to get back into blogging than a good ol’ tag! I was tagged by the lovely Mieke over at MouseThatReads! Make sure to check out her post too!

Black Coffee: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans.

Hmm… Probably The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson. The fans are hardcore but I definitely found it hard to get into. I’m going to catch up with the series this summer, hopefully!

Peppermint Mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

I honestly have no idea…

Hot Chocolate: What is your favourite middle grade book?

Anything by Rick Riordan, I really need to reread his books to determine a favourite, it has been a minute since I read them! Plus the Percy Jackson show announcement has made me want to dive back into that world!

Double Espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Recently, Bead Read by Emily Henry! I LOVED every moment of it. It was such a gripping read! I was soo invested in this novel, I haven’t been this glued to a book in forever!
(review coming soon)

STARBUCKS: Name a book you see everywhere.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Everyone seems to love it and I see it everywhere! (as well as his other books) – he seems to be getting increasingly more popular. 

That Hipster Coffee Shop: Give a book by an indie author a shout out.

I don’t really read indie authors (I need to change that). I have read a book by Josie Jaffrey, which I enjoyed at the time. If you like vampires, you should definitely check out her books!

OOPS! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from.

Oh I have so many:
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – What the hell even was this book?! One of the worst endings I’ve ever suffered through. Awful, awful book!

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
I really thought this would be amazing but this was SO disappointing – another awful ending. I really didn’t enjoy it, at all.

The Perfect Blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

Throne of Glass (series) by Sarah J Maas

 A Cup of Tea: Your favourite classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen!
These are by the best classics I’ve read by far! I love the proto-feminism and strong female characters! 

Flat White: A book that isn’t a novel

Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig
An amazing mental health memoir! 


I tag anyone who whats to do this tag!

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Stay At Home Book Tag

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Happy Wednesday!
Today I’m going to do a tag,  I was tagged by Holly over at TheWritingFinch to do this, thank you, Holly!

1. Laying in bed – a book you read in one day 

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – Once I picked this up I could not stop! Luckily, being a graphic novel it’s quick to binge!

2. Snacking – a book that is a ‘guilty pleasure’ read 

I don’t believe in ‘guilty pleasures’ – it’s a toxic mindset, in my opinion…
I’ll go with a “problematic fave” instead: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Everyone seems to have strong opinions on this book but I really enjoyed it. It broke my heart and made me cry but it was a great read!

3. Netflix – a series that you want to start

I could write a whole post on this question alone…
I just bought Aurora RisingThe Winner’s Curse & Foundryside on kindle, so I’ll be starting those series soon.

4. Deep clean – a book that has been on your TBR for ages

SO MANY.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch has been on my tbr since 2016… still don’t even own it. I need to change that!

5. Animal Crossing – a book you recently bought because of the hype

Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
I have seen this book everywhere. Literally comes up on my Instagram feed every day.

6. Productivity – a book you learned from or had an impact on you

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ll pick Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig.
This book is amazing for depression awareness. It seriously moved me and made me feel seen. I highly recommend every read it! Especially during these hard times, it is a huge comfort.

7. Facetime – a book you were gifted

I won a giveaway recently, so that’s kind of a gift? I received an ARC of Good Girls Die First by Kathryn Foxfield.

8. Self-care – what is one thing you have done recently to look after yourself

Online shopping.
Someone, please take my Paypal account from me. I keep buying things to make myself feel better.

BONUS – An upcoming release you are looking forward to

Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
I bloody adored Get a Life, Chloe Brown, I cannot wait for this sequel!!

 

I tag:
Bianca @ YourWordsMyInk
Hannah @Five.Chapters
Manon @BooksandAutumns
Maddy @ MissMaddyChats

 

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Book Tag

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Hey guys!
I don’t know about you but Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken over my life (in the best way possible!). When I saw this tag over on Two Book Thieves’s blog I just had to do it!

Past Villager – Who is a character you found when you were younger that still has a place in your heart?

Lyra from His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
It was the first fantasy series I ever read and will forever remain in my heart. I always loved Lyra as a character!

Blather’s Blatherings – Recommend a historical fiction book that you think everybody should read.

I don’t really read historical fiction… But I’ll go for one I actually love; The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – It’s kinda historical fiction? It’s set early 19th century I believe. It’s more of a mystery/thriller. It’s so so good!

Celeste’s Wish – What is a future book release you wish you could read now?

