Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020| ft. all the books I didn’t read…

Hello, everybody!

Yes, it’s me again- the same person who promised to post once a week and hasn’t posted in over ten days. 

My excuse is that I’m in a summer camp which actually takes up my whole day. I finally am writing a post because I finished my work an hour early. And also because I’m sick of ignoring my notifications and not posting anything.

It definitely feels good to write a post again. I feel like with the world changing around us so quickly, time is just flying by and even though I posted ten days ago, it feels like a month. Honestly, there are so many things I wanted to do that I didn’t get a chance to and so many things that I never even thought I would have done that all happened in the first half of 2020.

Aside from the quick identity crisis, this tag is actually going to be focused on books. Part of me wants to write a long post explaining why we should defund the police but I also just want to read a fluffy contemporary novel even though I’m sort of in a reading slump right now.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to satisfy myself in this post!

This tag was originally created by IsThatChami and EarlGreyBooks. I don’t know if I was tagged (like I said, I haven’t actually checked notifs in… weeks) but I want to do this tag anyways!


1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

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This is a really hard question for me, someone who can never make choices, to answer- especially because I’ve actually read a lot of really good books this year! I think I have 10 five-star reads this year (which I’m really happy about !!).

I guess I have to pick The Raven Boys, because it was the first book in a series that I ended up LOVING, and With The Fire On High because it’s just a beautiful book- inside and out! (also, it has amazing themes. seriously.)

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

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I’m happy to say that I actually have an answer for this question. Crooked Kingdom, by Leigh Bardugo, was a really good companion to Six of Crows. I’d even go as far to say that it was even better- because Kaz was actually likeable 😉

The only other sequels I have read so far are The Raven Cycle books (which I already mentioned) and the Avatar comics, which just don’t seem like a “better” choice 😂

3. New release that you haven’t read yet, but want to

The Henna Wars

Okay, 1) I AM SO PUMPED TO READ THIS. 2) The premise is about a South Asian Muslim lesbian and a Black, Brazilian bisexual girl falling in love. Oh, also, did I mention mehndi/ henna? Basically the best thing ever?

I’ll be damned if I don’t love this book. Honestly I’ve hyped it so much in my head that I’m actually nervous to read it now…

4. Most anticipated releases for the rest of the year

Star Daughter

Okay, LOOK AT THAT COVER. It’s so gorgeous! Aside from the fact that this cover is SO beautiful and it has a gorgeous Desi girl on the cover (!!), the premise is making me want to cry. Hindu mythology? Fantasy? Space? Oh god, already know I’m going to love this.

I’ll be on top of the moon if this book makes its way into my five-star list because this is actually the only book I have/will read that is based on Hindu mythology, other than Aru Shah (which I’ve been procrastinating on reading because my expectations are already too high- my favorite author presents it, and it’s Hindu mythology? It’s too good to be true 😭).

5. Biggest disappointment

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

Yes, this pains to me to say. Yes, I’m going to say it anyways.

Admittedly, I rated this book three stars- which isn’t that bad, honestly. But for me, every other book I’ve read so far has been above this rating which makes it my lowest rated book of 2020. (I did DNF one book, but I’m not counting that.)

Also, it was just disappointing. I really wanted to enjoy it, but even going into it I knew that there was no way I was going to love the main character, Coriolanus- yes, President Snow himself.

Who told Suzanne that this was a good idea?

I heavily rely on characters and character development for me to actually like a book, and for a book with a pretty unlikeable MC, I rated this pretty highly.

6. Biggest surprise

Girl Made of Stars

It’s not that I expected to not like Girl Made of Stars- I just never expected to read this. It was somewhat of an impulse decision- at 9 PM after finishing another tearjerking and amazing book, I decided that it was a good idea to tear my heart out of my body for the second time that day.

I loved this book so much, and I recommend it to EVERYONE because it’s so important and so beautiful and so poignant.

I really wanted to review this book here, on my blog, but I realized that it’s so personal to me and I just can’t write a review of it that’s coherent, insightful, and also doesn’t sound like a tearful word vomit.

7. Favorite new author (new to you or debut)

Radio Silence

I could choose Maggie Stiefvater, Elizabeth Acevedo, or some other amazing authors whose books I read this year for this prompt, but I really want to mention Alice Oseman.

Almost everyone in the book community has read Radio Silence, and I’m probably the last person to have read it, but it was new to me this year and I completely loved it. Everything about this book left me breathless, and those are the types of books that I really love.

