The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

So guys! At the moment, I’m working on a post that’s going to be quite a handful to write, all about Christian romance novels and some of the trends I’ve noticed in them that I find concerning. I was hoping to have it out for today, but I need to do more research and read a few more books on the topic, so for today I’m going to be doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which is a tag I’ve done before and will serve nicely to update you on my reading of late!

1.Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

Ooh, this is tough! I think this award probably goes to Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I absolutely loved this book and I really desperately want to read it again soon. The characters are so well written and the plot is thrilling…*sighs* so good.

2.Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell. It wasn’t quite as good as the two books that come before it, but it’s actually pretty much the only sequel I’ve read this year, so it wins by default. It was really good though and it amped up the stakes and had me hanging onto every word. I can’t wait for the next book. Fingers crossed it will be just as good.

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

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. There’s so much controversy about this book. Some people seem to have loved it, and others hated it. But I want to read it and decide for myself, though I’ll wait till my library gets it, because I don’t want to waste money on it.

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

Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross. This one comes out next week actually, but I probably won’t read it for a few months. It looks so good though and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

5.Biggest disappointment

The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas wasn’t awful, but I also didn’t like it as much as I was hoping, given that its supposedly a retelling of Mulan, one of my favourite stories ever. It just was meh, with bland characters, bland worldbuilding and a very stereotypical plot.

6.Biggest surprise

Great South Land by Rob Mundle. I was expecting a bland non-fiction book about the white man’s discovery of Australia, but it actually turned out to be a rollicking adventure, very well-written and it inspired the novel I’m currently working on! Definitely check it out if you’re interested in learning a bit about Australia’s past.

7.Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Definitely a toss up between Kate Forsyth and Naomi Novik. I love them both (they also have quite a similar style, so that’s probably why I have such difficulty choosing between them). They have such magical stories, plots and well-fleshed out characters…They’re both really good.

8.Rereads this year

Um, quite a lot. The whole Deltora Quest series, for one. Plus, I reread Howl’s Moving Castle, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and The Wizards of Once and Twice Magic.

9.Underrated gems you’ve discovered lately

Ohh…Not really sure, I haven’t read many obscure books this year, which I’ll definitely have to amend.

10.Book that made you cry

Actually haven’t cried over any books this year! Don’t know if that’s something to be proud of or a sign that I haven’t read enough sad books.

11.Book that made you happy

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Norse mythology was basically my childhood (yes, I had a weird childhood) and listening to these stories, rewritten and read by Neil Gaiman, was a very happy occasion for me.

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

Do you guys want to know something desperately sad? I haven’t been given or bought any books this year. However…most beautiful book I read this year would definitely be The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth. Just look at that cover. It’s stunning.

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

I haven’t really got a set TBR for the rest of the year. I’ve been doing mostly mood reading lately and just picking up whatever I feel like at the time, so I’ll probably be doing that for the rest of the year. If I could get a LOTR reread in there though, that’d be awesome.

What about you guys? What books have blown you away this year? Any disappointments? Any new releases you are looking forward to?

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award

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I’ve never heard of this blogger award before, but both Ribbon Ash over at Virtual Paper  and Jen  have tagged me for it, so I’ll be doing it today!

Let’s get into it. I’m going to do Ribbon’s questions first.

1. What keeps you writing on your blog?
The community, I think. I like being able to put my thoughts out into the world and then have dialogue about it and hear your thoughts.  I also love being able to read your opinions and discuss those! I think that’s what keeps me going on 🙂 Plus, I just enjoy it.

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The Pacific:Introducing You To Australia One Story at a Time

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All pictures from IMDb

I’ve been waiting to do a post on this topic for quite a while, so I’m excited to finally be sitting down to draft this post!

The Pacific (or, as it is formally titled,  The Pacific in the Wake of Captain Cook), is a TV miniseries, presented by New Zealand actor Sam Neil, that also has a companion non-fiction book, written by Meaghan Wilson Anastasios.

While this miniseries isn’t exclusively about Australia–it’s about the Pacific as a collective–Australia quite often takes centre-stage during it. After all, Captain Cook is widely regarded (though incorrectly) as the discoverer and founder of the Australian colonies. He is to Australians what Columbus is to Americans–a controversial figure, sometimes hated and sometimes revered. Continue reading “The Pacific:Introducing You To Australia One Story at a Time”

Reflecting on Three Years of Blogging

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Today, WordPress reminded me that it was my third anniversary of flying with WordPress. To be quite honest, if they hadn’t reminded me, I would have completely forgotten and this day would have passed unremarked upon.

However, here we are! And we’re going to be chatting about the things I’ve learnt over these three years and the direction I’d like to head toward with this blog.

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