Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2017

Can you believe that 2017 is already half way over??? I’m still not used to how far along we are in the twenty-first century. Every time someone mentions the 90s my first thought is “Ah, yes, that decade ten years ago.” But that is NOT THE CASE and it’s kind of scary… Anyways, thanks so much to Inside My Library Mind for tagging me in this Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!!

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

Must we start with the most difficult question ever??? I’ve read so many great books this year that choosing just one is really hard, so I’m going to go with two: How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky and Sartoris by William Faulkner. (Could you get two more opposite books??)

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

I actually don’t think I’ve read any sequels this year!

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

When I heard that John Green was releasing a new book this fall I literally squealed in delight, surprise, and excitement. ANOTHER JOHN GREEN BOOK, PEOPLE. From what he’s shared about the basic premise of Turtles All the Way Down it promises to be an entertaining, thought-provoking, and story about adolescence, mental illness, and life. October can’t come soon enough!!!

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

I’m honestly not very up to date with new releases for the second half of 2017, so I don’t think I have an answer to this question.

5. Biggest disappointment.

How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran. This was the first book I read (listened to, actually) in 2017 and I was so disappointed by it. I disagreed with many of her points and was frustrated by her tendency to focus on problems that were fairly tedious and insignificant compared with the more serious issues that some women have to deal with on a regular basis. The potential was there for this to be a great book, but in the end I just don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been.

6. Biggest surprise.

Sartoris by William Faulkner. Unexpectedly, this may be my favorite Faulkner novel that I’ve read thus far. I had never heard of it before taking a closer look at the Faulkner section of my local library because usually people stick with his most well-known texts (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, etc.). Sartoris is under-rated, under-appreciated, and certainly deserves to be read by a wider audience!

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

E.M. Forster. I read his novel A Room with a View earlier this year and was absolutely enthralled by it. Not only is his writing beautiful, but the novel was incredibly thought-provoking and captivating. I look forward to reading more of his writing!

8. Newest fictional crush.

Vincent from On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher. Not only is Vincent incredibly musically gifted, but he’s also sweet, thoughtful, loyal, caring… what more could you want? This entire book is adorable and romantic in general– I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for something really sweet, captivating, and heartwarming .

9. Newest favorite character.

Matilda from Matilda by Roald Dahl. I really wish I had read this book when I was younger because I think Matilda’s character would have really resonated with me. Younger Holly would have been thrilled to read about a bookworm like myself who triumphed over obstacles against all odds. Matilda is such an important character for children to read about, both as a bookish hero as well as a strong, clever, independent female character.

10. Book that made you cry.

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. Though I didn’t physically cry while reading this poetry collection, I did feel emotional and sense tears welling up in my eyes at times. Rupi Kaur’s poetry is raw, honest, and beautiful. I highly recommend this collection!

11. Book that made you happy.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. I never read this book when I was a kid (are we sensing a trend here?) but I definitely wish I had because it’s SO FUN. I couldn’t help but smile all the way through this creative, hilarious, adorable book. Roald Dahl is the best! Also, now I really want to watch the movie adaptation directed by Wes Anderson. I’ve heard really great things about it!

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

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky. I love everything about this cover design– the color, the simple design of handwriting on a solid background, and the way it’s messy but not overwhelmingly so. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve photographed this book (although looking at my bookstagram will give you a pretty good idea). This is one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year, so I would highly recommend it!!

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

SO MANY. A novel I’m hoping to read by the end of the summer is Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages but for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to it.

14. Favorite Book Community Member (Blogger, Booktuber and Bookstagrammer)

Ahhh, there are so many!!! I love each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart ❤ For the sake of this tag, I’m going to give a shoutout to:

  • Shar & Shanti @ Virtually Read. Not only do Shar and Shanti post thought-provoking, creative content on they’re blog, but they’re also both incredibly kind individuals. They leave the most thoughtful comments that always make me happy. If you haven’t checked out their blog, definitely do so!! ❤
  • Ariel Bissett. Ariel has been my favorite booktuber for YEARS. A smile immediately lights up my face every time I see that she has posted a new video because they always manage to brighten my day. I love her bubbly, enthusiastic personality and knack for creating content that’s simultaneously thought-provoking, creative, and entertaining.
  • Resh Susan (@thebooksatchel). I love her book blog, but I especially look forward to the photos she posts on bookstagram. They’re beautifully shot and always contain the most gorgeous editions of books. ❤

