We are officially over halfway through 2020, which for once I’m pretty happy about because its been a mess of year so far. That said, reading seems to have been the only thing to have actually gone right over the last six months
So far I’ve read 27 books, which puts me 7 books ahead of schedule, which for someone who is normally only ever 1 or 2 books ahead is pretty good going! I’ve also only read six books which I’ve rated below 4 stars on Goodreads, which means not only have I been reading a lot, but I’ve also been reading good books. I’m just hoping all this good reading can continue into the second half of 2020!
So here is my mid year book freakout tag for 2020!
I have already read so many amazing books this year, but the one that stand outs the most is Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book just instantly immerses you into the 1970’s Rock ‘n’ Roll scene, bringing everything so to life thats its hard to remember thats it all fictional. Honestly, if you haven’t picked up this book yet then I highly recommend doing so soon!
This is one that I didn’t even have to think about, because I have not stopped thinking about King of Fools by Amanda Foody since it broke me into a million pieces in January. I thought Ace of Shades was good, but this one just took the story to a whole new level with even better twists, higher stakes, and more gorgeous characters.
Somehow I have yet to read The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman, despite it being the sequel to one of my favourite books from last year. I am so eager to find out what else this small town could be hiding and to once again be taken on a magical journey with too many twists and turns to count.
I wish I could talk about something other than this series, but I would be lying if I said that any book release has me as excited as Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody. I can not wait to dive back into this story one last time and to see what else could possibly be in store for our characters!
I really did want to love Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, but unfortunately as the story progressed I began to enjoy the story less and less. I just found the plot to get boring as we kept replaying the same events over again, and our main character Jack annoyed me so much at the end that unfortunately I was just pretty disappointed by this one.
I was definitely not expecting to love Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz as much as I did, as despite all the hype surrounding it I wasn’t a fan of another of his books, and so assumed I would feel similarly about this one. However, this book really surprised me with how beautiful it was and how much I loved exploring Aristotle and Dante’s story of growing up and growing into yourself.
I haven’t been the best at reading new authors this year, but one that I have discovered is Nora Sakavic and her All For the Game series. I’d seen these books around for a while, particularly when they were compared to The Raven Cycle, so in January I finally picked up The Foxhole Court for myself, and really enjoyed it. I’ve since read the second book, which I loved so much more, and I can not wait to read the final book in this series soon.
Alex from Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno is the perfect book boyfriend. He appears to be the brooding bad boy at first only to turn into the softest thing who just wants to sail his boat and bake. He was so caring and just the most amazing guy, and so he has definitely joined the list of my fictional boyfriends.
I am a huge lover of morally grey characters who toe the line between good and evil, so its no surprise that I loved Victor Vale from Vicious by V. E. Schwab. I just adored how interesting a character he was, and how you know what he is doing is wrong but still want to root for him because hes just such a good character.
I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver made me so many emotions that I couldn’t help but cry at various moments throughout it. This story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming as we watch Ben’s struggle after they come out to their parents and get kicked out of their home, and so this is definitely a book that really touched my heart.
How can anyone not have a smile on their face when reading any of the volumes of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman? These are just the cutest books fulled with so many heartwarming moments that make it impossible not to ship Nick and Charlie. If you need something to cheer you up, I highly recommend picking these up.
The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper has just the most gorgeous cover, and I’d probably be lying if I said that one of the reasons I picked it up wasn’t because of how pretty it is. I’m just hoping that the story inside is just as beautiful as the outside!
There are so many books that I need to read before the end of the year! Some of the ones at the top of my list are probably Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare and Scythe by Neil Shusterman just because they have been on my shelves for a long time!
Whats the best book you’ve read so far in 2020? What books do you hope to read by the end of the year?