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The Mid-Year Book Tag

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.

Actually, the best book that I read this year it’s one of the first books that I read back in February, and it’s called The Moorland Cottage. It’s a small novella by Elizabeth Gaskell and I believe that it is really worth your time.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

I have to say that I’m not really into series, so I don’t read so many sequels or prequels.

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

House of Name by Colm Tóibín. I read and loved Brooklyn last year, so, I’m really looking forward to read more books by this Irish author.

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

Well, I’m not sure, but I’ve heard that Kate Morton is going to publish her sixth book in November. Despite the fact that I’ve never read any of her books, I believe that I’d like to read them all. Don’t ask me why, becuae I really don’t know.

  1. Biggest disappointment.

V for Vendetta, I started this well-known graphic novel yesterday, and I have to admit that I hated it. I have to say that it’s not an easy read because it involved a lot of violence and sexual abuse as well. I didn’t expect that and I don’t want to read about those topics, it’s so disturbing.

  1. Biggest surprise.

Bassett by Stella Gibbons, this book came to me as a Christmas gift. Bearing in mind that I didn’t know who Setlla Gibbons was and I didn’t know what to expect, I have to say that at the end it was a really good reading experience for me.

  1. Favourite new author.

Yolanda Castaño. Yolanda Castaño is a Galician poetess; who is quite popular here in Galicia, because she used to work in a TV game show that it’s pretty similar to Countdown, I believe. Besides, she has published eight poetry collections so far and some children books, as well.

  1. Newest fictional crush.

It may sound quite strange but I don’t usually have a fictional crush while reading.

  1. Newest favourite character.

It has to be Caroline from Shirley. I really like Charlotte Brontë, she writes beautifully and building amazing character is one of her many writing skills.

It’s true that you will find that Shirley it’s a strong character in this book; however, it seems to me that Caroline is a more realist character, and it’s also easy to understand her and sympathize with her. In other words, I could see myself sharing the same thoughts that Caroline has when she is dealing with certain issues.

  1. Book that made you cry.

I really don’t know. It’s true that I cried a little when I was reading Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, there is a scene when Caroline Helstone realized that Mrs. Pryor is her mother, that was quite touching. However, I can’t recall one book in particular that made me cry, maybe some situations were more difficult to handle without sheading a tear.

  1. Book that made you happy.

The Picture of Dorian Gray, you have to admit that Oscar Wilde’s style was the funniest and wittiest of all the Victorians. The interactions in this book are splendid and it’s hard not to laugh when Lord Henry speaks.

  1. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

Macbeth, this was the first book that I read in 2017, and a couple of months ago I watched an adaptation with David Tennant in it.

  1. Favourite review you’ve written / favourite video you’ve made this year.

Making reviews it is quite hard sometimes; however it gets easy if you really loved the book. So, I’ve chosen for this question, my review of My name is Lucy Barton. If you want to know why, you should check it out in this link.

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

Well, I would say that this picture speaks for itself.

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I will be rereading this soon.

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

Let me start by saying that I don’t need to read any book. Actually, I would say that I read because I want, so the books that I want to read by the end of the year are:

  • The House at Riverton by Kate Morton
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • How to Be Both by Ali Smith
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Tolkien Reading Day

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Today we celebrate Tolkien Reading Day as we do every year since 2003, doing this we try to praise and keep his legacy and literary work alive. With this post in my blog I just want to share with you my experience reading Tolkien, who is one of the fathers of the epic high-fantasy genre, and how much I love his books.

My first approach to Tolkien’s work was in my early teens, when the first movie of The Lord of the Rings trilogy came out, I clearly remember that I loved that movie so much and even my parents bought me one of the books for Christmas. But, I was such a silly boy by that time that I decided that I wanted The Two Towers, rather than The Fellowship of the Ring which is the first book.

Making that mistake was the lowest point of my reading life, which I was able to get over it while reading other authors. Until one day I thought that I have to read the complete trilogy, so I bought me a kindle copy and started to read it during the summer of 2015, then I also read The Hobbit; and I have to say that it was a great experience and now Tolkien is one of my favourite writers of all times.

Now, I want to read The Silmarillion and also get me a copy of the complete trilogy to have in my bookshelves and also for re-reading it in the future.