Other than The Winds of Winter *cough cough*

I really, really want the sequel to Starsight by Brandon Sanderson because OMG that bloody ending. Biggest cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out until 2021? 2022? ughhhh.

Timmy and Tommy – What is your favourite sibling relationship in a book?

The Starks in A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin

The Easter Bunny – A popular book character that you’re not a big fan of.

I have a few…
Alina from the Grisha Trilogy
Nesta & Elain from ACOTAR
Kvothe from The Name of the Wind

…and probably more but those are the ones that come to mind.

Nook’s Loans – An author you’d give all your money to.

Sarah J Maas.

She writes the most addicting characters and stories ever.

The Sisters Able – What is your favourite fictional family (found or otherwise)?

Again, I have a few:
Blue Sargent’s family & The Gangsey in The Raven Cycle
The Lannisters & The Starks A Song of Ice and Fire
The gang in The Lunar Chronicles

It’s a C+ – What is a book trope that you don’t like that keeps popping up?

Turning the love interest into a bad guy just because the MC falls out of love with them… You can just make them fall out of love. No need to make everyone the villain…

The Wedding Camel – What is your favourite book set in a land far away from yours?

Since fantasy worlds don’t count -t would be so hard to choose from anyway – I’ll go with the same as Becky from TwoBookThieves said in her answer: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I ADORED that book and its Prague setting.

What Would Dodos Do? – A fictional land you wish you could fly away to at any moment?

Velaris. Get me to the City of Starlight!

Consider yourself tagged if you want to do this 🙂


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Books and Bakes Book Tag

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Created by the booktuber Life is a Page Turner

1. Cupcakes – name a collection of short stories, poems, or anthologies where you couldn’t read just one section and had to go back for another

I’m actually not a fan of short story collections. I much prefer novels/novellas.
But I’ll go with Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas. I powered through that one pretty quickly and enjoyed it for the most part.


2. Lemon Pound Cake – Name a book that has 400 pages or more that you considered a comfort read and a classic

Not a classic but over 400 pages and a comfort read – A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of rereading it.


3. Red Velvet cake – Name a book that you thought was one thing, but ended up being something completely different

Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I thought this would be an amazing fantasy/romance but it was just a snoozefest.
I was so disappointed in this book.


4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough – Name a book or a book series that you can read over and over again even though you know that it’s bad for you

I don’t believe any books or series are ‘bad’ for anyone – read what you want, whenever you want!
I’ll go with Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, I’ve read this twice already and really want to pick it up again (hopefully soon). I love this book with every fibre of my being!


5. Apple Pie a la Mode – Name a book that was really good but could have been better with a little bit of ice cream

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater


6. Gingerbread Cookies – Do you like your gingerbread cookies crunchy or soft. 1. If you like your cookies soft name a book that was squishy in the middle, but the beginning and the end were really good. 2. If you like your cookies crunchy or more like ginger snaps name a book that you finished, but that you wanted to throw at a wall, or snap

Crunchy!
The Wicked King by Holly Black


7. Brownies – Are you a corner piece or a middle piece? 1. If you’re a corner piece, name a book that starts off strong and then all comes apart. 2. If you’re a middle piece, name a book that kept you in the feels the entire time.

Oooh, I like both. I’ll with corner piece…
The Humans by Matt Haig
The beginning was so good and funny, it just got boring towards the end, sadly!


8. Birthday Cake – Name a book series or an author that you feel like keeps coming out with a book, short story, novella every year

Brandon Sanderson!
I don’t think anyone releases more than him, the man is a machine!! He pumps out multiple books a year. Crazy.


9. Carrot Cake – Name a book that sounded healthy for you, but ended up being unhealthy either with content, or put you in a reading slump.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
This put me in such a reading slump. I thought this would be a new fave, the premise sounded so good but the execution was poor.


10. Tag some friends you would love to share some baked goods with

Jade (The Elder Books)| Stephen WritesAmy (Bookish Heights)

(Don’t feel pressured to do this if you don’t want to)

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The TBR Tag!

