Welcome to the blog! Today I am deciding to start something new. I did make a youtube channel, but with how my brain works it’s been a little difficult to work on videos for it, and I’ve been seeing a tag all over the place I’ve really been wanting to do. So I’ve decided I’m just going to being the Tag to the blog! Why not! We’re officially in July which means the first 6 months of the year are already gone, where did they go?? There are 15 questions and this is kind of like a mid year check in to see how your reading is going so far this year and I think it’s such a cool idea. This tag was originally created by Read Like Wildfire and Earl Grey Books both on Youtube. I have read a total of 55 books this year, and my Goodreads goal was for 50 so I have already surpassed it! I am so excited to be doing this tag, let’s get in to the books! (p.s. I’m doing something else a little different, click the book cover for the goodreads page instead of a link!)
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
Honestly, I don’t really think there can be any surprise here after yesterday’s post. This book was just so beautiful on so many levels. I absolutely adored Eliza because while reading this, seeing what she was going through made me realize I’m both not alone and I’m not crazy for having the same feelings. Yes most of my friends are online, yes I don’t go out much, which isn’t great, but that doesn’t mean I’m not still a normal person right. Plus the fact that she had such strong anxiety that had just started with her in high school really stood out to me because that was when I had my first panic attack as well. Just, read this book if you haven’t read it already because it’s such a game changer for books this year.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
Not going to lie, I feel kind of cheaty with this one. Don’t get me wrong I really liked Gemina, honestly it was so mind blowing it took me a bit to sit after I finished it and figure out what in the world exactly had happened and what that meant, same thing with Illuminae as well. That’s why I’m so excited for the third book to come out next year. But seriously, this is the only sequel I’ve read this year. What in the world am I doing with myself??? I think I need to set a goal to work on some series’ for the remainder of the year. I have read a couple first books but just haven’t picked up more from there. I’m terrible I know, feel free to shame me for this because maybe I’ll end up fixing it then.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
Let’s be completely honest, I have way way way too many 2017 releases on my shelves that I need to read, and I just keep grabbing more from the library because, well, I have a problem. But if I had to pick one that would be at the top of my list it would be When Dimple Met Rishi, just because I was so hyped for this book at the start of the year, and then I finally got my copy when it was released, and haven’t been able to pick it up since I got it. It came mid slump at the start of June last month and it’s just really killing me I haven’t picked up one of my most anticipated reads so far. This is of course at the top of my owned tbr books, once I get through this big pile of library books that is
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Speaking of most anticipated books of the year. I have to admit when I first saw the cover of the book when it was released I really wasn’t feeling it at all so it didn’t pull me in like most books do when I first hear about them, but let me tell you, it’s growing on me. Now of course I don’t want to read this book only for it’s cover, although to be honest I have bought books purely on that basis before, I’m actually pretty excited because it is yet another book about gaming. I know there aren’t actually a whole lot of those out there so for such a big author to be writing one, I am so unbelievably stoked for it because I am just such a big gaming nerd, it’s probably equally comparable to what a book nerd I am as well.
5. Biggest disappointment.
Let me first say, please don’t hate me for this. I know so many people just absolutely love this book, but man let me tell you, it was a giant let down for me. I’ve read some really terrible books this year, but I wasn’t as excited for them as I was for this book. I started off my year reading Everything, Everything and I just fell in love with it. So when I heard about The Sun Is Also A Star, I knew I needed to pick it up because I liked her other book so much, I should love this one too. Wrong. I don’t want to go too in to it for fear of spoilers, but I also want to mention I get she was making light of Insta Love in this book, but I feel like it could have been done in a different way, and the Epilogue just frustrated the hell out of me.
6. Biggest surprise.
Again, I know I’ve picked something a ton of people have loved and I knew it had a good rep, but the thing with Fangirl is, I tried to read this book last year. I think I made it a little over 100 pages or so in to it and sat it down and lost complete interest in it. I just wasn’t in to the story or the characters and it wasn’t grabbing my attention. But I guess sometimes that’s all based on what’s currently influencing your reading, because I picked this back up this year and just flew through it. I loved Wren and I loved the story and I grew to either like or dislike certain characters and I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book even though I had such a hard time with it last year.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
I mean come on, did you expect anyone else??
