Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag 2017

I rarely do tags, but I thought this one would be fun to do.

1.BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I LOVE these books ❤

2.BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR?

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Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown

I haven’t read that many sequels this year, but this series was FANTASTIC.

3.NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?

I haven’t been good at reading new releases so far this year. I blame it on my book buying ban, and that I have been focusing on my TBR mountain. I need to buy some of the new releases because there are so many I want to read, they all sounds so good. I couldn’t choose just one book, so I made a separate post earlier this week dedicated to this question. Here is a link to the post: 2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

4.MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Warcross (Warcross #1) by Marie Lu

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

5.BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

My expectations for this book was really high. I liked some parts of the book, but it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I ended up giving it 3 stars.

6.BIGGEST SURPRISE?

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I received this book as a birthday present 1 ½ years ago from a friend. The person who gave it to me loved the book and thought I would too. I was very skeptical to pick it up because I didn’t want to hate it. I had also previously read Norwegian Wood by the same author, and I didn’t care for that book. I’m actually currently reading this book now, I have about 80 pages left. I love this book and I already know it will be one of my favorite reads of 2017. Even though it have some scenes that are problematic that I didn’t like (the woman in the woods), the book speaks to my heart. It’s just so weird and interesting and captivating.

7.FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)?

This is hard because I feel that you have to read more than one book from an author to call them your favorite. Here are some new to me authors that I have read and really enjoyed this year. 

Michel Faber author of The Book of Strange New Things

Jennifer Niven author of Holding Up the Universe

Karen m. McManus author of One of Us Is Lying – This book is also a debut. 

Brandon Sanderson author of The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie author of We Should All Be Feminists

8.NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?

I don’t get fictional crushes, but the closest to a fictional crush I have right now is Oshima from Kafka on The Shore. It’s weird because he is a know it all type of person.

9.NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER?

Oshima and Nakata from Kafka on The Shore

Molly and her moms from The Upside of Unrequited

10.BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

I don’t think I have cried from a book this year. Hmm maybe I cried at the end of American Street by Ibi Zoboi. Really good book.

11.BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

12.FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR?

I rarely watch movies. I can only remember that I have watched 2 movies this year, and that is Zodiac and Inside Out. But there is one series that I really liked called Big Little Lies, and that is a book to series adaptation. I haven’t read the book yet, but I might do it in the future. Really good and intriguing series that keeps you guessing until the end. Let me know if you have watched the series.

13.FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?

This is a hard question because I’m a perfectionist and hard on myself. I have to go with my latest review: One of us is lying.

14.MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR?

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This has to be the new Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone books. THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL and I want them all! I contained myself and only bought the hardback and paperback of in Ravenclaw editions. 

15.WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

All of the books. If you combine my TBR and the new releases I want to read, you have the answer. I think this question will be too much. I might do a separate post on this as well soon.

-I’m tagging you, and if you have already done it leave me the link and I’ll check it out 🙂 

❤ -Rakel

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2017 YA Releases I’m Dying To Read But Haven’t Yet!

II was working on my Mid Year Freak Out Tag blogpost, that is going up sometime this week or the next, when I came to question 3: NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO? Since there is so many new releases I haven’t read yet (so many books, so little time, jadajada), my list got way too big for that tag. Here is my list:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright

The Boy on the Bridge (The Girl With All The Gifts #2) by M.R. Carey

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson – I failed and this book actually came out in 2016. Keeping it on the list because I want to read it.  

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Want (Want #1) by Cindy Pon

Which 2017 releases to you want to read?

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday April 19th: Favorite LGBTQ+ Reads

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

Favorite LGBTQ+

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-Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

I’m embarrassed that I only have 3 LGBTQ+ books to recommend, and all of them have m/m romances. I know that there are so many great LGBTQ+ books out there, I just need to get my ass in gear and order some.


More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

I have talked about this book so many times now. It was one of my favorite reads of last year, and definitely one of the saddest. This story will break your heart! The main character of this book is gay, and the story is about him struggling with that. I don’t want to say too much about what happens in this book, other than that it is highly emotional, heartbreaking and so so GOOD.

