2018 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

 

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


Happy summer solstice, my loves! I love seasonal equinoxes so very much! And what better way to celebrate than to do one of my favorite posts of the entire year? 💛☀


So far in 2018, I’ve read 87 books and, thanks to the amazing Brock at Let’s Read, here are some other statistics that I was able to gather from his amazing spreadsheet:










For this tag, I also made it a point to not use the same book twice (or else you all would just have a list of mostly Circe and The Cruel Prince). Also, all of these books are 2018 publications that are already released (or else you all would just have a list of mostly The Wicked King and Spinning Silver).


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018:
Circe by Madeline Miller


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018:
Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor


5. Biggest disappointment:
Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6) by Morgan Rhodes


6. Biggest surprise:
Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst


7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


8. Newest fictional crush:
Cardan from The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black


9. Newest favorite character:
Kalen from The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco


10. Book that made you cry:
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang


11. Book that made you happy:
Beneath the Sugar Sky (Wayward Children #3) by Seanan McGuire


12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw


13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Small Spaces by Katherine Arden


14. Favorite book community member:
I’m actually going to write up a shout out post, featuring so many of my lovely friends, in July! But in the meantime, you all should check out some of my favorite Bookstagrammers!



That’s it, loves! I hope you all enjoyed, even though you all probably weren’t too surprised! I know I need to be better about reading books by authors that aren’t living in The United States, and I’m really going to make a conscious effort in the following half of 2018! Also, if you guys want to check it out: here is my 2017 Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, that is still filled with so many of my favorites (and even more pretty charts)! And happy first day of summer! I’m wishing you all the love, happiness, warmth, health, and good books always and forever. ☀💛

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I Spy Book Challenge

I was tagged by the amazing Kelly @ Just Another Book in the Wall to do this amazing tag, which was originally created by the wonderful Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books!

How to do this tag: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes!


1. Food

Sweet Surrender (Sweet #1) by Maya Banks


2. Transportation

The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #3) by Brian Staveley


3. Weapon

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin


4. Animal

The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden


5. Number

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


6. Something You Read

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black


7. Body of Water

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo


8. Product of Fire

Feversong (Fever #9) by Karen Marie Moning


9. Royalty

Paper Princess (The Royals #1) by Erin Watt


10. Architecture

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft


11. Clothing Item

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer


12. Family Member

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


13. Time of Day

Morning Star (Red Rising Saga #3) by Pierce Brown


14. Music

How to Kill a Rock Star by Tiffanie DeBartolo


15. Paranormal Being

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1) by Laini Taylor


16. Occupation

The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere #1) by Meg Elison


17. Season

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin


18. Color

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan


19. Celestial Body

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore


20. Something That Grows

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


I Tag:
May| Lilly | Lily | Amy | Danielle | ShaiKristinKristi

 


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Pride Flag Book Tag 🌈

This amazing tag was created by Common Spence and it is honestly the very best tag on Booktube! And I knew I couldn’t resist doing this during Pride this year! Also, Spencer is quickly becoming my favorite Booktuber, and you should all check them out! 🌈



❤ 1. Red (Life) – A book with a spirited protagonist totally proud of who they are. Someone who gives you LIFE!

Without a doubt, I had to go with Evelyn from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Evelyn has to overcome so much in her life, but she unapologetically loves herself and those around her. She is such a bi icon.


🧡 2. Orange (Healing) – A book that made you, as the reader, find a deeper meaning or catharsis in your own life.

Black Iris by Elliot Wake literally is the reason I discovered I was pansexual. Black Iris is still a catharsis for me to this day, and it will probably forever be. I have so much love for this book that completely changed my life and helped me understand sexual fluidity.


💛 3. Yellow (Sunshine) – A book that fills you with so much joy it could brighten even your darkest day.

This might be cheating, but I’m going to say the entire Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, because just knowing a series like this exists brings me more joy than I have words to express. To everything queer representation, to all different types of bodies (shapes and abilities) representation, to mental health representation, to so much more, this series is a gift to the world. And I just received an ARC of book four and I am still in completely awe.


