2021 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | Relishing the chance to scream about my favourites (again) + Showcasing a fraction of my huge 2021 TBR!

Hello friends!

Has the realisation that the middle of the year has dawned and past shattered your mind, soul, spirit yet? Because it certainly has for me.

However, instead of morning and mourning the supersonic speed of time, allow me to instead freak out over how much I loved my reads this year, as well as how my TBR pile towers over those that I have read!

Spoiler alert: I’m being dramatic, but not hyperbolic. (And yes, that was a reference to The Poppy War, ah the wonders of foreshadowing!)

Thank you Abby for tagging me! Also a note here, I played around the questions and picked and chose.

Click HERE to view the original questions you can use for your blog! 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year 5. Biggest disappointment 6. Biggest surprise 7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you) 8. Newest fictional crush 9. Newest favorite character 10. Book that made you cry 11. Book that made you happy 12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received) 13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year? 14. Favorite book community member

1. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ?

For someone who isn’t the greatest fan of math, it’s kind of unsettling that I adore statistics and pie charts so much! (Ohoho you think this is much? Wait till you see this year’s end of the year wrap up)

Anyway, this year from January to June I’ve read 31 books which means I’m one book ahead of my reading goal of 60, inclusive of 4 rereads and 9 new releases. (all thanks to blog tours, and one being my first ARC after being denied 19 others due to “geographical restrictions” sigh – it’s not funny guys)

One of the goals I set for myself this year was to read more diversely, specifically read more books by Asian authors, and 48% is a dramatic increase from my measly <10% last year, but I’m determined to increase that figure in the second half of the year, and hence my TBR below.

One of the things I love doing is analysing the genres I’ve read because they, in a way, allude to my mental health state and moods throughout the year.

School has been hectic and stressful and I’m not surprised to see fantasy, my form of reality escape, emerge as one of the top genres. I’m pleasantly surprised to see historical as well, though it is one of my favourite genres, I find it quite hard to read during the school year where everything is so academic already I lose interesting in anything more so…

Another surprise would be science-fiction, a genre I started appreciating more this year and found some favourites in, any recs please hit me up!

2. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021

Is anyone even surprised at this point?

If you couldn’t tell, I’m practically obsessed with this series to an unhealthy extent. I first fell in love with The Poppy War in March, took 3 months to gather the courage and plunge into the abyss of pain that was The Dragon Republic in early June, then two weeks later reread both of them because I was procrastinating The Burning God, and finally succumbed to it and screamed my way through TBG and emerged… broken.

I’m going to halt myself here for if I carry on, this whole post would become a Poppy War rant and I need to save it for a review (yes, it’s been 4 months and I still lack the words to form coherent and thoughtful sentences about this book for a proper review) but just know that this series was brilliant in its characterisation and military strategy, rooted SO meaningfully in lore and history which resonated so much with me as a Chinese, and simply the physical manifestation of PAIN.

3. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2021

Okay I’m going to avoid using The Dragon Republic here for if I don’t watch myself, every answer would be The Poppy War related.

I didn’t read many sequels this year but one that was certainly memorable was Vengeful by V.E. Schwab. It maintained all the intensity and adrenaline I gulped down in Vicious, introduced a whole new band of deadly, enigmatic characters while delving deeper into old ones, and crafted a complex, multi-layered, multi-timeline story that kept my heart pumping!

4. NEW RELEASES YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

Let Part 1 of showing off my colossal TBR begin!

Honestly, it is all your fault my fellow bloggers, if not for you I would not have known about SO MANY incredible new releases haha. Here are a few I’m eager to get my hands on.

Made in Korea, an enemies to lovers involving two entrepreneurial teens caught my eye with the reference to Shark Tank (I can watch it ALL DAY), especially thanks to Saniya and Rania. The Other Side of Perfect sounded like such a heartfelt read to me, and I was convinced by Ahaana and Ritz.

I instantly snagged a copy of The Infinity Courts because of such a unique premise (death and sci-fi, anyone?) and even more so because that cover is just gorgeous. Many thanks to Katie for her lovely review which brought it to my attention… Last year, The Alice Network and The Huntress both showed me such a different, action-packed side of historical fiction and thus I’m eager to get my hands on The Rose Code as I’m sure Kate Quinn will impress me.

Ah I’m trying not to be salty about the 19 ARCs I’ve been declined due to “geographical restrictions” (tips anyone?) but this was one of them, While Paris Slept is a WW2 novel that wriggled its way into my TBR because of the theme of family love.

