Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

A lot of people have been doing this tag, so I thought I would try it. No one tagged me, but I still think it will be fun to do and try.

This is the first book tag I’ve ever done, though I was just nominated for a blogger award (thanks again, Emily), which I will post about sometime in the next few weeks (it’s coming!)

Some general stats to know before we start: My Goodreads goal was to read 100 books this year and I’ve read… 87. So I’m pretty confident in saying that I will read more than 100 books this year. On looking over all of my ratings and reviews this year, my average rating is 3.6. I’ve read a lot of 3/5 star books.

Best book you’ve read so far

This is so hard! I’ve read tons of great books this year. I hate choosing favorites. I guess I would say that the best book that I’ve read so far this year was Dancing at the Pity Part by Tyler Feder. This book was just so helpful and heartbreaking and beautiful.

Best sequel you’ve read so far

This is hard because I feel like I haven’t read a lot of series this year. But checking back over what I’ve read, I realized that I actually have read a few. Which means they were all kind of forgetable, I guess? I guess the best sequel I’ve read this year is The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson because I think it was pretty interesting and it set the third book up pretty well. But I guess if I’m being honest, I don’t really have a favorite.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

I am so excited to read It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood. I’ve heard so many great things about this book and I will probably buy a copy of it soon as my library does not have it.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Hmm, probably Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram. I absolutely loved Darius the Great is Not Okay, and I’m so excited to read the next book in the series. The book releases August 25.

Biggest disappointment

This is hard because I don’t really like to talk about books that I don’t like. I would have to say probably Odd One Out by Nic Stone, a book that just wasn’t for me. I had wanted to read this book for a few years, and I finally read it a month or so ago, but it really didn’t live up to my expectations. It wasn’t bad, it just kind of surprised me.

Biggest surprise

Probably Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. I had seen a lot about this book, but had no intention of reading it. It wasn’t until I saw her at a virtual YALLWEST panel that I had any interest in it and I read not really expecting it to be very good. I ended up loving this book, and I was really happy with how it turned out.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

My favorite new author is probably Adiba Jaigirdar. I loved her debut, The Henna Wars, and I’m so excited to see what she writes next.

Newest fictional crush

Hmm. That’s hard. I guess I don’t really have one? I really don’t know.

Book that made you cry

Dancing At The Pity Party by Tyler Feder. Definitely. I sobbed through this book! I absolutely loved it! This book is all about grief and loss. I actually don’t cry very often in books, but I was crying within about the first two pages. Another book that (surprisingly) made me cry was Field Notes on Love by Jennifer E. Smith.

 Book that made you happy

Hmm. Probably The Prince and the Dressmaker, one of the first books I read this year. It was a graphic novel and I absolutely loved it!

Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year

This would probably be The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. I checked this out as an ebook from the library, but after reading it, decided that I would like to have the physical copy. When it came in it was so much more beautiful than I realized. It has some really nice maps in the front and back, and the jacket cover has a lot of interesting details.

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

A lot. That’s for sure. I am really excited to read Love, Creekwood, which comes out at the end of this month. I also need to read Black Enough, which I just got an ebook of. Honestly though, there are so many books that I need to and will read by the end of 2020!

I tag… anyone and everyone who wants to do this! Feel free to link back to my post and say I tagged you, or just do it! I can’t wait to see what you are reading!

How has 2020 been for you reading wise? Let me know in the comments!

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