Mid-Year Book Freak Out

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Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03gz6k0IB-Y // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Wh0rPGfRg&t=6s

Please let’s not talk about how I’ve been absent for half a year, okay, thank you.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Man, does this one even need an explanation?

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
Haven’t been reading much in terms of series (I’m saving all my fantasy for July & August), but The Hammer of Thor was really, really good. It was also my first ever book with a genderfluid character, which I loved immensely. Can’t wait for the last book this fall

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
The two Trials of Apollo books that came out so far, other than that – I don’t even know, I’ve mostly been reading classics this year, with an occasional contemporary novel that came up in one of my games on LiveLib.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The Ship of the Dead. Riordan all the way!

5. Biggest disappointment.
I’ve got two books that were huge disappointments. First is The Catcher in the Rye. For whatever reason I had quite high expectations for this one and it turned out to be TERRIBLE. One of the worst books of the year.

The second one is Watchmen – I know, right??? It’s basically a staple, a must-read for all comics/graphic novel lovers, and yet, and yet, I just felt so detached. The characters were boring, some I downright hated, like Nite Owl II (but Rorschach was great and Dr. Manhattan was cool up until the very end.. ugh). There was just too much packed in those 400+ A4 pages. Too much.

6. Biggest surprise.
The Yellow Wallpaper. It’s tiny. Go read it.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
That’s a hard one. I read a lot of stuff by new authors, a lot of which I really enjoyed, but I only read one novel by each, or a couple of short stories, so can I really count that? Maybe next thing by them I read I hate completely, you know? Anyways!

Truman Capote – I’ve read three autobiographical short stories and his writing is BEAUTIFUL, I’m so excited to read more.

Thomas Hardy – that one needs a looong explanation and I’m not really feeling it, but I plan on reading at least one more novel of his this summer, so maybe then.

And I would also love to read more Margaret Atwood and Maya Angelou, absolutely.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I rarely ever have book crushes, so my new ones are all old ones re-introduced through new books of the series they are parts of, if that makes sense. For example, Bigby Wolf (*What a Man by Linda Lyndell starts playing*) and Sam Vimes (*the song gets ten times louder*). I just love decent men, what can I say?

9. Newest favourite character.
Atticus Finch. See #1

10. Book that made you cry.
All The Light We Cannot See made me cry a rIVER. Also No Matter the Wreckage was beautiful, Mrs. Ribeiro always makes me tear up, no matter if I read it or listen to it.

11. Book that made you happy.
… And this is me realizing I read a lot of angsty stuff this year. So I guess we’re back to Rick Riordan. Oh, and Oh, boy! It was so so so lovely.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
So far this year I’ve seen Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman, and all three of them were amazing and technically count, right? If they don’t, A Monster Calls was beautiful, if a tad bit boring. But I loved the animated parts to bits, they were gorgeous.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
I’m still shit at writing reviews, but I’ve actually been writing them! In Russian though, on LiveLib. Here they are. All of them are bad. You’ve been warned.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
It might actually be A Little Life – I absolutely adore the gorgeous simplicity of this cover.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’ve actually been keeping up with my Top 17 Books to Read in 2017 list! So far I have eight left: The Nightingale, Vanity Fair, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Beloved, Brideshead Revisited, A Room of One’s Own, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. I think I’m doing quite well, all things considered.

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T5W: favorite character names

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Here’s a tip for you all: don’t start a blog right before the start of your finals, especially when said finals last from early May and up to the very end of June. I hate life so much right now, I really just need to write something so I stop feeling like a disappointment. I’ve also opened a bookish instagram, but it’s not like I have time to post there (and not like I read anything).

Anyways! Favorite character names! I should probably start this by saying that if I could, this list would consist entirely of the names of Terry Pratchett’s characters, and technically I can, but like yay, diversity.

  1. Adrian Ivashkov. And I suppose Dorian Gray, since they sorta go together in my head, and let’s pray I never have twin boys, because they will hate my guts for naming one of them after an alcoholic (true story: Adrian is my biggest book-crush, like, ever, at least in the VA series, because in Bloodlines he totally sucks), and the other after, well, Dorian effin’ Gray.
  1. Shadow Moon. I know it’s not his real name, but it’s the one he uses and it’s really cool.
  1. Aelin Ashryver Galathynius aka Celaena Sardothien. Don’t ask me to pronounce it if you don’t want me to kick you in the teeth, but, like. So cool. Aelin is a gorgeous name. Celaena would also be pretty cool if it weren’t, y’know, just Selena on drugs.
  1. Tiffany Aching. First of all, all the Aching puns. Second of all, she is the reason I want to name my future daughter Tiffany, and I live in a Russian-speaking country so it’s probably not the wisest of choices. Whatever. A great character with a great (and simple, which makes it even better) name, I don’t know what else you might need.
  1. Moist Von Lipwig. I don’t understand the problem that the English-speaking world has with the world ‘moist’, especially when they have no problem using ‘loofah’, which, in my opinion, is a bajillion times worse. Also, Moist is a great character, so. Bonus: his girlfriend Adora Belle Dearheart, who is absolutely badass.