Mid Year Book Freak Out 2020

Hello everyone! I thought this could be a fun way to recap and look back at what I have been reading and how I want the second half of the year to look.

I found this post from Simant and I’m taking the questions from it plus adding some of the post from Zezee and a few of my own.

How do you think your reading year has been (previous to do any recap)?

I thought this could be a fun question to add because, at least for me, sometimes I forget what I have read or lose perspective on how my year has really been so far, you know?

So, without looking at my Goodreads nor any kind of spread sheet I want to reflect a bit about how I think I have been doing.

The past year I only read very long urban fantasy series. This year I got to read one long urban fantasy series but I feel like I have read a lot more too. I have started to read some non-fiction, which is amazing because I have been wanting to read some for the past years and yet I never did. I haven’t read any new releases, and that’s something I would like to change in the second half of the year.

This is the first time that I have been building a monthly TBR and actually sticking to it. But I have also experienced it is quite tricking for me. It has been a tool that has helped me: one, diversify a little, little, very little, the genres that I read; two, finally reading some books that have been on my TBR for quite some time. However, I also feel like it’s a bit constrictive in the sense that now I feel some self-pressure to read that list and my mood reads have felt a bit neglected (I recently saw a video which described this, if you want to check it out)

HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?

In numbers, it has been quite a good year for me. I have thought of making my goal 100 books but I think I will read a bit more than that (if everything keeps going as it has). So, yes, in numbers you could say it has been a pretty good year.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?

So, I don’t use any kind of spreadsheet to track, and I’m not sure if there are any other stats Goodreads shows. Anyway, I thought this could give a glimpse of how I have been with ratings. If I’m being honest, the 4 and 3 stars have some 4.5 and 3.5 stars mixed so it’s not exactly as it shows here. I’m happy I haven’t read any bad books, or disliked any. I think after some years, and although I still have so much to experiment, I have come to know what I will tend to like and dislike in some genres, and that has been helpful.

As I have said before, I have started reading a few non-fiction books, some mystery, my usual fantasy and urban fantasy and romance. I think those are the genres I have read so far this year.

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

I didn’t give this book 5 stars, as you might have seen from the chart above. BUT this book was amazingly written, drawing me into the story and the setting like I was there. The characters were so well developed. I think this trilogy, and this book in particular has so many morally gray characters, many great gray characters. The book tied the many plot threads it had been building in a way that didn’t feel rushed, it was more of an harmonious composition. The main reason why I didn’t give the other half star to get it to 5 was that the pacing wasn’t the best for me, it worked but sometimes I had some very small struggles with it. Anyway, I think this is the best book I have read so far!

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

This is an absolute subjective pick. I had so much fun with this book. I know it probably isn’t the best written, nor the most original or with the best pacing. However I identified myself so much with Pippa that I just couldn’t help but love this story. I loved the romance, the humour, the doubts the characters had, their personalities. It’s the second book in the series (now I have read 3 of the 4) and it’s the one I have enjoyed the most. It’s also the best sequel I have read so far!

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I don’t have one biggest disappointment. However, this year I started reading Sherlock Holmes and, specially at the beginning, for me it was kind of a disappointment. I expected more mystery, more complex stories or resolutions. I think it was just I had higher expectations than I should, given the context the stories are published and how the adaptations distort some perceptions of them.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

This was an absolute surprise. I mean, it’s definitely not the best book I have ever read, not even the best written or with the characters I would like the most. However, I had no expectations and I found such an enjoyable story and characters. The setting (most of the book happens within a few hours and on an elevator) worked surprisingly well for me. It was a very good surprise.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

As a fan of these series (considering the whole world and all the books published around them) this book was one I had been waiting for a long time and I just loved reading it. It made me happy because: one, I read Magnus and Alec’s story from their POV; two, I finally read more stories from their POV; third, we finally got to read this story; fourth, they are just amazing and I absolutely love them, their story and their family.

FAVOURITE BOOK READ THIS YEAR THAT YOU WERE LATE TO THE PARTY ON

I know this question says a book, but I just can’t divide this series per book. I watched the TV show on Netflix and decided to start reading the books. Now, first thing I would like to clarify: I wouldn’t call them a favourite. But, I recognize that it has some interesting points in the plot, it definitely has characters I like and the world building for me it’s great. I’m definitely late to the party because most of the books are older than me 🤣 My two main problems have been the pacing, which hasn’t worked that well for me and the endings: they feel so flat and just not like I think these endings should be.

