Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag 2017

Since I haven’t participated in a book tag for awhile, I thought it would be fun to try out this one.  I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but anyone can participate if they like!  The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag was created by Chami from ReadLikeWildfire and Ely from Earl Grey Books a few years ago to recap your reading from the first half of the year and to anticipate for the upcoming half of the year.

Many of these are 2017 titles, but I’ve read a pretty good mix of new and older releases this year, so a few are from other years.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

The Queen of Blood  (The Queens of Renthia, #1)

I really liked this one and am greatly anticipating having time to read the sequel soon.  Check out my review here!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

Technically I could have put the second half of this series here and it would all be true.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

The Crowns of Croswald

I was able to read the first chapter or so online and it was over too quickly.  I hope my copy arrives soon!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1)

I just love the synopsis for this one and keep hearing awesome things about it.

Biggest disappointment?

By Your Side

I was excited to read this one as I hadn’t read YA contemporary in forever, but I couldn’t bypass the unrealistic and unexplained reasons for the main characters being locked in a library for any length of time.

Biggest surprise? Favorite new author?
(Debut or new to you)

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

This book counts for both questions as I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did, and I haven’t read anything by Kendare Blake before this.  Although I own several by her.

Newest fictional crush?

Dream Magic (Shadow Magic, #2)

Not sure it’s a crush per se, but I fell in love with the jewel spiders.  And I generally hate spiders!!

Newest favorite character?

Firebrand

I’m sensing an animal theme as my newest favorite character would have to be the granite griffins that have a cat form 🙂

A book that made you cry?

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)

SO many reasons to cry.

A book that made you happy?

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This book focused on character growth and relationships in a way that was truly healthy.  And that meant a lot to me!

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)?

Not Quite Narwhal

You’ll just have to pick up this book to fully understand its gorgeousness, but I was not ready for just how adorable this book is!

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

An Enchantment of RavensThe Fire Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #2)The Last Namsara (Iskari #1)Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Scion of the Fox (The Realms of Ancient, #1)The Tethered MageAkata Witch (Akata Witch, #1)The Reluctant Queen (The Queens of Renthia, #2)

Hopefully, I’ll have time to read all of these before the year runs out!!

 

What about you?  Feel free to continue this tag and share some of the fantastic reads that you’ve found throughout the first half of 2017 🙂  Don’t forget to link back to the creators!

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The Ultimate Book Tag

I found this floating around the blog sphere, so I’m not sure who originated it, but it looked like fun! So thank you to whoever started this book tag 🙂

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1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

So, I’ve noticed that for long rides on straighter roads like the interstate, I’m just fine.  In town, I do get car sick.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Kristen Britain is an author I love to read because her plots and characters transcend the pages to intertwine and battle for space in your brain long after you put the book down.

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3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Definitely the Harry Potter series.  A) All of the characters are given the chance to grow and explore themselves, even minor ones.  B) No normalization of stalking behavior.  C) Hermione is one of the strongest, independent ladies of fantasy and you can’t make me believe otherwise!

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Do craft bags count?  Because I usually keep at least one book in there with my current art projects.

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5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

Heck, yes!  Don’t you?

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

The artist and fangirl inside me says, “ABSOLUTELY,” to any kind of included art.  Or art that floats around the internet.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I actually enjoyed Twilight the first time I read it before the hype, but when I tried to reread to compare to the movie, I discovered that the writing was subpar to what I enjoy reading again and again.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

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Since my picture book collection doesn’t reside on any shelves currently, I’m going to guess that the books in the Unicorns of Balinor series are the thinnest (individually, of course).

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

According to Goodreads, the thickest book on my shelf is the Night Angel trilogy omnibus, but the single thickest book is The Way of Kings.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

 I’m pretty sure I was indoctrinated in the womb…

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

As I loathe classics, this one is unanswerable.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

Spelling and Math

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15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Accept graciously, then gift it to someone else or donate to the library

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Unique

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Definitively a book nerd.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

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Umm, do I have to chose?  Because I love both for approximately the same reasons.

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters are far more interesting to me.

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

I’d rather the romance be on the side. Thanks!

 

 

Covers with Cats

Well, I was looking for something fun to blog about today, and I found Book Huntress’ Book’s Fashion Days for the week and thought it looked like fun.  You can find the original post here!

 

Cats on Covers, Covers with Cats

I am a cat lover and couldn’t imagine life without my fur baby, Mystical 🙂  So when I saw this meme, I knew I had to contribute!  Here’s just a few covers from my personal library that have various types of house cats on them.

