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.

 

86-2DEUX. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR.

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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. 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

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

  1. 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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  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. 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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  4. Courtney Summers is one of my favorite contemporary authors as well. I definitely don’t think she gets enough love! Legendary is one of the few I’ve managed to control myself on buying and from everything I’ve heard I’m glad I did. Hope the rest of the year brings us as many good books though 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Sissi! 😊

      I know right?? It went by so quickly. I’ve read We Were Liars, but I couldn’t connect with it for some reason. The Sun is Also a Star is on my TBR, though, I hope I can get to it sometime soon.

      Thanks so much for the recommendations!! 💞

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  5. Love this post, Lily! ❤ I've added these books to my ever growing TBR, haha. (At this point, I'll never be able to read all the books in my TBR. :')) Bram is also one of my favorite characters; he's such a sweetie and I love him! I also really related to Kiko from Starfish, since I'm Asian myself and plus, the social anxiety rep was done so well!

    I really want to read I Was Born For This too; hopefully I'll get able to get a copy of it soon. And I know I said this before, haha, but I hope you'll enjoy Love, Simon! ❤

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    1. Thanks so much, Dezzy! Ahhh that makes me super happy, I hope you love them all & I can’t wait to fangirl about them with you! 💞

      I didn't know you were Asian too!! Are you Japanese, like Kiko? And I agree, the Asian and social anxiety rep was so well-written and well-portrayed.

      I'm crossing my fingers for you to get to I Was Born for This soon! If I don’t love Love, Simon, I’ll be very shocked (and devastated).

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        1. Also, I forgot to mention this earlier haha, but ikr, it’s totally unbelievable that we’re already more than halfway through 2018!! :O This year is honestly flying by. I’m graduating from high school next year (!!), so it’s kinda scary how quickly this year is going by, ahh haha.

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  6. phénoménal post ^_^ (i even had to look this up on google translate)

    Thanks so much for tagging me! I’m so excited to do this tag (AHHH It’s already June!!) and I loved reading your answers ❤ I definitely also need to read Always Never Yours. The cover looks so cute too! I'm so behind because I also still need to read The Astonishing Color of After! AND Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue! Your post just reminded me of so many books I want to read on my TBR. I'm so excited for you to watch Love, Simon 🙂 If you loved the books (esp Bram), then I'm sure you'll love the movie~

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    1. Merci beaucoup!! 💗 (That is so cuuute of you.)

      Ahh you are so sweet, Tiffany, I can’t wait to read yours!! Always Never Yours has such a pretty cover, too, doesn’t it? I really hope you love The Astonishing Color of After, it’s so beautiful. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it + The Gentleman’s Guide as well.

      Thankyouthankyou!! I hope so. ☺️

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  7. LOOK AT ALL THOSE AMAZING BOOKS YOU’VE MENTIONED ESPECIALLY CIRCE BEING THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ UP TO NOW BECAUSE HONESTLY SAME

    also look at YOU counting (&spelling!!) in French!!! tu as tellement bien fait ça!!

    also I love you for putting a zootopia gif in this post & also for being the only person I can relate to about seeing more trailers than I do actual movies because Big Mood

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    1. CIRCE IS AMAZING, I can’t believe I thought it would end up being a three-star read.

      I had to Google Translate what you wrote, ahah, but thank youuu!! & ahhh you recognized the gif, Zootopia is so cute, isn’t it!! And obviously, we’re soul sisters. 👭

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    1. It tells the story of Circe (the witch), and is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey! It’s basically a retelling of all the classic tales, but even if you’re not interested in mythology, what really makes this book amazing is the absolutely gorgeous writing, and the way the story is woven so beautifully.

      Thank you, Chhavi! 💕

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  8. I am curious, did you just randomly decide you wanted to practice your French counting or was there a reasoning behind it? Not that it isn’t cool!! I mean French – yay!
    And I know we already talked about this, but I have a good feeling about Love, Simon 😀 I hope we will both love it!

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  9. Thanks for tagging me Lily ❤
    Those french lessons came back to me while reading this (I can still read and write French but forgot most of the Grammar). I feel bad about Circe because I read it in a bad time and it is your favorite! I am looking forward for Muse of the nightmares too :D. I recently finished Beartown and waned to recommend it to you! I guess you will like it.

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    1. You’re welcome, Hamad! 💜

      Ohh I didn’t know that (say something to me in French??). And ahh you shouldn’t, everyone has different tastes, and I can totally see how it’s not a book that everyone will love. & I know, right, how magical was Strange the Dreamer. 💘

      I’m actually really curious about Beartown, because I’ve seen it around a lot lately. Thanks for the rec! 🙂

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      1. Vous etez la reine de l’esthétique 😛

        I mean it was finals month and I don’t know if that was why I didn’t enjoy it or was it the book itself.

