Books I’ve loved this year and other things I liked! // Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2.0 – 2017 Edition

Thought of the day: We’re halfway through the year, HOW???

I can’t be the only one who thinks someone fast-forwarded through this year? If someone did can I ask them to fast forward to future book release days thanks.

Sooooo we’re now at the end of June, halfway through the year, and I thought it would be fitting to do the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag! I did one for last year I think? I wasn’t tagged by anyone this time but psh, rebel here.

Oh and I’m also going to be linking up with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt for “Best Books You’ve Read in 2017 So Far”!

LET’S DO THIS.

Best book(s) I’ve read so far in 2017

*Brb, gotta go check my Goodreads reading challenge tracker.*

BACK! I’ve read 35 books so far this year which is decent considering my months of slumps and work! I’m hoping to get more reading done over July and August though. Here are some of my favourites (that you MUST READ IMMEDIATELY obviously):

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (4.5 stars): This was my first read of 2017! And it did not disappoint at all, it was such a hard read at times but it was so worth it. Trigger warning for rape though!

Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown (5 stars): Ahhh SO GOOD. This was like a sci-fi/fantasy and half dystopian all in once? Usually something like that becomes a mess of an identity crisis but it was actually so amazing and I loved it so much. ❤

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (5 stars): The finale to the Winner’s Curse series was SO GREAT! I’m so happy with how it ended, it was action-y and although I think the second book was my favourite, this is a really great end. ❤

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (5 stars): Adam Silvera is one of my favourite authors ever!! And this book, was nothing less than what I’d expected. It’s emotional, it’s messy as hell (seriously these characters are FLAWED to the max haha) but that’s a form of life, isn’t it?

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (5 stars): CAN WE JUST. SQUEAL. OVER. THIS. MASTERPIECE. Absolute perfection and everything I wanted and moreeeeee. ❤ My precioussss children omg.

A List of Cages by Robin Roe (5 stars): Ahhh I almost forgot how much I loved this book!! (I have horrible memory remember) But it is amazing, SO HEARTBREAKING and emotional but so utterly perfect. It does heavily feature child abuse, but there’s also a focus on friendship and has a sort of brotherly relationship between Adam and Julian and AGH. Read it. Just read it. I have no other words.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (5 stars): This is marketed as a retelling of Mulan, which is what initially drew me to the book apart from the author, and although it’s not really a retelling, just inspired and similar in the girl-disguises-as-boy element, it was still such an incredible read! I loved Mariko, the action, reading about the Black Clan, I can’t wait for the sequel!! (A YEAR GOSH.)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (5 stars): Readitreaditreaditreaditreadit!!! You MUST have heard of this one, it’s been everywhere and my praises are endless! SUCH a phenomenal read and so heartbreaking but also so full of hope and an amazing representation of the Black Lives Matter movement occuring today. Starr, her family, everyone is just so dear to my heart.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (5 stars): Becky Albertalli is one of the best authors ever??! #fact I ADORED Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I read it last year, and this book was no exception! I will say I liked Simon a bit more, but The Upside was still such a lovely and adorable read!! I could relate to Molly so much and I LOVED the diversity. ❤

Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (4.5 stars): Eeeee such an incredibly heartbreaking but honest portrayal of mental illness and trauma! I felt SO BAD for the main character (Cassie was her name I think? Hi, I’m a goldfish.) and aghhhh. So much emotion and I thought it would be a cute read? I mean just look at the cover. BUT NO.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (5 stars): SO SO CUTE I love Peter and Lara Jean so much omg *cries* This finale was unexpected but so so perfect. Also more baking!! And it gave me an excuse to reread the first two which were PERFECTION (though I prefer the first book the best I think).

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas (4.5 stars): I finally read it!! (Do I get a prize? No? How disappointing.) It was such an amazing finale as well, the first part of it kind of dragged for some reason but the ending was sooooo full of action I loved it!! All my precious children so fabulous! I also got the chance to reread ACOMAF which I think is my favourite of the series, but either way. ❤

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (5 stars, reread): Okay, fine this is a reread but I’m making an exception! It was utter perfection and I remembered how much I loved August, poor soul. I need to read Our Dark Duet though??! I read this like a week ago, I should be onto ODD by now, but no?? Idek why, I have the book! So…

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (4/4.5 stars): Ahhhh I am now convinced fangirl/geeky books are the best things ever and I am utterly in love!! This is a geeky retelling of Cinderella (in case you couldn’t tell lol) and it features the most amazing characters (though the side characters are kind of complete caricatures, but aside from that) and it’s basically a fangirl/fanboy appreciate book?? So YAS.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (4/4.5 stars): I finally read it! And I am now a complete Morgan Matson fan. ❤ I did love The Unexpected Everything, but I forgot how much fun it was. This one was so sweet and so much fun as well and someone just give me all her books? I need to read them all now.

