I think out all of the years I’ve done the Mid-Year Freak Out tag, I think 2020 is the year it’s officially okay to say that I can’t believe it’s June. This year has felt like the longest and fastest year yet. I spent some time this weekend with my best friends and as we were reminiscing, it’s really crazy to think what we thought June and summer would look like in January vs. March vs. even a month ago.
I plan on having my If We Were Having Coffee for June posted this week, where I’ll probably talk about how busy I’ve been lately between graduate school and starting remote work. I was so excited then that the Mid Year Freak Out tag was starting to float around the book community over the past week because I think it’s a nice to reflect on the reading I’ve done and some of my reading plans for the rest of the year. The first 2020 version I saw was from Jessica of Peace Love Books. At the time of this post, I’ve read 50 books so far this year – I think there might be at least two novellas in there, but I’m not getting technical until the end of the year.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
Who really thought I’d be able to pick one book? Check back at the end of 2020 if I could choose just one book, but for right now I’m going with a toss-up between all of the books below (blame my indecisiveness and current tiredness):
Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon
More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn
Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
House of Earth & Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
It’s technically a companion novel, but 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon was such a fun return to the Dimpleverse.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I have a few spring releases on my TBR that I haven’t had the opportunity to pick up yet. My local bookstore just re-opened and I’m hoping my county library will be opening for door-side soon, so here’s to getting caught up on 2020 releases! Again, I just can’t choose one, but I have my eye on Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wien and The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I’m just about to see a countdown on my phone for Majesty by Katharine McGee, the sequel to American Royals.
I wouldn’t call it a huge disappointment, but I had such high hopes for the sequel to Girls with Sharp Sticks, Girls with Razor Hearts. It was way more suspense and build-up than action, but I do still see myself picking up book #3 next year.
I LOVED Akemi Dawn Bowman’s Harley in the Sky. I did not expect to devour this one as fast as I did during a busy school week, but I couldn’t be away from it for too long. Harley in the Sky absolutely nailed the circus setting and had such a fantastic emphasis on family and mental health.
Favorite New Author (Debut or new to you)
A new to me author that is becoming a go-to contemporary fave is Rachel Lynn Solomon! I really enjoyed her debut, You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone, and I LOVED, LOVED her upcoming release, Today Tonight Tomorrow.
Newest fictional crush
Simon from Well Met by Jen DeLuca and Augustus from Beach Read by Emily Henry
Newest favorite character
Halle from What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Book that made you cry
I haven’t cried over a book in a really long time, but my reread of You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn (which I really loved this second time reading) had some darker moments that made me really feel for the two main characters, Annie and Clay.
Book that made you happy
Emma Lord’s Tweet Cute made me have the best feels and often sent me to Twitter to scream my love for it.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I tried not using the same book for more than one answer, but I really love House of Earth & Blood’s cover and end pages. In one of her YouTube Q&As about the book, Sarah J. Maas talks about the book’s art process and all the hidden details on the cover.
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I really love how this answer says ‘bookS’ instead of ‘book’, so please enjoy this mini list of books I really want to read by the end of 2020:
Snapped (Playbook #4) by Alexa Martin
Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein
Recommended For You by Laura Silverman
The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
What has been your favorite book of 2020? What books are you hoping to read before the end of the year? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Share in the comments!