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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag!

We’re halfway through the year (what) and that means it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out tag, which was created several years ago by Ely and Chami.

I absolutely love doing this tag; I think it’s a great way to look back on what I’ve read over the past six months and consider where I need to focus my reading for the rest of the year. I usually give more than one answer for each question, because there are a LOT of books I want to talk about, and I try not to repeat the same books for different questions so that I can highlight more of them.

Let’s get started!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020:

Bunny by Mona AwadPassage by Connie WillisKindred by Octavia E. ButlerPossessionThe SeasThe Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

OK, this is almost unfair, because in 2020 I read my NEW FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME, Bunny by Mona Awad. I also read several other stellar 5-star reads, which I also wanted to include here (interestingly, all are from past favorite authors, while Bunny was from a new-to-me author): Passage by Connie Willis, Kindred by Octavia Butler, Possession by A. S. Byatt,  The Seas by Samantha Hunt, and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020:

Come Tumbling Down (Wayward Children, #5)Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love, #2)Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

I loved next-in-series books Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (YA portal fantasy), Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai (contemporary romance), and Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (contemporary romance).

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

Little EyesThe RegretsWriters & LoversThe Vanishing Half

SO MANY. I’m definitely behind on reading 2020 releases (not that you can ever really catch up!); four at the top of my list are Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin (weird fiction), The Regrets by Amy Bonnaffons (paranormal), Writers & Lovers by Lily King (fiction), and The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (historical fiction).

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #2)Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky #1)Or What You WillTranscendent Kingdom

There are SO MANY fantastic-sounding books coming out in the second half of 2020. I’m particularly excited for Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, Or What You Will by Jo Walton, and Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi.

Biggest disappointment

Followers by Megan AngeloThe Last Book Party by Karen Dukess

I…did not like Followers. It sounded like a sharp, relevant commentary on society’s over-dependency on social media, but fell flat for me, especially with regard to characterization. And The Last Book Party just was not what I expected, particularly in terms of writing strength.

Biggest surprise

The Governess Game by Tessa DareLet It Shine by Alyssa Cole

My number one reading surprise for 2020 has been historical romance as a genre. I hadn’t been even remotely a historical romance reader until late 2019, when I read and really enjoyed Evie Dunmore’s Bringing Down the Duke. In 2020, I somehow found myself picking up much more historical romance, and enjoying nearly all of it (I’ve read 6 so far this year!). Tessa Dare has become a new favorite of mine, and I also loved Alyssa Cole’s Civil Rights-era romance novella Let it Shine ; I’m excited to pick up more from both of them in the near future.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

My other reading surprise so far this year was An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I tend to avoid literary fiction books centered around marriages, because the topic just doesn’t grab me (I’ve been avoiding Lauren Groff’s lauded Fates & Furies for that reason also), but this book was fantastic, and I was gripped the entire way through.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Queenie by Candice Carty-WilliamsThe Other World, It Whispers by Stephanie VictoireWhat Shines from It by Sara Rauch

I decided to go with favorite new debut authors for this question; I rated all of these books between 4 and 4.5 stars and would highly recommend them. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (contemporary fiction), The Other World, It Whispers by Stephanie Victoire (fabulism short story collection), and What Shines From It by Sara Rauch (contemporary short story collection).

Newest fictional crush

I don’t think I have a solid answer for this one! I did read a lot of romance during the first half of 2020, but none of the love interests really stand out.

Newest favorite character

Queenie by Candice Carty-WilliamsJuliet Takes a Breath by Gabby RiveraBunny by Mona Awad

OK, I’m going to have to repeat books for this category (this is the only one, I promise!). I LOVED the well-drawn and relatable protagonists of Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera, and Bunny by Mona Awad.

Book that made you cry

Passage by Connie Willis

This was an easy one. I SOBBED throughout the last third of so of Passage by Connie Willis; it was devastating and beautifully done.

Book that made you happy

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross

I really loved this first-in-series paranormal romance set in New Orleans; it was really everything I was looking for in the genre (Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross).

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

Spectral EvidenceCatherine HouseSalt SlowBy Light We Knew Our Names

I love abstract covers with interesting colors and designs; these are four that I’ve hauled this year that I think are absolutely gorgeous.

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

HomegoingRadianceStamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in AmericaIn the Dream House: A Memoir

SO MANY BOOKS. But four I really want to prioritize are Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente, Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado.

 

If you’ve done this tag, please link down below, because I’d love to see it! If not, feel free to comment any favorite reads so far for 2020.

Pokemon Go Book Tag

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This adorable tag was created by Read at Midnight (https://readatmidnight.com/2016/07/18/pokemon-go-book-tag/) and all of the images are hers. It is seriously the cutest tag I have ever seen and I couldn’t resist!

Fun fact: I played Pokemon Yellow back when I had a Gameboy Color 🙂

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My starter Pokemon is Squirtle because I love water Pokemon 🙂 but my starter books were definitely the Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate, which started my obsessive reading and love for science fiction. I read a lot of books before those, sure, but Animorphs was special.

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Pride and Prejudice. I just do not get tired of that story. And Pikachu is adorable.

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The Raven Boys…sorry everyone! I got really tired of the series at the beginning of book 3 😦

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The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I didn’t expect to like it (typically I like more unique fantasy) but it just worked really well.

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I typically like really long books, but they are definitely a huge time commitment. I haven’t picked up War and Peace yet for that reason…I have to be willing to devote all of my reading time for weeks and weeks and it’s hard to commit!

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I’m trying to think of a book that kept me up in fear and I’m drawing a blank. But I do remember staying up until 3 a.m. ugly-crying to finish The Fault in Our Stars.

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Katniss and Peeta, probably. I really like their relationship and how they balance each other out.

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The Shatter Me series! Once I started I could not stop, and I love the romance in this series.

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The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. I’ve read all of the spin-offs so far (the Andrea and Dali novellas, the short stories, the Curran POVs) and I heard a rumor there is going to be a Hugh-centric spin-off novel (which initially started as a joke) that I’ll totally pick up if/when it ever gets published. Ilona Andrews creates such rich worlds and lovable characters that it’s impossible not to want to read everything about them.

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The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I hated the Throne of Glass series, so I was surprised how good her other books were.

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All of the books I keep seeing by V.E. Schwab, mainly Vicious and A Darker Shade of Magic. I see these books EVERYWHERE and it seems like literally everyone has read them already; I was getting really tired of it but then they both went on sale on Book Outlet, and suddenly I’m really excited to finally read them.

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I’d love to own all of the Penguin Clothbound Classics one day.

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I can’t wait to pick up Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi–I’ve heard it’s incredible, which is all the more impressive since it’s a debut novel.

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I have a bunch: N.K. Jemisin, Ilona Andrews, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood…

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Last year we found out that the release date of White Hot, the sequel to Ilona Andrews’ Burn for Me, was pushed back by two years, so I’ve been pretty frustrated about that. I’m also anxiously awaiting The Doors of Stone by Patrick Rothfuss. And it feels like I’ve been waiting for The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin forever, but it finally comes out next month! 🙂

 

I tag….anyone who wants to do this tag!