Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

Was I tagged to do this? No. Am I gonna do it anyways? Yes.
I´m sure you´ve heard of the tag so I won´t explain it.

1. Best Book You´ve Read So Far?

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like everyone said Crooked Kingdom but honestly this book is perfection.


2. Best Sequel You´ve Read So Far?

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The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

I haven´t written a review for this book yet but it´s coming soon(ish).


3. New Release You Haven´t Read Yet, But Want To?

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I´m normally not a contemporary but this is about the Black Lives Matter movement so I really want to get to it.


4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?

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The Ship Of The Dead by Rick Riordan

Guys, I can´t wait for this book to come out because I love Magnus Chase and I love Rick Riordan and this book is going to be so great.


5. Biggest Disappointment?

Honestly I don´t really have one book that I would call the biggest disappointment of the year so I´m just gonna leave this question blank.


 6. Biggest Surprise?

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The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I thought I was gonna hate The Raven Boys so much but it was so fucking good because of the whole psychic stuff.


7.Favorite New Author?

Leigh Bardugo


8. Newest Fictional Crush?

Can I please just ignore that this question exists?


9. Newest Favorite Character?

I wanted to say Ronan Lynch from the Raven Cycle but then I realized that I started the Trials Of Apollo series this year so it has to be Apollo. Because he´s the best.


10. A Book That Made You Cry

Well, I usually cry always at some point while reading a book so I could list nearly all the books I´ve read so far this year. 


11. A Book That Made You Happy

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)

Reason: Ronan Lynch figuring out how he can make an exact copy of Ganseys ugly car and also that he´s super gay. Also Ronan Lynch in general.


12. Most Beautiful Book You´ve Got So Far This Year?

I was gonna say Strange The Dreamer, BUT MY FRIENDS

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

PLS LOOK AT THIS PIECE OF ART. You might or might not know that Carry On is my favorite book of all time and I already own a copy of it but I obviously had to get a second one when they revealed the new cover.  


13. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani
→All the Lord Of The Rings books and hopefully the Hobbit
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
A Game Of Thrones and maybe even A Clash Of Kings
→The Ship Of The Dead 
as I already mentioned it

These are the ones I can think of right now but there are way more I want to read this year.

Reading Books In Their Original Language

It´s been a year since I started this book blog and obviously I did not write a review to every single book I read during this year BUT I read all the books I wrote reviews about in English.

Why is this an important fact?
So, I live in Germany which means that English is not my first language and even though I started learning English in primary school my overall knowledge of the language was pretty shitty until about two or three years ago when I started watching YouTube in English and reading books in English.
So the reason why I told you the fact that I´ve read all these books in English is that my English is still not perfect and I´m still learning which leads me to the main part of this post:

Reading Books In Their Original Language

What do I mean with “Original Language”?
The language the book was originally written in, which is usually the language that a majority of people speak in the country the author lives in. 

Why Do I Want To Do This/ Why Am I Doing This?
You know, I could just easily go to my local bookstore and buy all the popular and not so popular books in German and that would be just fine but there is this huge thing I´m not a big fan of: Translations.
Not that people who translate books usually do a bad job because that´s not the case but there are often certain jokes and proverbs that don´t really work out in German so the translators have to change them.

I especially noticed this with books written by my all-time favorite author Rick Riordan (The best of the best, the one and only, the person who wrote all my favorite series, the person who actually writes books that are so fucking diverse that other authors are probably embarrassed for saying their books are diverse ( I´m looking at you, J.K. Rowling)).

I own the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series and the Heroes Of Olympus series in German and I own The Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chases series and The Trials Of Apollo in English. So I noticed (because I´ve read the Kane Chronicles in German before I bought them myself in English) that some of the jokes the characters make in English are weirdly translated in German because it doesn´t make sense in the translation. I also noticed that the way characters speak, for example Leo Valdez, can´t be a 100% translated so they just change it a bit and it´s save to say that I don´t like this.

Long Story short: I´m trying to read books in their original language which is usually English and if a book was written in German then I read it in German. (I´ve learned French for like six years but honestly, my French is so bad that I don´t think I could read a whole book. And I´ve had Japanese lessons for two years but I´m not going to continue this for the next school year so I´m obviously not able to read a whole book in Japanese.)

