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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag – Nominated By @Norin_76 – #Booktag #Bookblogger

Welcome all ๐Ÿ˜€ I have been nominated by Diary Of A Bookfiend to participate in the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag. Thank you for thinking of me! I have been seeing this tag around so it is great that I get to have a go. Go check out Diary Of A Bookfiend and show your support :). To the questions!

1. Best book youโ€™ve read so far in 2017:

This tag skips the nonsense and goes straight to the big questions! This is hard… I am going to give two answers and they are for books I haven’t posted reviews for yet. I choose Blackwing by Ed McDonald and Lost Boy by Christina Henry for so many reasons but mainly because they exceeded my expectations by a mile.



2. Best sequel of 2017 so far:

I have another heap of answers for this too. Thunderbird by Chuck Wendig is my final answer. That series is unique, badass and I can’t wait for the next two instalments to come out ๐Ÿ˜€


3. New release you havenโ€™t read yet, but want to:

October by China Miรจville. I love Miรจville’s work and I have always wanted to learn more about the Russian revolution. This is the perfect opportunity.


4. Most anticipated release of the second half of 2017:

I am sure I am not following the rules properly but, again, I have two answers. First off is A Pocket Full Of Crows by Joanne M. Harris. The other book is Strange Weathers by Joe Hill. Both released at the end of the year. Too far away…



5. Biggest disappointment of 2017:

It has to be The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Moonstone Curse by Sam Siciliano. No Watson and an emotionally available Sherlock… no thanks.


6. Biggest surprise:

If We Were Villains by ML Rio. Didn’t think I would get on with it; ended up loving it.

If We Were Villains

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you):

I think a lot of people will agree with me when I say Ali Land. Good Me Bad Me was brilliant and I can’t wait to see what AL is capable of in the future!


8. Newest fictional crush:

I am pretty boring in this department. I don’t read books that focus on relationships or handsome/beautiful characters. I am usually reading books about killers, monsters, beasts or the hardships of life.

9. Newest favourite character:

I am going to go with William Benton for this question. Summary Justice is an impressive British legal thriller and its main character Benson is an intriguing, talented and haunted character. Looking forward to seeing more of him in the future!


10. Book that made you cry:

Broken Branches by M. Jonathan Lee. Man that book pushed my buttons ๐Ÿ˜ฆ


11. Book that made you happy:

The Warlock Holmes books made me very happy. I had plenty of laughs with those ๐Ÿ˜€ much needed!

12. Favourite book to movie adaptation of 2017 youโ€™ve seen:

We haven’t actually watched any films this year! Between epic TV and the arrival of our second son, films just got left behind. I re-watched Sherlock on BBC recently. Good stuff!

13. Favourite review youโ€™ve written this year:

I have written some really special reviews this year. My favourite review is definitely The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida. That review was a pleasure to write and the response was overwhelming.


14. Most beautiful book you bought or received this year:

I haven’t received it yet but I will! Soon!


15. Books you need to read by the end of this year:

All of Neil Gaiman’s books! Mainly Norse Mythology and American Gods though.



Thank you for stopping by to see how my 2017 is going in terms of books. I have a few nominations for bloggers (which I will share below) but I do suggest that you all participate in this tag as I want to know what you are all reading. I hope all you have an epic second half to 2017 and until I see you next time, happy reading!

Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek

Donna @ Chocolate ‘N’ Waffles

The Orangutan Librarian

Nicola @ Short Books and Scribes

Laura @ Thebookcorps




26 thoughts on “Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag – Nominated By @Norin_76 – #Booktag #Bookblogger

  1. Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been fun reading your answers! I haven’t read ‘The Reason I Jump’ but it’s been on my radar which is quite unusual for me being more of a fiction reader. Thank you so much for participating!

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  2. Blackwing is next on my reading list and Lost Boy will be soon. I’m sure Gaiman won’t disappoint you. I’m planning a re-read of American Gods, I read it when it first came out and the TV show has made me want to read it again! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. I seem to be moving towards darker fiction again! I am about to read some Stephen King novels and Neil Gaiman is next up. I really want the hardback edition of American Gods from Headline, just got to save up the pennies ๐Ÿ˜†. Cheers for the comment!

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  3. Oh man… I am so awaiting for Godsgrave and I got approved for Blackwing! woop woop and now I totally want to read Broken Branches! Lost Boy sounds interesting too.. you know what.. I give up, my TBR is in shambles ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Have you signed up for Hideaway Fall’s bloggers list? That is where I got Broken Branches from (and a pretty awesome reader’s survival kit too). I got Lost Boy from Titan Books, did you sign up with them for review copies?

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      1. Oh gosh… you’re a source of information ๐Ÿ˜€ I signed up to Gollanz as you suggested as a first step… but I’ll check out the other two as well ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks! *fistbumps*


      2. Titan Books are my main source of review copies. They also host plenty of blog tours as well which is always good ๐Ÿ˜€ They are a publisher who really appreciate book bloggers. I am glad you got onto Gollancz’s list. They publish so many epic fantasy pieces. Enjoy Blackwing, I will keep an eye out for your review.

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      3. Brilliant… that’s good to know… I’ll defo try and get my foot in the door ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve heard good things about Blackwing so i do look forward to finally reading it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for everything!

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  4. Ahhh! Blackwing was so great, wasn’t it? I was completely blown away and am honestly struggling to write a review. Flailing hand gestures and jumping up and down don’t translate well into a text review ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m about mid-way through Lost Boy and it has really exceeded my expectations too. I haven’t read anything of hers yet and didn’t know what to expect.

    I love all things Neil Gaiman. You wont regret diving into his world!


  5. I did enjoy Blackwing a lot. I struggle when I read epic first instalments of a trilogy as I hate having to wait for more! I thought Lost Boy was good because it is not just a rehash of the same old story, it has its own tale to tell.

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    1. It does look amazing! It is the kind of book you need to spend extra money on to get a great edition ๐Ÿ˜†. I haven’t actually read any of Gaiman’s work yet! I think my expectations are holding me back a little now.

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    1. Yeah I definitely struggled with Broken Branches as I have a son Harry’s age and the dialogue/imagery hit me hard. Lost boy was ๐Ÿ‘Œ It was most definitely a story that needed to be told and CH did a great job of it ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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  6. Your read so many cool books this year so far! I’m so jealous, I’ve only read a handful of books that I actually liked, but several that didn’t meet my expectations (bad luck, perhaps?)
    I’m so excited to begin Lost Boy soon, especially now that the print copy is out ๐Ÿ˜€ I read the ARC, but I’m looking forward to adding a print copy to my shelf soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    I look forward to reading more from you soon … Happy July Reading ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. This link has been lying around on my blog visit list for aaaages! I just haven’t had much time, but I’ve marked this one to come back to ๐Ÿ™‚
    I also did this tag a week or two ago. It was fun!
    Hmm, A Pocket Full of Crows? Actually haven’t heard about that yet! Although I do like this author.
    Hahaha, I’m also pretty boring in the book crush department. Just not a thing I do!
    Oh, so you did love The Reason I Jump! I think I missed your review. Hope to get my hands on that one soon ๐Ÿ™‚
    Also, yes, definitely yes for American Gods ๐Ÿ™‚

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