In all honesty there are SO many Book Freak Out tags out there and this has been done for years now so I am not sure where the original one came from! And of course I have read and watched several! So…jumpin’ on the bandwagon here!
1. Best book you’ve read so far
Out of 24 books read so far in 2020, I have rated 24 with 5 ⭐️’s. Of these, my favorite was Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next book in this series to come out!
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far
I have read two sequels and one third-in-series. Of these, my favorite has been The Tea Dragon Festival! Unfortunately I haven’t read the first book but I just know that these books are so good, and obviously I loved this second book so the first book had to be great, right?
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
These are starting to gang up on me. It was my goal to read primarily backlist books this year but as the year goes on, I want to read 2020 releases! At this moment, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and Girl, Serpent, Thorn are most calling to me!
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I am looking forward to seeing what Naomi Novik has in store for us in her upcoming school-set book A Deadly Education, which releases September 29th. And then almost exactly a month later on October 27th Kerri Maniscalo’s new series releases and it looks so good–its called Kingdom of the Wicked.
5. Biggest disappointment.
For sure – Catherine House. I wanted to love it but it just wasn’t for me.
6. Biggest surprise.
I have read two really great indie books so far this year, but of the two I will shout out Curse of Blood and Shadow by J.M. Kearl here. If you’re ever looking for a YA fantasy book off the beaten path and away from all of the hype, here is one to try. This book is set in a boarding school that unites four kingdoms and teaches the students magic and battle skills. In their midst is an assassin who is searching for the princess (the main character). There is enemies to very slow-burn to-be-continued love. There is wit and humor. The world building was great. This book really has everything, which is why I really enjoyed it and was very surprised by how great it was. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Ehh, I don’t know if I’ve really found a new favorite yet this year. I’m still working on that.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Darlington in Ninth House. I miss him so!
9. Newest favourite character.
Galaxy Stern in Ninth House! Plus her name is Galaxy. That’s pretty epic.
10. Book that made you cry.
A Constellation of Roses did get me thinking a bit but no actual tears were shed. Because of all the things going on in the world at this time, I have stayed away from the tear jerkers and the really rough content intentionally.
11. Book that made you happy.
This is an easy one. Despite the title, Only Mostly Devastated made me so happy (overall). The cast of characters was really great and even when Ollie (the main character) was a bit of a downer, he had his family or someone around him to help pick him up.
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Just got it in the mail yesterday: Mexican Gothic. I don’t know what it is, but man, the colors just POP! The magenta and the green are lovely! Its a relatively simple cover and I just love it! Can’t wait to dive in!
13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Ha! All of them? Seriously though, I do want to continue on in a couple of the series that I resolved that I would. For example, read on to Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi and Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. The first books to those were two of my favorites last year.
14. Favourite Book Community Member
First, Destiny @howlinglibraries. This woman reads SO much and I love consulting her platforms for recommendations across any genre and any diversity. Then there’s Kim @booksontheknightbus. This girl works hard, reads hard, reps hard, and takes beautiful photos. She was my rep when I first started out with my book sleeves and now she is juggling a couple different bookish merch companies with active duty and she is just fabulous. My final pick is one I more recently started following and that is Kayla @booksandlala. I can’t help but choose her overall because she uses her huge platform for so much good. Also because I enjoy her content, but also, she posts activism and educational links and info every.single.day. on her social media. I posted her YouTube link, but she is so worth the IG follow as well.
And that’s the end! Please feel free to do this tag and tag me back if you do. I would love to see your responses!