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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag


I was tagged by Jillian, Jilly, No Thrills Jill, The Queen of Rants, Smutterfly or The Mistress of Smut over at RantandRaveaboutBooks, if you don’t already then you should go and check her blog out, it’s well worth a look with some decent articles, if you don’t mind smut and/or the odd foul potty mouthed diatribe of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

In her own post Jillian made it quite clear that I am expected to do this tag, so to save myself getting ranted, raved, smutted and snarked at, here goes and I present to you the tag:

Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016:


Well, this just has to be The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence, such an outstanding book and what an epic end to The Red Queen’s War trilogy. For me, this is Lawrence’s best book yet and if you need a more detailed analysis that my mere comment then my review canbe found here.

Best Sequel Youโ€™ve Read So Far in 2016:


While the best book I’ve read so far this year was an easy choice to make, the best sequel was much harder as they have been two sequels that I have loved this year, Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner but also Saint’s Blood by Sebastien de Castell. However in the end I went for Dragon Hunters as it introduced a whole new set of characters to Turner’s Chronicles of the Exile series, improved on the first book in every way and has freaking water Dragons in it! My review of Dragon Hunters canbe found here. 

New Release You Havenโ€™t Read Yet But Want To:


The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley, the third and final book in his Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne trilogy, I really enjoyed the first two books and am eagerly awaiting the chance to finally get around to reading this hopefully epic conclusion.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year:


Easy, Wrath by John Gwynne, the final installment in his epic The Faithful and The Fallen series, love this series and CANNOT wait for this to be released, I want it now, do you here me book gods, give me it now and I promise I’ll be good, hhmm……..well………..that’s not going to happen so just give it to me now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Biggest disappointment:


I love massive hefty post-apocalyptic tomes to delve into and had been really looking forward to this book, however when the time came for me to read it I was left feeling disappointed in it, there’s some good things about the book I admit that but for me it just paled in comparison to other books in the genre. If you want a more in-depth ramble then my review canbe found here.

Biggest Surprise:


Ten Days by Gillian Slovo, a political thriller, yes, you read that right the sarcasm master and fantasy lover himself read a political thriller and really enjoyed it, shocking! Nah, being serious I won the book on Goodreads via one of their giveaways that I had entered as the cover looked really smart, I was lucky enough to win a copy and when I read it to my surprise I really enjoyed it, now political thrillers will never be my go-to option for reading but it’s nice to know that there’s a completely different genre of book out there that I now know I like when I feel like a change from the usual types of book I read.

Favourite New Author:


I loved Beth’s debut book The Wolf Road, it’s a stunning book and has made her an author that I will definitley be keeping my eye out for in the future.

Information about her, taken from her website:

I live in a too-small flat in London and regularly battle mice, cold, and irritating neighbours. In my spare time, what little of it I have, I watch too much TV. In my not-so-spare time, I write. Professionally, Iโ€™m the Managing Editor of the Illustrated Books division of Titan Books.

That, I suppose, is the official stuff. The gumph and facts that everyone needs. When people ask me, โ€˜tell me a little about yourselfโ€™ I draw a blank. Do I run through my CV and tell you all about those waitressing jobs I had at 14 or creating a magazine or fire performing at fesitvals? Do I talk about the ten cats I had growing up? Or my travels across Canada? Or my close encounters with Great White Sharks?

The most โ€˜about meโ€™ you need to know is that I love books. Love โ€™em. All shapes and sizes. I make non-fiction books professionally. I license movies, games, and TV shows and draw out the tid bits and gorgeous behind-the-scenes imagery and I slap it between covers. I love it and I always know spoilers so beware.

Also I love writing. The Wolf Road is my debut and Iโ€™m stunned itโ€™s happening. Itโ€™s about a girl who finds out her adopted father is a murderinโ€™ son-bitch. Itโ€™s dark. Like, lost-in-the-woods-at-midnight dark. The new book Iโ€™m working on will be, I hope, even darker.


My review for Beth’s book The Wolf Road canbe found here.

Newest Fictional Crush:

Hhmmm……….pass as I’m to old to have crushes on characters from books! No offence to any of you young bloggers out there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Newest Favourite Character:


Warlock Holmes by G.S Denning. It’s a comedic parody of Sherlock Holmes as a bumbling warlock, what’s not to like! I’ll be looking forward to continuing reading Warlock’s bumbling misadventures in the future. My review for the book canbe found here.

