Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020!

Hey guys! It’s time to share my favourite book tag again! Can you believe we’re in mid-June already? I love doing this tag and I’m so pleased to able to post it finally. This year so far I’ve read 44 books and I’m just over halfway through my Goodreads challenge.

I’m not the far ahead compared to last year and honestly working from home hasn’t given me that much of a boost. The only good thing is that I’ve managed to read my thicker hardback books that were like 600 pages. Here’s my best and worst books of 2020 so far:

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

It has to be House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. This book was incredible and so surprising! I had no idea what to expect from it, I just knew I had to read it as soon as it came out. Best decision ever! There was a whole cast of characters that meant there was never a dull moment. I loved Bryce and Hunt and was rooting for them the whole way through. I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving this.

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

I’ve read some new series this year but the sequels weren’t particularly earth-shattering. The only sequel I loved was Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell and that was a reread. It was so deserving of five stars and I loved it just as much as the first time I read it. It’s intense but also entertaining, has serious characters but then sarcastic ones to balance it out. It’s one of my favourite fantasy series.

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

One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus came out this year and I do want to read it but I’m thinking maybe I’ll reread One Of Us Is Lying first. It’s been ages since I read that and I could do with a refresher! There’s probably lots of crucial things I’ve forgotten.

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

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer simply because I’ve been waiting a long time for this book and I honestly thought it was never going to happen. No matter how old I am, I’ll always love this series and I’m really looking forward to Edward’s perspective!

5) Biggest disappointment

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty really was the biggest disappointment, especially after Big Little Lies was made into a TV show. I went into this thinking there’d be some big secret linking some of the characters together and it would be revealed at the end. Honestly, it did get kind of dark towards the end but for like 90% of the book everything was fine and everyone was enjoying their retreat. I did not want that! The characters as well were so terrible and they annoyed me so much. This really is one of the worst books and I’ll give her others a hard pass.

6) Biggest surprise

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (did I really read that this year?) was actually a pretty good series and I’m really surprised by that. I thought for sure this was a series I’d only enjoy when I was 12 but 24 year old me was loving it and I’m excited for the upcoming TV show. If you’re wanting to read this series but are hesitating as well, you should totally just go for it. I loved the plot, the world, the characters and the mythology was fantastic. I thought I’d feel really lost but Rick was great at explaining all the different creatures and where they came from. I loved it!

7) Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

Samantha Downing. I recently read her debut novel My Lovely Wife and it was incredible! It was really everything I wanted it to be and I was delighted with how dark and disturbing the story was. It’s told from the point of view of the unnamed husband who does disturbing things with his wife to keep their marriage alive. If you don’t know the plot, it’s better to go in blind because it’ll leave you stunned. I felt so conflicted throughout, especially with the ending. What a gripping debut this was! I can’t wait to read her next novel.

8) Newest fictional crush

Definitely Daniel “Darlington” Arlington from Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House. I struggled through the first half of this book but Darlington’s chapters definitely made it more bearable. He was the only likeable character and one of the reasons I didn’t abandon this book completely.

9) Newest favourite character

For this there was no contest. Bryce Quinlan from House of Earth and Blood certainly left her mark. She was such a confident and sassy character but she also cared deeply about her loved ones and even put herself in danger to protect others. Half the people in this book didn’t deserve her and they should be honoured to have her as a friend.

10) Book that made you cry

I didn’t particularly love this book but I did shed a tear or two at the ending. I knew it was coming but it still hit me and it was very emotional. I felt so sad for Joel, for having to live with something so draining and I really liked Callie.

11) Book that made you happy

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare made me so happy mainly because Will, Jem and Tessa are my favourite trio (The Infernal Devices is an amazing trilogy) and I loved being able to check in on them even though this story was about their children and a new generation of Shadowhunters. They’re definitely my favourite characters ever created and I always get so emotional over them.

12) Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year 

I wracked my brains over this question and finally remembered that I watched Ready Player One. I haven’t read the book (written by Ernest Cline) so I can’t draw any comparisons but I thought the film was amazing. It was just spectacular from the cast to the plot and was visually pleasing.

13) Favourite review you’ve written this year

I haven’t written many reviews sadly but my favourite would probably be House of Earth and Blood just because this book was so, so surprising and I loved being able to digest all the things I loved about it.

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

I’ve gushed about the Waterstones rune edition of Chain of Gold so many times now. It’s so pretty! I think it’s my favourite out of all the rune editions. Purple and gold goes so well together. It’s definitely my most beautiful purchase.

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

So many… but I’m going to go with Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater and King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I bought these so long ago and I really should have read them by now. Also, the covers are so pretty!

So that’s my 2020 so far! I’m really happy with the books I’ve read and how much I’ve enjoyed them. I’ve only had two one star ratings so far, thankfully. Hopefully I can keep it low this year! How’s your 2020 going? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

4 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020!

  1. Rine says:

    I love the Percy Jackson series. It’s nice to hear you enjoyed it even though it is for a younger audience. I’ve been considering doing a reread of the series but I’m so bad at re-reading books. I hope you enjoy Call Down the Hawk. It was really nice to be back in this world after enjoying The Raven Boys series

    • Beth says:

      Same! I’m just bad at reading series in general so I’m surprised I got through it so fast haha. Thank you! I can’t wait to read it. I’m so glad she decided to give Ronan his own trilogy 😀

  2. Azia says:

    I have yet to finish the Percy Jackson series, but I really enjoyed the first book! I was so happy to see Tessa, Jem, and Will again in Chain of Gold. Darlington is amazing. I can’t wait to see what’s happened to him in the sequel! And I really do hope you manage to get to Call Down the Hawk. I absolutely adored that one!!

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