The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag!

Thanks to Patty at Moohnshinescorner for tagging me!  I love Patty’s blog, she has tons of fun book reviews and little snippets into her daily life.  Stop by her blog and check it out!

Such an exciting thing to do discussing the middle of the year in our book challenges.

1 – THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

Really?  That is a tough one!  They were all good!  I’m going to take the easy way out and say all the books below except #5.  There.

 

2 – YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL THIS YEAR

This is certainly not a new series, but its ‘new to me’.

I had read all the Harlan Coben books in the library and was looking for a good murder mystery.   I mentioned this to a friend of mine at the library and she suggested I try Henning Menkell’s Kurt Wallander series.

It’s a refreshing take on crime solving.  Kurt Wallander is a detective inspector in southern Sweden.  He has great instincts, but he is also real person, with real faults, he ages, he gets sick.  I find his character so refreshing because of this.  There’s a reflection of society in the books and I also enjoy reading about daily life in these Scandinavian and East European countries.

3 – A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ BUT REALLY WANT TO

I’ve noticed the reviews on this one haven’t been the greatest.  That doesn’t stop me.  I have to read it for myself!

I LOVED the Girl on the Train and I’m hoping Paula Hawking doesn’t let me down 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 – MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Yes.  Dan Brown.  I loved the Davinci Code in spite of some of the negativity surrounding his writing and plot, blah, blah,blah.  I. Can’t. Wait. for this book to come out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 – YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I should explain that Harlan Coben gives a clear warning and an apology at the beginning of this book.  He wrote it when he was in his twenties and admits its not his best work.  I’ll forgive him for that!

So, although it is far fetched and just not very believable, I did enjoy the book and took it with a grain of salt based on Mr. Coben’s fair warning.

 

 

 

6 – BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

What an amazing book! A friend recommended this to me, and I really wasn’t sure about it…it just didn’t seem to be my thing.

But wow, I was blown away!

Sarah Nickerson is an over achieving, affluent mom and wife who finds her world turned upside down after a car accident.

A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world, and for once, Sarah relinquishes control to those around her, including her formerly absent mother.

Now, as she wills herself to regain her independence and heal, Sarah must learn that her real destiny—her new, true life—may in fact lie far from the world of conference calls and spreadsheets. And that a happiness and peace greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice.

7 – FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR

I picked up one of Coben’s books one day and wanted more.  A steady stream of his books made their way from the library to my house.  I’ve read just about all of them.  Except maybe Home. That’s on my TBR list 🙂

 

 

 

8 – YOUR NEW FICTIONAL CRUSH

When I was reading the series, I discovered that BBC also created a series of TV shows based on the books!  Kenneth Branagh played Wallander and did an amazing job.

 10 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

The Book Thief is set in Germany during World War 2.  It’s about a girl, Liesel and it is narrated by Death.

Beautifully written and poignant.  And yes, I cried.

 11 – A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

This book is a middle grade novel by my friend and author Sherry Ramsey!  Sherry is not only a fantastic writer, she is an amazing person and is continually promoting writing in our community.  She runs our bi-monthly writers group and teaches writing in the schools.

The book’s main character Rosinda grows wonderfully through the story as she learns her past and recovers her memory.

She is accompanied on her journey by a crow, a boy, a cat and a wolf.  What’s not to love about this?

 12 – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION THAT YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

Yes.  King Arthur.  Legend of the Sword.  Awesome movie.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you should.

The movie took quite a bit of artistic license with the legend, but its okay.  Because it was that good.

13 – FAVORITE BOOK POST YOU’VE PUBLISHED THIS YEAR

You can check it out my post here:

The Mists of Avalon

 

14 – THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU HAVE BOUGHT/RECEIVED THIS YEAR

Most of the books I’ve read this year have been either library books or on my Kindle so, although its not from this year, I’ll show one of my favourite books from my library.  I pinched these pics from the web, but I have the same book 🙂

It’s illustrated!  With actual pictures from all the sites that Robert Langdon visited!  Love this book.

 

 

 

 

Look at the photos! Aren’t they gorgeous?!

 15 – WHAT ARE SOME BOOKS THAT YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

   

There are so many more…seriously!

I TAG:

Book Dilettante

Off Color Literature

Read and Repeat

Maureens Books

Alternative-read.com

 

And anyone else who’d like to participate…

 

Have fun with it guys!

41 Replies to “The Mid-Year Freakout Book Tag!”

  1. I think I’ve seen Wallander on netflix, it does look familiar. didn’t know it was based on a book series, that’s good to know. I do think a Scandinavian- based show would be something I’d like. I like a peek at other societies.

    I’ve thoguht about trying Harlan Coben too. And Into the Water I am curious about.

    1. Wallander…he’s less perfect in the books than in the show. I really enjoyed the series (obviously! lol).

      Coben I found was easy to read and always had great twists and turns. Love that.

      Let me know if you read any of them! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

      1. I wrote one a little bit. I can’t write about movies without spoiling them though so it’s very vague haha

  2. I still have this tag to do! You have some great books on there ! I love Wallander; great series-Kenneth Branagh is always great! Left Neglected is a great book! Everything that I have read by Lisa Genova is fantastic. Find Her was very good, and I can’t wait for The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye. I hope you love Into the Water.. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it. It was just too confusing for me since it was told by 10 POV’s, and I spent most of the time keeping them straight, lol! We loved the King Arthur movie, we saw it on our 1st date night in 9 months, lol!

