Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag | 2019 edition

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2019)

We bookworms( like every other people) are always freaking out: about books we haven’t read, about books we read.. I can’t believe that half of 2019 has gone by..How? Anyhow, here I am with my first Mid Year Freak Out Tag, thanks to Nandini @ Unputdownable Books !!!

Click here to find the original Tag questions 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
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. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
14. Favorite book community member

1. How many books have you read so far in 2019?

I’ve managed to read about 72 books according to Goodreads, which also tells me I’m 17 books ahead of schedule! I’ve set my goal to 100 books but I think I’ll pass that goal soon enough. I don’t always update my reading progress on Goodreads so I’ve already missed adding a couple of books. I’ve participated in two readathons so far and that’s exactly why I managed to read more than I usually would’ve.

2. Which is the best book you’ve read so far in 2019?

              

This is a difficult question as I’ve got many books in mind: Where The Crawdads Sing, A Curse so Dark and Lonely, Serpent & Dove and The Kingdom, The Merciful Crow and The Storm Crow

3. Which is the best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019?

Soul of the Sword is the best sequel I’ve read so far this year. Also, I want to mention The Winter of the Witch -which is a sequel of sorts(I guess- which I LOVED so much and bawled because I realized that the Winternight trilogy is over.

4. Which new release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

As a newly minted Brigid Kemmerer fan, I want to read more of her books and this newly released YA contemporary sounds like something I’d tremendously enjoy 😀

5. Which is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?


    

I’ve written a separate post about some of my most anticipated books of the second half of 2019 and they’re listed here

6. Which book has been the biggest disappointment so far in 2019?

Outfox by Sandra Brown

*Sighs* I’ve dnf’d many books, gave some one stars, but what hurts is giving one star to a book I genuinely thought I’d love because it was by one of my favourite authors. Also, included in this list would be The Beholder.

7. Which book has been the biggest surprise so far in 2019?

Emily Eternal

Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It surprised me because I don’t usually find sci-fi books enjoyable but I HIGHLY recommend you read this one! It’s about Emily who’s an Artifical Consciousness( not an A.I.), designed to save humanity from extinction.

8. Who is your new favourite author (debut or new to you)?

The Flatshare

Beth O’Leary, author of The Flatshare, is my new favourite author. There’s also Danielle Jensen, who wrote Dark Shores, Delia Owen of Where the Crawdads Sing, Brigid Kemmerer and Joan He (Descendant of the Crane)

9. Who is your newest favorite character(and literary crush)?

Harper and Mia from A Curse so Dark and Lonely and Where the Crawdads Sing respectively! One of my favourite literary crushes is Reid Diggory from Serpent and Dove 😍😍

10. Which book made you cry so far in 2019?

The Song of Achilles

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

11. Which book made you happy so far in 2019?

Serious Moonlight

There are many books that made me laugh- sometimes so violently that everyone would stare at me- but I can only remember Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett which brought a smile to my face at almost every chapter.

12. Which is the most beautiful book you’ve bought so far in 2019 (or received)?

Sorcery of Thorns

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson is one of the beautiful books I’ve received this year. Enchantment of Ravens by the author had a gorgeous cover too! I also received The Storm Crow, Beasts of the Frozen Sun and The Girl the Sea Gave back, all of which had gorgeous covers.

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

                                           

Along with some other books in my ever-increasing TBR pile, I need to finish reading these two which I’ve been putting off for two long.

I tag:

Anyone who’s reading this and hasn’t done this tag yet!

Thank you for reading me mid-year freak out post

How many of the books in this post have you read or want to read? Any other books I should add to my TBR pile of 2019? If you’ve wrote a Mid-year Freak Out post, then feel free to drop your links in the comments below!!

I finally remembered to write up my tagged posts | Presenting “The Liebster Award” Tag

I love doing tags but I always forget to do them. Lately, I was thinking about writing a non-review post but couldn’t find any fresh ideas and then I remembered that I already had many tagged posts. So, thank you Savannah for nominating me to do the tag!

