I can’t believe we’re already past the mid-year mark. At the start of 2020, many people I know were ready to change their lives in extreme or small ways because it felt like such a momentous year. I personally wasn’t planning anything big, but it was the first time I was thinking about putting real thought into traveling. Of course, then the pandemic hit and almost all plans went out the window. But it was lovely to watch people switch their lives around, whether via forming new plans or taking the time to relax and do nothing.
Obviously, with the BLM protests and general calls to focus on police violence and systemic racism, it hasn’t been a calming mid-year season, but it’s a powerful one and I hope the world will come out looking much different than before.
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What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
I’ve had some stellar reads so far, but Circe probably tops them all! I got so attached to Circe and the writing style is exquisite. Highly recommend this book if you like heavily character-driven stories.
What has been your favourite sequel of the first half of the year?
No surprises here. I gave both the first book and TDR 5 stars. If you like an ownvoices military fantasy with a morally grey, strong female protagonist and shamanic powers, look no further!
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited to?
Oh, I’m so excited for this! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I hope it’s popularity will only mean we’ll get more queer romances with Muslim PoCs ❤
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
This is also not a surprise. This and The Henna Wars have been my most anticipated books since last year!
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
I wanted to like this so badly ’cause it’s one of my favourite bookstuber’s favourite books, but it was a total dud for me. I didn’t DNF it ’cause I wanted it to be better, but it only kept letting me down.
What is your biggest surprise so far?
I don’t pick up books set in Victorian times because I don’t really find that era very interesting, no matter if it’s historical fiction or steampunk. But ASISW has been on my list for quite some time so I decided to pick up the audiobook from my library and I just loved it! It was both well-written and fun, and Charlotte is a charming Holmes!
What is your favourite new to you or debut author?
What is your favourite fictional crush from this year?
I really don’t often have favourite fictional crush, and unfortunately, no on’es really grasped me this year.
What is your new favourite character?
I love Keiko! She’s a little odd, but kind, smart and knows what she likes without bending to peoples’ wills.
A book that made you cry?
It takes a lot to make me cry, so I don’t have a pick for this one.
A book that made you happy?
This was a light-hearted middle grade novel that just made me feel like a kid again! I was always smiling whenever I picked it back up.
Your favourite book to movie/tv show that you’ve seen so far?
Hm, I don’t think I talk enough about how much I love anime on this blog! I’ve been watching a backlist of animes that came out when I was too young or too unaware of other shows besides Naruto, BLEACH and an assortment of shojous (and occasionally, One Piece). Hellsing and Hellsing Ultimate are based on the manga by the same name, and they are gory, bloody and very entertaining.
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
Not sure if this is the prettiest book I’ve bought but it’s one of the more eye-catching!
What is your favourite post that you have written so far this year?
I’ve had plenty of posts I’ve really liked but I appreciate the “Autism Acceptance Character Tag | Bookending Spring 2020” post because it made me realize how lacking I am in terms of reading books by and about autistic people, and how much work I have to do in this area, as well as provided a list of great places to start!
What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
No promises, but here’s a handful!