8. New fictional crush

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)

I’m not one to have that many fictional crushes in certain genres like contemporary, which I read a lot of this year (but if I do I will obsess over them), so I’m almost tempted to mark this as a N/A, but I will pick a character who I love but don’t exactly have a crush on.

Gansey, from The Raven Cycle, was probably my favorite character from these series (he’s underrated !! yes the books are all so hyped and all the characters are loved but GANSEY 🥺), and I might go as far as to say that I have a fictional crush on him? He’s definitely the top contender right now.

I definitely ship Sargensey more, though.

9. Newest favorite character

With the Fire on High  Felix Ever After  Every Other Weekend

I really want to say Gansey again, but I made a promise to myself to a) not repeat books and b) stay under 1000 words. I failed the second one, and I better not fail the first one.

Oops, I already repeated With The Fire On High, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t love Emoni, Emma, and Gloria with all my heart. In Felix Ever After, I absolutely loved reading from Felix’s perspective! His character was so well-written and I adored Leah, too.

Every Other Weekend is a book that is actually marked as December 2019 on my shelf,,, but I’m fairly sure that I went back and read some of it again (does that count? I don’t think so? oh well) so I’m going to include it.

Adam deserves so much love and I want to give him a huge hug for being the sweetest ever. Thank you for existing, Adam. 

10. Book that made you cry

Far from the Tree

Other than Girl Made of Stars, this is the other book that I distinctly remember crying while reading- I know that I cried during Every Other Weekend and probably sometime during The Raven Cycle, but I cried so much during Far From The Tree.

All of these characters deserve hugs, but reading about Grace and Peach’s story and Joaquin’s story especially made me so emotional.

11. Book that made you happy


This was such a wholesome book! The main characters Deja and Josiah (whose names I KEEP FORGETTING) were the sweetest, and I admired the casual representation- we love to see it! Deja is a curvy Black LGBTQ+ teen and Josiah is a sweetheart. We need more of all of these representations in our books 😉

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Woven in Moonlight (Woven in Moonlight, #1)

Definitely this book! I mean, look at the cover- it’s so gorgeous, and it was actually designed by the author herself!

This book is based on Bolivian politics and history and is also #OwnVoices, which is why I was really excited to read this book and own my own copy of it! (no, I’m serious- it’s even prettier in person)

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

WHY IS THIS QUESTION HERE? Oh, right- to remind me that I need to read (which is absurd and totally unfair because that takes work?? and I do NOT want to put in work??).

Anyways, I’m just going to list names here because I’m tired and this took me two hours to write and I’m tired.

  • the henna wars
  • star daughter
  • re-read of the Percy Jackson series !!
  • the poet x because elizabeth acevedo is amazing
  • aru shah books because it’s indian and why have i not read it yet??
  • a match made in mehendi because once again, INDIAN
  • i’ll be the one by lyla lee because a fat queer korean protagonist!!
  • more lgbtq books, more books by Black authors

(this also is over 1500 words but we’re not going to talk about that)

Have a wonderful day everyone! Remember that a) drink water ! b) BLM is still as relevant as ever c) “independence day” is BS- it is celebrating a country built on the back of slaves that still doesn’t grant BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people rights d) don’t procrastinate on writing your blog posts like me !! and e) abolish/defund the police my babies 🥰

Before you click away, HERE is an extremely comprehensive list of in-depth resources that you can use and sites that you can donate/sign/share for the Black Lives Movement. More information for donations can be found here, at the BLM carrd.


P.S. I was too lazy to make a featured image for this post which is why we have fireworks!! The only semi-decent part of the 4th of July other than the fact that I was granted a blissful day off from math!



37 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020| ft. all the books I didn’t read…

  1. Star Daughter sounds so good, oh my god! I have been obsessed with Hindu mythology since I was a literal baby and I can’t believe this! I feel like this is some kind of dream come true, wow, and the cover art is absolutely stunning!

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  2. I’ve really been wanting to read Star Daughter, too! I don’t really know what it’s about except for stars and Hindu mythology, but that’s enough for me!
    I’ve read a lot of good books this year, too, which surprises me, because usually I’m very hard to please. I’m liking this change, though!!

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    I liked ABoSS but mainly for Lucy Gray xD but Corinaoslfofjdbska Snow uh well I like that we’re not supposed to like him (books like that are pretty much nonexistent) but she didn’t pull it off quite well enough.

    Anyway yes I could keep rambling but I need to go check on my chicken nuggets

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      facts- she def should have written about haymitch instead 😩
      goodbye!!!! did they turn out well!!!!