8. Newest fictional crush.
To be completely honest, I’m partially only answering this because I know the reactions I’m going to get out of people that have read this entire series. Myself, on the other hand, have only read the first book in the series. So I will give you a second to think about what my possible answer to this might be. Yup, if you guessed Tamlin then you’re right!! I know that in the next two books people pick Rhys over Tamlin, but I have to tell you at the end of book one, I can only barely tolerate Rhys and my heart goes out for Tamlin. He went through so much stuff watching Feyre go through what she went through, and he tried to protect her, I just, like I said, my heart.
9. Newest favorite character.
Molly Peskin-Suso. I love this girl with my whole heart. She is so stinkin similar to me it’s not even funny. She’s so easy to connect with, and she’s adorable, and thinks the same way. I loved seeing her grow and seeing her trying to figure things out. Plus it just really touched my heart her trying to figure out if boys liked her or not and oh my gosh one does so what do I do with myself now? I just loved it so much, I really recommend reading Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda first because if you don’t then there’s a bit of a spoiler in this one for that so I’d suggest it first.
10. Book that made you cry.
Ok so I really don’t want to say too much about this book because holy cow has the secrecy with it been so real. I didn’t really know much going in to it except that it was about a group of teenagers that vacation on an island every summer together, and apparently they were liars. I really was enjoying the book reading everything after an accident happened and seeing how things were going, but the plot twist though. I really did not see it coming and that’s why I don’t want to tell anymore, except this. I cried like a little baby. I really didn’t expect what happened to be what happened and my heart was just so broken and I just couldn’t believe it, but it was still such a good read, I really recommend it.
11. Book that made you happy.
If you have not read this book yet let me ask you one thing, what are you doing with yourself? Seriously, I know the end of it is a little exaggerated, but after everything that goes on and everything that happens between the three friends during this convention, they deserved it. Again this was a book with a main character that has anxiety, high social anxiety, and it just made it so easy for me to connect with her. I hate going out in public and having to do things so I could understand where she was coming from. All the representation in this book is just amazing and it should automatically be added to your TBR if you haven’t had the chance to pick it up yet.
12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Honestly I really haven’t seen that much new TV or Movies this year so this was kind of hard for me to figure out. I know this movie didn’t come out this year but HEY I read it this year so it counts for me. Also I read the book AFTER seeing the movie and I have to say they did a pretty good job doing the adaptation. Reading the book made me feel like I was rewatching the movie, although I really want to rewatch it again. But all in all this was a really good book to film adaptation and I think the second one actually came out just recently so maybe I need to add that to my list to watch!
13. Favorite video you have done so far in this year
So clearly I’ve only done one video this year, so I don’t think I can count videos. So instead I’ll pick my favorite blog post, which would have to be my Emojiathon TBR post. I just loved being able to sit down and think of tons of different books to fit the emojis and I had such faith beforehand that I would be able to read a whole lot of those books.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Now, this book’s cover may not look that pretty. But in person I know it looks a lot better. Also, this book naked, oh my god. It is so gorgeous. I don’t know why and maybe it makes me a little bit creepy but I LOVE seeing what books look like without their dust jackets. I just really do, and if they have a pretty cover without the dust jacket then I am freaking sold. Next time you’re at a bookstore just take a peek behind the cover and you will so understand what I’m talking about.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Honestly these are all just a bare minimum of what I really need to get read this year, but for sure will have to be gotten to in the second half of the year.
So if you’ve done this tag in whatever format please feel free to leave a link below, I’ve been binging on them and I love to see how everyone is doing. Also if you want to talk about any of these books feel free to do so as well, I clearly love talking about books! I’ll hopefully see you all tomorrow!