Book Tag: The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag [2017]

Best Book You’ve Read So Far

Six Of Crows (Leigh Bardugo): This book is not only the best book I’ve read so far this year, but probably also one of the best books I’ve read so far IN MY LIFE. The story is mind-blowing, the characters are so unique, the writing style is not only really touching and melodic but also very different – in a good way – to the writing styles I’m used to and even though it’s written from many different points of view, it never gets boring. Not even for one second. It’s also a book that will surprise you on every page, when you think you know what will happen the book will prove you wrong.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

Crooked Kingdom (by Leigh Bardugo): You should’ve expected this after my last answer 🙂

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

Lord Of Shadows (by Cassandra Clare): I’m dying to read this book, I just wasn’t in the right mood for it yet.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

The Shaw Confessions: The Becoming of Noah Shaw (by Michelle Hodkin)

Language Of Thorns (by Leigh Bardugo)

Biggest Disappointment

Holding Up The Universe (by Jennifer Niven): I fell in love with Jennifer Niven after reading “All The Bright Places” at the beginning of last year and I had really high expectations reading HUTU and it just didn’t live up to them. I don’t think it’s a bad book, it’s just not the right one for me.

Biggest Surprise

Normally I only buy books that I know I will like, so this is hard. But I guess “Anna and the French Kiss” was my biggest suprise this year. I only bought it, because I needed a light read after all the heavy fantasy and contemporary books I’ve read. But it actually turned out amazing and I’m so in love with the story, especially the relationship between Anna and Étienne was great.

Favourite New Author

Leigh Bardugo or Michelle Hodkin: As you can probably tell by my last few posts are the Mara Dyer Chronicles and The Six Of Crows Duology the best books I’ve read this year and I was astonished by both of their writing styles.

Newest Fictional Crush

Étienne St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss); but I’ll never love any male book character more than Julien Alexandre Du Cranier ♥

Newest Favourite Character

Noah (Mara Dyer Chronicles); Kaz and Inej (Six Of Crows)

Book That Made You Cry

The Last Star (by Rick Yancey): For those of you who’ve read this book, probably know what made me cry so much. I just wanted the end to turn out differently.

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

I haven’t really seen any good book to film adaptations this year, but the news that The Raven Boys will get a tv series made me extremly happen (of course under the condition that it will be as great as the books)

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

Percy Jackson: Greek Heroes (by Rick Riordan): I really love the illustrations in the book and the cover on the front and back is amazing as well ♥

What Book Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year?

Way too many books 😀

Top 10 Fantasy Book Series

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  • Six Of Crows Duology

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  • Mara Dyer Chronicles

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  • Violet Eden Chronicles

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characters: ❤❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Phoenix and Spence]

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  • Lux series

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characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Katy, Daemon and Luc]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Heroes Of Olympus/Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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story: ❤❤❤❤❤

characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Percy and Nico]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Kuss des Dämons (german series)

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characters: ❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Julien and Olek]

writing: ❤❤❤❤❤

  • The Mortal Instruments/The Dark Artifices

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characters: ❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Raphael, Sebastian and Alec / Julian and Ty]

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  • The Raven Boys series

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characters: ❤❤❤❤❤ [Favorite characters: Noah and Ronan]

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  • Starcrossed series/Hush, Hush series

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characters: ❤❤ [Favorite characters: Hector / Patch]

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  • Fallen series

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  •  Shadow Falls Camp

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characters: ❤❤ [Favorite characters: Perry and Lucas]

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Books I want to read (Top 15)

[So on goodreads I have currently 197 books on my “to-read”-list, so these here are just the ones I look forward to reading the most. And this only includes books that are already released.]

Everything, Everything

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Six Of Crows

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Between The Lives

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The Sky Is Everywhere

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Dear Killer

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The Darkest Minds Triology

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Throne Of Glass Series

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I Was Here

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Find You In The Dark

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Die Young With Me

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Unforgiven

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Letters To The Dead

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When We Collided

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The Trials Of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle

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Denazen Triology

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Playlist for the Dead

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Firebird Triology

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Favorite book and tv couples

[These aren’t all official couples, but they are still my OTP’s]

Book couples:

  • Julien and Dawn (Kuss des Dämons [german series])
  • Noah and Mara (The Mara Dyer Chronicles)
  • Daemon and Katy (Lux Series)
  • Ben and Cassie (The Fifth Wave)
  • Zed and Sky (Finding Sky)
  • Phoenix and Violet (Violet Eden Chronicles)
  • Percy and Annabeth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
  • Alec and Magnus (The Mortal Instruments)
  • Julian and Emma (The Dark Artifices)

TV couples:

