The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

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It might be a little past mid-year, but PFFT. All of summer is basically the same, right? 😉 Thanks so much to Bex @ My Shelf & Myself for tagging me, and can we all just take a second to appreciate that amazing blog name. 😍 Now onto the books!

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Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

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OH MAN. I have no idea how to choose! I think that The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Release by Patrick Ness, Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg and Our Dark Duet & A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab are among my favourites so far.

Best sequel of 2017 so far

a conjuring of light

I just finished Lord of Shadows which I loved, and I also adored Our Dark Duet, but I’d have to say A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab. I love the world & characters so much and reading that book was just such a thrilling experience. It made me so glad that I can have such awesome fan experiences.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

want cindy pon

Want by Cindy Pon sounds SO EXCELLENT. It’s a scifi book set in the futuristic Taiwan! Which is super cool! I would really like to read more scifi that isn’t a futuristic UK/US. Also, the cover is SO NICE.

Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017

the loneliest girl in the universe

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. I adored The Next Together duology by Lauren James and I am so excited for her new novel! I’ve been snooping around on Tumblr where the author is posting related stuff and…I think there’s going to be fandom? SCI FI FANDOM HECK YEAH. I am also SUPER EXCITED for Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore.

Biggest disappointment

railhead

Railhead by Philip Reeve was one of the books I was most excited for on the Carnegie list. It started off with a cool premise — SCIFI, TRAINS, STEAMPUNK — but I ended up not really being engaged with the storyline or characters. I also maintain that the future is definitely more queer, okay?

Biggest surprise

the smell of other people's houses
I wasn’t expecting to like The Smell of Other People’s Houses but I actually ADORED and DEVOURED it.  It’s set in 70s Alaska which I didn’t know much about at all, and it tells the story of a bunch of different teenagers and the way their lives intersect. I LIKE THESE KINDS OF CROSSING STORIES A LOT, OKAY.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

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Laura Ruby already has some books released, but Bone Gap was the first novel I’d read by her, and I enjoyed it a lot! I look forward to reading any new works of hers. 🙂

Newest favourite character

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There was also a question here for ‘newest fictional crush’ but I don’t get crushes haha, so I merged it with my favourite character! I adore both Clove and Ella from The Last Beginning by Lauren James. I LOVE READING ABOUT QUEER GIRLS IN STEM IT MAKES MY HEART SING WITH JOY. I’m also still in love with Kell and Lila and Rhy but hey, that’s not new. 😉

Book that made you cry

release patrick ness
I don’t think I actually cried whilst reading it (because I am a stone cold human who never cries reading books) but Release by Patrick Ness made me feel a lot of emotions. It was just one of those books that reminded me so much of my own feelings — in a way that was both painful and wonderful? (Our Dark Duet)

Book that made you happy

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The Spinster Club series by Holly Bourne has always given me a lot of joy, adn the series finale …And a Happy New Year? was no exception. Of course there was no shortage of crises, and it wasn’t a completely happy ending, but it reminded me of how awesome feminism and friendship are.

Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year

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I think the only book to movie adaptation I’ve seen this year is A Monster Calls? (Based on the book by Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd.) It wasn’t my favourite movie ever, but I thought the filming was very pretty & it made me feel all the things.

Favourite review you’ve written this year

Erm, I don’t actually write reviews! Maybe I can go through my Goodreads and find one, wait… Okay, no, I don’t know how to search through and read this.

Most beautiful book you bought or received this year

girl of ink and stars
Alas, I only borrowed it from the library, but The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave is SO BEAUTIFUL in its physical form. Not only is the cover beautiful — the pages are also such nice quality & there are map illustrations and GAH SO NICE. Also, I bought my friend a new 20th anniversary Ravenclaw copy of Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone and to be honest I thought that was pretty awesome.

Books you need to read by the end of this year

when dimple met rishi

OH MY GOODNESS. SO MANY. SO MANY.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon I have this on my Kindle & I’m going to read it on holiday!
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore AAAH I KNOW I ALREADY MENTIONED THIS BUT I’M SO EXCITED.
Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash This was only just released in the UK, aah, and it sounds wonderful.
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee Webseries creator! Internet people! Asexual characters!
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee I’ve been meaning to read this for ages becayse it sounds AWESOME.
And also a TON more because ALL THE BOOKS YESSSSS. I couldn’t possible fit them all on here. 😛

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I’m not tagging anyone because a) as some of you might know I find tagging people a bit stressful haha and b) it is, erm, not really mid-year anymore, so I’d feel a bit awkward. I do hope you enjoyed this post!

how has your bookish year been so far? do you have a favourite book of 2017 yet?

