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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag

  1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six was one of my favorite books of 2019, so I wanted to make sure to read some of Reid’s previous novels. I listened to Evelyn Hugo as an audiobook and could not help but feel sucked into the story. She is just such a compelling character and everything that happened in her life was enrapturing.

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
The ​Missing of Clairdelune by Christelle Dabos

I actually haven’t read that many sequels so far this year as I’ve been exploring a lot of new series and standalones. The second book in The Mirror Visitor Quartet (first book being A Winter’s Promise) was a lot of fun. I felt more connected with the characters and the world-building. I feel like this is a quieter series in the YA space, but it has a lot of really fun twists and turns!

  1. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

I recently reread The Beautiful, which has made me feel even more excited for this newly released sequel! I have heard exciting tidbits from attending Ahdieh’s virtual author tour events that this book explores the fantasy of this world to an extent that we haven’t seen yet so I’m feeling ready to dive in.

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I adore the An Ember in the Ashes series, so that means I CANNOT WAIT for the finale coming out this December! Why yes, I have already preordered it.

  1. Biggest disappointment
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

While I enjoyed the first three books, I have been pretty disappointed in the Shatter Me spin-off books. This final installment seemed a bit all over the place to me. In fact, it took away from some of my favorite moments in the early series. I’m still a fan of Mafi’s writing, but this one just didn’t do it for me!

  1. Biggest surprise
Witchyby Ariel Slamet Ries

I’ve written a review about this graphic novel, so I won’t go into too much detail. But, basically, I picked this one up on a whim and really enjoyed it.

  1. Favorite new author
Nnedi Okorafor

I read Okorafor’s novella Binti earlier this year and was really impressed by her unique, transformative writing style. Very excited to read more of her books!

  1. Newest fictional crush
Ruhn Danaan from House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

I recently posted my review of HOEAB, so make sure to check that out! I’ve always enjoyed Maas’ characters and I thought Ruhn was a really great one, so I’ll go with him! He also reminds me a bit of Dorian Havilliard…

  1. Newest favorite character
Sid from The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

I LOVED THIS BOOK (review posted here), so I thought it would be a shame not to mention it. Sid stands out to me as a very memorable and beloved character as someone who is entertaining, snarky, and unafraid to speak their mind!

  1. Book that made you cry
Saga: Book Three by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

I devoured the Saga comic series at the beginning of the pandemic and that last issue made me SOB LIKE CRAZY. I just got so attached to the characters and did not expect that emotional ending! Really hoping new volumes of this series are published soon.

  1. Book that made you happy
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

This webcomic turned published book is absolutely adorable. Whenever I read it, I feel giddy and absorbed into Nick and Charlie’s world. Rooting for them!

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

I’m excited to read this one soon, not just because it has a gorgeous cover, but also because I adore Acevedo’s writing style! Will be picking this beauty up soon.

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Skyhunter by Marie Lu
Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

These are just a few anticipated books that I’d like to read by the end of 2020. I also have posted my summer TBR recently with some more choices I’d like to get to soon!

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