The only time I go against this rule is when I´m pretty sure that the original English is way to heavy for me but I really want to understand every single word in the story.
The Lord Of The Rings is one of those books because I bought this a few days ago in German so that I´ll understand everything while reading it. (And because the cover of is super gorgeous so I couldn´t resist it.) 
 And obviously when I already own a German copy of a book.

The Man In The High Castle

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The Man In The High Castle was written by Philip K. Dick.

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      United States, after the Second World War: The Nazis and the Japanese won the war and the US. is now divided between Germany and Japan. You follow different characters with different nationalities and missions and how they live in a society where slavery is legal again and Jews have to live undercover or else they are brought to concentration camps in Germany. And during all of this the characters discover a book called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy written by The Man In The High Castle, in which the war was won by the Allies.

I did not expect to even like this book but honestly, I loved it. It´s a bit hard to get into the story at first and it´s written in a way that it´s a bit hard to understand sometimes but there is such a good character development in the story and in the first few chapters nothing really happens but then towards the end of the book there is so much crazy stuff happening. The scary part about this book is that it´s super realistic and I mean, it could have actually happened like this.
I don´t think this is a book for everyone, but I think it´s worth reading.

(Rating: B+)

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A World Without Princes (The School For Good And Evil #2)

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A World Without Princes was written by Soman Chainani.

The School For Good And Evil (The School For Good And Evil #1)

Sophie and Agatha lived through their fairy tale and are now back in Gavaldon, living a peaceful life. But everything changes when Agatha secretly wishes she would have chosen Tedros over Sophie and their story starts rewriting itself. When they get cast back to The School for Good and Evil they realize a terrible truth: Because Agatha chose Sophie over Tedros the whole concept of fairy tales has changed and princesses no longer need princes and vice versa.
In their second year in the School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha have to do everything they can to prevent a war between boys and girls.

      The book definitely had the potential to introduce some lgbt+ characters and (spoiler) we had the scene where Tedros kisses Sophie while she looks like a boy but I expected a tiny bit more since everyone was like ´we don´t need boys/girls to have a happy ending fairy tale´.
It also felt like the ending was a bit forced but overall I really enjoyed where the story was going and I´m excited for the third one.

(Rating: B+)

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This Is My Truth Now Tag

I was tagged by @iamsurvivor666 to do this tag and I´m honestly super thankful. These are just some bunch of fun questions created by @thisismytruthnow so hopefully it´s fun for you to read idk. 


RULES:

  • Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  • Be sure to mention the person who tagged you and maybe tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  • Include a link to the original post (https://thisismytruthnow.com/2017/05/31/tag-this-is-my-truth-now/) mentioning the creator of this tag (James @ This is My Truth) so we can see how many people choose to play along.
  • Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  • Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  • Make sure to add your own DARE to your tagged guests at the bottom of the post!
  • If you haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.
  • Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.

TRUTH: Answer the challenge questions as truthful as possible!

OR

DARE:  If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses.


QUESTION ONE: You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.

Definitely option 2. It´s kinda mean BUT a) apparently it´s my birthday and I usually don´t even celebrate my birthdays and b) it´s my favorite author. And if I never have the chance to meet them again then I would much rather eat with them than with my friends. Ok, that sounds super mean but honestly, if they´re my friends than they surely understand that this would be important to me.


 QUESTION TWO: You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?

I´m honestly too ace to answer this question because I can´t even think of one character who I would let anywhere near my bedroom. So I would say no to every character.


QUESTION THREE: If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?

Depends on what people see as “male” or “female”. If you see gender and biological sex as the same thing (It isn´t) , then Kate from the art of being normal because she is transgender and I would like her to have a body she feels more at home with.

 Happy Pride Month everyone.


QUESTION FOUR: What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?

All of them because look how far you´ve come.


QUESTION FIVE: If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?

My favorite book character is Nico di Angelo from almost every series Rick Riordan has ever written and I would change his decision to leave Camp Half-Blood because he was only ten and so small and it makes me just so sad to imagine him alone in the Underworld.


QUESTION SIX: If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?

Weird combination, but Noah from The Raven Cycle and Sokka from The Last Airbender because they´re both super precious and I´m pretty sure they would have super amazing conversations. And because I don´t watch thaaat many TV shows and the only one that came into my mind was The Last Airbender. 


QUESTION SEVEN: It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.

Option 2 and the book would be Carry On by Rainbow Rowell because I would burn all my books to meet Simon & Baz, even if I´m only allowed to see them for ten seconds.


