Mid Year book freakout tag

Hoooo boy, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! But, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and a tag post is as a good a way to go as any.
Somehow, it’s June?! In fact, because I’m quite frankly a disorganised mess at the minute, it’s closer to July and this year has been a constant whirlwind that I honestly have no clue where these months have gone? Did I really spend 3 months in lockdown – apparently so.

So let’s recap what’s happened in my book world so far this year!

Best book you’ve read yet in 2020



The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys was by a millimetre, the best book I’ve read so far in 2020. A very very very close second was Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff, but there was something special about this book. It completely whisked me off my feet and I was so invested from the get go. I just adored it.

You can find my review of it here!



Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020



And here we get to Darkdawn’s feature in this post! The sequel to Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, as much as I may not have been the biggest fan of the direction of the story, or particularly the ending – I did enjoy the book overall, and I am completely in love with Mia Corvere, that I could read anything and everything about her!

You can find my review of this book here!



New release you haven’t read yet but want to




This is just sat in my Amazon basket waiting and waiting and waiting for me to press Checkout. If life hadn’t been so hectic over the last couple of weeks I’d definitely have pre-ordered it and finished it by now, but good things come to those who wait! And this will hopefully be a good thing!




Most anticipated release for the second half of the year




This is not unsurprising, and I’m sure this is on many people’s lists! But, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue has been on my radar for so long at this point!




Biggest disappointment of the year




Oh, this one is a toughie! As much as I didn’t hate it and still rated it 4 stars on Goodreads, it would have to be The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. It had great potential even though I very much didn’t want a book about young President Snow, and yet it still somehow let itself down.

You can find my somewhat sensical rambling review about it here!



Biggest surprise




I’d read most of this once, and knew that I liked it, but re-reading now, at this point in my life, I appreciated it so much more. Jane’s subtle strength was everything to me.

Reader, I loved it.



Favourite new author (debut or new to you)




I really enjoyed The Humans by Matt Haig when I read that earlier this year, I was truly intrigued by his ideas and concepts. It truly left me wanting to pick up more of his books, which I am definitely now keeping an eye out for!







Newest fictional crush

I just going to skip this one now, as I don’t really get fictional crushes much now? Maybe newest fictional appreciation? Can that be a thing? Because then we’re back to my woman, Jane Eyre!


Newest favourite character



There’s three of them. It’s the Juniper sisters from Demetra Brodsky’s, Last Girls, which I was lucky enough to receive an eArc from NetGalley to review earlier this year. I loved all three of them. And their story.

My review for that can be found here!




Book that made you cry



I haven’t actually cried at a book this year. But I did get teary-eyed at Little Women. We all know why.





Book that made you happy

I’m apparently a bigger sap than I used to be, and honestly the ending of Fountains of Silence made my heart happy.


Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received)

This one goes back to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! The hardcover without the dustjacket one is stunning! And yellow! What’s not to love about yellow?!


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

My TBR is notoriously long! There are a few I’m determined to read by the end of the year though. I WILL start and finish The Young Elites trilogy by Marie Lu, that boxset has been staring at me from my shelf for far too long. I genuinely feel a little guilty.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, I adored A Long Way From A Small Angry Planet, and I still don’t know why I haven’t picked this up yet.
Lastly, I am committed to tackling Dune by Frank Herbert. It will happen.

There we have it! I’d love to see yours, link me in the comments 🙂

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