The Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag (2020)

Hello! Hope everyone’s doing well! I wasn’t tagged in this book tag, but I’ve seen it floating around and it looked really fun! If you’re on Goodreads and want to keep up with my reading, make sure to follow me on there! I’m not sure where this tag started, but if you do, let me know in the comments!

Total Books read so far in 2020: 42/75

Doing pretty good on my Goodreads challenge so far this year (four books ahead of schedule) so I’m happy with that…I was about 10 books short of my challenge last year and pretty bummed about it. It helped to have about 2 months off of work due to Covid, as I did a lot of reading and blogging during that period…

The best book(s) you’ve read so far in 2020:

I couldn’t pick just one, so here are three of my favorites! I would recommend all three of these!

The best sequel(s) you’ve read so far in 2020:

Aurora Burning and Wayward Son were more fun, fast-paced reads with familiar characters and The Night Country was just so beautifully written.

A new release you haven’t read yet but really want to:

Working my way through burn our bodies down and really pumped to start on The Crowd Rider and Unravel The Dusk. So many good releases and sequels coming out this year! And the cover-art game is really stepping up.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

There are so many! You can see more in my post here: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2020 . But I’m really excited to read these three in particular.

Your biggest disappointment

I love diverse books, especially “own” voices and I loved Adeyemi’s first book Children of Blood and Bone. Sadly this book made all my favorite characters completely unlikeable and unredeemable. I may read the final book in the series to see how things pan out, but this book was definitely a let-down after such a stellar debut.

Your biggest surprise

This book surprised me in that it wasn’t about what I thought it was. It was more religious than post-apocalyptic…and I think the book description was somewhat misleading. But I surprised myself by really enjoying it despite that.

Favorite new to you author

I’ve had Gods of Jade and Shadow on my TBR list forever and after reading Mexican Gothic, I’m definitely going to go back and read more of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s books!

New fictional crush(/es):

Kal from Aurora Burning. Hot, warrior space elf, need I say more? Gideon from Gideon the Ninth. Bad-ass, lesbian soldier in space? Hard same. Also Sid from The Midnight Lie? Yes, please. Bisexual goals, all of them, honestly…

New favorite character:

I loved Ellie/Elatsoe from Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. I don’t know if her character will be part of a longer series, but I definitely look forward to seeing her again! It was nice to see some Ace rep too!

Book that made you cry:

This book was a pretty emotional read, as I recall.

A book that made you happy:

This was another of my five-star reads this year and I can’t wait to read the sequel. I consider myself more of a fantasy gal than a sci-fi one, so I surprised myself by really enjoying books in the sci-fi genre this year like Bonds of Brass, Aurora Rising, Gideon the Ninth and The Luminous Dead.

Favorite book to movie adaption that you’ve seen this year

As a long-time reader of the Locke & Key graphic novels by Joe Hill, I love-loved the Locke & Key Netflix adaptation! The casting was fantastic and they did so good with the source material. I can’t wait to see future seasons of this!

Favorite post you’ve written this year

This post was at the start of me blogging more and I really enjoyed compiling it.

The most beautiful book(s) you’ve bought read this year:

I tend to get books out of the library and only actually *own* a few of these books, but these were some of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen!

What book(s) do you need to read by the end of the year:

I guess I will be pretty busy in the second half of 2020!

How is your year going so far? Did you pick the same books for any of the questions above? What is your favorite read so far in 2020? Let me know!

Until next time,

11 thoughts on “The Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag (2020)

  1. Great response to the Challenge:)). I’m going to be posting mine tomorrow, Leigh. Glad you enjoyed Mexican Gothic so much – I love this author and also highly recommend Certain Dark Things, which is one of the best vampire books I’ve ever read… It’s been a bumper reading year, with so many fantastic books out there. I hope you have a wonderful second half of the year, too:))


  2. Your first half of the year seemed to have some FAB reads! I haven’t done my Mid-Year tag yet but we share one thing in common, Silvia Moreno-Garcia is also a new to me favorite author this year. I read & LOVED Mexican Gothic so much! I hope the next half of the year brings with it many new faves, happy reading! 🙂


    1. Yes, I can’t complain as most of the books I’ve read this year I’ve really liked!

      I’m happy you enjoyed Mexican Gothic. I can’t wait to dig into more Silvia Moreno-Garcia!

      Happy reading to you! Thanks for commenting! x


    1. Yes! He reminds me of Legolas, like an old school crush.

      Yes, Elatsoe was really great! I haven’t actually read anything by Katrina Leno, but I’m excited to start!

      Thanks for commenting! x

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  3. Great response to this challenge! I need to do this tag as well. I picked up a copy of Children of Blood and Bone the other day and I can’t wait to read it. I really want to read Mexican Gothic. I’ve heard so many good things!


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