The author Adam Silvera is an LGBTQ+ author. He also has another LGBTQ+ book that came out earlier this year, History Is All You Left Me. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m really looking forward to.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is another LGBTQ+ book that I read last year and LOVED. This book is very different from the book above. It is light hearted, adorable and fun to read, and I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time I was reading it.

The book is about Simon who is chatting with the mysterious and anonymous boy at his school who goes under the alias Blue.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This book is tied with the author’s other contemporary book Fangirl. In Fangirl the main character Cath is obsessed with Simon Snow, and she is writing a very successful fanfic of the Simon Snow books. Rainbow Rowell wrote Carry On after Fangirl as a companion novel, and even though both books are tied together you don’t need to read both.

So over to Carry On, because that is the book I’m going to be talking about today. I just needed to mention Fangirl, hehe. This is a fantasy book that follows Simon Snow, his last year at the magical school he is attending. This is a LGBTQ+ book because the romance in this book is m/m romance. The book is a fun and cute read, and even though it is a fantasy novel it has this contemporary feeling about it.


❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

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-Since I’ve been in video game hell (in a good way) for the past year, this topic is timely. Remember, not all video games are action games! The Sims has proven that 🙂

This week’s topic was really fun to do since it merges my two favourite things in this world, books and video games! I have tried to do different video games genres, so I ended up on including my favorites. This was so much fun to do, I could probably find 5 more books to add to this list.

Sorry that this post is one day late. I didn’t manage to finish this post in time, because we got a surprise visit from my cousin and her family yesterday.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This was the first book I thought of when I heard this week’s T5W topic. The book would be awesome as a story based game like an RPG, or that the VR game/world, Oasis, in the books was real. 


Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

This book would be awesome as a RPG game where you are a member or the leader of the rebellion/Sons Of Ares. The main story/main quest is to take down the golds and the society as it is just like the books. Plus having side quests where you are doing different tasks. 


The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I can definitely imagine this book as an interactive story, just like the Walking Dead games by Telltale. 


The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson

I’m currently reading this book, it is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy. It would be really awesome to play a character who is a Mistborn with all of the allomancy powers. The story in the book could also be included in the game, since the worldbuilding is great and the story is really interesting. The genre could either be a RPG, or be similar to the game Dishonored where you also have abilities and the story is to take down the government.


The Martian by Andy Weir

This book would be great as a mix of both a survival game and a simulator game, where the player has to survive on Mars just like the MC in the book. If you do anything wrong or can’t do what you need in time you die. 

❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wedneday March 22: Favorite Angsty Romances

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:

favorite angsty

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-This topic has been much requested! Talk about your favorite ships that have a healthy side of angst. (definition: adj.: describes a situation or literary piece which contains dark, depressing, angry, and/or brooding emotions from the participating characters.)

I don’t typically like and read angsty romances, but I found some that I like. I don’t even know if I’m doing this right haha.

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The Gentleman Bastards – Locke and Sabetha

Locke and Sabetha have one of the most complicated relationship I know. Their relationship was angsty when they were kids/teenagers, and still is over a decade later. They are one of my favorite ships ever.


Carry On – Simon and Baz

I love this book, it was so much fun to read. The romance was angsty because in the beginning of the book Simon and Baz don’t get along very well and they hate each other. It also doesn’t help that they share a room at the magical school they are attending.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Simon and Blue

The angst Simon is feeling of not knowing who Blue is, because they have only been chatting anonymously online. Blue can literally be almost any guy at his school. This book is angsty, but also really cute.


The Infernal Devices – Tessa, Will & Jem

This love triangle is full of angst and heartache. It is actually one book series where I actually like how the love triangle is written. Do you ship Tessa with Will or Jem? I always liked Jem a bit more, but I like Will too, so I’m not 100% sure.

