Hey my bookworms! So I know I am a little late in posting this, but it has finally been warm and sunny where I live so I just had to take advantage and get out of the house. I have done this tag every year, but this year I almost forgot util I saw it over on Paper Fury so please go check out her post as well! I can’t believe it’s only been 6 months since the year started, I feel like I’ve lived at least 4 years since 2019. I don’t even really want to think about what the next 6 months have in store for all of us. For many reasons, I didn’t ge two read as much as I would have liked (turns out a Masters program is a lot of work, who would have guessed it?), but I did still have some great reads in the last half year!
1. HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?
I read 22 New Books since January 1st, and I have re-read about 10 of my favourites. Usually I re-read books in a series before reading the newest one so that tends to add a lot to my reading lists.
2. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING
This is about what I thought the pie chart would look like! Can you tell I like fantasy books? I’m actually pretty proud of how many non-fiction books I read this year. Usually they’re not my thing, but I actually picked some up this year and really enjoyed them.
3. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020
Definitley A Sorcery of Thorns. 5/5 Stars, I mean magical libraries? I really don’t need to say more than that.
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined
4. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020
A Conjuring of Light the third and final book in the Darker Shade of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab. This lived up to all my expectations and I couldn’t be happier with how the series ended.
5. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO
The Shadow Wand. The third book in the Black With series. I have been trying to get this book for about a month now! It is never in stock at the bookstore and after a disastrous amazon ordering attempt I don’t want to order it online anymore. I will eventually get my hands on a copy, so hopefully that happens soon.
6. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
A Sky Beyond the Storm. This is the fourth (and last??) book in the An Ember in the Ashes series. I am beyond excited to get my hands on this book, this series just keeps getting better and better and I need to know what happens.
Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off…
The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.
At his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.
Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory–or to an unimaginable doom.
And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life–and love–he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save–or destroy–all that he knows.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
The Vanishing Deep. Yikes, I got this as an ARC and it was not my favourite. It had potential but the pacing was off and the different POVs just didn’t work for me. I am disappointed because I was pretty excited about the premise and I thought the story sounded really unique and interesting.
8. BIGGEST SURPRISE
Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood. Ok please don’t hate me but I never really got into Sarah J. Maas. I started reading Throne of Glass and then for some reason put it down and never finished the series (same with A Court of Thorns and Roses). I know that the book community online LOVES her books but I just never got caught up in that. When I saw that she wrote an adult fantasy book I was really intrigues so I bought it. WOW this book was so good! I think I may have to go back and read her other series now because this book definitely made me a fan of her writing.
9. NEW FAVOURITE AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
Samantha Shannon. She wrote The Priory of the Orange Tree, and I don’t know if it was her debut book but I had never heard of her before. This woman is going places! WOW this books was outstanding, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
10. UNDERRATED GEMS YOU’VE DISCOVERED RECENTLY
The Scythe Series. I don’t know if this series by Neal Shusterman is underrated per say, but I think it doesn’t get enough love in the YA community. YA fans tend to focus on a few specific series (*cough* Cassandra Clare *cough*) and this series is so unique and well written I think it should be talked about more.
11. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
The Toll. This was the final book in the Scythe trilogy. I thought the ending was perfect but there were definitely some really sad moments along the way, and these characters really went through it before they finally got their endings. I will say I also cried during Crescent City, that book really just punches you in the heart within the first couple chapters.
12. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I got this book for Christmas from my parents and I LOVED it. Astronomy and Astrophysics have always been something I was really interested in. And though I ultimately decided not to study those fields, I still love learning about them. This book was an easy read and accessible for any knowledge level!
13. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)
Pride by Ibi Zoboi. This book is GORGEOUS! I love the spray paint style title and the pink is just such a nice touch! honestly the cover is what drew me to this book in the first place because usually I am not a Pride and Prejudice fan, but if the story is as cool as the cover I think this re-telling might be the thing to change my mind.
14. GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR
I would like to reach 50 (new) books this year. I think I can definitely do this but I need to save some money first lol. I tend to start re-reading more books in the fall as I get busy with school and they are just easy reads, but I want to make an effort this year to actually finish some series that have been sitting incomplete on my shelves for probably way too long.
all of you lovelies! Tell me how your first half of the year went.