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (5 stars): Read this!!! SO important, oh my gosh. Ft. Bisexual main character (who’s comfortable with her sexuality!!) and a biracial female love interest, but more than that, an utterly heartbreaking (and unhealthy) mother-daughter relationship. GAH. I HAD TOO MANY FEELINGS.

OH and a couple others that I didn’t get to add to the gallery include If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (ft. transgender rep <3) and Tiny Pretty Things by Sana Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton (such a vicious but diverse and intriguing read) AND also my Six of Crows reread!! To anyone who hasn’t read Six of Crows: READ IT!!! It garnered a reread from me even though I don’t do rereads for finished series? That’s how fabulous it is. ❤

Best sequel of 2017 so far?

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (5 stars, reread): SO MUCH LOVE. ALL AROUND FABULOUS omgggggg V.E. Schwab is literally one of my favourite authors ever and I love this series so muchhhh. Kell and Lila and Rhy and Alucard and even Holland are all sooooo precious and this book was so good!! ❤ ❤

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (5 stars, reread): I reread this one in prep for ACOWAR and AGH. THE FEELS!! It was just as how I remembered it. I loved seeing Feyre’s character grow and her relationship + banter with Rhys was A+!! Also the Inner Circle is actually the bestttt *cries* ❤

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

UM was this supposed to be only one book?? HAHAHAHA.

Our Dark Duet: I. Must. Read. This. I even reread This Savage Song to prep??? LIKE.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and VirtueThis just released today!! SO EXCITED oh my gosh.

Queens of GeekGEEK is in the title and also there’s bi rep + autism rep + POC main characters? GIMME.

When Dimple Met RishiI JUST KNOW I WILL LOVE THIS ONE GUYS. *cries* I neeeeeeeeed it.

Saints and MisfitsThis one sounds so good! I haven’t read a book with a Muslim MC.. ever? SO YES.

Lord of ShadowsI’M SCARED GUYS. This book will destroy me? Or perhaps the wait for the next book will? (2 YEARS WHAT)

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Pff I remember why I struggled with tags so much. Why am I so extra guys somebody stop me??? IT ASKS FOR ONE. Oh well.

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic (Aug. 15): Magic! Possibly forbidden love! Sisters! Other stuff!

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (Aug. 29): Wonder. Woman. Leigh. Bardugo. Must I say more?? I am currently rereading the Six of Crows series even though I hardly ever do rereads unless the series is unfinished. SO YES I KIND OF ADORE HER??

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (Sept. 5): Genderfluid MC in a fantasy novel? Sign me up!

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera (Sept. 5): It’s Adam Silveraaaaa!! And another heartbreaking title and synopsis, of course I have to read it.

Warcross by Marie Lu (Sept. 12): Okay, I’ll hold back on the cover because it’s Marie Lu!! I loved her past books (still need to finish The Young Elites series whoops) and this sounds so good!!!

Invictus by Ryan Graudin (Sept. 26): Adored both the Wolf by Wolf duology and The Walled City! I have high hopes for this one AGH. ❤

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Sept. 26): Another Leigh Bardugo book YAY!! It’s like a collection of short stories I think? And they’re set in the Grishaverse SO YESSSS.

Wild Beauty by Anne-Marie McLemore (Oct. 3): Oooooh pretty cover and also DIVERSE, featuring POC main characters as well as bi rep and I heard it has an amazing bookish family?!! I NEEEED. ❤

27 Hours by Tristina Wright (Oct. 3): SO. MUCH. DIVERSITY.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater (Oct 10): Maggie! Stiefvater! DONE.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao (Oct 10): I looooooove the idea of this!! An East Asian retelling of the Evil Queen? GIRL PLEASE.

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis (Oct 10): I loved Mindy McGinnis’ The Female of the Species, so I was so excited to see she has another book coming this year!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer (Nov. 7): I will read anything Marissa Meyer writes! ANYTHING.