How was your reading in the month of #may? Time for a #wrapup. – – 5⭐️ : The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (love the lyrical prose and choice of words) 5⭐️ : Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (loved minute observations of life in Russia & character sketches) 4.5⭐️ : The Dark Circle by Linda Grant (made me feel fortunate for medical advancements. Written in a stream of consciousness style) 4⭐️ : First Love by Gwendine Riley (imperfect lives and flawed characters told in minimal words) 4⭐️ : Lord Edgware dies by Agatha Christie (kept me on toes guessing the killer) 4⭐️ : The Muse by Jessie Burton ( moderate pace, predictable but enjoyable) 3.5⭐️ : Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane (beautifully written story of a marriage between a young wife and older husband) 3.5⭐️ : Mr Tibbit's Catholic school (charming boarding school stories and nuances of headmasters) : : What was your favourite book of the month? : : #bookworm#maywrapup #thebooksatchelwrapup #coffee #booksbooksbooks #books

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I hope you’ve had a great first half of 2017 and that the second half is even better! ❤

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? How has your 2017 been so far? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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21 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2017

  1. Thank you so much for mentioning us *hugs* I love your blog too. I ADORE A Room With A View, it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. Reading this blog always encourages me to make more of an effort to read more classics. My 2017 has been pretty good, I guess? I have done a LOT of reading, and several other things which I’m proud of, not least graduating from high school.

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  2. Huh, I’ve never seen that last question for this tag before! Anyways, yeeeeees Milk and Honey was so raw and emotional and I loved it. I also want to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin (mostly cuz I was in The King and I and they featured that as a play 😂). Shar and Shanti are awesome bloggers!

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  3. You should read Howard’s End by EM Forster. It’s different from a Room With A View, but it’s also beautiful. I’d have hard time saying which I love more!
    On the Other Side is one of the books that’s sitting on my shelf waiting for me to read it. Knowing that a nice fictional crush awaits me might make me get to it faster!

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    1. Oooh thanks for the Forster recommendation! I have to read Where Angles Fear to Tread for my upcoming term and I think the edition I got also has Howard’s End in it…. I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

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  4. The majority of posts I’ve seen in this tag have listed John Green’s new book as their most anticipated release, and I don’t blame them! It was listed as mine as well! Matilda is such an amazingly written character, I remember loving the book as a child and still loving it now, she is such an inspiring character and I think every bookworm wanted to be her! Great post ☺️

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    1. Thanks!! 🙂 I’m the worst at staying up to date with new releases, so John Green’s book is really the only new release I’m super excited about right now. October can’t come fast enough!!

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  5. I actually really like that your favorite new author is actually an old author. I feel like so many of us go with a more modern author, so that’s awesome. Also can I say that I was sold on your choice for most beautiful book purely because it also has the name Lin-Manuel Miranda on it? It seems like a book I need to look into.

    Anyway, great answers, and I hope you continue to have a nice year of reading.

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      1. lol…okay, I’m sold. Adding it to my TBR and my list of books to pick up during my birthday book buying spree in a couple weeks.

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  6. My 2017 has been great so far! Tbh I haven’t read a lot of the books you’ve mentioned in your post haha. I’ve heard of John Green’s book too and it sounds pretty cool! I feel like I have waayy too many books on my tbr list and I never know what to read next lol.

    Rachana @ Spun

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  7. Thanks for the shout-out ❤ ❤ You're so cool. Also, what kind of childhood did you have? If it didn't have Matilda or Mr. Fox, it must have been terrible (XD). I love Matilda, and I related to her so much when I was younger. And I seem to remember my mother reading us Fantastic Mr. Fox? I could be wrong. Also, I had to read Passage to India in my 11th grade english class. Everyone else hated it, but I really liked it and intend to read more E.M Forster in the future 🙂

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    1. hahaha I had a rather Roald Dahl-less childhood, I guess! Though I LOVED the BFG when I was younger, so maybe that kind of makes up for it 🙂 Also, I really need to read Passage to India!

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