How was my reading year so far? Winners and losers? Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I nearly missed doing this tag but lucky for me Jamsu reminded me with her post that June was nearly over and it was high time that I reflect upon my 2020 reading!

So what are the winners and the losers so far? Fair warning: I seem to have a hard time choosing only one winner by category so, bear with me, you’ll probably have two at least! On 65 books read at the time of typing this post, that’s not so bad!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

Three completely different books I know!

I listened to the audiobook of Daisy Jones thanks to a fellow book blogger: Daisy! It was on a dare as I had no intention to read it. But she told me she would read one of my YA books if I read Daisy. I recommended Six of Crows and she ended up reading Crooked Kingdom too! We were both smitten so that was just amazing!

 

Crescent City started slow with me not liking Bryce so much then ended up on one of the best breathtaking finales I have ever read!

 

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon was an inspiring, true, hard historical fiction. Once again Amy amazes me by the beauty of her writing , the strenght and compassion of her characters. This one is my favorite of her alongside Making Faces and From Sand and Ash.

 

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

This one is a no brainer: Truel1f3 by Jay Kristoff. Yet I hated Jay sometimes while reading it but it’s been everything I expected and more!

 

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

I have it on my shelf since May but other books keep coming in the way ….even if I had preordered that one the moment I knew it would be published!

 

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Again, two completely different books as I love reading different genres!

The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton because, cover aside (gorgeous right?) I just love Alwyn’s books! And she is also a fantastic human being pure and simple! I will miss not chatting with her at YALC London this year!

 

And Fredrik Backman because he has an extraordinary penmanship, deep, insightful. He always grips me right into his stories and has me very contemplative after. I also have to thanks other bloggers here as I had no idea he would publish this book!

 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Three books guys, sorry for you!

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi … it really pains me to put it into this category as I so loved Juliette and Warner’s story. But the magic did not happen guys! It left me cold and it was kind of a mess.

 

Ruthless Gods by Emily Duncan is another book that left me bereft. I had even ordered the special Owlcrate edition. But it felt too far off, too creepy and I could no understand the love story.

 

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller also let me down. I didn’t like the female character plus a murder was really brushed under the rug and kind of validated or excused. I found her shallow in the beginning and by the end, she tried to do what was right but it did not save the book, on the contrary. If you go for a villain as your hero, go all the way and don’t stop to pussy foot because you’ve got a case of cold feet!

 

BIGGEST SURPRISE

Three books or one book and two series. Again vastly differents.

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James completely took me by surprise. I am so not an horror or ghost stories reader yet this book really enthralled me! The audiobook was excellent and I was truly enraptured!

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray is also a kind of horror historical fiction series. Not my genre either yet again the audiobook swept me off my feet. It was just excellent and mesmerizing!

 

The Foxhole Court trilogy by Nora Sakavic. It’s about a band of rejects, all deeply flawed, some neurotics, other on the run as they are chased by the mafia and they play a fictional sport called Exi. They drink, sometimes take drugs. They fight. They are all deeply flawed so that should never have hold my interest but rather should have disgusted me yet it was highly addictive!

 

FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

Beth O Leary and Taylor Jenkins Reid.

I have read first The Switch by Beth O’Leary then The Flatshare (yes I know I was late to the bandwagon) and she reminded me how much I had forgotten that I love these British authors who write woman fiction. 

Taylor Jenkins Reid…after Daisy Jones I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyne Hugo and she did it again: impressed me! Her writing is formidable and powerful.

 

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Nikolai Lantsov! I even chose him for my “Meet Your Next Book Boyfriend”! Smart, sarcastic, with a huge sense of duty to his people, loyal, courageous, easy on the eye….

 

NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Cordelia Carstairs! She is courageous, intuitive, smart, loyal, level headed …what can I say?

 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

No real tear jerker so far I am afraid… but these books made me shed one or two tears

 

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

This one was an audiobook too and the banter was just excellent. I had a big goofy smile on my face so many times! But that can also be said from The Switch.

