Mid-Year Freak Out tag

I've spotted this tag doing the rounds and it's hard to believe we're halfway into 2020 already. Obviously, it's been a strange one so far, but fingers crossed for a more positive second half of the year and no second wave. And maybe the first wave will actually end soon? 

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020?

Other than re-reads, David Copperfield. Turns out Charles Dickens is quite good. Who knew?

2. Best sequel you've read this year?

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I finally read Wolf Hall, which was very hard work, but I rushed through book two. I think because the characters were all established by then and there was more of a definite plot.

The Mirror and the Light: Shortlisted for The Women's Prize for ...The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins3. New Release you haven't read yet, but want to:

The final Cromwell book, The Mirror and the Light and the Hunger Games prequel A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I've downloaded it on audible, interested to see whether it's possible to like President Snow.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
Midnight Sun! I thought I was long over my Twilight phase. Seems not.

5. Biggest disappointment?

The Noughts and Crosses TV adaptation. I've been waiting for it since I first read the books aged twelve. It looked so good! It was so well cast - Sephy and Callum were perfect. And it just... didn't engage me. Malorie Blackman's books are so cinematic, but they played around with the story too much. I'm not a purist, I don't mind that if it works and I wasn't expecting it to stick too close - I just thought the script was weak.

Noughts & Crosses: Why the new TV series felt 'vital' - BBC News

6. Biggest surprise?

The Phantom of the Opera was a surprisingly easy read and also un-intentionally hilarious.

7.  New favourite author?

Charles Dickens I think - I'm on the look out for my next one anyway. I also really liked Beth O' Leary's The Flatshare, I'd read others by her.

3 Book Set: The Hero and the Crown + The Outlaws of Sherwood + The ...

8. Newest favourite character:

I really loved Robin McKinley's characterisation of Robin in The Outlaws of Sherwood. He was so different from your usual Robin but just as love-able. There was something very Harry Potter-ish about him. I loved Tommy Traddles in David Copperfield too, and Dick Halloran from The Shining. Also Connell's Mum from Normal People.

9. Re-reads this year:

Sharpe's Prey by Bernard Cornwell, Emma by Jane Austen, About a Boy by Nick Hornby, Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson, A Town Like Alice by Neville Shute and Return of the King. That's not many for me!

10. Book that made you cry:

faramir x eowyn gifs | TumblrI'm an emotional wreck so I cry at everything. There was a bit in Wolf Hall, where a woman is burnt at the stake and her family come and collect her ashes afterwards, that had me in bits. I think I cried in Bring up the Bodies too. And I happy cried listening to the Faramir/Eowyn chapters in Return of the King, but I think I must have been a bit emotional that day.

About a Boy by Nick Hornby | Waterstones

11. Book that made you happy:
About a Boy always makes me happy - which is odd because it's not the cheeriest story.  Lord of the Rings this time round too.

12. Most beautiful book:

Not really this year, but I did get the illustrated Goblet of Fire for Christmas. That's very pretty. I especially love how he (Jim Kay) draws Ginny.


What have you been reading this year? 


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