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin (Nov. 7): This is actually a spin off series on the Mara Dyer trilogy! I read those books a while ago but I loved them and I can’t wait to read this one!

Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza (Nov. 7): Anxiety + ADHD rep + fangirls?? I’ve read only a few reviews but they sound AMAZING and now I really want this book agh.

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle (Dec. 26): Do I have any idea what this is about? Nope. Did I need a fourth book for my gallery yes yes indeed. It does sound good though! 🙂

Biggest disappointment.

UGH I hate that this was a disappointment!! Because I was looking forward to The Love Interest SO MUCH and it sounded so gooddddd. Agh. And although it was entertaining enough to read (I read it in like, a day) and the romance was cute, I feel like the characters could’ve been… more interesting, perhaps? Caden, especially, as the MC. Maybe if we had Dylan’s POV as well? I don’t know, the execution was just lacking something for me. 😦

Biggest surprise.

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton:  I did not expect how vicious it would be?? But also how heartbreaking? But like the characters are SO MEAN. Omg. But they have stellar backstory and they’re fleshed out? But still horrible? AGH. I need to read the sequel sometime…

Favorite new author (debut or new to you).

GUYS The Hate U Give is SO GOOD!! It’s Angie Thomas’s debut novel and aghhh it’s so fabulous and I can’t wait to read more of her books, she has become an auto-buy for me for sure!! If you haven’t read it: READ. IT.

Newest fictional crush.

Oooh I don’t know… I’ll go with either Darien from Geekerella or Frank from Since You’ve Been Gone!! Recent-ish books I adored and both are just so sweet. ❤ OH and Peter from the Lara Jean trilogy too oh my gosh.

Newest favorite character.

AHHHH SO MANY but I’ll go with Molly from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli! I saw so much of my younger self in her and I loved her so much. ❤

Book that made you cry.

I didn’t actually cry reading Whisper to Me!! But I did not expect the amount of emotions I would have with this??? It was so good though and  it was SO EMOTIONAL at times gosh. So I remember I wanted to cry, which counts right? OH and A List of Cages too, gosh I think I actually did cry at one point for that one. My heart just hurts thinking about ittttt somebody comfort me. *cries* And most recently, How to Make a Wish for sure!! I did not expect the onslaught of emotions for that one either, Grace’s relationship with her mother broke me omg. I teared up at a couple of points?? And I hardly ever??? SO. (readitreaditreadit)

Book that made you happy.

OOOH that’s a comfort!! So many, Geekerella and Since You’ve Been Gone are two that come to mind (SO SO ADORABLE) but I’ll go with the Lara Jean trilogy because I already used the other two earlier and also because I need to shout some appreciation for this series??! I reread the first two and read the third this month and AGH so cute and I smiled and laughed so much reading it!! ❤

The covers just SCREAM HAPPY. ❤ (Even though she’s not smiling in any of them what’s up with that?? Talk less, SMILE MORE.)

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Er… Does Beauty and the Beast count?? Because that one was AMAZING and hands down my favourite movie I watched this year, let alone book-to-film adaptations! It was.. inspired by a book?? Kind of? I mean the original Disney one was? Kind of? Shush, it counts.

Favourite* review you’ve written this year.

Okay, I wrote SO LITTLE reviews this year agh. *hides* But I did like the ones I did write? I think I’ll go with my review for The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz, simply because I tried out a new format and I really liked it ahah. I also loved writing my review for The Hate U Give!

*Can I switch this auto-correct dictionary thing to Canadian?? Please??! It’s constantly underlining my u in ‘favorite’ how rude

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

There are SO many more, but I went with the first few I thought of reading most recently haha. 😛

I’m not going to be tagging anyone, but here’s the list of questions without my answers if you want to do this tag!! (It was a pain to copy and paste these from my last post ugh so I’m saving anyone the effort haha.)

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

2. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

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

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

5. Biggest disappointment?

6. Biggest surprise?

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?

8. Newest Fictional crush?

9. Newest favorite character?

10. Book that made you cry?

11. Book that made you happy?

12. Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year?

13. Favorite review you’ve written this year?

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

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

What are your favourite books so far this year??! Which of the above books have you read? Come fangirl with meeee! OOh and tell me: What was the last book that made you cry and the last book that made you laugh? ❤ Let us compare books! 😉 Let me know your thoughts and feel free to do this tag as well, if you do, link it back to me so I can come check it out!

