Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag A.K.A. What Happened to 2016 Tag

Thank you Jess for tagging me! Go check out her blog if you haven’t already because it’s gorgeous

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

This used to be Stars Above, but then I read Monsters of Men. It was an amazing rollercoaster and definitely didn’t disappoint. I havent’ reviewed any of the books in the trilogy, and I’m not sure I will. I just don’t know how to put my love for these books into words.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

I’m going with The Ask and the Answer, because apparently I haven’t even read that many sequels this year (and Stars Above doesn’t really count, since only the last story takes place after Winter).

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

Woops still haven’t read Lady Midnight

I kid you not I’ve been at the bookstore, stared at it, and picked up other books. I’ve kind of lost my excitement and there are other books I’d rather read. But I still want to read it! It just isn’t a priority anymore (I seriously don’t know what happened. Like I was so excited before it came out and then it did and I just…)

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

To be honest I’m not sure what books are coming out this year. I’m really not keeping up, because I’ve been really busy with school and now I figure I’ll just see when books come out when everyone in the community starts reading them lol. BUT I really can’t wait to read Heartless. Alice in Wonderland and written by Marissa Meyer? Yes please *grabby hands*

5. Biggest disappointment

a thousand nightsIT’S SO PRETTY. BOTH ON THE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE. BUT NOT STORY WISE. I was incredibly bored during this one. I love fairy tale retellings, but this one? Nope nope nope. Read my review here. Really wouldn’t recommend this one. BUT there are people out there who really love it, so that said if you’re interested in it still check it out.

6. Biggest surprise

Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman. I got it for free on Amazon and the previous free e-books I had read weren’t that great, so my expectations were really, really low. But I really enjoyed this one! Read my review here.

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

I think it’s a tie between Becky Albertali and Maggie Stiefvater, though I’ve met Becky at YalfestNL and she was so cute and lovely so I’m leaning towards her

8. Newest fictional crush

I’m afraid to say that there’s no new addition to my fictional boy harem

9. Newest favourite characterimg_0014

Definitely Simon Spiers! Also one of my favourite protagonist *nods* I mean he’s a Potterhead so how could I not love him (yes I’m biased so what ssh) Read my review here.

10. Book that made you cry

I reread The Perks of Being a Wallflower which made me cry again

11. Book that made you happy

starsaboveStars Above. Especially the last story. If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about. It was just perfect and put a smile on my face. I loved seeing the gang all together again. The story of Cinder and Kai’s first meeting from Kai’s POV also put a big goofy smile on my face though. Read my review here.

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

I got Harry Potter Film Wizardry for my birthday and that definitely qualifies. It’s gorgeous inside and out. While I haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it

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

I don’t have any specific books really. I just want to read all the unread books on my shelves (not going to happen. Like I’m going to finish Les Mis hahaha. I really need to finally read that)

14. Favourite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)

I assume this has to be someone you discovered this year? Then I’m choosing (sounds like I’m choosing a Pokemon haha – SPEAKING OF WHICH BY THE TIME THIS IS PUBLISHED I’D BETTER HAVE POKEMON GO) Liam from Hey Ashers! His reviews are brilliant – not just well-written and with good points, but also hilarious.

15. Tag! Who’s It?

Fadwa | Evi | Zin | Annemieke | Samantha | Marie | Joan | Emma 

Don’t feel obligated to do this!

How was the first half year of 2016 reading wise for you? What is your favourite and worst book so far? Any answers we have in common? Let me know in the comments!


Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag

Last month Audrey from Forwards and Bookwords tagged me to do the Mid Year Book Freak-Out Tag, and since August is almost over, I decided it was time to do this, since it’s already long past the mid year!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2015:

I’ve read some pretty good books so far, but I’m going to go with The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani. I loved it so much, it got me in a huge book hangover, everything was resolved and just done right… IT WAS THE PERFECT ENDING. Review is coming soon! Probably next week.

If you haven’t read The School for Good and Evil series yet, I highly recommend it

2. Best sequel you’ve read in 2015:

Either Crown of Midnight or Scarlet. They made me fall in love with their series and craving for more.

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

Simon VS The Homo Sapiens sounds really good and everyone is raving about it, so I need to read it!

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

Queen of Shadows, Winter, The Sword of Summer, The Copper Gauntlet… Wait, you asked for one?

5. Biggest disappointment: 

I could go with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, since I gave it two stars, but I’m not sure if I’d call it a disappointment as I expected a three-star read. So I’m going to go with A Court of Thorns and Roses.  I expected to enjoy it a lot more, and honestly, I kind of didn’t. Read my review here.

6. Biggest surprise: 

I Am Princess X. If you haven’t read that book yet, GO READ IT NOW. It’s funny and intense and there’s friendship and mystery and a comic about a kick-ass princess and so much more. It’s awesome. Read about my fangirling here.

7. Favorite new author: 

Cherie Priest, author of I Am Princess X. Because did I mention I loved it?

8. Newest Fictional Crush: 

Jason from Magonia. Welcome to my fictional boy harem.

9. Newest Favorite Character: 

Cress from well, Cress haha. She’s such a cutie and her character development is life. I won’t tell you to much about her, in case you haven’t read the book yet. If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR.

10. Book that made you cry: 

Well I reread Harry Potter this year (from Goblet of Fire on, I reread the first three books in December), so that was a tearfest. I cried during Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and of course The Assassin’s Blade (let’s not talk about that one though. I’m still not okay), and of course I couldn’t stop sobbing during All The Bright Places! I also shed tears during I Am Princess X, Magonia (quite some tears actually. HER FAMILY. JASON.) and The Last Ever After (more ‘THIS IS BEAUTIFUL’, ‘THIS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT’ and ‘I’M SO PROUD OF MY BABY’ kind of tears though). So yeah, I couldn’t really choose one book because a lot of books make me cry haha.

11. Book that made you happy: 

The Last Ever After, because of spoilery reasons, The Isle of the Lost (I couldn’t NOT mention Descendants guys. Still obsessed) and Paper Towns.

12. Favorite book to movie adaptation you saw this year: 

I saw Paper Towns on Thursday and loved it! I’ll talk more about it in my weekly wrap up tomorrow.

13. Favorite post that you’ve done this year: 

There are a few posts I really like and am proud of, on this blog and on The Feministas.

On the Feministas I’m most proud on my post about whether or not Snow White and Cinderella are good role models.

On this blog I liked my Nine Reasons Why You Should Watch Dream High (if you haven’t watched it yet, go do that now), my posts about The Wizarding world, part 1 and 2, The Struggles of Being a Teen for the Teens Tell Their Story Project (because getting that all out felt really good, and talking about it with all of you, knowing that I’m not alone in feeling like that, was a big relief), my Disney Descendants review (because let’s face it, I just love to fangirl. Most of these posts so far were basically me fangirling), I loved sorting my main teens from my WIP in Hogwarts Houses (because analysing them like that made me get to know them better, plus it was fun), Why Writers Can’t Disconnect From The Internet and of course the first part of my day in Magic Kingdom (BECAUSE DISNEY).

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year so far:


Fairytales From The Brothers Grimm!

Since this is a one time tag until next year, I won’t be tagging anyone since I don’t know who has and hasn’t done this yet! But if you haven’t done it yet and want to, consider yourself tagged!