A Book That Made You Cry:


Alas, books don’t make me cry, I’m a male with tattoo’s and have my image to keep up of being sarcastic and evil!

But, Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon does a damn good job of making you emotional as you read it. It’s a harrowing ,thought-provoking and heart breaking read that deals with the lesser known Romany/Gypsy Holocaust and is a book that will leave its mark on you long after you’ve finished reading it. My review canbe found here.

A Book That made You Happy:


The Adventures of Sir Edric: Volume 1 by Thaddeus White. A comedic take on fantasy that left me tittering, guffawed and smirking throughout and while Sir Edric with his bawdy and sexist remarks won’t be to everyone’s taste I found him to be a fun character and the book to be an amusing jovial read. My review canbe found here. – NO reading this review Jillian as it contains the usage of one of the words from our Slangdown challenge and that wouldbe cheating! ๐Ÿ™‚

Favourite Book to Film Adaptation:


I enjoyed The Revenant book but the ending left me feeling disappointed, it was still a great read but the ending just wasn’t for me, call me blood thirsty due to my love of grimdark fantasy but I wanted to see some revenge! However, I love The Revenant film, it has alot of similarities to the book-of course as it’s based on the book but quite a few differences, changes and additions to. You can easily enjoy the film with having read the book and visa versa. And, the cinematography is just epic and stunning!

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year:

I’m really not to sure to be honest, I’ve only been blogging for four moths and am still surprised that it’s gone well and I’m enjoying it. So, I’ll swap things around and say, OK readers of this tag, what’s your favourite post I’ve written???

Most Beautiful Book Youโ€™ve Bought This Year:


The Tiger and The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I mean just look at it, it’s stunning!

What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year:

Well, these 5 Bad Boys are top of the list for books I need to read before the year’s end – yes I just described books as Bad Boys! ๐Ÿ™‚


OK well, there’s the tag, see Jillian I did it! Now, I’m not going to nominate anyone because I’m far to lazy to go and look at all your blogs to see if you’ve already done the tag or not. However, I will say that anyone who thinks the tag looks fun and wants to do it then consider yourself nominated! I had a good time doing it, thinking about my favourite books for the first half of the year was fun and it was cool looking back over what I’ve read.



21 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

      1. I’ll have to move it up my TBR pile then! I have soo much reading to do and I don’t know whether to like that or be scared of it *facepalm*

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  1. Aww, thanks for the smutty shout out! I do write clean posts ya know. I save all the smutty bits for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ So you want to read the book with a big hammer on it. โค๏ธ Oh, Thor and his mighty hammer. ๐Ÿ˜ Now I have to go back and read all your reviews. The Sherlock one sounds fun. I just started last week my first Mark Lawrence book. So far so good. I haven’t been reading as much lately. I still need to watch The Revenant. My dad said the movie is mostly grunting and sounds. I need to see why Leo won the Academy Award for it. I’m glad you did this tag. See, it wasn’t so bad. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Yes, you were a big boy for once! ๐Ÿค— Of course, you didn’t tag anyone. But I expected that. Yeah, the cover is awesome! I just had to get a dig in on you for that intro. I can’t remember if they won the award for cinematography. I was glad Leo won though.

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  2. I, too, have MALICE languishing near the top of my TBR pile – it needs to be bumped up to a must-read after reading this post. It’s a really nice half-year reading tag, which I may also have a go at, if time permits:)). And I thoroughly enjoyed your answers. The Wolf Road has been added to my ever-lengthening list, too – given your recommendation regarding the The Passage and how much I enjoyed it!

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    1. Thanks, I tried to make it abit different with the answers than just use fantasy books that are my go to genre. The Wolf Road really is great, I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it. Malice is wonderful, the whole series is apart from Gwynne being the master of cliff hanger endings.๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. I have been new to the blogging circles and have been following your posts for 2 months and I am not really a poetry guy so not sure If I am the best person to judge this but Favourite Post You Have Done This Year as per me has to be Both the Wolf Road and Warlock Holmes

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  4. Lol at the no crying because tattoos. ๐Ÿ˜€
    My fav posts by you, hmm… I love that poem you just did “Sad Old Song”, all the Fluffy Bunny poems as well as those posted for Jillian’s Challenge because they made me laugh and I needed to laugh and lol (thinking of them makes me laugh), “Demon and Canine” (the Demon one scared me), and “Empty Within:” it’s a sad one but not depressing, there’s hope at the end. I really liked it.

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