2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!

Hello, friends! Okay, I know this is more like a… 75% year freak out tag, but this is kind of a tradition I always do, and you all know how much I love a good tradition! Also, this summer I was just so busy and I was not reading! I am not sure what happened this september, but I think I could possibly be back in my reading era (it all started on namjoon’s birthday, too, his power always will be unmatched, hehe)! But maybe a post soon about my summer and all the things I am reading, let’s get into some book statistics and some faves so far! 💗

So far in 2022, I’ve read 28 books

I’ve generated these statistics by using Brock at Let’s Read‘s spreadsheet!
(i normally do track more data, and i hope to add a lot more before the end of the year, but i still hope these graphs + charts still make your heart happy to visibly be able to see my reading so far this year!)

➽ 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2022:
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
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➽ 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022:
Misrule (Malice Duology #2) by Heather Walter

➽ 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
Babel by R.F. Kuang 

➽ 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
Into the Riverlands (The Singing Hills Cycle #3) by Nghi Vo

➽ 5. Biggest disappointment:
Neon Gods (Dark Olympus #1) by Katee Robert

➽ 6. Biggest surprise:
Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M. Valente

➽ 7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
Heather Walter

➽ 8. Newest fictional crush:
listen… it has been a rough year for romance books + me ;___;

➽ 9. Newest favorite character:
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➽ 10. Book that made you cry:
The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie M. Liu

➽ 11. Book that made you happy:
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree
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➽ 12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
The Honeys by Ryan La Sala
(maybe i will take an actual picture of it soon because this stock cover photo is not doing this book justice. every part, from the spine to the end-pages, are perfection!)
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➽ 13. What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Silver Under Nightfall, Moon Dark Smile, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
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Whew, okay friends, I hope you enjoyed! I feel like I could add so many to that last question! especially because right now I really am finding so much magical joy in just looking up books that look good to me. I am so used to knowing most upcoming releases and all my friends fave books, but this year it feels different but in a really good and indiscernible way. I really am having a lot of fun with reading right now and just falling in love with it again… I don’t know who needs to hear this right now (or maybe a reminder for me again in the future), but: you will always be a reader and that magic will come back. even if that means you’re doing a mid year freak out tag in september, hehe!

thank you to everyone who read all of this, and who just stayed around and is always kind to me, even when i wasn’t producing book content, I love you a lot. and it really means more to me than you’ll ever know, truly! 💗

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Also, what I was listening to on Spotify for the first half of 2022

The Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

Hey, friends! Okay, maybe this time of year I just want to do all the transitional seasonal tags, haha! But I was tagged to do this tag by two of my favorites (Amber @ amberinoface & Destiny @ howling libraries) and I literally could not say no! Also, it seemed like a good way to start off the month of October! 🎃

1. CRUNCHING LEAVES: the world is full of color! Choose a book with red/orange/yellow on the cover.

I recently took this picture for bookstagram and I truly could not believe 1.) how gorgeous this book is, but also 2.) how autumnal it! And with the black background? Like, the perfect combination with the reds and yellows and oranges (and greens… shhhh)! Extra big thank you to Stacia for this very beautiful copy of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin — i love you!

2. COZY SWEATER: it’s finally cool enough for warm cozy clothing! What book gives you the warm fuzzies?

Truly The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune was truly the biggest serotonin booster I’ve experienced while reading all summer. All the heart warming moments, all the constantly warm fuzzies, all the recommendations with my entire soul!

3. FALL STORM: the wind is howling & the rain is pounding. Choose a book that you like to read on a stormy day:

Me, the biggest baby in the world? Me, still not finishing this series? Me, knowing I’m gonna feel brave and read The King of Crows by Libba Bray this month when I’m all alone and most definitely spooked? Yes.

4. COOL CRISP AIR: makes you breathe freely~ Who’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Oh, without question Greta from The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon #3) by Katie O’Neill! Not only are they the cutest and sweetest and kindest, they are also a little blacksmith apprentice, they have the loveliest family (both blood and found), and they have the cutest little tea dragon!

5. HOT APPLE CIDER: warm autumn drink. What underhyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

I am literally begging you all to pick up Night Shine by Tessa Gratton! It is the sapphic (and all around extremely queer) fantasy story of all your dreams! I truly think it could be my favorite book of the whole year, and I wish so many more people would pick it up and give it a try!

