Why is it almost July?? The only good thing about it is that it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag.
best book you’ve read so far in 2020
This is so hard, I’m not even going to lie. I’ve read so many great books so far this year. If I had to choose between the 17 books I’ve given 5 stars this year, I would have to go with You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle. I started out very confused about why these 2 people even got engaged, to being devastated by the heroine’s insecurities, to being delighted by the couple’s antics in trying to get the other to call off the engagement. Their eventual healing and newly renewed connection was so satisfying in the end.
best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
I’m going to go with Passage (The Sharing Knife volume 3) by Lois McMaster Bujold. Volume 1 is still my favorite of the quartet, but I feel like volume 3 really delved deeper into the magic of the world and into patroller/farmer relationships. It got a lot more political and philosophical, which is something Bujold excels that. Trust me, I love her romances a lot, but she is incredibly skilled at building nuanced worlds that have real, high-stakes political and social systems.
new release you haven’t read yet, but want to
*gestures vaguely around me at the towering stacks of unread books* I have to choose??? Ok, fine, here’s a short list:
- Network Effect by Martha Wells
- The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune
- 40-Love by Olivia Dade
- Slippery Creatures by K J Charles
- The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K S Villoso
I could honestly keep going. And going.
most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Daring and the Duke by Sarah Maclean comes out soon, which I’m super stoked about. Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir comes out later this year as well. Most of my most anticipated are sequels to things I loved last year.
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I have 2 for this one, and I feel like neither one will be a popular answer but here we go: for such a hyped book, The Blacksmith Queen by G A Aiken was so, so, so bad. I hated it to much. The humor in this book was such a miss for me. It grated on my nerves so bad.
The other one is Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. This was a disappointment mainly because I’d wanted to read it for so many years and was intimidated by it’s size and scope. It spans 5000 years, which is just bananas long. But then I read it – and hated it. It’s Math: the Novel. It goes into so much depth describing every detail of that space station I could build my own. I am not meant for such mathy-wathy books. My poor little humanities brain goes *poof* and turns to dust.
This has to be Top Secret by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy. I bought this because it was $0.99 and I wanted to try something by these two romance authors. I absolutely loved this book. I never thought a book about rival frat brothers could tug my heartstrings like that, and it was just so incredibly well-written. I stayed up until 3am to finish this book and was an absolute mess the next day. It was that good.
favorite new author (debut or new to you)
I have a couple authors that I’ve read a book by and will be watching out for others by them from now on, including Layla Reyne, who wrote a beautiful book called Dine with Me, and Sarah Hogle, who wrote You Deserve Each Other.
newest fictional crush
I’m invoking my magical asexuality powers to skip this question.
newest favorite character
Can I choose 2? I absolutely loved Dag and Fawn from the Sharing Knife quartet. they were so well-rounded as characters and I loved their relationship and how it grew.
book that made you cry
A fact about me: if a book can make me cry I will love it forever. You Deserve Each Other made me cry and then it put my heart back together. The book that made me cry the hardest was Cryoburn which is the 14th Vorkosigan novel. The ending was SO SAD and it absolutely broke my heart. I still think about that ending at least once a week.
book that made you happy
I’m a romance reader, so a lot of books make me happy, but if we’re talking just pure joy, Headliners by Lucy Parker was a fun time. I loved dipping back into this world she’s created. I will read anything Lucy Parker puts out for as long as she wants to publish books. I will be 80 and have my Lucy Parker pre-orders put in.
most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
I made an entire post about how much I love the Penric and Desdemona novella bind-ups coming out from Baen (pretty covers from Baen?? Is the world ending…um, nevermind)
what books do you need to read by the end of the year
uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, all of them? Please see the list of unread books above, and add in the books from that book haul I made a couple posts ago, as well as all the books I’ve bought that were on sale via kindle. I want to prioritize Network Effect by Martha Wells, and the Penric and Desdemona bind-ups. I also want to made headway into the backlog of Linnea Sinclair books I’ve bought (all of them – I bought all of them).
I named this blog The Neverending Unread for a reason, y’all 🙂