I enjoyed Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Daisy Jones & The Six, first hand saw my Bookstagram feed clouded with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo… after hearing Emme gush about it, I’m even more hyped forMalibu Rising!

No one can deny the fact The Hate You Give was such a powerful book and I’m incredibly excited to read Concrete Rose and have Angie Thomas hit me with all the feels and meaningful messages again, especially with how much Abby loved it! Another one brought to my radar thanks to a blogger would be Blood Like Magic because of Karla, it sounds like such a meaningful and futuristic read, I’m hyped!

5. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE 2ND HALF OF THE YEAR

SINGAPOREAN AUTHOR ALERT!! I’ve been so hyped about Jade Fire Gold for this reason, especially after I heard of that fact that there were traces of Southeast Asian legends in it.

Honestly, I will read ANYTHING that Marie Lu writes, she’s established herself as one of my autobuy authors after The Young Elites and Warcross. I just read Skyhunter (book 1) a month ago and it was awesome, though the cliffhanger as well as the quotes Marie Lu is dropping on her Instagram are killing me, so yes September and Steelstriker, please come soon!

Ah These Violent Delights caused me so much pain (Dare I even say it’s comparable to the agony The Dragon Republic left me in?) and I am so ready for more action, more romance and more… pain in Our Violent Ends.

The fact that I’ve only read Jade City (book 1) and am already anticipating Jade Legacy (book 3) shows how brilliant Jade City was. It was such an atmospheric read filled with magic and kungfu, I can’t imagine how breathtaking Jade Legacy will be.

Chinese mythology in a science fiction read with an assassination? Say no more, Iron Widow I’m waiting for you.

How We Fall Apart has dominated my entire Instagram feed and wow dark academia with a murder but make it Asian? Yes.

The cover was enough reason, but the fact that it is a Japanese historical fantasy and has the tagline “Death is her Destiny” has me ridiculously excited for The Keeper of Night.

I’ve heard many many differing opinions about You’ve Reached Sam, some bawled over it, some found it underwhelming… I found the premise to be such an emotional one so I’m curious as to where I’ll lie on the spectrum!

6. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Ah I desperately wanted to love A Darker Shade of Magic and The Gilded Wolves for there had been so much hype and love for them, and I was shocked to have been underwhelmed by the former especially after loving VE Schwab’s Villains duology and Addie LaRue.

I don’t want to waste my breath writing about books I didn’t enjoy, so I’ll refer to you to my June Wrap-Up and April/May Wrap-Up respectively if you’re curious for my thoughts.

7. BIGGEST SURPRISE

The Ones We’re Meant to Find and The Gilded Ones were two books that pleasantly surprised me. I was wondering if their stories would be as beautiful as their covers, and they did not disappoint. The former is a tale of two sisters set in a futuristic world that also examines climate change and technology, and latter one of an outcast who realises she has demonic powers and bands together with a group of other girls like her that explores identity and misogyny. Both were incredibly resonant that I’m sure will make it to my top 10 list of the year!

8. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT/NEW TO YOU)

These Violent Delights and The Poppy War are probably my two favourite books for this year. Wow, I’ve said it, I’ve picked among my favourites, that feels monumental.

These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with vibrant and vulnerable characters, an intense enemies-to-lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers… romance, as well such an atmospheric setting and a thoughtful commentary on colonisation, it automatically became a favourite. On the other hand, The Poppy War, a military grimdark fantasy that is rooted in lore and history… well shall I start screaming paragraphs about it again?

9. UNDERRATED GEMS

Slay and The Half Orphan’s Handbook were two books that I loved, but more than 75% of the world doesn’t seem to know of their existence? This is something that must change. Slay is an incredible book with compelling characters, meaningful discussions on race, and with great Warcross vibes radiating from the VR game in it. The Half Orphan’s Handbook was another that was a sensitive and nuanced debut that handled themes like grief and acceptance so well!

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Ah sometimes I wish I didn’t have emotions for this two books made my dead soul feel things to such a devastating extent. Lovely War was one of the first books that both brought out the beauty and power of love and music, as well as unflinchingly portray the horrors and guilt of war, it’s one of my favourite war novels of all time for how much grace it handles these themes. We Are Not Free, similarly was pure soul, pure emotion and pure pain. With 14 perspective of Japanese American teens, it was truly a thematic and emotional response to discrimination and identity during WW2 that I hold close to my heart.

