Mid-Year Bookish Freak Out!

I really, really wanted to do this tag. It’s always nice to look back on the books you’ve read. So, though I wasn’t tagged, I decided to share with you some thoughts about the books I’ve read so far. Here go the questions:

1. Best book you’ve read in 2017 so far

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read it… And now I really want to watch the series, too.

Another both wonderful (though also horrifying) book I want to mention is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. Even if you’re not a vegetarian/vegan and you don’t even want to be one, I think you’d appreciate reading this book. It reveals all the horrors of factory farms – and they go beyong animal cruelty (as if that’s not horrible enough). I wrote a big post about this book, a sort-of summary, so you can read that if you want to know more about it.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

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I’ve read the last two books in Tales of the Ketty Jay series this year, and they’re just as good as the first two. So much fun! And I don’t really like fast-paced books, but this series manages to be both fun and action-packed and feature some interesting, fleshed-out characters. Every single character has his/her own story and personality, and I fell in love with them, despite all of their flaws.

3. New release that you haven’t read but want to

Definitely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. I can’t wait to read it!

4. Most anticipated releases for the other half of the year

I’m actually not expecting a new release… I mostly read old books. XD

5. Biggest disappointment

Verland: The Transformation by B.E. Scully. It’s a vampire novel, and I’ve been searching for a while for a good vampire novel. This one, sadly, didn’t meet my expectations, though I really thought I would like it. It even has some good reviews on Goodreads.

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6. Biggest surprise

I did manage to find a good vampire novel! Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin is really great! It’s set in the 1850s, in the American South, and it’s quite different from other vampire novels I’ve read. However, it’s innovative in a way that doesn’s entirely turn its back on old, well-known vampire fiction. It’s my first novel by Martin, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

7. Favourite new author (debute or new to you)

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Maaaybe Marie Brennan. I’ve just finished Memoirs of Lady Trent series today, and I immediately googled the author to find out what else she’s written. I was actually thinking about puttting this series as the answer to the 2nd question, but I liked the first few books a bit more than the last two so I decided not to. Despite that, this series is amazing and I would recommed it to everyone who would like to study dragons. I sure would! πŸ˜‰

8. Newest fictional crush

I don’t have one…

9. Newest favourite character

Lady Isabella Trent and Natalie Oscott from the Memoirs of Lady Trent. They are both smart and brave women who oppose the patriarchal society they live in and follow their dreams.

10. Book that made you cry

I rarely cry, but The Princes Diarist by Carrie Fisher really made me sad… And it was also funny at times. Carrie Fisher was such an amazing person.

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11. Book that made you happy

Reading a good book always makes me happy, though I don’t read very happy books. XD

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far (or received)

Just look at those books in the answer to the 7th question. They are gorgeous and I love them! Those dragons! ❀

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

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I don’t need to do anything! XD Jokes aside, I want to read The First Law Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood. Probably some other books by Atwood, too.

And that’s it. So, what are your favourites of this year so far? πŸ™‚

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18 thoughts on “Mid-Year Bookish Freak Out!

  1. I haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale yet, even though I have wanted to do that for ages! Glad to see that you enjoyed it, I have heard amazing things about the tv show and I really want to watch it as well! πŸ™‚
    The covers for Marie Brennan’s books are so gorgeous! I really want to read that series, as it seems like something I would really enjoy! Great post! πŸ˜€

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  2. Ah, I remember Joe Abercrombie! I tried ‘The Blade Itself’ but it wasn’t for me at all and I didn’t finish it. I just didn’t connect with the characters and thought the writing wasn’t very great. I know a lot of people like the books though.
    Haven’t read Carrie Fisher’s book yet, but it’s on the list!

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  3. I can’t believe I missed your review on Eating Animals – read it now and it’s fantastic. I haven’t read that book but I’m really interested in it as I’ve been a vegetarian for a decade and would love to read some more nonfiction about the food industry.

    I’ll be curious to see what you think of the Penelopiad – I was really looking forward to reading it but I ended up not liking it very much 😦 I do love The Blind Assassin, though!

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  5. I’m glad you enjoyed Fevre Dream! I honestly didn’t that much… I mean, it was fine and quite innovative indeed but to me it was mostly a book about men and boats. Which, again, is fine, but I needed it to be more.
    I’m hoping Martin impresses me with A Song of Ice and Fire. If not, I’ll be a very unhappy bookworm!
    What are your favorite vampire stories? I haven’t read many of them but there are some old ones that seem to be really cool.
    Great post πŸ™‚

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    • Carmilla is my favourite vampire classic! It’s better than Dracula (sorry, not sorry) but also very different.
      And, to be honest, I have no intention to read A Song of Ice and Fire… I know it’s different than the series, but it’s everywhere and I kind of feel fed up with it… Maybe I’m completely missing out, but I just don’t feel like reading it.

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