Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

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Hello my lovely friends! First off I’d like to mention that I am in Korea right now (this is a scheduled post) and I will not be able to reply to your comments as frequently as I’d like. I’ll still be checking up on my blog often, so don’t forget to say hello!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR?

Time flies by so fast, and each time I realize this, I *FREAK OUT* just a tiny bit. Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me, as it is totally appropriate to how I am feeling right now! Also, totally check out her amazing blog! I didn’t see any rules for this tag, so lets go head and get started!


Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

CONFESSION! I haven’t read as many books as I would have liked in 2016, but that is soon to change as I’ve been reading away this past month. The best book I’ve read in 2016 would have to be

Vicious
by V.E Schwab

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Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

A Well-Tempered Heart
by Jan Phillip Sendker

Honestly, I haven’t read many books with sequels during this half of the year, so this will definitely have to be the best one I’ve read so far. The best part about this book was the closure the main character was able to find, along with how the author dealt with mental illness throughout cultures.

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Way I used To Be
by Amber Smith

This was on my June TBR, and unfortunately, I still have not had the chance to read it!! It’s definitely one I will be reading however, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

You Will Know Me
by Meg Abbott

One of my anticipated releases, I tend not to really keep track of these, so this is the first book that came to mind.

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Biggest Disappointment

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Dai Sijie.

This wasn’t a bad book, the ending was just so disappointing and predictable. After falling full-heatedly into the plot and characters of the book, it was difficult to come to terms with such a abrupt and unfulfilling ending.

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Biggest Surprise

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

This is a book I read as a young’un because it was part of a “100 books your child must read before college list.” Doubtless to say, I did not enjoy this book as much as I should have, so rereading it really opened my eyes to many issues at hand today. I also realized that there were many undertones in this book I didn’t know about…

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Favourite New Author

V.E Schwab. Hands down, no question about it.

Newest Fictional Crush

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. How could he not be everyone’s crush.

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HOW?!

 Newest Favourite Character

Not only is he kind, and gentle, but wise, thoughtful and sweet. To find a man who is patient like him would be amazing! Although, he seems very socially awkward and too preoccupied with finding the meaning of life to pay me any attention.

Book That Made You Cry

Tuesday’s With Morrie
by Mitch Albom

I did my very first review of a book here, and honestly, I felt so close and connected with the professor Morrie. A must read for anyone!

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Book That Made You Happy

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

 I love classics, I love the language, and I love the romance.

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Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

The Jungle Book!!

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

Although I’ve loved posting reviews and taking a part in tags, my favorite series of posts have been my Thursday Quotables. Through these, I’ve learned to really focus on specific lines in books, and it has really opened my eyes to the great care each author goes through in formulating each sentence and phrase for their books.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

I haven’t bought many books this year, and I can’t say that I thouroly enjoyed this book, but the most beautiful book I’ve bought this year would probably be

All About Love
by Bell Hooks

lame… I know…

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What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

ALL BOOKS!

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I nominate:

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Lauren @ Comma Hangover

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

And anyone else who wants to do this tag as well! Enjoy 🙂


What are some things you’ve accomplished this last six months? Did you even notice the time fly by? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Burn, Rewrite, Reread

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Hello my lovely friends! First off I’d like to mention that I am in Korea right now (this is a scheduled post) and I will not be able to reply to your comments as frequently as I’d like. I’ll still be checking up on my blog often, so don’t forget to say hello!

I was tagged by Ayunda (check out her darling blog @ Tea and Paperbacks) to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag. This seems like a very interesting tag, so let’s try it out 🙂 This uses the platform goodreads to randomly choose books for you, because I’m fairly new to this site, I don’t have a hue selection of books on there, but I’m still excited to try this out!

*disclaimer* I would never, ever, EVER burn a book.

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round One

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Burn: All About Love by Bell Hooks was terrible in my opinion because of all the things I was unable to agree with in this book. It felt as if a lot of what she was saying borrowed heavily from others (as the majority of the book was quoted) and most of the book seemed to be her complaints about how hurt she had been by love. Personally, I disliked the complaints she offered, especially because she didn’t attempt to offer any solutions to the problems she had.

