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End-of-Year Book Freakout Tag 2018! (fave characters and other bookish madness)

I’m stealing this from the ever-fabulous Sarah @ Dreams and Dragons, and I’m tweaking some of the questions from “in the second half of the year” to just the year in general, given that I didn’t do one of these for the first half. XD

(Also, I was going to link to the books, but given how many of them I reference in this post, that sounds exhausting. So I will point you in the direction of this list of things I read in 2018, where you can find most of the books. And if I do links to books in the post, it will be to reviews I wrote. :))

1. Best book you’ve read in 2018

I will be doing a top 15 reads of 2018 post soon! (Once I put together my reading lists and make difficult life decisions like what I loved most. Being a bookworm is haaard.)

But off the top of my head I’m going to say . . . Echo North (which I JUST finished!) and The Electrical Menagerie and Lady Moon. ALL SO GOOD. ❤ ❤ ❤ There will be others in my upcoming post!

2. Best sequel you’ve read in 2018

Minstrel’s Call, Sage, and Song of Leira. I HAVE SO MANY FEELS. I LOVE THEM ALL. They were all actually CONCLUSIONS to series and absoluly blew me away and just… my heart! ❤

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

So many! But I think I’ll go with the first Green Princess book which I STILL haven’t read. And Rothana (because Halayda was amazing) and I’m sooo excited to get my copy in the mail sometime. 😀 *curls up on mailbox in the form of a small dragon and waits*

4. Most anticipated release for next year

I have a few, but Flight of the Raven is up there on the list!

Also The Mountain Baron because I beta-read it and it’s awesome!

5. Biggest disappointment

Maybe Fawkes? It just wasn’t my favorite and now I feel bad and have no idea how to review it but it’s a review book and this is all really awkward… (Or should I say fawkward?)

6. Biggest surprise

Hmm. I don’t know if there were any huge surprises? I guess I’ll just go with how surprised I was at how much I adored the first Ranger’s Apprentice, which I talked all about here.

7. Favorite new-to-you author

So many, but I’ll pick three: W.R. Gingell, Mollie E. Reeder, and Joanna Ruth Meyer! I’m going to read all of their things. ❤ (People, go add Masque, The Electrical Menagerie, and Echo North to your TBR right now.)

8. Newest fictional crush/ship

Let’s go with ships, shall we? *cough*

SO MANY. In no particular order:

  • Malcolm and Melody (The Return of Beaumont and Beasley)
  • SPOILERS from Sage
  • Kate and Patrick from the Kate’s Case Files books (I read Kate’s Dilemma and Kate’s Conundrum this year)
  • Gan and Chouko (Blood in the Snow)
  • Tomas and Celine (Lady Moon)
  • Damien and Selena (Mark of the Raven)
  • Isabella and Lord Pecus (Masque)
  • Hal and Echo (Echo North)

9. Newest favorite character(s)

DO YOU WANT TO BE HERE ALL DAY? *cough* For a start:

  • Jayden and Dana (various short stories by Arthur Daigle! I NEED these to be a novel so I can share about them to EVERYONE. BECAUSE THEY’RE MY FAVORITE THING.)
  • Halt (Ranger’s Apprentice)
  • Tomas (Lady Moon)
  • The Horse Lords (Masque)
  • Todd Crane (Horseman)
  • Carthage and Huxley and Dominic (The Electrical Menagerie)
  • Damien (Mark of the Raven)
  • Chayse (Falling Snow)
  • and last but far from least, Hal (Echo North)

And characters who aren’t exactly NEW, since I’ve met them before, but I want to include anyway:

I HAVE A LOT OF FAVORITE CHARACTERS, OKAY. ❤

10. A book that made you cry

Song of Leira! You KNOW what part it was if you’ve read it. My feeeeels.

11. A book that made you happy

Oh, so many! But since I’ve already mentioned some in my “favorites” I’ll avoid repeating myself, and I’ll say Common. It just . . . made me happy. ^_^

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you’ve seen this year

I suddenly can’t remember the movies I watched this year. XD I did just see Mortal Engines at the theater and thought it was LOADS OF FUN (go see it) but I haven’t read the book . . . *shame*

I was just watching some episodes of The Return of Sherlock Holmes featuring Jeremy Brett, who I hadn’t watched before, and a couple of those were good adaptions.

