mid year book freak out tag

I’m so behind in tags that I have been tagged in. It’s awful. I’ve been neck deep in the world of Harry Potter and I have no regrets about it. None. Not even a letter (5 pts to your House if you can guess the reference!)

Anyway, I was tagged in this by the oh so lovely Frankie. Seriously, she is such a doll for tagging me in things all the time. I totally appreciate the love. I seriously recommend you guys all go follow her blog. She is constantly posting fun and interesting things and her reviews are spot on all the time!

Anyway, this is the mid year book freak out tag. Can you believe that it’s June, almost July, already? I mean it feels like just yesterday it was my birthday (I was born in January). This looked like a fun tag so here I go! Props, as always, to the creator of this tag.

I’ve decided to not use pictures because otherwise this thing will be monstrous. However, I shall post Goodreads links to all the books. 


Best book you’ve read so far in 2017

Easy peasy. Scythe. If you follow me on Goodreads, you saw my gushy review and it was probably extremely incoherent due to me fangirling. I mean, this book was everything. I adore dark and creepy things so this was right up my alley. It’s basically a retelling/dystopian view of the Grim Reaper. Not going to lie, after watching Supernatural, my interest in the Reapers intensified. This book delivered. Seriously. Stop reading this post and go read it. I won’t be mad.


Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas. I had read Throne of Glass earlier this year and I was anxious to know how my Chaol and Celaena fared. I was also dying to know if Celaena actually became the assassin she claimed she was in the first book. I had even considered not finishing the series because I was just getting so frustrated with Celaena. I got some answers but am anxious to continue the series.


New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger. It seems like it’s a good book with representation for agoraphobia. Plus the blurb on Goodreads says it’s told through tweets, direct messages and police transcripts which reminds me of Illuminae. Which is a favorite book of mine.  So hopefully I will be able to read it soon.


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The Merciless 3: Origins of Evil by Danielle Vega. Technically it comes in July which is technically the second half of the year. I am super stoked! I read the first four chapters and I need more of it. I read the first two and this is an origin story explaining why the first two books happened. I adore origin stories so I can’t wait!


Biggest disappointment

The Mistress by Danielle Steel. The blurb made it sound like it was going to be a matter of life and death. Instead, I just got a guy obsessed with a girl who was basically a toy for a rich Russian. It wasn’t like anything that I thought it was going to be and it was just upsetting. Not one of her better writings.


Biggest surprise

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. This book received a lot of hate and criticisms. And I mean a lot. Because of all the criticism, I thought I was going to hate the book and regret spending my limited funds on it. Instead, I adored it. I saw why people got upset about it but I didn’t think it was a super huge issue. I think a lot people took things out of context (kind of reminds me of the Black Witch, which I haven’t read. I’ve just seen a lot of reviews about it.)


Favorite new author

Alison Weir. I read a couple of her books last year and read a lot more this year. I am so amazed at her attention to detail. In all her books, she notes that she tries to stick with the original story as much as possible and only takes liberties with things like conversations. She does a lot of historical fiction and is currently writing a six part series on King Henry VIII’s wives. So hyped!


Newest fictional crush

Ha, can I say Lisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series? I don’t really develop crushes on fictional characters anymore. I just really want to be friends with Lisbeth. She is so cool and awkward, just like me. I need more awkward friends in my life. So maybe it would be a friend crush?


Newest fictional character

I’d say Evie from The Diviners series. I really love how spunky and sassy she is. I’m still really hoping that my ship works out. I have never wanted a ship to work more than Evie and Sam. Because of her, I’m a bit more interested in the 1920s. I can’t wait for the third book even though the covers are getting progressively more and more ugly.


Book that made you cry

Illuminae and Gemina probably were the ones that made me cry ugly tears, which were hard to hide since I was at work. I mean really, what kind of author puts me through all of that? It was awful but I was so damn hooked. I’m being intentionally vague because spoilers. But yes, read those books if you want to cry.


