Friday, July 7, 2017

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

1. Best Book You Have Read So Far in 2017?
This one has to go to The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I learned so much from this book and there is not a day that goes by where I don't think about this story.

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2. Best Sequel You Have Read So Far in 2017?
By looking at the list of books that I have read this year, I have realized that I have not read any sequels of actual novels. I have mostly been focusing on standalones this year, but there are some sequels that I need to get to (I am glad this tag brought by attention to that). But for the answer to this question I am going to pick the sequel in my favorite graphic novel series Giant Days by John Allison.

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3. New Release That You Have Not Read Yet But Want To?
I am constantly eyeing Noteworthy by Riley Redgate, and I just really need to pick this one up already.

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4. Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of 2017?
This one has to go to Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco. I read Stalking Jack the Ripper earlier this year and I absolutely LOVED it. I cannot wait to get my hands on this sequel.

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5. Biggest Disappointment?
By far the biggest disappointment for me was Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin. This was described to me as a Romeo and Juliet retelling set during the modern day Israel-Palestinian conflict. I was super excited for this book, and I picked this one up as soon as I could. I was just incredibly disappointed--it was incredibly cliche and full of weird insta-love. 

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6. Biggest Surprise?
One of my favorite books of the year is a graphic memoir titled The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. I did not expect to love this one as much as I do. This book was incredibly well written with a powerful message that is incredibly relevant to the times we are living in. I LOVED this one and I find myself constantly thinking about this story.

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7. Favorite New Author?
Jeff Zentner has quickly become one of my favorite new authors. I read The Serpent King this year and I absolutely fell in love with it. I will read anything that Jeff writes from now on.

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8. Newest Fictional Crush?
This one definitely has to go to Thomas from Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. Just simply read this book and you will know what I am talking about. 

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9. Newest Favorite Character?
Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. 

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10. Book That Made You Cry?
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Angry-crying.

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11. Book That Made You Happy?
Inevitably Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda--I could not stop smiling while reading this. 

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12. Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
I have not watched any adaptations this year. Shameful, yes I know.
13. Favorite Review You Have Written This Year?
I have been majorly slacking on my reviews this year, so I cannot answer this one either.
14. Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought This Year?
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios--look at this cover! Also a beautifully, painful story. Read it.

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15. What Books Do You Really Need To Read by the End of This Year? 
All the books! Here are a few that I absolutely need to get to.

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