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        HAHAHAH I checked about them then forgot about them but they were fine since my brother was kind enough to turn off the oven for me xD

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  4. aditi, honestly, the fact you’ve literally been like: should i just read this fluffy contemporary novel or should i write an entire post on defunding the police is GOLD. part of why i love your content so much: because it’s the perfect mix of serious topics and light-hearted puns.

    and YES for kaz only turning likable in crooked kingdom. i really could not stand his character in six of crows, but he came through in the 2nd one, and i even started liking him and inej a lot in this one!

    i am super excited to read the henna wars as well!!! i mean we have a brazilian love interest so how could i not, hahah.

    and i totally cried with far from the tree too!!! that book was so emotional, but i think i mostly cried of happiness, especially towards the end, when joaquin finds the pictures and finally gets a little bit of his past that can help him move forward. it’s such a beautiful book, i’m happy to hear you loved it as well!

    wishing you luck on your reading goals for the rest of the year!

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    1. LAIS THANK YOU SO MUCH- I didn’t reply to this for some reason but your comment has been ringing in my head for the past month and it means so so much to me because it’s the best compliment ❤
      I couldn't stand Kaz in SoC either but I did like him in CK too! YESS tell me what you think if you read THW okay?
      Far From The Tree was such a good book 😭 that part was AMAZING, and you have wonderful taste so I can see that you would like it too!! 😉
      You too, Lais!! Thank you for commenting (even though I'm super late).

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  5. Awww this is an awesome post! The amount of books you have read is impressive: I’ve been so busy that it’s been hard for me to read books as much as I want. AGGHHH the Henna Wars sounds AMAZING – when is it supposed to come out?


  6. This is an amazing post!! Sorry I’ve been so MIA from your blog for a few weeks 😦
    You read SO much, it’s awesome!! I should seriously start reading more! The Henna Wars sounds really good so it’s definitely on my TBR list:)) I love your blog ❤
    Anna xx


  7. Yo hello hi idrk what to say. Welcome back! 10 days really isn’t that deep so don’t worry 🤷‍♀️ love you lots though & take it easy on the maths you are meant to be on HOLIDAY

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        1. oh my god this is a flashback to last year around this time when we would talk EVERY DAY about brownies and other stuff lolll- also we should watch another movie together. any ideas?

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  8. i love the raven cycle so much and i’m so glad that you enjoyed it too!!! and the soc duology and wtfoh are on my tbr – i need to read them as soon as i can because i’ve heard only good things about each. aaahh i can’t wait for you to read the henna wars, i loved it and i really hope you do too! 🥰🥰

    also asdfghjl star daughter!!!! i need it in my life NOW, it sounds amazing!! 😭 i hope it lives up to both of our expectations! and omg i read radio silence this year and loved it as well!! yessss far from the tree almost made me cry (i’ve almost never cried reading a book so getting teary-eyed is a big thing lmao 😅)

    i loved reading your answers to this tag, and i hope you have a wonderful rest of your reading year!! 💖


  9. This is the first I’ve heard of girl made of stars. I read the blurb on goodreads, it sounds like it’ll be a rough read and perhaps a greater one to review for you.

    I keep reading negative reviews of ballad of songs, but I’m still excited to read it because I genuinely think I’ll love reading from Snow’s POV!

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    1. I definitely agree 🙂 yeah it’s a little emotional for me to write about and I don’t know how much I’ll be able to separate my feelings from my review so I’m not going to review it ! And yes, I hope you’ll love Ballad of Songs- have you read it yet?
      Thank you so much for commenting Sophie!


  10. You did this tag so well! Star Daughter and Woven into Moonlight have such pretty covers and titles, I agree!! It’s always fun to discover new characters and yes, characters in general must be likable to keep us turning the page. Many of these books sound amazing — thank you for sharing 😀

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  11. the henna wars is sooo good! i loved that it had a good sister relationship. also, i’ll be the one is one of my favorite books of this year! it was the perfect summer read and it’s so cool seeing that people want to read it. i also want to read star daughter since a lot of people i know have read it. a match made in mehendi is super cute, and i am glad more people want to pick it up. felix ever after is one of my fave books of 2020, and that ending was super cute. i read with the fire on high last year and Acevedo is one of my fave authors.

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    1. Ahh I’m so glad you like it!! I’m so hyped for it 🥰 Star Daughter and Match Made in Mehendi would mean so much for me to read and omg I absolutely adore Felix!! WTFOH is amazing I agree ❤

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