Yes, I can’t believe it either, but it really is the middle of the year. Which can only mean one thing… it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!! (AKA my favourite reoccurring book tag!) Thank you so much to Margaret @ Weird Zeal for tagging me to do this! I’m super excited to get to these questions – this is only my second time doing this, and last year I had a grand total of 7 books to choose from. This year I’ve kept reading slumps at bay and conquered 38 books, which I am so impressed with. My goal for 2020 was to read one book a week and I’ve surpassed that, so I’m very happy.
So, I’ll leave you with a dog picture (in what has become the tradition I think the world needs right now) and get on to the questions!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?
Saga is by far the most unique, original, and complete storytelling package. It’s the Sci-Fi-Fantasy of my dreams and is truly epic in every sense of the word. This giant compendium is one of my favourite possessions – both for its ridiculous size and the epicness it contains.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?
This book could definitely stand alone in the best book of the year category, but it makes more sense to call it the best sequel because it fits both of those titles. The Ask and the Answer has an incredible storyline and powerful writing that absorbs you – I was in my own little bubble completely separate from the rest of the world for the conclusion and you couldn’t have reached me if you tried.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
I really want a physical copy of Dark and Deepest Red, so I’m being forced to wait for the paperback release which doesn’t happen until January 2021 😭. (I’m not a fan of hardbacks if you’re wondering.) Meanwhile, You Should See Me In a Crown only just came out this month, and I have access to the audiobook so I’m hoping to read that very soon indeed.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned it on my blog so far, but I’m still here waiting for my signed pre-order of Loveless to arrive. Soon…
I was so excited by the premise of The Kiss of Deception – a fantasy with a mystery element! Who’s the prince and who is the assassin? Unfortunately, the writing just didn’t live up to my expectations. I really enjoyed the first half, then felt like I was trudging through so much unnecessary journeying for the second half. Hopes = crushed.
I by no means had low expectations when I went into The Priory of the Orange Tree, but when a book has over 800 pages it’s normal to be a little nervous. So I was surprised by just how easily this wonderful fantasy world swept me away. It was epic, it was beautiful, and the characters, the society and the story will stick with me for a long time. I can’t express how comforting it was to read about a world without a trace of misogyny or homophobia.
Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?
I’m currently reading The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde and even though I’m only 50% through the first book I’ve ever read by her I’m ready to pronounce her my new Queen of Queer Contemporary. Like, the wholesome discussions about gender identity and pronouns and sexuality? I’m so here for it. More, please!
Newest favourite character?
I can’t think of any particular character that has really stood out to me, so I’m going with the squad from The Great Library series. I’m an absolute sucker for a good friend group and these guys are found family to the max.
(I’m copying Margaret and changing this question because I don’t exactly get crushes.) I just finished Technically, You Started It and I’m absolutely in love with Haley and Martin together. Seriously, this book is so pure and wholesome and lovely, with a good dose of awkward nerdiness thrown in. It’s so sweet and features great conversations about sexuality (specifically being demisexual, like me!). So yeah, it’s my latest obsession and I love it. Oh – it’s also written entirely in text messages, so that’s fun!
Book that made you cry?
We all knew this was coming. If there’s an Adam Silvera book to go on this list you can guarantee it’ll be filling the slot about crying. While More Happy Than Not wasn’t my favourite Silvera book, it still made me bawl while feeling like my heart was being torn out. Soooo yeah, thanks Adam.
Favourite book to movie adaptation?
While I haven’t actually read the book (I know, the ultimate sin!!!) I really enjoyed the Netflix film of P.S. I Still Love You. It’s just great cinematography, I’d honestly recommend it for the dreamy colour palettes alone.
The Priory of the Orange Tree is one of the stand-out books I’ve read this year, and I think my review did a pretty good job of summing up my thoughts and feelings. I’m yet to upload it to my blog (I don’t exactly do review posts often) but you can read it over on Goodreads.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
I’ll be shallow for this question and assume it means physically beautiful – I’m going to go with Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I bought the edition with the new cover and I find myself staring at it often. I know it’s what’s inside that counts, but I do love a beautiful book.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Another goal I set myself was to have either read or unhauled all the unread books I owned at the start of 2020 by the end of the year. There are currently nine books left on that list and I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to get through them on schedule. (I have already unhauled a ridiculous number of books through this challenge. It’s really taught me how often I buy books I don’t even want to read that much.)
So, all in all I don’t have too much to freak out about this year. I’ve read more books so far than I have in any previous year, and I’ve got no intentions of slowing down. In the first half of 2020 I’ve slashed my owned TBR in half, ended my book buying ban, and stayed consistently ahead of my goal of reading a book per week. I think my focus for the second half of the year will be trying to keep up my reading while also blogging more often. My current blogging schedule is a post roughly every 2 weeks, and I’d like to be more active than that! Other than that, I’m going to be sticking to all of the goals I’ve mentioned in this post. Hopefully I’ll be ready with them all completed to check in with you at the end of the year!
Since I love doing this post every year, I’m sharing the love! I tag:
Veronika & Sabrina @ Wordy and Whimsical 🍋 El @ Elated Books 🍋 Sophie @ Me and Ink (I know you’re on hiatus right now, so no pressure to do this!) 🍋 Ashley @ The Infinite Library 🍋 Olivia @ Purely Olivia 🍋 Sarah @ Thoughts of the Reader 🍋 And I was going to tag Sophie @ Sophie’s Corner but she’s already done it so you can go read her post instead! 🍋 As always, there’s no pressure if you don’t feel like doing this. And if anyone else wants to have a go at this, then I tag you!