11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

On hindsight as I’m trying to conjure up an explanation, I have no idea why I chose Skyhunter for this prompt, because no surprise here, Marie Lu broke me once again. Through meaningful characters and an even more cruel world, Marie Lu manages to weave important themes of discrimination, oppression and hope, alongside an intense adventure that I flew through in less than a day. Lore, on the other hand brought so many smiles to my face, with the intriguing spin on Greek mythology which pleased my PJO heart, as well as so many loveable characters!

12. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK BOUGHT

13. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

I’m not going to say much and feel overwhelmed by the amount of books I’ve yet to read, but just want to give credits to Cherry and Kaya for getting me excited for We Hunt the Flame, Abby and Ashmita for bringing The Silence of Bones to my radar as well as Kimberly for getting me intrigued about City of Brass!

And that’s it! Ever since I joined the book blogging community last year, I’ve always wanted to get the chance to do this tag and after a 9 month wait, it’s here haha. Honestly though I can’t believe how fast time has flown and that we’re already in the second half of the years which for me, studies wise will be an extremely demanding period, so do pardon me if I pull a mysterious disappearance again!

Check out these other bloggers’ Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tags: Ahaana | Emily | Ashmita | Mesal | Abby | Jayati | Emme | Kaya | Rachel | Veronica

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How has the first half or the year been for you? Your favourite read for 2021 so far? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

72 thoughts on “2021 Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag | Relishing the chance to scream about my favourites (again) + Showcasing a fraction of my huge 2021 TBR!

  1. Cherelle, I loved this post as much as you love The Poppy War series!! 💕
    I also hate maths but love stats, go figure 😂 Can I also say how well-written this post is?? LOVE IT!! There are so many books on here that I want to get to by the end of the year and I can’t wait for you to read Blood Like Magic!! I also need to read The City of Brass and have it on my shelves so let me know if you want to buddy read it sometime? And I need to pick up These Violent Delights because it’s one of your favourites!! Wonderful post!! 💕

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    1. Karla, aww thank you so much for your kind words, it means SO much to me!! 🥰 Haha high five on that! I just read your ARC review on Blood Like Magic today (apologises for being so late 😔) and am even more hyped up about it! 🤩 Ooh sure I’m very new to buddy reads but I would absolutely love to read City of Brass with you 😍, when is a good time for you, we can chat through Instagram DMs? Ahh yes you do, I hope These Violent Delights captures your heart as well… thank you so much, love! 😘

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  2. I’m definitely picking up ‘The Poppy War’ series next because you have excited me to a point that I can’t control anymore and then I’ll be reading ‘These Violent Delights’ and then ‘The One’s we’re meant to Find’ all thanks to you!!! I’ll read them and let you know soon! Great Post Cherelle! ❤❤❤

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  3. I love how beautifully detailed this post is, especially when compared to my bland mid year freak out haha.
    Ah I will have to get to the poppy war series then.
    Also, sci-fi recs? Aurora Rising would definitely be at the top of my list, but if you are looking for something less intense, you could go for Orion Lost.
    Oof unfortunately I did not like the Infinity Courts at all, but I still hope that you enjoy it, because the concept was definitely cool.
    So many of those new releases and others you mentioned are on my TBR, here’s to hoping we love every single one of them! (Tho that’s nearly impossible, but a girl can dream, can’t she?)
    Oh! And thanks for mentioning my post!!
    Have a lovely day Cherelle 💙

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    1. Rachel, ah thank you for your kind words, but don’t put yourself down, your tag was equally engaging okay!! Ah you have no idea how happy that makes me, I hope you love The Poppy War just as much! 😍 And thank you so much for the recommendations, I’ve definitely heard quite a bit about Aurora Rising from your blog so it’s already on my tbr, I’ll check Orion Lost out too!

      Aw no, sorry to hear that, yeah I saw your one star (?) rating on Goodreads compared to everyone’s four/five stars and was surprised, but after reading it, it was a pretty “meh” book for me (excited to discuss it with you with regards to your comment on my latest post, thank you for that!)

      Ahh I shall cling on tightly to that dream as well then haha… my pleasure Rachel, you too take care! 💕

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  4. Great post Cherelle!! ❤ ❤ About what you said regarding geographical restrictions, I'm honestly surprised because I was so sure that if any country had loads of geographical restrictions regarding books, it would be India? but you get denied a lot, lot more than me :/ I wanted to ask, do you get emails saying you got denied because of geographical restrictions (something that has never happened to me, by the way) or because of some general reason but also geographical restrictions? And from netgalley or some other ARC website?

