Welcome back to the blog, bookish friends! I can’t believe it is already the middle of July. It kind of feels like this year just started, but we are already over halfway to 2022. I did the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag last year, and I had such an awesome time reflecting on my progress that I decided to do it again this year! Without further ado, let’s dive right into all this fun:
1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
3) New release you haven’t read yet but want to
4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
5) Biggest disappointment
6) Biggest surprise
7) Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
8) Newest fictional crush
9) Newest favorite character
10) A book that made you cry
11) A book that made you happy
12) The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year
13) A book/books you need to read by the end of the year
BONUS: I am exactly halfway to my reading goal for the year – YAYY!
Thank you all so much for tuning in for this super fun book tag! As the saying goes, there are so many books and so little time, but I’m super happy with the progress I have made this year in terms of number (and quality!) of books read. If you haven’t done this tag, I am officially tagging YOU!
Hello, bookish friends, and welcome back to the very first edition of “let’s shame the book blogger!” Ha, just kidding, but maybe not? For this week’s post, I thought I’d take a gander at all of my bookshelves and make a list of all the books I own but haven’t yet read. Then, at the end of 2021, I would see how much progress I’ve made on getting these books read. I love seeing these kinds of posts on other blogs and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon myself this year! Let’s get started, shall we?
The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross
The Heir by Kiera Cass
Everless by Sara Holland
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine
Rook by Sharon Cameron
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley
Lovely War by Julie Berry
The Queen’s Handmaid by Tracy L. Higley
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
Meant To Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow
Illuminated by Erica Orloff
How Many Letters Are in Goodbye by Yvonne Cassidy
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti
The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall
Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
Reflection by Elizabeth Lim
Red’s Untold Story by Wendy Toliver
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
One Small Thing by Erin Watt
Courting Darkness by Robin LeFevers
Tempest and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce
Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith
The Memory of Light by Francisco Z. Stork
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Les Misérables (shortened version!) by Hugo Reimann
Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
Proxy by Alexander London
The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Open Road Sumer by Emery Lord
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare et al.
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare et al.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir
The Darkest Legacy by Alexandra Bracken
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
The Natural History of Us by Rachel Harris
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead
Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Promise to Return by Elizabeth Byler Younts
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Christmas at Harmony Harbor by Debbie Mason
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Hold Me Closer by David Levithan
Replica by Lauren Oliver
A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
Fable by Adrienne Young
Much Ado About You by Samantha Young
It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
Holy moly, you guys! This list was honestly way more extensive than I thought it was going to be. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, considering I had such a slow year of reading last year (and kind of a big year for purchasing new books), but DANG. How many books are on your TBR for the year?
Well, looks like I ought to sign off of here and get to reading then! Happy Weekend, and may it be filled with putting a dent in your very own TBRs! 😊
Hello, bookish loves, and welcome back to the blog! Since Valentine’s Day is just two short days away, I thought we could celebrate this holiday of love by talking about my very first love: books! This is one of those posts that requires little introduction, so let’s just jump right into this, shall we?
1) Stand alone book you love
Romanov was one of my first reads of 2021, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it/recommending it to anyone who loves strong family dynamics and tales of history blended with a little magic.
2) Dystopian book you love
I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a true dystopian novel, but Legend is one of the few that feels like I just read it yesterday. It was published in 2011, but if you haven’t given Legend a read yet and are itching for a good dystopian read, I highly recommend giving this beaut a try!
3) A book that you love but no one else talks about
It absolutely flabbergasts me that people STILL aren’t talking about this book! It literally had everything I was expecting and more. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions, fell in love with the Shakespearian tie-ins, and was wishing for more of this tale by its end. Just read it so we can chat about it together, you guys!
4) Favorite book couple
This question always gives me legit anxiety to answer because there are SO MANY amazing book couples to choose from! In honor of this being a Valentine’s Day post, I think I’m digging Lara Jean and Peter from Jenny Han’s To All the Boys series. They’re just one of the sweetest fictional couples out there, plus I’ve been dying to give this series a re-read!
5) A book that other people love but you haven’t read yet
Some of you may be having a mini heart attack reading this, but Harry Potter has just never been a good fit for what I’ve always enjoyed reading. No other comments from me on this one other than I am v sorry to disappoint all of you Potterheads. I swear I am a real booknerdigan like the rest of you, but I just don’t think this book/series will end up on my TBR anytime soon.
6) A book with red on the cover
In addition to this cover being the most beautiful shade of red, I am obsessed with this series and can’t believe this is the final book in this world!
7) A book with pink on the cover
This beautiful pink book has been on my TBR for so long, and I really hope 2021 is the year I finally dive into this read!
8) You were given a box of chocolates. What fictional boyfriend would have given them to you?
Daniel from Jenn Bennett’s Serious Moonlight would 100 percent be the guy to go the traditional route (albeit so sweet and delicious!) for a Valentine’s Day gift. And as much as he loves pie, there’s no doubt he has as much of a sweet tooth as I do!
9) You are single on Valentine’s Day. What book would you read? What TV show would you watch? What movie would you watch?
Ha, this is funny because I’ve been single most of the Valentine’s Days I’ve been alive and never thought about any of these questions until right now. I’d probably re-read one of my favorite Jennifer L. Armentrout books, watch some kind of Valentine’s Day-themed Food Network show on TV, and any Hallmark movie because those are always so adorable and romantic.
10) You are in the bookstore. All of the sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What new release will you love?
Though I haven’t read it yet (just a few days away from its release date, hallelujah!), A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas takes the cake, for sure! I’m wrapping up my re-read of the ACOTAR series as we speak and I cannot contain my excitement without the help of Cupid’s arrow. I think I would be losing my mind if I had actually been shot with one because this read is one of my most anticipated forthe year!
That’s a wrap on the Valentine’s Day Book Tag! Thank you all so much for reading, and I hope you get to spend this beautiful holiday with those you love! What are some books that put you in the Valentine’s Day spirit? Drop me your recommendations below and let’s chat about them!
Until next week, bookish friends! May your weekend be filled with sweet reads and lots of love! ❤