Mid-Year Book Freak out Tag 2020

Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts, I didn’t read much in June and was struggling with blog post ideas. I think I’ve got a few ideas now though, and I’m looking forward to writing more!

Now, on to today’s post. I was tagged by the wonderful Abi from Scribbles and Stories to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag, which is a tag I’ve seen all over BookTube. This is a fun tag about the books I’ve read so far this year. So far this year I’ve read 49 books, out of the 50 that I set my Goodreads goal to in January! I’m shocked that I’ve read so many books already this year, but I’ve not done much apart from read over the last couple of months! Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.


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Best book you’ve read so far in 2020? This will probably come as no surprise but my favourite book of the year so far has to be House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas. This was the first SJM book that I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m so excited for the sequel already! I think I’ve talked about this book with one of my friends at least once a week since we both read it!!

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Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020. Good Girl, Bad Blood by Holly Jackson! I devoured A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder last year in one day so I had high expectations for the sequel and it didn’t disappoint! I really enjoyed the mystery and seeing more of Pip’s detective work!

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New release you haven’t read yet but want to. It has to be The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. I added this book to my tbr a couple of months ago and I’ve been excited for it ever since. It’s a Les Miserables retelling and I can’t wait to read it!! I believe it’s the start of a series as well which is great!

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Most anticipated release for the second half of 2020. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. This was the easiest prompt to answer, this is my most anticipated book of the year!!

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Biggest disappointment. I thought I was going to enjoy The Last Wish, the first book in The Witcher series, a lot more than I did. I may reread it at some point and see if my opinion of it changes but I only gave this book 3/5 stars.

Biggest surprise. Again, this prompt has to go to House of Earth and Blood. I didn’t know what to expect going in to this book and I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the hype but I loved it!!

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Favourite new author (debut or new-to-you). Samantha Shannon!! I’ve read three of her books so far this year (The Bone Season, The Mime Order and The Priory of the Orange Tree) and I’m looking forward to reading more!! I love the worlds she creates in both Priory and The Bone Season and I can’t wait to read more of her work!

Newest fictional crush. Don’t have one!

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Newest favourite character. Hmmm this is a tough one, I think it has to be Paige from The Bone Season. I love her strength and I’m so excited to see where her story goes from book 3 onwards!

A book that made you cry. I don’t think any have made me cry so far this year!

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Favourite book to movie adaptation To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I read this trilogy of the first time this year (after seeing the films!!) and I really enjoyed reading them. They were really lovely stories which I sort of knew (from the first two films) but I loved reading more about the characters and seeing things which weren’t in the films! I really enjoyed the first and second film, and I can’t wait for the Always and Forever, Lara Jean film to come out (next year I think???)!

Favourite review. I think my review of The Priory of the Orange Tree is my favourite. I spent quite a while putting my thoughts together after finishing this book, and actually made notes throughout so that I could refer back to them when writing the review.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year. The award for the most beautiful book I’ve bought this year goes to…The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant. This book is stunning. I’m going to insert a photo below of the dust jacket cover and the hardback cover because both are gorgeous!!

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What books do you need to read by the end of the year? So many books! My top five are: Read with Pride (the second Paper & Hearts Society Book), Kingdom of Souls (one of my 20 books I wanted to read this year), The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (my most anticipated read), The Court of Miracles (I think this is going to be my next read), and The Song Rising (I want to read this book as soon as I can).


This was a fun tag, I can’t believe it’s already July and I’ve read so many books. I can’t wait to read more this year, and hopefully blog a lot more than I did last month!

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20 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak out Tag 2020”

  1. Great answers, Sarah. I’m glad you enjoyed all these books – I am about to start A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder and am very excited to read it. It is great that you are back and I’m looking forward to reading your upcoming posts!

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  2. Congrats on reading 49 books this year! OMG I can’t wait to read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue! The Priory of the Orange Tree is so intimidating to me, I guess I’ll have to give it a try though!

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  3. Great answers Sarah and well done for reading 49 books! That’s amazing!
    I really want to read The Court of Miracles too. I’m hoping to borrow it off my sister. If she’ll let me 😅

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  4. Sorry I’m so late to this! I’m really glad you enjoyed doing the tag 😊

    I’ve never read anything by SJM despite the never ending hype, so maybe I should start with House of Earth and Blood like you! Priory was also my first book by Samantha Shannon this year and I loved it, so I definitely need to give The Bone Season a go.

    Congrats on reading so many books by the middle of the year, I hope you read and love just as many in the second half of 2020! ❤️

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