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The Liebster Award (in two parts)

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I was recently nominated for The Liebster Award by Anna @ Cool Girls Read Too and also Laura @ No More Than Books. Thank you both! actually have been nominated for this before, but it was months and months and months ago and I still haven’t done it, so I decided that this time I would actually write the thing. It’s in two parts, starting with Anna’s questions.

Like Anna, I’m following the rules set down by 52lettersinthealphabet, but I’m changing the last one because a) I don’t know enough blogs to nominate 11 people and b) I have LOADS of other tags to be getting on with and I don’t want to overload you guys with nominations. So, if you want to nominate someone for me or just do it straight from here as a reader, please do go ahead.

1. Link to and thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Answer the 11 questions your nominator gives you

3. Tag 11 other bloggers who have 200 or less followers
4. Ask the 11 bloggers you nominated 11 questions and let them know you nominated them!

anna's questions

Why did you create your blog? Do you have any other blogs?
I initially created my blog because I suddenly became very interested in beauty, but now I blog about books, writing, and thoughts. I don’t have any other blogs at the moment, but I have started a few blogs in the past that quickly became obsolete!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flight. To be able to fly would be awesome.
I used to have a dream in which I woke up and could fly, and it was like swimming through air…

Do your family and friends follow your blog, or do you keep it a secret?
My family know, but I haven’t given them the link, and some of my friends follow me but not all.

Are you cautious of what you write on your blog? Do you worry about offending people?
Sometimes I start to write a post and then half way through I get too embarrassed to post it. I have a lot of unfinished drafts, and a lot of terrible posts as well. It’s not really that I’m worried about offending other people – it’s that I’m afraid I’ll let myself down.

If you had to recommend one book to a friend right now, what would it be?
Well, I just got my best friend to read Legend, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, so I’ll go for The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’m feeling the love for it right now.

Your top 3 book crushes – don’t be shy! 😉
Every Rainbow Rowell character Every TMI/TID character THRONE OF GLASS The Grisha Legend EVERY YA BOOK I LIKE what what what

Do you read books from many different genres? What genre would you never read?
I am SO guilty of not branching out into different genres, but the genre that I don’t really read at all is mystery. I don’t have anything against it, but I just never seem to end up reading any. :-/

What book/series do you want to be turned into a TV series/movie the most?
I personally think that after you’ve read the book, the movie adaptation is simply just not that good, although sometimes the movie stands on its own apart from the book (like with Howl’s Moving Castle). But I think it would be pretty cool if a Legend movie came into existence – or, to be honest, any Studio Ghibli adaptation of a half-decent YA book. That collaboration would be mind blowing.

Who is your favourite female character and why?
Oh, gosh. How do I even begin to choose this? Naturally, I love Celaena, who is strong enough to get through anything, but I also admire Eleanor from Eleanor & Park, (I’ve made too many Rainbow Rowell references in this post), Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles, Anya from The Birthright Trilogy, Alina from The Grisha…

 How many books do you read a week?
In the holidays, I can read a book a day but during school time I usually read around three per week.

 When a book is really hyped up, does it make you want to read it more or less?
It depends on the book. When I hear about a book, I immediately go and research Goodreads and other reviews for it so that gives me a better idea. It also depends on who’s excited about it. I trust my friends and people who know my taste more.

laura's questions
Paperback or hardback? Which do you prefer, and why?
It depends on the cover and the book, but when I read I prefer paperbacks. Hardbacks are better for display purposes.

Where do you get the majority of the books you read? Do you buy them? Get them from Netgalley (or another similar source)? Do you receive them directly from the publisher?
One of my two local libraries, or my school library. When I go on holiday, I buy books for my Kindle. I don’t get any books for review purposes, since I don’t really review books!

What is your favourite item of book related merchandise? Please post a picture!
Probably my Carry On, Simon t-shirt from Fangirl. I’m wearing it right now.

Carry On, Simon t-shirt With so many libraries shutting down and more and more people using E-readers, what effect do you think this is happening on people’s reading habits?

Ebooks make it easier to self-publish, so there are more unedited and not so great books out there. (Although I know that there are many excellent self-published books out there.)
Although, myself, I like the convenience of ereaders, if I have an eBook I really like the I have to go and buy a hard copy. They’re much more lasting. I do hope that paper books don’t die out.

What was the first blog post you posted?
You can find it here. It doesn’t say much, other than a welcome.

How many books have you read so far this year?
I have no idea! Too many to count!

