Welcome to the middle of the year.
Even though it’s slightly alarming that we’re already halfway through the hellyear that is 2020, the upside is that I get to do one of my favorite tags of the year! I always love looking back on what I’ve read so far, picking out the highlights (and lowlights) and thinking about what I want to read in the second half of the year. Thank you to Caro @ Bookcheshirecat for tagging me! ❤
Before we get into the tag itself, I want to take a quick look at my reading this year. So far, I’ve read 58 books (already surpassing my goal of 52) with an average rating of 3.94 stars. Not bad! I’ve read a total of 20,616 pages, at an average of 355 pages per book. My reading has been 34% adult books, 9% middle grade, 57% young adult, written by 82% female authors, 9% male authors, and 9% nonbinary authors. Let’s see how that continues through the rest of the year, shall we?
Now, on to the tag!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?
Why do we have to start out with the hardest question??
I couldn’t possibly choose between these two. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune and If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio were both instantly new favorites and I cannot speak highly enough about them. Both made me cry — though for very different reasons — and I’m sure I’ll continue recommending both of them until the end of time.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?
I haven’t read too many sequels so far this year — at least not many that I’ve enjoyed — but Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland, the sequel to Dread Nation, was every bit as glorious as I hoped it would be. Jane and Katherine could take turns stabbing me and I’d probably thank them.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
As usual, so many, but two that I’m especially eager to read are Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales and Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco. I’ve heard wonderful things about both and can’t wait to see what the hype is about!
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Loveless by Alice Oseman and A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green come out in the same week (coming up soon!), which also happens to be the week of my birthday, so there is going to be quite a lot going on. Will I survive? Stay tuned to find out!
Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi and Starsight by Brandon Sanderson certainly haven’t been the worst books I’ve read this year, but they were especially disappointing since they were sequels to books that I loved. It’s definitely sad when the second book in a series doesn’t live up to your expectations!
I expected a sweet and probably emotional middle grade book when I picked up Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby. What I didn’t expect was to find a new favorite! I would not be surprised if this makes my top books of the year. It’s been a while since I loved a middle grade book this much and I was so pleasantly surprised by this one.
Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?
Alix E. Harrow instantly became a new favorite author after I read her debut novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, and I’m definitely going to be reading everything she writes from now on. I recently got an ARC of her upcoming book, The Once and Future Witches, which I can’t wait to read!
Newest favorite character?
Even though I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman was a reread for me this year, I definitely didn’t appreciate Bliss Lai enough the first time around. Now she is one of my favorite characters in the Osemanverse, which is saying something. She’s just!!! the best!!!!!
Newest fictional crush?
As usual, I’m changing this question to my newest fictional OTP, since I don’t really get crushes on fictional characters.
Ryann and Alexandria in The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum did things to my heart and I absolutely loved them. I would be happy to read many, many books about the two of them.
Book that made you cry?
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour may be a short book, but it made me cry like a wee bab. But like…in a cathartic way? This will probably come as no surprise to anyone who’s read Nina LaCour’s work before.
Book that made you happy?
Both Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed and Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu made me smile so much! I can imagine both of these being books that I revisit many times when I need a pick-me-up.
Favorite book to movie adaptation?
Emma (2020), based on Emma by Jane Austen, is the latest in a long line of Jane Austen adaptations, and it certainly lived up to all of my expectations. I ended up watching it twice in two days because it was just so much fun!
My spoiler-filled “review” of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (which was more a list of all the thoughts I had while reading than a proper review) was so fun to write! Not only did I enjoy revisiting an old favorite series, but analyzing it in a new way and looking at it from the perspective of now basically living in a dystopian world was really interesting.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian, which I talked a lot about last year, is an absolutely beautiful book (both inside and out), and its bright pink and black spine stands out on my bookshelf in the coolest way.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Well, revisiting my reading goals for the year, there are some books that I definitely want to get to as soon as possible…
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black, Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee, and Timekeeper by Tara Sim
…plus, you know, the hundreds of other books on my TBR.
…and anyone else who wants to do this tag! Sorry if any of you have already been tagged for this, and as usual, no pressure if you don’t feel like it. 😊
- Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?
- Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?
- New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
- Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
- Biggest disappointment?
- Biggest surprise?
- Favorite new author (debut or new to you)?
- Newest favorite character?
- Newest fictional crush?
- Book that made you cry?
- Book that made you happy?
- Favorite book to movie adaptation?
- Favorite review?
- Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
- What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
What have been your favorite and least favorite books you’ve read in 2020? Have you read any of the same books as me?