  • Stiles and Lydia (Teen Wolf)
  • Bellamy and Clarke (The 100)
  • Jess and Rory (Gilmore Girls)
  • Ward and Skye (Agents Of Shield)
  • Jughead and Betty (Riverdale)
  • Mon-El and Kara (Supergirl)
  • Seth and Summer (O.C. California)
  • Mason and Cory (Teen Wolf)
  • Francis and Mary (Reign)
  • Kol and Davina (The Originals)
  • Stefan and Elena (The Vampire Diaries)

Favorite female book characters

[Contains spoilers for these book series: The Mara Dyer Chronicles and The Fifth Wave]

It was a lot harder for me to create this list than the one for the male book characters as there aren’t that many female characters that I love, but here are my top 8:

 

  • Mara Dyer (The Mara Dyer Chronicles)

Mara is leading my top 10, because I can understand how it is to have a dark side and be misunderstood. She is constantly trying to gain control over her powers so she wouldn’t hurt anyone and when she decides that she doesn’t want to do that anymore, I’m actually quiet proud of her. I can understand if others don’t like her, because she is a little bit scary and cruel, but life didn’t quiet gave her the chance to turn out any other way. She isn’t this typical nice, innocent girl that falls in love with a bad boy or who evolves to be this strong female character to protect others. She is, like they said in the books, an anti-hero and this fact is what really made me addicted to this series and her character.

  • Cassie Sullivan (The Fifth Wave)

She’s a really good example for a bad ass female character, something I think should be more common in books. Cassie doesn’t need a boy to protect her or to handle things for her. She does everything by herself and even though she lost her parents and her brother was taken, she never really broke down. Her relationship with Sam as well as with Ben is my favorite thing in the books (and I’m still extremly sad that she died at the end and that she and Ben didn’t end up together). Cassie sacrifices her life (instead of letting someone else take her place) at the end of the last book to save her loved ones and for that she will always be my inspiration and hero. The only one you should rely on is yourself!

  • Katy Swartz (Lux Series)

Her passion for books and just the fact that I can relate to her in so many ways makes me love her so much as a character. She’s strong and independent, but also clumsy and vulnerable. I mean, she never lets anyone treat her badly, but she wasn’t a born fighter or supernatural creature either. At the end of the series, you can see how much she truely has evolved and I live for her fun fights with Daemon as well as for her friendship with Dee. She is also one of the few female book characters who isn’t descibed as abnormal perfect and beautiful, which I really like. The most relatable female character of all fictional books I’ve read until now, for sure.

  • Sky Bright (Finding Sky)

What fascinates me about Sky the most is how she handles her broken soul and her tragic past. She is literally a mess when she meets Zed and he helps her to not overcome her past but to make it a part of her that makes her so much stronger. And even though she never got to know love, she is one of the most lovable and caring female characters I got to know, which I find really surprising and different.

  • Emma Carstairs (The Dark Artifices)/ Blue Sargent (The Raven Boys)

Emma and Blue are both really though and strong, even though it might not seem like they are. They have no problem with leading others or proving to everyone around them that they are independent and old enough to make their own decisions and fight for what they believe in. Emma’s relationship with Julian and Blue’s relationship with Gansey and the rest of the Raven boys show their character really well and you can see that they have no problem keeping up with the male characters.

  • Lena Duchannes (Beautiful Creatures)

Lena was the first female character I fell in love with. The constant inner fight between good and bad she had to lead, really impressed me. She is a really complex character and her love for books, music and poems made it easy for me to relate to her. To save the one she loves, she would sacrifice everything even her own life.

  • Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles Of Narnia)

Narnia doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the books, but I needed to mention Lucy in this list as Narnia is one of my favorite childhood novels. I always wanted to find a secret door to another world too. Lucy grows up in the shadow of her bigger sister and finds a way to accept herself and the fact that she isn’t Susan. She starts out as this little, curious girl who transforms over the course of the books into this grown up, brave and beautiful woman. Her imagination is what lead everyone to Narnia and it’s what makes Lucy herself and somehow I believe that my imagination is the most important part of myself as well.

Favorite male book characters

[Contains spoilers for these book series: Starcrossed, The Mara Dyer Chronicles, Violet Eden Chronicles, Percy Jackson and the Olympians]

These aren’t the only male book characters I love, but if I had to pick my top 10, that’s how it would look:

  • Hector Delos (Starcrossed)

Hector is my all time favorite male book character and I love him for many reasons. The way he cares for his family and how he lightens up every situation with his witty comments. The way he calls Helen “Princess” and how he is always there for her (their friendship is my favorite thing about the books). I love that he is so strong and so vulnerable at the same time and when he temporarely died in the third book, I died with him. Sometimes I still wish that Josephine Angelini would’ve written a spin-off about him.

