Hi all! It’s that time of year again: I’m gonna (calmly) freak out about all the brilliant books I’ve been reading. Because no matter what a rollercoaster this year has been (so far) one thing that’s been consistently awesome is *the books*. Thanks to much to the *sensational* Sophie Li for tagging me to do this last year!
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2020
Where the Crawdads Sing– this book sings to my soul. It was simply spectacular.
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020
A Heart So Fierce and Broken– which is kind of a weird pick, because I didn’t love the beginning or ending of this trilogy. HOWEVER this middle book was FIERCE! It made the whole series worth it for me!
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
Rule of Wolves, The Ivies, Tales from the Hinterland– I have copies of all of these and hope to get to them soon! 😊
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
I love all of these authors, so I’m bouncing off the walls waiting for these!!
Quiet at the End of the World– ach this got off to such a good start… and then it went out with a whimper. I really philosophically disagree with the messaging behind this story and hated the ending.
Wolf Hall– I know, I know- saying Hilary Mantel is excellent is hardly a revelation. But for various reasons- including the fact I didn’t used to read much historical fiction- I didn’t think it would be for me. HOW WRONG I WAS! I’m currently making my way through the audiobook versions of this series and keep being blown away by its brilliance!
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
Hilary Mantel– I know I’m going to read so much more by this author.
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Grey from A Heart So Fierce and Broken– yes, I know I’m repeating books a bit here, but I haven’t read very many romances yet and this is basically my reason for liking that series- so now you know 😉
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
Echo North– she’s so different to a lot of other YA main characters (one could even say she’s “not like other girls” 😉). I loved how she felt both unique and inspired by traditional fairy tale characters. And I loved how the plot was very much dictated by her personality.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Code Name Verity– ye gods this book is so emotional.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Pumpkinheads, Road Trip and the Tea Dragon Society!
(Happily) I can’t pick just one for this question- there were so many that made my heart squeeze!
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
Shadow and Bone– it’s got to be- I couldn’t have asked for a better adaptation!
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
Once and Future Witches- this is weird cos I mentioned my plans to buy it last year, though I only went and bought it this year. It’s the most beautiful addition to my shelf.
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
I’m just embarrassing myself at this point, cos it’s the same books every year and I even made it my goal to read them this year… and I still haven’t done it (*insert the usual excuses about mood reading/lots to do/being a fickle bookish fiend etc).
And that’s all for now! As this is an annual tradition, I’m not tagging anyone specific- just feel free to do it if you like! What I wanna know is what’s your favourite book so far this year? And what are you most looking forward to? Let me know in the comments!