Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

So, I read this over on Thrice Read and thought that as we in fact 6 months, nearly 7 months, into the year that I would do just a general post with this book-tag.
Just for an update: My Goodreads Reading Challenge is set at 100 again for this year, and currently I am reading book number 69.  I seem to have been flowing through this year, without struggles or what not.

On to the Book Tag questions I go….

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

I can’t decide on just one book, so here is the top 5 so far.

The Little Café of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett    The Perfect Present by Karen Swan   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   The Rome Affair by Karen Swan   The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

I’ve picked (In no particular order):

  • The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J. D Barrett
  • The Perfect Present by Karen Swan
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Rome Affair by Karen Swan
  • The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

All of them have something special about them, all of them being exceptional books.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

Oh, god… I think I’ve only read 2 sequels this year.. If you can even call them sequels

Turn Towards the Sun by Emma   Davies   Secrets and Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

The ones that I have read are:

  • Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies
  • Secrets & Fries at the Starlight Diner by Helen Cox

Again, both great books, I would not be able to pick my favourite one.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

      

They are all very, very different books.  I’m excited to read Kat French’s The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach purely because I have loved all of her others.  One Hot Summer was one of my favourite reads on 2016.  Godblind has had so much hype, I see it everywhere on social media at the moment, it isn’t something I would probably pick up straight away but I’m really excited to eventually get to this one in a couple of weeks!! Flame in The Mist’s cover looks stunning, that’s what attracted me first but it does sound like a pretty amazing story.

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

   

These are the only 2 I have covers for, the third book would be an upcoming Lynsey James book, I believe it’s coming about October time (well, that’s when I’m booked in for a blog tour).  The above books are: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and The Honey Farm on the Hill by Jo Thomas.  Why am I excited for theses? Ok, the first book includes a circus, I love books like this.  And the second? Jo Thomas. her books always make me feel warm, loved, happy. They are pretty special books.

Biggest Disappointment

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

This is easy for me. Caraval by Stephanie Garber.  I was expecting so, so much for this book. But.. I just didn’t particularly enjoy it. I got the story, the characters, I understood everything and the world of Caraval was certainly magical but I just didn’t enjoy it all. There were parts that just didn’t really fit the book, the magical setting.

Biggest Surprise

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Seven Steps to Happiness by Stella Newman and Birthrights by J. Kyle Mcneal. Both completely different books but I was pleasantly surprised by both.

Favorite New Author

Without a doubt, Karen Swan.  I think I have read 3 of hers this year, and each book has giving me something amazing from it.   The ones I’ve read are The Rome Affair are The Perfect Present. I’ve got a couple more either on my kindle or my bookcase and I plan on reading both before the year is out.

Favorite New Crush

Hmmm…. Sam Carlton from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks or Maverick from Lost Rider by Harper Sloan. Both very sexy, hot men.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   Lost Rider by Harper Sloan

Favorite New Characters

I can’t pick, I honestly cannot pick.  There are characters that stand out at me while looking at me list of books read this year.  Like Dade from The Breaking Light by Heather Hansen, Cesca and Sam from Summer’s Lease by Carrie Elks, Catherine from Heartless by Marissa Meyer, and Whym and Quint from Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal.

Summer's Lease by Carrie Elks   The Breaking Light by Heather    Hansen   Heartless by Marissa Meyer   Birthrights by J. Kyle McNeal

Books That Made You Cry

I don’t think any have made me cry so far this year.  It’s been a close thing, but no definite tears which is highly unlike me.

A Book That Made You Happy

Can I just say all the ones I’ve rated 4 stars or higher? I don’t think I could even pick 5 of them to be honest.

Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

The Chalk Artist   The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)   The Night Circus   Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

I haven’t read any of these yet.  I was sent The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman and The Waking Land by Callie Bates for review, and I was lucky enough to be given Waterstones vouchers as a gift so The Night Circus was a must buy, along with Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

My whole Netgalley shelf? Impossible as that is though, I’ll select a few that I’m planning blog posts for in the future couple of months.

            Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)      The Waking Land (The Waking Land Series)         The Stolen Marriage   Two By Two   Keep Me Safe (Seal Island #1)

So, there’s 12.  Hopefully I’ll get round to reading them all, and hopefully I’ll get to do a blog post on each of them.  The list is:

  • Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
  • The House of Secrets by Sarra Manning
  • The Inheritance by Angie Coleman
  • The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • The Summer of Serendipity by Ali McNamara
  • The Waking Land by Callie Bates
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
  • From Rome With Love by Jules Wake
  • The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

So, how has your first 6 months of reading in 2017 been? Have you got some disappointments? Or some big surprises? I’d love to hear if you have or not!!

