Book Tag | The Mid-Year Book Freakout

The fact that it is the middle of 2020 is mind-boggling. On one hand, I am mentally stuck in March, but on the other, it feels like this new reality has been with us for much longer than four months. About the only positive thing to say is that I have been able to spend all this time indoors catching up with reading. 

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

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo. I’m hardly alone in adoring it, given that it won the Booker, but Evaristo is such a fresh and innovative new voice.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020

I don’t really read series, so nothing so far – however I am highly anticipating the latest in the Cormoran Strike series, Troubled Blood, which is set to be released in September.

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

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The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett – I’m seeing it everywhere and so looking forward to getting stuck in.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

See above #2!

5. Biggest disappointment

Lie With Me by Philippe Besson – I think I was expecting this to be emotionally impactful and compelling, but the sparseness of the prose meant that it fell short for me.

6. Biggest surprise

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Thin Girls by Diana Clarke – it took me a little while to get into, but I couldn’t get enough of it, and it has been on my mind in the days/weeks since I finished reading.

7. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

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Ling Ma, debut author of Severance – this is a very close second to the ‘best book of the year’ – a gripping and masterful portrait of a fictional pandemic and a searing indictment of modern society.

8. Newest fictional crush

Connell from Normal People? Should I join the back of a long line?!

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Also, not a character but Jia Tolentino, the author of Trick Mirror, is astonishingly talented and I am in love with her writing.

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9. Newest favourite character

Amma from Girl, Woman, Other – a Black British playwright, her life summed up so beautifully here –

 “Amma then spent decades on the fringe, a renegade lobbing hand grenades at the establishment that excluded her

until the mainstream began to absorb what was once radical and she found herself hopeful of joining it”

10. Book that made you cry

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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

11. Book that made you happy

Not as a whole, but the hopeful endings of Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

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

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I adore the cover of Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien, which is sitting on my bookshelf staring at me and begging to be read.

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

A ridiculous number, but I’ll just pick the top five:

  • Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Travelers by Regina Porter
  • Hysteria by Jessica Gross

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Are any of these on any of your lists?  Are you also freaking out that we are halfway through the year?! 

2 thoughts on “Book Tag | The Mid-Year Book Freakout

  1. I loved your answers!!! I skipped the fictional crush question because I couldn’t think of anyone, but Connell from Normal People is SUCH a good answer! And I also want to read 100 Years of Solitude by the end of the year 🙂

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    • Ah thank you! I think Paul Mescal’s portrayal in the TV adaptation certainly helped with that choice 😉 I’m determined that this will be the year I finally read 100 Years of Solitude, I just need to sit down and focus on it. Hope you get to it too!

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