How in the fuck are we halfway through the year already is what I want to know???
Between family drama, fear of the world being destroyed by a mixture of Donald Trump and Kim-Jong Un, and all this reading and blogging, it seems that the year as sped past me faster than ever before and I don’t know how I feel about it! There’s so much to be angry at in the world right now and I can barely make it from one day to the next without being crippled by the shit show that is Earth.
Today I’m going to distract myself from all of that by tackling the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag since the lovely Krystin @ Here’s the Fucking Twist tagged me! Go check her out, I swear you won’t regret it, she posts bookish stuff and shares true crime stories, My Favourite Murder style, and they are so good!!
│Dangerous Girls│Abigail Haas│
We made each other like we learned about in science class. Symbiosis. I was the partner-in-crime she’d been waiting for: a hand to hold as she ran, laughing, away from the ivy-covered gates she’d been gazing over her entire life. And Elise . . . She was my catalyst.
The glint in my eye, the giddy thrill in my stomach, the voice urging me to be louder, bolder, to blend into the background no more.
OMG! This book. This bloody intense, messy and mind fuck of a book. It was so fucking good!
Dangerous Girls takes a hard look at the treatment of those accused of something as disturbing as murdering their best friend, how the media plays a huge role in our opinions of who is guilty or innocent and how easy it is for a person to look like an extreme version of one or the other. Perception is everything. –Review
│Saga Vol 2│Brian K. Vaughan│
This was a really hard choice to make because I’ve not read hardly any sequels so far this year that weren’t graphic novels so I had to pick Saga! It’s just such a good fucking series man! It’s full-on, funny as hell and you get so damn attached to all of the characters!
TBR New Release
│Children of Blood and Bone│Tomi Adeyemi│
I’ve had this on my shelf since the day it came out in Australia. I know I’ll enjoy it!
Here’s the thing though, I forget so much stuff between books in series so I’m thinking that when it comes to those books I can probably bank on loving, maybe I should wait until the whole series is out? Or at least half of it if it’s a long series. That way I’m not having to reread the series from the start every time a book comes out…
“I won’t let your ignorance silence my pain”
Most Anticipated Upcoming Release
How can I not include my favourite author???
She’s about to break my heart, I know it, and I’m not ready!
Hope called themselves the Renegades.
This was such a letdown. It was so boring and hardly anything intrigued me. This is one of those books I wish I had just DNF’d.
Renegades very much felt like a set up book, and I wish established authors would stop pulling this cheap trick on their readers. It feels like they purposefully take their time, using the first book as merely a stepping stone into the world they want to introduce to us because they know we’ll read it. They dangle just enough bait to get us to buy the next one. –Review
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│Girls made of Snow and Glass│Melissa Bashardoust│
“You’ll see too, one day. Once you grow older, someone else will be waiting to take your place, someone younger and prettier than you. I knew that day was approaching for me. I knew even when you were still a child. So why am I so surprised to learn that I’m being thrown aside? Why am I always so surprised?”
I don’t really know what I was expecting from this one going in. I picked it up at the library because I saw it available and remembered it had been on my TBR for a bit and I was pretty sure it had a F/F romance. I figured it was a fantasy and that was the end of my knowledge.
It took me until halfway through the book before I realized that this was a Snow White retelling. As soon as I realized this I started to worry since Snow White was never really my thing, but it quickly became apparent that I was wrong to worry. This shit is far better than any generic princess story* that Disney could produce. For one, it’s got a F/F relationship and for two, it dismantles the whole evil stepmother/daughter dynamic and society’s obsession with pitting women against each other.
*yes, I called them generic, they are, but that doesn’t stop me from loving Disney anyway because you can enjoy things and still see what’s wrong with them.
Favourite New Author
(debut or new-to-you)
“She thinks she’s going back. Don’t you, Nancy? You think you’re going to open the right-wrong door and see you stairway to Heaven on the other side, and then it’s one step, two step, how d’you do step, and you’re right back in your story. Crazy girl. Stupid girl. You can’t go back. Once they throw you out, you can’t go back.”
I finally read a book from the Wayward Children series that everyone is talking about and god damn it, it was bloody brilliant. How many authors are there out there that can craft a story with such atmospheric and intricate fantastical worlds in only a couple hundred pages??? Well, that is exactly what McGuire did! Like, it wasn’t just one world she created, which would have been an impressive feat in and of its self, but she basically created one for every character!