QUESTION EIGHT: If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.

No, because that´s way meaner than eating dinner with my favorite author.


QUESTION NINE: If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?

My best friend into Penny from Carry On because she loves the book as much as I do and if she were Penny then she could meet Simon & Baz. (You should read Carry On 🙂 )


QUESTION TEN: Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).

Well, I was a baby in 2000 but I´m fairly sure my mum read this book to me:
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And the book I´m reading now:
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QUESTION ELEVEN: Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?

Again, Nico di Angelo because he left Camp Half-Blood and thought he had no home and no friends so I don´t even need a spare room because he can sleep in my bed and I sleep on the floor.


QUESTION TWELVE: If you could build a friend group out of book characters, who would they be? (Change this question when you do the tag but you can leave a comment if you want to answer this question.)

Jesper from the Six Of Crows duology, Ronan from the Raven Cycle and Sam from the Magnus Chase series.


I´m not gonna tag 12 people because I know too less to do that but here are the people I tag: (And I won´t search if you´ve already done this tag because I´m lazy and tired)

@bibliomaniacezza
@criticuncriticalbookworm
@dinibharadwaj

I know, I know. 3 people are way less than 12 but I´m super tired and if you really want to do this tag then please feel tagged by me.

 

Books I Want To Read Summer 2017


Disclaimer: I don´t own  most of the books (yet) so I might not get to all of them this summer. I´ll see if I can buy some of these during summer vacation and if not then I might put them on the Autumn/Fall list and try to get them as soon as possible.


1. The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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What´s this book about?:
This book takes places 15 years after the Second World War and in this story, the Nazis and the Japanese won the war. The Nazis took control over the East of the US and the Japanese took control over the West and both of them want to control the whole US. You follow a bunch of characters and their view towards the whole situation and the racism.

Why do I want to read it?:
a) It´s a classic and b) it´s an interesting topic and it´s scary to see what could have happened if the Nazis and the Japanese won the World War.

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2. The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

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What´s this book about?:
The God Apollo has been cast down from the Olymp to live as a mortal and he has to do some task so that he can go back to the Olymp.
The Hidden Oracle (The Trials Of Apollo #1)

Why do I want to read it?:
Because Rick Riordan is my favorite author ever and I need to keep up with his work.

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3. Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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What´s this book about?:
Honestly, I have no idea. I just know that it´s fantasy and that there is a lost city and the main character has the chance to go there.

Why do I want to read it?:
Because it´s fantasy and I need more fantasy to read AND this was pretty popular on Booktube so hopefully it´s good.

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4. The Lord Of The Rings Series by J.R.R Tolkien

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What are these books about?:
Frodo and his companions go on a quest to destroy the evil ring and with it Sauron who is, you know, bad and shit. I figured people know what these books are about.

Why do I want to read them?:
Because I´m a huge fan of the movies but I´ve never read the books and I am ashamed.

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(This will be me when I´ve finally read the books)

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5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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What´s this book about?:
This trilogy is set in space and there is some kind of “war” going on and people have to flee from their planets. You follow different main characters in the first two books but I believe they come together in the third one.
Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Why do I want to read it?:
Because I´ve read the first one and I loved it and now it´s time to read the second one.

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6. Truthwitch & Windwitch by Susan Dennard

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What are these books about?:
In this world there are witches who have different abilities and one of the main characters is a Truthwitch, which means, she can tell if someone tells the truth. Apparently, these books are pretty heavy on female friendship, so that´s pretty good.

Why do I want to read them?:
Again, I need more fantasy to read and these are pretty popular. And yes, I´m trying to get them in the UK covers because I think they look a bit more like fantasy book covers.

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The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

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The Raven King was written by Maggie Stiefvater.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

Blue and her Raven Boys are closer to finding Glendower than ever but first of all they have to get rid of the third sleeper who wants to destroy everything they ever made. And the farther their search goes, the closer Gansey comes to dying.

