Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag / Book Tag

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

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (Sci-Fi)

I was a big fan of Twilight years ago but never read The Host. I kept hearing a lot of praise for The Host so I decided to read it. This was such a great surprise till this day I can’t stop thinking about it. I normally don’t like Science Fiction but the Sci-Fi aspect was not heavy for me. We follow Wanda, a host that has invaded earth with her race. I got really quickly attached to her and the other characters. Wanderer (Wanda) has been given Melanie’s body as a host. Melanie’s soul refuses to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanda mind with flashbacks of her past with her brother and boyfriend.

This book was a breath of fresh air. I loved Wanda and Melanie. I loved all of the characters and especially Ian and Wanda and Melanie’s brother. The close knit family aspect was wonderful. The love that I felt for this story and its characters slowly crept up on me and I highly recommend it!

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

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy)

Oh man Cassie Clare just killed me with this sequel. We follow every character’s POV and adventure. The plot line becomes more complex and I loved it! The romantic development between characters were perfection. I loved every aspect of this book. I can’t wait 2 years for the next book!

 

 

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

The Darcy Monologues edited by Christina Boyd

This is an anthology of 15 stories inspired by Pride and Prejudice. Now, you know that P&P is my favorite classic and book of all time. I love Elizabeth and Darcy. We get 15 stories inspired by P&P so I am in heaven. I can’t wait to read and I have no excuse for not reading it because I received a copy of Jenetta Jones (one of the authors). The editor kindly sent me a copy because I couldn’t get it in Belgium.

4. Most anticipated release for the second-half of the year

Originally, I would have answered Now I Rise By Kiersten White but I am currently reading an eARC of it.

5. Biggest disappointment.

A Court of Wings and Ruin By Sarah J. Maas

*unpopular opinion* I still feel very conflicted and I don’t know what to rate it. A Court of Mist and Fury was my favorite book of last year and I had super high expectations for this finale book and it fell kind of short for me. I was set up for failure. I loved what happened but there were some aspects I would have loved seeing more of for example Amren! I hope that the next books in this series will deliver. I in no way hated this book but I was expecting for of it.

6. Biggest surprise.

★★★★.5

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett (YA, Contemporary)

Wow, I was so surprised by this book! Firts of all, I rarely like a YA Contemporary book but this was such a big surprise for me. I just absolutely fell in love with this book inspired by You’ve Got Mail. The characters were great and their banter was amazing. Check out my review here.

 

 

 

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

Kristin Hannah who wrote The Nightingale is my new favorite author. Her writing style is beautiful and I loved The Nightingale.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Cassian from ACOWAR became my new fictional crush.

9. Newest favourite character.

Allucard from A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab.

10. Book that made you cry.

★★★★★

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

I was bawling my eyes out for the last quarter of this book. I can’t say why because I don’t want to spoil anyone.

11. Book that made you happy.

★★★★★

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Kate Rorick and Bernie Su

A modern Pride & Prejudice retelling never fails to make me happy.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay and its movie.

Both were masterpieces. (Please read the book and watch the trailer & movie!!!)

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

It’s coming up on the 27th of June, it’s a review for Now I Rise by Kiersten White.

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

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

 

 

The Unique Blogger Award

Read by Chris nominated me for the Unique Blogger Award and I feel so honored! Her blog is beautiful so please go check her out! 

The rules

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 2 people for the same award. (I am cheating and only tagging 2 people because I am lazy)
  • Ask them three questions

Chris’ questions

1. If you could have dinner with any three people, living, dead, or fictional, who would they be and what would you talk about?

I would love to have dinner with Rhysand , Feyre (from ACOTAR series) and Hermione Granger (HP). This may sound like a strange mix but these are like a few of my favorite fictional characters. I would love to hear about their life and how they are doing. Hearing them talk would be enough for me.

2. What book quote makes you laugh every time?

“Come on, Feyre. We don’t bite. Unless you ask us to.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

If you are obsessed with ACOMAF as much as I am, you know that this is the first line Cassian says to Feyre. This one sentence just  sets the tone for Cassian’s character and I love it. He’s one of the most funny characters in the series and this line makes me giggle/laugh every time. Cassian is just so charming.

3. If you were a character in a book, what would your role be?

I would love to be part of the Inner Circle and I would want to be the fourth-in-command the Night Court (aka Rhys). I would help with preparing for the war against the King of Hybern. I actually don’t care what role I would have, I would do everything to interact with them.

My Questions

  1. What is your favorite quote of all time? (and why?)
  2. What is your favorite cover but least favorite book? (and explain why?)
  3. What is your favorite book but least favorite cover? (and explain why?)

