Hello and welcome to another blog post, and another book blogger tag! I’ve only done one of these before and really enjoyed it, so when I was tagged in the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag, I was so here for it. At time of writing this I’ve read 37 books, so hopefully I’ve got answers for everything without any cross over. Some of the books I mention I might not have reviewed yet, so it’s like a little preview of my brain!
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
Starting with the hardest possible question! I’ve had so many brilliant reads so far this year, I don’t think I can actually pick just one. Top three maybe?
– Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood
– The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Best sequal you’ve read so far in 2020
The best sequal by far I’ve read this year so far is A Court of Mist and Fury. I absolutely fell in love with the first book, and then loved the second book even more if that was possible. The realistic way the author portrays the consequences of trauma, along with a generally absorbing story, just captivated me. The demonstration between unhealthy and healthy love is also a vital message that needs to be out in the universe.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to
A Song of Wrath and Ruin! No hesitation in my answer there. I have this read on my Kindle that I’m planning on getting down to in the next few weeks. This book was hugely highlighted during the recent BLM conversations on book Twitter recently, and it was one of the books I bought from those that were recommended. I can’t wait to dig into it.
Most anticipated release of the second half of the year
I’m sure I’ve seen this said on other threads, but I’m very excited about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Due out in October, this book looks absolutely superb. Here’s the synopsis in case you’re interested;
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
Got to be The Starless Sea. I wrote about this last week, and how much I was disappointed in it. It really could have been so good, but it’s never good to be let down by a book you had such high hopes for. Yes, I’m still upset about this!
I was sent a copy of The Lost Lights of St Kilda to review earlier this year, and it absolutely stunned me. I was surprised by how much I loved it, and it still stays with me a few months later down the line.
Favourite new author
When I read The Ten Thousand Doors of January I fell in love with the writing of Alix E. Harrow. With her second book – The Once and Future Witches – out later this year, I am so exciting to read more of her stunning words, and I can’t recommend her work any more.
Newest fictional crush
Bryce Quinlan from Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood is my fictional crush 2020. Both terrified of letting people in and fearless when others need her, I very much have a flame burning for her.
Newest favourite character
Pippa Fitz-Amobi from AGGGTM. Witty, caring, and utterly driven, she makes some stunning deductions and sacrifices to help those around her. I think it says a lot about her as a person, and as the central character of a series, that she makes the decisions she makes at such a young age, and even though the sequal only came out a few months ago, I’m desperate for more of her in my life.
Book that made you cry
The Animals at Lockwood Manor was a highly emotive read, and one I was not prepared for the force of. It was a work of sheer beauty and genius, that I loved every page of. The characters was defined in a way that shows true skill, and are some of the most realistic people I’ve read carved out in a book.
Book that made you happy
A Skinful of Shadows was hard reading at some points and certainly was an all-over-the-place book when it came to feelings, but there were points where it made my heart smile. This spooky historical fantasy was easy to get sucked into, and totally lost in.
Best book to film adaption
I really enjoyed watching the first Percy Jackson film, actually. I haven’t read the books, even though I’ve been doing the readathon, but with a ten year old that adored them, I may as well have. When we watched it, my son was pointing out how bits were (and were not!) true to the book, and it was a generally relaxing watch.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year
Easily Hamnet. With a stunning dust cover and even more gorgeous cloth cover, it’s easy to fall in love with. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but with this one, you really should; it’s just as beautiful inside and out.
What books do you need to read to the end of the year?
Erm, all of them? One of the books I really am planning on reading is House of Trelawney, which I’ve had on my shelf for a little while but haven’t managed to get around to reading yet. I’m absolutely determined to read it fairly soon, maybe at the beginning of this month, while I have a bit of a gap.
That brings us to the end of some tricky and awesome questions! Thanks to those that put this list together and for the tagging. I tag…. all of you! Go for it, join in if you want.