Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2020

Hello friends! July is finally upon us (finally? already?), and if you’re involved in any way with the online bookish community, you’ve seen the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag floating around. Personally, this one of my my favorite tags to come up every year. I love watching the videos and reading the posts, and despite not being tagged (like that has ever stopped me before) I thought I would participate! I’m a few days late, but I don’t care and I’m going to have fun anyway!

Just a brief little recap of my reading year thus far: I have read 44 of my original goal of 50 books, which is easily double the number of books I read this time last year. I’ve read mostly contemporary, which is so unlike me, with fantasy being my second-most read genre. I’ll insert a cute lil pie chart here in case you’d like a visual.

I’ve been working to diversify my reading habits this year, and I think I’m getting somewhere!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

This is always the hardest question, and it’s so hard to pick JUST one… While I’ve added a lot of favorites this year, the best so far has got to be Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

I’ve not read a ton of sequels yet this year, but Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman would have taken the gold even if I had. That book ripped my heart out, stomped on it, and then handed it back to me and walked away. I loved every minute of it.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Definitely Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently in the middle of a huge Shadowhunters readathon since I have’t read those books in years, but as soon as I’m caught up, I can’t wait to jump into this one.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

*screams from rooftop* The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I have been anticipating this book since Schwab announced she was writing it, and she’s an auto-buy author for me, so I couldn’t be more excited. I’m so excited, In fact, that I may have pre-ordered both the U.S. and U.K. editions…


Biggest disappointment

This is my least favorite question, because I hate being perceived as negative about someone’s work, BUT I’m going to have to go with Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand. I’ve ranted about this book many times, so I won’t get into it in-depth here, but I had really high hopes for it and the book didn’t live up to my own expectations.

Biggest surprise

For sure, this one goes to The Wicker King by K. Ancrum. I picked this up after watching Kayla from Booksandlala on YouTube rave about it. I went into this book with no expectations, and it blew me away. I’ve done nothing but think about it for days, so you know a review is coming.

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

K. Ancrum is a good contender for this category. As mentioned above, I loved The Wicker King, so I’m definitely planning on checking out her other works.

Newest fictional crush

This is tough because I’m constantly adding fictional crushes to my life, but Kaliis Gilwreath from The Aurora Cycle just makes my heart so happy. *swoon*

Side note, @ Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman, please be good to me (and give me book 3).

Newest favorite character

This is another tough one, but I have to go with either Baz Pitch from Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On, or Aled Last from Radio Silence, a.k.a my soft cinnamon roll babies who I would protect with my life.

Book that made you cry

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow. This book was very relatable to me, I took it very personally and it was always have a special place in my heart because of this.

Book that made you happy

Carry On. Definitely one of my 2020 favorites, that book had me smiling like an idiot the whole way through, plus Baz and Simon are some of my favorite fictional characters of all time. I JUST WANT THEM TO BE OKAY, OKAY?


Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

L Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi is one of the prettiest covers to me. I know little to nothing about this book, the cover hooked me and so I bought it. I’m a very simple gal.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Too many. Too, too many. But I’ll give you the abridged version: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo, The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab, Crier’s War by Nina Varela, The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum… and many more.

And there you have it, that is my Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! If you’ve participated, please leave a link to yours below, I would love to check it out! In the meantime, happy reading.

– H.

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