2020 Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

Saturday, 20 June 2020

2020 Mid Year Book Freakout Tag graphic

I was going to do the whole, "wow has it been six months already?!" thing, but nobody in 2020 has the time, energy or patience for that level of bullshit.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.
The Curious History of Sex by Dr. Kate Lister. I used it in my dissertation and in an upcoming Zoom quiz with the university girls. Honestly, if anyone ever writes my memoirs, it is going to need its own chapter.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2019.
2020 has been the year of my A Song of Ice and Fire audio re-listen. A Storm of Swords, as always, was a particular highlight.

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to.
The one that has been catching my eye recently is The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett. Everyone who is anyone has already gotten their hands on it, and I just cannot wait to join them. And, as an added plus, it is out from Dialogue Books (which if you didn't know, is the only mainstream imprint run by a Black woman) which has consistently been one of my favourite imprints since its debut in early-2018.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
Probably Summer by Ali Smith (out on August 6th!). The hype for the final book in her seasonal quartet series has reached a fever pitch in the last few weeks and I, alongside many many others, am counting down the days until it is *finally* released. 

5. Biggest disappointment.
Lord of the Flies. Salt to the Sea. The Nightingale. How We Disappeared. Like every other, it has been a wholly disappointing year.

6. Biggest surprise.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It has garnered a reputation of being high-brow, pretentious tumblr. reading, but the actual reading experience was more than a pleasant surprise. Its portrayal of sexual assault and mental illness is perhaps even more honest than most of the books being released today. 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
Probably either Ann Napolitano, Jacqueline Woodson or Frances Cha. I read a book from each of them this year (Dear Edward, Red at the Bone and If I Had Your Face, respectively) and I am eager to read more.

8. Newest fictional crush.
It hasn't been a crush-heavy year, if I am being honest. I liked Emma Woodhouse, but even that is a bit of a stretch.

9. Newest favourite character.
The unnamed main character in Milkman by Anna Burns. I just love how much she doesn't give a shit about the machinations and the busybodies in the town -- it honestly reminded me so much of myself when I am at home. 

10. Book that made you cry.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London. If you need another reason to be angry at humanity (although at this point, do you really?), read this book... Oh that poor dog.

11. Book that made you happy.
I cried a lot through Saroo Brierley's memoir Lion, which charts his experiences of being lost in Kolkata as a young boy and his subsequent adoption by an Australian couple, and the journey that he took as an adult to locate his hometown and his biological family -- but those final moments, when he is finally reunited with his mother and siblings made me the happiest I have been all year.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
Anything film-related has been pretty low on the ground this year, but I managed to watch Emma just before lockdown started and I fell head over heels for its easter-basket aesthetic. 

13. Favourite review you've written this year.
Don't ask me that! It's like asking me which of my children. 

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)
The Nickel Boys by the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Colson Whitehead. Both inside and out. 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I set myself a (rather arbitrary and pointless) goal to bulk up my classic reading before going off to Stirling University to do my Masters in October, so I am looking forward to continuing to work my way through that. If some of the answers haven't made it clear, I have already started, but if anyone wants a dedicated post to a tbr, or even a list of classics that should be put in the bin and left in the past, just holla. 

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