💚 4. Green (Nature) – A book that is set out of this world — a reality different to our own.

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst is set in a medieval-like world, that also happens to have lots of magic, people who can shapeshift, and even a dragon! It also features a beautiful bisexual main character.


💙 5. Blue (Peace) – A book where one of the characters finds peace with a difficult truth.

Without a doubt, I knew I had to pick We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson! Henry is a gay teenage boy, who is suffering with so much loss, while also trying to find peace with so many aspects of his life. And the journey was so beautiful to read.


💜 6. Purple (Spirit) – A book that deals with LGBT+ themes and religion.
I’m actually going to go with the short story “Love Spell” by Anna-Marie McLemore, that is in the Toil & Trouble anthology coming out this summer! It stars a trans boy who has devoted his life to God and the Catholic church, and a girl who the town thinks is a witch that doesn’t even deserve communion. And I promise you, it’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. This is about community, and prejudices, and family, and knowing your worth, and knowing when love is worth it. This story truly has stuck with me and will stay with me forever.


And consider ALL of you tagged, because this is the book tag that we all deserve! It’s actually perfect, and I hope you all do it! Also, feel free to comment below and let me know one of your favorite LGBTQIAP+ reads! I’m always looking to add to my TBR! And happy Pride and happy reading, loves! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜


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The NetGalley Book Tag

RULES
¬ Link back to the tag’s creator: Kourtni at Kourtni Reads
¬ Thank and link back to the person who tagged you: Avery @ Red Rocket Panda
¬ Answer the questions the best you can. If you don’t use NetGalley, you can substitute other sites or places where you get books!
¬ Tag a few people to do this too!


AUTO-APPROVED: WHO’S ONE AUTHOR WHOSE BOOKS YOU AUTOMATICALLY WANT TO READ, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT?

Lord, help me. I can’t pick between Holly Black and Laini Taylor, and nothing on this planet will make it, even though I want Muse of Nightmares more than any other physical thing right now in my life.


REQUEST: WHAT MAKES YOU WANT TO REQUEST A BOOK ON NETGALLEY?

So many things will make me want to request an ARC, but mostly if it a fantasy (bonus points if it has fae) and if it is written by someone with a marginalized voice. But I will totally request books because of the hype, because of a trusted friend, and because the author is very kind, too!


FEEDBACK RATIO: DO YOU REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ? IF NOT, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT BOOKS TO REVIEW?
I review every book I read, with the exception of DNFs that I won’t post on the blog, but I will still post mini reviews on Goodreads and on Netgalley. Also, because of a Top Ten Tuesday topic earlier this month, I now know that I’ve only DNFed seven books in the last couple years!


BADGES: IF YOU COULD CREATE ONE BADGE TO DISPLAY ON YOUR BLOG, WHAT WOULD IT BE FOR?

Probably some sort of badge that would let people know that I am making an effort to read diversely. Or that diverse authors and books are something that I always want to boost and support. Maybe a badge for 25+ ownvoices reviews, 25+ LGBTQIAP+ reads, 25+ reads not set in The United States! I don’t know, something like that though.


WISH FOR IT: WHAT’S ONE BOOK THAT YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY DYING TO READ?


Oh, cruel world. I’m going to have to bring it up again? Without a doubt in my mind, without a question, Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. If you have a copy and you’d like to make a grown ass woman’s dreams come true – DM me on any platform to receive my never ending and never waning love. Thank you.


2018 NETGALLEY CHALLENGE: WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK THAT YOU RECEIVED AS AN ARC THAT YOU REVIEWED? IF YOU’VE NEVER RECEIVED AN ARC, WHAT’S THE LAST BOOK YOU REVIEWED?


The last book that I received from Netgalley and reviewed is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, but the blog post hasn’t been scheduled yet! Soon, my loves, soon!


I Tag:
May| Lilly | Lily | Amy | Danielle | ShaiKristinKristi


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Book Blogger Confession Tag

This is a super cute tag that I thought was really unique and different! So, I couldn’t resist giving it a try! And I was tagged by the amazing Jasmine @ Jasmine’s Reading Blog! 💗


1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?

