My favorite books from the first half of 2017!

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Hey! We’re halfway through the year! I’ve read 56 books so far and I ‘m excited to see what I read later this year!

I just the mid-year book freak out tag, which you can click here to see! In that tag I didn’t think I was able to show what my favs have been so I thought I’d dedicate a post for it!


My favorite YA contemporaries have been:

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My favorite young adult fantasy/fiction/dystopian books have been:

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My favorite Adult/Adultish books have been: 

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My favorite New Adult and Middle Grade books have been:

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And that is all! There haven’t been any books I’ve read that I hated this year so far, I don’t think I rated any book lower than 3 stars this year!

Yay! Some of the 3 and a few 4 star books didn’t make it into this post just because they weren’t memorable enough or cause I thought they were okay.

Which books have you read that you loved so far this year?! Do we share any in common?

-Calliope

Every book I read in 2016!

2016

KEY:

School

Re-read

Adult

New Adult

Young Adult

Middle Grade

Italicized= I own the book

Underlined = The book was a gift

*= I received to review


January: Wrap Up

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1. Even Angels Fall* review

2. The Unidentified Redhead

3. The Unbound review

4. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour 

5. The Last Dragonslayer

6. The Beginning of Everything

7. We Should Hang Out Sometime

8. Voyager 

9. Under the Dusty Moon review

February: Wrap Up

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10. Air Awakens review

11. Fire Falling

12. Body Check

13. When a Scot Ties the Knot

14. Losing it

15. Lace and Sin* review

16. The Undomesticated Goddess 

17. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

18. Everything Everything review

19. The Siren  review

20. Me Before You 

21. Animal Farm

March: Wrap Up

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22. Hopeless

23. Dumplin’ review

24. Captive Prince

25. Prince’s Gambit

26. King’s Rising Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat Trilogy Review

27. Library of Souls review

28. Drums of Autumn

29. Cruel Beauty

30. Frankenstein

April: Wrap Up

    

 

31. Lady Midnight review

32. The Winner’s Kiss review

33. Passenger review

34. Soundless

35. Earth’s End

36. Rusty Nailed

37. Truthwitch

May: Wrap Up

 

   

38. The Distance Between Us review

39. The False Prince

40. Red Rising review

41. Golden Son review

42. Morning Star review

43. The Unexpected Everything review

44. Ready Player One

45. The Kite Runner

46. The Alchemist

June: Wrap Up

        

47. Just a Few Inches* review

48. Rarity from the Hollow* review

49. The Edge of Juniper* review

50. The Reflections of Queen Snow White* review

51. A Court of Mist and Fury review

52. A Glittering Court

53. Water’s Wrath

54. The Deal

55. The Rose and the Dagger review

July: Wrap Up

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56. No More Heroes* review

57. Finding Audrey review

58. Salt to the Sea review

59. Dorothy Must Die

60. The Wicked Will Rise

61. Red Queen

62. Glass Sword review

63. The Crown review

August: Wrap Up

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64. The Rose Society review

65. The Hunt review

66. P.S. I Like You

67. Blackmail Boyfriend

68. Smut

69. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

70. The Last Day of Captain Lincoln* review

71. The White Rose

72. Yellow Brick War

73. The Year We Fell Down

74. Heartbreakers

75. Side Effects May Vary

76. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

77. The Evolution of Mary Dyer

78. The Retribution of Mara Dyer  Mara Dyer Trilogy Review

79. Flipping the Scales* review

September: Wrap Up

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80. Summer Days and Summer Nights

81. Trust me, I’m Lying

82. The Anatomy of a Misfit

83. Even in Paradise

84. The Mistake

85. Roman Crazy

86. My Bad Boy Summer

87. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

88. A Darker Shade of Magic

89. Empire of Storms review

October: Wrap Up

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90. Cream of the Crop

91. The Crooked Kingdom 

92. Unfathomable Chance* review

93. Shadow and Bone

94. The Score

 November: Wrap Up

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95. Bright Side

96. It Ends With Us

97. Love and Gelato

98. Wolf by Wolf

99. The Star Touched Queen

100. Angelfall

101. World After

102. Underwater

103. The Art of Being Normal

December: Wrap Up

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104. The Crucible

105. End of Days

106. After You

107. A Gathering of Shadows

108. Mirror Souls*

109. Griffen* review

110. The Crown’s Game

111. Carry On

112. The Hidden Oracle

113. Crystal Crowned


And that is all! I did read fewer books this year than last year but that’s okay! My 2017 goal is 100 books and I’m sure I’ll be able to make it!

How many books have you read this year? Did we read any similar books?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

December 2016 Wrap Up

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Wow time flies doesn’t it? I’m happy to say that I’ve had a good reading month and I’ve read 10 books, bringing my total for the year up to 113 which is significantly less than what I read last year but that’s okay!

First up I finished the Crucible for school

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I really enjoyed reading this and gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. One thing I did notice was the the author, Arthur Miller, seems to have had some lady problems, because the women in this book were portrayed horribly and I didn’t like that at all. Like Elizabeth was the one apologizing for what John Proctor did. Like no, your husband sinned, it’s not your fault at all. The line where Elizabeth said ‘it takes a cold wife to prompt lechery’, or something like that, I wanted to throttle something. That’s no excuse for any man to commit adultery! Ugh!

