Mid-Year Freak Out Tag and The Sunshine Blogger Award

It’s August and I am freaking out because I don’t know how we got here so fast. Things have been moving so fast that I’ve been meaning to do this tag for at least a month now. I’m also doing the tag for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you for nominating me Hermione! Check out her blog here. Now let’s get started!

Tag #1

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Best book you’ve read so far in 2020

The Guest List was thrilling and the ending had me shook.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

This is the only sequel I’ve read this year BUT it was an amazing book and it’s on my list of all-time favourites.

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

  • Malibu Rising (historical fiction)
  • Seven Days in June (romance)
  • Ace of Spades (YA thriller)

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The Stranger in the Mirror is a mystery thriller that was published on July 6th. It’s about a woman who disappears from Boston without a trace, leaving her husband to try to find out what happened to her. Meanwhile, she’s in New Jersey about to get married and she’s not looking forward to it. Why? Because she suffered complete memory loss two years before that and has a feeling that she did something horrible. But, all she can remember is that a man found her bleeding next to a highway and rescued her.

Biggest disappointment

I rated The Night Circus three stars, but in comparison to all the other books I’ve read this year, it’s more like 2.5 stars. This book was too slow for me and I had a hard time getting into the love story and the magical elements. For more of my thoughts on this book, click here.

Biggest surprise

How Much of These Hills is Gold is such a hidden gem. I gave this five stars. I was definitely not expecting to fall in love with a book about the American gold rush.

Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

  • Kate Stayman-London (debut)
  • Zakiya Delilah Harris (debut)
  • Lucy Foley (new to me)

Newest fictional crush

I don’t have an answer to this one!

Newest favourite character

Bea Schumacher from One to Watch. She’s unapologetic about who she is, she’s funny, and she’s real.

Book that made you cry

I don’t think I’ve ever read a story as sad as Everything I Never Told You, it had me bawling at the end.

Book that made you happy

Loveless is such a cute feel-good type of book.

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

I love this cover and it’s a beautiful non-fiction that made my heart happy. I also love the cover of Where the Crawdads Sing, but I wasn’t a fan of the actual book.

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

I just checked Goodreads and I have 56 books on my TBR, yikes. In no particular order here’s five that I’m really looking forward to

  • The Hunting Party
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • Beach Read
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Tag #2

The Sunshine Blogger Award

What is your favourite book read this year? And why?

In the Mid-year Freak Out Tag I said The Guest List, but another notable favourite is Gone Girl.

What is the main thing that attracts you to a book?

The cover is the first thing that gets my attention, but the blurb is the deciding factor for if I’ll read it. I’m not picky about genres, but I prefer a female protagonist. I’m also drawn to books that transport me to a world that’s different from my own. Ironically, I’m not a big fan of fantasy though.

Is there a book/series you would like to read again for the first time?

Every book that I’ve ever loved! Probably all of the series I read in elementary and high school because they seemed like the greatest books ever at the time.

Is there a book that you would recommend to everyone?

That’s hard. For educational purposes, I recommend the Dear Martin duology because it teaches about empathy and systemic racism.

What is the thing you love the most about blogging?

I think it’s so cool that the bookish community is made up of people from all over the world and yet we can connect so easily thanks to books. I love “meeting” new people on here and chatting about TBRs, comparing book ratings, discussing bookish things, and everything in-between.

Is there a book that you hated when you read it for the first time but loved it when you read it again?

I can’t say I have. I think the opposite would actually be more likely to be true.

What are the things you search for in a good book?

I search for an emotional impact and characters that I can connect with, regardless of who they are.

If you had to go back in time today, where(or rather when) would you go?

That’s tough! I seriously can’t decide. I’m leaning towards Ancient Egypt or Pre-Homo Sapiens times, like during the Late Pleistocene, even though I wouldn’t survive a week. Can I be invisible while time traveling? 😂

Is there something you absolutely love to do, apart from reading books?

I love swimming and I’m stoked that the pools are returning to normal later this month. Even though I’m fully vaxxed I don’t know if I’ll go back right away, but just knowing the possibility is there is exciting.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 sentences, what would they be?

Oh boy. I’d say that I’m a curious person with an open-mind, which is one of the reasons I love reading. I’m extroverted and like being around people and laughing until my face hurts. Lastly, I’m not super athletic aside from being able to swim, but I like sports and competition in general.

Last question! Tell us something fun about yourself!

Fun fact: I’ve been to over 30 concerts 🎶

I tag:

If you’re reading this, consider yourself nominated!

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading and have a nice day ☺️

9 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freak Out Tag and The Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. I can’t believe you have been to over 30 concerts!! I mean that’s a lot😂. I also love swimming and it is my hobby but I really do not like swimming lessons though😅 Your answers were great btw!

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  2. I’ve been wanting to read Loveless forever! Glad to know you enjoyed it! Also I can’t believe you’ve been to 30 concerts- that’s so impressive!!

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  3. I have The Guest List in my stack of unread books, so I’m pleased to hear you loved it Ariel! I’m really in the mood for a thriller as I haven’t read one in ages – I expect I’ll be picking it up soon! I really enjoyed Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, but I haven’t read Everything I Never Told You yet. It sounds like my favourite kind of emotionally raw and powerful read. Looks like you’ve had a great reading year so far, I hope it continues for you! 📚❤️ X x x

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    1. Both of those books are soo good, they’re going to be on my mind for a while. I can’t get over the ending for either of the! I loved Little Fires Everywhere too, I can’t wait for more books from Celeste Ng. I hope you enjoy both of them! Thank you and I hope your reading year is going well too ☺️💓

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