Book that made you happy

The Royals series by Erin Watt. I know I know. There are a lot of things wrong with it but damn, I love a happy ending. The trials and hardships that Ella and Reed went through made my heart hurt but I also really enjoyed the happy times as well. The series ended well for me and that made me happy.


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

I’m going to have to answer with Illuminae again. Because once you took off the dust jacket, you see all this awesome writing from the actual book. I adore writing on books like that. There is just something so cool about the different fonts that are available to us and how it can be used to cover almost an entire book without looking overwhelming.


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

I need to catch up on the following series:

The Gender Games

The Kingfountain series

Throne of Glass series

Traci Crosswhite series

Crossroads saga

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty series

The Red Rising series

I’m sure that there are more series but these are the ones that stick out to me at this moment. I also need to get Origin by Dan Brown, the third Merciless, and Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir. There is clearly a lot more. I mean look at my TBR on Goodreads. It’s up to 250 books despite me trying to keep in under control. Because I am extremely lazy, I’m not going to link this section to Goodreads.


Favorite book community member (blogger, booktuber and bookstagrammer)

I know it says favorites but I don’t like playing favorites. It makes people sad. So I’m just going to say if you want to do this, go for it. If you tag me in it, cool. If not, no biggie. I like to keep tags fun.

 

 

xxlacy

happy father’s day

It’s father’s day! I wanted to take this time to talk a bit about my dad.

It was because of his dad, my grandpa, that I got into reading. Unfortunately, my grandpa is no longer with us but my love for reading that he instilled within me never died. Dad made sure to keep that love alive, in memory of Grandpa. I am so grateful that he did.

With my dad, I can talk about different types of books and he actually gives them a chance if I recommend something and vice versa. Although he still thinks I’m silly for loving 50 Shades. He is totally into YA, which is awesome, and he was one of the reasons I started reading the Hunger Games. I started reading more classics because of him because he likes to discuss those with me. And in turn, I started getting him to read Illuminae, which I am hoping he likes!

I am so bad with expressing myself with words so I’ll just end it here. Curse my awkwardness.

Thank you, Dad. You are truly one heck of a guy. ❤

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ps. Hail to the Redskins! It’s our favorite team. This picture was on Thanksgiving. I’m wearing his sweatshirt and he is wearing the jersey I got him. 

xxlacy

seven deadly sins book tag

I’m back with another tag. I wasn’t really tagged in it, per se, but it looked fun. I found it on Frankie’s blog. If you haven’t checked her blog out, you seriously need too. Her reviews are fun and witty. Props, as always, to the original creator!

I’m also doing this tag because I’m currently in the midst of reading Harry Potter. I want to do a series overview of it so that’s why there is the lack of book reviews. I’m also reading a Sarah Dessen book and I got an ARC for Keep You Safe which I will be starting that as well. Don’t worry, once I knock out HP, I will be back with lots of reviews! In the meantime, enjoy this fun little book tag.


Greed: What are you most expensive and inexpensive book?

My most expensive book is Illuminae. It was actually a gift from my sister for my birthday!

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My least (new) expensive book is Blue by Danielle Steel. It was a measly $8USD. I would have put my thrift store books but I can’t remember which one was the cheapest.

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Sloth: What book have you neglected reading due to laziness? 

Easy. It is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. The hype surrounding it is real and I don’t want to be disappointed.

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Wrath: Who is an author you have a love/hate relationship with? 

Nicholas Sparks. There are a lot of his books that I adore but I really hate some of the endings that he does. They seem really pointless and hurt my heart. Luckily, my favorite, Safe Haven had a good ending.

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Gluttony: What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

Harry Potter, no questions asked. I have been re-reading it over and over again. I compare everything I have read to Harry Potter.

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Lust: What traits do you find attractive in fictional characters?

