Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2020
Updated: Jul 13, 2020
I can't really say the first half of the year was good with all the unfortunate turn of events. So far it has been a rather bleak year for all of us. But I started my blog, so that's one nice thing that happened to me. I hope this year only has good things in store for us all for the other half.
Speaking of cheering up, let's explore a fun new tag. Before starting the tag I want to say that the books mentioned may not be released this year but these are the books I have read in 2020 and I'm going to keep my answers short because I'm too lazy to even explain myself.
Best Book you've read so far in 2020
I have read so many great books this year. But the one that stands out from the rest is The White Tiger. The weird thing is I don't read this type of book often. This book is so pure, honest, rude, and cunning. It has got everything in it.
Best sequel you've read so far this year
I have two books in my mind.
The first one is the Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. I'm a huge fan of The Six of Crows duology. I was skeptical if it would be able to live up to the reputation of the first book and it did. The book was such a page-turner and I had a great time reading it.
And the second one is The Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. At last, I have started reading the series The Throne of Glass. I'm three books into it and The Crown of Midnight is the one which emotionally wrecked me the most. Check out my review of Crown of Midnight
New release you have not read yet but really want to read
One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus. I have read its prequel One of Us is Lying and liked it and so for obvious reasons I want to read the next in line. But my real reason is - it has got blue colored edges in one. Do I need to say anything else? (totally freaking out over the colored edges.)
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
It's been a while I have not read any teen romantic comedy but I'm planning to. So I'm excited about the release of The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund.
Biggest disappointment of the year
Till now my biggest disappointment is the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I know it's famous and has been adapted into numerous movies but I feel there was too much unnecessary violence and the story was a drag. I actually forced myself to finish it because I try not to DNF books easily. Now, if you liked it, it's completely fine and I don't mean to offend you.
The biggest surprise of the year so far
The biggest surprise for me was Deception Point by Dan Brown. I had read all of his books but this one. I'm aware that all of his books have the same structure and frankly I thought I had reached a saturation point his books can't surprise me anymore but I still decided to read this one only to complete my collection (guilty 😜).
Though the beginning of the book was a bit rocky, the book left me in complete awe and made me realize why I started reading and loving Dan Brown's work. I'm going to review it soon!
Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Sarah J. Maas. I love how she builds a perfect world to the readers, makes us comfortable with the whole scenario, and then at one instant completely shatters it leaving the readers unsatisfied wanting more. She has got an element of surprise is which makes her writing brilliant.
Newest fictional crush
Kaz Brekker hands down. I read Six of Crows last year and instantly got a crush on him. After reading Crooked Kingdom my crush on him got renewed (I don't know if that's a thing but it should be) and I don't think I'm getting over Kaz anytime soon.
Newest favorite character
I want to say Kaz Brekker again 😂 but I won't, let's go with someone else. I'm gonna say Ivan from If You Could See Me Now. He is funny, childish, and yet he maturely handles Elizabeth and shows her a completely different world, supports her, and teaches her wonderful lessons. The beach scene will always be one of my favorites. Check out the review of If You Could See Me Now.
A book that made you happy and book that made you cry
A book that made me happy is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This book has cracked me up so many times. I had a great time reading it though Earth gets destroyed in it 😶. But that's something completely different.
Well, most of the books I read make me cry. If I have to pick one, it is A Man Called Ove. This book is so close to my heart and I remember me crying uncontrollably with every passing chapter.
The most beautiful book you've bought or received this year
The most beautiful book I bought this year is Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs. I had one look at it and decided I had to buy it. The cover design is so much detailed, it gives an ancient peculiar vibe. Even the pages inside are decorated so beautifully. Check out the review of Tales of the peculiar.
What book do you need to read by the end of the year
This is a long one. I plan on finishing the Throne of Glass series by the end of the year. But I need to finish the Lunar Chronicles series. I have read the first book Cinder and loved it but for some reason or the other couldn't get my hands on the next three books. But then I also want to read some books by Indian authors. I have Novoneel Chakraborty in my mind because I have heard good things about his books. (Never-Ending TBR 😢)
That is all. I always wanted to do mid-year book freak out tag and I just did. Yay! I'm tagging @tlostinbooks to do this awesome tag.
Have a nice second half of 2020 and stay safe ❤