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2020 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

(The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books)

So I saw this book tag and I really liked it. I have been in a reading slump for most of the year, so I am very far behind in my Goodreads Reading Challenge. But no biggie, this just means that I am actually in a mid-year book freak out!! Despite the fact that I haven’t read much, I want to do this tag because it seemed fun and I’ve never done one before, so here it goes!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez.

This book is everything. It is so sweet and adorable, and (as I said in my review) it hurts. I love books that hurt (if you know, you know). This is a wonderful story about a woman that must find herself again after a very traumatizing event in her life. I’m not sure if this will continue to be my favorite book of the year by the time it ends, but up till now it’s definitely the one I’ve enjoyed to most (although I do have some books in my TBR that will, hopefully, give it a run for its money).

Click here to read my full review on this book.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.

Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey.

This book is the second one in the Hot & Hammered trilogy. You do not have to read any of the other books to read this one, but there are some spoilers of the first one. I really enjoyed this read, I think it was very sweet and adorable (definitely my favorite if compared to Fix Her Up). I really liked Dominic (which is obvious if you read my review) and I thought Rosie was an amazing example of women empowerment.

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

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare.

So, this book released in March… And I still haven’t read it. I know I’m extremely late, but I will get around to it. It was one of my most anticipated reads of the year, but I was really busy at the time and then quarantine started along with my reading slump. Hopefully, I will be able to read it soon and tell you guys what I think of it!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I’m very excited for The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare. Unfortunately, I didn’t like The Red Scrolls of Magic that much, but at the end of the day it’s Magnus and Alec. I ADORE Magnus and Alec, so I’m very excited and optimistic about this book! HOWEVER, my most anticipated release is Layla by Colleen Hoover. If you don’t already know this, Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors ever (probably the favorite, but I don’t want to set it in stone). This is a paranormal romance, which is new for her, but she is extremely versatile so I’m not worried AT ALL.

Biggest disappointment.

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren.

I really like Christina Lauren, and I’ve loved some of their most recent books (like The Unhoneymooners and My Favorite Half-Night Stand). Because of that, I was really expecting to like this book, and I didn’t. It’s not bad, but I definitely expected more.

If you want to read my thoughts on this go check out my full review!

Biggest surprise.

Beach Read by Emily Henry.

I did not expect to like this book so much. Honestly, I read it because of the hype and let me tell you, there’s a reason behind it. This book is a delight, if I say so myself. In fact, this is the first book I’ve read of this author… I know, I’m embarrassed, please don’t roast me. This might be my first, but it definitely won’t be my last. I thought this was great and I really recommend it (click here to read my full review on it).

Favorite new author (debut or new to you).

Two new authors for me this year are Emily Henry and Mariana Zapata. I’ve already talked a lot about Emily Henry and, as I said before, I am very excited to read more of her books. Before this year, I hadn’t heard of Marian Zapata either. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was the first book I read in 2020. It is a slow burn romance and I thought it was amazing. I am also planning to read more of her books (even though slow burn romances aren’t really my favorite (but that doesn’t mean I won’t ever read them obviously)).

Newest fictional crush.

This one was really hard to pick cause I really couldn’t think of one. I think I would go with Jason from The Happy Ever After Playlist. I think he’s very sweet and incredibly compassionate and selfless. I think he’s an amazing guy and I wish I knew someone in real life that was at least half as amazing as he is.

Newest favorite character.

Definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, my newest favorite character is Alex from Red, White & Royal Blue. He is hilarious and a breath of fresh air. He is unlike any of the characters I’ve read about recently and I’m so glad that I got to read a book from his point of view.

Book that made you cry.

Colleen Hoover never fails to make me sob, so it’s not really a surprise that one of the books I’ve cried the most with this year was Regretting You. It is beautiful story that centers around a mother/daughter relationship. It is amazing watching them overcome all of the obstacles that are presented to them throughout this novel and become closer and closer.

Book that made you happy.

At the moment, I am living for Jane Austen novels. Most recently I read Emma and I absolutely loved it. I thought it was very entertaining and there was never a dull moment. I just laughed so much and was constantly baffled with the type of things these characters did and said.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.

Regretting You makes a reappearance cause I just think that this cover is so beautiful and relates so much to the story as well. The detail is amazing, not only in the design but in the manufacturing as well (I have it on paperback). Anyways, I just think its really pretty.

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

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins, Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare, Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey, Layla, Heart Bones and Verity by Colleen Hoover.

I’m really excited to read all of these books and I am determined to do so before the year ends. I cannot go into 2021 with all these still in my TBR. *Sigh* So many books such little time.

Favorite book community member.

I’m new in this community, so I don’t really know anyone (I’m in the process though). So, at the moment, my favorite members are those that are always honest but kind with their opinions. I think that saying what we feel towards something isn’t bad as long as we do so while informed on the situation and, ALWAYS, with respect and the best intentions at heart.

Everyone that wants to do this tag is tagged by me! Let me know which are some of your favorite books of the year so far!