We’ll go with those two because they were this month and who even remembers the rest of the year? 😛 (Hint: Not me.)

13. Favorite post(s) you’ve done this year

These are just a few, for this blog… I haven’t checked my other blog for favorites yet. XD

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

Oh, man. I feel like there have been so many gorgeous ones! For now I think I’ll go with two I got for Christmas: Blood in the Snow and The Fall of Gondolin (with epic illustrations!!).

15. Any other books you want to babble about for any other reason?

Ohhh, yes. *rubs hands gleefully together* How about a random collection of books that I enjoyed for various reasons (some of which are different than my usual genres so might not make it to my top-books post but we’ll see). And some re-reads and beta-reads.

  • Scoundrels was a super-fun sci-fi heist featuring Han Solo (set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back), and it’s by Timothy Zahn so I knew I’d like it, but it was just totally awesome! (They should have made it a movie instead of Solo. XD)
  • Dear Mr. Knightley is a contemporary and I had no idea I’d like it as much as I did because it’s totally not my thing, but I loved it.
  • Trial by Song was a modern scary-fairy Jack and the Beanstalk retelling with a smidge of Snow White set in winter and was SO INTENSE. O_O
  • Healers and Warriors was an awesome continuation of a modern fantasy series that makes me happy, and I loved the twists and characters and… I gotta say, the villain was so creepy and well-written!
  • The False Prince and The Stealthmaster’s Shadow had really snarky main characters who told the stories, which gave me life!
  • Lightporter and RotoVegas are both really fun YA superhero novels, and just… can we talk about how it’s cool that this is a thing?

I also re-read all the Beaumont and Beasley books that came out last year (because I’m now the Editor of the Afterverse), which was LOADS of fun. (The Return of Beaumont and Beasle and Horseman came out this year, so those were new reads.)

I re-read the Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynne Jones, which was a highlight because I’ve been meaning to do that for ages, and The Crown of Dalemark is still one of my top fave DWJ books.

I beta-read three INCREDIBLE books which have yet to be published:

  • The Road to Bremen by Kelsey Bryant (releasing in January! I can’t wait to see the cover and illustrations!)
  • The Brightest Thread by Tracey Dyck (which I hope will be published someday sooon because it was a stellar Sleeping Beauty novel featuring dreams and Prince Hadrian who is My Fave)
  • The Mountain Baron by C. M. Banschbach (releasing summer 2019 and featuring Rhys, my smol floof of anger management issues, and lots of clannishness and outlaws and feels).

I just had to give a shout-out about these!

Okay! I will stop babbling before I end up talking about every book I read this year. XD

What’s your favorite book you read in 2018? Did you have a good reading year? (Mine was fabulous!) And do you have any bookish resolutions for 2019?

Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned for more bookish posts in the new year. 🙂

Happy New Year, my pagelings!

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag {2016}

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I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag because — gasp! — we seem to be halfway through the year? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE??? (See me freaking out here? Ahem.)

Anyways, this is a tag which went around a bit LAST year around the mid-way mark and which Cait @ Paper Fury did one time and left open for people to grab — so I’m stealing it and using it! A year later. But still. 😉

I’ve read 47 books this year! Yay! 🙂 Which means there’s only a baker’s dozen of Dwarves of a number of books left for me to hit my “goal” of 60. Obviously I hope to read more, but that’s my minimum goal. 🙂

See the books I’ve read here if you’re curious, with handy links to books and all that. ^_^ (I loveth Goodreads and their reading challenge usefulness.)

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Now on to the questions . . .

1. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016.

*squirms* HOW CAN YOU ASK ME THIS. Ahem. Mmm… probably Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, and Fire and Hemlock and Deep Secret (both by Diana Wynne Jones).

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2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2016.

Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend. Yessssss. It’s a really fabulous sequel. 😀

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. Cuz Russian fantasy sounds yum.

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

I can’t pick just one. THESE THOUGH! Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, King’s Blood by Jill Williamson.

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.

Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee because… ARGH I AM SAD. D: It was good overall, but I really really really liked a character who turned out… not likeable. And that left me kinda crushed.

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE.

Hmm. Maybe The Castle Corona by Sharon Creech, or The Map: A Jackaby Story by William Ritter. Both of which I expected to be fun, but I did not expect to really love. Or possibly Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend…

7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR.

I’m going to take this as “new to me” author, since as far as I know, not a single author I’ve read this year has debuted this year… Ahem.

