Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020
Yes guys, you're reading that right. In my 5 years of blogging, I've never once done this book tag, so I decided it was high time to do it. I had a close look at my Goodreads shelves for this and was kind of shocked when I saw that I'd already read 56/80 books in my Goodreads challenge. COVID has definitely done good things for my reading in 2020. So since we're already halfway through the year (thank god), I've decided to do this tag!
1. BEST BOOK YOU'VE READ SO FAR IN 2020?
I can't choose between Serpent & Dove, House of Earth and Blood and the Arc of a Scythe series! These books are all so different in terms of plot, but their writing and their characters made me love them so much, they've already made it onto my 2020 favourites list! I honestly haven't stopped thinking about each of these books, so that should tell you enough about how much I enjoyed them.
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU'VE READ SO FAR IN 2020?
Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab. She's been one of my favourite authors for a while now, but I never read this series. When I read book one back in January, I was SO happy I had this book ready to go. It's incredibly good and I liked the way Victoria wrapped everything up after setting up the story in book 1.
3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN'T READ YET, BUT WANT TO?
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. When I read A Curse so Dark and Lonely, I absolutely fell in love with the characters. Totally leaving aside the fact that it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, the writing is what captured my heart. Since it ended on a cliffhanger (and what book doesn't nowadays), I of course have to know what happens next. If only I BOUGHT THE FREAKING BOOK!
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF 2020?
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin. I've only recently read the first book and it instantly made it's way on my 2020 favourites list. I loved the writing and the hate-to-lovers romance, but the thing is, this book ends in such a way that I really want to continue. Reid and Lou are happy together, everyone is alive, but there's danger looming, and that's what makes me excited to continue. (Also, I've seen people with ARCs screenshot sentences and I'm dying to know their context!)
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT?
The Girl of Hawthorn of Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole. When I requested this book from NetGalley I had pretty high expectations. The blurb made me really excited, and when I started reading, I was disappointed. Like really disappointed. And it turns out I wasn't the only one, since this Goodreads page is filled with 2-star reviews. I DNF'ed it at 61% in, not caring about the characters or the storyline at all. It's such a shame when you DNF a book you think you're really going to like.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE?
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon. This is another NetGalley read, but this one was right up my alley! As a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I always tend to have a bit of a standard, but this one turned out to be pretty cute. This story follows the classic lines of B&TB, as a girl shows interest in the outcast-guy. There's really great storytelling and you'll be sucked in before you know it.
7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR?
Neal Shusterman & Rick Riordan. I'd read Rick Riordan before and really liked his style, but Neal Shusterman just blew me away when I read the Arc of a Scythe series in the beginning of the year. His plotting and his storytelling just captivated me and his writing style is intriguing enough to keep you wanting more. I'll definitely be picking up more books by him!
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH?
Hunt Athalar from House of Earth and Blood and Reid Diggory from Serpent and Dove. Yeah I know, I'm such a sucker for Sarah's brooding and annoying-at-first male characters. But she writes them so well! You think you're gonna hate someone and they end up being absolute cinnamon rolls who treat their ladies right. And Reid, Reid is just a very cute character who's sweet to Lou and who would treat any lady right.
9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER?
Percy Jackson, without a doubt. That little sarcastic shit has a place in my heart. He's protective of his friends and family, yet isn't afraid to challenge the God of War when he's insulted him. Percy is a fun character that, yes I'd read about before, but I didn't care about him as much then as I do now. (Plus, you know, the cosplays are really cute *winkwink*)
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott. I was sobbing for the last 20 pages or so. I'd seen the movie before I read the book, but both made me ugly cry. I don't know how you think of absolutely heartbreaking storylines, but this is the only one that made me ugly cry, and cry a little more when I think about it again.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. This book is pure cuteness wrapped up in a bow of friendship and love. Come on guys, how can you not like this book?! I have to say that the first one is my favourite, because it's where Lara Jean and Peter have their fake-dating contract and you get to read about them, watch them fall in love, and deal with hardships together. Pair that with amazing sisterly love, and you've got a heartwarming story. It's just adorable.
12. FAVOURITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU SAW THIS YEAR?
I don't think I have seen an adaption this year, so Imma say Outlander :D I read the first outlander book earlier this year (duh) and even though it was an 800+ page monstrosity, I loved every second of it. I've been watching the show and I'm now on season 3 and I'm loving it. The episodes are really long, but they're perfect for when you've got a long drive ahead or you need some time to disappear into old-timey Scotland.
13. FAVOURITE REVIEW YOU'VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR?
I didn't write a review for most of 2020, so I'm going to have to disappoint you here. I've been wanting to write them more often, but in a way that explains my feelings as well as bits of the book, so I've been experimenting with several lay-outs for my reviews. I'll be posting them on my blog as soon as I feel like I have enough to say about a book.
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR?
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanna E. Brown. THIS COVER YOU GUYS! It's absolutely stunning! I watched an instagram video from EpicReads, where they go and visit the shoot, and it just looks absolutely gorgeous. The model is beautiful and I love the way they captured the falling dress.
15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THIS YEAR?
So many books that have been on my TBR for ages, and then some. I have so many books I want to read that I've made different TBR lists on different platforms. There's Goodreads, but there's also my Waterstones list, Amazon list, and my Kobo list. It's terrible for my wallet, but honestly, I'm loving discovering so many books that I still want to read. If you happen to have any recommendations, keep 'em coming!
How many books have you read so far this year?