I also finished the Penryn and the End of Days trilogy with the last book End of Days

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I liked this trilogy a lot, and gave it 4 stars. I think that for me, this book, and the other ones too, were missing that zap of emotion that I usually feel when a book gets a 5 star rating from me. Like the plot and writing were both great, but it was missing that extra something that I can’t quite explain, you know?

I also read After You and A Gathering of Shadows!

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After you is the Me Before You sequel and I thought that the first half was really long and boring but then it picked up reallly fast after that and then it didn’t really matter to me how boring it was before because it got so good. I know there’s a lot of hate going around on this book, but I honestly didn’t have a problem with it.

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy! I really liked this book! This whole trilogy is so deliciously enticing! I did get a bit annoyed with the ending because come on…this villain just keeps coming back and it’s so annoying!

I was also sent this book Griffen and it’s prequel to review on my blog

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I gave the prelude novella and the book Griffen both 3 stars on Goodreads. I liked the interesting plot and if you want to check out the review I did, you can click here

I read two books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now, The Crown’s Game and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, the fanfiction from the amazing book Fangirl!

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I gave both of these books 4 stars on Goodreads. For me the Crown’s Game was very interesting because I’m russian so obviously this YA fantasy novel set in Russia would be interesting for me to read. I liked the book a lot except I couldn’t connect to the characters as much as I would have liked. I also felt that the antagonist in the book was brought into the book just cause an antagonist was needed.

I loved Carry On in the beginning! Simon Snow is such a great character and him and Baz were like my OTP. And then towards the end things got weird and I didn’t like it. I wanted more Simon and Baz and I did not get enough!

And finally I read Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle and Crystal Crowned

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Okay here’s the thing about Rick Riordan. I love him and his writing. Except I feel that’s it’s overused and stale now. Like how many books can he write with the same plot and characters basically? So while I liked The Hidden Oracle, it’s the same as his other books! I don’t even know if I’m going to be continuing this series. Same thing with Magnus Chase, I read the first one, rolled my eyes and haven’t read the next one. To be honest, I’ll probably end up reading them anyway because I’ve read every book by Rick. I gave it 3 stars on goodreads because I liked it despite the staleness. I don’t know, I just really feel like Rick could have done something different with this plot of Apollo being human.

Crystal Crowned was great! Vhalla Yarl and Aldrik Solaris have quickly become two of my favorite characters this year and I was happy to see their ending. I did feel it wasn’t a complete resolution at the end of the book and I wanted to see some things more developed but oh well. I really liked this series! Another 4 stars series, and this book got 4 stars individually from me on Goodreads.


And that is all! I think this wrap up was so lengthy because I didn’t review any of these books except the one sent to me so I had a lot to say.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts!

Also link me up to your wrap ups and I’ll check them out!

Thanks for reading ❤

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

100 Followers!!!

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Woo! I reached 100 wordpress followers yesterday!

This is honestly so amazing and i feel so happy.

Thank you to everyone who follows me, you’re all amazing and wonderful!

My blog actually has been around since February, but i didn’t really blog then, i did like 4 or less posts a month about just the weirdest non bookish things.

At the end of July i finally started doing tags, reviewing books, and getting involved in the book blogging community.

Some of my first followers include Jenny from Reader in a reverie, Krista from love and wanderlust, Lucia from reading with lucia, Erika from Erika in bookventureland, Analee from Booksnacks, and Parneet from the Enchanted Book, and i can’t thank you guys enough!

Jenny from Reader in a Reverie nominated me for a Liebster Award in July i think, and that’s what sparked my desire to actually continue with my blog. She was also the first person to tag me in anything, so thank you Jenny!

My 100th follower was Maren from The Worn Bookmark- thank you so much Maren!!!

I honestly didn’t expect to fall in love with blogging as much as i did. It’s my favorite thing in the world now, second to reading, and it’s what i look forward to doing at the end of the day.

It’s so nice to see the stats by month for my blog and see barely anything from February to June, and then July there’s a little bit there, then August explodes, and September gets even more views, and then October is nearly catching up.

Everyone is so nice here in the blogging community and i really have found my place, discussing the things i love most- books.

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And to be super nice, i’m going to give you all some virtual cake!!! Yay!

No really though, my little brother is obsessed with baking and has baked this beautiful carrot cake- it’s not done yet- he made a fondant carrot to stick out on top- but still, think of me eating this gorgeous thing tomorrow 😉


Ha ha, that got a little sappy there didn’t it?

Anyways, my pasty book tag will be up tomorrow, as my usual Sunday post.

(If you haven’t seen a trend yet i usually post on Sunday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s, today was just an exception because i hit 100 followers!)

Thanks so much for reading everyone, you all make my day.

(When i obsessively check my wordpress app on my phone)

(But seriously, i do, i check both my reader and my stats practically every period at school) 😉

-Calliope (5)