“There is a pirate in the basement.”First line in The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Hi, guys. It’s time to freak out because it’s the middle of the year, although I do seem to have been in a permanent state of “freak out” for the entire year. Can 2020 please end?
Nevertheless, the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag is a great way to sum up the first six months of the year. I have read a lot of books if I compare to my normal standards. So far I’m on 35 and might even be able to read more books than I ever have before in a year. My current best is 65 so I think it can be done. But let’s move on to the questions!
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
Or rather the best book I’ve read that doens’t fit any other question in this tag. That means that I’m choosing The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. This one opened my eyes to how much I actually love books about books. Mix that with a fairy tale-like story and Morgensterns immersive writing and it simply has to become one of my favorite books of the year.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
I hate this question because I’ve actually read a total of four 5-star sequels so far this year. I’m picking Chainbreaker by Tara Sim because this series needs more attention. It’s a diverse historical fantasy/steampunk series that manages to stay highly relevant and educational. It has the most wholesome characters, too. I really loved the second one for how it just took everything to the next level and expanded on both the world and the story.
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue by V. E. Schwab, of course.
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. This follows a group of ‘chosen ones’ 10 years after they defeated the bad guy and really seemed like it was going to dive deep into their PTSD. It didn’t exactly and I’m so disappointed. The story had so much potential. Instead of following all of the chosen ones, we only follow one and the plot itself could have been more relevant to their PTSD.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson. A hyped YA fantasy book is something everyone needs to be wary of, but I hadn’t needed to with this one. Rogerson’s writing really makes this story come off the pages so I couldn’t help but be invested. Then you have the characters and their banter and their friendships and their romance. Oh, and the plot is centered around books that come alive!
What is your favourite new to you or debut author?
A. J. Hackwith, the author of The Library of the Unwritten.
What is your favourite fictional crush from this year?
I’ve already mentioned this book, but I really love Nathaniel from Sorcery of Thorns so I guess that’s my answer.
Who is your new favourite character?
Rune Saint John from The Tarot Sequence series by K. D. Edwards. He is such a layered character. He has a big heart and cares deeply about the people around him. He’ll protect them at all costs and is very self-sacrificing in that regard. No character deserves as much love as he does.
A book that made you cry?
Only one book has made me cry this year and that is The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne. This one follows the life of Cyril Avery as he grows up and tries to live his life to the fullest as a gay man in Ireland. As any other life-story, his has its ups and downs, and there was one moment in particular that touched my heart and made me tear up. Amazing book!
A book that made you happy?
I don’t really read ‘happy books’ so this was kind of hard. I’m going with the first and only graphic novel I’ve ever read which is Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell. A very sweet Halloween story about friendship that was really uplifting to read.
Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?
I can never remember what I’ve watched. I guess I’m going with 13 Reasons Why because the fourth season came out in June and I watched all 10 episodes in a day. It’s based on the book Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, which I have not read. Most people seem to hate the show but I really love it for tackling difficult topics and not being afraid of being controversial. I’m so sad it’s over.
What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?
The two posts I’ve written about the Danish translations of Harry Potter (book 1 and book 2) where I really allowed myself to be a language nerd. Those were so much fun to make and looking forward to writing the rest of the series.
I’m also pretty proud of my discussion post about embracing the nuances of the fantasy genre.
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
I bought the US paperback editions of the entire Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden. I love looking at them on my shelf.
What are some books you need to read by the end of the year?
I did a post recently about my reading goals for 2020 and what books I still needed to read. Just to mention some other books I need to read:
- Harry Potter (book 3-7, reread)
- King of Crows by Libba Bray
- Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez
- Burn by Patrick Ness
That was it for my mid year check in. Was it the best book you’ve read so far in 2020?