I can’t believe we are already halfway through the month of June, aka halfway through 2020. Probably one of the weirdest years in my/our lives. I thought I’d commemorate this moment with a list of questions all about the books I have read so far in the year (and a few about what I still want to read this year).
This is going to be fun, as I’ve read 28 of the 31 books in the first two and half months and then 3 books since mid-March. I am going to blame my boyfriend, as it perfectly coincides with meeting him in March, haha, sorry (not sorry!). But as I read so much in quite a short period of time, and it has been a while, I feel like all the books are mushed up together in my head. I don’t even know which book I read in 2019 and which one in 2020, without looking at my Goodreads-page.
I skipped a few questions, normally there are 13, but this post would be waaaay too long if I answered all of them. This week’s video will be a “day in my life”, I might answer the other questions there.
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.
I will choose Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid for this prompt. I did not give it 5 stars, mostly because I am being really apprehensive about doing so, compared to other years. But this book has definitely stuck with me the most. I do not know if this is because I read half of it in physical form and half of it as audiobook, but when I think about the books I have read so far this year, this one always comes up first.
This book takes mostly place in the 70’s, where we follow a girl Daisy who is on the rise to become a famous singer when she joins a rock band, consisting of four guys and one girl. And we then follow the journey of them touring, writing an album and all the things that come with the rock & roll life in those years. The story is told from different perspectives in an interview-format. Hence why I decided to switch to audiobook, it was easier to distinguish which character was saying what.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.
Most of the books I have read so far this year were romances and as you may know, not a lot of romances have sequels. The genres that almost always have sequels are like fantasy and sci-fi, and well, I have not read many of them. Not really in lack of a better one, but it did not stuck with me as much as Daisy Jones did, I will go with Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman. This a graphic novel series about two guys who fall in love in high school (eh, in the UK, so is it secondary school? GCSE’s? I don’t know). In the first volume, Charlie is openly gay, but the rugby player Nick has no idea yet about his sexuality. The two become friends fast and of course, it develops into a lot more.
The fun thing about this series is the fact that it was first published online and due to the big audience it had, it was eventually published traditionally. Volume Four is planned to come out in February 2020.
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
The Happily Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez. This is the sequel to The Friend Zone. I read the latter in the end of 2019 and absolutely devoured it on my way to Christmas celebrations at my Mom’s house (two-hour train ride, hello, perfect time to read!). The Happily Ever After Playlist does follow different characters than The Friend Zone (aka the best friend of the main character), but I do highly recommend reading the Friend Zone first as I think the new release will spoil things quite a bit.
The Friend Zone, along with The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, let me spiral into a Romance-kick and let me to read only that genre (while before I was kind of mixed between contemporary (romance), dystopian and fantasy). So be prepared for that rollercoaster if you intend on reading an Abby Jimenez-book.
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
I had to look through the New Releases-feature on Goodreads for this one, because I rarely check for news on new releases. Thank god I checked though, because I found out my favourite writer’s duo Christina Lauren (yeah, that’s a duo) are releasing a holiday story in October, called “In A Holidaze” (pre-order is already available, eeks!). Halfway reading the synopsis, I was kind of hoping for something similar to The Summer I Turned Pretty-series by Jenny Han. But the second half seems to convince me, it’s nowhere near close that series, but we’ll see in October.
5. Biggest disappointment.
I’m gonna go with Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines. This was on my TBR for so long and I was looking to buy the full boxset, but the price put me off, thank god. I finally read the first book in the series on the app Scribd, and I did not like it at all. The average rating on Goodreads for this book is 3.99, but I gave it merely 2 stars.
The dynamic between the two main characters just does not do it for me. How they connect and develop their relationship is in no way realistic, or healthy, at all. If I were to be friends with them, I definitely would have talked to them to get some sense into them. It was just really uncomfortable, I don’t know. Oh, it’s about a girl who hasn’t talked since she saw her dad murder her mom and a guy who’s father is terminally ill and hasn’t told any of his friends yet. The girl moves in with her aunt, uncle and cousin, transfer’s to the guy’s school and they meet and the girl finally talks for the first time to the guy, because cliches, right?
It is a companion series, with the the sixth book coming out later this year. I might try the second book, as it does not follow the main characters from this first instalment.
6. Biggest surprise & Favourite new author.
Normally these are two different questions, but I am going to stick them together. As Kendall Ryan has really surprised me with her works and has definitely found a spot on my favourite authors-list. Of the 31 books this year, 13 books were written by Kendall Ryan. That’s saying enough, right?! My favourite one by her is probably XO, Zach. It’s about a guy and a girl meeting at a party for the first time, where the girl asks the guy to pretend to be her date. They don’t exchange info and then weeks (or however long later) they meet again, but the guy will be the girl’s supervisor during her Master’s degree. And of course, that brings along some tension and weirdness and for the reader, just a good time.
7. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
Oh please, have you got some time? I definitely want to get to the next few books, without a doubt, so please, remind me:
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas (I just need to get further in this series ASAP, which is funny considering this is the first official book in the series, not considering the novella’s bind-up The Assassin’s Blade)
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (re-read!!)
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
To just mention a few… And these are not even the one’s I mentioned in my June Goals-post.
Here’s my Goodreads-shelf with all the books I still want to read this year. From the 25 I had planned, I have 20 to go (2 are on my “currently-reading”-shelf)
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