Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

OK, maybe we are a little over the mid-year mark but who cares. I haven’t blogged in months so I’m throwing out the rules whilst I find my mojo again.

And right now, I’m feeling all the mojo in books. That and I watch a fair amount of BookTube videos and this tag has been doing the rounds on there, so I decided to steal it for my own personal gain.

And you know what, I don’t have any complaints. Would you believe it? A tag post that has relevant questions, a functional title and doesn’t make my soul weep for what is left of humanity. Yes, my friends, I have found a tag post and I found it in the solace of books.

Today is a good day.

Let’s get started!

And because I actually wrote this post at the mid-year mark, I have also included a selection of “progress reports” to bring the post into the here and now.

1. Best book you’ve read so far.

29939230The Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I couldn’t wait for this book to be released in February and as soon as it was delivered to my Kindle I gobbled it up and loved every second. Top notch series. Would read again.

Runner up: The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. More top notch-ery.




2. Best sequel you’ve read so far.


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

I could have gone for The Conjuring of Light for this, but in the interest of variety, I’m going for Crown of Midnight instead.

Having read the entire Throne of Glass Series this year, I can safely say this is my favourite one. Jolly good read. Shame about the rest of the series going a bit downhill afterwards though.

Runner up: The Conjuring of Light… Or if I have to pick something different probably another of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, that’ll do).

Turns out, I haven’t read that many sequels this year.



3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

32718087Behind The Mask: A Superhero Anthology by Various. 

It’s been a while since I read an anthology and this one sounds like something I’d really enjoy. I just need to pick it up and start reading it.

Runner up: Hunted by Megan Spooner. Because Beauty and The Beast retellings are my jam.

Progress report: Still haven’t read either. 


4. Most Anticipated release for the second half of the year.

34128219La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman.

Because I loved His Dark Materials so I’m not going to pass up an opportunity to get back into that world.

Runner up: Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Because humans with superpowers are also my jam.

5. Biggest disappointment.

31938963A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

It wasn’t that it was bad. It’s just didn’t live up to my expectations and that hurt my feelings.

Runner up: I have far too much choice for this question. I feel like every other book I have read this year has been a disappointment. But if we’re naming and shaming, I’m going for Beastly Bones by William Ritter. We could have been friends, but you ran out of witty humour and I can’t forgive you for that.


6. Biggest surprise.

26114523The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel :: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Because despite the somewhat slow and boring start, in the end you had me hanging on to your every word in the hopes of a happy ending that never happened.

Runner up: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Because surprise can go the other way too. The internet said you were great. That’s the last time I take advice from the internet.




7. Favourite new author.

Is it frowned upon to say that I don’t really take notice of the author when I read a book. If a book is particularly good I might check out other books by the same author but more often than not, I couldn’t tell you who wrote the book that I’d just finished, because it’s just not something I take notice of.

8. Newest fictional crush.


9. Newest favourite character.

Again, not something I go in for. I don’t know, I just don’t care that much.

10. Book that made you cry.

None so far. Unless you want to count the tears of my soul from all the disappointment that has been this reading year.

11. Book that made you happy.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff :: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Because there’s nothing better for your book-ego that a 600+ page book that you can read in about two days because it has been wrote in a strange multimedia format instead of prose. Boosting my ego, that’s the way to my heart.

Runner up: The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Which I am still working my way through but there’s something feel good about some quality Sherlock time.


12. Favourite book to film adaptations you saw this year.

Um, none.

Well, I did listen to Beauty and The Beast on audiobook and then watch the new Disney re-make. That’s something. I’ve also been reading some Sherlock Holmes and watching the BBC’s Sherlock. That’s something too.

That sounds like an answer.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.

I’m quite fond of all my monthly wrap-ups. Between the great book discussions I get to have in the comments, the Show Us Your Books link up and my witty jokes, what is there not to enjoy about them.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received).

This one and this one are alright looking.

Pass. Again, another thing I don’t really care for in a book.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

If I’m being pedantic, I’d say there are no books that I need to read before the end of the year, but there’s plenty that I’d like to read. There’s audiobooks I want to get to, stand-alones that I’d like to check out, series to start, series to continue or finish and anything else that tickles my fancy.

Let’s go the whole hog for the final question and make a completely unrealistic list of book goals!

Series I’d like to continue with.

Progress report: I have finished The Thief’s Daughter and A Symphony of Echoes, I’m also half way through The Assassin’s Blade.

Series I’d like to start.

Progress report: have started none of these. 

Stand-alones I’d like to get to.

Progress report: likewise. Have read none of these.

Audiobooks I’d like to listen to.

Progress report: The Lost Hero has been listened to and enjoyed. 

Am I going to get around to all of these? Absolutely not, but a girl can dream.

You know, I might do some more of these book related tag-things. Just for the funsies. I’m getting into waffling on about books. But tell me, what’s been your biggest disappointment and biggest surprise of the year?

