Hey y’all!! Welcome back. Today, you get to
torture treat yourself to this wonderfully long post talking about the awesome books that I’ve read so far this year.
You’ll also finally be getting an idea of what I’ve been reading since May. I think I’m just going to wait until my Monthly Wrap-Up for June to talk about every book since then, but a couple of the ones I mentioned are ones that I’ve read recently.
This post is kind of long, so, let’s get right into this! I wasn’t actually tagged for the Mid Year Freak Out, but everyone’s doing it, so I’m hopping on the bandwagon and doing it too.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
Why is this so hard?? I have 3 books that can compete for the best book, and I’m very tempted to go with the one that I’ve been raving about lately on my blog. Sigh. The thing is, these 3 books are all from different genres, so they are the best in each of their genres so far. You know what, I’ll just share them all.
The Storm Crow // A very interesting fantasy set in a beautiful world with amazing depression representation. I loved Thia, I loved her story, and though it was a little meh a couple of times, it was still amazing and I loved it.
You House Will Pay // The discussions this book opened in my head. Ever since I read it, I’ve realized just how oblivious I am to the terrible issues going on in the world, and this book made me want to change. Besides that, I really related to Grace, and I loved reading about how racism could affect such drastically different families.
Code Name Hélène // I am obsessed with this amazing historical fiction novel!! Set during WWII, it explores the life of an Australian born French housewife who moves to the front-lines and becomes a critical part of the Resistance in France. There’s so much love and heartbreak in this book, and some aspects of it are still breaking my heart.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
Can the last book in a series count? Because if so, then The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. Such a perfect end to the first era, and though I guessed some things that happened, it was still really really good. Technically it should have broken my heart with how it ended but I’ve made my peace with it. The ending of this Era just feels so right and I loved it.
Also, I’ve already read The Alloy of Law and yes!! Totally loved it! Sanderson is starting to become one of my trusted authors already.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
I actually got this a few weeks ago from my library, but I didn’t read it in time
(I blame Sanderson and his long books). So, I am still highly anticipating this final book in the Truly Devious series. Honestly, I’ve forgotten what the plot of the previous books are, so I might have to do a re-read of those first…anyway, I hope it does not disappoint.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
This is sooooo hardd!! I might have to do a whole post on books I’m excited for. But for now, Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
This is actually publishing next Tuesday and I’m so excited!! The cover is so pretty, and the premise is interesting too. I’ve never really read horror or “gothic” books, so this will be a fun sub-genre to try. I’m also so excited for the mystery and I can’t wait to read it!!
Well, there are two contenders for that spot, but we’ll go with If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim.
Why was I disappointed? Well, everybody just becomes bad by the end of this. The once nice guys who hadn’t started out being degrading to their wives/women eventually do, Haemi is just…idk how to feel about her because I’m not sure if she’s suffering from a mental illness or she is just mean. I’m inclined to the idea that she has a mental illness, but even then, nothing happens about it. I was just frustrated with the book, and I don’t feel like I “got” the message that the author was trying to send. So it was just really disappointing.
I was not expecting to like either of these because they are both middle grade books. And I ended up loving the light hilarity of the story, the young characters and their adventures, and just the general feel of them both. My brain could rest reading these books, and there is just a nice innocence to them. YA and Adult can be so exhausting.
Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
I don’t really have favorite authors. I have authors that I loved the majority of their books, and are the only ones that I’ve ever re-read (except one instance) but I wouldn’t really call them my favorite authors?
Idk. But some new-to-me authors who I loved their books this year are:
Newest fictional crush
It’s not really a crush…but I really like Stocker from A Curious Beginning. He is so annoying, yet funny, and also really smart, but secretive. He can be complicated at times too. And it really is not a crush because I really would like to give him a good telling off for being so unhygienic and annoying 🙂
Newest favorite character
Lady Marasi Harms from The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
As I’ve said previously, this book was so. much. FUN. Explosions, guns, fighting, chases, new allomancy – it was incredible and I loved it! It was also really short for Sanderson, so that was definitely a plus. And of course, the wonderful new characters. I love Marasi because she’s totally not used to being killed, she has no idea how to fight beyond what she learned in university (which isn’t much), she’s interested in law and forensics (subjects that I am also interested in), and she’d rather wear dresses than trousers. What’s not to love? I can’t wait to see what happens with her, Wax, and Wayne in the next book!!
Book that made you cry
Sadly, nothing has made me cry yet this year. But several books have made my heart so heavy, latest of which is Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.
It’s about a girl, Naila, being forced into a marriage that she doesn’t want after she was caught with the boy she actually loves. It was just so heartbreaking. I loved the really simple and easy to read chapters, and it conveyed the sense of despair and the horror of Naila’s situation. And to think that this still happens around the world really hurts.
Book that made you happy
I can’t really think of a specific book that made me happy. Though, I’ve been having a really good reading month lately and so just in general, I’ve been happy with what I’m reading. I’ve read 7 books this month and they were all either 4 or 5 stars, and hopefully I’ll squeeze in 2 more (they better not wreck my good rating streak) over the weekend!
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
You all know I don’t buy books, and I haven’t been gifted any books this year, so I picked a…well, two books off my TBR.
Just look at them!! Maybe Paris is le mot secret pour une couverture magnifique. (“the secret word for a beautiful cover”)
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Honestly, I don’t know. It all depends on what my library has, my reading mood, etc. And I don’t really have any specific book in mind that I must read. Perhaps Mexican Gothic, because I think my library is going to get it when it comes out.
Favorite Book Community Member
This is not a fair question! I love so many of you guys, and as it is, I already have several people in mind. It’s about time I did that elusive post that I’ve been mentioning where I shout-out all you amazing bloggers. But for now, here are 2 that you should definitely be following.
Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea // I LOVE talking to Caitlin so much!! We’ve been talking about our WIPs all over our blogs now, and I’m just loving listening to her, having her support, and helping and supporting her too. She honestly may be the reason that I stop procrastinating and finally finish another WIP. Not only that, but her blog and her posts are phenomenal, and you do not want to miss out on any of her discussions, so please, do go follow her!
Dani @ Literary Lion // She is an absolute savior and has helped keep me on track with Let’s Talk Bookish, the weekly discussion meme that I started, but we’re now co-hosting together. It’s just amazing to have someone to support me in that, and to keep me on track because everything seems to be getting away from me recently. Thank you so much, Dani, for all your help!!
I am done!! Over 1,600 words, and I actually didn’t talk about all the things I wanted to but it’ll have to wait for another post. I won’t be tagging anyone because everyone is already doing this tag, and you’ve probably already been tagged a few hundred times lol.
So, any comments on all of this? Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are you most excited to read by the end of this year? What’s your top book of 2020 so far? What have you guys been reading lately? Chat with me in the comments below!!