Mid-Year Freak Out 2018 // Sprinkles of Dreams

Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018 // In Which I Speak French … Un Peu

Can this be true? I, Lily, am actually, for once, publishing a blog post for something I was tagged for in a timely fashion? If this isn’t cause for a freak out, I don’t know what is. Well, except for the fact that I only just realized that it’s June, and we’re pretty much done with half of 2018 already.

OMG Disney GIF.gifThank you so much for tagging me, Romie @ Romie We Deserve Love! 💕

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. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR.

Circe by Madeline Miller

 

Circe by Madeline Miller. I’m not even going to attempt to put into words what kind of masterpiece this book is, but I think my picking it as the best book I’ve read really says it all.

 

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Captive Prince Volume Two The Prince's Gambit by S.U. Pacat

 

Captive Prince: Volume Two, also known as Prince’s Gambit, proved to me how you can start out strongly disliking the first book in a series, and go on to absolutely adore the rest of it.

 

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

(As you know, I’m the Queen of Indecision, so please excuse my inability to settle on one book throughout this post.)

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QUATRE
. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR.

Sadie, because Courtney Summers is one of my favorite contemporary authors of all time, and Muse of Nightmares, because Strange the Dreamer was absolutely magical, and a strong contender for being the best book I’ve read so far in 2018.

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CINQ
. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT.

Legendary by Stephanie Garber


I didn’t even have high expectations for this book, since I wasn’t a huge fan of 
Caraval (it being likened to The Night Circus made me go “???”to begin with, but Legendary still managed to disappoint me.

Where was the magic?

 

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SIX. BIGGEST SURPRISE.

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie

 

I love Krista & Becca Ritchie, but they’ve never published a book in the Fantasy/Science-Fiction genre before, so I was over the moon when I received an ARC for The Raging Ones, and actually ended up loving it.

 

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SEPT
. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU).

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

 

Emily X.R. Pan writes so beautifully, and the fact that her debut is an ownvoices novel, and handles so many important issues, is a huge plus. I’m already impatiently awaiting her next novel.

 

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HUIT. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH.

Sarai and Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by lesyablackbird
Sarai and Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer by lesyablackbird @ Tumblr

Lazlo Strange from Strange the Dreamer. He is kindness, gentleness, and earnestness materialized in form of a person. And he loves books. Need I say more?

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NEUF. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER.

Bram from Love, Simon & Leah on the Offbeat. He’s such a cutie.

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DIX. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


Starfish
by Akemi Dawn Bowman.

The main character, Kiko, is half-Asian, and many of the things she struggles with hit incredibly close to home for me. Reading Starfish felt like exploring a tiny part of myself that I hadn’t been consciously aware of.

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ONZE. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY.

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DOUZE. FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR.

I actually haven’t seen any movie adaptions of books I’ve read this year—or any movies, period. Watching a movie just feels like such a huge commitment to me? I always spend so much more time watching trailers, and trying to figure out which movie I should spend two to three hours of my life (🙃) on, that I often spare myself the trouble in advance. Also, it’s much easier for me to commit to three episodes of a TV show*, than an entire movie.

I really hope I’ll love Love, Simon, though! Two more weeks until it’s released, and I can go see it.

*I’m currently obsessed with Modern Family. Someone fangirl with me about Phuns (=Phil’s puns), please!

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TREIZE. FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR.

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I recall struggling a lot with writing my review for A Little Life, because reading this book was a huge struggle as well, so I’m pretty proud of having managed to put some of my feelings about it into words.

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QUATORZE. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED).

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

How about … all the books that are on my TBR?

27I TAG:

Julianna @ Paper Blots 🌱 Jackie @ Too Much of a Booknerd 🌱 Elissa @ Elissa Reads 🌱 Hamad @ The Book Prescription 🌱 Silje @ Inked by Books 🌱 Kayla @ Books and Blends 🌱 Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess 🌱 Tiffany @ Love, Tiffany 🌱 LaRonda @ Flying Paperbacks 🌱 Olivia @ Purely Olivia 🌱

Sprinkles of Dreams // Cloudletschat!-2

Any books you think I should read this year?
Did you actually freak out about being halfway through 2018 as well?
If you watch Modern Family (and if you don’t, I hereby kindly demand you to do so), let me know who your favorite character is! 💗

xx, Lily

119 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2018 // In Which I Speak French … Un Peu”

  1. Starfish is the best isn’t it :)) I wonder who convinced you to read it :)) (IT MADE YOU CRY AAAAHHHHH) and hmmm GMOS was one of the most beautiful books you got this year huh………doesn’t it deserve to be rounded up to 4 stars

    I LOVE BRAM AND LAZLO and you better love Love, Simon!!! (scream at me on kik when you get to watch it) and also, I love how all the books that made you happy were gay. there’s a pattern here, li(ly)ar

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    1. Whomever could you be referring to … hmmm. Girl Made of Stars has a beautiful cover, but that doesn’t make the inside more beautiful.

      I’ll scream at you in two weeks!! I can’t wait. And I’ve very obviously been reading mostly gay books this year, and they’re all ridiculously cute & have the most adorable pairings. 🌻

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  2. I love this tag and I’ll probably do it sometime soon, too.

    I started watching Modern Family but I had to stop. The secondhand embarrassment was just too much for me. I get so easily embarrassed when watching comedy/sitcoms etc. but I heard so many good things that I wanted to try. But I had to pause it multiple times and probably watched 1/3 of it only with my hands before my eyes 😅

    Circe sounds so intriguing!

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    1. Ohh leave me a link, when you do, so I don’t miss it! 🙂

      Haha, I relate! I didn’t take to Modern Family until I was a few episodes in. Some episodes are really funny and meaningful, but some are … more of a miss than a hit.

      It’s amazing! I hope you love it, when you decide to read it. 🌷

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  3. Ooh yes I could get behind this tag!! I’ll do it tomorrow 🙂

    I’ve heard so many mixed reviews about Circe and I’m not really a mythology kind of person but the rest of the subject sounds like it’d be up my alley… I’m wondering if I should even shelve it or not. (I have over 800 books on my to-read shelf… will I even get to it? hmmm…)

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    1. I can’t wait to read your answers! 🙂

      I’m not a huge mythology kind of person either, but what really set this book apart from others for me is the brilliant, gorgeous writing.

      (I just checked, and I have over 800 as well ahh. I should really un-shelve some, because at this point it’s almost the same thing as not having a to-read shelf at all?)

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