        I am starting Beartown book 2 because it was good and I want more 🙂

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        1. Ohhh merci beaucoup, je suis très flatté. 💓

          I guess we’ll never know … unless you decide to re-read it. 😛

          I hope you enjoy it just as much! 🙂 I’ve heard great things about A Man Called Ove, too, I feel like Fredrik Backman is getting a lot of love lately.

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  10. Ooh I LOVE your answers!!! I really want to read The Poppy War as well. It’s not something I’d normally pick up on my own, but after seeing all the love surrounding it–much need!!! Also Bram = definite fave character. And I’m so glad you enjoyed The Raging Ones! I LOVE KB’s contemporary books, but I kind of didn’t like this one? I didn’t finish it, which sucks. D:

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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    1. Thanks, Aimee! ❤

      I feel the exact same way about The Poppy War; after reading all the rave reviews, I just need to see for myself what all the fuss is about. 😀 I hope we both love it!

      And I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy The Raging Ones. 😦 I felt a bit disconnected every now and then, so I can definitely understand why you’d come to DNF it, but all in all, it ended up being a lot of fun to read for me, though I’m hoping for the sequel to be better still.

      I’m really curious, though (being a fan of Krista & Becca), which Ritchie books did you enjoy? 🙂

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  11. I kind of rushed to click on this post because I saw you would speak French, but…. you only did the numbers, now I’m curious, can you speak French? TELL ME SOMETHING IN FRENCH haha the French in me would be very happy 😛
    I really loved reading your answers here and every time you talk about The Astonishing Color of After, I want to buy it a little more. I really hope to read it soon, I am so hyped for that title, maybe a bit too much haha. Same for Starfish! ❤
    YES YES I do watch Modern Family as well and I love Phil, he makes me laugh soooo much haha 🙂
    Lovely post! ❤

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    1. Ahh I feel so bad now, I didn’t mean to mislead you. 🙈 I don’t speak French (though I understand bits and pieces in writing, because I know Latin), but it’s the #1 language I want to learn!! It’s soo beautiful.

      I really hope I didn’t hype The Astonishing Color of After too much for you & that you won’t be disappointed if you read it! And I hope you get around to reading it + Starfish soon, I’d love to hear what you think of them. 🙂

      Right?? He’s one of my favorite characters. Also, Joe is the cutest! 👦🏼🌻

      Thanks, Marie! 💖

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      1. Ahhh don’t haha. And I can teach you if you want haha 🙂
        Oh I’m sure you did not, I am 99% sure I will love it and I can’t wait to read it 😀
        You’re so welcome! ❤ ❤

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              1. Oh no it’s not! But… Google Translate is THE WORST honestly, it gives the worst translations ever, do not use it. I personally use word reference and it’s way better 😀

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                    1. I use “dict.cc” for German ↔ English translations (it has French as well, but I don’t know if it’s any good?), “Pleco” for Mandarin ↔ English translations, and I love to look up words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary (and sometimes use it, if I want to fully grasp the meaning of an English word/research it). 🙂

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  12. Thank you so much for the tag, Lily!💓I will most definitely do it this month (I usually procrastinate a lot on tags, but this one is MID year, so that makes me determined to do it in June, haha.) I really enjoyed reading all your answers as well, great post!

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  13. Simon is one of my fav books and I love Bram too (so much) I just watched the movie too a week ago and it’s the cutest thing in this entire world ❤

    I loved Strange the Dreamer too and can't wait for Muse of Nightmares. Also, I am starting to learn French so this post is super helpful to me (still very bad at it though). I haven't read Circe yet but it's on my TBR so I will get to it definitely.

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the movie, Amara! I can’t wait to see it and resume my fangirling.

      Honestly, whyyy is Muse of Nightmares‘ release date still so far away. 😭 & I really hope you love Circe! If you enjoy mythology, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it, and even if you don’t, it’s so gorgeously written, so I think you will. 🙂

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  14. i can’t believe i still haven’t read circe!!! honestly what am i even doing with my life………….. :<
    also god, i ADORE bram, he's so cute and adorable and deserves all the god things and flowers in the world!!

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  15. Lovely post 💕 Muse of Nightmares is one of my most anticipated releases too! I need to know what happens next!!! I love the way you described your reading experience of Starfish and I’m so excited to finally read it 😊

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  16. I’m a huge fan of Circe (that book is sooo beautiful) and Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ve heard great things about Strange the Dreamer and Astonishing Color of After! Also same, I was hugely disappointed by Caraval, so I’ve decided not to read Legendary. And ooh, I used to be an uber fan of Modern Family! I kinda fell off after the first two seasons, but Phil is my favorite character. 😉

    Awesome post! Loved all your answers!