  • Zed Benedict (Finding Sky)

One of the main reasons I love Zed is his relationship with Sky. He was starting to lose himself before they met each other and she helped him to be his true self. I also love how he seems to be this bad, rebellious guy and then turns out to be so sweet and protective. Moreover, I live for characters like Zed, Noah and Daemon (Lux series) who love to provoke others, in a fun and not serious way. They act like jerks, but are actually the best boyfriends you could wish for.

  • Noah Shaw (The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer)

Noah is the book character I feel in love with the fastest. Immediately when he was introduced, I knew that he would storm my heart; and he did. His love for books, his good heart, his endless love for Mara, his witty humor, but also his desire to hurt himself, his messed up family and his struggle with his gift: every part of him made me addicted. And after I finished the third book of the series I was so sad that it was over, but now that I know that in november they will release the first book of a spin-off series about him, I’m more than happy.

  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

Percy Jackson was the first book character I fell in love with as the books of Rick Riordan were the first fantasy books I’ve ever read (apart from Beautiful Creatures). His humor and relatability are the things that caught my interest first. He started at the bottom and fought his way to the top; and he thaught me that everyone is in some way a hero. Throughout this series, I fell in love and throughout the heroes of olympus series, I just knew that I made the right choice.

  • Phoenix (Violet Eden Chronicles)

I was always the one who loved the bad guys more than the good guys and who never understood why the girls did not pick them. Especially Phoenix found a place in my heart. He cared so deeply for Violet and fought against his dark side to be there for here and to protect her.The scene in the last book on the bridge, where he told her how much she meant to him and they say goodbye to eachother, broke my heart. For me, it seemed like Phoenix loved Violet more than Lincoln, even if it was in a different way.

  • Theodore Finch (All The Bright Places)

How he struggled from depression reminded me a lot of myself and somehow I found a really deep and strong connection to him throughout the book. The way he helped Violet to find a new purpose in life, while he was suffering to find his own, was so beautiful and tragic. Also the way he thought, described his feelings and tried to fight the dark black hole in his mind really moved me. All The Bright Places is probably my all time favorite contemporary book and Finch is the reason why.

  • Julian Blackthorn (The Dark Artifices)

Julian is stubborn, confident, and does not open up to a lot of people – that’s so me – though he can be very considerate and thoughtful too. He is also a very loving person- there is probably no one who has a more pure heart than him – and when he loves someone, he will love them forever. He is close to perfect, but not entirely perfect, which I love. The way he takes care of his siblings and cares about Emma always manages to melt my heart. His passion for art is just another plus on the list of things, that speak for him. [Btw his brother Ty is one of my favs as well]

  • Spence Smith (Violet Eden Chronicles)

Spence is the definition of friendship goals. I mean, look how he supported Violet and how he was ready to risk everything to help her. He is such a goofball and so loveable. Also can we talk about the goodbye scene between Violet and Spence in the fourth book? I wish I had a male best friend like Spence. But it’s more than his friendship with Vi that makes him such a good character. It’s just the way he makes the bad times seem good and the good times seem even better, that makes him irrereplaceable. I just know, that I wouldn’t love the books so much if Spence and Phoenix wouldn’t exist.

  • Nico di Angelo (Percy Jackson and the Olympians)

His character touched me in a way no other character ever did. I mean, we got to know him as this little, weak boy who cared for no one else in the whole wide world except his big sister. We saw him breaking when his sister died and we watched him overcome this pain and becoming stronger than he has ever been. We saw him finding friends, even though he never wanted to get attached to someone again. We watched him as he discovered his half-sister Hazel and his romantic feelings for Percy. Throughout both book series we watched him growing up and evolving; and that’s what brought him so close to me.

  • Ronan Lynch (The Raven Boys)

Ronan is a special case, as I started reading The Raven Boys with no expectations. I read about the book on tumblr, bought it a few days later and fell in love with the story. It is such an interesting idea and I love how it is implemented. Ronan stood out the most to me, as his character has so much depth. On the outside, he seems like this selfish, arrogant, rebellious, rich boy who doesn’t give a fuck about anything. But on the inside, he is this caring, vulnerable, self-critical boy who is the best friend you could ask for. The way he cares about Gansey, Noah, Adam and in some way Blue, is so honest and sincere.

[Sorry, if this is bad. I’m not very good at describing why I love them so much.]

Fear

Now you were alone

Wondering what the difference between alone and lonely even was

When you were at the one place where you could feel your tears

Always scared to lose your fears

No one is actually afraid of things, we’re just afraid of the fear itself. And fear is something that can be very treacherous. It shows you an illusion that is the complete opposite of your character. It knows all of your weaknesses and it also knows how to use them against you. My brother always told me this when I couldn’t sleep at night and would crawl into his bed, so he would protect me from the monsters under my bed. As a child I never quiet understood what he meant, but now as I am older and my fears changed, I believer every word he once told me. And it’s not only important to know that fear isn’t real, you also need to understand the power fear has when it comes to changing people. Fear stops you from doing things you really want, it stops you from getting to know so many different sides of life. And even though I know this and many of you probably know it too, we’re still letting fear rule our life. But what are we supposed to do about it? Fear is what makes us human. It’s what lets us survive. Because if we wouldn’t be afraid of things that are dangerous for us, what would stop us from doing them? So fear is necessary, not only for us but also for the universe.