 

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Book Tag: Mid-Year Freak Out 2016

I saw this tag on Keeper of Pages and Jill’s Book Cafe and really enjoyed reading their posts so I thought I would do my own!! Why don’t you head over to their posts and read about their mid-year favourites??

Best book you’ve read yet in 2016

I’m going to have to pick my top 4 of the year so far.  I’m stuck between these 4:
Letters to the Lost   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story   Last Dance in Havana   We Are All Made of Stars

These books have all made me laugh, feel happy, gripped me and made me lose sleep.
Letters to the Lost
One Hot Summer
Last Dance in Havana
We Are All Made of Stars

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

Again, I can’t choose.  This time it’s 2 books.  I always tend to start a series and rarely finish it, but these are the sequels I’ve made sure I’ve read.  Neither are newly published books, but I don’t think anyone really cares do they?
The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #2)   Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)
The Invasion of The Tearling
Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm introduced one of the best characters of the series, and The Invasion of The Tearling has left me with even more questions than I started with!!

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

This one is easy, as it was published a few days after I finished the first book, An Ember In The Ashes. The sequel, A Torch Against The Night, has been on my wishlist ever since!!
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2) by [Tahir, Sabaa]
A Torch Against The Night

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’ve got this on my Kindle reading for reading and reviewing and I have loved every other single book by her.
Small Great Things by [Picoult, Jodi]
Small Great Things

But, saying that, Victoria Hislop has a new book being published as well so maybe I’ll add that:
Cartes Postales from Greece by [Hislop, Victoria]
Cartes Postales from Greece

Biggest disappointment

I’ve been disappointed by so many books this year!! There’s been loads that people have raved on and on about, building the hype and they’ve just fallen flat on their face for me. The 4 I can think of straight away are:
The Girl on the Train   All the Light We Cannot See   The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane: The funny, feel-good read of the summer  The Cosy Teashop in the Castle by Caroline   Roberts

The Girl on The Train
All The Light We Cannot See
The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane
The Cosy Teashop in the Castle

Biggest surprise

Hands down, it has to be Escape to the Riviera by Jules Wake.  Anyone who read my review will remember that I tried starting this book god knows how many times and failing to get into it. I was determined and stuck with it and ended up giving it 5/5.  I loved this book and still highly recommend it!!!
Escape to the Riviera
Escape to the Riviera

Favourite new author

This one is Kat French.  The 2 books I’ve read this year have been fun, funny, romantic, and her men are real men who I have falling madly and deeply in love with (I’m still looking of my order form for my own Robinson).  I laugh, cry, fall in love, fall out of love, and feel every other emotion when reading her books!! I’ve added another of her books to my bookcase in the last few weeks as well.
Her books published so far are:
Undertaking Love   The Piano Man Project   One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story
Kat French Amazon Page

Newest fictional crush

This book is on a roll on this post!! This will be the third time it’s popped up! It’s Robinson from One Hot Summer by Kat French. Complete knee weaking, swoon-worthy hunk of an American cowboy… Gosh….  I can imagine Scott Eastwood **Fans myself from hot-flushes!!** playing him if it ever gets made into a film.
One Hot Summer: A laugh-out-loud love story

Newest favourite character

I have two, both from the same book.
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Laia and Elias from An Ember in The Ashes.  They worked perfectly together, had a great chemistry and were written beautifully.  It was great to read his story as well as hers, we always just get the girls!

Books that made you cry

This one is easy, there have been a few this year.  It’s been an emotional year for me, and I do love to have a good weep from time to time!!
We Are All Made of Stars   Letters to the Lost   The Last Letter from Your Lover

Book That Made You Happy

What book doesn’t make me happy?!  But I’ll say this one as it’s the first one I thought about:
Late Summer in the Vineyard
Late Summer in the Vineyard

Favourite book to film adaptation

Hmm.. This is a tough one.  I don’t think many of the books I’ve read have been turned into films recently so I’ll say:
Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)
Me Before You
Me Before You has to be my book of 2015.  I’d been putting off reading it for months and months, probably even years but then I thought to myself “It’s Time”.   So I read it, I cried.. A lot.. And the more I thought about the book afterwards, the more I cried.  I watched the film when it was released earlier this year and guess what, yep, I cried. A lot.  they portrayed the book perfectly I thought, and although I originally couldn’t see the people cast in the roles, it worked out wonderfully.

Favourite post you’ve done this year.

Probably this one. I’ve only got one Blog Tour under my belt, with another on the way.  I’ve yet to do any author Q&A’s or giveaways.  Plus, this one has made me really think about what I’ve read this year.

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

Just a select few from my shelves (or should I say the ones I remember???):

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)   Christmas at the Little Village Bakery  Holding                               You And Me, Always   The Thousandth Floor