Rewrite: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. I read this one a looooong time ago, and at the time, I was in love with all of Sarah Dessen’s book. They were easy to read, and dealt with problems that are so pertinent to the lives of teens. I feel like there could be improvements however, and out of the three books, this is the one I’d rewrite.

Reread: The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. I read this one recently, and was really intrigued by the characters in the book. I’d reread sometime (maybe a couple years) just to be able to revisit the characters again.


Round Two

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Burn Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This round was so hard! I honestly didn’t want to burn any of these books, but I think I can live without reading this one again. Honestly, I loved Haddix, and read as many of her books as possible. This book especially was the source of many of my imaginations.

Rewrite: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, I loved the ideas in this book, and Achebe helped me think about many different issues. If I could keep the same plot line and principles, this is one I’d rewrite.

Reread A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. It’s been forever since I read this book! And I loved it so much. I had almost forgotten about it, until I remembered adding it to my goodreads account a while back. Truly a childhood favorite, I have to reread this one sometime soon 🙂


Round Three

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Burn: A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. I would only burn this because of how terribly depressing and saddening it was. Being raised in a loving, caring home, it was such a shock to see how this child was treated and abused. I was truly surprised by the horrifying hardships the child had to undergo, and the realization that cruel people do exist became so real to me.

Rewrite: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This book was so intense. I loved the perspective on such a sensitive topic. How do you deal with a sociopathic child that is adored by his mother? Also, not one I’d want to reread, but one that I believe could be more insightful if it were told by the mother’s point of view.

Reread: Beloved by Toni Morrison. I read this for one of my classes, and was unable to really realize the depth of the story. I’d want to reread this just to explore the various topics I overlooked before.


I Nominate

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews (I’ve just recently stumbled upon her blog, and I’m truly in love! What an amazing job she’s done.)

Jonathan @ Limidir

Lauren Busser @ Comma Hangover

Melanie @ Mel To The Any

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Have you ever attempted to rewrite a book? Is there a book you’re itching to reread right this moment? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

 

The Bookish Booklover Tag

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Hello my lovely friends! I was tagged by Sammie over at Bookshelves and Biros to do the Bookish Book Lover tag, and I had so much fun participating. Sammie is quite lovely, so please go check out her amazing blog. 🙂 This tag was originally created by Shantelle.

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The Rules

  • Use the original banner
  • Answer the questions!
  • Use lots of book covers
  • Tag your friends

Questions

What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Time Travelers Wife  which I’ve desperately been attempting to finish. I’m only on page 114, and can’t wait to find time to finish!

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What’s the last book you finished?

The last book I finished is A Well-Tempered Heart which is the second book in a two part series written by Jan-Philipp Sendke. This book was actually translated from German, and I’d have to say had very cliche but unique ending.

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Favourite book you read this year?

Ooooh, for this one I’ll have to go classical and say Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Although it was hard to get through, the discussions and amount of thought that this book engendered was definitely important to me. This is a book that I believe has forced me to think the most.

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What genre have you read most this year?

Because of the literature class I was in this year, I’d have to say so far the genre I have read the most is classical. Although I have no complaints about this, (I love classics), it was difficult to squeeze in any other reading.

What genre have you read least this year?

Sci-fi, I’ve never been that intrigued or interested until recently. I truly want to dive in and read some books from this genre.

What genre do you want to read more of?

Fantasy and young adult. Both are two of my favorite, and it saddens me to realize how little time I’ve spent devoted to both.

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How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

So far, I’ve read around fourteen books (that I can remember off the top of my head) According to goodreads (which I’ll shamefully admit, I haven’t made a habit of updating regularly), I’ve only read eleven. My goal is to read as much as possible, but if I had to put a number, 50.

What’s the last book you bought?

