This is a tag which goes around Booktube and reading blogs every year, and I did it last year. Check that one out if you feel like it. Anyways, this tag was created by two creators over on Youtube, but I can only find the co-creater Earl Grey Books‘s video. I like doing this tag because it’s kind of like looking back on my reading from the first half of the year. Retrospection is always fun. Anyway, let’s get into it!
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.
It’s really a toss up between this book and The Library of Legends by Janie Chang, but I’ll go with this one. It tells the story of Viv Delaney, a young woman who goes to work as a night clerk at a mysterious hotel in the 80’s and goes missing. Her niece years later comes to find out what happened to her. I wrote a full review for this book and I still haven’t read its match this year.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.
This is the second book in the Mistborn series. It might also be an unpopular opinion, but I didn’t like the first book all that much. But I loved this one and the third book of the series. It’s also my first massive series I read by Sanderson and it makes me want to tackle more of his fantasy series even if I’m scared of their length.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
This is the third book of The Lady Janies series and I loved the first two. This one came out June 2, 2020, and I have yet to read it. However, I do have it ordered from the library, so hopefully I’ll get it and read it soon.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I read the first book of Hart’s mystery series featuring Li Du, set in China during the Qing dynasty. I absolutely adored it, but unfortunately none of the sequels are at the library (I may end up buying them eventually). However, she is coming out with a new series, set in 1703 London, and this is the first book. It is set to be released in August 2020 and I can’t wait to read it!
5. Biggest disappointment.
A lot of books I read and dislike aren’t disappointments to me, because I go into them usually not super excited, but this was an exception. Part of the reason I disliked this book is simply because everyone was talking about it and I love both the 1940s and Jane Austen. If I had gone into it not knowing so much, I probably would have liked it better. Unfortunately, the hype kind of ruined this book for me because it was so mediocre.
6. Biggest surprise.
I pick this one merely for the fact that before I read this book, I had finished two other historical novels that I was really disappointed in and I went into this one assuming to be disappointed as well. Thankfully, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It follows a young woman trying to find out if her husband is alive after WWI, with the help of her husband’s brother. It deals with the trauma of war, even after the war has ended. I really was impressed with this book.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
I read the entire Foundation series earlier this year, and while some books were better than others, I loved Asimov’s writing. He’s a famous hard sci-fi author and I am trying to read more sci-fi. I definitely want to read more of his.
8. Newest fictional crush.
I don’t actually get fictional crushes, at least not from books, but Jonas Taylor from The Meg is incredibly awesome! Not only is he smart and sarcastic, but he isn’t an idiot in a book where some of the characters are.
9. Newest favourite character.
Buck from The Call of the Wild is an amazing character. I just love dogs in general, but despite everything he went through, he was still such a good, loyal dog. I wrote a full book review for this novel if you’re curious to read it.
10. Book that made you cry.
I don’t need to say anything more about this one…tears will come.
11. Book that made you happy.
This is such a fun, light read, and one I read after reading a really serious thriller. It had a happy ending and was funny at many points. I really enjoyed it.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I have bought a few books with beautiful covers, but something about this cover just takes me breath away. it’s just so gorgeous and haunting, with the dark clouds, smoke, and red lanterns. I love it so much! I am currently reading this book for the Reading Rush too.
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There aren’t any particular books I HAVE to read, because usually I’m a mood reader and I don’t plan ahead for books I want to read.
As always, I’m not tagged and I’m not tagging anyone, but if you end up doing this book tag I would love to read your answers.
How is your reading going this year? Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, follow my blog for more musings and, as always,
Best wishes in you life full adventure,