It’s that time of year when we all collectively freak out. Because we’re halfway done with the year already and we can’t believe it. 2020 especially has been a whirlwind of a year. And I’m sad to say I’ve spent the majority of it not reading anything. Mainly I’ve been trying to stay focussed on my responsibilities, and besides that, I end up having very little brain power left. My hope is that once I FINALLY finish up my masters, I will find some more time to relax and read. Despite not having read as many books as I wanted to read I still wanted to do this little check in post.
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR SO FAR
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris || This very dark and disturbing thriller has to be my favorite of the year so far. I’d heard amazing things about it and my mom also loved it, so my expectations were quite high. The thing that really makes this book stand out is how some parts of this book really haunted me. The book managed to paint a twisted picture that creeped me out and I kept thinking about for days, even though it wasn’t gory or violent at all.
FAVORITE SEQUEL OF THE YEAR SO FAR
Heartstopper volume 2 & 3 by Alice Oseman || I don’t really read a lot of sequels, but I’m pretty sure these books would have still won if I had read a hundred sequels. It’s just the most heartwarming and wholesome thing ever. Charlie and Nick are so supportive and loving towards each other. It still deals with some heavy topic, but does so in a very positive way. I just need these two to be happy together. It’s what they deserve.
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO
A Phoenix First Must Burn by 16 Authors, edited by Patrice Cladwell || The next book from my most anticipated list. There’s a bunch of those I haven’t read yet, but I’m particularly excited about this one. It sounds super whimsical and I would love to try out more anthology’s. “Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.”. Need I say any more?
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Home Before Dark by Riley Sager || I still have yet to read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager but have really enjoyed his other two books. It seems like this one is more similar to Lock Every Door, with some creepy house vibes. I loved how much of an eerie atmosphere he was able to create in that book, so I’m really hoping to see that in this book too! This one also has a bit of a book in a book thing going for it. I’m curious about that part as well.
Seven Deathly Shadows by Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani || I’ve read many disappointing books so far this year. This is the biggest one simply because I also had the highest hopes. It’s about a girl teaming up with gods of death to defeat some greater evil, set in Japan. It had so much potential. There was just too little time to tell this story, so everything felt rushed. We didn’t get to know any of the characters as much as I would have wanted to, relationships developed way too fast, and so many convenient things happened just to move the plot along.
Illuminae (#1) by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff || This book took me for a crazy ride. It had been sitting on my shelf for over 4 years and I tried to read it countless of times. Somehow I could never get into it. Then I made my partner pick a book of the shelf for me to read and he handed me this one. This time I got so invested I read this 600 page book in under 3 days! It had such a good plot, the format was amazing and I felt for the characters. LOVED it! […]
FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR
Hm… I don’t think I’ve found any so far. I mean… lot’s of authors I will try more books by, but none that have really been confirmed as a favorite.
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
As usual I don’t have an answer for this one. Even when I like characters, I never really crush on them you know? It just isn’t my thing.
NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER
I’ve read mostly mystery and thriller books, which usually just have a lot of unlikable characters. A lot of the other stuff I read ended up being disappointing. SO I’m gonna have to repeat for this question and go for Nick from the Heartstopper graphic novels. He is just the most kind and considerate person ever.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
None! I still have my stone cold status. Though one scene in Illuminae got me really close.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
A Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung || This little graphic novel about being an introvert was so relatable. Even though I already knew there’s nothing wrong with being an introvert, it’s always nice to get some extra confirmation. This book does not only discuss the struggles but also emphasizes personal growth and self acceptance. This gave me a good laugh, made me feel seen and left me with a warm happy feeling.
FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU HAVE SEEN THIS YEAR
This is also always a tough question for me. The first few episodes of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series on Netflix were pretty good. I read the first 3 books this year (for the first time) and was curious how the show compared, so I watched up until the same point I was at in the books. I must admit I think I enjoyed the show more. The books are just SO repetitive and the 3rd book really did not age well.
FAVORITE REVIEW YOU HAVE WRITTEN THIS YEAR
I don’t really have a favorite, so I just picked one for a book I haven’t mentioned elsewhere in this post. You can check it out here!
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU BOUGHT THIS YEAR
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager || Not particularly beautiful… but it’s actually the only book I’ve bought so far this year! 🎉 Can you believe it? 1 book in 187 days. Yes. I will accept my award now. I would like to thank my new library subscription and my audiobook app for making this possible. I would also like to thank my wallet for keeping me on the right path and reminding me daily that failure is not an option.
BOOKS I NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
A whole bunch of books. Here are some top priority books that I have been meaning to read for the longest time (some even for years):
Those were my picks for this year’s mid-year book freakout.
Have you read any of these books?
What is your favorite read of the year so far?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!