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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

We’re already halfway through the year and I’m somehow slightly ahead on my reading challenge, but my TBR pile has also doubled in size. I’ve rediscovered the joy of my local library – even though their selection is quite limited – and I’ve been picking up books that I’ve never seen before or would’ve never thought to pick up otherwise. In a few months, I’ll be in university and have unlimited access to their h u g e library, and my TBR will continue to grow and grow and grow.

Today, I’m doing the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag, which is great because I’m currently looking at my reading challenge to remind myself what I’ve read, and I have no memory of reading any of them.

Let’s begin!

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What I Read In 2018

I’m still working on a post about my favourite books of 2018, so here I am instead to write a recap of the year! I’ve never done one of these end-of-year posts before but Goodreads has this thing where it shows you all your reading statistics for the year and I am a number nerd.

Reading wise, this year has been exciting. It’s been my most ambitious reading year to date, I’ve fallen in love with the stories of many new authors, and I’ve started getting back into reviewing books and reading advanced copies again. This year has also been pretty tough. My mental health has been the worst it’s ever been and I’ve fallen a bit out of love with writing, the one thing I’ve loved for a huge proportion of my life.

But this blog isn’t going to focus on that: it’s going to focus on all the good books I’ve read this year and how I suddenly need to buy a new bookshelf because I’ve filled my third one.

This post might be long. Let’s begin!

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Underhyped YA Books of 2018 | #HypeYour5

This year, I’ve finally accepted that I truly do love hyped books. I’ve always been torn about this because not every book can be hugely hyped, and I can’t possibly read every book that came out this year even if I read more than the average person (probably?), and it’s frustrating knowing that so many good books have come out and not appeared on my feeds or in my recommendations at all. I’m so behind on all the books.

(I’ve just done some Googling – the average number of books each person reads a year is 12, but that’s inflated by avid readers. The most frequently reported number was 4 books per year.)

So, for this post, I’m going to talk about some of my favourite under-hyped books of 2018 with the #HypeYour5 tag. This was created by Mackenzi Lee on Instagram, and I will stick to genuinely underhyped books rather than books I love but are averagely hyped or else this post would be The Song of Achilles ten times.

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Hyped Books that I LOVE

When it comes to hyped YA books, I usually run from them in fear because I think they won’t live up to the expectations. I’m the kind of person who is extremely cautious of overhyped books and craves smaller elusive titles. I mean, I want to read all the books so I read them eventually, it just takes me a while.

I’ve read some hyped books that aren’t that great, to be honest. But there’s some that I’m in love with. Here’s a list of those books.

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake [Review]

Unrelated to the rest of this review: I don’t know why I didn’t connect Kendare Blake, author of Three Dark Crowns, to Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood (one of my favourite books) until now. I think it’s because the book themes and plots and her writing style seems to be completely different in both. And that’s sad because I loved Anna and Girl of Nightmares but didn’t really like this book.

I don’t really have much to say on the book as a whole, so I’m just going to focus on the characters and their individual storylines.

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Legendary by Stephanie Garber [Review]

This is one of those books where I originally didn’t want it. As much as I loved Caraval and wanted more of that magical world, I kind of felt that it was good enough to standalone, and I was afraid that a sequel would be a let-down. But this is also one of those rare books where I loved the sequel so much more than the first book.

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The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller [Review]

I’m currently trying to review every single book I’ve read this year but months after I read them, so I apologise in advance if half the stuff I write is a) inaccurate, or b) potentially not even about this book. My brain doesn’t work sometimes.

I got this book because reading Rick Riordan’s books gave me an obsession with Greek mythology and this is a new take on the Iliad, an epic poem about some of the significant events of the Trojan War. As this is arguably one of the most important/iconic events in Greek history, learning more about it felt like a good place to start.

Spoiler alert: this book broke me.

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber [Review]

I read this back in January but (eight months later) suddenly decided to review every book I’ve read this year. So, here I am.

First thing first: this book is completely magical. I’ve seen it about on Instagram and Twitter for so long surrounded by so much positive vibes that I was almost afraid to read it because I thought it would be overhyped and wouldn’t live up to the expectations. But Caraval surpassed all my expectations and more. I’ve always had an interest in circus/carnival themed books but I’ve never found one that really caught my attention until now.

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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley [Review]

I got this as an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, but it turns out the book came out months ago, so this isn’t really that ‘advanced’.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry, and she tucked a love letter into his favourite book in his family’s bookshop the day before she moved away. She waited for him, but he never came. Now, she’s returned to the city – and to the bookshop – to work alongside him, although she’d rather not see him for the rest of her life. But she needs the distraction: her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side – surrounded by books (*quiet screaming*), watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages – they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

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