Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag | 2020 ๐ŸŽ

๐ŸŽ Hi, guys! I hope you’re having an incredible day and a very nice week, especially enjoying all your reading.โค๏ธย Today I’m super excited because believe it or not, that moment of the year has come again where we’re going to summarize a little how my year of reading is going so far with this tag that called: The Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tagย ๐Ÿ˜. I can’t believe that the year is happening so fast, but somehow I’m glad because it’s one of the most intense years for humanity, so I hope that next year will be better and we’ll be more peaceful, calm and healthy.ย ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿปย I confess that it’s not being my best year in terms of reading, but I think it makes sense because it’s due a lot to the times we’re living, and especially to stress and things, so I’m not bothered by what I’ve read, and I know I still have many months ahead of me to find incredible books. I hope that your year is going in the best way possible and above all, that you’re finding great readings to escape a little of all thing happening, but don’t be so hard on yourself if you haven’t been able to read as much as you want, these are difficult times, so it’s ok to dedicate more time to yourself and to do other things.ย ๐Ÿ˜Šย I hope you enjoy the tag, my love, I’m super excited to share with you many of my readings from this 2020, I always have a lot of fun doing this tag, and it will also be interesting to see a summary of my year answering each question. So without further ado, LET’S START! ๐ŸŽ

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๐ŸŽ| What is the best book that youโ€™ve read so far in 2020? |๐ŸŽ

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Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown is absolutely one of the best books I’ve read in my life, and I was very lucky to have chosen it to read this month, it wasn’t even in my TBR but something caught my attention about it and I’m happy to have it read. It’s a super hard, heavily autobiographical book, which tells the story of Echo Brown and we follow it for a long stretch of her life, seeing how she must fight against a highly ignorant, cruel, and racist society in order to fulfill her objectives, survive, and protect her family. Although it has quite a heavy content, it’s still a very inspiring story and is absolutely beautiful in aspects of magical realism. It also talks about family, about love, about friendship, and forgiving and overcoming oneself. I highly recommend it!


 

๐ŸŽ| What has been your favorite sequel of the first half of the year? |๐ŸŽ

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Starsight (Skyward # 2) by Brandon Sanderson is my favorite sequel I’ve read in the year so far, and it has nothing to envy the incredible first book because this one is AMAZING. I’m super obsessed with this story, and now a little sad because I’ll have to wait long for the next book, but yes, super happy to have read it. It has many action scenes, a new setting that I personally loved, more characters with great construction and development & above all much more of Spenza whom I adore. I also think that these books have a very unique writing style, which I enjoyed from the first moment, as well as great plot twists, and a super organic and well thought out plot. I highly recommend it if as it happens to me, sci-fi isn’t usually your genre, cause surely you can get into this story super easily.


 

๐ŸŽ| Is there a new release that you havenโ€™t read yet but youโ€™re really excited to?ย |๐ŸŽ

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Incendiary (Hollow Crown # 1) by Zoraida Cรณrdova is one I really want to read and will do so very soon. In fact, I have many books that I could include here, but this time I will follow the rules and I will put only one per question lol, even so, super excited for this one, I think it sounds incredible. It has Latinx rep, which is super important to me, and I’ve also heard that some people compare it to An Ember in the Ashes, so that’s all I need to know.


 

๐ŸŽ| What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?ย |๐ŸŽ

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Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power is absolutely one of my most anticipated books this year, I’m super excited to read it. I adored Wilder Girls, it doesn’t have the best ending, but the concept is brilliant and I love how atmospheric the story is, so I’m super excited to read more of the author’s work, and actually, I think this could be a 5 star, it sounds amazing, and let me say: My favorite cover of the year.


 

๐ŸŽ| What is your biggest disappointment so far?ย |๐ŸŽ

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Mockingjay (The Hunger Games # 3) by Suzanne Collins was a book that I was certainly expecting more of, especially since it’s the end and the closing of a trilogy that is super shocking. I have other books that I didn’t like, that I read this year, but being honest I decided to go for this one because I expected a lot from it, you know? And when it doesn’t meet your expectations it can be a little disappointing, which is super normal. Still, and despite having its flaws, I really enjoyed the story in general, I think it’s a super solid plot, just maybe I needed something more regarding the characters.


