The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

We’re almost to July of 2017, AKA 6/48 months with Donald Trump as President. Are you tired of hearing his name yet? Because I sure am. He needs a leash, similar to the ones parents use on their toddlers at theme parks and other public places. Politics aside, I believe it is time for another book tag! And no, no one tagged me in this.

1 – THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

 

2 – YOUR FAVOURITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR

I haven’t read any sequels yet this year, so sadly I can’t have a favorite. But I’m planning on reading The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon very soon. I want to read Glass Sword by Veronica Aveyard as well, but I’m waiting to get the paperback so it matches my copy of Red Queen. Hello yes, my name is Crazy, And you are?

 

3 – A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT REALLY WANT TO

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I’ve heard such. great. things about this book, and I am dying to read it! It explores a topic that is so current right now, and it’s definitely something everyone should read.

 

4 – MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

I ANTICIPATE ALL THE BOOKS.

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5 – YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

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This book was SO DISAPPOINTING. I was so excited about reading it, so drawn in by the cover, the premise, and the fact that Rhys Bowen was a bestselling author… and I hated every second of it. Not my cup of tea, sorry old chaps. Pip Pip, Cheerio.

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6 – BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

The fact that it’s June???????? #Fakenews

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7 – FAVOURITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

Amy Harmon is my favorite author discovery of 2017. She’s captured my heart, my mind, and my soul with her writing, especially in The Bird and the Sword. This was her first fantasy novel, and she completely blew me away. If you haven’t read it yet, run like Usain Bolt is chasing you to your local book store and pick it up.

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My precious.

 

8 – YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH

Based only off of what I’ve read so far in 2017, I’m going with Angelo Bianco in From Sand and Ash. His relationship with Eva gave me all of the feels, even though he was a little frustrating sometimes.

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9 – NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER

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Again, based only off of 2017 novels, I’m going to say Rosie from The Rosie Project. I liked that she wasn’t the typical Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and she wasn’t around just to make Don happy. She had her own goals, whether he wanted to be a part of them or not.

 

10 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

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This book is about World War II in Italy, written in the alternating viewpoints of Eva Rosselli, a Jewish girl, and Angelo Bianco, a Catholic Priest. As you can only guess, there are many hardships and horrifying events that are chronicled within these pages. Even though Eva and Angelo are fictional characters, I got very attached to them and their families. Their triumphs were mine, and their hardships were mine for the duration of this book.

 

11 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

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Who wouldn’t be happy after looking at this cover?

 

12 – YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

 


Okay, so this is not a movie but Z: The Beginning of Everything, hands down. Christina Ricci makes the perfect Zelda Fitzgerald, and I thought the characters and events of the novel were portrayed really well. Go watch on Amazon Prime!

 

13 – FAVOURITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

I don’t exactly have a favorite post, but the one I had the most fun writing was the Get to Know Me Tag!

 

14 – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR

Again:

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So. Pretty.

 

15 – WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

United States of Books: Arkansas

Week four of the United States of Books coming your way! Here’s the road map; every Friday I will bring you book recommendations from each of the fifty nifty United States. Anyone else remember that song from elementary school? We’re just going to follow that order.

Here we come, Arkansas!


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

13214Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

 

 

A Painted House by John Grisham

5360Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers — and two very dangerous men — came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And suddenly mysteries are flooding Luke’s world.

A brutal murder leaves the town seething in gossip and suspicion. A beautiful young woman ignites forbidden passions. A fatherless baby is born … and someone has begun furtively painting the bare clapboards of the Chandler farmhouse, slowly, painstakingly, bathing the run-down structure in gleaming white. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives — and change his family and his town forever….

 

True Grit by Charles Portis

10035073Charles Portis has long been acclaimed as one of America’s foremost writers. True Grit is the basis for two movies, the 1969 classic starring John Wayne and the Academy Award® winning 2010 version starring Jeff Bridges and written and directed by the Coen brothers.
 
True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by her side, Mattie pursues the homicide into Indian Territory. True Grit is eccentric, cool, straight, and unflinching, like Mattie herself. From a writer of true status, this is an American classic through and through.

 

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

10049556For fans of Old Yeller and Shiloh, Where the Red Fern Grows is a beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend.

Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two, dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It doesn’t matter that times are tough; together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.
Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair, and that the seeds of the future can come from the scars of the past.

 

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

7632310Every first Sunday in June, members of the Moses clan gather for an annual reunion at “the old home place,” a sprawling hundred-acre farm in Arkansas. And every year, Samuel Lake, a vibrant and committed young preacher, brings his beloved wife, Willadee Moses, and their three children back for the festivities. The children embrace the reunion as a welcome escape from the prying eyes of their father’s congregation; for Willadee it’s a precious opportunity to spend time with her mother and father, Calla and John. But just as the reunion is getting under way, tragedy strikes, jolting the family to their core: John’s untimely death and, soon after, the loss of Samuel’s parish, which set the stage for a summer of crisis and profound change.

In the midst of it all, Samuel and Willadee’s outspoken eleven-year-old daughter, Swan, is a bright light. Her high spirits and fearlessness have alternately seduced and bedeviled three generations of the family. But it is Blade Ballenger, a traumatized eight-year-old neighbor, who soon captures Swan’s undivided attention. Full of righteous anger, and innocent of the peril facing her and those she loves, Swan makes it her mission to keep the boy safe from his terrifying father.

With characters who spring to life as vividly as if they were members of one’s own family, and with the clear-eyed wisdom that illuminates the most tragic—and triumphant—aspects of human nature, Jenny Wingfield emerges as one of the most vital, engaging storytellers writing today. In The Homecoming of Samuel Lake she has created a memorable and lasting work of fiction.


Next week, California!

