Mid Year Book Freakout – Book Tag

Hi! I have been absolutely HORRIBLE at posting this month. Really, ever since my birthday I’ve been getting into a life slump ( third life crisis?)… What better way to get back into the swing of things than with a book tag?

You have probably seen everyone do this already, but here are my answers to the Mid Year Book Freakout tag. Let’s go!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2020

Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake

Starting off with probably the most difficult question of all… Honestly, how am I meant to decide? I’m going to go with Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake, the conclusion to the Three Dark Crowns series, simply because it ripped my heart out and genuinely made me cry. I did not think when I first started this series that I would love it so much. Highly recommend it, even if you read and didn’t love the first book.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2020

Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

This stunner is technically a companion novel and not a direct sequel but it counts because I say it does. It is a western set after the events of Vengeance Road (which honestly, you should just pick up because it’s everything) and it’s so suspenseful and fast paced it’s a WILD RIDE. It follows two new characters, Charlotte and Reece, whose lives become entwined in so great circumstances, but also Kate and Jesse form book 1. Don’t let the genre discourage you – the books are fantastic.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I have not yet picked this one up, even though it was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I got swamped with review copies in May and have since acquired quite a few new books aaaand… this one will have to wait unless I want to drown in books.

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

You know I’d be lying if I answered with any other book. Schwab is Queen and anything that she publishes I read. Addie LaRue sounds incredible, so I’m not being bias. I mean, a story about a girl who makes a deal with the Devil to live forever and the consequence is that everyone who meets her forgets her instantly?! Do you need to be convinced any more?

Biggest Disappointment

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I’ve talked about this book a lot, and I don’t want to make myself unnecessarily angry, so if you want to read my thoughts, here’s the review for it. Short and sweet – it could’ve have been so great, but it sucked. And I’m beyond disappointed.

Biggest Surprise

Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins

The synopsis does not do this book any justice. I got it in a subscription box and picked up on a whim, not really interested in it, and ended up falling in love with the story and the characters. It’s absolutely fantastic, it has time travel and a found family trope and a great main character.

Favourite New Author (Debut Or To You)

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Definitely N.K. Jemisin as a new to me author. I loved The Fifth Season, it was so fucking smart, the world building incredibly rich and I absolutely loved the writing. I’ll be picking up everything by Jemisin, for sure.

Newest Fictional Crush

I don’t really get those, so I have no answer for this question.

Newest Favourite Character

Duckett & Dyer Dicks For Hire by G.M. Nair

I had the biggest love-hate relationship with Stephanie, but I think I love her more than hate her. She’s the WORST in the best way possible. By the way, if you like weird and hilarious books and sci-fi, definitely pick this gem up.

Book That Made You Cry

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Okay, in all honesty, this didn’t quite make me cry, but I didn’t want to use the same book I already talked about (Five Dark Fates) for this answer. The Last Time We Say Goodbye got me quite choked up, though, so I think it counts. It deals with suicide and grief and I think it’s a poignant and well written story.

Book That Made You Happy

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

These stories were incredibly cute and I loved being back in the Lunar Chronicles world. I even didn’t mind the Scarlett and Wolf story, eve though they were my least favourite from the series.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

I have many answers to this question, but I decided to go with this one because it’s shiny and gorgeous and the inside papers fold out and have beautiful illustrations. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to pick it up once the slump is gone.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year

Honestly, hopefully all of the ones I already own. But realistically that’s not gonna happen. I don’t have any specific ones that I absolutely need to read, other than The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue once it’s out.

And that is all for the questions. Thank you for reading! I’ll talk to you all soon.

7 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freakout – Book Tag

  1. Loved reading this!
    I also reall need to pick up Aurora Burning! And I can;t wait for The invisible life of Addie La Rue!


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  2. super excited for Addie, too!! I’ve seen Duckett and Dire on a few lists now and it continues to catch my eye. must investigate it further. I’ll also be adding that Cynthia Hand to my TBR as the few books I’ve read by her have been very interesting and/or moving, so, she’s definitely an author to catch up on. great post!

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