Aaaand… I’m going to go with Hazel B. West and Terry Pratchett!

Specifically because I read Blood Ties by the former (a review book; my review), and Guards! Guards! (for March Magics) by the latter, both of which were amazing, and I want to read more by them! 🙂

(BUT ALSO CAIT @ Paper Fury. Because I read a whole (unpublished) book by her this year finally (and hadn’t before) and WHAT she needs to be published ASAP.)

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH/SHIP.

Hmm… I’m not the best “shipper”… but I will say that Hal & Ginny from Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, and Will and Sarah from the Rising Shadows trilogy by Ashley Townsend, are both SO adorbz. ❤

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(I found this on pinterest and it reminded me of Will and Sarah, even though it’s not official or anything. :P)

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(And there’s Ginny and Hal themselves! ^_^ …He’s a shapeshifting cat. 😉 HOW COOL IS THAT.)

Aaand I wouldn’t say “crush”, exactly… But a few characters I’ve read this year who I think are really awesome would include Jackaby from the Jackaby books by William Ritter, Tom Lynn from Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, and Halcyon and Azrael from Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal. Cuz they’re the best, obviously. 😉 There are MANY awesome characters though so I will stop now and not be here all day. XD

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(Jackaby from the cover of Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter. HIS SCARF THOUGH. <3)

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(This reminds me of Tom Lynn and his cello. ^_^ Pinterest)

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(I can’t find a satisfactory picture of Halcyon’s face since I have a particular image in my mind which doesn’t exactly match the author’s new images on pinterest. XD But this is totally Hal from behind at least, so. Pic from pinterest.)

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(AZRAEL. THAT IS ALL. Pinterest)

9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER.

Newest as in recentest? Ummm… probably Snufkin from the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. Snufkin is fabulous. 😀

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10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY.

I don’t actually cry at books all that often… Buuuut… The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson. Happy tears. ^_^ Also, pretty much, Defying Shadows by Ashley Townsend.

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY.

Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal. SO MUCH HAPPY. ❤

12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTION YOU SAW THIS YEAR.

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Goodness, have I SEEN any? o.o I… don’t always keep track of movies I see, either. But I’m going to go with the Jeeves & Wooster TV show because it’s fun, and Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, because while it may have been very different, it was at least chock-full of references and nods to the book and I just really really liked it. 😀 (And before you complain “Those aren’t films, they’re TV!” — well, even though Sherlock is a TV show too, this one totally counts as a “film” because I saw it in theaters. So there.) …These also both happen to be some of my favorite “buddy-film” buddies. Can’t beat Holmes and Watson and Bertie and Jeeves. ^_^

13. FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE SO FAR THIS YEAR.

Here are a few from around here that I’m moderately fond of…

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR.

The Thaw books by E. Kaiser Writes, Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal, A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson, and Songkeeper by Gillian Bronte Adams. They are my PRECIOUSSSS. *strokes covers*

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15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

OH, SO MANY. But a few include:

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, The Healer’s Apprentice, The Merchant’s Daughter, and The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson, King’s Warrior and Second Son by Jenelle Schmidt (and perhaps the final book??? If it’s moving toward publication this year or next??? Speaking of which, if An Earthly King by Hazel B. West, sequel to Blood Ties, comes out later this year, I need to read that one too!), the Thaw and Five Gems books by E. Kaiser Writes, Twinepathy by C.B. Cook, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and finish the Bright Empire Series by Stephen R. Lawhead.

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That’s only the tip of the iceberg… So much reading I want to do! *flails excitedly* (No delusions I’ll actually get to everything I want to read, but still. ;))

AAAAND I TAG:

(I’m bad at tagging people and tend to tag the same people over and over, for which I apologize… Obviously no pressure to do it if I tag you and you don’t feel like doing it. 😉 And if you’d like to be tagged with bookish tags around here in the future, tell me in the comments! In the meantime, I tag…)

Shantelle // Sarah Taleweaver // Jenelle // Madeline // Lauri // Abi // Mary Horton // Savannah // Victoria Nightsky // YOU if you want to!

Or answer some of the questions in the comments! 🙂

How about you, fellow page-dreamers? Are you freaking out at the year being half over (!!!)? Have you read a lot of good books this year? What are your summer reading plans? What’s the best book YOU’VE read this year? Tell me all! 🙂