Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Greetings readers!

I would like to thank Blogger Books for tagging me in this! We have finally reached halfway point of this doozy of a year and let’s be honest we’re all hoping that the second half treats us better.

I hope that you are all taking care of yourselves and each other. Considering the quarantine we’re in I was able to get a lot more reading done for which I am grateful so I’m hoping I can take that energy into the second half!

#1 The best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

Gosh such a hard question! I’ll go with my top three though!

  1. The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso
  2. The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu
  3. This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams

Three completely different works. Three completely different genres. All totally incredible!

#2 Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020?

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers, #2)
via Goodreads

I haven’t read many sequels this year, but this was one of the better ones! It starred my favourite character from book one so I was very excited to read this one! Thank fully it worked out for me in the end!

#3 New releases you haven’t read but want to?

MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic
via Goodreads

The only reason I haven’t read this one yet is because my pre-order hasn’t been delivered yet! Please send me some good vibes y’all I need this book to get to me fast!

Others I’m excited for:

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

#4 Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Skyhunter by Marie Lu

I think my excitement for these books is pretty justified…I mean two of my favourite authors. One conclusion to a series, another a new beginning. I’m getting blessed this winter!

A ​Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes, #4) Skyhunter (Skyhunter, #1)

#5 Biggest disappointment?

Diamond City by Francesca Flores

It was just not for me unfortunately. I had such high hopes, but the characters really fell flat for me.

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

Again, the characters really fell flat for me. I was also really confused for most of the story and I only really got invested in the last 30%.

Diamond City (The City of Diamond and Steel, #1) The Court of Miracles (Court of Miracles, #1)

#6 Biggest surprise?

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I seriously did not know what I was going to get from this portal fantasy and I was swept off my feet my this book! It is whimsical and magical and I wanted more but at the same time the book was perfect the way it was written! I highly recommend!

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

#7 Favorite new author (new to you or debut)?

K.S. Villoso.

I loved The Wolf of Oren-Yaro so much, I proceeded to buy all of her other self-published works set in the same world. I haven’t read any yet — because hello I never get my act together– nevertheless I’m hoping to jump into another book of hers before the sequel to Oren-Yaro!

oren yaro

#8 Newest favorite fictional character?

The Russian from The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

I’m a sucker for a comic relief and this man is a COMIC RELIEF. But he is getting his own book so we cannot help but stan him!

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)

#9 A book that made you cry?

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

I was going strong and then the end came around and I just got so emotional at the end of it all. I didn’t full on sob, but tears did collect in my eyes. It was a story of sibling love and those always always get to me!


#10 A book that made you happy?

Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

This book was pure joy! I mean it did have its more sorrowful themes, but in the end it was a story of family and friendship and love. It was adorable and I loved the relationships between the different characters!

Ghost Squad

#11 Favorite book-to-movie adaption you’ve seen this year?

I don’t think I’ve seen a book to movie adaptation this year…

Unless we count the 10000th Narnia re-watch I did.

#12 Favorite post you’ve written this year?

Mood Reading | Super specific environments that make me want to read a certain genre…

Mood Reading

I had a lot of fun thinking about how my mood is affected by the environment I am in. I know I say I’m a mood reader all the time, but this post really made me think about what exactly triggers my moods and how the books I read are related to them!

#13 Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

I haven’t bought many books, but the cover of The Kingdom of Back always stuns me!


#14 What books do you need to read by the end of 2020?


Mexican Gothic!! But I also need to read my 2020 ARCs like Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro! And on top of that I want to read some of my backlist books on my shelf like the rest of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work!

#15 Favorite book community member?

I love all of you! I couldn’t pick a favourite 😉

I won’t be tagging anyone specific because I am too tired, but please feel free to do the tag yourself if you haven’t done so yet!

Let me know what you think! How has the first half of your year been so far? What has been your favourite book? What book are you still looking forward to reading? 

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Happy reading!

~ Rendz


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  1. Great answers 😀 I do agree that the main character of court of miracles was too distant but I found and the overall story interesting 🙂 I’m also waiting for the final Ember book. IT NEEDS to be out this year lol

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