 

FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

Sorry but I haven’t watched a film yet this year!

 

FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Probably this one for rather evident reasons as I was fed up with people spreading hate and intolerance on social media.

 

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

 

WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

Mmm let’s see: all the books on my TBR? 😀 

But there are two books that I plan as soon as they land in my mail as they’ve been long awaited

Pfew ! That’s it! Do we have some books in common? What’s your best so far? Consider you tag if you want!

 

Thanks for reading.

 

Sophie

 

 

 

 

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25 Replies to “How was my reading year so far? Winners and losers? Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag”

  1. I love daisy jones and am curious about crescent city 😀 Shame about imagine me. And diviners is surprising me too 😀 Taylor Jenkins Reid is a great author. Awesome wrap up!

  2. Wonderful wrap-up for the first half of the year! Not surprised to see Daisy Jones so often too hahah Hope the second half of the year will have even better books for you. 😉 Happy reading! 😀

  3. Tanya Atkinson says: Reply

    I love seeing Where the Lost Wander and Daisy Jones as your favorites! Daisy was one of my faves last year – and you know I loved Where the Lost Wander. So powerful! And Well Met was a little ball of sunshine. 🙂

    1. Yes these reads are all incredible Tanya! So much talent in these ladies!

  4. DAISY JONES!!!!! Taylor Jenkins Reid is definitely one of my favorite authors I’ve discovered since I started book blogging.

    1. I can’t deny she is amazing Katie!

  5. Oh I always love reading this tag!
    I was also quite disappointed in The shadows between us!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

    1. Pfew I am relieved I am not alone in this Evelyn!

  6. Fun tag! I may have to do this one too. And yay, I’m so happy to hear you’re enjoying Taylor Jenkins Reid. She’s one of my favorites too.

    1. I can’t wait for you to do it too Suzanne!

  7. I’m excited for the Fredrik Backman book too! I hope it’s as smart and funny as his other books. I discovered Taylor Jenkins Reid this year too. I love Evelyn Hugo.

    1. Well the books I have read by him so far (Beartown and Us Against You) were not his funny ones AJ ! LOL

  8. Ohh well met is on my shelves, i’ve seen so much love for it lately — hopefully I’d love it too!!
    aand I still need to read the flat share x) I almost bought it but I got another book instead (per usual.. rofl)

    ahh yes, Anxious people is one that I wanna read aswell! Being an anxious person too, I can’t wait to see how it will be portrayed.

    1. I think you’d love Well Met Kristina!

  9. Yes I almost forgot to do my mid year tag too and just wrote my post *whew* lol ….love the books that you shared. To be honest I don’t think we have any books in common except I do want to read that Amy Harmon book this year. The hero from King Of Scars, sounds like my type of hero 🙂 Hope your second half of the year is a successful one for you darling. Happy Monday!

    1. You did? Rushing to read it!

  10. How you just cant choose 1 makes me laugh, in fact I’d say I look forward to it! Agree with you about Shadows Between us and totally agree with you about Nikolai!!

    1. Well Caro it’s like choosing a favorite kid!

      1. Paahahaaa that is very true!!!!

  11. I LOVE to see other people doing this Tag, it’s a lot of fun! ❤️ I need to finally read The Diviners, I only hear the best things. Nikolai is wonderful, I love him & Taylor Jenkins Reids is such an amazing writing, no doubt.✨
    I hope the rest of your year is incredible

    1. Thank you Sofii!!!

  12. I am hoping to read Little Universes too, and I agree, Well Met is such a happy inducing book

    1. I hope we’ll both love it Sam!

  13. I love this tag because it really helps you take stock of the reading so far, and it is a great opportunity to discover new books! But choosing just one book is a mission impossible!!
    I loved The Flat Share too, it was such a sweet book! And I have several of your titles on my TBR. I hope to get to them soon!!

    1. Exactly! That’s the perfect opportunity Susy!

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