I finally remembered to write up my tagged posts | Presenting "The Liebster Award" Tag



THE LIEBSTER AWARD RULES

  1. Acknowledge the blog that gave it to you and display the award
  2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  5. Give these blogs 11 questions to answer



11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME

  1. I used to have a library of my own but after a home renovation, it was no more *remembering and crying*
  2. I love learning foreign languages. My mother tongue is Bengali and I am fluent in Hindi, English, Bengali(obvs) and French.
  3. I was a professional dancer . I still dance and would love to act at least once in a movie(idk why)
  4. I am a history geek and I think that’s mostly the reason why I love reading historical fiction.
  5. I used to love books since I could read. I can’t explain why but I always felt a kinship to books.
  6. I am an introvert so it is a struggle interacting with fellow bloggers and on Instagram as well.
  7. I had a fashion blog 2 years before I started my book blog.
  8. I was very afraid of cats and dogs as a kid.
  9. Am starting to run out of random facts.
  10. Biology esp. Neuroscience is my favourite subject and that’s partly why I love reading thrillers.
  11. I’m not a fan of audiobooks.



11 QUESTIONS FROM SAVANNAH

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

A Curse so Dark and Lonely is probably the best book I’ve read so far.

Which book that you already own are you most looking forward to reading?

I’m looking forward to reading The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden.

Which upcoming release are you most excited about?

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m excited not only because I loved The Night Circus but I loved the synopsis of The Starless Sea as well.

What’s your favorite TV show right now?

Two of my favorite TV shows just ended and they were Shadowhunters and Game of Thrones.

What’s the last movie you watched and how was it?

The last movie I watched was Avengers Endgame and it was great. I was an emotional mess after watching it..so, yeah..it was great!

Are there any tropes that you just can’t resist?

Enemies to lovers, I think. I don’t like bullies who “redeem” themselves and then the victim and the bully become lovers. I have read a couple of books way back in high school and it unnerved me to say the least.

If you could travel anywhere right now, where would you go?

Scotland first and then all of Europe. I always had wanderlust but my parents never travelled much if it were not for family or office arranged vacations.

What’s your favorite dessert?

I’m a huge chocolate lover so chocolate icecreams, choco lava cake…

Do you have any pets? If so, please feel free to share pictures!

No, I don’t 😦

What kind of job could you never do?

Umm, anything that deals with sketching. I’m decent with taking photos but that is how far my creativity goes.

Coffee or tea, and how do you take it?

Coffee always. I take it with milk and sugar.


MY NOMINATIONS

  Dora – Jessica – Michelle – Sahi – Bibi Sammy’s Shelf  – RejithaSimant – TanviBookishly BrittkneeZenobia




MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

  1. What’s your favorite book?
  2. Dogs or cats, and why?
  3. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
  4. What book do you think would be best made into a musical?
  5. What’s your favorite book to movie/TV show adaption?
  6. What’s your favorite place to eat out?
  7. What’s your favorite song?
  8. What book would you like to see made into a TV series?
  9. What’s your most anticipated book release of the year?
  10. What do you think is your spirit animal and why?
  11. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
I finally remembered to write up my tagged posts | Presenting "The Liebster Award" Tag

To those, I didn’t tag feel free to answer a question in the comments below! I’d love to hear your answers!

The Bookish Academy Awards Tag (2019)

Sahi@My World of Books tagged me 2 months ago to do this tag. So, here I am presenting you the winners of The Bookish Academy Awards(2019). This tag was originally created by BOOKadoodles but Jasmine’s Reading is where Sahi got a modified version of the book tag and now,I am doing it .

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Best Actor: “Best Male Protagonist”

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Adrian from the Bloodlines deserves this award. I loved his character arc throughout the series.

Best Actress: “Best Female Protagonist”

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You: “You are supposed to choose one.” Me: Nope.No can do.

I really tried, trust me, to choose a contender for this category but I found it too difficult. Instead,I present to you six wonderful ladies : Omat from The Wolf in the Whale, Emma Carstairs from The Dark Artifices series, Vasya from The Bear and the Nightingale , Kya from Where The Crawdads Sing, all the females from The Priory of The Orange Tree and last but not the least, Sydney Ivashkov(previously Sage) from Bloodlines series .

Best Cinematography: “Best Plot Twist”

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I have read far too many thrillers and other books with as equally tantalizing plot twists as they’re in a thriller. For now, I’ll choose Jane Eyre(my all-time favorite), Verity and The Winters.

Best Costume Design: “Best Book Cover”

I haven’t yet read King of Scars but I am in lust over the cover. It has my Nikolai as my main characters too so…yeah I’m in lust .

