The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag- 2018 Edition

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I did this tag last year (albeit a little late) and I enjoyed it, so I thought I’d bring it back. It’s been going around the blogosphere and BookTube a lot recently. Here are my answers with book images going  to Goodreads.

Best Book Read So Far in 2018

This one is so hard for me because I’ve read some crackers this year. However, it has to be A Thousand Perfect Notes.

A Thousand Perfect NotesBest Sequel

Leah On The Offbeat wasn’t so much a sequel as a companion, but I had to mention it.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

New 2018 Release You Have Not Read Yet

There’s been so many. I really need to get on it…

Nice Try, Jane Sinner

Most Anticipated Read of 2018 That Hasn’t Come Out Yet

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I’m intrigued by this one. It seems to be going down well!

Biggest Disappointment

My Husband’s Lies

I wasn’t a massive fan of this book. I think I expected it to be something it wasn’t. The writing was good, but the plot wasn’t for me.

Biggest Surprise

Turtles All the Way Down

I expected to hate this book, but I didn’t! I’m not the biggest fan of John Green, but the representation of anxiety impressed me.

Favourite New To Me Author

When Dimple Met Rishi

I really enjoyed Sandhya’s writing!

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t have fictional crushes often. How sad!

Book That Made You Cry

They Both Die at the End

The tears! Aw, this book broke my heart.

Book That Made You Happy

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel! 🙂 It was so touching!

Most Beautiful Book You Bought

The Surface Breaks

This book looks even more beautiful in the flesh! 🙂

Books You Have to Read in the Rest of 2018

There are SO many. I’ll link my Summer TBR…

If you’ve posted a Mid Year Freak Out post, please leave me a link so I can see what your reading year has been like so far!

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The Nope Tag

I first saw this tag over on The Cozy Pages blog, but it originates from The BookTube Book. Check out the video here. It looked like fun so I thought I’d give it a go myself.

Nope: Book ending:

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Mockingjay. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone that hasn’t seen the films/read the books and intends to. I just questioned the choices that Katniss made.

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Nope: Protagonist

I have more than one, sorry. Alex, Veronica and Mollie from Those Girls. 

Nope: Series you didn’t enjoy or won’t continue with

I don’t see myself continuing with the Throne of Glass series. I got to Queen Of Shadows and didn’t feel compelled to continue.

Nope: Ship I don’t support

Meg and Laurie from Little Women. Not a fan.

Nope: Plot twist

We Were Liars. I didn’t enjoy the plot twist in this book. I felt a little underwhelmed.

Nope: Protagonist decision

Bella in Twilight. Why did she ever fall for Edward? He’s creepy!

Nope: Genre

Horror- my imagination is way too overactive to cope.

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Nope: Book format

Black covers that get fingerprints all over them that you can’t get rid of.

Nope: Trope

Love triangles- I’m just bored of them!

Nope: Cliche/Pet Peeve

Anything to do with females being described as a ‘goddess’

Nope: Recommendation

Most recommendations I get are tailored to my reading tastes so I don’t have one for this one.

Nope: Love Interest

Ron and Hermione- I’m sorry, I just never really bought it!

Nope: Book

Blood and Chocolate- I read this for a Banned Books feature recently and I wasn’t a fan…

Nope: Villain

I think one of the worst villain’s is Dolores Umbridge. She terrifies me just as much as Voldemort.

Nope: Death

Dobby- 😦 There are many characters that met their demise in Harry Potter that I often think… why?!!

Nope: Author

I don’t think there’s an author I wouldn’t try. Some I guess I wouldn’t go back to, but I’ve never had one I wouldn’t try. I wouldn’t read another book by E.L James if she wrote another.

Have you had a go at this tag? If you have link me to your post so I can check out your answers. Or feel free to give it a go!

Shelfie By Shelfie #2

I decided to complete another one of my book shelves for Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag.

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s a bit of a random one but it does have some reasoning behind it. My Harry Potter books and Fantastic Beasts are on this shelf. On this shelf are:

  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • The Tales of Beedle The Bard
  • Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them- Magical Movie Handbook

Then there’s some random ones

  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Paradiso
  • Grimm Tales
  • Roald Dahl Whizzpopping Joke Book
  • Vegetarian recipes (!!!)

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

These books are pretty special but I’ll talk about the first 4 Harry Potter books. My mum bought the box set to read to my cousin when he was in hospital with a brain injury. She brought the books back with her when he was better and gave them to me. This started my Harry Potter love.

