Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

This isn’t the sort of thing I’ve done before – which makes it quite exciting! This is a tag I saw on the Bookavid’s blog and thought, “hey, that looks fun, maybe I’ll give it a go!” It’s basically just a low-down what I’ve read so far in 2017.

For every book I’ve mentioned, I’ve linked either to my review of it or to the Goodreads page if I haven’t reviewed it.

So, let’s get on with it!

1. Best Book I Read This Year

The low-down on what I've been reading so far this year! My best book, most disappointing book, newest fictional crush, book I wish I'd read, and more!

We simply have to start with a hard one, don’t we? I think I’m going to have to say The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson, because of how all those masterfully those plot threads were woven together, and THAT ENDING.

2. Best sequel I Read This Year

Alas, I think this one has to be The Hero Of Ages, too. After all, the Mistborn trilogy includes the only sequels I’ve read this year, and it was better than The Well of Ascension.

3. New Release I Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor – it sounds interesting and I want to give it a go!

4. Most Anticipated New Release Of The Second Half Of The Year

This is a no-brainer for me. One of my favourite authors, Kristin Cashore, hasn’t released a new book for about five years now, so I’m super excited to read her upcoming book Jane, Unlimited when it’s released in September!

5. Biggest Disappointment

The low-down on what I've been reading so far this year! My best book, most disappointing book, newest fictional crush, book I wish I'd read, and more!

Another no-brainer. I picked up Talon by Julie Kagawa looking forward to a badass fantasy about dragons. Instead, I got modern-day teens (who happen to be dragons in disguise) spending summer at the beach, prose I didn’t like, and a love triangle – ugh. I was not impressed.

6. Biggest Surprise

That I still haven’t finished Twelve Kings by Bradley Beaulieu! It’s been like a year since I started it now. This is getting ridiculous.

7. Favourite New-To-Me Author

Unsurprisingly, Brandon Sanderson! I wish I’d heard of him sooner.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

The low-down on what I've been reading so far this year! My best book, most disappointing book, newest fictional crush, book I wish I'd read, and more!I don’t really have many fictional crushes – mostly just favourite characters and favourite romantic relationships – but I did love Jest from Heartless by Marissa Meyer.

9. Newest Favourite Character

Oh no, don’t ask me that! Don’t make me choose! I really liked Denna and Mare from Of Fire And Stars by Audrey Coulthurst, but I think my favourites have to be from one of Sanderson’s books. I absolutely loved Sarene from Elantris, as well as Vin, Kelsier, Sazed, and Elend from the Mistborn books.

10. Book That Made Me Cry

I may have cried at Heartless and The Final Empire, I can’t quite remember. But I definitely cried at The Hero Of Ages – I was on a plane at the time and wanted to absolutely sob my eyes out.

11. Book That Made Me Happy

The low-down on what I've been reading so far this year! My best book, most disappointing book, newest fictional crush, book I wish I'd read, and more!

I enjoyed the vast majority of the books I’ve read so far this year, though I’m not sure I’d say that they made me happy – they’re good books, fabulous books, but none of them are happy books, and some of them are downright tragic in the end. But Of Fire And Stars was an easy, enjoyable read that left me with a nice, fluffy feeling, so I think that’s close enough to “happy”.

12. Favourite Book To Film Adaptation

I can’t even remember what films I’ve watched this year! I know I watched The Book Thief at some point, either in the last few months or late last year, and that was a good adaptation.

13. Favourite Post I’ve Done This Year

I was pretty pleased with Why Romantic Subplots Annoy Me and 5 Things I’ve Learned About Novel Writing.

14. Most Beautiful Book I’ve Bought Or Received This Year

I think that would have to be Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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15. Books I Need To Read By The End Of The Year

My current read is The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch, and of course I need to finish Twelve Kings! And then there’s pretty much everything else on my to-read list, including The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb.

What’re the best books you’ve read this year? Let me know in the comments!

And let me know if you decide to do this tag too – I’d love to hear about what you’ve been reading so far this year!

And don’t forget, you can find all my book reviews here, and you can follow me on Facebook and Bloglovin’, as well as via WordPress and email (see the sidebar on the right) to keep updated on all my posts!

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Why You Shouldn’t Say These 10 Things To Writers

There are some things that people say to writers that makes us want to strangle them. In reality, we’ll probably just sigh and smile politely to hide the fact that we’re clenching our jaws as a small part of us dies inside. But we’d really rather you didn’t say them at all.
Why, though? Why do writers hate it when people say these things, and why don’t people realise that we hate it?
I think it’s because there are some misconceptions held by the general public about what writers actually do. I wrote a series of blog posts (called The Writing Process: A Guide for Non-Writers) hoping to clear this up, but if you don’t have time to read that, here’s the short and more direct version of what misconceptions are behind these 10 things that people say to writers, and why they’re wrong.
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Why Romantic Subplots Annoy Me

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d write something romantic… But, since Valentine’s Day also really annoys me (it’s cheesy, it’s commercialized, and why do we have to be romantic on this particular day when there are another 364 days in a year we could be romantic on?), I thought I’d write about something that annoys me too!

So, why do romantic subplots, specifically in young adult books, annoy me? Well, not all of them do. When done well, I do like romance in books. Unfortunately, a few too many for my liking seem to fall into the same pitfalls. Or maybe my standards are just too high 😛

Anyway, here are the things that annoy me most about romantic subplots!

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My Least Favourite Writer Stereotype

I’ve come across a fair few writer stereotypes. The one where no writer can survive without a ridiculous amount of caffeine. The one where we’re all awkward, introverted, anti-social shut-ins. The one where we’re just generally a bit weird.

And while I disagree to some extent with all of those stereotypes (except maybe the weird one, assuming that “weird” here means “an individual, because no two humans are the same, so for everyone to subscribe to the same social norms would be ridiculous”), the one that I think I disagree with most is the one that says we’re all tortured souls who convert pain into creativity.

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