Props to Chami and Ely for the original creation.


Wonderful Wednesday #25

Happy Wednesday everyone!

You know, I don’t actually think introductions are necessary for Wonderful Wednesday.

Let’s just crack on with all that good stuff.

The Few Birds That Have Made An Appearance Lately. 

Either I’m not looking hard enough or there is a distinct lack of birds around lately. It’s probably the later and this tidbit will just serve as a reminder to look harder to share more bird photos another time.

Still, you can always rely on the pigeons to make an appearance and if you’re lucky, you might even spot something special like this little Wren from a few weeks back.

Getting Our Chuckle On. 

We’re going through a bit of lull on the TV front at the moment as all the shows we like to watch are currently on their between season breaks.

So we aren’t without any dinnertime entertainment we like to pass these breaks with some tried and tested, will-more-likely-make-us-chuckle, options like Mock The Week and some quality YouTube videos of dudes playing computer games.

Plus, if I’m going to be vaguely up to date with the British news, I might as well do it through Picture Of The Week, and if I don’t care, then I have an episode of Car Mechanic Simulator to fall back on.

Sunsets Worth Mentioning. 

Or rather: worth photographing.

Pretty, no?

Getting Back In The Blog Game. 

I’m going to jinx myself by saying this, but could it be? Is it true? Do I have blogging mojo again? I think I do.

I really think I do.

I’m taking more photos, I’m being more active on social media, I’m even reading and commenting on other peoples’ blogs (maybe only once or twice a week, but at least it’s something), heck, I even have a notebook where I plan out ideas for blog posts and my rough schedule for the month ahead.

Blogs got mojo and I’m happy about it.

Woodland walks. 

What can I say, I’m a big fan of the peace and quiet. I’ve never one to turn down a walk in the woods (or anywhere else for that matter). I particularly love the woods in the summertime because they are always so full of bright green leaves and moss. Now that it’s Autumn, it’s time to take more woodland walks and enjoy the changing colours.

Tasty Morsels. 

Salt and Balsamic Vinegar Kettle Crisps. That accidentally vegan Aldi cereal. Mango Sorbet. Plenty of steamed veg and taters. Bulk cooking Bolognese. Alpro Soya Macchiato drink. Banana Smoothies. Speculoos Spread. Crispy Tofu.

It’s all yum.


Because pretty things. That’s why.

Dog Versus Box. 

This is what we get up to when it’s either far too hot or pouring with rain outside. We can now get up and sit ourselves on much higher and narrower objects, including the waste paper basket in the background on the second photo.

Other things we like to do when the weather is rubbish include: learning to pivot around the box in both directions and trying to learn how to cover our eyes with a paw. If they fail, it’s trying to steal the socks off my feet whilst laying under my desk or fetch in the garage.

Cross Stitch Away. 

I decided to pick up a new hobby, curtesy of the patient teaching skills of the MIL, cross stitching. Along with my new ID books I picked up whilst on my life-respite back in the UK, I decided it was time to engage my brain in a new hands-on activity. We opted for cross stitch, since it doesn’t actually require me to come up with the creativity, I just have to follow a pattern and the creativity will make itself. Plus, it’s another thing I can do whilst listening to my audiobook, and I’m always fine with more audiobook time.

To get me started, the MIL bought me a kit as an early birthday gift and I made a good start on it whilst in the UK and have been plodding through it back on Planet Belgium ever since. Occasionally, Dog-Face joins in, but she isn’t all that helpful. Unless I want my thread licking or my aida nibbling on.

Leave me all things wonderful from your life in the comments! 

Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us raggedy bunch:  Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, MichelleLauraEleanor, Lynsey, Sam and Emma!

Any one else I am missing, feel free to make yourself know!


Snapshots || Disneyland Paris: Adventureland and Discoveryland

Of all the places to be in Disneyland, Discoveryland was my favourite, followed closely by Adventureland. They had the most interesting decoration, the best colours and some pretty good rides too. As such, they were also where I took the most photos, so it seems only far to dedicate a whole blog post to my two favourite areas.

Starting with Discoveryland!

This was our first stop on our third day and look at that gorgeous weather! Just look at all that green, blue and gold. Hands down, my favourite spot and I am not even remotely interested in space, but I am interested in colour.

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That is it for Discoveryland. Next up, Adventureland!

We headed to Adventureland on the last day of our trip, sadly, no more blue skies, but I was happy to sacrifice that for a little more warmth. My toes sure did appreciate those few extra degrees.

We spent most of our time walking all around, through the caves, over bridges, up the treehouse and simply enjoying all the nature there was in this part of the park compared to everywhere else. I would have liked to climb aboard the pirate ship, but sadly, you cannot have everything.

Enough chitter chatter, let us get to the photos so you can enjoy a bit of Adventureland too!

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If you have been to DLP before, what is you favourite part of the park? If not, what do you prefer, Discoveryland or Adventureland? Or neither?