I tag

Bexnbookx (because I just found her blog and I love it!)

A Ravenclaw Reader (I have to tag a fellow Ravenclaw)

5171 Miles Book Blog (because she writes the best reviews ever)

 

School Subjects / book tag

Thank you to the creator (notsomoderngirl) for creating this tag!

TAG QUESTIONS

1. Math

What’s a book that left your head spinning in circles?

2. English

Which book do you think has beautiful written expression?

★★★★★

3. Physics

Who is your favourite scientifically minded character from a book/film?

Denis Villeneuve (Amy Adams) from Arrival.

4. Chemistry

Who is your favourite couple?

Neil & Andrew from The Foxhole Court written by Nora Sakavic.       

5. Biology

Who is your favourite book/film/series character?

All of the foxhole court series’ characters.

 

6. French

What is your favourite foreign book/film/tv show?

7. Art

Have you ever judged a book by its cover, even if you weren’t meant to?!

I always judge books by their cover. This is one of my favorite covers ever.

8. Historical Fiction

What was the last historical book you read?

★★★★★

9. Geography

Which literary destination would you really like to visit? (They can be real or fictional!)

  • Hogwarts (duuh)
  • ACOTAR world

10. Drama

What’s a book that you think has a lot of over-dramatic hype?

★★★

Unpopular Opinions / book tag

This book tag was created by TheBookArcher on YouTube.

Disclaimer : these are my opinions, so please don’t get offended if I don’t like your favorite book or series.

TAG QUESTIONS

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

I have already mentioned why I didn’t like Passenger. The plot is interesting but Alexandra’s writing style is horrible to read. Reading Passenger feels like slugging through mud.

Anna and The French Kiss was problematic. Cheating was excused because Etienne’s girlfriend is a ‘bitch’. I didn’t like the characters nor the story. Anna is unlikable and her ability to make friends immediately was too unrealistic for me.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was just not for me. I didn’t like her unreliable narration. I found a few ‘romantic’ things problematic.

Everything, Everything was again not my cup of tea. There is also a review about how problematic the plot twist about the mother is. Please check out this eye-opening review.

2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

I don’t like the OTP in the Grisha trilogy. I also couldn’t stand Anna and Etienne from Anna and The French Kiss.

4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

  • Non-fiction
  • Sci-fi

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

  • Anna from Anna and the French Kiss
  • Cress from The Lunar Chronicles
  • Alexander from The Bronze Horseman trilogy

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

  • Rick Yancey
  • Stephanie Perkins
  • Patrick Ness
  • Alexandra Bracken

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

The chosen one is overdone so I am tired of seeing it. I am tired of seeing ‘broken characters’ in NA because they have a tragic past. The most irritating trope in YA is miscommunication. Miscommunication is so frustrating to read. I can’t handle a whole book that is based on miscommunication.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

Please share your unpopular opinions and tell me if you agree with my opinions.

Blog Awards: Blogger Recognition Award

A big thank you to Laura Beth. I feel very honored to be tagged in her post. I have never been tagged in the “The Blogger Recognition Award” so this is a first. I hope bloggers can get something out of my advice. You should definitely check out Laura Beth’s amazing blog.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

 

Why did I start my blog?

I started my blog in July of 2016. Creating a blog has always been a dream of mine.I always thought that I was too young and inexperienced to start a blog. I have been a huge reader but since little but nobody in my entourage shares the same passion for reading as me. I craved a connection with someone so I could share my love for reading/books. I used to read books in Dutch but a few years ago I switched to English. I found out that English books were cheaper and I could participate in this huge online community. Last year, I went to an America-Greek college and  decided to follow a course about blogging. This course started everything for me and I have never looked back again. I am so grateful to the teacher for teaching us how to start a blog.

My advice to new bloggers.

I am actually also a newbie. I am not an amazing blogger by any means. I will try to give you some good advice for beginners. I myself have encountered a few struggles since starting my blog. Here is my advice!

  1. My first advice is never give up. When I started blogging, I followed a lot of other popular blogs. All of these blogs were so well made and had already a big following. They had amazing graphics and they could write a hundred times better than me. I thought that my blog was useless. I nearly gave up because I thought that nobody wanted to read my posts full of grammar mistakes. My advice is to not get discouraged but let it inspire you. Instead of being jealous , you can learn from these bloggers. They will give you advice and show you the way.
  2. My second advice is make friends. If you communicate with people and respond to comments , you will find yourself wanting to post again to interact with these people again. It’s sort of a motivation to keep going.

I give this blogger award to all the blogs that I follow but especially to The Orangutan Librarian. Thank you so much for always commenting on my post. I appreciate your support so much.