Mid-Year Freak Out 2016

I’ve seen a few BookTubers do this tag and I just read it at luvtoread. I think this tag is fitting and a good way to see for myself what I thought about the books I’ve read since the beginning of the year.

I’ve read 23 books and to reach my Goodreads goal I’ve got 17 more to go. But now it’s time to start!


5Best book I’ve read so far in 2016

I do not think this comes as a surprise, it is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I love the series and this book is my absolute favourite. It is as simple as that. I posted a review declared my love for it on Friday so if you want to read it CLICK HERE.

Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2016

The Well of Ascension is definitely the best sequel I’ve read so far, it’s the book where I actually liked Vin. It is slow at moments, but that was an issue in the rest of the trilogy as well. Maybe it’s just Brandon Sanderson’s style. However it was a great sequel with a story other writers would have made into a trilogy in itself.

CLICK HERE for my review.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Did a buddy read with one of my friends. Of course we chose Harry Potter, and since we share favourite book in the series it was an easy choice. AND THE BOOK WAS AMAZING!

The writing is so beautiful. The story so intriguing. Even though I’ve read this book a thousand times before I got excited and nervous (What if they don’t make it? I know they will, but still!). I laughed with Ron and got irritated on Hermione. Rereading Harry Potter is always a success!

The only thing that bugged me, I read the American edition, since that’s the one I own. (I didn’t know they had changed the title of the first book and words inside the books when I bought them.) But I will buy the British illustrated editions, I want to read the story as it was written.


“Harry Potter is lucky to reach the age of thirteen, since he has already survived the murderous attacks of the feared Dark Lord on more than one occasion. But his hopes for a quiet term concentrating on Quidditch are dashed when a maniacal mass-murderer escapes from Azkaban, pursued by the soul-sucking Dementors who guard the prison. It’s assumed that Hogwarts is the safest place for Harry to be. But is it a coincidence that he can feel eyes watching him in the dark, and should he be taking Professor Trelawney’s ghoulish predictions seriously?”

– Goodreads


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Mythical Creatures

Mythical creatures, as a reader of fantasy you can’t escape them. They appear in all fantasy books (I at least haven’t read one where they haven’t appeared).

Ever since I read my first fantasy book I’ve loved the creatures. To be honest I can’t remember a time I haven’t been fascinated with them. My personal favourites are dragon and phoenix, and I remember when I was little me and my friend, after we’d played that we had stables filled with horses for a few years, decided the barn was a dragon stable. Those times…

To honour these magical creatures, I decided to take the BuzzFeed quiz – Which mythical creature are you? Here we go!

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Beastly

103288811Beastly by Alex Flinn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I saw the cover of the second book and liked it. Now I’ve read the first and well, I did not like it.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but nothing like A Court of Thorns and Roses. It was like watching the Disney movie put straight into a modern setting, where Belle (Lindy) develops Stockholm Syndrome. There also were a lot of references to books and movies every girl is supposed to have read/seen – I’m not one of them. This has bugged me in other books as well. Where are the other girls who have read J.R.R. Tolkien? Maybe I’m the only girl who haven’t read Jane Eyre

Back to the book of this review! There were moments I really enjoyed, like comments about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings (even tough the main character were taking down on people liking HP and LOTR).

I think I might have enjoyed this if I were younger. But as a 21 year old, this wasn’t my cup of tea.


“I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.”

– Goodreads


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