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

Vegetarian recipes! Ha. I don’t even know why that’s there. I am a vegetarian and know quite a few good recipes now.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

Ooh tough. I’d love to save Harry Potter, but I guess that’s easily replaceable. Most are. I do love my Hugo Cabret book though and don’t want to go lugging that around if I had to replace it. So I’d save that one because it’s a stunning read.

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

The first 4 Harry Potter books.

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets. I’m re-reading it soon as part of a Harry Potter re-read.

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Also on the shelf are Roald Dahl postcards. I sent my current class a postcard to their home address before they started with me in September. The painting is from a child, that I taught during my first teaching placement (in Year 4- 8-9 years old) as a trainee teacher. After my 6 week placement, she handed me the painting as a leaving gift. She was so quiet and went under the radar, but I clearly made an impact. This painting means a lot to me!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

That I like Harry Potter?

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂

The Ones That Got Away #13

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS)

Chart Throb- Ben Elton

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95,000 hopefuls. Three judges. Just one winner. 

And that’s Colin Simms, the genius behind the show. 

Colin always wins, because Colin writes the rules. But this year, as he sits smugly in judgment on the mingers, clingers and blingers whom he has pre-selected in his carefully scripted “search” for a star, he has no idea that the rules are changing. The “real” is about to be put back into “reality” television, and Colin and his fellow judges (the nation’s favourite mum and the other bloke) are about to become ex-factors themselves.

Undercover Princess- Connie Glynn

Undercover Princess (The Rosewood Chronicles, #1)

When fairy tale obsessed Lottie Pumpkin starts at the infamous Rosewood Hall, she is not expecting to share a room with the Crown Princess of Maradova, Ellie Wolf. Due to a series of lies and coincidences, 14-year-old Lottie finds herself pretending to be the princess so that Ellie can live a more normal teenage life.

Lottie is thrust into the real world of royalty – a world filled with secrets, intrigue and betrayal. She must do everything she can to help Ellie keep her secret, but with school, the looming Maradovian ball and the mysterious new boy Jamie, she’ll soon discover that reality doesn’t always have the happily ever after you’d expect…

A thrilling world of parties, politics and bad ass princesses, this is the first book in the brand new series THE ROSEWOOD CHRONICLES.

There’s Someone Inside Your House- Stephanie Perkins

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Love hurts…

Makani Young thought she’d left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She’s found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn’t far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

Because You Love To Hate Me- edited by Ameriie

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

The Poet X- Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Feel free to leave a comment below!

Book Addiction Tag

I saw this book tag on Always Trust In Books post. I loved the questions so I thought I’d give it a go. Thank you for the inspiration, Stuart!

What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

It used to be that I had to read daily in order to feel fulfilled, but since becoming a teacher my reading has slowed dramatically. I have been known to go for a week without picking up a book. Argh! Old me would have been crying in a corner, but new me realises that I just have to cherish the time that I can pick up a book. I make the most of school holidays!

How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

I only carry 1 book. On my kindle there are 80 books! Eek. There used to be many, many more but when I got my new kindle I didn’t transfer books I no longer have interest in reading.

Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I don’t keep many books any more. I tend to pass them on to either my sister, friends or charity shops.

How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

On a standard visit, I’d spend around an hour or so just browsing! ❤

How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

It definitely varies. I have tried to read for at least 30 minutes a day during term time. I can solidly read for a few hours on a weekend or school holiday day!

Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

Whenever I get the chance to. It does tend to be the evenings during term time and whenever during the school holidays.

How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Between 100-200. That’s not too bad, right? I can imagine some of my non reader friends thinking WTF right now!

Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

Quite often. I often use the phrase ‘I’ve read the book!’ when I’m discussing movies with friends.

What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

Gone With The Wind- 1037 pages!

Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds i.e searching bookshops, online digging etc?

I don’t think so!

A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Gone With The Wind- it is one of my sister’s favourites so I felt like I had to get through it for her!

What are 3 of your main book goals for 2018?

Re-read Harry Potter, save £1 for every book read and conquer some 2017 debut novels!

Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Hmm… I’m not so sure I’ve converted them into readers, but I’ve encouraged non-readers to pick up Harry Potter. That’s success in my eyes.

Describe what books mean to you in five words.

Escapism, knowledge, fulfilling, intriguing, relaxation.

I’m not going to tag anyone, I’d love to see anyone’s answers! If you do complete this tag, I’d love to read your answers so feel free to leave me a link! 🙂

The Bookish Naughty List Tag

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I saw this tag on Cleo’s blog. It’s a tag that interested me and I loved reading her answers so I thought I’d give it a whirl today. The tag was originally created by A Page of Jenniely. 

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it?

