Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

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I love this picture so much. (via unsplash.com)

First of all, yes, I know it is no longer the middle of the year.  Victoria tagged me for this a while back, and I never got around to it.  So, maybe this can be the Three-Quarters-of-the-Year Book Freak-Out Tag?  Anyway.  And upon looking, I find that I actually have not read as many books as you would have thought.  But I guess that’s okay, because I also read several longer/harder books, including a lot of nonfiction.

Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

Okay, seriously?  Let’s have two – Pendragon’s Heir by Susannah Rowntree and The Shock of Night by Patrick Carr.

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Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016

Pretty much all of the Goldstone Wood books.  If I had to pick, I guess I’d go with Starflower.

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New release you haven’t read yet but want to

I’m really horrible at keeping up with new releases.  So I have no idea.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

See above.

Biggest disappointment

Honestly, I was kind of disappointed by some of Wayne Thomas Batson’s later work.  I absolutely loved Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire, but I read the first two Berinfell Prophecies books and the Dreamtreaders trilogy and they just didn’t seem as good.  Maybe it was because they were written for younger kids?  I don’t really know.  Also, Krista McGee’s Anomaly trilogy, which I didn’t finish.

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Biggest surprise

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte.  I didn’t really know what to think going into it, but I was pleasantly surprised in some areas (although on the whole it’s still rather depressing)

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Favorite new author

I’m going to follow Victoria and do an author new to me, so I’ll go with Susannah Rowntree.

Newest fictional crush/ship

Um.

Oh yeah.  Vin and Elend from Mistborn.  They are such an adorable couple.

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Newest favorite character

That is impossibly difficult.  I loved Eanrin from Goldstone Wood, he’s just so wonderfully sarcastic and cat-like.  But Perceval from Pendragon’s Heir was pretty awesome too.

Book that made you cry

I’m a heartless bookworm and I almost never cry at books, but I did cry at the end of Dreamlander.

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Book that made you happy

Again, pretty much all the Goldstone Wood books, but especially the last one, Golden Daughter.

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Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year

*tries to think of one I saw* Well, I did see Ben Hur, but I don’t think that counts, because I haven’t read the book?  But that’s the only one I can think of.

Favorite post you’ve done so far this year

This isn’t really a book blog, but here’s my summer reading list.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year

I Dare You, by Isabella Morganthal.  When it came in the mail I was just so happy.

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

Um.  Ha ha ha.  Well, here’s the list on my whiteboard.  And there are many, many more.

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But let’s just settle for finishing the ones I’m reading now?  Seriously, school starts on Monday, and I have Bible Bee, so reading will probably end up being more those five minutes in the car, or during breakfast or when I need a break from studying.

I’m kind of hesitant to tag anyone for this, because it’s awfully late, but I’ll go ahead anyway (sorry if you’ve already been tagged!)

Kate // Aberdeen // Write Fury // You.  Just steal this tag, please!

Have you read any of these?  What books are you reading right now?  What are your favorites (or least favorites!) from this year so far?

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18 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

  1. Those are awesome answers!!! And thanks for tagging me. 😉 I’ll try to do this soon so it’s not an “End of the Year” tag. 😉

    That is so great that you’ve read Dreamlander now!!! What did you think of if? I also noticed that we have several other books in common like the Sparrow series and a few others you mentioned that I need to read. Do you follow Homeschooled Authors?

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    1. You’re welcome! Ha ha, I think that would actually work kind of well… 😉
      I loved Dreamlander! The plot and premise were really original, and she was very sensitive with all the complex issues and emotions the characters had to go through. I couldn’t put it down, so I ended up finishing it at like midnight xP
      No, I don’t follow them. Who are they?

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      1. Yeah, maybe we should do another one at the end of the year. 😉 That’s great!!! Welcome to the fandom. 😉 Now to wait five years for the sequel…

        Homeschooled Authors is a website run mainly by Sarah Holman, a Christian author, for connecting authors and readers. We mostly do interviews and book spotlights, but the Read-to-Win stuff I was sharing was by that site too. A ton of the books I read are found from there since most of the books are Christian or at least very clean. 😉 The Sparrow series, Alicia Willis’s book, Dreamlander, and I think Anne Elizabeth Stengl’s are on there. (Isabella Morganthal’s is about to be.) It’s a pretty fun site. 😉

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  2. Whaaaaat you’ve read the Mistborn triology?! YES! I just finished Hero of the Ages a couple weeks ago. Definitely one of my absolute favorite series. 🙂 And a side note on the Vin/Elend thing, I love how it doesn’t take over the story at all. Especially in the third book, where they’re just…a normal married couple. Saving the world and stuff. 😛

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  3. Eeeee I am so happy that you tagged me for this. Thank you. =D

    And I am also so very happy that you’re enjoying Goldstone Wood so much because it’s one of my favorite series ever. Starflower is probably my favorite of them all. ❤

    I'll have to look into I Dare You; it seems like something I'd like. And yay for Vin and Elend. That's another favorite series of mine. Also, The Foundling's Tale is an amazing series. Enjoy. =D

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    1. You’re welcome! I wasn’t sure if you’d been tagged already 😉
      YES… I love Goldstone Wood so much! ❤ And I have A Branch of Silver, a Branch of Gold on hold from the library, so hopefully I can read it soon. =D

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  4. Thanks for sharing your lists and favorites! I gotta check out Dreamlander. KM Weiland is a seriously amazing writer with a multitude of knowledge on story structure, etc, so I know it’ll be worth the read. I love the picture you chose– Unsplash is an awesome resource. ❤

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  5. *loves this post*

    Pendragon’s Heir was everything I hoped for and more.

    Someone else who loves the Tales of Goldstone Wood!!! *tacklehugs* That series is precious to me–I love it so. ❤ And Eanrin is incomparable. ^_^ Which book is your favorite?

    Ooo, so Mistborn is good then? I've been wanting to read it, but I didn't know anything about it.

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    1. Oh yes, Goldstone Wood is wonderful. ❤ I honestly don't know which is my favorite. Either Starflower or Golden Daughter, I think; probably Starflower. I just love Eanrin + Imraldera in that one. ❤ Which is your favorite?

      Yes, it is good! There were some things I didn't like (because Sanderson isn't a Christian, so of course his view of religion, etc. is rather off), but he's a fantastic writer. The characters were some of the best I've ever seen. Let me know if you read them! I'd love to hear what you think.

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