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28 thoughts on “Books I’ve loved this year and other things I liked! // Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2.0 – 2017 Edition

  1. Oh goodness! so many great books! too many to count lol. But I love that Adam is one of your fave authors cuz he’s my favorite author for YA Contemporary…probably anything he writes really lol. History is All You Left me was perfection. The Red Rising trilogy is one of my faves & Pierce is def easy on the eyes *double browning points*

    Loved FITM, THUG, & Upside ❤ ❤ ❤ wait til' you read ODD though & then come back to me cuz I am still reeling from all the feels & have yet to work up the nerve to write my review. I'm currently reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue & LOVING IT!
    Last book to make me cry was Our Dark Duet & the last to make me laugh is my current read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, happy reading 🙂

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    • Right?? 😂 Yes! Adam Silvera is SUCH an amazing author and I will love everything he writes haha. Yes! I loved it so much. 😍 Oh my gosh yesss Red Rising was so good and definitely easy on the eyes 👀🙈

      YAY I’m so glad you loved those, they’re so amazing!! 😭❤❤ Gosh I am SO scared for that one! 😳 I have no doubt I will love it though, eep!! I can’t wait to read your review. 😉 Oh my gosh really? Yayyyy I am SO EXCITED for that one!!

      Ahah such amazing books, can’t wait to read them both!! ❤ Happy reading to you as well!

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  2. I haven’t read a good number of the books on your favorites but I really enjoyed ACOWAR (though I think ACOMAF was better than the third) and Flame in the Mist! I especially loved ACOL, which I thought was a FANTASTIC ending to the SOM trilogy. V.E. Schwab is a GENIUS. I have yet to read This Savage Song, but I hope to read it sometime soon! And Geekerella was freaking adorable! I have yet to read a book by Adam Silvera but I’m ready to have my heart wrecked lol. I’ve heard so many good things about his books! I can’t wait to read The Gentleman’s Guide, too! It sounds sooooo good 😀 And yes, Lord of Shadows might destroy you. It’s such a fantastic book, but man, that ending……. *cries* I’m SO glad you loved A List of Cages. That book holds a special place in my heart ❤ Great post!

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    • You must!! 🙈 They’re so good. Oh yes! ACOWAR was really good, though I think I prefer the second one more as well. Yayy I’m so glad you enjoyed Flame in the Mist!! There have been quite a few mixed opinions, but I personally loved it. 😍 ACOL WAS SO AMAZING!! Gosh, it’s definitely one of my top reads this year, and always haha I loved it so much. SHE REALLY IS! I love her books so much (even if I haven’t read all of them haha) Oh I hope you enjoy it once you read it! Right?!? Geekerella is every bookworm’s dream, to an extent. 😂 So cute! Hahaha yup, your heart will most definitely be wrecked! But you will love it?!? (I hope!!) ❤ It does! I can’t wait to read it omg. And Lord of Shadows!! I have no doubt I will love it but THE FEELS??? And the cliffhanger everyone keeps talking about???? #dead Yes!! I haven’t seen many people talking about it and I’m sad because it is SO amazing. 💞 Thank you!

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  3. I’ve read 52 books so far! I AM SO PROUD ANALEE! Oh I loved the glory that was Strange The Dreamer (READ IT!) ADSOM was fantastic. I loved Divergent, somehow?? SO SURPRISING. I only read Six Of Crows and Ck this year somehow??? ANYWAYS ADORED THEM.Ink and Bone, The Hobbit, and so many others were such enjoyable reads
    Weirdly enough, I HAVEN’T READ ANY OF THESE but I soon so SO WANT TO. MY TBR, ACCKKK. The Serpent King had me close to crying BUT A MONSTER CALLS HAD ME IN TEARS. Last book to make me laugh – The Whole of The Diamond Brother Series! I’ve actually been tagged to do this so that would be a good idea?!

