Are we seriously more than halfway through 2020? What a miracle.
I’m doing this tag kind of late, but I’d like to thank Krisha @ Krisha’s Cosy Corner for nominating me!
Best book you’ve read this year-
This is an exceedingly tough question… it’s like asking me to name my favorite person or something. I guess I’ll just list a few of the 5-stars:
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
- 1984 by George Orwell
I’m going to preface the rest of this post by letting you know that it is chock-full of internal links to my reviews for the books I mention; some of these posts are from when I first started my blog and have barely seen the light of day so feel free to check them out 🙂
Best sequel you’ve read this year-
- Catching Fire (THG #2) by Suzanne Collins– I only just read The Hunger Games in April (don’t come for me!). CF is definitely my favorite in the series. I was so into the plot; it was un-put-down-able and I was so shocked by the twists that I ended up giving it 5-stars.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to-
- Good Girl, Bad Blood (A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder #2) by Holly Jackson– This was on my July TBR and my copy finally came in the mail the other day! I’m saving it until the end of this week, though, because that’s when AP exam scores come out and I want to have a consolation prize prepared. You know, just in case.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year-
Hmm.. I don’t really know how to answer this because I honestly don’t pay any attention to releases; I just read whatever I feel like reading regardless of its publication date.
I don’t get horribly disappointed in books very often… I feel kind of bad calling books “disappointments”, but there were definitely a few books this year that fell flat despite my high hopes, such as:
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth– Gosh, this book was exasperating… it was so boring and had an astonishingly stupid plot… the Divergent series as a whole was alright, but this book…. yikes… I didn’t like it very much.
- Save the Date by Morgan Matson– this was the first book I read by Morgan Matson, and I found it slow, boring, and just generally not funny. However, I did really enjoy the next book I read of hers, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her work.
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet– another book from my July TBR! This is a tough one because I didn’t dislike it, it was just not as good as I hoped. The humor didn’t click for me, I wasn’t a fan of the characters, and the romance was decidedly not clean- to the point where it was uncomfortable and cringeworthy. I gave it 3 stars though, because I was really enjoying it at the beginning and there were lots of redeeming qualities.
- The Selection by Keira Cass
I was not expecting to like either of those, but they both ended up being 4-star reads!
New favorite author (new to you or debut)-
If you have been reading my blog lately, you can probably guess who I’m going to say based on certain books I’ve been rambling about nonstop…
Yes, Ruta Sepetys and Holly Jackson. Oh, and also Emma Lord.
Books that made you cry-
I’m not someone who flat-out sobs over books. It’s just a book, after all. But if a book is good enough and decides to bring out all the feels in the ending, I will probably shed a few tears.
Books that made you happy-
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Favorite book-to-film adaptation-
I’m about to say something controversial… I don’t like watching movies that much.
I do really like the 2004 version of Pride and Prejudice though. They characterized the amazing Mr. Darcy exactly right.
The Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie is also a great rendition of the best Harry Potter book.
Favorite posts you have written this year-
- Book Review: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (July 8, 2020)
- Book Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (July 1, 2020)
- Ranking All of John Green’s Books|Opinions on His Writing (May 23, 2020)
Most beautiful book you have bought or received this year-
My copy of Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- which I included in my July TBR– has a really nice cover.
Books you need to read by the end of the year-
I don’t put a huge amount of pressure on myself to read books, and I don’t have any kind of list I NEED to get through, unless of course you’re counting the stuff I’ll have to read for school come fall.
Thanks to the… exigent circumstances… of this year (I’ll lose it if I hear the phrase “social distancing” one more time), I have been able to read way, way, way more than usual.
To put that into perspective…. I read 69 books in the entirety of 2018 and only 30 in 2019.
I’ve had an insane amount of free time for reading this year, and since I’m so far ahead in my challenge, I’m going to chill out about reading for the rest of the year and focus some of my time on other stuff; I have the SAT coming up at the end of August and I’m working on starting a small business with some friends so I will be pretty busy for the rest of the summer.
I’m going to try to stick to 5-10 books per month, just maybe not 20 per month like I’ve been doing recently. Plus, I need to start writing reviews less sporadically.
Since I’m pretty late in doing this tag, I’m not going to specifically nominate anyone, but if you’re reading this and you follow me, or you’re reading this and you don’t follow me- either way, consider yourself nominated!