I was going to post this tomorrow, but this is me not wanting to do this week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I hadn’t the slightest idea where to start. So instead, it’s time to freak out! Seriously though, how is the year only halfway over? I don’t even have the faintest idea of anything that happened in January.
I have read 29 out of my 100 book goal. (I started #30 last night) So not a lot to choose from, and still far away from my goal. However, I only read 28 books the entirety of last year, so I’m okay with my progress this far.
Some of the questions might be tweaked since I’m not entirely sure the original questions. Without further ado, let’s get on with it!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
There is absolutely no doubt that this is my favorite so far, and unless I just read something utterly amazing, I’m 99% sure this is going to be my favorite for the overall year. I adore the found family trope. Not only that, but each of these characters are so well done, and the story itself is great.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
There’s another sequel I wanted to put, but it’s further down, so instead, let’s talk about Crooked Kingdom. I read the duology back-to-back and I loved this book nearly as much as the first! We get to learn more about our beloved characters and the story progresses so well in this one. I love both Kaz and Inej so much, and I just couldn’t ask for a better sequel to Six of Crows!
Yes! I reread the first two volumes of the Maid-Sama! manga in February, Saving the Griffin by Kristin Wolden Nitz in May, and then Seekers: The Quest Begins by Erin Hunter and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell in June. I started a reread of Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett last night. I still have others that I’ll be rereading before the year is over too!
New release you haven’t read but want to?
The Night Country by Melissa Albert
A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer
Yes, I am putting two for this one because both are equally anticipated. Both of these came out in January. I was able to win an ebook of The Night Country and will be getting to that one soon. However, I have not been fortunate enough to get my hands on a copy of A Heart So Fierce and Broken yet.
Most anticipated release for the second half of 2020?
The Cousins by Karen M, McManus
10 Things I Hate about Pinky by Sandyha Menon
Okay, so I did a Top Ten Tuesday list a few weeks ago about my anticipated releases for 2020, and basically all of those are included here. However, at that time I apparently forgot (how!?) that Karen McManus’s new book was coming in December. Out of my ten anticipated releases, these are probably the two I’m most excited for. Both are authors I love to read from.
Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
I had 6 books I wanted to include here...that’s probably not a good thing. In case you’re wondering, the others were Once Upon a Time by Liz Braswell, As Old As Time by Liz Braswell, Tell me Everything by Sarah Enni, and Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash. The two picture above, however, are very specific. Spindle Fire is the book I’ve rated the lowest thus far this year, and for specifics, you can find my review here. Wayward Son was a huge letdown for multiple reasons. I loved the first Simon Snow book, but this one was way too contemporary, and everything about it just felt wrong. Not to mention the lack of Simon and Baz. Also, I reread Carry On in June and found that I no longer enjoy it as much after reading Wayward Son...
One of Us is Next by Karen M, McManus
And here’s the other sequel I was talking about. If you know me, you’re probably asking why this one since I obviously loved both it and the first book, One of Us is Lying. The thing is, I went into this book with very high expectations because of how much I loved OoUiL. OoUiL didn’t need a sequel. And to tell the truth, I didn’t want a sequel. But this book passed every single bar I could have set for it and I can’t even tell you which of the two I love more. It’s rare for me to enjoy sequels to the same extent as the first book, and I wasn’t really expecting it to happen with these.
Favorite new author?
I have read 13 new-to-me authors so far this year. None of which have become “favorites” exactly. However, there are three I have enjoyed so far. First is Leigh Bardugo but since I’ve only read her Six of Crows duology, I don’t think I can consider her a favorite yet. I need to see how the Grisha books go first. Richard Falken who reached out to me to review a novel the first part of the year and it was very worthwhile. I’ve also read short stories by him and I really enjoy them. Last is Lily Webb who writes the paranormal mystery series Magic & Mystery that I discovered in June and find really cute and funny.
Newest fictional crush?
Err…. I mean no one can ever beat Kyo Sohma from Fruits Basket. But if I had to choose a new one… Is it cheating to say Nate from OoUiN since I already loved him in OoUiL? Hmm… maybe Lennon from Starry Eyes, then? I don’t really have fictional crushes that often.
Newest favorite fictional ship?
This isn’t actually a question on the tag. It’s the question Hannah did in place of the fictional crush question, and honestly I just really wanted a place where I could yell to the world about how much I love Inej and Kaz in the Six of Crows duology.
Newest favorite character?
I’m not sure. I never think much about favorite characters since I often like the characters on some level if I like the book. I guess I’d either have to go with Sweetie Nair from There’s Something About Sweetie (though Ashish is great too) or Inej Ghafa from the Six of Crows duology. Sweetie because of her sassy attitude and her passion to not change for other people, and Inej because she’ll do anything for the things and people she trusts/believes in and she isn’t going to let anyone stand in her way.
Book that made you cry?
I don’t really cry while reading…
Book that made you happy?
In terms of just generically making my heart happy at some point, in some way or another: Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom, There’s Something About Sweetie, American Panda, and One of Us is Next.
In terms of making me laugh-out-loud multiple times: Broomsticks and Burials.
Favorite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?
Um…have I even watched any movie adaptations this year? I don’t think so. I haven’t really watched much of anything this year. I do want to see the new Artemis Fowl movie though. And, of course, season 2 of Fruits Basket which I already know I’ll love.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought (or received) this year?
Does it count if I don’t have it yet? Because I am getting the UK edition of Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody hopefully later this month and I absolutely adore the cover. As far as books I already have gotten…I got A Curse so Dark And Lonely this year! I really like that cover. I also like the cover art for the Chrono Crusade manga.
What books do you need to read before the end of the year?
Um, all of them? I do still have 71 more books to read to reach my end-of-the-year goal. Specifically, I will be reading the Animorph series by K.A. Applegate. I also really need to read The Night Country by Melissa Albert.
Favorite posts you’ve written this year?
I can’t just pick one…so I’m doing one from each category.
- Writing: I Love You Too Much – this was a poem I wrote in high school, but I did the post in May. This poem will always have a special place in my heart, and I’m glad that I’m able to share it with everyone here.
- Book discussions: DNFing books! – I enjoy writing discussion posts, though I don’t write them often. In May, however, I was inspired to talk about my experience with DNFing books, and particularly why I don’t DNF books.
- Writing discussions: Fanfiction is Still Writing – I am a huge advocate for fanfiction, fan comics, anything of the sort. I have been writing and reading fanfiction since I was about 14 or 15, and I wouldn’t change that for anything. I will always stand strong on this subject, and I loved writing this post talking about my thoughts towards fanfiction as a whole.
- TTT: I have two for this one. Reasons I Love Reading and Signs Your a Book Lover – both of these TTT posts were very personal for me, and I was worried about writing both of them. However, I had so much fun with them and with interacting with others through these posts.
Well, I think that’s all for this tag! This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be! How has your reading been going this year? Are there any books you want to read before the year is over? Again, if you’ve done the tag, please let me know so I can check it out!