mid-year freak out book tag!

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

First of all, some of you may have noticed that I changed my blog layout. It’s a change I’ve been wanting to make for a while now and I’m really happy with the new style I came up with. It’s still not perfect, but it’s what I can do for now. Let me know your thoughts on it!

Today, I’ll be finally answering the tag of all tags. The tag that, every year, every book blogger or BookTuber needs to answer. It is pretty much a tradition in the community, and my first time answering it, so yay!

Also, because it’s a tag that is literally been everywhere, it is pretty much impossible to find the original creator, much like the Harry Potter fanarts you see online. If any of you know who was the first person to answer this tag, let me know so I can credit them properly.

Now, onto the tag:

Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

IMG_0964I think this is not only the best book I’ve read this year, but in a really long time. I was so surprised by how much I adored Vicious and how the writing style and format took me aback, because it was so unique, original and smart.

Vicious is not told in linear pace, so you have a lot of flashbacks and flash-forwards. The concept behind EOs is so interesting and incredibly dark. The characters are fascinating, especially when you start learning more about their motivations and powers. The writing was breath-taking and I was engaged enough that I didn’t want to skip a single sentence; I just wanted to savor every second of it.

 

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

mid2I realized I didn’t read a single sequel this year, besides Crooked Kingdom and Obsidio. Clearly, my YA fantasy days are over, since I don’t have any series to finish or continue on with.

Both were amazing but also not. Crooked Kingdom surprised me in a lot of ways and I couldn’t stop thinking about it days after finishing it. The characters are phenomenal and I definitely understand the hype around Leigh Bardugo. Ultimately, though, I don’t know how much this book was necessary and the ending (as in last 40 pages) fell a little flat and convenient.

IMG_0969Obsidio was definitely my favorite one in the trilogy in terms of pacing. It was much more comfortable, while still being entertaining and engaging. However, it kept using the same tropes that were successful in the first two books and it was stressing me out. I’ll still miss the heck out of these characters, though.

So, even though both were bittersweet experiences, I still am very happy to have finished both of these series and totally consider them both worth the hype. I do look forward to finishing more series in my list during the last half of the year too.

 

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

Let’s talk about this, folks.

I have a particular note on my computer with 25 titles that have come out this year (we’re in July) that I have yet to read. And, of course, I also have this RIDICULOUSLY HUGE list of all backlist titles I haven’t picked up.

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

As you guys saw above, I don’t really keep up with new releases, and so I hardly ever know what’s coming out before it’s already here and I see bloggers and BookTubers talking about it.

However, there are to titles I’m dying to read: Jackpot, by Nic Stone (because I strongly believe Nic Stone is on her way to become one of my favorite authors of all times and this premise sounds fantastic) & Wayward Son (because I miss Baz and Simon a lot, ofc).

 

Biggest disappointment

IMG_0971To be honest, much like the rest of my life, there were a lot of disappointments this year. I’m a disappointment. It’s life.

The biggest one, though, was probably The Foxhole Court. I had this in my “5-star-prediction-list” and, guess what? I gave it 1.5 stars. This is not a let down folks, this is a fall off of a helicopter ride with no parachute. It was devastating.

I don’t think I’ve recovered yet to continue with the series, but it is in my plans to give it a second shot. Apparently, I love pain????

 

Biggest surprise

IMG_0973Around the same time I picked up The Foxhole Court, I also read the amazing Heretics Anonymous, and I was so pleased and surprised with how much I loved it! Probably because I had literally no expectations going into it? I now need to acquire a physical copy, because I refuse not to have this book standing on my shelves, along with the rest of my children.

Heretics Anonymous is a really fun YA contemporary that follows a group of heretic teenagers in a catholic school. This was smart, hilarious, introduced South-American rep (!!!!!!!) and called out on privilege while still acknowledging that everyone’s problems are important and valid.

Basically, Katie Henry can have my children after this one. I’m that invested.

 

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

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I do hope Adib Khorram, the author of Darius the Great is Not Okay continues to write as many books as he possibly can. Darius the Great was amazing and had such a soft way of dealing with feelings such as first-love and identity problems.

This entire book is just so soft and adorable and I loved Darius a lot. I can not wait to fall in love with the rest of the characters this author comes up with.

 

 

 

Newest fictional crush

IMG_0962Honestly, if this answer doesn’t solidify the fact that I love pain and I don’t even know why myself, I don’t know what will.

Because my newest fictional crush is David, from Truly Devious. I know a lot of people don’t like him and I definitely understand, but there was something about his mysterious-ness and the fact I was picturing him as a cuter version of Rodrick, from Diary of a Wimpy Kid (if you know it you know it) that was really attractive.

Do I still feel like he could stab me in my sleep? Yes. Do I still want to know more about his character? Heck yes.

 

Newest favorite character

mid3American Panda was the first book I read in 2019. And Mei remains as one of my favorite characters I read about this year.

