We are half-way through the wonderful (note the sarcasm) year that is 2020. It’s the time of year, where readers everywhere are taking part in the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag. I have done so many tags recently, but sure, what’s one more?
My reading year has been great so far! I’ve read 43 books, which is a new record for me at this stage in the year. It seems strange to say, but Coronavirus has actually helped me increase my reading.
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2020?
I’ve been really lucky, in the sense that I’ve loved so many of the books I’ve read this year. I’m so indecisive, I will really struggle to pick just one favourite. I think I’ll go with The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh. It might not necessarily be the best, but it was a worthy five stars. It was the first book I read this year, starting my reading year off strong. I’m so excited to hopefully read the sequel, The Damned this month.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2020?
This question has made me realise that I’ve read practically no sequels this year. I’m trying to avoid talking about re-reads, so does The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins count? It is the prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy that released in May. I thought it was just as wonderful and clever as the original trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
I have decided to go for They Went Left by Monica Hesse. It released in April, and I think it is a read I’ll really appreciate. It is my understanding that this book takes place in the aftermath of World War Two. It follows Zofia as she tries to reunite with her brother after surviving the horrific Nazi concentration camps. I think this will be hard read, but no doubt an important one.
Most Anticipated Release For the Second Half of 2020?
I love Laura Wood’s YA historical novels. They’re the perfect escape. They have such a chill, relaxing vibe. I enjoy them so much. They’re also quite hard to put down. I tend to finish them the day I get them. Hence, I’m so unbelievably excited to read her latest one, A Snowfall of Silver. It’s published on October 1st, which is also my birthday, so it feels like a little present for me.
Unfortunately, the book that I feel the most disappointed by is, The Anti-Virginity Pact by Katie Wismer. I have been watching Katie’s BookTube videos for a few years now, and so I was so excited when I heard she was publishing this book. If you watch her writing vlogs, you’ll know how hardworking and committed she is to her craft. I know she put a lot of work into this, so I really thought I would enjoy it, and I did to an extent. It wasn’t a bad book, not by long stretch, but I feel that Wismer tried to tackle too many themes. I have a full review of this book if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts.
Heartstream by Tom Pollock! I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but this one was incredible! So many clever twists and turns that keep you turning the pages. If you’re like me, and thrillers aren’t really your thing, but you’re in the mood to try one, read this! Equally, if you read thrillers regularly, and you haven’t read this one, what are you doing?
Favourite New Author
Tricia Levenseller. I read The Shadows Between Us, which is a YA fantasy standalone, last month, and I loved it. It follows Alessandra as she tries to seduce the Shadow King. Once she gains his trust, she plans to kill him to take his throne for herself. I loved Levenseller’s storytelling, and writing style. I can’t wait to read more of her books soon.
Newest Fictional Crush
I don’t think I have one, actually! So, I guess we’ll just move on to the next question.
Newest Favourite Character
I loved Sejanus from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I’ve been trying to avoid using the same books for my answers, but I couldn’t not include him! He is such a brave, empathetic character, and reminded me very much of Peeta from the original series.
I also loved Matthew from Chain of Gold. He is a very witty, complex character. I’m excited (but also nervous!) to read about him more in Chain of Iron.
Book That Made You Cry
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I didn’t physically cry, but it was a very emotional read. It tells the life story of Hollywood actress, Evelyn Hugo. Taylor Jenkins Reid didn’t shy away from showing the gravity of the difficult times in her life, making this a very impactful read.
Book That Made You Happy
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I love Anne’s story, and I can’t believe that it has taken me to 2020 to read the books. I’m not a reader of classics, which is probably why I stayed away from this for so long, and to be honest, I don’t think I would have loved it as much as I did, if I didn’t already have a connection to the story. However, I loved reading it, and it is a joyful, hopeful story. Although, it does have it’s sad elements that could make it fit in with a book that made me cry, too!
Favourite Book to Film Adaptation
I know that I said I was going to avoid talking about re-reads (or in this case, a re-watch), but I don’t have any other choice. I did start watching the second To All the Boys film, but I was on a plane, and we were landing so I stopped half way through. I really need to finish it, actually. Anyway, the only book to movie adaptations that I’ve seen fully this year are The Hunger Games films, so I’ve no choice but to choose them. Granted they are amazing, so they do deserve this title, especially Catching Fire.
Favourite Post You Have Done This Year
For the longest time, I wanted to write a post about one of my favourite TV shows, Anne With an E. I eventually decided to write a post, recommending books to the characters of the show. I had so much fun choosing the books, and writing the post. I’m really proud of how it turned out. Even if you don’t watch the show (you really should though!) you can still find some recommendations, so I’m happy that it can be read by everyone.
If you haven’t, I’d love for you to read the post here.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
Woven in Moonlight. Duh.
What Book Do You Need to Read By The End of the Year
Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian. I love this series and I’ve had this book since it released. I want to do a re-read of the first two books, before reading this one though, which is what has kept me back. I need to read it soon, though.
There you have it. My Mid Year Book Freak Out. I hope you enjoyed reading. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. It makes my day to read your comments, so please do leave one, if you’re so inclined.