I have. Oops. Sometimes books come through the post that I haven’t requested and have no interest in reading. I’m very good at reading ARCs I’ve requested. So please let me off?

2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on NetGalley?

I haven’t! Since catching up one year, I now have 98% on NetGalley. It makes me shudder a little bit to think of it too low.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did)?

No. I am not very good at using Goodreads if I’m honest. I tend to review here first and then remember Goodreads a few months later…

4. Folded down the page of a book?

Yes! When I was younger. Now I can’t do it to my babies.

5. Skim read a book?

Not an entire book, but parts of some. I confess.

6. DNF a book this year?

Yes. I have. It’ll come up on my feature The Ones That Got Away because I like to give a book a fair chance in case someone else would really like it.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it?

No. I always intend to read the book. I’m guided by beauty sometimes though.

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else?

Yes. As a teacher, my to do list is pretty extensive, but I think if I didn’t have a balance in my life then I’d be forever working.

9. Accidentally spilled on a book

Yes. It makes me sad inside. I dropped a book in the bath before… *shudder*

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal?

I always set it to something I know will be achievable. I don’t like failing!

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it?

Yes! Sorry…

12. Broke a book buying ban?

I have. I’m getting better though at sticking to self-imposed bans.

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about?

Not really. I quite often review a book the day or so after finishing it or the same day if possible (during my holiday time!) I like to write a review until the end so I don’t forget about it.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading?

Yes. As part of The Transatlantic Book Project I took part in last year, we annotated in the books!

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads?

I have! It tends to be children’s books for work that I don’t add to my Goodreads!

Like Cleo, I’m not going to tag any specific bloggers, but feel free to join in and leave a link to your post! 🙂

Annual End Of Year Survey- 2017

Best books of 2017

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore  thinking about my reading in the year.

Number Of Books You Read: 110 (thus far… writing on 21st December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Young adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Tough one. I think if I had to pick one it would be Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence for adult fiction and Letters To The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I think the hype got me!

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

As I Descended by Robin Talley. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m still pushing that one!

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I loved Charlotte Says from Alex Bell. A wonderful prequel to Frozen Charlotte.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ali Land! I loved Good Me, Bad Me!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I can’t say I’ve read a book from a genre I don’t typically read this year. I must change that this year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Loved that book.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I think I’ll probably reread a children’s book like George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl to my new class (when I get them!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3)

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Lucy from The Names They Gave Us

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Tough one. Really tough one this year as I’ve read some beautiful books. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord touched my heart.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. A book about a girl with cerebal palsy that can’t talk and hears about a horrible crime.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Awful Auntie by David Walliams. It was fabulous!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.” – Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Hortense and the Shadow– Natalie O’Hara- 32 pages  (picture book)

Habibi– Craig Thompson- 672 pages (graphic novel)

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. It was so dark and twisted!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Lucy and Jones!- The Names They Gave Us

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jemma and Sarah from I Have No Secrets.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I Have No Secrets

This might not be a shock, since I keep mentioning it, but definitely this one!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I don’t have one this year! Shocking!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Such an intriguing, engrossing reading experience.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley for its pure weirdness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence. I absolutely loved this one and I highly recommend it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Has to be either Noggin or The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel I couldn’t work out whether I liked it or not and the characters drove me mad!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Geybie’s Book Blog

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Indigo Donut– by Patrice Lawrence

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

This is kind of a review, but a review as a discussion with my sister. Good Me, Bad Me

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I didn’t participate in much this year. It’s been an incredibly busy one for me!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Going over 100,000 views very early on in the year. Very proud of that!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’ve had some periods of not posting on the blog. One period was a stomach bug and the other was me being in hospital mid December! (I’m on the mend!)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Banned Books #32 The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Chrissi Chat- Consistency– I thought people would have a lot to say about this. I did love the interaction I did get though.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

No new ones this year!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

  • Banned Books- another 12 books are about to be complete (delay on book 12 due to my illness last week!)
  • Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- another 12 books will be complete by the end of December!
  • Goodreads challenge- It was 100 books (I knew my year was busy!) and I set it to 115. I’m currently on 110 and I’m sure I’ll make the extended challenge.
  • British Books Challenge- 12 books as the challenge- 61 read… challenge smashed!

 

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Click on book images to get to the Goodreads page!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

 

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2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Leah on the Offbeat

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

People Like Us

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I’m looking forward to Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Catch up on some 2017 debuts! I failed miserably on that one this year!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t this time! I am looking forward to reading Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed which I’m reading soon!

So that’s my bookish year! 🙂 What’s yours been like? If you have completed this survey please link yours because I’m super nosey and love to read about your reading years!