Hello, friends! So sorry I have been scarce on here – first, I am possibly the busiest I have ever been in my life and second, this year is just a trash fire in general, and I have very little energy to do anything.
But, one of my favorite posts to write every year is the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, and I really wanted to write a blog post, and this one is one I can actually handle. These posts always make me excited to read again, and I always love talking to you about our reading year so far in the comments! Here are the previous three tags I did, one in 2017 , one in 2018, and the final one in 2019!
This was kind of hard to choose – I read a few books that I really loved this year, which is great and I am not complaining, but I am gonna show three books that I’ve read that have stuck with me so far. Warbreaker is a Sanderson novel I’ve been meaning to read for ages. It was the first book I read this year, and it was fantastic. From the plot, to the world-building to the characters, it was all a big hit and it was a book that I was constantly excited to get back to reading. In the Dream House is totally different – it’s a read that is haunting me, but it’s beautiful and one of the most innovative pieces of writing I have ever read. It’s deeply personal, and yet it takes on a larger scope of abuse in queer relationships and I really respect this book. Finally, My Dark Vanessa is a read that I keep thinking about. It’s a story about a woman reflecting on her relationship with her teacher, and Vanessa is a character that you do not expect in this kind of story, but a very real and honest one. Highly recommend all three books, and my reviews are linked so you can hear more about them.
I barely read any sequels this year, but I have started The Wayward Children series and I absolutely loved the sequels in this series, with my favorite so far being Beneath the Sugar Sky. I highly recommend this series – it’s filled with portal fantasies, diverse characters and a love of stories that really leaps from the page. I would really recommend it.
There are so many options for this one, it’s been a great year for releases. The City We Became is one I am super hyped about. First, I loved N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season this year, and I am excited to read more from her. Second, this book’s premise just sounds amazing, with five New Yorkers coming together to defend the city from an ancient evil. I haven’t read an urban fantasy in a while, so I am super excited to jump into this.
LISTEN, we’re all excited for this dark magic school book. I have such high hopes for this that I cannot even begin to put into words. Magic schools are my favorite setting, and mix that with a dark undertone and I AM HERE AND READY FOR IT.
To be fair, I’ve had a couple of disappointments this year that were huge. But my biggest one is probably The End of the Day. Bill Clegg wrote one of my favorite books of all time, so I had such high hopes for this one. But it just did not do anything for me and I was so sad that I did not enjoy it. There was very little I liked about this, and I will talk more about it in my review, but overall, neither the characters nor the story were really compelling and I found the whole thing super forgettable.
The Empress of Salt and Fortune was a huge surprise for me because I never expected to love it so much. I figured it would be a good, quick read since it’s a novella, but this was so stunning in so many ways. The concept and the storytelling are out of this world good, and it was such a compelling story that emphasized women reclaiming their voice and their place in history. I could not recommend this one more, PLEASE check it out.
I am gonna go with Nghi Vo and Kate Elizabeth Russell for debuts. I absolutely loved their writing and I cannot wait to read more. I am so impressed with their craft and I am sure they will become new faves in the future.
New to me author I have been loving is Seanan McGuire! The Wayward Children series is really good and I cannot wait to read more.
I don’t know if I have really fallen in love with a new character this year, meaning I don’t think I have a new favorite character of all time. I did absolutely love Lightsong from Warbreaker, one of my new favorite Sanderson characters. He is so much fun and such a compelling character. I also love the characters in the Wayward Children series, especially Jack and Kade.
I am sorry but me being an emotional void means I don’t cry to books.
I have not read many happy books this year that weren’t rereads. But one that I did reread and it makes me so happy is the Percy Jackson series. With all the excitement for the tv show on Disney and what not, I have been loving my reread so much and it has brought me a lot of joy. AND I recently even did a tag inspired by Percy Jackson, so check that out HERE.
I have been super good about not buying books this year, I think I only bought one book myself, and the rest I’ve gotten were gifts. The prettiest book I received is Girl, Woman, Other for sure! It’s such a lovely cover, I am obsessed with the colors, and I got this huge hardback edition that I really love. I am super excited to read this one, since it’s part of my Women’s Prize reading list.
I am gonna point you to my must-read for 2020 TBR and say that I have read exactly TWO books from that list. One that is top priority is Circe, I NEED to read this book in 2020. It has to happen.
This exceptionally hard, because every single person in this community has brought me joy and kindness and it’s been as rewarding to talk to everyone online about books amidst the shit storm that is 2020.
I want to give a special shoutout to the people in the Women’s Prize group chat – Rachel, Hannah, Callum, Naty, Emily, & Sarah . Thank you so much for inviting me to join the chat, I absolutely loved talking about books and life with everyone.
And a special shoutout to May @ Forever and Everly because I feel like we have started talking more this year and I have a lot of respect for everything that May does in the book community, I absolutely love her blog and bookstagram.
And that’s it for this year’s tag! I’d love to hear your thoughts and I’d love to hear about your reading year so far, so sound off in the comments! Tell me about your favorite book of the year so far, your new favorite character and your new favorite author! Happy reading to everyone!
In the meantime, happy reading
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