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2017 MID-YEAR FREAK OUT TAG

So I decided to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, since we all know October’s the middle of the year. I know I’m way too late to this party, but I’m going to limit my answers to the books I’d read by the end of June. So it’s fine, right? RIGHT???

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I love everything about this book. The medieval Russian setting, the dark fairy-tale vibes, the brave and wild heroine. It’s simply perfect. I love it so much I’ve already read it twice.

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. I’ve read all the Cormoran Strike books this year and the second is definitely my favorite of the bunch.

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
There’s a lot, but one I’d really like to get to soon is The Seafarer’s Kiss. I’ve always loved mermaids, but for some reason I’ve pretty much hated every mermaid book I’ve ever tried to read. This one sounds absolutely amazing though, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed it will be the one to break the curse.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
There are so many amazing books coming out this fall. But my most coveted are:

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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5. Biggest disappointment.
Paulina & Fran by Rachel B. Glaser. This book was all over BookTube earlier this year and I admit I was drawn in by the bright and pretty cover. I also have a weakness for books that focus on female friendship, especially the fucked up kind, so I thought I’d really love this. Let’s just say: I didn’t and leave it at that.

6. Biggest surprise.
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I adore Peter Pan. It’s my favorite children’s book and I have a lot of nostalgia attached to it, so the idea of reading a retelling was a little bit scary. I shouldn’t have worried. I’m not exaggerating when I say this book caught my attention with the dedication and kept me firmly in it’s grip until I’d read the last blurry pages through a waterfall of tears. What a wild and beautiful story this is. I shouldn’t say it, but I love it even better than the original. Tiger Lily stole my heart.

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7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you).
Definitely Katherine Webber. Wing Jones is the best contemporary I’ve read not just this year, but ever. I can’t wait to see what she publishes next. I’m sure I’ll love it.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I’ve only ever had one and it’s Patrick from Perks of Being a Wallflower.

9. Newest favourite characters.
My new holy trinity of fierce and brave YA heroines: Vasilisa (The Bear and the Nightingale), Tiger Lily and Wing Jones.

10. Book that made you cry.
Nina is Not Okay by Shappi Khorsandi. I’ve never related to a fiction character the way I related to Nina. She broke my heart in all the best ways and I’m so grateful this books exists in the world.

11. Book that made you happy
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. All this book had to do to make me ecstatic with joy was exist. It’s the first book Laini Taylor’s published since I devoured all her previous works and I was beyond excited to read it. But the story itself is also one that’ll make any little bookworm’s heart sing with joy. Gods and goddesses, magic and stories, a lost city and an epic adventure. What more could you want?

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12. Favorite review you’ve written.
Well, that’s easy. I haven’t written any.

12. Favorite book to movie adaption you’ve seen this year
The 100!!! It’s not a movie, but it is an adaption so I think it counts. My friend Winter made me watch it and it’s the best TV-series I’ve seen in a long time. I’m kind of regretting my decision to binge it all though, cause now I’m desperate for series 5.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?
I think The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is simply stunning. It’s also an amazing story full of monsters and dark magic.

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15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I really have to finish up some series before the end of the year. The most important ones for me to get through are:

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home by Catherynne M. Valente
The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

What’s the best book(s) you’ve read this year? I’d love som recommendations!

 

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