Mid-Year Book Freak Out! | 2020 Edition

I love this tag so much and I’m pretty sure I’ve done it the last few years as well! Well, it’s finally that time again, so let’s take a look back at the past 6 months… (PS, I’m prewriting this blog post so I may read my new favourite book between now and when this goes live!)

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

I found it really hard to choose but I think I’m going to have to go with The Binding by Bridget Collins. This is a fantasy world where you can bind someone’s memories into a book. Our main character trains to become a binder, a job which is feared and hated by society. This book was fantastic.

Best sequel you’ve read so far?

I haven’t read many sequels, so I think it’ll have to be Heartstopper Vol. 2 and 3 by Alice Oseman! This graphic novel series follows Nick and Charlie and their relationship and it is adorable.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to?

I believe this originally debuted in 2019, but my edition is from 2020 so I’m counting it: The Weight of the Stars by K Ancrum (author of The Wicker King, which was one of my favourite books a couple of years ago). I think this book is about space and love and longing, so I’m excited.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I’ve just preordered Requim for a Knave by Laura Carlin, who wrote one of my favourite books The Wicked Cometh which I just read. I’ve actually got no idea what this one is about, but I’m excited nonetheless.

Biggest disappointment?

I have two: Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver and All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls. In the case of Paver, this book was super hyped up, so I felt really let down by it. And in the case of Nicholls’, I’d read Things a Bright Girl Can Do and loved it, and this one was just a bit meh.

Biggest surprise?

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon! I’d heard how good this book was but, believe me, I was not prepared.

Favourite new author?

I’ve actually only read one book by this author, but I would definitely read anything else they come out with (and I think I actually have one or two on my Kindle I need to get to!): Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones and the Six. Daisy Jones wasn’t perhaps my favourite book of the year, but I love the concept of it and I think it was done really well. I’d love to read more.

Newest fictional crush?

Noah from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater! I’ve only read book 1 of this series but I’m planning on ordering the other 3 once it’s payday (and it’s payday soon, folks!). I won’t spoil the plot twist about him in this book, but despite what happened, I still love him.

Newest favourite character?

I am such a plot girl, so this one was really hard for me. I loved the entire cast of The Raven Boys but I think I’ll have to go with the detective from Broken Harbour by Tana French: Mick Kennedy. I really want to read more of this series!

Book that made you cry?

Y’know, I don’t think I’ve actually cried at a single book this year? I think the one that came closest is The Starless Sea by Erin Morgernstern. Apart from that… not sure.

Book that made you happy?

So many books made me happy! For this particular round, though, I’ll choose How Do You Like Me Now? by Holly Bourne, which was her adult debut and it’s fab! I still can’t really believe I’m an actual adult, but at least I find adult novels more accessible.

Most beautiful book you’ve acquired this year?

My special edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling which I managed to find for £15 from a Facebook marketplace group! I love this edition, and as this is my favourite book of the series I was really excited to see that this was the one that was free.

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year?

All of them? Seriously, though, my TBR is sort of overwhelming… too many to list here!

Favourite bookish community member?

At the moment I am loving Nayareadsandsmiles who is a booktuber; her videos make me so happy and her enthusiasm is definitely infectious! Definitely go and check her out if you’ve never seen her videos before.

I love these kind of reflective tags but it’s sort of reminded me that a lot of the books I’ve read this year have been pretty “meh”. Not bad, but not particularly good either! I hope that in the latter months of the year I find some more favourites.

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year? Recommend me in the comments below!

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