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    • YAY MAHRIYA!!! 🙌🎉🙈 That is SO amazing oh my gosh, I am in awe of your skills! Aghhh I really must read Strange the Dreamer oh my gosh. And yes!! ADSOM is incredible. Really? That’s good!! I liked it quite a bit as well, I’m assuming you’re planning to continue the series? 🙃 I hope you enjoy it! YES THEY ARE FABULOUS. I reread them both even though I hardly ever reread completed series? That’s how much I love them omg. 😂😍 Yayy that’s so great!
      But *gasp* MAHRIYA. YOU MUST!! (Same though 😅) EEP YES A MONSTER CALLS!! I totally had tears when I read that omg sooooo heartbreaking. I must read The Serpent King though?!? Ooh that sounds fun!! And yayy I can’t wait to see the tag! 😊

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      • I’m actualy quite proud of 50+ books SO THANK YOU FOR THAT BOOST OF CONFIDENCE!! Oh you must read Strange The Dreamer! Adsom was so GOOD, like how? I’ve read Insugernt which is was so MEH, and I’m hoping to finish the series? Maybe…A MOSNTERCALLS CRUSHED ME LIFE.

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  4. Great answers for this tag Analee, I cannot believe we are already halfway through the year! It seems insane because I still think we should be in March/April time rather than nearly July!
    ACOL is probably my top read of the year so far, but oh The Hate U Give, Flame in the Mist and A Court of Wings and Ruin were all brilliant books as well. There have been some brilliant ones released so far. It’s a shame The Love Interest was your biggest disappointment. I’m reading it at the moment and I’m enjoying it so far but after what everyone said my expectations were lowered a fair bit. 🙂
    Invictus, The Language of Thorns and Wild Beauty are some of my top anticipated releases for the rest of this year, but all the books you’ featured for that question sound amazing as well. I hope you enjoy them Analee! 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you Beth! I know right?? It’s crazy how fast time flies by. Oh yes it totally doesn’t feel like it’s almost July! 😳🙈
      Sameeee oh my gosh I loved so many books but ACOL was AMAZING. I can’t get over how incredible it was! THUG, Flame in the Mist were so lovely as well for sure. Ahah yes! I was so sad to have to put that as my biggest disappointment, I had such high hopes! Ahah that’s good! I’m glad you’re liking it. 😊 YES! Those all are so high up on my list, oh my gosh so many amazing books being released this year! Thank you, I hope you do as well! 💞

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      • That’s all right, and you just know the rest of the year is going to go really quickly as well! 🙂
        Neither can I, and now it’s over I really need to re-read the whole series again. I finished The Love Interest yesterday and overall I quite enjoyed it but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped it would be. Here’s hoping the books released in the second half of the year are as good as the books we’ve had released during the first half right? 😀 ❤️

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  5. WHAT? YOU LOVED ALL THE BOOKS YOU READ??? I mean, I loved most of the books I read too but there were SOME BAD ONES IN THERE. I should try to make better choices when picking up books???

    AND YES Y ES YES I’m SO EXCITED FOR WONDER WOMAN, WARCROSS, and ALL OF THE OTHERS THAT YOU PUT UP THERE.

    And yes I love Peter so much omg WHY CAN’T HE EXIST.

    And also *fangirls with you* over the Winner’s Curse books. I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. I loved the second book as well, because #political and stuff. Have you read The Diabolic? IT’S SO GOOD UGH.

    (Okay so this comment is pretty much me screaming about the books I loved but whatever.)

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    • I KNOW I’M SO SHOCKED! 😂 Am I easy to please or did I just get lucky with my books?? 🤔 HAHA that’s too bad!! At least there were some good ones?! Which ones did you love? I am currently STUCK and don’t know what to read so #halp 😂
      YESSSSS!! I kind of went overboard with that question?? But there are SO MANY unreleased books I want to reeeeeead!! 😍
      YESS WHY 😭😭

      EEP YAY!! I am so glad you loved them!!! The second book was so fabulous! Political and stuff is my new descriptor. 😂 I haven’t!! *scrambles off to mountainous TBR*
      Hahaha ahem what do you think this post was?? 👀😅

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      • LET’S JUST SAY THAT YOU’RE LUCKY.
        I loved one of the books that I reread this month (Cress)??? DOES THAT COUNT??

        RIGHT NOW GO READ THE DIABOLIC. JUST DO IT. IT’S SO GOOD UGH. Or Queens of Geek.OR SO MANY.

        YES I KNOW RIGHT. GAH IT WAS SO GOOD. Yes, political and stuff is SO grammatically correct.

