Hello everyone! How are you today?
I can’t believe we’re in the second half of the year already. This has been a crazy year and we’re only halfway through. So hope the second half of the year is filled with more positivity.
I’ve read some great books so far and 2020 has been my best reading year. I’m looking forward to all the books I’ll get around to in the upcoming months.
I don’t know who the original creator of the tag is. If anyone knows please let me know in the comments so I can credit them 🙂
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2020
- What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
I had this feeling I was going to enjoy this and enjoy it I did! It made me smile, cry (and I rarely cry in books) and I just loved the ending and how everything connected and ugh…it definitely stole my heart.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2020
- Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco
I started off this year by finishing the Stalking Jack the Ripper series. This is one of my favourite series and it was so sad to say goodbye to the characters. Last year I read the first two books so I continued with Escaping from Houdini, Becoming the Dark Prince (e-novella) and Capturing the Devil. I remember just steam rolling through these books and it was a bittersweet goodbye.
New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To
There’s a few releases I want to read. Here’s a few of them:
- My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
- Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
- Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of the Year
A few of them are:
- The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
- Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
- Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
- Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin
- My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows (just released)
- Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano (just released I think)
Ok I had to stop myself otherwise I could’ve kept going. There are so many good ones coming out at the end of the year.
- The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
- Poemsia by Lang Leav
The Raven and the Dove was a book I was so excited to read and I went in thinking I was going to love it but sadly….I did not. I felt so disconnected, ended up not being invested and was reading to move on about halfway through the book. What I was looking forward to the most was over quickly and yeah, for me, it was a disappointment. I’m sad to say that.
I thought I’d try out Poemsia as I found the audiobook for it. I have read a few Lang Leav poems and like them so I thought I’d try out a novel by her but again, for me, this was a let down. It did nothing for me and despite it being a short book I was ready to move on. Personally, I found myself not connecting to characters and kinda cringy at moments.
Sadly, I haven’t really had a big surprise with any of the books I’ve read. Maybe that I didn’t love The Raven and the Dove as well as I hoped.
Favourite New Author
This year I’ve read a lot of new authors. These are some of my new go to authors:
- Helen Hoang
- Amy Harmon
- Mia Sosa
- Jennifer L. Armentrout
Newest Fiction Crush
- Thomas Creswell (not new)
- Daemon Black (Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout)
My newest would have to be Daemon Black from the Lux series. He’s your classic mysterious, arrogant at times, cheeky YA boy character. Can’t help but love him.
Newest Favourite Character
I don’t think I’ve ever had a favourite character. There’s been characters I liked within the books I read but I don’t remember having a ultimate favourite character.
Book That Made You Cry
- What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
I’m going to use What the Wind Knows again as this book did make me cry at the end and it was happy tears. I rarely cry when reading and I can’t remember the last time a book made me sob. I was so happy and it was such a sweet, yet in some way a bitter sweet ending. Honestly, a perfect ending for this book.
Book That Made You Happy
- My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows
This book had me smiling and I found it to be such a fun book. I loved the historical twist with a bit of magic. I remember being so happy when reading this.
Favourite Book To Film Adaptation
I haven’t seen that many book to film adaptations this year. Oh I know at the beginning of the year I watched the newest adaptation of Little Women and I became obsessed! Also, I want to mention Becoming on Netflix is something I recommend as well. Loved the book and was so good to see the documentary.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
I mean just showing you the cover should explain why this is one my most beautiful books I own.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This edition features photos (black and white) from the film throughout the story and is made to look like the book that’s shown in the film.
What Book Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year
- Just to read more books that have been on my shelves longer instead always going for my newest buys
- I want to keep up with my bullet journal as well and track the readathons I hope to take part in along with my TBRs
How has your year been so far?
Until next time…