 

๐ŸŽ| What is your biggest surprise so far?ย |๐ŸŽ

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Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro was a great and wonderful surprise for me. I didn’t even plan to read it no even know about its existence, but it came to me at the perfect moment and I read it and loved it completely, so super happy to have stumbled upon this book. It’s a highly Latinx story, which I LOVE, but also it’s a fantasy story of very intense personal search, where we go on a journey through the desert and know many incredible characters, I highly recommend it. It’s full of magical aspects, but at the same time, it’s a story with a lot of realism and a lot of construction of personalities in the characters, as well as talks about family, and about love and about destiny, that you create for yourself while you grow up. It’s beautiful, and I recommend it a lot!! It has a slow-burn f/f romance and is very atmospheric too.


 

๐ŸŽ| Who is your fictional crush from this year?ย |๐ŸŽ

I think I haven’t had a fictional crush this year yet, which is pretty common for me, I don’t usually have new crushes on fictional characters, I always have the same ones lol. but still, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting incredible and adorable characters, as Henry from Red, White & Royal, Blue, and Okame from Shadow of The Fox, both characters that I loved this year


 

๐ŸŽ| Who is your new favorite character?ย |๐ŸŽ

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I’m totally here for Tea from The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch # 1) by Rin Chupeco, I love how this character evolves during the story and I really liked how in the end you can see her change to a stronger woman and she takes one more step to becoming a morally gray character, which I LOVE. I still don’t know why I haven’t read the second book, at the time I wanted it to read the physical format, and it never came, so I prioritize other reading, that happens you know, but now that I have the complete trilogy, I have no excuses, I must read the rest of the books soon! I LOVE THE STORY and especially the way in which it’s told.


 

๐ŸŽ| A book that made you happy?ย |๐ŸŽ

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang have to be that book that made me feel super happy because OMG, I loved it so much!! A couple of days ago I asked on Twitter which book I should read, because I’ve been feeling a bit slumpy, and the vast majority voted for this beautiful book, and you guys were right, it was all I needed. I’ll probably talk a little bit more about it in my wrap up, but I LOVED it. It’s absolutely adorable and the characters touched my heart.


 

๐ŸŽ| Your favorite book to movie/tv show that youโ€™ve seen so far?ย |๐ŸŽ

 

 

I watch a lot of movies this year, but movies based on books I think just a few, and of them, these two stand out in my opinion. I adore the second part of To All The Boys I Love Before, I don’t think it’s as good as the first one, but I do enjoy it a lot, I find it adorable and the aesthetics are perfect. Then I went to the movies with my boyfriend (when you could go, you know lol) to see The Invisible Man and we went with few expectations, we just wanted to see a movie, you know? and we loved it, we really enjoyed it, so I’m glad I saw it. I know it’s an unpopular opinion, it is a bit over-the-top for moments, but it has that effect that leaves you on the edge of your seat, and I liked that.


 

๐ŸŽ| What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?ย |๐ŸŽ

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The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray #2) by Christine Lynn Herman is absolutely one of the most beautiful books I bought this year, and I’m still so in love with the cover! I’m very interested in continuing with the story as well, but I think at this point I’ll have to re-read the first book, but it’s still a very atmospheric plot so I think it will be fun.

my review of The Devouring Gray #1


 

๐ŸŽ| What is your favorite post that you have written so far this year?ย |๐ŸŽ

ย ๐ŸŒฟ DISCUSSION POST: BOOK REVIEWS | THEIR IMPACT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY & HOW I WRITE THEMย ๐Ÿ“

ย ๐ŸŒฟ DISCUSSION POST: THE MEANING OF BEING AN INTERNATIONAL BOOK BLOGGERย ๐Ÿ“

๐ŸŒฟ DISCUSSION POST: RATING SYSTEMS | ARE THEY REALLY IMPORTANT?ย ๐Ÿ“

๐ŸŒฟ DISCUSSION POST: THE PRESSURE OF BLOGGING | MY OWN EXPERIENCE & TOP TIPS TO STOP WORRYINGย ๐Ÿ“

Of course, I want to mention all my discussion posts, because they mean a lot to me, each one of them has taken me a lot of work, effort and hours writing to give you the best and most coherent of my thoughts. So, I want to highlight them, because I have a lot of love for them and I’ve overcome a fear that I had this year writing them. Also, I want to highlight two posts from this month because I feel that they’re extremely important right now with everything that’s happening in the world and I think it would be great if you check them out to show your support adding some of those books to your TBR.