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    1. Thank you Trisha!! 💛 Ah it is the general reasons kind of email, but because I’ve fulfilled the other factors the only one left is because of geographical restrictions… 😭 and yes it’s mostly Netgalley, I’ve given up on Edelweiss haha! All the best to you in your future ARC requests too, sorry to see in your latest post you got denied quite a bit too. 😢 Thank you for the comment, Trisha! 💕

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  5. Oh this had to be one of the prettiest mid year tags I’ve seen cherelle!! I live you’ve reached Sam’s cover so much 💞

    I’ve been meaning to read these violent delights for so long and hopefully I’ll get it done before the sequel releases! Here’s hoping you have a great second half of the year too ❣️❣️

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  6. ahh this post was amazing!! the poppy war series has definitely taken over my heart! there are so many books here that I need to read too and can’t wait to get to them! and thank you so much for mentioning my post! I’m so glad you liked it and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on Made in Korea!!

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  7. Ooh I might have to do this tag!!! The effort you put into your posts show. I hope you love How We Fall Apart and halfway through the year I was at 85 books. I don’t really set reading goals anymore because I was reading a lot of mediocre books in 2018/2019, but in the past two years, I’ve enjoyed the majority of the books I’ve read. A few of my 2021 faves: HWFA, The Gilded Ones, Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun, She Who Became the Sun, and The Jasmine Throne.

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    1. It was really fun to look back on my reading so far with it! And aww, THANK YOU! Wow 85 books is incredible, and I’m SO glad to hear that you’ve been finding books you enjoy recently. The Gilded Ones was indeed amazing, I’m truly dying to get to How We Fall Apart and She Who Became the Sun as well, happy to see it on your favourites list! Thanks for sharing! ❤

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  8. The Poppy War and These Violent Delights are both very high on my TBR, I can’t wait to pick them up! The Half-Orphan’s Handbook is definitely an underrated gem, I enjoyed the story so much!
    Also, math is not my favorite subject either, but pie charts and stats are so satisfying to make and look at. Who knew?
    Great post! ❤

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    1. Ah I’m so thrilled to hear that, The Poppy War and These Violent Delights are definitely two of my favourites of this year, I hope you love them too! 🥰 And agreed, so heartened that you found The Half Orphan’s Handbook a meaningful one from your review! Haha, high five! Thanks Lotus! ❤

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  9. I am so glad you’ve started reading scifi, Cherelle! It is one of my favourite genres! And off, I still haven’t read These violent deaths (not gonna lie, that book KINDAAAA intimidates me) or We are not free but I really want to! You’ve had a great reading year, hope you finish your goal by the end of the year! Great post, as usual!

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    1. I can’t believe it took me a few years to immerse myself into the genre ah, do you have any scifi recs Nehal? Haha These Violent Delights intimidated me because of the hype, but I loved it, and I hope you’ll do too! We Are Not Free will break your heart, but again I hope you enjoy it! Thank you so much!! ❤

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  10. Absolutely loved seeing all of the stats Cherelle, I’ve also been thinking that fantasy has probably been my most read genre this year. I’m hoping to FINALLY start The Ones Were Meant To Find this month! 💖

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  11. What a beautiful post! Your graphics in the first question are absolutely gorgeous! I totally agree The Poppy War series is absolutely amazing, you’ve made me want to reread them! I’m also super excited about Jade Legacy, it’s totally going to destroy me.

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  12. ahh, first of all, your graphics are so beautiful! & eek i still have to read The Poppy War but i’m so not ready because i just know it’ll absolutely destroy me 🤧 also i still have to pick up Lore but i’m sure the pjo fan in me will love it. Pachinko is also a book i want to read in the second half of the year! i’m trying for august but as a mood reader i never know 🥲 hope you have an amazing second half of the year <33

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    1. Thank you so much, Aarushi! The Poppy War will definitely destroy you in the most brilliant way possible, I hope you’ll get to pick it up one day and love it just as much!! Ooh truly, Lore brought back so much PJO nostalgia for me, I hope you’ll enjoy it and Pachinko too if you get to them! Haha I can relate on the mood reader problem… wishing you a lovely 2nd half of 2021 too! ❤

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  13. This post is absolutely stunning! I love the way you have formatted it all and the books you’ve chosen are fabulous. The Poppy War series are also up there as my favourites from this year so far and I am struggling to imagine any book actually taking that spot now!

