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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2017

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Hey, world! It’s Lora.

I’ve never done the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag before (and I might be quite unqualified to do it) but I decided to give it a go. I may be a little bit late but I guess being late is what I’m really good at. 😀

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Shame on me… I know, I know! But let’s calm down and talk about books now because I’m excited to answer the tag’s questions!

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BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR

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I expected this question to be quite hard for me (as I’m that type of person who really gets into the book’s story and laughs hard and cries… A LOT!) but it happens to be easy! The best book I’ve read in 2017 is definitely “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman. I’ve never read such a touching and heart-warming book. I can even say that it was better than “The Fault In Our Stars” (which is unbelievable for me!) Brilliant story and characters! I recommend it to everyone!

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BEST SEQUEL OF THE YEAR SO FAR

I’m afraid I haven’t read any sequels in 2017…

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NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

When Dimple Met Rishi  Textrovert  Boy: Tales of Childhood

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017

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“Turtles All The Way Down” by John Green!!!

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NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Olly from “Everything, Everything”!

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NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Definitely Elsa from “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” and Flora Banks from ”The One Memory of Flora Banks”! Those two characters were very unique and had wonderful qualities.

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BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR

I don’t think that there was a book which had disappointed me in some way because I don’t like setting up certain expectations before reading. But there is something that really pisses me off about the books I’ve been reading lately (I’m talking about the Young Adult literature) – THEY BASICALLY HAVE THE SAME STORY!! They are all about a girl with an illness who finds love… And it is always the girl who is ill!

(examples – ”The Fault In Our Stars”: Hazel Grace has Thyroid cancer, ”Everything, Everything”: Maddy has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), “The One Memory of Flora Banks”: Flora Banks has anterograde amnesia)

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Don’t get me wrong – I loved reading those books! But I feel like the only interesting thing about the female characters is that they have an illness or they’re dying. GIRLS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG not only when they are fighting a disease and people need to know that!!!

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BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE YEAR

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”The One Memory of Flora Banks” by Emily Barr. This book was a present for me from a very special person and the story was something more than I expected. 🙂

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

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Fredrik Backman from Sweden. I love his humour and his writing style!

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

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”Billionaire Boy” by David Walliams had a very entertaining plot and good vides. By the way, you can read my review of the book here. (it’s not like I’m promoting myself or anything… nah!)*

*I actually am! Because both of the links (↑↑↑) will lead you to my book review. Muahahaha! >:D

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

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Another reason why I absolutely adore this book! Am I totally obsessed with it? YES!

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FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

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I read “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon about two weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I was a little bit sceptical about seeing the movie later on (because I don’t like watching the movie after I’ve read the book, as I’m likely to change my mindset about the story). But I went to see it with my friends and I was surprised how well it was made. Some moments weren’t the same as those in the book but my overall impression is good.

 

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MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT OR RECEIVED SO FAR THIS YEAR

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”Britt-Marie Was Here” by Fredrik Backman has two wonderful illlustrations on the front and the back. I got it for my birthday and I couldn’t ask for a better present! ❤

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BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR

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THANK YOU for taking the time to read this post. It was my first tag ever and I hope you liked it. Feel free to answer the questions on your blog too and tag me, so I can read your posts. Wishing you a lovely day! ❤

xoxo, Lora

Planning My Summer Reading!

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Hey, book worms! It’s Lora.

I’m more than happy now because my main exams are over and I won’t be stressed and anxious all the time! I’m currently waiting for my results. I’ve got my fingers crossed and I’m hoping that everything will be okay. (btw yesterday I found a lucky four-leaf clover, so that’s a good sign) The last exam for the season is my English PET Cambridge exam which is on 9th and 10th June.

At the moment I’m trying to focus on relaxation and getting enough rest, so I started planning my summer reading and listing all of the books I would like to read. There are some which I’ve been wanting to read for a long time and others which I’ve just discovered. My summer 2017 will definitely include spending time in the local library and exploring its endless shelves full of wonderful books. Here’s a list of some of them:

wtj.jpg 1. “Wreck This Journal” – Keri Smith

This journal includes different instructions on how to fill in the pages, make a mess or just destroy it. Poking holes into the paper, taking a shower with the book or spilling coffee all over it are only some of the fun activities which you can do. It’s not much of a book to read but a book to experience. At the moment I really need something like this to help me relieve the stress and keep me busy. I’m DEFINITELY buying this one next week as I can’t wait to destroy it and go through the journey. 🙂 The picture below shows what someone’s journal looks like before and after the transformation! I love it!

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8726915 2. “Billionaire Boy”- David Walliams

I’ve already bought this book but I didn’t have the time to read it. I’ll be reading it in English, not in Bulgarian, because I want to practice my English skills and enlarge my vocabulary. The book tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy whose name is Joe Spud. He has everything you can possibly imagine except a friend. But everything changes when he finds someone who likes him for who he is, not for what he has. I’m excited to read the story because I’ve read David Walliams’s “Demon Dentist” and it was one of the funniest books ever!

 

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11387515 3.”Wonder”- R.J. Palacio

“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

The book is about Auggie who was born with a facial deformity. He’s about to start 5th grade in a new school and it’s really hard for him to be the outsider in his class. The reviews which I’ve read about “Wonder” on Goodreads are awesome and the story sounds really interesting, so I’ll try to read it this summer.

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8238711ffb48cd6eaa51b5b7dfda495e 4. “13 Reasons Why” – Jay Asher

The book tells the story of Hannah Baker who committed suicide. She records several cassette tapes before she dies and sends them to his classmate Clay Jensen. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons (13 people) why she decided to end her life and he is one of them.

“13 Reasons Why” is definitely in my ”must read” list for summer 2017. I’ve heard and read so many opinions about it and I just want to figure it out for myself. The Netflix series made me want to read it even more as I enjoy reading the story first and then, seeing the film. It will be a nice reminder for me that every single action affects somebody else’s life.

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16068905.jpg 5. “Fangirl” – Rainbow Rowell

Some people say that Rainbow Rowell’s writing style is similar to Jennifer Niven’s, so I’ll probably enjoy it. I liked the author’s review of the book which you can see here. It’s about a girl, Cath, who is a big fan of the star Simon Snow since she was a little child. Her twin sister, Wren, has grown away from the fandom and doesn’t want Cath to be her roommate while they’re in college. But Cath can’t let go and she has to conquer her fears all on her own. I’ll try to find “Fangirl” in the library as I’m not willing to buy it. I hope I’ll enjoy it as much as “All The Bright Places”.


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This is just a small part of my Summer 2017 Reading List. I’m planning to spend a lot of time reading during the vacation, so I’ll be sharing with you my reviews, ratings and opinions. I know that I haven’t done the Book Worm Rating since last July which is so bad. I’ll do my best to start writing the series again. If you have any book recommendations, I would love to see them in the comment section below. And whether you’re searching for more book worm content, you can find it here: Reading Spot! Wishing you a lovely day!

xoxo, Lora