I’m so going to jinx this, but I’ve only DNFed one book in 2018 so far, and that was Moonlight Sins (de Vincent #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout back in January! I got through 8% before I had to tap out.


2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?

You all know I hate this expression, probably because I read so much New Adult that always gets classified as “guilty pleasure” reads, but I guess if I had to pick one I’d go with Corrupt (Devil’s Night #1) by Penelope Douglas, just because it is very much on the problematic side. Also, because a few of my friends recently read this and didn’t love it as much as I did when I picked it up.


3. Which book do you love to hate?

Truly? None. I hate to hate books, and I hate to ever make anyone feel bad ever, but especially for their reading choices, and extra especially if they recognized the problematic content inside the book. But my most controversial dislike of a book that everyone else loves is easily The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.


4. Which book would you like to throw into the sea?

You all, to each their own. If Night Film by Marisha Pessl is your favorite book, then I’m truly happy for you. Trust me, I know it’s beloved by many people, including some I consider my best friends. But I’m just sick of constantly seeing it, and people never bringing up the problematic things within this book’s pages!


5. Which book have you read the most?

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling, every time. From childhood, to my teenage years, to adulthood, this is the book I pick up every time I’m feeling down, slumpy, or just craving it. Always and forever.


6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?

Is this really a question? I mean, I guess something offensive would be pretty bad, but I don’t even want to prompt anything like that by even showing an image of it on my blog. But I guess I’ll go with anything by Karina Halle because she’s the only author that I refuse to read or buy anything from that hasn’t done anything “bad” within the book community.


7. Which book could you not live without?

Okay, now I feel like I’m just picking apart these questions, but I truly could live without any one specific book, without question. But my world would be a lot sadder if I was never able to read The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss. Especially since I feel like it has inspired so much of the fantasy I love that has been created in the last decade.


8. Which book made you the angriest?

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet, without a doubt, but only because the comments on my Goodreads review for it have been so hurtful and malicious. Like, to the extent of people writing reviews just about my review. This book and everything surrounding it has easily been my worst experience in the book community. I wish I never picked it up.


9. Which book made you cry the most?

This one probably has to go to The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3) by Brandon Sanderson, because I was such a damn mess through 75% of the book, and then I was just weeping at the ending, too. So good, so perfect, so beautiful. Still the best ending of any trilogy ever.


10. Which book cover do you hate the most?

Okay, I can’t really think of an answer, especially for “the most hated” but I truly dislike the US cover for The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. And this is an extra salty answer, because the color is close to my favorite color of all time. But like, I just think the boring illustrated people really do the content of this book a disservice.


I tag:
Lilly @ Lair Of Books
Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages
Justine @ Milkz’ Bookshelf
Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky
Becca @ The Book Eater

Okay, loves! I hope you enjoyed! I also hope you’re having an amazing Friday and start of the weekend! And as always, I’m wishing you all the love, happiness, and good books! 💗

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The Sims Book Tag

I was tagged by the amazing Sophie @ Blame Chocolate! This tag was originally created by Hailey from Hailey in Bookland! And you all probably know that I’ve enjoyed playing The Sims my entire life, off and on, so I couldn’t resist doing this tag! Plus, it’s adorable!


The Original Sims: The Best Author Debut

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

I still can’t believe this book was a debut. Most impressive debut I’ve ever read, and probably will ever read.


The Grim Reaper: The Saddest Character Death

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling

This will forever and always be my answer. FOREVER AND ALWAYS!

“Here lies Dobby, a free elf.”


Sims Getting Stuck: A Character that Got in the Way

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

You all are about to see how petty I am. But my young and (even more) angsty-self LOVED Adrian. But freakin’ Dmitri kept coming in and ruining everything! It didn’t matter if he was good, or evil, or distant; he was a thorn in my side and I’m still bitter.


Simlish: A Book with Amazing Writing

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor

Can I go a tag without mentioning this book? No. And I probably will never be able to. In this book lies the best writing I have ever experienced. Such a blessing.

