Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag | 2017

So I’ve been seeing a lot of my favorite booktubers doing this tag recently and I thought that it’d be a fun way to reflect on this year’s hits and misses. Also – I hope to god that this helps me to come out of this dreadful blogging slump that I’ve been in.

Without me rambling any further, let’s just jump right into the questions!


  1. What are the best books that you’ve read so far in 2017? 

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So 2017 has been a pretty decent reading year for me. But, my absolute favorites from this year are Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli, and And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. I have been pushing myself to read more classics for a while now and I’m so glad that read Pride and Prejudice – because it is just as beautiful as it is deemed to be. Simon is well-loved by the community and rightfully so. This story is adorable, amazing, and just so important. And as for ATTWN – it is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I’d highly recommend you to read these books if you haven’t yet.

2. What is the best sequel that you’ve read so far in 2017? 

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So I haven’t really read a lot of sequels this year. But, I’ll choose The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh for this. If you don’t already know, it is the second book of The Wrath & the Dawn duology. I love this series so much. It is diverse, the storyline is engaging, and Renee Ahdieh’s writing is just absolutely magical. The second book was a lot better than the first one and the fantasy element was also much stronger in this one.

3. What are the new releases that you haven’t read yet, but want to? 

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I’m going to go with Caraval by Stephanie Garber for this one. The book created such a lot of buzz and I do have the book on my shelf. I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I will. I will. I w-

4. What is your most anticipated release of the second half of 2017?

12Oh, this one is so simple. Origin by Dan Brown. I’m an absolute sucker for his stories and I love them so much. Makes me wanderlust every frickin’ time. I just cannot wait for a new mystery set in a breathtakingly beautiful city.

5. What has been your most disappointing read of this year? 

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Well, this book actually hasn’t come out yet. I recently read The Color Project by Sierra Abrams and I just didn’t enjoy it. At all. I was really looking forward to reading this because there has been a LOT of hype about it on Twitter. Everyone seems to be loving this. But, this just was not my cup of tea.

6. What has been the biggest surprise? 

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The biggest surprise of this year for me has definitely been Mrs. Funnybones by Twinkle Khanna. If you have read my review of it then you’ll understand why. I went in with zero expectations. I thought that the hype was too much. But boy oh boy! I loved it so much. A highly enjoyable read for me and turned out to be a total gem.

7. Who has become your new favorite author (debut or new to you)?

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Becky Albertalli! I enjoyed her writing in Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda so much. It is so engaging and completely drew me in. I just wasn’t able to put it down and that makes me all the more excited to read The Upside of Unrequited. 

8. Who has been your newest fictional crush? 

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Daniel from Nicola Yoon‘s The Sun Is Also a Star. He is just so cute and adorable. If you have read this book then you know what I’m talking about!

9. Who is your newest favorite character? 

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SIMON from Simon vs the Home Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Gosh.. he is so cute, funny, adorable and .. have I mentioned that he is so so cute?! Also – he is a Potterhead! He keeps throwing in these Harry Potter references and that is just precious. Absolutely precious. You need to read this book now if you haven’t already. Seriously. You need this book.

10. Which book made you cry?

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I have not read a single book that has made me cry this year. But I’ll tell you the name of the book that made me saddest and that is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This book is the closest that I’ve been to crying while reading in 2017. I just finished this last night and my mind is still reeling from it.

11. Name a book that made you happy?

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. I’m so happy with the representation that my community has got from this book. It is such a diverse read and I hope that you read it (if you haven’t already, that is).

12. What has been the favorite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year? 

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Even though I haven’t read The Wonder Woman comics, I’m going to go with the Wonder Woman movie. It was just so good. Finally, a woman-oriented superhero movie that I didn’t even knew I needed.

13. The favorite review you’ve written this year?

My Dream Bookish Panel

I’m going to cheat on this one. I’ll go with My Dream Bookish Panel post for this one. I published it a few months back and it didn’t do well as I had hoped it’d. But I had spent a lot of time with the graphics and writing of that one and was incredibly proud of how it turned out to be. You can check it out here if you want to.

14. What has been the most beautiful book that you’ve bought/received this year?

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My Penguin Drop Cap edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It is just so beautiful – especially the red-edged pages. My illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Jim Kay’s illustrations are so on point and I love it. The magic is real.

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

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I’m really hoping to start rereading the Harry Potter series again and I hope to, at least, read the first four books before 2017 ends.


What about you? What have been your reading hits and misses of the first half of 2017? Have you done this tag? If yes, then do drop a link because I’d love to check it out!

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BOOKS WITH A PURPOSE TAG

A huge thank you to the lovely Ara @ The Bookish Agenda for tagging me to do this unique tag!

I love doing book tags and this particularly awesome tag allows me to combine my love of books with another thing that I absolutely adore and love — GIFs! I’m so excited to do this. EEEEP! 😀

But before I start, here are THE RULES :

  1.  Mention the person who tagged you in your post and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Fill out the 9 questions in the tag.
  3. For each question, insert a GIF of how you feel about the book(s) or author.
  4. Tag 6 people and/or everyone to do this tag!
  5. Before you post the tag, do a five-second party dance. Cause you dat awesome! 😀

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DONE MY DANCE.. NOW, LET’S START!

ONE : BEST STORY PREMISE

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. It was the first DB book that I had read and in my opinion it is his best. The plot has an incredible pace and the man knows how to exercise a parallel story line.

