It’s finally time to do another book tag. Can you believe we’re halfway through 2018 already? Time goes so fast, it feels like yesterday that we were celebrating the new year and pledged our reading challenge for the year! Now is a good time to look back on what we’ve read and done this year, so let’s go!
Best book you’ve read so far this year
This is a tough one! We’ve had a bunch of 5-star books already this year! Shadow and Bone, Everless, Full Moon o Sagashite, The Martian, Card Captor Sakura, Leah and the offbeat and Eliza and her Monsters. I’ve got to say though, that from this list both Everless by Sara Holland and Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia left the biggest impression on me, I loved them both a lot!
The best sequel you’ve read so far this year
This is a tough one as I’ve mainly been reading either entire series or one-off’s so far. I loved the entire Grishaverse series so much, that I’ve just bought the entire series in different editions and are planning to re-read them soon! so because of that, I’m going to say Ruin and Rising By Leigh Bardugo for perfectly bringing the story together.
A New release you’ve been dying to get to, but haven’t yet
I’m definitely going to say Cruel Prince by Holly Black for this one! I was very excited about this book and was ready to jump into it together with my book club when real life started to crawl up on me and threw me into a massive reading slump. Hopefully Soon, because this book is screaming my name next to my bed.
Most anticipated release for the second half of this year
There are so many good books coming out later this year! I’m specifically anticipating Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis though! Access restricted is the sequel to All Rights Reserved, which was a book I loved very much with a world I can’t wait to explore more. I have no idea how Speth is going to handle the responsibility she’s getting in the next book, and I’m looking forward to seeing how she’ll fare.
The biggest disappointment so far
I’m going to have to say We Are Okay by Nina Lacour for this one. While this book wasn’t bad so to say, it just wasn’t what I expecting at all. Rather than a journey to self-acceptation, I got a kind of boring and low book about Marin hanging out in her dorm depressed and not wanting to talk about her feelings until the end at all. It’s a shame because that cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I wish the story within lived up to it.
The biggest surprise so far
Definitely Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia! I was expecting to like this one because of all the good things I’ve been hearing about it around me, but I couldn’t be prepared for how much I was going to love this book! There are too many good things to say about it, so catch the review here soon!
Favorite new to you or debut author?
Francesca Zappia! after loving Eliza and her Monsters so much I’m more than ready to see what other books she has and is going to put out soon, hopefully, they’ll live up to the hype they have now.
Book that made you cry?
So far I haven’t really read books that made me cry this year yet! I’ve re-read Looking for Alaska by John Green this year. Because this was a reread I know what was going to happen by the time the count-down went down, making the blow a lot easier to handle.
Books that made you happy?
Not necessarily because of the books themselves, but it made me really happy I’ve decided to reread Full Moon o Sagashite by Arina Tanemura and Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP this year. Both of these mangas are stories I loved very much in my childhood and were great to explore again many years later.
The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
I’ve mentioned buying The Grishaverse Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo in these post before, but these covers deserve to be shown again. These are absolutely gorgeous and maybe even one of my favorite covers ever!
These years have been filled with great books already! I’ve read 26 books while I pledged 25 for this year! I’m aiming to beat my pledge by 200% this year, which means I’ll have to read 50 books. I also started to review videogames next to books on this blog, so I hope you’ll be looking forward to those too. Let’s do it!
It’s finally time to do another book tag, the Pokemon tag! Pokemon is a franchise I’ve played and loved since my childhood and the start of the series, my favorite type is the Grass-type, and my favorite Pokemon is Leafeon! Books will be chosen based on my opinion, and choices are not meant to be offensive to anyone
Gotta tag ‘m all!
Starter – The book that started your love for reading
For my Starter pick, I have picked The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
While I definitely have read books before I started the Harry Potter series, this series is the first one I remember loving. I started reading the books as they released, starting with Philosopher’s stone in 1997!
Pikachu – An iconic classic that you’ll always love
For my Pikachu pick, I have picked Mathilda by Roald Dahl. A lot of Roald Dahl books have stuck with me since childhood, but that’s, even more, the case for Mathilda. Ever since childhood I’ve loved the book and the movie adaption that was made of it.
