Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!! 2020

This is one of my favourite tags! I did it in 2018 and in 2019 I really like how it kind of allows me review the year so far both good and bad

Lets just dive straight in πŸ™‚

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

It’s quite a loaded question I feel. I have yet to find THE “2020 favourite book”. But maybe Ragged Alice, The City We Became, Darius The Great is Not OK and Me would qualify in the meantime.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

Empire of Gold (City of Brass #3) by S. A. Chakraborty

I would like to say that there was not a lot of competition for this spot as in “it was so good the others just don’t compare”. But I’ve literally not read many sequels so far this year. And this was easy picking.

I need to sort my sequels out and read more of them.

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

Oh wow so many!

Woven in Moonlight, All Boys Aren’t Blue, Wicked As You Wish and Heartstopper vol 3 are on the top of that list.

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

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is definitely on my radar and so is The Secret Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab.

Lastly, Seven Devils by Elisabeth May and Laura Lam AND I have an ARC waiting for me!!!! SO EXITED!!

Let’s not forget The Burning God by R. F. Kuang release date in November!! Another end to a series 😦

5. Biggest disappointment

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Cildren of Blood and Bones #2) by Tomi Adeyemi. I loved the first book though I stuggled to breath whilst reading as it was so fast pace. The second book had me annoyed. I was frustrated with the misscommunication and the anger that lingered. And yes I understand why the characters were angry but come on!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I wanted to love this book but I just didn’t. There wasn’t enough plot lines in the first half of the book for me. I was promised a competition and the first half is all about setting the scene almost. Anyway it was magical and I loved the circus but I was disappointed.

6. Biggest surprise

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. I wasn’t sure about this. I heard a lot of good things about it and people was loving it. I didn’t mean to read it but I reserved it on the library audibook app and when it became available I just jumped straight in. It took me a few chapters to figure out what was really going on but then I loved it for the rest of the book. Dark and refreshing humour.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Ashley Herring Blake was new to me this year as I read Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter To The World and loved it.

Gareth Powell surpised me too. And I’ll be reading more by him in the future.

N. K. Jemisin was new to me this year though I’m not surprised I liked her writing and stories. Definitely read more of her in the future.

8. Newest fictional crush & 9. Newest favourite character

I don’t really crush on characters and I have yet to find my favourite character of the year but I have a new found respect and fuzziness towards Dara from Empire of Gold (City of Brass #3) by S. A. Chakraborty. He really redeemed himself in the last quarter for the final book. And I wish him all the best.

10. A book that made you cry

Darius the Great is Not OK. I mean that was heartbreaking and I was sobbing, but it was also warm and loving. The sadness wasn’t really bad it was sweet.

11. A book that made you happy

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary made me really happy but also Darius the Great is Not OK. Yes it made me cry but not sad cry. It was a heartwarming and family loving book.

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

I haven’t bought hat many book this year but two stands out for this: Gods of Jade and Shadow and A Monster Calls the illustrated version

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

There are tons of books I feel I need to list here. But firstly, The Count Of Monste Christo is a book that’s been on my TBR for three months already and it’s my long classic of the year so its definitely something I need to get to.

I also need to read Starsight and Cresent City as those are both borrowed from a friend. I hope to get to them this summer.

Then I hope to get to both Never night and Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

Which book made you happy this year?

14 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!! 2020

  1. Loved this post! I’ve been just sitting on ME by Elton John for some reason, and now I know to read the darn thing πŸ™‚ I’m up to like November on my ARC’s, what am I waiting for? haha. Now I can’t wait. Is Count of Monte Cristo on audio? That might be different.

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  2. I just started Empire of Gold and am loving it so far! I can’t wait for Black Sun—so excited for that one!
    Looks like you’ve had a pretty great reading year so far, Ivy! Hope the latter half treats you well.

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    1. YAY!! Im so glad you love it (so far)! I hope you find the ending satisfying. I look forward to see your opinion. Im considering pre-order a hardcover version of the Black Sun… just to have πŸ™‚ Its going to be good! Thank you. I hope so too πŸ™‚

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