“Sarai was seventeen years old, a goddess and a girl. Half her blood was human, but it counted for nothing. She was blue. She was godspawn. She was anathema. She was young. She was lovely. She was afraid.”


Expansion Packs: A Series Where the Books just Keep Getting Better

Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastien de Castell

Seriously, this tag has me listing all of my favorites! The Greatcoats honestly just get better and better, but the first book is a masterpiece, too, so it’s really saying something.


Cheats: A Book that’s Completely Unrealistic

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet

You all know I hate bringing up this book. But it’s the worst. And no matter what, I tap out at semen that has the ability to heal. Not today, demons. Goodbye.


Needs Fulfillment: A Character who makes all the wrong decisions

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

You all, I’m hard-pressed to think of a main character that made my rage more than the protagonist in this book. From her actions, to the things that came out of her mouth, this character didn’t do anything right.


Error Code 12: A Series that Starts Off Great but Goes Downhill from There
Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes

Gosh, I’m hesitant to say this even “starts off great” but I truly think books three and four are amazing. But the rest? Either mediocre and just downright bad. One of the worst series conclusions ever, too.


Sims Vortex: A Book or Series that completely Engrossed You
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

My brand, my love, my legacy. Fae, enemies to lovers, lyrical writing, strong female leads, everything I want in a book and series. Completely and wholeheartedly addicted.


I Tag:
Lilly
Michaela
LaRonda
Kristi
Shai

But if you’d also like to do this, consider yourself tagged!

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The Cliché Book Tag

The Cliché Book Tag was created by Kat @Life and Other Disasters! And I was tagged by the amazing The Orangutan Librarian!


Actions Speak Louder Than Words.
A Book That Wasn’t Or Couldn’t Be Better Than The Movie.

I truly couldn’t think of one! So I had to go with a manga adaptation, because even though I bought the first two volumes, I know that without a doubt nothing can beat the anime version of Code Geass! Seriously, best anime in the entire world.


The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side.
A Rags To Riches Or Riches To Rags Story.

Why am I getting misty eyed right now? But seriously, is there a better answer than Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo? I don’t think so.


The Apple Does Not Fall Far From The Tree.
A Parent Child Relationship That You Love

Best family in all of literature is in The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas! Hands down. Everyone else can go home. The Carters win it all, every time.


You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover.
A Great Book That Needs A Better Cover.

Oh my word, this was first published in 2005, at the height of the vampire craze, and boy does it show! But even sixteen books later, I hate the cover of this series. So, I had to go with Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) by J.R. Ward!


You Can’t Please Everyone.
A Book You Hate That Everyone Loves.

I swear, every tag in existence makes me talk about my hate of Night Film by Marisha Pessl! Please, I can’t handle anymore hate for disliking this gross book than I already get!


What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.
What’s A Book That Made You A Better Person For Having Read It.

You all are going to think I’m so corny (and I am), but Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor truly reminded me of my love for reading. It touched me in ways most books could never dream of. It healed so many of the broken pieces that I carry inside myself. I can’t describe that magic of this book, but I can honestly say it changed me and truly did make me a better person. And I will always say what a blessing this book is.


Love Is Blind.
A Book With A Disabled Character.

I’ll go with my most recent read with a disabled character (who also just happens to be the best character in the entire series) and that is ella from Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!


Ignorance Is Bliss.
A Book That Is Bad But You Just Don’t Want To Admit It.

When I was younger I used to eat all their work up! Then I started critically reading and realized how bad the content was. The Pact (The McGregor Brothers #1) by Karina Halle really impacted me when I read it, so I don’t want to think about how bad it truly probably is.


There Is No Time Like The Present.
What Is Your Favourite Contemporary Book?

Without question, Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher. Always and forever.


Better Safe Than Sorry.
A Book You Don’t Want To Read In Case It’s Bad.

For sure that would be Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White, because I wasn’t the biggest fan of And I Darken, but the series is so beloved by so many of my friends! I’m scared, you all!


I tag: May, LillySilvia, Alienor, Hannah, Lori, Bentley, Sophie, Kayla, Avery, & Raven! But if you like this tag and want to also do it, consider yourself tagged by me!

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