The last book I bought was Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstres by Dai Sijie. Which I actually bought a couple of weeks ago. I did a huge book haul recently of free books (which I promise to post about) but I’m not sure that really counts.

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What book are you saving up to buy next?

I really want to read The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith, but honestly there are so many books I’d love to read that I’m not sure which book I’m saving up for next. To be honest, I normally pick a book that is on my radar the day I have any spending money.

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How many books did you check out last library visit?

I didn’t bring a bag with me, and that visit was a very impromptu visit that I only checked out seven.

What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

I really want to begin the Raven Cycle series, so The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater would be my answer. I feel so busy trying to keep up with already released books I want to read, that I feel as if I can’t keep up with books that are to be released.

What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

I can’t say that I’ve read lots of series lately (if I have time, I’ll devour a book at a time), but the Percy Jackson series has always been a favorite of mine, and one that everyone should read!

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Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Victoria Schwab. She really writes in a manner that is engaging and intense, and I can’t wait to read her books, and all the books that are to come!

A few books your heart adores?

Books that engender the best memories include The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. (I know, an odd selection of books.)

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What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

Once again, I haven’t been invested in a series for a while… So I’ll just leave this one blank. I’d have to say, any good book I have to finish makes me sad! While I’m reading, I want to get to the end, but by the end, I want the book to keep going!

What books are on your wish-list?

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and I could go on and on and on and on, but for your sakes, I’ll end it here.

 

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I Nominate

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Shannon @ Clockwork Bibliophile

Nazahet @ Read Diverse Books

Book Fangirling Blog Award

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Hello my lovely friends! I’m so excited to share with you that I have been tagged by Beth (check out her delightful blog at Reading Every Night) for the Book Fangirling Blog Award. Thank you Beth for this wonderful nomination! Although I fangirl over certain books, it’s more common to find me in a sort of daze after a really good book. Once that period of time is over, however, you’ll find me talking nonstop about the amazing book I just read!

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Rules:

  • Create a post to accept your award.
  • Add the blog award button into your post and put it on the side of your blog as a widget. Visit fangirling for the award button.
  • Answer the questions I have below.
  • Nominate between 5-10 book bloggers who you think also deserve this award.
  • Come up with your own 5 questions for your nominees.

Beth’s Questions

1. The three main characters from the last three books you read are your partners in the zombie apocalypse. Who are they and do you think you’d survive the outbreak?

The last three books I’ve read are Vicious by V.E Schwab (my review here), The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillipp Sendker (review here) and The End of Everything by Megan Abbott. Honestly, if Victor from Vicious were by my side, I wouldn’t have any qualms about a zombie apocalypse. But the remaining two characters leave something to be desired. Julia in The Art of Hearing Heartbeats is a bit weak, and is the average young adult that lives in New York. If Julia’s father, Tin Win, on the other hand were to join, I’d be more than happy to let him in my posse. Tin Win has the ability to hear the heartbeats of others, and is constantly very poised, calm and confident. Lizzie from The End of Everything is the typical teen who doesn’t do much within the book action-wise. I’d have to say, I’d probably be the first to perish in the zombie apocalypse.

2. If you could take one thing, be it a place, an event, a character, an object, out of any book and make it real what would you pick?

Narnia, this series was a childhood favorite, and to imagine another world I could escape to just in my wardrobe, would be amazing. Plus all the characters within that world seem magical and beautiful, and even till today, that place has such a strong hold on me!

3. The world is ending and you have just enough time to read one book, what would you choose and why?

 This is definitely a hard one. I feel as if at that point, I’d frantically be finding my friends and families how much I love them, not reading a book… But I’d definitely want to reread Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. I know this is a children’s picture book, but it was read to me as a child, and I cherish the memories that follow.

4. What is one thing you wish there was more of in the world?

Forgiveness, so many of the world’s problems seems to hinge on grudges, bitterness and unresolved problems. I believe that it is possible for us to live with more love, happiness and joy when everyone is able to put down their differences, forgive and move on with life. Imagine how many world problems would be solved when disputes are resolved and everyone is able to make decisions without bitterness and resentment.

