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Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2020

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.

I happened to catch sight of the tag on my feed from both Hannah’s blog over at Books, Life, and Other Oddities and Margot’s blog margereads so go check out both of their posts!

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!

Any rereads?

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?

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

and

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?

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The Cousins by Karen M, McManus

and

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.

Biggest disappointment?

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Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

and

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...

Biggest Surprise?

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!

15 thoughts on “Mid Year Freak Out Tag 2020

  1. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who wants Inej x Kaz to be a thing. xD Though, I haven’t read Crooked Kingdom yet. Oh my gosh, the new Fruits Basket! Is season 2 out yet?! I haven’t been paying attention, because waiting drives me crazy, so I pretend it doesn’t exist haha. But I loved the first season of the remake. I really want to reread the Animorphs series, too, and I’m looking forward to them turning them into graphic novels!

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    1. Oh I think you’ll really like Crooked Kingdom then!!

      And yes, season 2 started in the spring! I believe they’re only up to episode 8’s release. They had to delay for COVID and I have no idea how long it will take for them to finish. It’s so hard to wait until it’s finished to watch any of it…I’ve seen a couple of clips of the beach vacation and wanted to cry. It’s such a beautiful and faithful adaptation, but I forgot how heartbreaking it could be!

      I think I’m scared to start back up the Animorph series because they take up an entire shelf. XD I can’t wait to see how the graphic novels turn out!

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      1. I feel like this adaptation has hit the feels even harder than the original anime did, which I’m really loving!

        Same, but they’re also not really as long as I remember. Pretty short with big print, so it’s not as intimidating as it seems haha.

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      2. Exactly! The emotional investment in this one is a lot better I feel like, probably because they can work with the entire story-line now. Especially in dealing with Akito. While the humor is still very prevalent in the remake, it no longer feels like the main genre of the show, which as much as I loved the original, I was a little upset with it’s lack of seriousness.

        Also, I was curious. So… I just found a Reddit page that talks about the full word count of the Animorph series. It’s 1,449,150 words. Which is apparently 400,000 words longer than the Harry Potter series (that’s the example it gave) and I probably shouldn’t have looked that up XD

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  2. I read Six of Crows and The Crooked Kingdom a while ago, and I really liked them, but I do want to reread them some time because I, unfortunately, don’t remember a lot of what happened. Inej and Kaz though…
    That’s awesome that you’ve already read more books than you did last year! I hope you have a wonderful rest of your year, at lease book-wise. 🙂

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    1. Honestly, I had the books from the library while the libraries around here were shut down and almost reread the duology immediately after finishing. Unfortunately I have too many other books I need to read… haha. Whenever I get my own copies of the books, I’ll definitely have to reread them though!

      Thank you so much!

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    1. I had that same problem! Shadow and Bone came out first, and I believe the time-line is before Six of Crows. However, the two are completely different series, so having read one doesn’t add or take away from reading the other (so I’ve heard). I’ve also heard that the writing styles between the two come across as very different. People tend to favor one or the other. I think the reason people tend to read the Shadow and Bone series first is also because it delves more into the Grisha themselves. In Six of Crows, we’re kinda already assumed to know what Grisha are and their background. However, there are plenty of clues and explanations to go off of, and it definitely didn’t deter from the reading, so that didn’t bother me much! I’d say the first to pick up would be whichever one interested you the most.

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  3. It is good to know somebody likes my writing so much as to include it in a blog entry.

    I didn’t know there was an Artemis Fowl movie in the making. I liked the series back in the day but nowadays I think only the first one is worthwhile. They gave you all this new world were mystical creatures were actually real, but had cool super-weapons and were armed to the teeth with bleeding edge technology. I think the series didn’t really introduce anything new until the book with the demons, and by then, they had ruined Artemis by turning him into a good person.

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    1. The Artemis Fowl movie was released on Disney+ a few weeks ago, but I’m not sure if it was, or will be, released in any other formats. It wasn’t a book series I really got into growing up, so I don’t know much about it, but I believe the movie covers the first two books.

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