๐ŸŒฟ 2020 LGBT+ BOOK RELEASES | 30+ BOOKSย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

๐ŸŒฟ 2020 BOOK RELEASES BY BLACK AUTHORS & RESOURCES TO HELP AND SUPPORTย โšก๏ธ


 

๐ŸŽ| What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?ย |๐ŸŽ

 

 


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I hope you enjoyed it, guys! I loved making this tag, as it always helps me set priorities and remember those incredible books & characters that I’ve read so far this year ย ๐Ÿฅฐย 

๐ŸŽ Now let’s talk, What is your most anticipated book of this year? What is your favorite book of the year so far? & What is your disappointment? You know, how I always say, I love to know your thoughts! ๐ŸŽ

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41 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag | 2020 ๐ŸŽ

  1. Starsight was EXCELLENT!!!!! The audiobook for Felix Ever After was wonderful, can’t wait to hear your thoughts. And I can’t wait to read Black Girl Unlimited – I have it on my shelves, just need to find the time. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • OMG, right?? LOVED IT! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป & maybe I’ll try the audiobook for Felix Ever After now that you mention it, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. โค๏ธ Black Girl Unlimited is SO unique and amazing, I really couldn’t recommend it enough ๐Ÿฅฐโœจ

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  2. I just finished reading Rin Chupeco’s duology The Girl From the Well & The Suffering and I love her writing! ๐Ÿ˜€ Her characters are definitely memorable! I need to read more of her work!
    My copy of Felix Ever After is on it’s way to my house and I’m very, very excited about it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  3. Black Girl Unlimited is on my radar and I can not wait to pick it up, especially after seeing it’s your favorite book of the year- I feel like we have pretty similar tastes, so I’m looking forward to it! Also, ahh I can’t wait for you to read Burn Our Bodies down! I really think you’ll love it ๐Ÿ˜ This is one of my favorite tags to read and write, so I really loved seeing your answers!! โค

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    • I’m SO excited for you to read Black Girl Unlimited, I know you’ll love it, but be prepared for the emotions!! ๐Ÿฅบโœจ & YAY!!! I’m sure Burn Our Bodies Down will be amazing, I’m even more excited since I read your review! ๐Ÿ˜
      It makes me happy that you liked my answers, lovely, I can’t wait to see yours โค๏ธ

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    • The Bone Witch is so amazing, I highly recommend it, the magic system is great and it has a super interesting sibling relationship. I hope we both love Incendiary once we read it. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโœจ
      Happy Reading for you as well, Jess โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  4. There are some great books in your list!

    I have been dying to read Starsight and Iโ€™m hoping Iโ€™ll get to it soon๐Ÿคž

    I can totally relate to the disappointment with Mocking Jay, it was not as good as the first two books and the ending wasnโ€™t enough given that the rest of the story was so intense

    I fall for fictional characters very easily, I have 3 crushes I can think of, off the top of my head

    Iโ€™ve heard so many good things about the Prince and the Dressmaker and I want to get to it soon.

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    • I hope you love Starsight, it’s SO incredible. ๐Ÿ˜
      Absolutely agree with you, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, I just expected more.
      I LOVE that, my only literary crush I’ve always had is The Darkling from Shadow and Bone lol & The Prince and The Dressmaker is adorable and wonderful, I know you’ll love it ๐Ÿ˜โœจ

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  5. Woahh Starsight by Brandon Sanderson looks great tho but i never read any of Sandersonโ€™s book before(YEAH ITโ€™S A SHAMEEE)Btw,do you have any recommendations on which book of Sandersonโ€™s I should read first?โ˜บ๏ธ