 

Hey guys!
I haven’t posted in over a week (oops) due to being really ill with a fluey virus, I have spent the best part of a week in bed in the dark. I’m still feeling under the weather but improving! Anyway, today I’m doing The TBR tag, which was created by @aperfectioncalledbooks

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I honestly don’t. I need to though. It’s more than a tbr pile, it’ll be a tbr bookshelf before long! I totally admire (and envy) those who keep spreadsheets but I am not that organised, nor do I actually want to know the exact number. I don’t need that kind of anxiety!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

A mix of both but mostly physical books I believe. Though I have acquired a lot of kindle books so maybe it’s evening out a bit.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I’m a huge mood reader! I go by whatever I think fits my mood at the time. I study English Lit so I have a lot of set reading, I don’t like to set monthly tbrs for that reason. I’d rather pick a book when I want rather than forcing myself to read something.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest.

I dread to even think.

A book that you recently added to your TBR.

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
I was kindly gifted this from my Amazon wishlist and I cannot wait to pick it up!

A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

A book on your TBR that you NEVER plan on actually reading.

I would hope I will read all the books on my tbr eventually. There’s none I don’t plan to read?? Why would it be on my tbr??

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for.

House of Blood and Earth (Cresent City) by Sarah J. Maas

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you.

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read.

The Burning White by Brent Weeks

The number of books on your Goodreads TBR shelf.

139.


I tag anyone who wants to do it!

Let me know if your TBR is as out of control as mine!

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The Joy Of Christmas Book Tag | Blogmas Day 11

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Happy Christmas Eve!
I cannot believe Christmas is tomorrow. Time really does fly!

Today I’m going to do The Joy of Christmas Book Tag!
This tag was created by Samantha at Novels and Nonsense

1) Anticipation: The Christmas excitement is real, what book release(s) are you most anticipating?

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas!!!
I am SO ready for some SJM! I have missed her addictive writing so much.


2) Christmas Songs & Carols: What book or author can you not help but sing its praises?

Anything Brandon Sanderson.
I will never shut up about how amazing his books are.
The world-building, the character, the plot twists. EVERYTHING is amazing.


3) Gingerbread Houses: What book or series has wonderful world-building?

I’m not going to repeat my previous answer (Even though Sanderson is the King of world-building)
So I’ll go with Lightbringer by Brent Weeks.
Incredible magic system and world. I cannot wait to read the final book asap and be back in this amazing world! If you like Sanderson, give Lightbringer a go!


4) A Christmas Carol: Favourite classic or one that you want to read

Jane Eyre & Pride and Prejudice


5) Christmas Sweets: What book would you love to receive for Christmas

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
(The only book I specifically asked for, so I know I’m getting it hehe)


6) Candles in the Window: What book gives you that warm fuzzy feeling

Recently, Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
FEELS! This was adorable. The romance gave me so many fuzzy feels, I highly recommend this book!


7) Christmas Trees & Decorations: What are some of your favourite book covers?

Here are a few of my favourites from 2019 releases!


8) Christmas Joy: What are some of your favourite things about Christmas And/Or some of your favourite Christmas memories?

FOOD!!!

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Have a great Christmas / Happy Holidays!
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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The Festive Christmas Book Tag | Blogmas Day 5

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Hey guys!
Welcome to Blogmas Day 5.
This post is going up later than I anticipated, oops. I’m so not used to posting so much!

The original tag was made by the Booktuber: GirlReading.

 

1. A fictional family you would like to spend Christmas dinner with?

Hmmm… Either Rhys’ Inner Circle, Aelin’s Court or 100 Fox Way gang.
How incredible would any of those be?!


2. A bookish item you would like to receive as a gift?

Bookish pins! I love them and NEED more!!


3. A fictional character you think would make a perfect Christmas elf?

Blue from The Raven Cycle!


4. Match a book to it’s perfect Christmas song.

Ooof.
This is a cool question but I read so much fantasy I’m not sure any fit with Christmas songs.


5. Bah Humbug. A book or fictional character you’ve been disappointed in and should be put on the naughty list?

The Wicked King. 

No, I’m not sorry. That book was beyond boring.


6. A book or a fictional character you think deserves more love and appreciation and deserve to be put on the nice list?

The Kiss of Deception /  Lia
Why does no one talk about these books? They’re amazing.
Lia is an amazing,, strong female character who deserves so much more appreciation!


7. Red, Gold and Green. A book cover that has a wonderfully Christmasy feel to it.

My True Love Gave to Me ed. by Stephanie Perkins
Can’t get more Christmasy than a Christmas book!


8. A book or series you love so much, you want everyone to find under their Christmas tree this year so they can read it and love it too?

MISTBORN!!!
My favourite book trilogy of all time. It’s INCREDIBLE.
Everyone needs it!


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