This book punches you in the gut, it grabs your heart and squeezes tight, it runs its nails down your spine, all while whispering sweet nothings in your ear, only to scream bloody murder when you least expect it. –Review
2018 Fictional Crush
│Felicity Montague│The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue│Mackenzie Lee│
“Dear God, Felicity Montague, are you sewing yourself shut?”
Felicity looks up, innocent as a schoolgirl. She’s got the bloody cravat unwrapped from her arm, sleeve pushed up, and that wicked needle buried in her own arm around the gash left by the splinter—already sewn half shut while Percy and I were distracted. “What? It needs to be done and neither of you knows how.”
Every time I read about Felicity I wanted to scream ‘ICONIC’ because that is what she is and the whole world should know about it. I can’t wait for her book!!!!
2018 Fictional Character
│Sophie│Far From You│Tess Sharpe│
Once upon a time, I’d been a daddy’s girl. I loved him wholly, preferred him to the point of cruelty. But that girl is gone. I rotted away what was left of her with pills and loss.
I’m not the daughter he raised. I’m not the daughter my mother wanted.
I’ve become something different, every parent’s nightmare: the drugs hidden in the bedroom, the lies, the call in the middle of the night, the police knocking on the door.
I saw myself in Sophie the whole time I was reading this book. I identified with her so strongly and that’s why I couldn’t pick anyone but her.
Sophie is such an incredible, complex character. She’s so strong, and throughout the book, it is beyond clear that she tries her hardest to be the best person she can be.
Like, I love me a morally grey character, but sometimes I forget how much I love characters that are just trying their damnedest to be good. –Review
│The Nowhere Girls│Amy Reed│
“There wasn’t any proof,” he says, his voice rising defensively. “That’s what everyone said. They said that girl was lying.”
“That girl has a name.” Grace tries to kill him with her eyes. When nothing happens, she turns around and storms away.
“Wait, Grace,” he says. She stops walking but keeps her back to him. “You don’t understand. You weren’t here. Everything was crazy after Lucy said all that stuff. Everyone at school, the whole town was, like, falling apart.”
“Yeah?” she says. “The town was falling apart?” She turns her head and looks him in the eyes. “How do you think she felt?”
This book made me feel so many emotions. It was a roller coaster. It was exactly what I needed right now, stuck in a world I don’t recognise and yet know has always been.
This book reminded me that I am actually religious and that religion, what I believe in with all of my heart, is girls and women in all the forms and shapes we take.
We are a force of nature, we can burn everything to the ground if that is what we choose. Too often we forget, are convinced otherwise.
There is a strength in Girls that has grown over generations, beginning since the dawn of time. It grew from necessity. You can call it evolution, and it is, an evolution for us and us alone. It is a gift earned by the curse of our pain and suffering thanks to a world that has cut at us since before we’re even born. -Review
│Lumberjanes Series│Noelle Stevenson│
This series is always just such a good fluffy read! It reminds you of the strengths of friendship and the power of girls, it feels you up and doesn’t ever knock you down. It is also just about the cutest damn graphic novel you will find.
Most Beautiful Cover
│Tempests and Slaughter│Tamora Pierce│
It’s so beautiful!!! I could stare at it all day to be quite honest, I mean, look at it!
And inside, the book is just as magical!
“Shall I poison their breakfasts?” she asked. Her eyes were as hard as sapphires.
“Wh- who?” he stammered, but he could tell she had guessed the source of his bruises.
“I wouldn’t poison them a lot,” she reassured him with a sparkling smile. “Just enough to keep them vomiting all during examinations. Just so they’ll have to spend Midwinter making them up. I can do it. And I needn’t even use magic, so I won’t get caught.” She shook her head, looking sad. “So many kinds of sickness this time of year.”
End of the Year Reading Goals
Originally, I set my reading goal to 50 because I wasn’t sure how much reading I would get done this year. However, even with a month break, I still managed to reach my goal 6 months early. Sounds like my overachieving self. So now my goal is 100, in hopes that I might get to bump it up to 150 if I keep up with reading as much as I am at the moment.
I’m hoping to read far more diverse books for the rest of the year as well and so far so good!
Favourite Book Community Member
Krystin, of course, is high up there, she’s the first blogging friend I made here and also the one I talk to most. She just gets me which rare because I tend to rub people the wrong way easily. I looooove her True Crime Tuesdays, they’re always so interesting to read which is no easy task!
Ahhhhhhh that was not easy! I tried to keep from using the same answer more than once!
I really do love doing tags, I should do them far more often!
How has your reading year gone?
What was your favourite book this year?
What books are you look forward to?