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  6. I’m sorry that this half of the year wasn’t the best for you! Hope the next one is way better! Hmm, I’m not sure I have one one favourite book of this year so far but I definitely loved The Starless Sea and Radio Silence — those are my two 5 stars of this year just in the fist week ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thank you SO much, love!! I hope that your second half of the year is wonderful and full of good readings. โค๏ธโœจ OMG, I love Radio Silence, it’s one of my favorite books & I have yet to read The Starless Sea, it sounds amazing ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  7. I can’t wait to do this tag for myself!
    This definitely was so much fun to read and to get a summary of how your year has been!
    I haven’t read Black Girl Unlimited but it seems like it needs to be added to my TBR!
    I hadn’t heard of Incendiary but the words “Latinx rep” bought me, no doubts here.
    I hope you enjoy all the books you plan to read and that your second half of the year will be full of amazing reads!!

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    • I can’t wait to see your answers, it will be fun! Black Girl Unlimited is brilliant I have no doubt you’ll enjoy it & Incendiary sounds so amazing,right? ๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you SO much, beautiful, I hope you have a last half of the year full of good readings โค๏ธโœจ

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  8. A lot of books from your list are definitely going to go into my TBR list!๐Ÿ˜Š And sadly this year I am reading books at a sloth’s pace but a few of my favourite novels I read this year is got to be ‘Salt to the Sea’ by Ruta Sepetys and I also liked reading the classic ‘1984’ by George Orwell because it kept blowing my mind pretty frequently!๐Ÿ˜„ I even wrote a review of it! You can check it out if you want!๐Ÿ˜Š

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  9. i’m so happy you enjoyed black girl unlimited so much, sofii! i’ve been hearing lots of good things about it and i hope i can read (and love!) it too ๐Ÿฅฐ and aahh, i’m also excited for burn our bodies down!! i liked rory power’s writing and the atmosphere, like you said, was really great, so i’m looking forward to reading more from her. great post!! โค

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    • I’m more than sure that you’ll love Black Girl Unlimited, no doubt, it’s SO wonderful! ๐Ÿฅบโœจ & Rory Powers is so talented, I’m sure Burn Our Bodies Down will be amazing, I can’t wait! ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you, love! โค๏ธ I hope you end the month in the best way ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  10. Ive read hardly anything this year as I keep falling in and out of a reading slump (now that I’ve figured out the cause I’m hoping to finally push passed it) but on the bright side I’ve enjoyed most of the books that I’ve read. I haven’t really disliked any of them, just had a few that left me kind of conflicted. My favourites are Kingdom Of Souls, Circe & The Grace Year.
    I really want to reread the Hunger Games books sometime. I remember feeling really odd and almost deflated once I read Mockingjay but after a while I decided that maybe that was good in a strange way – I guess a book following a dystopian world should realistically leave you feeling a bit unsettled. Although I did find some of the traps in the Capital kind of confusing.
    I hope you end up loving Incendiary and Burn Out Bodies Down – both of them sound incredible so I hope to pick them up this year too. Same with The Bone Witch which I can’t believe I haven’t read yet. And Wicked As You Wish. Probably a dozen others too mentioned here ๐Ÿ˜‚ anyway I hope you end up enjoying all of your anticipated releases.

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    • I feel like we’re all going through some sort of reading slump and with everything that’s going on in the world it makes sense, I guess. ๐Ÿฅฐ
      SO happy that The Grace Year is among your favorites, I LOVE that book & I think that the most important thing is the quality to the quantity, so I’m glad that you’ve been enjoying your readings. โค๏ธ
      I think your thoughts on Mockingjay make a lot of sense! I hope we both love all those incredible books โœจ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • That’s true. And thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it too. It was such a wonderful book and I can’t wait to see what the author writes next!! I hope so too ๐Ÿ’•

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  11. Interestingly, I haven’t read any of these, but I’m glad you enjoyed most of them! I’m also super excited to read The Lovely War, and a couple of these books have caught my attention, so I can’t wait to check them out ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also thought about reading The Bone Witch a couple of times and I haven’t yet…but it’s great to hear that you enjoyed it and loved Tea! Happy reading ๐Ÿ’•โœจ

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