It's the perfect time to do this Book Tag, and I wasn't expecting how some of these turned out, but that is one of the reasons why I enjoy these types of posts so much. I borrowed these questions from BookswithEmilyFox's YouTube video >HERE< and enjoyed learning her own answers as much as I did discovering mine.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020. Maggie Stiefvater's Call Down the Hawk. It was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, it did not disappoint, and I am eager to get my hands on the second book. I need more Ronan and Adam in my life!
Best sequel you've read so far in 2020. One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus. Karen McManus writes books that, to me, feel like comfort reads from the moment that I pick them up until the second that I finish. That's a treasured sensation to experience in relation to a story.
New release you haven't read yet, but want to. Most of the books that I still desperately want to still read in 2020 haven't released yet. However, more and more, I find myself intrigued to read The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin. There's one to look forward to.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab. I found out about this book when the year had already begun, which is different from my other eagerly awaited books of 2020 since I knew about those since last year. But the moment that I learned about it, I knew it was a story for me.
Biggest disappointment. The Sisters Grimm by Menna Van Praag. The premise for this book promised everything that I would usually enjoy in a retelling, especially since it dealt with fairytales. But it was dull and lengthier than it needed to be, lacking the magic I hoped it'd have.
Biggest surprise. The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. The audience seems divided on this one, but I absolutely adored it. Kester Grant took me on a dark and deep tunnel along the tale of Les Miserables all the while shaping the world that she'd created around this classic. To say that I am curious to find out how she continues from where this first book in the series left off is an understatement.
Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) This is a difficult one to answer, because I've enjoyed quite a few books by new authors for me this year. But, among them, Kate McLaughlin stands out with her debut of What Unbreakable Looks Like. This emotional, heartbreaking story is written in such a simple yet powerful way that it can't help but stick with you. Even months after I read it, I still think about it from time to time.
Newest fictional crush. Declan from Stiefvater's Call Down the Hawk did something to me this year. Which shocked me, because he's such a sanctimonious ass in previous books from this world. But the true crush came in the form of Sarah J. Maas' Hunt from House of Earth and Blood. That was certainly a tasty morsel, even if I get the beginnings of anxiety thinking of what might potentially happen to him.
Newest favourite character. I'm tempted to name Stevie Bell, even though I met her previous to this year from the Truly Devious trilogy. However, though the book is not as well known (yet), I adored Anne Bonny from Meg Caddy's Devil's Ballast. Yes, I know she was a real person and not a fictional character, but she was fictionalized in order to be part of this novel. So, she'll do. That is one strong woman I would've looked up to, pirate or not.
Book that made you cry. Again, Kate McLaughlin's What Unbreakable Looks Like. The tears flowed silently but truthfully.
Book that made you happy. You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I don't usually read romances lately unless there's a side-story to them (or unless the romance is the side-story), but this book was a delight to read. It brought more smiles and laughs to me than most other novels have lately.
Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received) The UK tour edition of Sarah J. Maas' House of Earth and Blood. Which, infuriatingly, never made it to me. My delivery service canceled the order and returned the book to Waterstones because they couldn't “find my residence.” So, I had the pleasure of buying the book, but never had it in my hands. It still stings.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year? Sooooo many that it makes me want to hide under the bed and not come out unless food beckons. Honestly, I have over 20 ARCs waiting to be read, more are on the way, and I'm not even taking into account the other many books that I wait to see released. That's the joy of reading, though: you never run out of material to explore.