So guys! At the moment, I’m working on a post that’s going to be quite a handful to write, all about Christian romance novels and some of the trends I’ve noticed in them that I find concerning. I was hoping to have it out for today, but I need to do more research and read a few more books on the topic, so for today I’m going to be doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which is a tag I’ve done before and will serve nicely to update you on my reading of late!
1.Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
Ooh, this is tough! I think this award probably goes to Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. I absolutely loved this book and I really desperately want to read it again soon. The characters are so well written and the plot is thrilling…*sighs* so good.
2.Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell. It wasn’t quite as good as the two books that come before it, but it’s actually pretty much the only sequel I’ve read this year, so it wins by default. It was really good though and it amped up the stakes and had me hanging onto every word. I can’t wait for the next book. Fingers crossed it will be just as good.
3.New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins. There’s so much controversy about this book. Some people seem to have loved it, and others hated it. But I want to read it and decide for myself, though I’ll wait till my library gets it, because I don’t want to waste money on it.
4.Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross. This one comes out next week actually, but I probably won’t read it for a few months. It looks so good though and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
The Magnolia Sword by Sherry Thomas wasn’t awful, but I also didn’t like it as much as I was hoping, given that its supposedly a retelling of Mulan, one of my favourite stories ever. It just was meh, with bland characters, bland worldbuilding and a very stereotypical plot.
Great South Land by Rob Mundle. I was expecting a bland non-fiction book about the white man’s discovery of Australia, but it actually turned out to be a rollicking adventure, very well-written and it inspired the novel I’m currently working on! Definitely check it out if you’re interested in learning a bit about Australia’s past.
7.Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Definitely a toss up between Kate Forsyth and Naomi Novik. I love them both (they also have quite a similar style, so that’s probably why I have such difficulty choosing between them). They have such magical stories, plots and well-fleshed out characters…They’re both really good.
8.Rereads this year
Um, quite a lot. The whole Deltora Quest series, for one. Plus, I reread Howl’s Moving Castle, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and The Wizards of Once and Twice Magic.
9.Underrated gems you’ve discovered lately
Ohh…Not really sure, I haven’t read many obscure books this year, which I’ll definitely have to amend.
10.Book that made you cry
Actually haven’t cried over any books this year! Don’t know if that’s something to be proud of or a sign that I haven’t read enough sad books.
11.Book that made you happy
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Norse mythology was basically my childhood (yes, I had a weird childhood) and listening to these stories, rewritten and read by Neil Gaiman, was a very happy occasion for me.
12.Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Do you guys want to know something desperately sad? I haven’t been given or bought any books this year. However…most beautiful book I read this year would definitely be The Blue Rose by Kate Forsyth. Just look at that cover. It’s stunning.
13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I haven’t really got a set TBR for the rest of the year. I’ve been doing mostly mood reading lately and just picking up whatever I feel like at the time, so I’ll probably be doing that for the rest of the year. If I could get a LOTR reread in there though, that’d be awesome.
What about you guys? What books have blown you away this year? Any disappointments? Any new releases you are looking forward to?