It’s time for the Mid Year Book Freak Out tag! This is one of my favourite tags to do every year and I got all the prompts from Cait at Paper Fury. You can check out her post here!
1. How much have you read?
So far I’ve read eighty books in 2020. I normally set my Goodreads challenge at 100 books, but I’ve actually upped it to 150 and I’m currently six books ahead of schedule. I think this is in part due to lockdown happening and everywhere being closed – I’m finally making my way though that TBR!
2. What have you been reading?
It will come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the majority of the books I’ve read so far in 2020 have been fantasy. I’ve added in a pie chart from my blogger spreadsheet which shows the genres I’ve been reading!
3. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?
I hate this question every year because it’s so hard to pick just one. I’ve narrowed it down to two: Hold Back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury and The Unspoken Name by A K Larkwood.
4. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?
This is an even harder question for me because I’ve read some really incredible sequels. My favourites have been Bloodchild by Anna Stephens, Aurora Burning by Ami Kaufman & Jay Kristoff and King of Fools by Amanda Foody.
5. New release you’ve haven’t read yet but want to?
There are so many! I’ve bought copies of The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence and Ruthless Gods by Emily A Duncan and I haven’t gotten to them yet so I think they’ll be a priority for the rest of the year.
6. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I recently did a post about my most anticipated releases, you can take a peek here! My most anticipated has got to be V E Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.
7. Biggest disappointment?
For me it was definitely The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. I dropped everything to read this as soon as it was released but it just wasn’t for me. I really disliked Snow and just didn’t click with the story at all.
8. Biggest surprise?
I think the biggest surprise for me was Viper by Bex Hogan. I was expecting to really enjoy it but I wasn’t expecting to absolutely love it. I’ve ordered a copy of Venom and it’s definitely one of the first books I’m reading in July!
9. New favourite author (debut or new to you)?
I think this would probably be Seanan McGuire. I had never read any of her books before this year but I’ve devoured all the books in the Wayward Children series and pretty much all of them have been four or five stars.
10. Underrated gem you’ve discovered recently?
I recently plucked The Falconer by Elizabeth May off my TBR at random and I absolutely loved it. It’s steampunk, with a badass main character who fights vicious fae in Victorian Edinburgh. It was a brilliant read and I definitely think it’s underrated.
11. Rereads this year?
So far I’ve reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Shade’s Children by Garth Nix and the first two books in Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series.
12. Book that made you cry?
So far I don’t think any book has made me cry. I haven’t read many contemporaries this year so maybe that’s why I haven’t read any tearjerkers. I did feel quite emotional about the ending to Hold Back the Tide though.
13. Book that made you happy?
This has got to be Bookish and the Beast. It’s just so geeky and so cute and the entire series makes me incredibly happy.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?
I am obsessed with the cover for The Mercies by Kiran Milwood Hargrave. It’s just so beautiful!
15. Goals for the rest of the year?
I would love to read 150 (or more books), I’m going to try and read more sequels as well as the books I listed in my ’20 books to read in 2020′ post. I’d also love to read all the books I’ve bought this year and stop my TBR growing too much, but that’s probably never going to happen.