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    1. Yess, Circe is so gorgeous inside and out! And honestly, you didn’t miss very much by skipping Legendary … in my opinion, anyway. 😄

      Ahh really? I think my favorite seasons are five and seven … and I love the most recent addition to the cast they made. & Phil actually only really grew on me as the seasons progressed. 🙂

      Thank you so much! 💞

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      1. That’s awesome to hear! Taking Legendary off the list is a load off my TBR (I really didn’t want to read it haha, but the hype can get to you). Oh, and I have kinda dabbled in later seasons of MF, and I enjoyed the new cast too. 🙂 I’ll be sure to give seasons 5 and 7 extra attention if I decided to binge. Cheers! ❤

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        1. I hope I didn’t discourage you from reading a book you might have enjoyed with Legendary … I do know a lot of people who loved it, so maybe don’t write it off completely? 🙈

          Ahhh crossing my fingers that you’ll enjoy those seasons!! Feel free to rant to me, if you get around to watching them. 😁

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          1. Hehe no worries, Legendary’s been VERY iffy on my TBR, so I probably would’ve ended up taking it off anyway (you have no idea how much Caraval annoyed me 😂). And aww thanks! It’s good to know that there’s an outlet for me to rave about MF! ❤

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  17. THANK YOU FOR TAGGING ME YOU KIND SOUL. also oh my GOD I LOVED STARFISH SO MUCH TOO i basically loved it for the same reasons that you did??? LIKE WOW.

    Also that sucks that Legendary was disappointing (did you like Caraval tho??) altho I haven’t read it yet it’s one of my anticipated and ???? I’M SCARED I’LL HATE IT NOW. Also Circe looks really good in that mystical way that you have no idea what it’s about but everyone loves it ??? NICE POST<3

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    1. I can’t wait for your post, I’m so excited to read your answers!! 💓

      OH MY GOSH THE ASIAN REP IN STARFISH WAS SO BEAUTIFUL, WASN’T IT? 😭 HOW MANY STARS DID YOU GIVE IT??

      I liked Caraval okay … it wasn’t bad, but also not amazing? (What about you?) Circe is so gorgeously written, I hope you love it if/when you read it!!

      Thank you so much, Julianna!! 💖💖

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      1. I GAVE STARFISH FIVE STARS. I COULD RELATE SO HARD TO THE BEGINNING WHEN KIKO FELT REALLY OUT OF PLACE AND EVERYTHING??

        I actually really enjoyed Caraval! I thought that it was really nicely done, and I did NOT see that plot twist coming tbh. Although I might have lower standards? Lmao.

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        1. I’M SO HAPPY THAT YOU COULD RELATE TO HER SO MUCH! Well, not about the circumstances, but that you found yourself in her as well (I think you know what I mean). 💜

          Um … well, I’m known for being hypercritical, so your standards are probably (🙃) fine!!

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  18. Ahh! How is it already time for this post?! The Poppy War is one I need to get to as well. Circe is another one everyone is hyping. Glad this one is everything everyone has said it was. Hope that made sense. I hope the second half of the year brings you lots of amazing books.

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  19. Thanks for tagging me, Lily! I just came back from a mandatory hiatus (my computer broke down 😭) and saw that you had tagged me, it was a perfect way to come back.

    I really need to read Circe, it sounds so interesting and I have heard nothing but good things about it. I also need to read The Astonishing Color of After, I have had it since it was realesed and I have heard great things about the writing, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. Great post, Lily!

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    1. Welcome back, Sofia!! 💞 (I hope it’s been repaired, or you have a new one now?)

      I hope you love both of these books, Circe is so wonderful, and The Astonishing Color of After means so much to me! Definitely let me know what you think of them, once you finish! ❤

      Thank you so much!! 🌷

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  20. I’d love to read The Poppy War, too, but I have so many books to read yet that probably it would be one of my reading for the next year. But I really, really want to read it!
    And I am glad you enjoyed the second book of the Pacat’s series!! I liked all the series, and I am glad to see that, even if you didn’t enjoy the first book, you liked the second one! 🙂

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    1. I relate! I’m getting to a point where my TBR is so huge that I may as well not have one at all. I hope you can get around to reading all the books you want to read this year. 🙂

      Thank you so much, Susy! I honestly loved the rest of the series, and I’m so happy I stuck with it. :’) 💘

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