[Spoilers!]
There are some things to talk about in this book.
First of all: Glendower. Don´t get me wrong, I absolutely loved this book, but since the whole series is about them finding the sleeping king I was a tiny bit disappointed when he was literally just a corpse in a tomb. But then at the same time I thought this was a really amazing plot twist but I really couldn´t stand seeing them hurt after this big discovery. I mean Gansey dedicated his whole life on finding Glendower and then he´s been dead the whole time. Which leads me to the second thing I want to talk about:
Noah Czerny. During the series he lost so much of his humanity the psychics thought that it was his time to leave and he said not yet´ and I was as stupid as to think that he was literally just too afraid to vanish. And then he literally gave what was left of his life to save Gansey both times he died. It wasn´t even fucking Glendower Gansey was after. It was Noah the whole fucking time and I feel like none of the characters in the book appreciated him enough. So can we please talk about Noah Czerny being the best and the cutest character in the Raven Cycle and also that he did not deserve to vanish because he has the purest soul.
Next thing to talk about: Henry Cheng, who is a Chinese-Korean which is a big point for diversity in this series. Also, he was literally trying to get Ganseys attention to become his friend which gives him the title of the third most dedicated person in the books. (First one being Gansey trying to find Glendower and second one being Ronan trying to become Adams boyfriend.)
Talking about Adams boyfriend: Adam and Ronan finally making out (also: can we just appreciate that Adam is bisexual and this literally never happens in media because people are trying to ignore the fact that bisexuals and asexuals exist. But here we have one of the two best bisexual represenations I´ve ever read about. (The other one being Simon Snow from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (which is literally my favorite book ever so I might write a review for this someday))
And lastly: Blue kissing Gansey and killing him. I mean he comes back because NOAH CZERNY saved his life (I repeat: Noah Czerny is the best of all the best) but, you know, it was pretty dramatic and cool because everyone thought they made a mistake and he was dead for ever.  

Overall, I´m super sad that the series is over and that Noah Czerny is gone but I´m super happy because Blue, Gansey, Henry, Adam & Ronan are happy and alive.

(Rating: A) (I changed my rating system again)

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue was written by Maggie Stiefvater.

→ The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
→ The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)

Glendower is underground. So am I.

There are three sleepers. One to wake. One not to wake. And one in the middle. And every single one of them wants to be awake once more.

This book series is surprising me more and more with every book (it also gets gayer with every book which is always a good thing). I really enjoyed that Greenmantle was a part of this book since we were introduced to the Gray Man in the last one so they obviously connected with each other.
And Blue & Gansey trying to be sneaky with their love for each other because they don´t want Adam to be jealous, when a) it´s so fucking obvious that they like each other and b) it´s so fucking obvious that Adam started liking Ronan so why would he care? But seriously, I love them all so much and i also wish Noah (my precious son) will be more of an important character in the last book.

(Rating: 4,75/5)

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The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2)

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The Dream Thieves was written by Maggie Stiefvater.

Ronan´s dreams aren´t like anyone else´s dreams. Because Ronan is able to take things out of his dreams. and as soon as he tells his friends he´s in danger because he´s not the only one who can profit from that ability. 

The Raven Boys

I don´t even have words to describe this book. Seriously, Ronan Lynch is my favorite character in The Raven Cycle and this book just made me so fucking happy because it´s just so much Ronan. You don´t really get to know Ronan that good in the first book but this book ist just 100% his story and it was so amazing. (Honestly, I feel like the only reason Maggie Stiefvater wrote this book was to tell everyone how gay Ronan is and I absolutely love her for that.) Also, the whole dream thing is so well executed and this book was super enjoyable.

Rating: 4,75/5

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

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The Raven Boys was written by Maggie Stiefvater.

Being born without any abilities into a family of psychics wasn´t always easy for Blue. Especially because since she was a young child every psychic she known told her on specific thing about her future: If she kisses her true love, he will die. So Blue told herself to never have something to do with boys but then she meets four boys from the local private school, known as the Raven Boys, who are on the search for a king buried in a sacred place and her life starts to change.

I have to admit: when I first read what this book was about I was certain I wasn´t gonna like it because of the whole “when you kiss your true love, he dies” thing because, seriously, why do authors always write straight, white and cisgender characters with the biggest problems anyone could think of. I mean, considering that the pronoun game is strong in this prophecy, Blue could have literally have every single person on this planet without the he/him pronouns but NO her life is miserable because she is straight so obviously “true love” can only mean a boy. So if this book would support the statement “love has no gender” she could have fallen in love with a bunch of people without killing them.
Anyways, I ended up really enjoying the book because of the whole psychic and magic stuff going on and it took some really amazing turns throughout the story. And this book has some really interesting characters so we´ll see how this goes in the second one.

Rating: (4,25/5)

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