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❤ -Rakel

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Top 5 Wednesday March 1: Fictional Jobs You’d Want to Have

118368Top 5 Wednesday is created by Gingerreadslainey. Each week there is a new bookish topic, where everyone can join and create their top 5 list. You can find more information on the Top 5 Wednesday goodreads group. This week’s topic is:


FICTIONAL JOBS YOU’D WANT TO HAVE


– Any fictional career you’d want to have? Remember, T5W is always open to movies, tv, and video games as well.

Sometimes these T5W questions are a bit hard to answer. I struggled a bit to find specific careers to choose, so not all of my picks are careers. Bending the rules a little bit has to be OK, right? They aren’t too far off.

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1.Teacher at Hogwarts

This was my first thought when I read this week’s topic. Being an Hogwarts teacher would be awesome. The only problem is that I don’t want to live at Hogwarts as an adult (definitely wish I went to school there as a kid though). I don’t know if teachers can live off campus? And I have also always wondered; doesn’t any of the teachers at Hogwarts have family, like a significant other or kids? (I’m so sorry that I’m a bad HP fan, haha) I had to researched this, and this answered my question:

Many Hogwarts professors reside at the school during the school year, though this is not always the case. During the 1980s, Minerva McGonagall owned a cottage in nearby Hogsmeade with her husband, later moving out after his death. A teacher could also visit a home by means of Apparition, the Floo Network, or a Portkey. In the summer of 1996, Severus Snape returned to his childhood house in Spinner’s End.

Those who remain at the school throughout the night seem to have private quarters, similar to apartments/flats, that are near or attached to their offices. –http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Professor

So my final answer is: Yes, I would love to be a teacher at Hogwarts! And also any other career where I got to live in the HP universe, have a wand and be magical would be awesome.

2.Shadowhunter

It would be awesome, deadly and really scary to be a Shadowhunter. A girl can wish, even though I definitely do not have the physical form needed to be a top trained/battling shadowhunter, haha. I picked this even though it isn’t really a career, but there is many career opportunities in the Shadowhunter world. I could work at one of the institutes or in Idris.

3.Dr Who Companion

This again isn’t really a career, but if I had to choose one fictional thing to do it would be to travel with the Doctor. I can’t describe how awesome that would be. In a way it is a job, saving the world and people over and over again from dangers.

4.Thief with The Gentleman Bastards

I don’t condone any types of thievery, but because The Gentleman Bastards is my favorite series and I love the characters, I would love to be one of the Bastard. Or maybe not, because that means I would be an orphan. But if I was an orphan living in Camorr in a different life/dimension, my highest wish would be to be one of the Bastards.

5.Wizard Detective

To be a wizard with magical powers and a detective, both at the same time like Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files, sounds really awesome!

❤ -Rakel

-Which Fictional Job/Career would you have?

One Lovely Blog Award

I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Avanithenerd. Thank you so much for nominating me! 🙂

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THE RULES


  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

7 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF


1.I have a boyfriend and his name is Emil. We started dating when I was 16 and he 18. We have now been together for almost 8 years.

2.Do you guys remember the emo kids back in the day? Yeah, I was one of them haha, even though I hated when people called me an emo. I dressed in all black and dyed my hair black, and of course listened to My Chemical Romance. And probably every other “emo” band back in the days. This was when I was around 14 years old.

3.I’m a pescetarian, that means I don’t eat meat, only fish. I haven’t eaten meat in 10 years or so.

4.I’m a huge Youtube watcher. I watch youtube every day, and have been doing that for years. I never watch regular tv, but I watch Netflix sometimes. I want to do a post on my favorites youtubers some time.

5.I haven’t been able to go to the university or school to get a degree, because of my illness. But it is something I really want to do when I get better. I don’t know what to study yet, I find it very hard to figure it out.

6.I have been learning french by myself for over a year now. I actually got my 400 day streak a couple of days ago.

7.I’m a dog person, and I used to have a dog called Amy. We sadly had to put her down last February, and I miss her a lot. I really want a new dog in the future.

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❤ -Rakel