It’s the end of June and 2020 is well on its way to being the most difficult and challenging year in my lifetime. Everyone is struggling: emotionally, mentally, and physically and we’re all trying to find a little normalcy. I am VERY grateful to the authors, publishers, and this bookish community for continuing to share books and highlight important issues.
I enjoyed this tag last year and am happy to be participating again. It’s a great way to look back on the year in books and make a game plan for the rest of the year. Let’s get to it!
What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?
Oona out of Order by Margarita Montimore 🎧
A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jiminez
(2019: The Last Year Of The War by Susan Meissner, The Mother In Law by Sally Hepworth, The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke)
What has been your favorite sequel of the first half of the year?
The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz
(2019: Daughter of Molokai by Alan Bremmert)
Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited about?
A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
2019: See this post.
What is your biggest disappointment so far?
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
(2019: Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline)
What is your biggest surprise so far?
I found two new series that I’m very excited about. Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz and the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith.
2019: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Who is your favorite new to you, or debut, author?
Alena Dillon author of Mercy House 🎧
Who is your favorite fictional crush from this year?
Jason from The Happy Ever Playlist by Abby Jiminez
2019: Max from In Another Time by Jillian Cantor
Who is your new favorite character?
Zelda from When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald
2019: Nina Hill from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
A book that made you cry?
Every Note Played by Lisa Genova
2019: The End of Your Life Bookclub by Will Schwalbe
A book that made you happy?
Homefront Girls by Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan
2019: The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman
Your favorite book to movie/ TV show that you’ve seen so far?
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
2019: Codename Eve/Killing Eve by Luke Jennings
What is your favorite post that you’ve written so far this year?
This post about my Top Ten Bookish Discoveries was a fun way to reflect on what I’ve learned about the books and social media. (Disclaimer: I’ve only written 23 blog posts this whole year. I have struggled with writing content beyond the most basic book review.)
2019: Guide to Author Events and Book Signings – click here
What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
2019: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
What are the 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?
- I Was Told This Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman
- A Borrowed Life by Kerry Anne King
- Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
- The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult
- The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
- The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
2019: The Passengers by John Marrs, Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fisher, The Night Fire by Michael Connelly, The Wives by Tarryn Fisher, The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes, Good Girls Lie by JT Ellison
How is your reading year going?
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