Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

We’re now over half way through the year so I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on my reading year so far. I know I haven’t been blogging much but I m still very much reading!

Lets get on with it shall we?

Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year

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Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I have to admit I haven’t read many novels this year focusing mostly on manga but of the few I have read Vicious is the best one so far. I have so many books on my TBR list so I’m not sure if this will stay as my favourite of the year. We’ll have to wait and see.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2015

City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare

I know a lot of people don’t like this book as much as the others but I loved the ending of this book. it really made me want to read the last book in the series (which I did immediately after and loved it).

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

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab 

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V.E. Schwab

On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher 

Can you tell I want to read more V.E. Schwab? I think this is turning into an appreciation post for her. This Savage Song sounds amazing and I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year but was disappointed with it but I want to carry on with the series none the less. I brought On The Other Side today so (fingers crossed) I’ll read it really soon. I read the synopsis and it has me really intrigued.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay 

Haikyuu! Volume 1 by Haruichi Furudate

I have watched both season 1 & 2 of Haikyuu multiple times and love it with a passion so when I heard that they were translating the manga into English I had to pre-order it ASAP!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany

Biggest Disappointment

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I love the movie of this and it has been one of my favourites for years, this book has been on my TBR shelf for years. I finally picked it up this year but I found that I found it lacking compared to the film. I think because I love the film so much it has effected the way I view this book. I think I went in with too high expectations and they weren’t met.

Biggest Surprise

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Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba, Taskeshi Obata (Illustrator), Tetsuichiro Miyaki (Translator)

I am kind of including this with the anime because they’re basically the same thing. I found the anime on Netflix (of course) after hearing about it for years. If you’re into anime then you will know about Death Note but I never got around to watching it. I did and I won’t look back. This was so good!

Favourite New Author (Debut or New to You)

I can’t really answer this as I have no answer. The new authors I’ve read this year just haven’t struck a cord with me unlike last year when at this point I had three new favourite authors. Hopefully I’ll find someone by the end of the year.

Newest Fictional Crush

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Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist) 

Kirito\Kazuto (Sword Art Online)

Simon Lewis (Mortal Instruments)

Newest Favourite Character

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Light Yagami & L (Death Note)

These two kind of go together for me. They have such a complex relationship\friendship that I love watching them together. I can’t really go into it because of spoilers but lets just say I lost some of my love for it when a certain ‘something’ happened.

Book That Made You Cry

Again I have no answer for this. Doing this tag is really making me see how much I miss out when I read mostly manga.

Book That Made You Happy

I have a whole load of books I could talk about here but I think I’ll go with my favourite.

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Shaman King Volume 1 by Hiroyuki Takei

I had so much fun re-reading this, it brought back so many memories!

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation You Saw This Year

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The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part 2

Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year

*Whistles*

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

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This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity by Ray Bradbury

I’m currently doing a lot of writing but I have only read one book on writing as of this month. I really want to read more about the art of writing and educate myself more.

Who do you tag?

I’m pretty late to this party so I think everyone has already done this in some way. if you haven’t however then I tag you 🙂

Well there we have it, if you stayed to the end of this then I applaud you and thank you. Hope you found this insight into my reading habits interesting and I’ll see you again soon.

Until Next Time,

Tori x

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Thoughts: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Script Book

Okay so we all know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan (who isn’t?) but I’m not too sure about this new script book that J.K Rowling is releasing following the opening of the play in London.

I love the fact that we can know the story of the play even if we can’t see it, regardless of what country we live in. I think it is great that we can read it even though it isn’t an actual novel but I would have preferred it if it had been in novel form.

I have read plays before while I was in university and even before that when I was in high school but I’ve never really been able to enjoy myself while reading them. I find it incredibly hard to immerse myself in the story when there are stage directions and such interfering. That is probably one of the reasons I’ve never been able to finish reading a Shakespeare play before. It takes me a long time to understand what is happening and what I should be visualising in my head.

