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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag | 6/11/2020

I saw this tag over on Youtube. Emily Fox does this every year to sort of give a..well, a mid year wrap up of some her favorite and least favorite books she’s read so far. I’ve already read 61 books this year, which is a huge achievement for me so I think this tag is perfect to sort of keep track of everything I’ve read up to this point. January feels like it was literally 4 years ago, so this is much needed!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

This isn’t just my favorite book of 2020, it is now one of my favorite books of all time. I will hype this book up forever until every fantasy fan has given it a chance. It’s really not as daunting as it seems and once you begin to understand this amazing world Samantha Shannon has created, it’s just nonstop entertainment. I’d highly recommend you give it a shot if you think it sounds like something you’d enjoy!

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

It hasn’t been the year for sequels as far as my reading is concerned. I’ve only read 2 or 3 out of 61 books and I haven’t absolutely loved any of them, besides Wundersmith. I believe the release date for the third book in this series got pushed back again, which is a huge bummer! But I’ll definitely be picking it up as soon as I can because this was a shining light out of all the disappointments I’ve slogged through.

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

Where Dreams Descend by Janelle Angeles

This is definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year and somehow, I was approved for an ARC on NetGalley so this is at the top of my priority list. I think once I finish the other e-ARC I’m trying to get to, I’ll prioritize this one. I set it on the back burner because the release date was so far away but it’s coming closer and I just can’t wait any longer.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

I haven’t actually read anything by Naomi Novik yet, but I’ve heard great things about her writing style so I’m excited to get to her published books soon! However, even if I don’t enjoy her previously published books, I’m still extremely excited for this new release of hers. It’s set in a magic school and that setting has never steered me wrong before. This book just sounds perfect for me.

Biggest disappointment.

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Oof. I really hate to put this book here but this was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it fell very flat. The characters and the setting were so surface level, we never really got any development and the entire story just felt like it went nowhere. I’m super bummed about it!

Biggest surprise.

Music from Another World by Robin Talley

This one really took me by surprise. All I knew going into this book was that it had a sapphic romance, as you can tell by the cover. Once I learned that it was more contemporary, following two high-school students in the 80’s, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it. Contemporary is probably my least favorite genre BUT I really loved this. It made me cry multiple times and it’s the first time I went out and bought a physical copy of a book after reading an e-ARC. It’s highly underrated so PLEASE READ THIS.

Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Tessa Dare! Her ‘Girl Meets Duke’ series completely blew me away. I rarely laugh out loud while reading, but Tessa Dare had me laughing multiple times throughout all three of these books. They were surprisingly steamy as well.

Newest fictional crush.

Um, I don’t have an answer to this question because I’ve never crushed on a book character before. I’ve had favorite romances and I’ve loved characters, but no crushes.

Newest favorite character

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Veronyka from the Crown of Feathers trilogy! I’m so glad I took a chance on this series. Veronyka is such a strong-minded, fierce, female lead who knows exactly what she wants and she’s not scared to take the necessary steps to get there. She’s so powerful and I’m glad there are more female leads like her being featured in YA stories.

Book that made you cry.

Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

Books don’t make me cry as easily as TV shows or movies do (I’m looking at you Schitt’s Creek) but Over the Top definitely made me cry while I was listening to it on my road trip. Jonathan is just so upfront and honest about the experiences they’ve had to work through and it made me cry to listen to how tough things have been for them. Yet, Jonathan is still so positive and uplifting despite all these negatives. I hope to be more like them!

Book that made you happy.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

This romance was one of the cutest books I’ve read this year. It made me so happy. I loved our hero and how supportive he was of our heroine. Also, the addition of the cat also totally took this book to the next level for me. I didn’t like the addition of the miscommunication trope but otherwise, I have no complaints.

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

Sorry for the quality of these pictures, wow. But, I found book two and three of the UK editions of The Farseer Trilogy at Half Price Books so of course, I had to snatch them right up. I don’t know who is shopping at Book Depository in Houston, Texas but I love you and I thank you for allowing me to find these editions. I actually haven’t read the first book yet but I just couldn’t pass these up. Here’s to hoping I love Assassin’s Apprentice!

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

Um, all of the ARC’s I have to read on NetGalley. I’m not going to list them all here in fear of exposing myself, but there are quite a few that I need to get to. If you don’t count ARCs, then I just personally really want to get to some of the classic/modern classic fantasy I’ve purchased. I have Assassin’s Apprentice, LOTR, The Name of the Wind, The Way of Kings, The Wheel of Time, etc. I’m completely falling in love with the fantasy genre so I want to force myself to read more, even if it’s 800+ pages. I have to stop letting the size of a book intimidate me but that’s easier said than done.

If you want to do this tag, then I tag you! Please let me know if you’ve done this one already. For some reason, I’m fascinated by other peoples answers to this tag.

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