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  6. I haven’t read any of the books you meantioned besides THUG but I’m really excited after your mini reviews on them. It sucks that Love interests wasn’t what you were hoping for 😔

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  7. I can’t focus. There are so many amazing books on this list. I am so happy to see Geekerella on your list. I loved it so much and want everyone else to love it too. Molly was fantastic. So real and relatable and I would totally be friends with her. I just read Wild Beauty the other day and it was gorgeous.
    Sam @ WLABB

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    • I know right?? 😳🙈 So many books, I can hardly keep up haha. Yes!! I need more people to read Geekerella, it is SO adorable. ❤ Same here! I’m so glad to hear that, Molly was such a lovely character and I just wish she could be my friend in real life ahah. Oh really?! That’s amazing, I’m so happy to hear that!! I can’t wait to read it. 😍

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  8. Oh, yeah, The Love Interest was one of my disappointments, too! I wanted to love it so bad, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t as great as I hyped it up to be. And Tiny Pretty Things is so good! I read it last year and just devoured the duology; it’s so over-dramatic, but that’s what makes it good! 😀

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  9. That was such an amazing post, filled with SO MANY GOOD BOOKS HERE, Analee! ❤ I'm a bit sad you were disappointed by The Love Interest. I haven't read it yet and was so excited about it, now I think I'm a bit less expectant – and I guess that's a good thing? Going in with too many expectations can often be wrong. And NOAH SHAW. I am WAY too excited to read this book, I can't wait ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you! SO MANY BOOKS, YES! 😍 Ahah I know, I really wish I had enjoyed it more. It had so much potential? But yes, I definitely would lower my expectations haha, it’s too bad it’s necessary to do so but at least you might be more prepared and enjoy it more? Hopefully? 🙈 Yes, exactly. EEP I don’t see enough people talking about that series!! I’m SO EXCITED oh my gosh. 😍❤️

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  10. Wow! This is quite an exceptional list, Analee! You’ve done quite a bit of reading this year. 🙂 I’m jealous that you’ve read This Savage Song. I just got a copy of it and Our Dark Duet, but haven’t managed to fit them into my TBR yet. I can’t wait to read them and am so happy to hear you enjoyed the first one! 🙂

    Though, to be honest, I can’t agree with you on Flame in the Mist. I wasn’t really a huge fan of Mariko or the plot line. It just felt… underdeveloped, in my opinion. What did you like about Mariko? I’m curious. 🙂

    Ah! I still need to see Beauty and the Beast. Everyone keeps talking about it and yet I never get to the movie theater any more. (Partly because of the price. Redbox, woman, is the new thing!) But everyone talking about it reminds me that I need to stop procrastinating that one. Hee hee!

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    • Ahah thank you! It’s been super busy for me so I’m happy with my progress. AHH you must read This Savage Song!! It is AMAZING. I really need to pick up ODD! I hope you enjoy them both when you read them. ❤

      Aw, no! That’s a shame. Have you read Renee Ahdieh’s other series, The Wrath and the Dawn? I know a lot of people prefer that series over FitM. And I liked Mariko’s personality! Her strength and curiousity, as well as seeing her character develop over the course of the book. 😊

      Yessss! You must ahah, it’s so good. But agh yes, movie prices are so expensive! 😩 Ahah yes you really must. 😂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, if not more, when you get around to watching it!

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      • Thank you! I’m hoping to squeeze both TSS and ODD into my TBR sometime in September. :p (which feels super far away, but alas. Too many books to read and review first. Haha!)

        I have not yet read The Wrath and the Dawn, but I’ve heard good things about it. It’s why I kept hearing all the hype about FitM. I assumed there was reason to believe it would be a good book, but I was disappointed with it. I still might read W&D. Just can’t say it’ll be a priority after not enjoying FitM. :/ I didn’t really feel like Mariko changed all that much. She felt like more of a static character to me, but I’ve heard people supporting both sides on this one. So, I guess it’s open to interpretation.

        Oo! I might actually get to see B&B this weekend! Thank goodness for family members that love movies as much as I do. Hahaha! 😀

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  11. THERE’S SO MANY GOOD BOOKS ON THIS LIST 😍😍😍 I’m not even sure which one to comment on first???? I’m still crying over ACOL and I LOVED TFotS so much. That was such an important and interesting book. Upside was so lovely too!! READ QUEENS OF GEEK IT’S AMAZING.

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