Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2020)

This tag was originally created by Ely and Chami.

2020 is halfway over, yay? I am somehow both shocked by that and not at all shocked at the same time. Time has been all over the place this year. Anyways, I’m excited to talk about some of the books I have read so far this year. I have read 57 books of my Goodreads Goal of 60. Reading has been a much-needed distraction to everything that has been happening in the world as of late. Hopefully, it will continue to be one for the second half of the year as well.

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

The best book I have read this year became quite clear once I finished it. Know My Name by Chanel Miller was not only the best book I have read thus far this year, it’s was also the hardest. Chanel Miller reclaims her identity after being known as Emily Doe in the Brock Turner sexual assault trial. It’s a powerful, moving, and inspiring book. It’s one of the best books I have ever read.

Honorable Mentions

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Vicious by V.E. Swab
  • The One by John Marrs
  • Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier

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

Well this is easy because I have read only one sequel this year. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han was okay, I don’t think it was a necessary sequel, but it was enjoyable enough. Honestly if I read more sequels this year, I doubt I would have chosen this book for this question but whatever.

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

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia just came out today in fact. A historical horror just sounds so interesting to me, I’m looking forward to reading it soon.

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

I have a lot of options for this one as well, but the one I’m most looking forward to is Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed. A coming-of-age novel revolving a wealthy black teenager set during 1992 Rodney King Riots. I’m pretty hyped for this one.

Honorable Mentions

  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
  • Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
  • Admission by Julie Buxbaum
  • Now That I Found You by Kristina Forest

5. Biggest disappointment

I would have to go with My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elisabeth Russell. This was a very frustrating book for me and there were several different reasons for that. A book covering a sexual relationship between a teacher and underage student is bound to be a frustrating read. I just had higher expectations for My Dark Vanessa. It’s not a bad book, but I dredged reading it whenever I picked it up so yeah.

6. Biggest surprise

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin was a surprise just by how much I ended up enjoying it. This was my second horror book I have ever read after The Shinning and it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it.

Honorable Mentions

  • If I Never Met You by Mhari McFarlane
  • The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
  • Break The Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli
  • Forever Right Now by Emma Scott
  • This Is What It Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow

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

Celeste Ng, for sure! Everything I Never Told You was the first book I gave 5 stars this year. And I also enjoyed reading Little Fires Everywhere prepping for the miniseries.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Yeah, I don’t have fictional crushes on characters. Just not for me personally.

9. Newest favorite character.

I don’t have a new all time favorite character, but if I would say I enjoyed following anti-hero Victor from Vicious by V.E. Schwab.

10. Book that made you cry

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymoon. The main character Eleanor’s struggle with depression and anxiety was heartbreaking and had me sobbing at one point.

11. Book that made you happy

Most Likely by Sarah Watson put a smile on my face as I was reading it. The female friendships were incredible, it was a lovely book to read.

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

I absolutely adored the cover for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. The book itself was also pretty great as well.

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

There are no books I NEED to read, but I would love to read The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James.

Have you read any books this year? If so, what was your favorite or least favorite? Comment it down below.

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