Hello everyone, and welcome to another Tag Thursday! Can you believe half the year is already gone? I love this time of year because this is when all my favorite bloggers come out with the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. I can’t believe I’m getting to participate this year, too!
I saw this tag at Julie’s blog One Book More, and snatched her questions for my own blog. You should all go check out One Book More — I am completely obsessed with it. And the title 😍 😍 😍 One day more, another day, another destiny, this never-ending road to calvaryyyy these men who seem to know my crime will surely come a second time, ONE DAY MOREEEE…
I DID NOT LIVE UNTIL TODAYYYYY —
Okay, I’ll stop.
Let’s get on to the tag. 😂
- What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry. It was hard to narrow this down to one choice, but The Unlikely Escape takes the cake. It’s a beautiful story about the power of words (literally and metaphorically) and family, and a must read for anybody who’s ever fallen in love with a book.
- What has been your favorite sequel of the first half of the year?
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. I have read some fantastic sequels this first half of the year, but let’s face it, anything about Mr. Grey of Wildthorne Valley was going to be my favorite.
- Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for?
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu. This book came out in March, but I still haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet. I loved this author’s Legend trilogy, and I am so excited to see how she writes historical fiction.
- What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
You weren’t expecting me to choose just one, were you?
The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning. A GENDER-FLIPPED PRINCESS BRIDE RETELLING? LIKE, YES PLEASE?!?!
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab. I am an unashamed Schwablin who will gobble up everything the queen writes.
A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir. We are finally getting the finale to the Ember Quartet, and I am already obsessed.
- What is your biggest disappointment so far?
We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. I was expecting to love this book because of all the hype it got last year, but I was disappointed to find long stretches of plot in which nothing happened, overused tropes, and an underdeveloped romance. I’m hoping the next book is better.
- What is your biggest surprise so far?
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. I received this book as a birthday gift, and I honestly wasn’t expecting anything life-changing. Imagine my surprise when I cried myself through the first 70 pages and completely fell in love with its storyline.
- Who is your favorite new to you, or debut, author?
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I read my first from this iconic duo in March, and they are henceforth on my list of “Authors That Gave Me Trust Issues.”
- Who is your favorite fictional crush from this year?
Malyen Oretsov from Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. He deserves the entire world on a platter, and NOBODY can convince me otherwise.
- What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. That blurb + Cait’s amazingly incoherent review + that cover = I need this in my life yesterday.
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen. This seems 100% up my alley.
Lovely War by Julie Berry. THE GREEK GODS NARRATING EVENTS OF WORLD WAR II? THERE ARE SOME GENIUSES ON THIS PLANET.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Anticipated 15-star read.
The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. An illegal library? Pop music? Aliens? A road trip? Count me in. Plus, that cover?!?!?!
The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. I have never just… left off on a series before, and I have no idea why I decided that the Winner’s Trilogy would be a good place to start. I NEED TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS.
That’s it for today! This tag was a lot of fun, and I’m really excited to read my way through the next half of the year!
How about you? What are some of your favorite books from the first half of the year?