I will most likely end up buying the script book anyway but I’m going to try and get tickets to see it in person (I doubt it’ll actually happen though, I think they sold out a long, long time ago).

All of that said I am internally and externally fangirling so hard over the fact that we are getting so much Harry Potter related content this year. We’ve got the play\script, Fantastic Beasts, the new Pottermore, Harry Potter colouring books and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition not forgetting the new Funko Pop figurines (Sirius Black you will be in my hands soon!)

What are your opinions on the script book? Are you happy? Would you have preferred it as a new novel instead of a script? What are you most looking forward to? I think I’m most excited for the film truth be told. It looks amazing!

Until next time,

Tori x

My Most Anticipated Releases of 2016

I’m mainly writing this list\post so that I can keep track of some of the new books I buy this year. It will be interesting to see which ones I buy and which ones I put on the back burner for another time.

Another reason is that I miss writing on here and making lists of books. I want to try and get back into the groove of blogging soon.

Some of these books I will be getting as soon as they come out (two have been pre-ordered) and some of them I only have an interest in and might buy them at some point in the future but won’t put on my priority list.

NUMBER 1

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Night Study (Soulfinders #2) by Maria V. Snyder

UK Release – February 25th 2016 by Mira INK (Pre-Ordered)

US Release – January 26th 2016 by Mira

I won’t put a synopsis on this one simply because it is a sequel to several books so it would contain a lot of spoilers but I can tell you that the series begins with the book Poison Study, this is a follow up series set after the first three books.

I can’t wait to carry on reading this series, especially after the bomb-shell that was dropped at the end of Shadow Study!

I have previously done an interview with Maria V. Snyder last year a few months after the first book in this follow up series, Shadow Study, was released.

NUMBER 2

A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

UK Release – February 23rd 2016 by Titan Books

US Release – ” ” by Tor

Another sequel but this time to a series I wasn’t completely sold on. I read A Darker Shade of Magic last year (Review) but I had a few problems with it. I’m hoping to read more of Victoria Schwab this year to see if it was just that book that didn’t agree with me. I still want to continue reading the series though so this book is here on this list.

NUMBER 3

Haikyu!! Volume 1 (English Translation) by Haruichi Furudate (No cover yet)

Released – 5th July 2016 by by VIZ Media LLC (Pre-Ordered)

A chance event triggered Shouyou Hinata’s love for volleyball. His club had no members, but somehow persevered and finally made it into its very first and final regular match of middle school, where it was steamrolled by Tobio Kageyama, a superstar player known as “King of the Court.”

Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to the Karasuno High School volleyball club… only to come face-to-face with his hated rival, Kageyama! (Via Goodreads)

Now if you’ve ever read any of my anime posts you’ll know that this is my favourite anime at the moment. I have read most of what has been released in fan translations online.

This is the first time that they are publishing this manga in English as before they had – to my knowledge – only published it in Japanese and French.

If you haven’t watched the anime then you seriously need to get on that! 😉

NUMBER 4

This Savage Song

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

UK Release – June 7th 2016 by Titan Books

US Release – ” ” by Greenwillow Books

NOTE: Not sure if the cover is going to be the same in both countries yet

The city of Verity has been overrun with monsters, born from the worst of human evil. In North Verity, the Corsai and the Malchai run free. Under the rule of Callum Harker, the monsters kill any human who has not paid for protection. In the South, Henry Flynn hunts the monsters who cross the border into his territory, aided by the most dangerous and darkest monsters of them all—the Sunai, dark creatures who use music to steal their victim’s souls.

As one of only three Sunai in existence, August Flynn has always wanted to play a bigger role in the war between the north and the south. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate Harker, daughter of the leader of North Verity, August jumps on it.
When Kate discovers August’s secret, the pair find themselves running for their lives and battling monsters from both sides of the wall. As the city dissolves into chaos, it’s up to them to foster a peace between monsters and humans. (Via Goodreads)

I don’t know much about this book but after following Victoria on Twitter (@veschwab) and seeing the writing process it has made me want to read it. I respect her as a person and as a writer and I would love to read more of her books. 