Zubat – A book that you lost interest in because it’s literally everywhere.
For my Zubat pick, I have picked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I read The Fault in Our stars back when it just released and while I had some major issues with it, I liked it. Sadly the Nerdfighter community and John Green’s fanbase got overrun by young teens the moment the movie adaption was released, making me lose interest in The Fault in Our Stars and John Green as a writer.
Snorlax – A book or series you have not started because of its size
For my Snorlax pick, I have picked A song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin clocking in at over 5000 pages over 5 books high fantasy this series is a beast to pick up. I’ve tried multiple times but the size, the high fantasy, and the language used makes this a hard one to truly start.
Eevee – Series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for
For my Eevee pick, my shout out goes to Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo
With the Grisha trilogy, Leigh Bardugo has started a beautiful world she didn’t expand a lot upon. the Six of Crows duology already expanded much more of the world than it originally was, and I can’t wait for Leigh Bardugo to write more spinoffs of this series!
Margikarp – A book/series that was surprisingly awesome
For my Magikarp pick, my shout out goes to Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking. Kanin Chronicle series is a series I picked up because of its gorgeous covers, and immediately fell in love with its world-building, characters, and the story
That’s it for the Pokemon tag! It’s fun to connect some beloved Pokemon to books we know and love, definitely check out the books I noticed, i’ve linked all the reviews in the titles!
It’s New years eve!! Only a few hours away from the moment this year is finally put to rest forever. 2017 was a weird and bad year, a lot of changes in love, both good and bad. I finally graduated from college, and I started this blog. But my relationship also ended, my dad got a stroke.
In books, it was also quite a hectic year. From alleged New York Times bestsellers trying to cheat it’s way to the #1 spot with a not more than a mediocre book, to John Green finally releasing a new book 6 years after The Fault in our Stars!
On to 2018, Happy New year and let’s toast on reading a lot of good books in 2018 as well!
It’s finally time to do a book tag, the coffee tag! There is nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot coffee (or tea) with a book during these cold December days! Books will be chosen based on my opinion, and choices are not meant to be offensive to anyone
Black Coffee – Name a series that’s hard to get into, but has hardcore fans
For my Black Coffee pick, I have picked The Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin.
I’ve tried to get until Game of Thrones multiple times, but the books and their language keep throwing me off every single time. Soon I’ll probably finally cave and finally switch to the TV-series, but not until one last try in dutch!
Peppermint Mocha – Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or holidays
For my Black Coffee pick, I have picked Cinder by Marissa Meyer, which is part of the Lunar Chronicle series. During the winter I always get in the mood for fairytale retellings, and Cinder is an amazing Cinderella retelling. It feels me with that warm festive feeling only a good fairytale retelling can do.
Hot Chocolate – What is your favorite children’s book?
For my Hot Chocolate pick, I have picked The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt. This book is the English translated version of the book I loved the most as a kid, Minoes. Something about its story always tugged me in as a kid and is a story I still fondly remember as an adult.
Double Espresso name a book that kept you on the edge from start to finish
For my Double Espresso pick, I have picked They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera.
They Both Die at The End was this cute, heartfelt story that kept me on edge all the time, because I was expecting Rufus and Matheo’s inevitable death after every single page turn.
Starbucks – Name a book that you see everywhere
For my Starbucks pick, I have picked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
This book is everywhere I could possibly imagine, and the movie adaption has spread it even more as of late. Add some fanatic Nerdfighters in the mix that leave the book in weird places for people to find to promote the Vlogbrothers, and you literally start seeing it appearing where you don’t expect it to.
Hipster Coffee – Give an indie or lesser known author a shout out.
For my Hipster Coffee pick, my shout out goes to Amanda Hocking.
Amanda is an author I haven’t ever heard about before walking into the beautiful Kanin Chronicle series in the bookstore, and immediately fell in love with her world-building, definitely check her out!
That’s it for the Coffee book tag! I honestly enjoyed doing this one, and definitely check out some of my picks, I’d highly recommend all of them!