My first freakout about books!!! Now everyone knows I’m lying but this is in fact the first time I’m writing a blogpost for a Mid Year Book Freakout Tag. I also know I’m late with this but anyways, that’s besides the point, let’s find out what I really enjoyed so far in 2020, what I sadly didn’t an what’s still in my radar for this year.
I wanted to read 24 books in 2020 and I surpassed this already with 5 books in July, which I’m very happy about. But let’s concentrate on the books I read between January and June.
1. BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020
Honestly, this year seems like one of the best reading years I’ve had in a long time. And I immediately discovered some new favourites. I’ll be talking about three of them:
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. The prose in this book is breathtaking to say the least. This book made me cry and realise how much I’ve missed writing myself. I quit writing a couple of years ago because I became too afraid of not being good enough but the need to write again came up recently and now I started this blog and I might say it has definitely something to do with this beautiful book.
A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf, where do I start? I read some of her quotes, including the one below, when I was seventeen and I can definitely say that my feminist journey stemmed from reading online about this magnificent woman.
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” – Virginia Woolf
The only thing holding me back was the fact that her books are classified as classics and I’m always quite hesitant to start them. However, A Room Of One’s Own was beyond worth it to read. And it surely is a book I’ll be putting on my reread list for next year.
Radiance by Grace Draven
Radiance by Grace Draven. Maybe it’s because I should read more romance novels or just books where the main focus of the story revolves around a romantic relationship, but this is by far one of the most touching and wholesome romances I’ve ever read.
“You find me ugly, don’t you?” “Hideous,” he said. “A hag of a woman. And you? You don’t think me a handsome man?”
“Had you crawled from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father’s mace.” – Radiance, Grace Draven
This quote appears in the beginning of the book and made me snort out my tea while reading. The first chapter alone won me over and made me decide to put this novel on my favourite books shelf.
2. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR
I only read one sequel so far and that was The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson. (Still have to read the third instalment so no spoilers please)
3. NEW RELEASES YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO
There are A LOT OF BOOKS that I still want to read but I’ll narrow this list down to five books that are high on my list.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I’m starting with a heavy book on my list as this tells the story of a love affair between a 15 year old student and her 42 year old teacher. I don’t know if or when I’ll have the mental space to read this because having the right mind set will be necessary if I am to read this horrible story.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
I’ve heard so many great things and read so many riveting reviews all around Bookstagram and Twitter about this book so this one had to be on my list. If my understanding of the synopsis is correct it tells the story of two sisters who grew up together but run away at age sixteen and grow up separately after that and from then on the book tells the story about their family. Anyways, it intrigues me.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
I’m usually not a big fan of Horror stories so this is kind of a gamble on my side. But both the synopsis and the cover really intrigue me so I’m going to try. Besides, last year I tried the YA horror story Wilder Girls and liked it too so who knows.
Chain Of Gold by Cassandra Clare
Ooff I don’t know how many books Cassandra Clare has out in the world in total and I’m a little behind with my reading of her books but I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS NEW SERIES. And for the pain it will inevitably bring.
Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore
After reading When The Moon Was Ours recently (in July!! so to be clear this book is one of my all time favourites but won’t appear in the first question in this blogpost as I read this at the start of the second half of the year), and discovering their newest release Dark and Deepest Red, I had to put this one on my list.
4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
I’m going to make another blogpost with my most anticipated releases but nonetheless here are three books:
Burn Our Bodies by Rory Power
After reading Wilder Girls I knew Rory Power was going to be another author from which I’d want to buy and read any book that gets published by her. And I mean, look at that cover?!
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
Trans boy trying to prove he’s a real brujo, summoning a ghost and falls in love with him, …? Sounds perfect to me! Cemetery boys is high HIGH on my list.
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel was one of my favourites a couple of years ago so yes, I can NOT WAIT to get my hands on her newest book.
5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
Hmmm as I’ve said in the beginning of this blogpost, I’m actually having a really good reading year and haven’t had a book that disappointed me a lot. But if I have to choose it would be Challenger Deep by Neil Shusterman. But then again, disappointment is the wrong word, I think it fits better in the category of a book that confused me a lot while reading. And I’d still recommend it for people who want to learn more about Schizophrenia.
6. BIGGEST SURPRISE
I loved her quotes early on and reading about her was fundamentally the reason I became a feminist but this book still surprised me in a lot of ways. A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.
7. FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
I’m going with Elizabeth Acevedo. She has a way with words that can speak to your soul. And I’ll instantly buy any book she writes.
Books she already published and are out in the world for you to buy 😉:
- The Poet X
- With The Fire On High
- Clap When You Land
8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
None yet? We’ll see if this has changed by the end of the year…
9. NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Maybe it’s a dynamic between two characters rather than one favourite character and that’s between Stevie Bell and Nate in the Truly Devious books by Maureen Johnson. Also completely loved Janelle, Stevie’s best friend who supported Stevie during her panic attacks.
10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
CLAP WHEN YOU LAND by Elizabeth Acevedo
Another book by Elizabeth Acevedo that made me tear up is Clap When You Land. Her prose is just as wonderful as in her debut novel The Poet X. The story follows two girls, sisters who don’t know of each other’s existence, who lose their dad, their hero, in a plane crash. And suddenly nothing anymore is what it was like before.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
MYTHOS by Stephen Fry
A book about greek mythology, can’t imagine this not making me happy. Stephen Fry retells the greek myths and connects them to modern time. Listening to the audiobook and once in a while switching to the physical book, these stories brought me great joy while reading them.
12. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (which I have a difficult time getting into so I’m keeping that book for another time. I’m a big mood reader so I’m awaiting the right time to get into it again)
With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo, I mean look at it 😍. It’s gorgeous…
And last but not least, I really love me some illustrated covers, especially one with queer witches, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker.
13. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
I’m trying to finish or read the following books by the end of the year (covers depicted below):
- The Stars and The Blackness between Them by Junauda Petrus
- We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal (CR)
- The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
- The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
- The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan (CR)
And so much more but my mood will decide which ones I’ll actually get to and finish by the end of the year.
That’s it for this post! How’s your reading year been so far? Any new favourites? Books that really disappointed you? Made you cry or laugh? Let me know in the comments!