Compass

The first thing you need to learn about life is that it’s a series of changes.

The second thing is that you are one human being of seven billion.

The third thing is that no one will ever be able to understand you like yourself.

I’ve always searched for some kind of compass that can lead me through my life. To help me make decisions that I don’t feel comfortable deciding. I get lost quite a lot, not only in the hallways of my school or searching for clothes in a store, but also in my head. Daydreaming probably is what I do 99% of my time and I don’t say it’s bad, you just have to learn to do both: Daydreaming and focusing on real life. Because if you lose focus on what is happening right in front of you then you won’t come far in life – at least that’s what my parents always tell me. I partly agree with them. Imagination is important, in so many ways. It can help you to get a totally new perspective on things and it can make your life so much more interesting and special. Focusing on things like grades in school and keeping your social contacts alive on the other hand, stops you from drowning in loneliness. And believe me I know exactly how that feels. So balance is important. But there isn’t just one equation to find your balance – your compass. Every individual person on this planet has a different compass. The heart. No matter how far you drift away, it will always lead you back to the place you belong. And even though it isn’t always easy to completely trust it, I think we all really need to learn to listen to it more carefully. Because our head may be the thing that leads us through our real life, but our heart is what leads us through our imagination.

Goodbye 2016 🌈

Best movie of the year: Captain America 3 (Civil War)/ Phantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them

Favorite song of the year: too many 😂

Most embarrassing moment of the year: I ran into a door at school and my crush saw it 😂

Best moment of the year: Seing 5SOS live 😍

Biggest lesson learned this year: You have to work really hard to reach your goals

Best conversation you had this year: midnight phone call with my best friend 

Most memorable trip of the year: weekend trip with my whole family ❤️

Newsworthy event with the most impact: the murder of Christina Grimmie, I cried for weeks

Most overrated celebrity story this year: everything taylor swift, kanye west and kim kardashian related

Best thing you did for someone else this year: surprising my internet bestie on her birthday ❤️

Hardest you laughed this year: playing a game on playstation with my best friend and we had no idea how it works 😂

Best piece of advice you got this year: Don’t be so hard on yourself 🦄

Day this past year you’d live over and over: May 25th 😍

Favorite holiday memory of the year: Christmas morning with my family and our burned pancakes 😂

Most memorable moment in pop culture: too many good people in the showbuisness died this year and the release of Shawn Mendes’ 2nd album 


Life Lessons (1)

I always wondered why the most beautiful things in the world are those which can easily destroy us. It’s like we are addicted to the danger that we can sense when we are close to them. I found myself dancing outside in the rain in the middle of a storm and I didn’t care if I was struck by lightning or if the wind would blow me away. Another time I found myself holding my hand over the flames of a candle, just because I wanted to feel the pain. When I was younger I imagined to be every superhero I saw on TV. I even tried to fly once and broke my arm on that day without even thinking about the risks I would take. Why are we so fascinated of danger? What makes us always fall in love with someone we know will break our heart? Why are we willing to risk everything only to lose again and again? I guess it’s just something that lies deep within us. Something that we aren’t able to get rid of. Nature.

It isn’t supposed to be easy in life. To be honest, are the most wonderful things are the ones you have to fight for, even if everyone tries to convince you that you are making the wrong decision. I learn from quiet different things in life, it really depends on how they catch my attention. This right here is what I learned from watching the tv show “Gilmore Girls” while I grew up. The relationship between Rory and Jess was the most beautiful and meaningful one in the whole show. They don’t have to be your favorite couple for my statement to be true – I will show you why.

Jess had a huge impact on Rorys life: He taught her to express herself and showed her that there are more important things in life than school. That she can be more than the shy girl who always follows the rules. That true love can be painful but worth it. He lured her out of her comfort zone, because if we are honest than that’s exactly what helps us grow. He showed her the difficult sides of life and how to overcome them. He made her stronger.

But because of Rory, Jess changed over the course of time too. He started to believe in himself and in the things he could achieve in life. He opened his heart for her and through all the ups and downs, he was always a constant in her life. He learned that love is not only painful and that it isn’t a bad thing to show people that you care about them. That you aren’t supposed to waste your intelligence and that it’s important to have goals in life.

They complimented each other so well just because they were so different. Even though they had similar interests, they still had completely different personalities. Over the course of time they always fought for each other – they never gave up. And that’s exactly what I learned from them: The most wonderful things in life are the hardest to achieve but at the same time they are also the ones it’s worth fighting for.