What is your favourite quote from a book?
Why are you doing this to me Rainbow Rowell writes very quote-worthy lines – just look up ‘Rainbow Rowell quote collage’ – but I’d have to choose “I will not be afraid,” from Throne of Glass. It doesn’t sound like much out of context, but if you’ve read the books then you’ll know how much it stands for.

What book are you currently reading now? Are you enjoying it?
I’m currently reading Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones, the sequel to Howl’s Moving Castle. It took a while to get into, but I’m enjoying it now!

Do you have a favourite bookstore?
I like the little independent bookshops around the corner from my house, but I also like Foyles. I don’t think I’ve ever actually bought anything from there, but they have a very different selection to other bookshops and it gives me great ideas. And, they introduced me to Ruta Sepetys and Holly Bourne. How could that be a bad thing?

What is the last book you bought?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas, when it came out in early September. The aforementioned local bookshop actually got it a few days early, for some reason. I went into major fangirl mode and had to rush home from school to get some money.

Do you have a favourite bookmark?
Not really. I get paper bookmarks from the school library with quotes like ‘Lose yourself in a book,’ and ‘No brain, no gain: READ’. I lose them very quickly and find them in the bottom of my bag a year later.

my questions
Here are my questions! Just as a heads-up, I have two other awards on the go so I’ll be re-using some of these questions then.
1. Do you dog-ear the corners of pages in the books you read, or does the idea make you scream?
2. When you eat, do you save the tastiest food until last or eat it first?
3. Do you prefer fountain pens, gel pens, biros, or felt tips?
4. Do you watch any long-standing TV programmes?
5. If you were having a surprise party tomorrow, what cake or dessert would you make?
6. Do you have a lucky number? If so, what is it?
7. What’s your typing style? Can you touch type?
8. Do you like to buy aesthetically pleasing products? Do book covers affect the books you buy?
9. What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
10. Which season do you like best, and why?
11. What would you summarise the meaning of life to be, in less than 3 sentences?

I’m nominating:
Not That Different
The Paper Ship
Infinite Reads
And YOU, my friend! 😛

The Pleasures of a Good Library

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If you go into Waterstones and buy a book, you will probably come out with a plastic bag that reads ‘Words cannot do justice to the pleasures of a good bookshop. Ironically.’  Now, I really do like bookshops, but I think I need to put a word in for the libraries of this world as well.

In a library, there is far less pressure than a bookshop. You can get out any book that you want, and it doesn’t matter if you don’t read it or like it. You can sit on the floor or a bench and read through the entire book if you want, which is something that you certainly can’t do in a bookshop.

Our library has just installed some self-checkout machines like the ones in supermarkets but with books instead, and no bagging area. They are very useful, because it means I can get out whatever I want i.e. the next four books in that paranormal romance series, and no one need know.

And there is something that I don’t like about the newness of bookshops. I like new books, but sometimes I prefer for my book to have a story, to have travelled somewhere before it reached my eyes. I’ve always wanted to sneak a note into a book and write something to the person who reads it next but I’ve never had the courage.

How about you? Do you prefer bookshops, or libraries?

 

 

If I Could Disappear Into a Book

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If I could somehow disappear into a book and become a fictional character, then as sure as anything I would.

Fictional characters have it so much easier. Their story has a clear beginning and end and you know that stuff is just going to keep happening to them because you have another 200 pages to go. If it suddenly becomes to embarrassing to bear you can skip that part. You can read your favourite moments over and over again.

So, really, on reflection, I don’t want to disappear into a book. I want to read the book of my life instead of living it.

Huh.

Throne of Glass Awesomness + Celaena’s Birthday Party

So. Well. Look, it’s a blog button for Celaena’s Birthday Party! SQUEEE!

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And it just so happens that Throne of Glass (if you didn’t know, it’s a book by Sarah J Maas) is my current obsession. It isn’t the best book I’ve read, but it’s my favourite. The characters are alive. They dance around in my head.

I have read Throne of Glass about seven times. Not including the novellas or its sequel, Crown of Midnight.

Yeah, so I am REALLY REALLY SUPER SUPER EXCITED! Unfortunately it’s in EST so it’s at 9pm over here, and I’m at my aunt’s fiftieth, but I might be able to get away with it. I have to.

I encourage you to read Throne of Glass if you have not. Having other people to fangirl with just makes me love it more.

Also, I’m thinking of doing some storyblog-esque posts. I’m feeling the writing vibes at the moment. But I’m too excited about seeing this amazing email confirming my invitation to Celaena’s party that I don’t think I can write anything else except Throne of Glass. I’ll hopefully be posting again soon!