5. If you could have any superpower what would you choose, and what would be your origin story?

The superpower I would choose would be mind-manipulation. This way I can convince others to do things for me, although I do believe this to be the most dangerous superpower out there.Although I’m not sure what my origin story would be, I’d definitely want to not know about my power until one day when I realize something’s wrong with me. Almost like a coming of age story, and then I have to battle with the moral implications of using my power.


I nominate

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

Reg @ She Latitude

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Orang-utan Librarian

Trang @ Bookidote


My Questions

  1. What is your favorite color? And what character embodies that character best?
  2. Is there a book that embodies who you are? What book is it and why?
  3. Who is your last book crush and why?
  4. Where do you enjoy reading the most?
  5. What does your dream library look like?

#SaveTheClassics

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Hello my lovely friends!

I stumbled up on the #SaveTheClassics tag on Captivated by Fantasy blog, and decided to take a part of it as my very first tag on this blog! I love classics, and believe that they provide invaluable wisdom and insight. Although I was not directly tagged, I am taking the liberty in doing this tag anyways, and hope you all enjoy! Feel free to take a part in this tag, even if you are not tagged.

The premise of this tag is also to promote a new project called iClassics. This project creates interactive apps in order to prompt the reading of literary classics for all ages. In this day and age, I find this to not only be a remarkable idea, but a much needed one. The link to the project is here.

Here are the rules:

  • Answer the questions
  • Link the project (ABOVE)
  • Tag three bloggers that might like the challenge
  • use the hashtag #SaveTheClassics

What is your favourite classic book?

Very disappointed that there isn’t a “s” at the end of favourite. Currently, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is my favorite, but Pride and Prejudice comes at a close second.

“So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.” –The Great Gatsby

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If your life was a classic what would it be?

For this one, I’d have to say Alice In Wonderland. It seems like my life is just a series of falling into rabbit holes and trying to figure out how to fit in with my surroundings. I’m always either too tall, too small or there’s something on the table screaming at me “eat me”.

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” –Alice in Wonderland

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Which writer from the past would you like to have dinner with? 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Although I’ve only read his Crime and Punishment, I have read and reread this phenomenal book. His characters are so realistic and lovable as well, and I think he does a magnificent job in showing not only the evil, but the best sides in the protagonists to create a  multi-dimensional relateable character. I’d love to discuss his ideas and thoughts that went into each book. To be honest though, I’d probably just end up staring at him with reverence and awe. I think it requires a true genius in order to produce anything like the books he has written.

“I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.” –Crime and Punishment

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Which classic literary character best describes you?

Anne Shirley! To be honest, I took a quiz on buzzfeed to figure this one out, because I honestly couldn’t think of who to choose. But upon learning my answer, I believe this is the correct fit for me. Here’s what they told me:

“You are good-hearted, charming, and enthusiastic. You also have a lively imagination and you love to express your creative side through storytelling. You are outspoken and that can sometimes get you in trouble. But most people find your honesty refreshing. You have a zest for life that is unmatched by many. You can sometimes get caught up in your fantasies. You always remain true to who you are and are unapologetic about it.”

“When you’ve learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn’t, you’ve got wisdom and understanding.”-Anne of Green Gables

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What’s the first classic that you read?

I’ve read many abridged classics when I was young (I had a shelf full of them!) but the first classic I ever read would probably be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Tom was definitely my childhood crush, and in an elementary school play I got to play Amy and steal a kiss from him!

“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.” –The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Which classic book could be the best gift?

I believe classics in and of themselves are a gift to humanity, and I’d have to know who I was giving the gift to in order to choose an appropriate book. One I think anyone could enjoy is Frankenstein. Who doesn’t love a monster who shows a bit of humanity?

“Thus strangely are our souls constructed, and by slight ligaments are we bound to prosperity and ruin.” –Frankenstein

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I tag :

Katherine@Fabled Haven

Erin@Quillable

The Bloggers@Bookidote