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“Totally Should’ve…” Book Tag

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The lovely Madeline @ Short & Snappy tagged me ages ago for the “Totally Should’ve…” book tag! Yay! Thanks ever so muchly, Madeline! It looks like fun. ^_^ (And be sure to check out Madeline’s blog as well, because it’s a delight! <3)

So I will now answer the question with books that totally should’ve . . .

Gotten a sequel:

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon. You knew this one was coming. πŸ˜‰

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Had a spin-off series:

How about the Heist Society series? I want a spin-off all about Hale! πŸ™‚

(An author who totally should) Write more books:

Gillian Bronte Adams! I’ve loved what I’ve read so far and want more. ^_^

(A character who totally should’ve) Ended up with someone else:

Is it weird I can’t think of anyone for this one?

Ended differently:

Let me count the ways . . . Ahem. I could probably be here all day but off the top of my head from books I read this year, I’ll say The Thief Lord and The Last Dragonslayer.

Had a movie:

I’m going to be lame and say Illusionarium again. XD Seriously though…

Had a movie franchise:

The Star Wars Heir to the Empire trilogy by Timothy Zahn… >.>

Had a TV show:

The Rising Shadows trilogy by Ashley Townsend (Rising Shadows, Chasing Shadows, Defying Shadows). Maybe a mini-series? But Defying Shadows especially would be FANTASTIC on-screen. πŸ˜€ And since they’re a series and kind of long and somewhat episodic (plus I wouldn’t want ANYTHING to be cut out so it would have to be long) a TV show would be fabulous. >:D It would be gorgeous and epic and sweet and medieval and modern and time-travel-y and just yes. Somebody make this happen.

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Had only one point of view:

I can’t think of one for this either! I love multiple POVs. It gives the book more scope.

Have a cover change:

How about several Diana Wynne Jones books…? There are a few very nice covers for her books, but it does seem like she got more than her fair share of bizarre, kind of icky covers… o.o

Kept the original covers:

I think I liked the original cover of The Seahorse Legacy better than the remade one… I like them both but the original was just kinda perfect to me. ^_^

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(original left; new version right)

Stopped at book one:

Not at book one, but I would have been happier, I think, if The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede had been just the first two books (Dealing with Dragons and Searching for Dragons). I enjoyed the other two but they weren’t the same. (Of course, I hear that the first three were written as prequels because the fourth one was published first, so I guess this wouldn’t have worked out! XD)

I’m tagging anyone reading this who wants to do it. πŸ™‚ What do you think? Any books that “totally should’ve…” something?

Thanks for reading!

Dream away in those Pages . . .

~ The Page Dreamer

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. πŸ˜‰

I’ve read 47 books this year! Yay! πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

(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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜€

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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. πŸ˜€ (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. πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