I’ve never felt such an urge to hug a book character and become their best friends. I genuinely feel like Mei and I would get along very well and I’d love to just support her in everything she does. She’s funny, sort of clumsy, while still being incredibly talented and strong. There’s just a lot to love about Mei – and this whole book in general -, so I urge you to pick up American Panda already.

 

Book that made you cry

mid1Far from the Tree is sadder than Marley & Me. It’s so heartbreaking, but also hopeful, and it only makes you cry even more?

Books like this one break me apart and put me back together and I’m so here for it. Far From the Tree deals with adoption, identity and family in ways I had never encountered in YA before – it’s raw and real and absolutely eye-bawling.

 

 

 

Book that made you happy

IMG_0978The Way You Make Me Feel was another book I read way back in January and every time I think about it, I just want to smile and hug all of the characters.

This is a summer contemporary (and since I know it’s summer where many of you live, you already have a perfect excuse to read this one), with hints of Brazilian culture (which I LEGIT died for), a perfect friends-to-enemies relationship, a #relatable main character and a love interest called Hamlet who is a labrador in man form.

How can I not just smile and die every time?

 

Your favorite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?

Unfortunately, I don’t think there was any ):

I mean, I did rewatch The Maze Runner trilogy and cried with every single one of them. (In The Maze Runner, because that movie is amazing; in The Scorch Trials, because Minho looked so good; and in Death Cure, because it is such a mess).

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is it really a lais’ post if i’m not raving about tmr?

 

What is your favorite post you’ve written so far?

I was re-reading some of my old posts recently and I realized that my discussion on the sexual content on YA was so good?

Like, legit.

It was length-y and I actually covered a lot more topics than I remembered. I wish more of my discussions looked like that, but apparently it was a one-time thing? I do hope to get better at it, though, because that one snapped and I didn’t even try, lol.

 

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

I don’t think I’ve talked enough about the fact I am now a proud owner of a copy of The Weight of Our Sky and this cover is even more stunning up close!!!!!#*(!!) It looks so beautiful on my shelves!

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

Friends, there’s a lot. But, a summary version would be:

  • RE-READS: I’ll Give You The Sun, The Dream Thieves, Magnus Chase (still haven’t decided if I want to re-read only one of the books or the whole trilogy already, lol).
  • BACKLIST TITLES: The Golden Compass, The Rose and the Dagger, The Hidden Maze
  • NEW RELEASES: Don’t Date Rosa Santos and Daisy Jones and the Six.

 

And that’s a wrap up! Let me know in the comments: what books do you need to read by the end of the year? Are you also hyped about Wayward Son? And are there any movie adaptations I should check out? Let’s chat!

20 comentários sobre “mid-year freak out book tag!

  1. Olivia @ Purely Olivia 13 de julho de 2019 / 14:35

    Ahh, your new blog design IS SO PRETTY, LAIS!! Don’t mind me over here fangirling over it because it is beautiful.😍😍

    I loved Crooked Kingdom, too! (And can I just say, all the bookish photos you have in this post are amazing.) It was the only sequel I read as well but I thought it did a great job living up to Six of Crows and offering me all the banter and relationships that I didn’t know I needed until I got them. coughwespercough

    I read The Way You Make Me Feel! It’s definitely very summery. Okay but YES I LOVED HAMLET he was the most adorable. Overall, I really relate to the gif of screaming about all the books left to read because that is me at all times. It’s just?? There are SO many books and so little time…

    Great post!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 20:36

      Ahhhh, thank you sosoooo much! I’m so happy you love it! 💛
      Hahah, I get that! I also loved Wesper’s relationship and I didn’t think I’d be as invested on them as I was; the same goes for Kaz and Inej too!
      Hamlet is the best and my favorite thing about him is for sure the fact he’s named Hamlet, lol. But he was also super adorable!
      Exactly! The list is endless and can feel very overwhelming at times.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Olivia! 😊

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  2. Marta 13 de julho de 2019 / 17:43

    This is the tag when most of us realize we’re a mess!! haha I’m also terrible at keeping up with new releases – I only know about the books when I’ve heard everyone talk about it, I somehow manage to be the last person to read it :P I also have Don’t Date Rosa Santos and Daisy Jones & the six on my TBR :)
    I love your new design <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 20:33

      Hahah, so true! I wish I’d be better at keeping up with new releases, but also I don’t want to add anything else to my “to-read-one-day” pile, since that’s already way too big, lol. Hopefully, we’ll enjoy these two a lot!
      And thank you so much for your lovely comment! 💞

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  3. El 13 de julho de 2019 / 19:57

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new design – it’s so cute!
    By now, I’ve completely lost track of what’s come out & what hasn’t this year 😂 I’ve also put myself on a book buying ban so I can only get books from the library, read books I already have or borrow books from people. I’m desperately trying to decrease my backlist TBR.
    Anyway, half way through the year! Hope you have a good…other half of the year? 💕

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 20:34

      El, thank you sooooo much! I relate – I also have a ton of backlist books I need to get to and I’m trying my best to prioritize them, though it’s kinda hard with the amount of shiny and great new releases of the year.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! Wishing you a fantastic rest of the year as well! 💞

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  4. Shayna R 14 de julho de 2019 / 19:46

    I LOVED the sexual content post! You should definitely be proud of it!

