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Book tag – Mid-year Freak Out Tag

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!