Top Five Wednesday: Unlikeable Protagonists

People always tear down “unlikeable” protagonists. But tell us the ones you pulled for!

Briony from Atonement

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Don’t get me wrong, Briony is a little shit. But I still felt bad for her because she was only a child when she destroyed everyone’s lives. Everyone makes mistakes, and she didn’t know any better. Not that I liked her much later either, but we can’t all be Keira Knightley, can we?

 

Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby

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Daisy is the most infuriating character. She is the embodiment of everything wrong with society, and a terrible mother to boot. But I couldn’t help but root for her and Gatsby.

 

Anne Boleyn from The Other Boleyn Girl

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Anne wasn’t really a POV character in this book, but I thought she was portrayed rather monstrously. Yes, she’s the ultimate homewrecker and her ambition was her ultimate downfall, but I still felt sorry for her. She was executed under false charges, her only real crime being her inability to produce a son after being married to Henry VIII for about 3 years. Thank God people aren’t allowed to execute their ex-wives/husbands today.

 

Rachel from The Girl on the Train

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Low self esteem, check. Unemployed, check. Alcoholic, check. Rachel was not a particularly likable protagonist, and at times I suspected her of more malicious behavior. However, I still rooted for her and hoped that her obsession with Megan was worth the trouble she went through.

 

 Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones

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So many people hate Sansa, and I can understand everyone’s hatred. There are many more traditionally strong women on the show and in the book, and Sansa has the appearance of someone who is weak. However, I think she’s super underrated. She makes some big mistakes right at the start of the series, but I attribute her naivety to her age at the time. Rather than fighting openly against a room full of enemies, she plays the game until the odds fall in her favor. Arya, as much as I love her, wouldn’t survive long in this situation.

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Thanks Sionna of Booksinhereyes for the tag! If you haven’t yet, go check out her blog!

Your goal with this tag is to keep the answers short and simple. (We’ll see.)

The Questions

Question 1 : E-Book or Physical Book?

I love physical books and I want all of them in my life, but E-Books are just so conducive to my lifestyle at the moment.

Question 2 : Paperback or Hardback?

Hardback!

Question 3 : Online or In-Store Book Shopping?

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Question 4 : Trilogies or Series?

Ugh… Series. I love a good book series.

Question 5 : Heroes or Villains?

Heroes!

Question 6 : A book you want everyone to read?

Harry Potter, obviously.

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Question 7 : Recommend an underrated book?

The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon. I’m very confused as to why this book hasn’t absolutely blown up in the book world. Where are you guys? Read this damn book.

Question 8 : The last book you finished?

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon, review coming soon. When I feel up to writing and thinking about my feelings. So probably never. Just kidding. Soon.

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Question 9 :The Last Book(s) You Bought?

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Question 10 : Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?

I once used Cheese-Its as a bookmark. Commence flash mob of cringing. I also used to dog-ear my pages when I was younger. I know better now, please hold all questions of my character until the end of the lecture.

Question 11 : Used Books: Yes or No?

Goodwill is where I buy most of my physical book copies, so hell yeah.

Question 12 : Top Three Favourite Genres?

Historical fiction, Fantasy, Sci-Fi…. Or a combination of the three.

Question 13 : Borrow or Buy?

Buy ALL THE BOOKS!

Question 14 : Characters or Plot?

Characters, but the plot is important too. No character development without plot and no plot without characters.

Question 15 : Long or Short Books?

Depends on how I’m feeling, but I usually prefer long books! It’s easier to get lost in them.

Question 16 : Long or Short Chapters?

Short Chapters if I’m reading before bed and fighting to stay awake, long chapters if something super important is happening in the book.

Question 17 : Name The First Three Books You Think Of…

Me Before You, Annie Between the States, How to Hang a Witch. 

Question 18 : Books That Make You Laugh or Cry?

Laugh, usually.

Question 19 : Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional Worlds! Except maybe The Hunger Games or Game of Thrones, in which case I am fine here.

Question 20 : Audiobooks: Yes or No?

No, but only because I’ve never tried one.

Question 21 : Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?

…..Yes.

Question 22 : Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?

Book to TV Adaptations!!! Especially if on HBO, Starz, Netflix, or Hulu. Movies are more likely to change unnecessary details or leave important things out. Like why did The Girl on the Train need to be in New York instead of London? What’s wrong with London??? These are the pressing questions we need to be asking ourselves.

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Question 23 : A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?

Game of Thrones, but only because it’s such a complicated book. Also, I want to be best friends with Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams.

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Question 24 : Series or Standalone’s?

Series!

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United States of Books: Arizona

Week three of the United States of Books coming your way! Here’s the road map; every Friday I will bring you book recommendations from each of the fifty nifty United States. Anyone else remember that song from elementary school? We’re just going to follow that order.

Arizona, here we come!


 

Timeline by Michael Crichton

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In an Arizona desert, a man wanders in a daze, speaking words that make no sense. Within twenty-four hours he is dead, his body swiftly cremated by his only known associates. Halfway around the world, archaeologists make a shocking discovery at a medieval site. Suddenly they are swept off to the headquarters of a secretive multinational corporation that has developed an astounding technology. Now this group is about to get a chance not to study the past but to enter it. And with history opened up to the present, the dead awakened to the living, these men and women will soon find themselves fighting for their very survival — six hundred years ago.

 

 

 

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

 

 

 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

29236380Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

 

 

 

Vengence Road by Erin Bowman

23719270Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

 

 

A Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner Dominy

21921032Readers will happily sink into this emotionally grounded, contemporary young adult novel about the sudden end of one girl’s Olympic swimming dreams and the struggles she endures before realizing there are many things that define who we are.

Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition. Now Abby is forced to discover who she is without the one thing that’s defined her entire life.

 

 

 

 


Next week, Arkansas!