Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

  1. Best book I’ve read so far 
    This was a really tough choice but the top spot currently goes to Gemina. Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman are truly talented, their stories are always the perfect balance of action, suspense, humor, and romance. I didn’t think it could be as good as Illuminae and it was better. Rounding out my top 5 are Windwitch, The Valiant, Furiously Happy and When Dimple Met Rishi. Hey! That’s one from every genre!
  2. Best sequel I’ve read so far
    Definitely Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  3. New release you haven’t read yet but want to
    There are so many but Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is at the top of the list
  4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
    Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova and Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
  5. Biggest Disappointment
    Would have to be The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. The cover is beautiful and I was so sure I would love the story, it even started out great but the rest was a total flop for me. 
  6. Biggest Surprise
    Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. I listened to the audiobook on a whim and I’m so, so thankful I did. I laughed, I cried and this story resonated so deeply with me as someone who struggles with mental health. Jenny Lawson is such an incredible author and inspiring individual. 
  7. Favorite new (to me) author
    Is a tie between Lesley Livingston who wrote The Valiant and Menon Sandhya, author of When Dimple Met Rishi
  8. Newest Fictional Crush
    OMG, now I know what has been missing, I haven’t found a new book boyfriend all year! I do however have a major girl crush on Hanna from Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
  9. Newest Favourite Character
    I really related to Reggie Mason, from Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor, and her struggle with mental health. She was kind of a complete mess and really thorny on the outside but loving on the inside just like me! 
  10. Book That Made Me Cry
    Come Away With Me by Karma Brown. I’m pretty sure I teared up while reading a few others this year but this one really pulled my heart strings because I’m a mom. 
  11. Book That Made Me Happy
    When Dimple Met Rishi by Menon Sandhya. Hands down the most smile-inducing book I’ve read this year. 
  12. Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought This Year
    Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  13. What Book(s) Do I Need To Read By The End Of The Year
    If I had to pick just one I’d say The Novice by Taran Matharu, because I think it’s going to become an instant favorite of mine and I still haven’t picked it up and I have no good reason why.However, these are the other books I really hope to get to by the end of 2017. Morning Star by Pierce Brown, Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken, A Torch In The Night by Sabaa Tahir, Winners Crime by Marie Rutkoski, ACOWAR by Sarah J Maas, Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab, The Crowns Fate by Evelyn Skye, Now I Rise by Kiersten White, Fire Falling by Elise Kova, Like A River Glorious by Rae Carson, Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson. Wish me luck!

I would like to tag Alice of Alices Book Vault and Adriana of Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary TBR

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week there is a new bookish topic. For more details, and how to participate, click the link above.

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Those of you who know me, know that I don’t normally read much contemporary. (Fantasy is my comfort zone) This year, however, I’ve been reading a lot more contemporary, AND I’ve been enjoying it. *Queue gasps* So this week I decided to share with you the contemporaries that caught the eye of a fantasy lover. These range from middle grade to adult fiction.

These three I’ve read but REALLY enjoyed and they’re recent releases that I highly recommend.

HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THESE? ANY CONTEMPORARIES YOU THINK ID ENJOY THAT ARE MISSING FROM THIS LIST?

April & May Reading Highlights

My April & May Reading Stats

I haven’t done a wrap up in 3 months! I’m going to try to catch you up on everything I’ve been reading without overwhelming you. What I read in March won’t be listed here because it was a part of the readathon I hosted, and you can read all about that here #ATSOReadathon Wrapup.

In April & May: I read 7 books and listened to 6 audiobooks 
That was an average of 310 pages per book and 35 pages per day

*Click a highlighted title to read my full review*

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco ★★
Started off strong by then slowed way down. Gave me Memoirs of a Geisha vibes in a bad way.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander ★★★.5
A really fun read, my favorite beast is the Occamy 

The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie ★★★.5
One of my most anticipated sequels. I loved being back with these characters but the conclusion fell a bit flat for me.

Come Away With Me by Karma Brown (Audio)  ★★★★
I really enjoyed this and I did not see that twist coming.

Angelfall by Susan Ee (Audio) ★★★
I almost DNF’d this so many times. By the end, I was glad that I finished it but I’m not sure if I will continue the series.

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor ★★★★
I really connected with these characters and their story. 

The Seafarers Kiss by Julia Ember ★★★.5
An incredible twist on the Disney version we all know. 

Ahsoka by E K Johnston (Audio) ★★★
Borrowed this on a whim and it was a really fun to listen to, sometimes I feel like I miss things by listening but the sound effects made the story come alive!