NUMBER 5

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Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi

Released – 2nd August 2016 by VIZ Media LLC

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder! (Via Goodreads)

I recently watched the anime for this and loved it. I haven’t read the manga yet and plan to wait until this comes out. This will make a nice birthday present to myself as it comes out on the day.

NUMBER 6

Lady Midnight

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

UK Release – March 8th 2016 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK

US Release – ” ” by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Raised in the Los Angeles Institute with the Blackthorn family, Emma is paired as a parabatai with her best friend, Julian Blackthorn. A series of murders in the city catch her attention — they seem to have the same characteristics as the deaths of her parents. Could the murderer be the same person? And her attention isn’t the only one caught: someone has been murdering Downworlders as well. The Fair Folk make a deal with the Institute: if the Blackthorns and Emma will investigate the killings, they’ll return Mark Blackthorn to his home. The catch: they have only two weeks to find the killers. Otherwise it’s open war between faeries and Nephilim.

The Shadowhunters of the Institute must race against time to catch the killers, even as they begin to suspect the involvement of those closest to them. At the same time, Emma is falling in love with the one person in the world she’s absolutely forbidden by Shadowhunter Law to love. Set against the glittering backdrop of present-day Los Angeles, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches from the warlock-run nightclubs of the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. (Via Goodreads)

Can we just take a moment to look at that cover? *Sigh*

Anyway this is a ‘sequel’ series to the Mortal Instruments Series. I am currently in the process of reading the last three books for the first time and I am thoroughly enjoying them. (I’m on City of Heavenly Fire). I want to try and catch up with the books before picking this one up but I might just buy it early for the cover (no shame).

NUMBER 7

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo Book 1)

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo Book 1) by Rick Riordan

UK Release – May 3rd 2016 by Puffin

US Release – ” ” by Disney-Hyperion

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood. (Via Goodreads)

I have recently started reading The Percy Jackson series and I am loving it so far, I am interested in reading more of Rick Riordan’s writing and this book just sounds so intriguing.


 

For now those are the books that I have my eye on for the coming year. I was going to include Heartless, The Glittering Court and Kill The Boy Band too but I am only slightly interested in those and I’m not sure if I want to actually read them yet so I decided not to include them in the list.

What are your most anticipated releases this year? If you have a similar post feel free to leave a link in the comments and I’ll go and take a look 🙂 I love finding new books through them 😉

Until next time,

Tori x

 

This Week in Books #1

This Week In Books

I saw this feature on Chrissi Reads and followed her link to Lipsyy Lost & Found who first came up with this post by putting her own twist on WWW Wednesdays meme. I thought that I would give it a try too. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to show you all what I have been reading and thought that this sounded like a nice idea.

In this post I will be talking about what I am reading Now, Then and Next.

Now: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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I haven’t started reading this yet (I’ve been distracted by The Sims 4) but I do plan to start this some time this week. I picked up the newest book Queen of Shadows the other day for my sister. I now own all of them but have only read this one so I need to get a move on and read them all. I am going to try and read them all this month.

Then: Fairy Tail Volume 2 by Hiro Mashima (Translated by  William Flanagan)

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I don’t really do reviews for manga but if you’re interested in a review for this series or any manga series then please tell me and I’ll see what I can do.

Next: Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Estimated to be released 8th November 2016 (Long time away yet)

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Normally I would put the book I am planing to read next here but it’s pretty obvious that I’m planning to move on to Crown of Midnight (the next book in the Throne of Glass series) so I’m going to use this section for a book that is on my wish list that I really want to get. It just so happens that the first one on my list is a TBReleased.

I recently found out that Marissa Meyer was releasing a new book, in what I assume will be another series. This sounds really good and I can’t wait to get my hands on it! We still have a long wait ahead of us though.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. (Via Goodreads)

I hope you enjoyed reading about what I have been reading, plan to read and reads I’m looking forward to. I hope to continue with this next week so,

Until next time,

Tori x