Best Supporting Actress and Actor: “Best Male and Female Sidekicks/Supporting characters”

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My favorite male side character is Nikolai and my favorite female side character would be Margaret from The Priory of the Orange Tree.

Best On-Screen Kiss:“Best Couple/Romance”

You see only The Kiss Quotient but believe me when I say, I could list another 100 books here but for the sake of mine, yours and internet’s sanity, let’s not list them, yeah ?

Best Original Screenplay: “Most Unique Plot/World”

….. What? There’s nothing to say except here’s my review

Best Adapted Screenplay: “Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation” OR “A book that should be adapted into a film”

I loved the movies so fricking much! I haven’t read the entire series but I saw all the movies and loved them a tad better than the books.

Best Animated Feature: “A book that would work well in an animated format” OR “Best Graphic Novel” OR “Best Children’s Book”

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I loved this book as a kid! Presenting “Charlotte’s Web” a.k.a. my childhood book crush.

Best Director: “A writer you discovered for the first time”

I discovered Hafsah Faizal through Book Twitter and then I received a proof copy of her debut novel, We Hunt the Flame.  I was completely blown away by her writing. I highly suggest you add this book to your TBR or pre-order it (if you love reading fantasy)

Best Short Film: “Best Novella” or “Short Book”

I rarely read novellas or short stories but I make exceptions when they are written by my favorite authors.

Best Picture: “Best Stand-Alone”

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd is an incredible novel set in the Victorian era.

Best Documentary: “Best Historical Fiction” OR “Best Non-Fiction”

I loved both of Madeline Miller’s books : Circe and Song of Achilles

Best Original Soundtrack: “Best Audiobook” or “Best Book in Verse”

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Best Foreign Film: “Best diverse author” OR “Best book with Diverse Representation”

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Besides We Hunt the Flame, and Descendant of The CraneThe Priory of the Orange Tree deserves an honorary mention.

I Tag no one. Feel free to do this tag if you want to. If you want me to see your answers, then link back to me so that I can check them out!


Congratulations to all the fictional winners in this fictional award show!!! I wish I could give you a gold embossed book shaped statue but alas, I can’t.

Have you read any of these books? Will you read them,if you haven’t ?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you so much Rejitha for nominating me for The Versatile Blogger Award! If you haven’t followed her already, you can follow Rejitha’s blog here.

I have been blogging about three months now(I think) and I am absolutely loving the support from the blogging community . This is my first blogger award so YAY!!!! *doing a little dance* *does a little dance again*

Continue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award”

Get To Know Ya Book Tag | My first Book Tag post

Thank you Brittany@PerfectlyTolerable for tagging me and I am loving your blog posts!

This is my first book tag participation and I am a tad nervous .

*So much pressure!!!!!*

  • Favorite Book of All Time

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes is a treasured book as it was gifted by my late grandfather.

  • Favorite Book Five Years Ago

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Five years ago,I read the Vampire Academy and I became obsessed with the series.

  • Favorite Duology/Trilogy/Series

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Do not make me choose! I have tons of favorites:​ HP series, ​Vampire Academy series,​ Lux series, Apollyon series ​ ​,so many that I can’t even remember the names.

  • Last book You Read

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Here’s my review of it. I loved this tiny but fierce read.

  • Last Book of Poetry I’ve Read

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  • What Book most influenced your life

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  • Book That Made You Ugly Cry

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I am in love with Amy Harmon’s writing.​ Most of her books trigger your emotions hard and this historical fiction is one of them​.

  • Book That Made You Laugh

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This is the last book I can remember that made me laugh out loud . You can read my review here.

  • Character You’d Like to Be For A Day

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I would like to Hermione Granger for a day!​ *Starts brewing Polyjuice potion *

  • Books So Good You Dreamt About It

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I don’t remember having any lately.​

  • Book You DNFed

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I was provided an ARC so I was on the fence whether to post it not. I did not like the book from the start and DNFed it on reaching 35% of the book.

  • What Book Are You Excited to Read?

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Yess…I know! I still haven’t read it. I hope to read it soon ! Pray to the book Goddesses/Gods ..


Thank you for reading ! Now,I am tagging some new book bloggers as well(inspired by Brittany@Perfectly tolerable) and Evelina@Avalinah’s Books .

Tagging :

You do not have to perticipate if you don’t want to. This is a fun way to get to know fellow book bloggers !

If you do participate (which is awesome!), ​then do link this post so that I can see your answers​