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman ★★★★
Excellent contemporary, add it to your summer TBR

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (Audio) ★★★
A clever ending, but looking back at the series as a whole I’m feeling pretty meh about it.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Audio) ★★
Needed an audio book for the drive and I saw this, it had caught my eye before so I thought I’d give it a chance. Never before have I read a book that I loved SO much in the first few chapters and hated so much by the last few. Probably won’t continue the series.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon ★★★★★
This book deserves all the stars! One of the best books of 2017, read my spoiler free review for more info.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch (Audio) ★★★
I DO NOT recommend you listen to this on audio, the narrator was SO annoying. Even taking that into consideration this was a so-so experience for me. Might read the sequel but I will definitely be reading a physical copy. 

Off The Page

It’s funny, everytime a month ends I wonder where it went and yet when I try to think back to March 1st it seems so long ago. Most of you probably know I hosted a semi-successful readthon in March. I went into it without doing nearly enough planning but some people still expressed interest in participating again in the future so perhaps it wasn’t a total fail on my part. April was the first month I began using my bullet journal, which I am still using and loving! Are any of you bullet journalers? It was also my birthday in April and just generally a crazy busy month for me. May flew by too. I spent two weeks of it on vacation in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. I ate sushi, went to museums, butterfly garden, sat on the beach and met up with so many people. I saw so many friends I hadn’t seen in awhile and even met a blogger friend in person for the first time! (Over more sushi) When I got back home I received the most amazing package from some friends I met at Yallwest last year. They went this year and snagged some epic goodies for me, honestly, this community has brought the most amazing people into my life. I am forever thankful. In other news I will be going back to school in the fall for Business Administration, it should be interesting to see how that eats up my reading and blogging time.

Books Discovered

Books Hauled: 

By Your Side by Kasie West
Bought on a whim from Chapters while I was on vacation. 

Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Slowly collecting physical copies of this series I loved so much.

Frogkisser by Garth Nix
Signed and given to me by my amazing friend Kelly!

Added to Goodreads:

Impyrium by Henry Neff
It was recommended for fans of Harry Potter

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
It’s high time I read a book by this author and I have heard a lot of great things about it already. 

Coming Next & Up For Review

In June I have two books for review:

Non Spoiler Review of When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Genre: Contemporary
Source: ARC from Simon & Schuster
Link to the authorhttp://www.sandhyamenon.com/

Click Here For A Full Synopsis Or To Purchase

RATING: 4.5 Stars

BUZZ WORDS:

Laugh-Out-Loud, Comedy, Arranged Marriage, Hopeless Romantic, Web Development

THOUGHTS:

Have you ever gone to review a book that you loved and you just couldn’t get your thought down coherently? That’s me right now, and it happens a lot with books I really enjoy. My theory is that I get so sucked into the story that I stop thinking about it and critiquing it and just get lost in soaking it all up. So, know that this book was ah-may-zing but this review is not going to do it justice by any means.

Before I get into the book itself lets just all sit back and appreciate that cover! Not going to lie, it was the cover that first caught my interest and then the synopsis that made me think “yes, I have to read this”.

When Dimple Met Rishi was the perfect mix of nerdiness, romance, and laughter-inducing banter. I could not put it down, I had to a few times because of life *sigh* but I easily could have read this in a day. And I can’t believe this is Menon’s first novel,  it was that well crafted that it did not read like a debut. The pace, the flow, the character development; everything was on point. This is definitely a character driven story and I noticed that there was a lot of depth. I didn’t just learn that Dimple was, for example,  afraid of ____ because of ____. I got to experience her thoughts and feelings, both emotional and physical, and I could understand her all the better for it. Memon not only gave us incredibly realistic and beautifully flawed characters but she gives us diversity as well! And a kick ass, strong, independent female lead. (How does she do it?!) I don’t even know where to start with Dimple because I just loved her so much. She was adorably nerdy, she knew exactly what she wanted and had the drive to achieve it. Her humble confidence was so refreshing, I’ve never read a character like her before and I really want to be best friends now. Then you add Rishi into the mix and I think I have my new favorite ship ever. I have never wanted two characters to end up together more than those two. They were perfectly alike and different from one another, pushing each other out of their comfort zones while finding comfort in one another as well. #relationshipgoals.  The whole arranged marriage fiasco was so funny, actually, a lot of the writing had me laughing because the characters were so honest and witty. And while they weren’t necessarily hate-to-love they were close enough and I LIVE for that trope. Lastly, I really liked that the main characters struggled with things that they had identified as their strengths. Rather than growing by overcoming a ‘weakness’, they reflected on the way they see the world because of their strengths. I found that to be different from most contemporary plots and I liked it.

I cannot recommend this book enough and I can’t wait to read more from Sandhya Menon.

Thank you, Simon and Schuster Canada for this review opportunity.

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