6. COAT, SCARVES, & MITTENS: the weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up! What’s a book cover you don’t like?

I’m fully looking away at the vampire fangs on this skull, the typography, the color choices, and half of the stories in the anthology Vampires Never Get Old.

7. PUMPKIN SPICE: What’s your favorite fall comfort food?

I honestly feel like I have been living my best life with autumn comfort food all year this 2020, hahah! But I honestly do love anything with pumpkin! I honestly love anything with caramel too! Also, I truly have such a soft spot for anything with sweet potatoes! And I extra love eating all the soups this time of the year! Oh, and I love stuffing too. Hello, my name is Melanie and I love all the fall comfort foods and flavors.

Okay, friends! There is the tag! I hope you all have an amazing October, truly. And sending you extra love while we get into the start of end of the year things while the world is still in chaos. Also, if you would like to do this tag — please consider yourself tagged! I love you all so much and happy reading! 🍁🍂

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BookTagI believe this tag was originally created by Bookchanted!
But I saw Destiny @ Howling Libraries do it and thought it looked very fun! 

I truly can’t believe that summer is officially over! But I’ve read so many good books, and I have truly had a very good summer all things considered with this world! But I’m also so ready and excited to move on to a new season, and read more good books, and heal more, and just… be even more happier (hopefully)! But I hope this book tag brings you a little happiness, friends! ☀️🍂

1. What was your favorite book this summer?

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You know, this was a harder question that I thought it would be, because I have honestly had such a blessed reading summer, but I think the answer is truly The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang the more I think about it! But Night Shine by Tessa Gratton is right up there competing with the spot! 💖

2. What was your least favorite book this summer?

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Whew, okay, let me go hide under my covers, and I almost put The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel for this one, but the more and more this year goes on, and the more and more people are just ignoring the problems with Loveless by Alice Oseman, the more and more it becomes my least favorite book of this summer.

3. What book do you wish you read this summer?

I truly think I am going to love The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth, and the cover and vibe feels so summery to me! But thank to Lea (and their amazing review!) I hope to read and love this one asap! 💓

4. What was your favorite classic you read this summer?

No, listen, I am closing my eyes and looking fully away. But the closest thing to a classic I’ve read all summer is Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins. You get it? Like, a modern classic. Goodbye.

5. Did you stray into a different genre and pick up a new and exciting book?

I feel like I always say that I just don’t like reading books with historical settings for the most part, and I feel like it’s very apparent to me with historical romances! But apparently I just needed the sapphics to win me over with The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics (Feminine Pursuits #1) by Olivia Waite! 💕

6. What was your favorite movie adaptation this summer?

No, listen again, I have to be honest here and say with my full chest this answer is also Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins, because I truly experienced the biggest serotonin boost watching this with Maëlys & Lea!

7. What was your favorite new book release?

Wow, blessings to be able to hype Night Shine by Tessa Gratton after all! Truly my favorite Summer 2020 book release! I hope you all pick it up! 💗

Okay friends, I hope you enjoyed! I feel like I haven’t done a book tag since coming back to blogging, so this was extra fun to write up! Please tell me what’s your favorite book from this last season! Or what book you’re looking most forward to this new season! I hope you’re all having happy reading and I love you! 💕

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2020 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!

Hello, friends! I know, it’s been a while. And I have very sadly not been the best blogger this entire year, but I truly hope to change that, and come back to a place in the book community that has always made me feel very safe. I hope you will see so much more content here from me, while I also hopefully remember how to write in-depth reviews again! But I thought this would be the perfect start to kick blogging back off, while also letting you know what I’ve read so far during this wild year that is 2020.  💗

So far in 2020, I’ve read 46 books

➽ 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Yeah, truly no one (including my damn self) would have guessed a Victoria Schwab book would be my favorite of 2020 as of now, but here we are. This was just utter perfection, one of the best things I’ve ever read. I am still in awe of the beauty of this book and I think it’s gonna be a hard one for any other book to top this year!