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  5. Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea 15 de julho de 2019 / 19:59

    LAIS AHH I LOVE YOUR POSTS SO MUCH. Your new blog design is also amazing and I’m so happy that you decided to do it! Also these book pictures are so good 😍 omg I can’t wait to read Vicious. It sounds like something I will just fall in love with! Same goes with Darius!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 19:24

      CAITLIN, YOU’RE TOO NICE TO BE REAL SOMETIMES! THANK YOU SOSOSOOOOOO MUCH! I am really happy to hear all your kind words!
      Vicious is a lot of fun; it’s kinda dark but in a good way? It’s also super binge-worthy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did when you get around to it.
      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! 💞

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  6. Marie 16 de julho de 2019 / 13:47

    Ahh your new design looks so lovely Lais, I love it SO much! <3 I loved your answers for this tag so much and your pictures too! I hope to be able to get a copy of Darius soon, I just can't wait to read that one it sounds amazing :D and I can't wait to read Rosa Santos, that one I have a copy of and it sounds SO GOOD :D
    Happy reading! <3

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 19:22

      I’m so glad you like the new layout, Marie! I am really happy with it as well 😍
      Rosa Santos sounds amazing indeed! I hope I can get a physical copy of this one because the cover is so colorful and fun, hahah.
      Thank you so much for stopping by! 💞

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  7. Sophie @ Me and Ink 17 de julho de 2019 / 06:05

    Ahh… I love the new blog design!! It looks wonderful!!
    This tag does seem to be a staple for the book community and it was the first time I had done it this year too but it was such a great tag. I don’t know who created it either unfortunately. 😞
    I love all the pictures of your books– they are amazing!!!
    I’m so glad you loved Vicious it is really inspiring me to reread it then get onto Vengeful!!
    That gif when you are on about all the books you want to read but haven’t is so suitable!! 😂 It made me laugh!!
    Heretics anonymous sounds really good– I will have to check it out!! 😊
    I’m so excited to read Darius– it sounds like a wonderful read. I just preordered the UK version and can’t wait!! 😍
    Hearing you talk about American Panda makes me want to read it straight away– Mei sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to get to it!!
    The weight of our sky looks incredible– I need to get my hands on it!
    Lovely post and again I am loving the blog design!! 💛

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 19:20

      Thank you so much, Sophie! I’m happy you like it as well!
      Ahhh, it means a lot hearing you compliment my pictures because I love yours as well and your Bookstagram feed is stunning 😍
      I hope I get the chance to read Vengeful by the end of the year! I’m sure it will be an amazing re-read, if you decide to do it.
      Darius is the bestttt! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Is the UK version’s cover the same as the US one? I love that cover so much, I really want to buy a physical copy myself.
      Thank you so much for stopping by, Sophie! ❤️

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      • Sophie @ Me and Ink 19 de julho de 2019 / 08:09

        You’re so welcome– it looks wonderful!! <3
        Aww… that's so sweet. Thank you– it makes me so happy to hear you like my photos. And I do really like your photos as well!!
        Ahh.. I hope you get to read it by the end of the year as well! Yes hopefully– and I can't remember it that well either so it will be useful as well, ahah!!
        Ah… I'm so excited to read it!! The UK cover is slightly different– it is the same picture but the writing and blue is different from the US cover. The text is bigger and some of it is blue instead of having the blue background behind the text like the US (I hope that makes sense– 😂) I really like them both just the UK version was cheaper and my mum said she preferred the UK cover so I decided I would want the 50 days for it!! 😂
        I hope you get a physical copy of Darius– it is a beautiful book!! <3

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  8. Xandra @ Starry Sky Books 17 de julho de 2019 / 12:32

    I just came over to your blog to see what you’ve been up to lately, and I literally gasped at your new design! I love everything! 😊 It’s so cute, and so you, and I love all the changes so far! 💕

    I agree about the Illuminae Files, although I haven’t read Obsidio yet! I hope I can read it soon! I also want to know more about David, since I recently finished The Vanishing Stair. I don’t love him, exactly, but he’s definitely interesting!

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    • Lais @ The Bookish Skies 17 de julho de 2019 / 19:17

      Thank you sosososooooo much Xandra! I’m so happy with the positive feedback! 💛
      I have yet to read The Vanishing Stair and I can’t wait. He really is an intriguing character and I’m excited to learn more about him as well.
      Thanks for stopping by & for all the sweet words, Xandra! 💞

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