Personally, I like a sense of weakness. I like it when the character knows that they are weak in some areas and they work on fixing those problems. I always think of Neville when I think of weak characters. He knows that he is weak but he also knows his strengths as well. He works on those weaknesses and gets better and becomes a kickass wizard.

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Pride: What book do you talk about in order to sound intelligent? 

Hmmm, to be completely honest. I really don’t do that. I talk about all the books I’ve read, not to sound intelligent, but because I enjoy talking about books.


Envy: What book would you like to receive most as a gift?

I would love love love the duology of Six of Crows or the Ravenclaw Harry Potter book set. Each are super crazy beautiful and I wouldn’t turn them down.

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Tag

Anybody who wants to do this! This was a fun tag and it made me think quite a bit about my answers.

xxlacy

 

my favorite genre // part 2

I decided that since I haven’t finished a book in a while, I would do another my favorite genre post. I think this helps you guys get to know me better and what to look out for in my reviews.

Today, I think I will talk about YA. Yes, I know that YA is a very broad genre so I’ll narrow it down to YA dystopian. For those that don’t know, dystopian is (according to Google) relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.

What started my journey into dystopians was the Hunger Games. Super cliche, I know. Basically everyone starts out their dystopian journey with the Hunger Games. It’s like a staple in the YA world. Regardless, the book was recommended to me by my dad, who doesn’t read YA a whole lot. So that is saying something about the power of that book.

I think what I like best about the dystopians is the different world and how people live in it. I like reading about the underdog that rose up from the bottom to attempt to take out the terrible government. Katniss and Violet (from the Gender Game series) are the two that really stand out for me as those underdogs that are fighting for what is right.

Another reason I enjoy YA dystopian is I love information. I love learning about every aspect of the totalitarian government. I love learning about how they got there. Those info dumps that most people don’t like are the things I generally love.

If you are looking into starting your dystopian journey, I would immediately suggest The Hunger Games and The Gender Games. The Gender Games is like the Hunger Games meets sexism/ sexist inequality. They are both very fast paced novels and you will easily breeze through them.

I hope you guys enjoyed reading a little bit about one of my favorite genres. What are some good YA dystopians you enjoy? I would love to hear about them so I can add them to my TBR list.

 

xxlacy

unique blogger award

Normally, I don’t do things like these but hey, I’m open to trying new things. I was nominated for the unique blogger award, which I thought was kind of awesome. I’m glad that my blog is considered unique. It’s what I strived for when creating a ravenclaw library. I was nominated by JessicaMarie493, so thanks Jessica! I appreciate it!

Here are some rules involved in the unique blogger award:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

1. Current favorite song/album?

Right now, I’ve been on a Korn kick, listening to the Paradigm Shift. Excellent album by a pretty sweet band. It’s basically tiding me over until September when Fall Out Boy’s M A N I A C comes out.

2.  Other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

I am a huuuuuuge gamer! Currently I’m on that Overwatch and Destiny grind. I usually play D.Va and Zenyatta in Overwatch and a Hunter in Destiny. I also do some photography, usually landscapes, my doggo and macros of flowers.

3. Favorite book you’ve read in 2017 so far?

Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s Scythe. The world building was super cool. I loved the different take on the Grim Reaper. Too often, he is feared when he shouldn’t be. He is only there to comfort us when we pass on. I highly suggest you all check out Scythe.


Here is the part where I nominate some friends: 

Mayflower

Frankie

Joreadsalot

Jamishelves

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I know that there is supposed to be more but these are the people I know, not super well, but we’ve had some conversations on Goodreads and stuff. I’ve been so busy that I’ve haven’t had the time to personal delve into all my followers blogs. I promise that I shall do it soon!


Questions for you guys:

  1. Biggest disappointment of the year?
  2. An underrated indie author that you enjoy and want to spread the love for?
  3. Go to comfort read when the world is just too much?

I hope that this was a fun little post! I enjoy doing other things besides book reviews, although I really do love book reviews.