➽ 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020:
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare
I get that this feels a little like cheating, because it is the start of a brand new series! But since it is the 500th Shadowhunter book, and you need to read 200 books before this one, I still feel confident putting it as my favorite sequel! Also, this is the only “sequel” I’ve read (and not reread) that I’ve given five stars to!

➽ 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
This has almost every key-word I’ve ever want in the synopsis, and Station Eleven is one of my favorite books of all time. I truly cannot believe I haven’t picked this up yet! 

➽ 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories (The Folk of the Air #3.5) by Holly Black
Are we really surprised? I might be a bit depressed but I can still stay on brand easily.
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➽ 5. Biggest disappointment:
Docile by K.M. Szpara
This book just made me feel so uncomfortable when it came to horribly unbalanced power dynamics (and romance) and with how people of color were treated and written.

➽ 6. Biggest surprise:
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
Yeah, without question, the biggest surprise of my 2020 reading year has been the fact that The Hunger Games is still deserving of a five star rating. Truly perfection. Wow.

➽ 7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I actually think about lowering this rating to a 4 star a lot, but I still think that it is probably the best debut that I’ve read in 2020 so far!
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➽ 8. Newest fictional crush:
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone
This was the first book I read this new decade and I think it will be a favorite forever. Easily the best 2019 release and I regret not reading it in 2019, truly. As for fictional crush, I feel like I am more in love with the writing and the feeling of true love on every page of this story. But Red and Blue are very much romance goals too.

➽ 9. Newest favorite character:
The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Everyone, literally every character in this book is my favorite new character of 2020! This is my second favorite book of the year so far, and I am still smiling like an idiot thinking about it. I honestly think this could also be my favorite found family of all time. Truly, some of the best written characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! 

➽ 10. Book that made you cry:
The City We Became (Great Cities #1) by N.K. Jemisin
No one, and I mean no one, writes like NK Jemisin. The emotions that she is able to pull and evoke from me is unreal. The parallels and underlying messages from our world bring me so many tears of sadness, but the hope and beauty of what we can have brings me so many tears of hope. This book is a work of art in every way and I truly wish I could put it in everyone’s hands. Masterpiece. My 3rd favorite of 2020! 

➽ 11. Book that made you happy:
The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon #3) by Katie O’Neill
At this point in my life, I’m unsure if any series will bring me as much joy as this one does. I love the art, the story, the messages, the characters, and everything else so much!

➽ 12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare (Waterstones Edition)
I’ve truly only bought 2 books this year, but honestly… both are gorgeous!
(what even is this picture though? lmaoshfjddshk!)

➽ 13. What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Horrid by Katrina Leno | These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | The Lost Book of the White (The Eldest Curses #2) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
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➽ 14. Favorite book community member:
My original reviewing friends who I would die for: Chai | May | Elise | Ju | Imi
My book club hosts who I love more than words: Amy | Romie | Maëlys
My best friend who makes everything so much brighter: Lea
I’d also just like to thank you if you’re reading this post and if you’ve supported me and my reviews for the last few years of my life. Your unconditional love and support never went unnoticed and they are such a great source of comfort to me right now in this strange period of my life. I love you, with everything that I am, truly, honestly, with my whole entire heart. Thank you.

Whew, okay! It really felt healing just to write up this post and look forward to posting it! I hope you’re all well. I hope this first half of 2020, strange as it is, has treated you kindly, but I hope the last half of the year is even nicer to you and your reading! If you would like to see, HERE is my 2019 tag, HERE is my 2018 tag and HERE is my 2017 tag! 💗

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Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

Hey, friends! Okay, I know this post is going to be a little on the controversial side, but just remember that just because a book wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean that it isn’t for you or anyone else. I’m so sorry if one of you favorite books happens to be on this list, but I promise you and your enjoyment are valid! But these are the ten 2018 publications that I found to be really disappointing. (Click on the titles to read my full thoughts and feelings, along with full lists of the trigger warnings that I came across!)