So, to stop rambling, I have been slowly enjoying each book in the series a bit more. I wouldn’t call this series a favourite right now but I’m definitely late to the party 😂

FAVOURITE STANDALONE BOOK HAULED AND READ SO FAR

This book was very very good. It’s the first time I dive into this side of non-fiction aside from what I have had to read for uni. I really liked how Eddo-Lodge integrated, throughout the chapters the different aspects of racism. The interviews used in different moments of the book was also a great insight on another way to perceive what she was telling. I found it very thought-provoking and left me very aware of how much I still need to learn about this topic and look around not only to our world situation but also my country’s situation. I think it is also interesting to learn about this topic from authors from the South, which I will also try to prioritize.

FAVOURITE SERIES THAT YOU STARTED OR CONTINUED IN 2020

I still haven’t read any book from series I had already started on previous years, I have them on my TBR but still haven’t got to them. To answe this I chose two series I started this year. I have already talked about them in this post and I won’t dive further. I did a trilogy review of the Winternight Trilogy (on the left) and above you have already read some of my thoughts on The Witcher series. They are both series I started this year, not what I would normally pick but ones that I enjoyed/I’m enjoying quite a lot!

NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

I started the Psi-changeling series last year. I definitely enjoyed it and I’m excited to read this one!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

If you don’t know I absolutely love Ilona Andrews. I started with the Kate Daniels series and fell in love. Since then I have slowly started reading all her works. The Hidden Legacy has been an amazing amazing series. I honestly can’t wait to read this one!

POTENTIAL FAVOURITE THAT YOU HAVEN’T GOT AROUND TO READING YET

Honestly, this souns like something I will love. I have known about it recently and I can’t wait to dive in. I was mainly attracted by the cover and urban fantasy genre but I have also heard that it has an amazing writing and some Indigenous culture in it. 😍

Like I needed anything else to read it ✨

NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Well, as I have already talked about the Winternight Trilogy and how good I found Katherine Arden’s writing I thought she could be my pick for this. I really enjoyed her writing and ability to get me into the book’s world. The pacing was a bit off in the Winternight trilogy for me but I’m more than willing to read any other work by her. I will definitely will keep her name in mind for any new release.

 FAVORITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

This might be controversial because there is a lot to discuss and critic of Gabriel’s Inferno book BUT the Passionflix adaptation of it might be one of the best ones I have ever seen. A whole movie, two hours, that only cover about 30 percent of the book. Aside from some adaptations which I think are necessary and worked out really well (making even a bit better the movie than that part of the book at least), when you see the movie, you are reading the book. Each part of that 30 percent is in the movie, many lines are exactly the same ones in the movie and the book, the settings are similar. As an adaptation, I feel it is the best one I have seen. I’m honestly really excited to watch the second part by the end of July.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

I absolutely loved this cover. I bought it when it came out and haven’t read it yet but I have taken it out of the bookshelf to look at it because I found it so beautiful!! 😍

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

There are more tbh, but I will share with you two in each selected genre because otherwise I would end up sharing +50 books in total 😂

Two non-fiction books:

Two books that have been for a long time on my TBR:

Two classics:

Two books that I have seen them being recommended in the blogosphere:

Two books that I have seen in booktube:

Two books released this year:

How do you think your reading year has been (after your recap)? Any plans for the second half of the year?

After doing my recap I realized I haven’t read any new releases, and that my reading has been less diverse than it seemed at first. Of course, as I said before, I feel like I’m slowly integrating different genres and I would like to make the list above a guide for the rest of the year.

On the books I plan to read I have to say I’m being ambitious. But maybe I can read them all, at least I hope so.

I know that:

  • I will keep reading non-fiction
  • I would like to read some new releases too!
  • I would like to divesify my reading more

And that’s it!

I have had so much fun writing this! It has made me reflect on my year so far and how I plan to approach the second half.

If you have read all that, thank you so much and I hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know what has been the best book you have read so far and one you absolutely need to read before the end of 2020! I would love to read your picks!

Thank you so much for reading. Love,

Aldii


8 respuestas a “Mid Year Book Freak Out 2020

  1. Omg haha I CAN’T WAIT for Ilona Andrews’s newest book!!! I will literally read anything they write (even shopping lists omg) and I love revisiting the Baylor family in their Hidden Legacy series.

    Also ooh I’ve read books 1 and 2 of Katherine Arden’s books, but haven’t read book 3 yet, so I’m excited to see you really liked it. I definitely need to finish that trilogy!

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    1. “even shopping lists” THAT IS SO ME 🤣 The Baylor family is always so much fun and entertainment to visit, and I hope we are just in the beginning! (I feel like so many good stories can come out of those characters!!)
      Hope you enjoy it!! 🤗

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