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!!

 

Readers Recommendations 22/6/16

So! I remembered to do my Readers Recommendation post for the week! It’ll be a general blog update from me as well, I seem to have slacked off the last couple of weeks.

I haven’t actually got any recommendations myself, I’ve had an awful week with reading.  I couldn’t decide what to read, and when I did it wasn’t anything to write about really or nothing that hasn’t been over-reviewed and shouted about by us amateur bloggers as it is.
I think all I have read since last Wednesday is Everlasting by Candace Knoebel (it’s been on my Kindle that long I didn’t know what it was about or where it was going to go), The Cake Shop in The Garden by Carole Matthews (I know this was huge last summer and I’ve only just recently bagged myself a copy), and lastly The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (I think I may have found my new favourite crime series).

Personally, I am not looking for any recommendations this week.  But I am on the lookout for a new series to read, I seem to be getting into them recently.  I am now off to decide which book to start next, I’ve not got a clue where to even begin with looking!!

What have you discovered this week? Have you found a new author? Or maybe just a new genre? Maybe you’ve read a book you want to tell everyone about?

Happy reading people, and lets hope you find a new favourite book this week!

Reader Recommendations

I’m going to try something new.  Well, new for me.  I don’t know if there is anything like this, or even remotely similar in the blogging world but I want to try it anyway.

Right, my thing! Every Wednesday, I’m going to do a “community” recommendations post.  It can be something you’re currently reading, something you want to shout about from the highest of rooftops, or something that you have recently discovered.  It could be your favourite author, or a genre you’ve recently found you like.
You can ask for your own recommendations, or just have a quick peek at what is floating around in other readers lives at the moment.

I’m currently looking for books based around Fairy Tales, so like a retelling of them.  After recently discovering The Shadow Queen by C. J Redwine, I’ve been on the hunt for fairy tale similar books.  So far, I’ve come across The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – although I’ve not read them or purchased them yet.  I’ve also found what seems to be a retelling of Aladdin.  It’s called The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury.  Again, I’ve not read or purchased (every time I’ve gone to buy it something else has come up!)
What I’ve recently read is Rebel In The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton which has a Middle-Eastern mythology sort of thing going on and I loved it!! So, does anyone know of books like that?

Two new releases what I cannot recommend enough are Letting in Light by Emma Davies and One Hot Summer by Kat French.  Both have received numerous amounts of high praise, and if you follow me on twitter I’ve been constantly sharing and retweeting about them!

Please leave any recommendations in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for something new, and you never know, you may find your next favourite book!!!
If you follow me on Twitter, send me a tweet with a recommendation!

Thanks for reading lovely people!