I recently came across this bookish tag and thought this is a nice idea to reflect on the books I read in the first half of 2020.
I used the questions from Scorpio Book Dreams‘ 2018 Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag blogpost.
So far I have read 82 (!!!) books in the first half of this year. I can safely say that this is the most books I’ve ever read in such a short amount of time. I will make a blogpost with the statistics from my reading in the first half of 2020.
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
It’s hard to choose one favourite book from the 82 books I’ve read, but I guess I would go for The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. At first, I couldn’t really get into this book, but once I did get into it, I almost couldn’t stop reading. This story covers lots of important subjects and it shows the story of strong and independent women.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
I have actually only read one sequel so far this year, and that was Just One Year by Gayle Forman. The first part of this series Just One Day is the book that really got me into reading. The story just absorbs you whole and make you want to keep on reading. Now, finally reading the second book in this series, brought me back to this time that I read book one in 2016.
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for?
In February, Josie Silver released The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. I have been excited to read this one ever since it was released, but I only bought it in the middle of June. I’m really excited to read this book very very soon.
What is your most anticipated read for the second half of the year?
I guess this must be Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams. This is the third book in the Bromance Book Club series. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and am planning on reading the second one this summer, so I absolutely can’t wait for book three to be released in October.
What is your biggest dissapointment so far?
I had real high expectations for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong. Unfortunately, I decided to DNF this book when I was halfway through because the story just didn’t attract to me.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
Definitely A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray! I had seen this book all over Instagram back in 2015, but I always thought that the book just wouldn’t be for me. However, in March I bought the first two books in this series and let me tell you: it didn’t dissapoint me at all. A Thousand Pieces of You was a very close runner-up to The Giver of Stars as my favourite book of the first half of 2020.
Who is your favourite new to you, or debut, author?
Rebecca Yarros for sure. I don’t remember exactly when and where, but somehow I came across The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros and decided to buy the ebook. This story was such an emotional and beautiful one. I now have Great and Precious Things by this author laying on my physical TBR, and I hope to read this one in the summer!
Who is your favourite fictional crush from this year?
I actually don’t really have fictional crushes, but if I would have to choose one, I would go for Beckett from The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros. He is a person with such a special personality, who always means well and tries to do the best he can.
Who is your new favourite character?
Alice Wright from The Giver of Stars. She is such a good example of a strong and independent women, who stands up for what she believes in. That’s what I absolutely love in this character!
A book that made you cry?
The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros. Oops, third time mentioning this book, that must mean I really loved it! Reading this book made me feel all kinds of feelings. I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I just felt all the feels.
A book that made you happy?
For this one, I choose 2 books. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord and The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams. Both of these books had this feel good aspect in them, which I absolutely love.
Your favourite book to movie/TV show that you’ve seen so far?
I’ve already watched the TV adaptation of Big Little Lies a year ago, but I only just read the book by Liane Moriarty in 2020. I loved the series (and the cast), but I must say that I did prefer the book over the TV adaptation.
What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?
I guess this must be my review of The Giver of Stars. As I absolutely loved reading this book, I also loved writing a blog post about it!
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
For this one I actually choose a sort of collection. In May, I bought 6 books in the Jane Austen series second hand and I think they’re absolutely gorgeous.
What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
Great and Precious Things by Rebecca Yarros, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver, Hold Still by Nina Lacour, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.
I’m really excited to see what the second half of 2020 will bring for me in terms of reading!