Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Since it’s basically the middle of the year at this point, I knew I had to do the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag. I think I’ve done this tag every year that I’ve had my blog and I really enjoy it. It’s a nice way to look back at the earlier part of the year and what I hope to achieve in the latter half.
I’m not sure who originally created this, but I pulled the questions from Jess of PeaceLoveBooksxo’s channel. I personally really love her channel as she reads a lot of romance, does fun experiment videos and has an awesome personality. If you’re looking for someone new on Booktube, check her out. 🙂
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.
This was tough as there are a lot of books I’ve really loved this year. However, the book that is easily my new favorite is You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I loved the characters, the unique premise and their love story. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before and it personally made me reflect on the kind of relationship I want. It also helped me see the things I wanted to change about myself while in a relationship and this book just means a lot to me.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
I decided to go with the second book in a series when talking about sequels. The best sequel I’ve read this year has to be Wanna Bet? by Talia Hibbert. This is the second book in the Dirty British Romance series and oh my god, it was so good. It was friends-to-lovers romance and honestly, it had so many cute moments and gah! I just loved Jasmine and Rahul so if you need to read Talia Hibbert’s backlist, I highly recommend this one.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
The book I chose for this one is Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan. I know this book just released in May but I have yet to get to it. I know it follows characters from her Kingmaker series so I want to get caught up on that. I haven’t seen many reviews of it though so I’m cautiously optimistic. Plus that cover is just stunning so I’m all over it lmao.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
This was an easy one and that’s because I already have this one preordered. If you’ve been following me, you’ll know that I love Alexa Martin. That’s why it’s no surprise the newest book in the Playbook series is my most anticipated released for the latter half of 2020. She puts her name on anything and I’ll buy it. It’s as simple as that lol plus the subject matter of this book is incredibly timely. Overall, this one is poised to be a new favorite.
5. Biggest disappointment.
My biggest disappointment so far is easily A Cowboy To Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon. I normally love her books but this one was a rare miss for me. I don’t know why but this book just didn’t work for me. Maybe it’s because the book was a slow-burn, the lack of chemistry or how all the action started around the 75% mark but this didn’t work for me. I’m still excited to read more of her backlist, though.
6. Biggest Surprise
When I saw this audiobook on Hoopla, I didn’t think much about it. Either way, I decided to pick it up and what a delight this was. It’s an f/f romance between a songwriter and the singer she’s writing songs for. Honestly, I thought it was super cute albeit super short and a bit dramatic. Nevertheless, I thought it was a solid read and a huge surprise.
7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Surprisingly, I haven’t read a lot of debuts or new-to-me authors. However, I’m going to try to narrow down 3 for each so let’s talk about new-to-me authors first.
First up is Teagan Hunter. When Ellyn picked my TBR in January, I never anticipated I’d end up wanting to devour her books. I’ve only read books 1 and 2 in the Texting series but I’m eager to read more from her. Next up is Jack Harbon who writes m/m romances and I’m so happy I discovered him. Lastly, I have to go with Ngozi Ukazu who writes the Check, Please! comics and gah! I absolutely loved volume 1 so I can’t read to more from her.
As for debut authors, I have 2. First is obviously Sarah Hogle who wrote You Deserve Each Other and it’s clear why I love her. Next up is Emma Lord who wrote Tweet Cute and it was another huge surprise for me. She wrote such an adorable romance along with lovable characters so this was an easy one.
8. Newest fictional crush
As much as I wanted to say Nicholas from You Deserve Each Other, I wanted to include some other favorites. Keeping with the same name though, one of my newest fictional crushes is easily Nik from Sweet on the Greek. I feel like no one has read this book so they don’t understand how sweet and sexy Nik is. Sigh, I just love him so very much.
9. Newest favorite character.
For this one, I have to go with Ruth from A Girl Like Her. There’s just something about Ruth I can’t get enough of. She’s unabashedly herself and doesn’t give a fuck who likes it or not. She also wears pajamas everywhere which is goals and I especially loved how she spoke her mind on everything. She didn’t care who didn’t like it because she was saying it no matter what. Honestly, I wish I was half as carefree as Ruth is.
10. Book that made you cry.
Unless I’m forgetting one, I don’t think any books have made me cry this year. They might change in the latter half of the year, though 😛
11. Book that made you happy.
The book I chose for this one is Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert. This is a Halloween novella with a romance between a werewolf and a werewolf hunter. I absolutely loved this book. It was surprisingly funny while still being sexy and I loved every second of it. I especially loved Luke because he was so hopelessly in love and it was just goals.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Once again, I’m going to go with three books so let’s get into them.
- The Wall of Winnipeg & Me by Mariana Zapata. This is on my list of 20 books to read in 2020 and still have yet to read it. I do plan on reading it before the year ends, though.
- The Rebel King by Kennedy Ryan. I think I mentioned that one earlier in this post and it still stands. I really have no excuse why I haven’t read this one yet.
- The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. Of course, I want to get this one read as Ellyn and I didn’t buddy-read the original series for nothing. I might end up having to buy this one since the library holds are insane for this.
That’s the Mid-Year Book Freakout. I’m not going to tag anyone since I know this is a pretty popular tag. However, I’d like to know which books you guys still want to read before the end of the year. I obviously have more than three but those three are high priority for me!
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