The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

Everless (Everless #1) by Sara Holland

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

Cracked Kingdom (The Royals #5) by Erin Watt

Rule (Rule #1) by Ellen Goodlett

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold

These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1) by Sara Raasch

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Okay, loves! Again, I’m so sorry if any of your favorites are on here. I promise, I still love you with my whole heart and I’d never intentionally hurt anyone. People just always want me to make this post at the end of the year, so I always write one up! But I hope you all are having happy holidays! And Merry Christmas Eve for everyone who celebrates! 🎄

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Bookish Naughty Or Nice Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Kim at bookishkimberly (thank you so much, love!), but I believe the original tag was created by Jenniely’s blog! ❤

➽ 1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it
Unsolicited? Yeah, 100%! Something I personally requested or said yes to? No!

➽ 2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley
No! I am at 89% as of the publication of this post!

➽ 3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)
Yeah, two books actually (and they still haunt me): Saga, Vol. 7 and Jade City! But… I promise, soon!

➽ 4. Folded down the page of a book
I probably have before, but I don’t do this currently.

➽ 5. Accidentally spilled on a book
Lord, I don’t think so. *heavy breathing*

➽ 6. DNF a book this year
F U C K Y E S ! Five, actually!

➽ 7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it
Yeah, I always get Easton Press editions of classics for special moments in my life, and I have never read a single one and probably never will.

➽ 8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework)
Yes. The end of this year has been “Melanie plays League of Legends while listening to an audiobook” mood.

➽ 9. Skim read a book
I’m sure I have, but I can’t recollect any I have done this with recently.

➽ 10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal
No, never.

➽ 11. Borrowed a book and not returned it
Yeah, I actually have a book that a girl let me borrow from high school that I never gave back, and then we graduated and lost contact and I actually feel bad every time I look at it on my shelves. Dana from Grand Blanc, if you’re reading this, holler at your girl. Thanks.

➽ 12. Broke a book buying ban
I never have put myself on a book buying ban.

➽ 13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about
Nope. I always at least type up the bare-bones of a review, and I’ll always come back to it within twenty-four hours.

➽ 14. Wrote in a book you were reading
Yeah, I’d say 80% of the physical books I read, I annotate with pen, too.

➽ 15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads
Hell no. In this Goodreads Challenge economy?

➽ 16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend
Yeah, Dana from Grand Blanc is just going to haunt me for this entire tag, I suppose.

➽ 17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book
Omg, yeah, this is actually my brand.

➽ 18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book
Hell no, I’m not a monster.

➽ 19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged
Lmao, yeah, I recently got caprese salad on my Nevermoor cover while doing an bookstagram story, because, apparently, I’m a wild animal!

➽ 20. Sat on a book accidentally
Probably? I read so much in bed, and leave so many books in my bed, I can’t imagine that I haven’t done this.

Okay, friends! That’s the tag. I didn’t really add up my “yes” to “no” ratio, but I always like to think of myself on the naughty side, if we are being honest! But I thought this tag was hella cute and if you would like to do it then consider yourself tagged! ❤

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End of the Year Book Tag | 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful day filled with unconditional love and a good book! And I hope each and every single one of you knows how thankful I am for your friendships! But I can’t believe that it is going to be December in a little over a week from now! So, I figured that I would do this tag because I saw Myonna’s Reads do it! And I want to let you all know a few things I hope to read by the end of 2018, because it is coming up too damn quick! 🧡

➽ 1. Are there any book you started this year that you need to finish?

I put My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren to the side at the very end of September, and I still haven’t picked it back up! I’ll be honest, it is just not that good. But I will for sure make sure I finish and review before the end of that, and probably before the December 4th release date!

➽ 2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?

Honestly? Not really. But this December 17th – 19th me and my dear friend Julie are doing a buddy read for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis!

➽ 3. Is there a new release that you’re still waiting for?

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

➽ 4. What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?

The three ARCS I know I will get to very soon are:
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi
The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

➽ 5. Is there a book you think could still shock you & become a favorite of the year?

I’d be as bold as to say that I predict How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N.K. Jemisin will make my best of 2018 list! And it comes out this Tuesday!

➽ 6. Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?

Oh yes! I am going to be a little vague, but I promise announcements are coming soon for two different buddy read groups! And I will for sure do another five star prediction post featuring twelve books that I plan to read in 2019!

Okay, friends! That’s it! Again, I hope you are all having an amazing day! And if you do this tag, please tag me so I can see all the other books I need to make sure I read before the end of the year! Happy reading, lovelies! 🧡

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