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  14. I love the books highlighted here, this is quality reading and had me smiling and nodding at so many of these selections! Slay is absolutely underrated and I just wish it got more love for black girl magic in STEM. The Poppy War…I have all three books and I just know they’re going to break me so I’ve been putting it off but it’s happening. When I first heard of Iron Widow,I stopped what I was doing to go Goodreads the title and got so excited! I haven’t seen or heard of any book with this concept. I hope you have an amazing rest of the year & find some new favorites 🙂

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, I’m truly heartened to hear that! Ah definitely Slay deserves all the hype and love and more, truly such a meaningful read! Omg, that is quite wise having the whole series on hand, the endings are quite terrible! 🥲 I’m quite obsessed with the series though it has broken me too many times to count, I hope you’ll love it just as much and manage to survive it haha! Same here the premise of Iron Widow is so unique and intriguing, we only have 3 more months!! 🤩 Wishing you a wonderful 2nd half of the year as well, thank you so much for dropping by and for the lovely comment! 🥰

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  15. Amazing post! The ones we’re meant to find and blood like magic are both on my TBR! And here’s a sci-fi book you really should try – A Long, long sleep by Anna Sheehan. It’s a sleeping beauty retelling set in a futuristic world. (And the technological aspect of it is just so amazing) I read it last year, and it’s one of my favorite books, but so few people have read it

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    1. Thank you Jenna! Ah The Ones We’re Meant to Find was such a surprise and quickly established itself as a favourite, I’ve heard great things about Blood LIke Magic too, I hope you’ll love them! Ooh thank you so much for the recommendation, a sci-fi retelling with a great technological aspect sounds amazing! I’ll definitely check it out! Have a lovely 2nd half of 2021! 🥰

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  16. Ah I loved reading your answers here and I’m so happy you were so surprised, in a good way, by The Ones We’re Meant to Find! I adore this book with all of my heart. ❤ I can't wait to read The Other Side of Perfect and How We Fall Apart, both sound amazing! ❤
    Happy reading! 🙂

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  17. i absolutely loved reading this post and seeing all your thoughts on these books, Cherelle!! i can really feel your love for The Poppy War trilogy – i’m currently in the middle of The Poppy War right now, and saying that i’m scared is probably an understatement, HAHA 🥲 i’m terrified to say the least, but i also *need* to continue. and AHHH i’m super excited for Our Violent Ends too, i’m sure Chloe Gong will destroy us with her painful writing again💔 but i’m here for it 😌 and i’m really excited for you to read Starfish – it’s truly a beautiful and emotional book with amazing social anxiety rep! i hope the rest of 2021 brings you more wonderful reads :))

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    1. Aww thank you Dezzy, that warms my heart! Ah I hope you’re enjoying The Poppy War, though indeed being destroyed would be a more appropriate description! The trilogy will wreck you in the most brilliant way possible I can promise that! Oh yes another series with such potential for heartbreak, I am not ready but I need a resolution (please, please do not follow the original play…) Ooh I’m so heartened to hear that, Starfish definitely sounds so meaningful, I’m hyped! You too, have a lovely rest of 2021 Dezzy! 😘

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  18. ahhh congratulations on being ahead of your reading goal!! also omg hahaha i AM good at math, just not a fan of it, but somehow i also adore statistics and pie charts lmao. it is honestly SO annoying when we international readers are denied ARCS because of “geographical restrictions”. 😩 netgalley’s new policy that only lets us request makes it all the more tiresome!! btw, i’ve found that although it is slightly more intimidating, and sometimes they don’t even respond, emailing publishers is a lot easier, because at least you get the option, whereas on netgalley, you can only wish!

    fantasy was also one of my most read genres, and i’ve found love for historical fiction this year, so i can’t wait to explore more of that! also ahhh i recently read an ARC of iron widow, and i’m pretty sure it’s science fiction? it’s based on china’s only female empress and OH MY GOD it was so good, i think you’ll love it, especially because it’s been compared to the poppy war! 👀

    speaking of the poppy war, i really need to get to it soon, but i am NOT ready for that pain askfjdskfjds. also both the other side of perfect, and the infinity courts are such wonderful books! i hope you love them when you get to them (but if i’m right – i saw on goodreads that you already finished the infinity courts and loved it!) concrete rose is absolutely heartbreaking, and all the more meaningful after reading THUG. so i hope you enjoy that too! 💕

    somehow? i got an ARC of jade fire gold, and i am so excited to get to it ahh! i’ve heard only the best things about it, and i hope you love it too, especially since the author is singaporean! our violent ends will make me scream, and cry, and break my heart, so i can’t wait till it’s out (do you want to buddy read it then 🥺?) also AHH I SEE IRON WIDOW IN THIS LIST! I PROMISE IT IS WORTH THE ANTICIPATION! i loved it so much! i’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the gilded wolves, i think i enjoyed it a lot more than you did, because i didn’t go in with any expectations!