The Witches of Echo Park (The Witches of Echo Park, #1)Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #1)The Catswold PortalAcorna's Rebels (Acorna, #6)Kitty & DinoNo One Noticed the Cat

 

And here’s some more that feature big cats!

Silvern (Gilded #2)Artemis Awakening (Artemis Awakening, #1)Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)Wolf Captured (Firekeeper Saga, #4)The Cry of the Icemark (The Icemark Chronicles, #1)Blood and Iron (Promethean Age, #1)Thirteen Orphans (Breaking the Wall, #1)

That was fun!  Thanks Book Huntress for putting this together.

Best New Series of 2016

Today’s topic is Best ________ Of 2016 (Readers/Bloggers choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE or more of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER – this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016)

I chose to feature new series, where the first book was released in 2016.  This is not a comprehensive list, and I decided to only include my absolute favorites that I’m looking forward to reading more of the series when released.  I hope you enjoy!

The Call

I’m not sure if this is technically a series, but it will have a sequel, which I NEED in my life!

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

When this first came out, I don’t think it was a planned series, but I was extremely happy when Tor.com announced two more stories.

A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

You’re probably going to get tired of me mentioning this book and author, but this book was amazing and so was its sequel.

Shadow Magic

Here’s another book that I can’t stop telling people about!  I just an arc of the sequel and can’t wait to dig in.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

Book 1 in the series titled Kingdom on Fire, that’s what gets a girl excited.

Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I don’t know when we’re getting more from this series, just that the author has confirmed a sequel.

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

Apparently, this is not a true series but a series of companion novels set in the same universe but featurely new characters in each.  And I can’t wait to read more from this world!

I know that’s not 10, but 7 is close, right?  Make sure you check out the other blogs participating as well!

Please note that I will be skipping tomorrow’s theme, best book boyfriends as that’s not my thing.  But I’ll be checking out other people’s post to see what their lists look like 🙂

Top 10 Best Book Covers of 2016

Today’s Top 10 in 2016 topic is best book covers! “Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2016, but it’s not required).”

Since yesterday’s post wasn’t a true top 10, today’s should make up for that 🙂  Here’s my favorite 2016 release book covers, most of which I was able to get read already!

The Transference Engine

I haven’t read this one yet, but look at that hummingbird!Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

So, I really like the covers for the whole Throne of Glass series, but I was at the reveal for this one, which makes it a little more special.A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

I actually like Breath of Fire‘s cover better, but it’s a 2017 release and this one is also really good.Heartless

The Owlcrate exclusive cover is simple yet has good composition.A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)

I love the colors in this fiery rose!Shadow Magic  (Shadow Magic #1)

This cover gives such a fantastic intro to the actual story, plus who doesn’t love a giant bat.Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

I haven’t read this one yet, but the cover is very alluring.The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2)

I haven’t had a chance yet to read this one, but the cover is just as amazing as The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, which was a great read.Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson, #9)

I love every cover in the Mercy Thompson series, but this one was incredibly powerful and really stuck with me this year.Heroine Complex (Heroine Complex, #1)

I found this book because of the cover artist and everything about this cover is awesome, which makes it my ultimate favorite 2016 cover!  Look at those demon cupcakes!!

Twelve Days of Reviews Challenge: A bit late…

My Lovely Secret is running a challenge that ends in 2 days, but since I just discovered it and it sounds like fun, I’m going to share it anyway!  The theme is awesome and something that I might try to do next year, 12 Days of Reviews.  The premise is to post a review a day for 12 days straight, featuring books you read throughout the year but didn’t get around to reviewing.

Like I said, sounds like fun!  I just wish I’d found it sooner 😦  But, I’m still going to try and post some reviews over the next couple of days.  Plus, come visit on Christmas for a fun author interview and ARC giveaway!

Cover Characteristic: Clothes Only

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This is a new meme hosted by Sugar & Snark. It came about when Sugar was wondering which cover to use for her #70 Cover of the Week post. Sugar kept on thinking of more than one, and they all seemed to have a theme/characteristic. So she decided to switch things up a bit!

Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite covers with that characteristic. If you want to join in and share your 5 favorite covers with the weeks particular characteristic, then just make a post, grab the meme picture (or make your own) and leave your URL in Linky (so we can visit). You don’t even need to participate, just stopping by and saying hi would be great! Don’t forget to stop by the other participants!

This sounded like fun, so I thought I’d join in on today’s topic.  Looks like the blogger is going on maternity leave soon though, so I might not get another chance for a little while.

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