 

xxlacy

my life in books tag

So I decided to do something a little different. I decided to do a tag to kind of break up the monotony of just book reviews and thrift store hauls. The true creds go to whoever came up with this. I don’t know who but if you do, please let me know so I can give them the appropriate credits. I got this idea from one of my favorite humans on Goodreads, Mayflower. I linked her blog in her name. Go check it and give it lots of likes!

Find a book for each of your initials. 

L: (the) Light of the Fireflies

M: My Lady Jane

W: (a) Wrinkle in Time

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Count your age along your bookshelf. What is it? 

Summer’s End by Danielle Steel

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For this one, I chose my read shelf because I want this to be all books that I have read.

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Pick a book set in your city/country.

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller

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Okay, so I haven’t read this book. I do own it, however, and plan on reading it. But do you know how hard it is to find books placed in Iowa? Hella. That is how hard it is.

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Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to. 

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie

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I’ve always wanted to go to Russia. The history of the Tsars have always been fascinating to me not to mention the buildings look so cool!

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Pick a book that is your favorite color.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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This book cover holds my two favorite colors: black and purple. Not to mention this book series is incredible!

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Which book do have the fondest memories of? 

Echoes by Danielle Steel

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Haha, you guys expect me to say Harry Potter didn’t you? Well, that is true. Harry Potter has my heart but I chose this Danielle Steel book because it reminds me of my mom, who loves Danielle Steel as well. I also love reading about anything WWII and this book helped me to realize that.

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Which book did you have most difficulty reading? 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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This is one of the worst books that I was ever forced to read. I hated everything about it and it was a relief when we finally moved on from it. I had to read it for school.

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Which book on your TBR will give you the biggest accomplishment when finished?

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

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The reason why it would be a big accomplishment? Because it’s been on my TBR for forever and I know that one of my friends would be super excited for me to read it so she can discuss everything with me.

Okay, guys, that would be it. I hope that you enjoyed that. If you did, let me know and I can search out more fun tags for me to do.

xxlacy

my favorite genre // part 1

hello there!

Because I am slacking on reading and haven’t finished a book in a few days, I thought I would make a post about one of my favorite genres. If this goes well and you guys seem to like it, I will do more and can even stretch it out to favorite authors or favorite tropes.

I will start with a genre that if very near and dear to my heart: historical fiction. Believe it or not, it wasn’t my first love even though I am a massive history buff. I think what got me started in the historical fiction genre was Danielle Steel’s book Echoes which is set during World War II. After that, I decided to try out that genre. I went to Philippa Gregory, who has a lot of books about the Tudors. She has a whole series about King HenryVIII. That is where my love for historical fiction really blossomed. I now soak up the works of Alison Weir and Allison Pataki.

I have read a few books during different time periods. I recently read And I Darken which is based during the Ottoman Empire and is a Vlad the Impaler retelling. I wasn’t super into that but that was because I had issues with the main character, Lada. I also read The Star Touched Queen which is a Persephone/Hades retelling and I really enjoyed that.

I know that there is a lot of timidness when it comes to historical fiction. My advice is find a book that is from a preferred time period or even one that you know just a little about. Do you like American history such as the Civil War? Find some books from that time period. Do you have some knowledge on Russian tzars? Find a book that takes place during that time. The possibilities are endless!

The beautiful thing about historical fiction is that it can also have multiple genres. An example of this is the Kingfountain series. It has elements of fantasy involved (which I don’t like all that much but am slowly getting into) but since it has monarchs and that kind of stuff, I really enjoyed it. I’m sure there are others but that is the one that really stands out to me.

Of course there will be those that simply cannot stand historical fiction. And that is okay with me. Some genres are really not for everybody. As long as you respect that others may love it, then continue to do you and read whatever you want.

I hope that with this little post, you learned a little bit about me.

 

What are some of your favorite genres and why do you like them? 

 

xxlacy