    1. I’ve heard Lisa Genova’s books are fantastic. I should look into reading more of her. I was really surprised, given her medical condition, that I would enjoy it but it was so well done.
      Good for you, finally getting a date night! I went with my mother and my cousin and we drooled over Charlie Hunnam 😉

      1. They really are great! Still Alice tore me to pieces because both my grandparents died of Alzheimers and my uncle had just been diagnosed with it. It was such an outstanding book and so much better than the movie even though the movie was really good (if you’ve seen the movie). Love Anthony is about a mother and her autistic son, and she writes it so well! I think she is very sensitive when she writes about medical conditions and does an enormous amount of research to write so well!

        It was great to get a date night! We both love the Arthur legend, so it was easy to agree on a movie, lol. I happily drooled over Charlie Hunnam alone, lol 😉

        1. Alzheimers is a heartbreaking disease. I hope I never have to see anyone go through that. You described it perfectly when you say Lisa Genova is very sensitive about medical conditions. I believe she has a phd in neuroscience. Smart lady!

          1. It’s horrific It’s so heartbreaking to see those you love forget everything and
            everyone around them, and I definitely hope you never have to experience it in any way. My uncle just psssed away in Feb from it and my cousin who is only 4 years older than me decided to be tested for the Alzheimer’s gene because of our family history…positive. I’ve thought about it, but I’m not sure I want to know. Then I’ll be waiting for it to happen…

            She has one I haven’t read about Huntington’s disease but it’s on my TBR! That is a terrible, horrible disease. If you haven’t read it, Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Tiller is an amazing novel about a mother with Huntington’s disease. I think I cried most of the time I was reading it!

          2. I’m not sure I would want to know, either, Stephanie. Who knows, they might come out with a cure. I heard not that long ago that there was something very promising but (ironically) I can’t remember what it was.

            Huntington’s disease is another tough one. I’d likely end up crying through it too!

          3. It’s a hard decision to make. I have chronic migraines, so I see a neurologist every couple of months, and he has me on several supplements that are supposed to decrease the chances of getting Alzheimer’s. He and I have talked about my getting the test, and he has discouraged it for now; apparently if it comes back positive it is almost impossible to get life insurance and it causes problems with medical insurance too. I definitely don’t want to deal with that!

            Huntington’s is awful. I have a coworker who recently had to go on leave because her mother had it; I can’t imagine. It’s a wonderful book but especially as a mom, you ‘d be heartbroken when reading it.

          4. It’s terrible how you have to worry about insurance just because you’ve been tested for something! I don’t blame you for not wanting to deal with that.
            I don’t know much about Huntington’s ,other than it is a terrible disease. I will have to look at that book. I’m sure it’s a touching read.

          5. I know! You would think if you are paying for life insurance or medical insurance they would just cover you, especially with how some of the rates are!

            It’s a very good read! Of course, I read it before I started reviewing, or I would have a review. But, I am thinking of going through my Goodreads reads and if I get time, reviewing my 4 and 5-star books a little at a time, I have over 1000 books on there, and that is not all I have read, so it could take a lifetime, lol!!

  3. Thank you so much for having tagged me!! I just finished mine and it was harder than I thought.

    So I JUST read the Da Vinci Code this year and looooved it! I had avoided it for so long because of the hype and all kinds of nonsense, but I loved it. His writing style isn’t my favorite, but I think it helps to remember it was written fifteen years ago, and the story more than makes up for it.

    I also really want to read Into the Water!

  4. Hey Jo-Ann, you’ve listed some of my favourite authors here. I love Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner for starters. I’m so behind in my reading (due to my blogging) but you’ve given me lots of inspiration here. Great post.

    1. They’re great authors! I am new to blogging and it is a bit difficult to strike that balance between blogging and reading and life, isn’t it? You have an amazing blog with so many great adventures!

      1. Thanks Jo-Anne, you’re so right. It is all about finding that balance which has gone a bit kilter for me I must admit. I need to get back into reading novels. Maybe on our next big road trip (in a week) I’ll have the time to sink my teeth into a nice big juicy novel again.
        Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Enjoy the blogging. It’s a great community.

  5. So many lovely books! I’ve seen the The Book Thief movie but I never got around to reading the book so I should probably do that soon! And I definitely want to read The Handmaid’s Tale by the end of the year as well 🙂

  6. I’ve tried reading the Da Vinci Code at least two times. But I somehow never did finish it 😀 just… didn’t click with me, I guess.
    But Handmaid’s Tale is definitely worth the attention 🙂

      1. Yeah, I have also noticed a HUGE interest in this book since the series came out. But I don’t watch things at all, I’m a book girl through and through 😀 so no, I haven’t watched it and probably won’t 🙂

        1. Fair enough 🙂 I’m not a big TV person, but when I get into something, I like to go all out lol. I was halfway into the Wallander series when I learned there was a TV series. I loved seeing the Swedish countryside and seeing how the characters were portrayed. I got the whole family hooked on it. 🙂

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