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Monday, July 3, 2017

BOOK TAG: Mid-Year Book Freak Out!


Greetings Friends!

I haven't done a tag in quite a while, so what better time to do one then when you realize that half the year is over!  How is that possible?  I don't know about you, but it's flown by!  

While many of the books I mention may not have been published in 2017, these books have all been read in this year.  So let's just jump into the questions!


Best Book You've Read So Far in 2017


The Hate U Give



This is a phenomenal book that I can't recommend enough!  The family dynamics as well as the community support are amazing to read.  Do yourself a favor and read this, especially if it's the only book you read this year!


Best Sequel You've Read So Far in 2017


The Watched 


The Watched - CSI Reilly Steel #4 by [Hill, Casey]

This is the fourth book in the series about a CSI technician for the Dublin police department.  These books are gritty, dirty, dark, and haunting.  I wasn't a fan of the third book, but this book really brought the series back for me.


New Release You Haven't Read Yet, But Want To


Every Last Lie



I've really enjoyed all of this author's previous books and look forward to checking this one out as well.


Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year


There's Someone Inside Your House



While I wasn't an especially big fan of Anna and the French Kiss, there is something so intriguing to me about reading this supposedly new take on the classic teen slasher story when it's written by the queen of the young adult contemporary!  This comes out September 26 and is available for pre-order.


Biggest Disappointment


It's Always the Husband



I went into this story expecting a thriller, but that's not what I got.  It's more of a literary mystery in the vein of Everything I Never Told You.  There were times that it was just so slow and not one character has any redeemable qualities.  It's still a good story, but I guess I was ultimately expecting something more.


Biggest Surprise


Behind Her Eyes



This one is incredible and totally deserves the #WTFthatending!  Definitely check out my review for more info.  


Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)


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My book club selected her newest book The Marriage Lie for our February read and I absolutely loved it.  From there I promptly purchased and devoured her other two books.  Can't wait to see what she comes out with next!


Newest Fictional Crush


I don't have any new crushes to report on at this point.  In fact, I'm kind of disappointed in how I feel at this point for Rhysand given what we got in A Court of Wings and Ruin.  After A Court of Mist and Fury I had some pretty high expectations for his character that unfortunately became quite a bit of let down.  My understanding is that now the books will be focusing on other characters, so we'll see how things pan out as the universe expands.


Newest Favorite Character



I really enjoyed everything about Alosa.  She was very well developed and full of snark.  I loved that she was not only intelligent and competent in her abilities, but was modest and humble in her attractiveness.  This was a fun ride and be sure to check out my review for more.  


Book That Made You Cry


The Ones We Trust



While I could never find any direct correlation, I felt this book was loosely based on the true life story of Pat Tilman, an Army Ranger killed by friendly fire while fighting in Afghanistan.  This story was no less as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking.


Book That Made You Happy


Definitely not because of the murder mystery aspect, but I loved the cruise ship setting and all of the descriptions about the food and beverages available while on board.  Be sure to check out my review for more info.


Favorite Book to Film Adaptation


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I have only been able to watch the first three episodes, but I was really impressed.  As it gets closer to Game of Thrones starting and I begin an HBO subscription, I look forward to finishing this series.  


Favorite Post You Have Done This Year


photo credit:  @thebookranter

I really enjoyed putting together my March Owlcrate Unboxing and Book Review.  It was fun to talk about all the bookish goodies and read and review Daughter of the Pirate King.


Most Beautiful Book You've Bought This Year


The Bear and the Nightingale



I haven't gotten a chance to read this yet, but I'm still amazed that I found a flawless hardcover edition of this at the Salvation Army for only 99 cents!


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


The Summer That Made Us


The Summer That Made Us by [Carr, Robyn]

Earlier this year, I partnered with Little Bird Publicity to review Robyn Carr's most recent book Any Day Now, which you can check out here.  I was contacted again to review this book, which will be published on September 5.  


So there's my mid-year book freak out!  Have you participated in this tag?  If not, I tag you!  Share your responses in the comments.  I'd love to see what you're freaking out about!  

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