Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag

July 16, 2020 Let's Discuss, Tags 35

Well, I’m a little later than everyone else with this tag this year, but I figure we’re not THAT far past the mid-year point, so I’m still going for it. Besides, it will make me feel better about my current state of non-reading to remember the good things I read earlier in the year.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

It just so happens I’m going with my two March Best of the Bunch picks for my favorites of the year. Apparently, March was a great reading month. My MG pick is In the Red by Christopher Swiedler. Maybe it’s my current state of mind, but that book just captured my attention and held it the whole way through—something that’s been tough this year! Instead of a YA choice, I’m going with an adult read: A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen. This book gives hope in the face of a pandemic, and that stuck with me!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes is the third book in the Pandava Quartet by Roshani Chokshi, and it was excellent!

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

Considering my recent reading habits, this could be a REALLY long list. Here are just a few:

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’m really looking forward to reading Maya and the Rising Dark!!

5. Biggest disappointment

I don’t talk about books I don’t like on the blog anymore. But that’s okay, because my actual biggest reading disappointment of the year has been my complete inability to read (or write) lately. (I’ve read several articles on why this is happening to people right now, but that doesn’t make me any less frustrated by it.)

6. Biggest surprise

This book was actually a 2019 release, but I read it this year as part of my Cybils Awards judging. I had no idea how much I was going to LOVE Homerooms and Hall Passes. It was utterly hilarious!!! (This actually reminds me that I still need to write reviews of my Cybils books—this one actually might be a contender for best MG book I read this year, but I didn’t consider it because I hadn’t written a review. Hmmmmm….)

7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

Kim Oclon! She’s a friend, and I’m so excited that her debut, Man Up, was published this year. Can’t wait to read her next book!

8. Newest favorite character

I’m going with Alice from Malice by Pintip Dunn. I absolutely adored this book (I was this close to choosing it as my favorite for the year so far), and I loved the complexities of Alice’s character. Plus, we got to know her in multiple timelines, which was also cool.

9. Book that made you cry

I went through my list of read books, and I couldn’t specifically remember crying during any of them. I haven’t read any super heavy, emotional books this year—who can handle that when we’ve already got so much stress in real life!

10. Book that made you happy

The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter was absolutely hilarious and it had the added benefit of being written by an old friend, Aaron Reynolds. Perfect combination for happiness!

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

Just look at these beauties! Deeplight was a review copy, and I won a copy of the new Cinder from Jessica @ a GREAT read! And it helps that both were fabulous books as well!

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

Um, all of them? This is an impossible question, and I refuse to answer it—it will only stress me out.

 

So, that wraps up the first half of 2020. Hope I can get over my reading slump so I’ll actually have something to report in the second half of the year!

How has your 2020 reading been going? I want to know!

 

35 Responses to “Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag”

  1. Sam@wlabb

    I am with you. I skip all the negative questions. I cannot believe you haven’t cried! My list would be endless. I love Four Days. I hope you like it if you get to it.

  2. Emily

    I hope you get to read Cinderella is Dead soon. I just finished it recently and I thought it was a fabulous book!

  3. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’ve been struggling to read this month too. There are just too many distractions! I need to read A Beginning At The End. I remember seeing it on a bunch of “best” lists last year. Good luck with getting out of your slump!

  4. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    I hope you’ll read Cinderella is Dead soon! I’ve heard so many good things about it – plus that synopsis sounds amazinggg. Also I love that new cover of Cinder; it matches the Wires and Nerve graphic novel series that’s set in the same world really well!

    As for my reading, I’ve been reading a lot of poetry and graphic novels since I haven’t really been feeling like reading any novels, but I’ve also been reading books quickly now that I don’t have to deal with school AND work. (My ARCs on the other hand, aren’t pleased with my decisions.)

    Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts recently posted: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
  5. trin carl

    I, too, haven’t been able to write a whole lot, but I’m trying not to get down on my self. There are so many days that I have written something and I need to remind myself of that to keep motivated.

  6. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense

    I need to pick up Aru Shah. I’ve heard so many good things about that series. I also want to get to Cinderella is Dead. I am in love with the cover for that one. Hope you have some amazing reads in the second half of 2020!

  7. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    I LOVE the new Cinder covers, I wish I had any reason whatsoever to buy them, but alas. AGREED with A Beginning at the End and Malice- both HUGE wins for me, and I think Beginning would be my winner as well. Except I maybe read it in 2019? Anyway. I read Four Days of You and Me and really liked it so hopefully you will too! In the Red is on Lena’s wishlist after you loved it so much, too! I hope you get to Cinderella, but for selfish reasons because I want to know what you think so I can decide if I want to read it 😂

    Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight recently posted: The 100 Episode 7×09: The Flock
  8. Jen

    YES! I absolutely loved Alice from Malice! That was such a fabulous book! I finished reading that when our state when into a shut down and I never got around to reviewing it. Oh my gosh I need to go back and do that. It’s one of my favorite books this year.

  9. Tânia @MyLovelySecret

    I was also late for this tag, but better late than never, right? 🙂 I really want to read A Beginning at the End. So far, I have only read wonders about it

    Happy readings!

  10. Lydia Tewkesbury

    I really want The Incredibly Dead Pets of Rex Dexter for that title alone! It sounds amazing.

    I know what you mean about writing and reading during all this. I think we just have to do what we can and not beat ourselves up for it.

Leave a Reply

(Enter your URL then click here to include a link to one of your blog posts.)

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.