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TWO : BEST WORLD BUILDING

The Hunger Games Trilogy. No doubt. Even though Mockingjay kind of disappointed me, I was blown away by Suzanne Collins dystopian world building. To imagine a scenario like that and then turn it into a full fledged revolution! 😮

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 THREE : BEST CHARACTER

Harry Clifton from Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. It takes a lot of courage and self-belief to fight social conventions since when you’re a kid. And at the end, he turned out to be a damn fine man!

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FOUR : BEST SERIES

Do I even have to answer this? HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER HARRY POTTER

*runs around her room*

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FIVE : BEST TEARJERKER

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I cried out the entire Mariana Trench while reading this book. I was left a red eyed crying mess. Just thinking about the story, makes my heart sink. 😥

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SIX : BEST AUTHOR

There are WAY too many authors to pick just one. J. K. Rowling, Dan Brown and Khaled Hosseini to name a few.

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 SEVEN : BEST WRITING STYLE

Khaled Hosseini. The Kite Runner is such an incredible story. The way he brought out the emotions of the characters is nothing short of mesmerizing.

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 EIGHT : BEST COVER

Oh, there are just plenty! The Gift by Cecelia Ahern. Even though the cover is really simple, I just love it (even my mum loves it). Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (not a huge fan of the series but the covers are just gorgeous).

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NINE : BEST ENDING

Hmm.. I’m finding this to be the most difficult. But I think I’ll go with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

REASON : Writing an amazing series is difficult. Writing a fitting end to an amazing series is even more difficult. I’ve found myself disappointed with so many endings. But HP 7 was just too damn good!

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If you’re reading this post, consider yourself tagged (don’t forget to link me up in the comments)! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Bye, to all my ultra amazing readers! 🙂

THE OPPOSITES BOOK TAG

Hello, everyone! *waves*

I love reading book tags because I come across so many new books through this and at the same time it is such a nice way to get to know a fellow blogger. I came across The Opposites Book Tag on Vicky’s blog and I thought it’d be a good bookish post to start my book blog with. So without further ado, let’s start! 🙂

The first book in your collection and the last book you bought

I distinctly remember going to the railway station, with my dad, to pick up my uncle and his family when I was three years old and asking dad to buy me a Champak. It is a bi-monthly magazine for children full of short stories and comics. Quite obviously, I couldn’t read it at that time so I had asked my grandpa to read it aloud to me. I know it isn’t a “book” but at that age, it felt like one to me.

The last book that I bought was “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir. I haven’t read it yet but it has been sitting on my TBR pile since I came across it. I bought it around three weeks back.

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A cheap book and an expensive book

Enid Blyton’s “Five Go to Billycock Hill” from her Famous Five series at Rs 95 (!) is definitely the cheapest book that I’ve ever bought.

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And as for expensive, I pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as soon as it was available on Amazon and at the discounted price of Rs 650, it is quite a pocket pinch.

A book with a male protagonist and a female protagonist

My favorite book with a male protagonist is The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. These books are just absolutely incredible.

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Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy and Tris Prior from the Divergent Trilogy are my favorite female protagonists. These characters are such excellent portrayal of bravery and they are a few of my favorite characters ever.

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A book you read fast and one that took you long to read

I took less than a day to read John Green’s The Fault in our Stars and till date, it is the fastest that I’ve ever finished a book.

The third book in the Meluha trilogy, The Oath of the Vayuputras, written by Amish Tripathi took me a LOOOONG time to finish. It is a pretty thick book plus the dialogues are monotonous and never ending. There were times when I seriously contemplated leaving that book but I didn’t because irrespective of all the stupidity that was going on, I had to know the ending.

 

A book with a pretty cover and one with an ugly one

I absolutely loved the cover of The Selection by Kiera Cass. Even though the blurb wasn’t very exciting, that gorgeous cover was the reason why I read that book. 😛

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I personally don’t think that any book cover is “ugly” but I’ve come across a few covers that have put me off instantly and one of them is the cover of City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare (SORRY!). I’ve read so many great reviews of this book and it has been recommended to me so many times but for some reason, the cover always stops me. I’m just waiting to come across a  different edition of it.

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A national book and an international one

Ruskin Bond has been one of my most favorite authors since I was in middle school and his omnibus is one of the most memorable books that I’ve read. He paints such a beautiful image of the Indian landscape and his characters are all so endearing.

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When it comes to international, it is a no brainer. The Harry Potter series. The books made my childhood and I firmly believe that had I never read those books, I’d have turned out to be quite a different person.

 

A thin book and a thick book

Now I don’t read that many “thin” books but out of all the books that I’ve read, Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is probably the most suited for this one.

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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is HUGE. I mean, just look at the size of it! Plus, the font inside is absolutely teeny-tiny.

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A fiction book and a non-fiction book

I tend to always stick to fiction and it is impossible for me to pick just one. The Harry Potter series by JKR, the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown are a few of my favorite fiction books.

Recently I started reading Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants. Even though I’ve not finished it yet, I really enjoyed the parts that I did read. It is a really amusing and fun book.

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A book that made you happy and one that made you sad

The ending of Jenny Han’s “P.S. I Still Love You” (the second book of the Lara Jean duology) made me really happy. It is one of those fluffy romances which is suitable for light reading and I really enjoyed the book. I found myself totally satisfied with the ending.

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Nicholas Sparks is the IT author to give you red puffy eyes. I remember reading A Walk to Remember back in ninth grade and I swear, I cried out the entire Mariana Trench. The ending shattered my heart to a million pieces. The same goes for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

This is it  for my first post. I hope you enjoyed reading it! I’d love to hear your thoughts so do comment. Everyone is welcome to do this book tag. If you do it then make sure to comment me the link. I’d love to read it! 😀