    both TOWMTF, and the gilded wolves were such amazing stories, and i’m so glad we loved them as well! AHHH, THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS!! i know i gushed about it in this comment earlier but i just can’t help myself 😭 i’ve gotten some of my irl friends to read it, and while one of them loved it, the other two haven’t gotten far enough yet, and watching them struggle is honestly hilarious 😅 slay has also been on my tbr for a while now, so i’m glad you enjoyed it! i really want to read lovely war soon, and hopefully i love it as much as you have! we are not free was so heartbreaking, and made me straight up bawl askdjfhdskfjdfk :’)

    omg your editions of TOWMTF, and the infinity courts are so gorgeous! i’m especially excited because i ordered a hardcover of TOWMTF a few days ago, and if the design inside is even half as pretty as yours, i know i’ll love it! 😍

    thank you so much for linking to my post as well! and sorry this comment is so late hahaha. lovely post! 💖💖

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    1. Ahaana HI!! Oh my gosh sorry for such a terribly late reply!

      Aw thank you and wow mad respect for you being good at math, haha glad you share the same joy with statistics and charts! Indeed, the “wish” function is frustrating, but thank you for the advice! I saw this comment but hadn’t replied it yet in August, and did just that. I contacted a few publishers, and one got back to me with an e-ARC of a 2022 release I was eyeing! 😍 Thank you so much Ahaana, I’m indebted to you!

      Historical fiction is such a vibrant and introspective genre despite some of the “boring” and “old” stereotypes, I’m so happy to hear that! And ahhh, now that you said it’s been compared to The Poppy War, I’m even more hyped for Iron Widow, I trust your taste completely!!

      You do need to get to The Poppy War soon Ahaana, it’s honestly great you can binge all the books at once, though yes the pain 🥺 And Jade Fire Gold, I managed to read an arc for a blog tour too, and omg it’s so good, I loved all the Chinese/Southeast Asian mythology in it… have you read it yet?

      And ahh Our Violent Ends, omg we are SO close to the pub date!! I saw your little review on Goodreads and to say I’m scared would be an understatement, because crap I’m terrified, but so thrilled that you loved it so much! Getting your irl friends to read These Violent Delights is awesome, I’m glad one of them loved it too… ah those books you mentioned are indeed incredible, made 2021 such a great reading year!

      My pleasure, and hope you’re doing ok, we’ve missed you around here!! 🥰

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  19. Ahh I love this post! Im so sorry you didn’t like Gilded Wolves</3
    And yes These Violent Delights is indeed something special! I devoured that book lol. Im really excited for the sequel too

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    1. Hello Nashita! Ah thank you so much and yeah The Gilded Wolves was truly a letdown for me… 😔 but have youread The Silvered Serpents? If so, would you recommend continuing with the series! Ooh, I’m thrilled to find a fellow These Violent Delights fan, and same, though I’m also rather terrified at the prospect of Our Violent Ends wrecking my soul haha… thank you for dropping by! ❤

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      1. Yess I found Silvered Serpents so much better than the first one. I have a feeling you would def enjoy it
        Yes yes ahha the title in itself scares the shit put of me🥺
        I would be so sad if something happens to Juliet

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  20. ok it has been a hot second since I’ve last seen your blog on the web version BUT HOW DOES IT GET PRETTIER AND PRETTIER EACH TIME I COME BACK?????? WHAT IS THIS SORCERY??????

    i’m so glad to hear you are ahead of your goal for the year, that is quite the accomplishment!! and i *really* need to read the poppy war soon but i’m not sure i’m ready for the emotional pain yet askfjkskfjds

    lovely post and may the rest of the year be brilliant for you!!

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    1. Aww April, you’re too kind, though that made my day!! It’s all credits to Canva honestly. 😂 Ah yes you NEED The Poppy War in your life, though indeed the emotional pain is quite unbearable haha. Thanks so much, have a lovely rest of 2021 too! 🥰

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