The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2020

Hello everybody! Today, I’m going to be doing the Mid Year Freakout Tag- I’ve done it every year since I started blogging and even though it’s a few weeks past midyear now I still wanted a 2020 version to look back on. Onto the post!

1. Best book I’ve read so far in 2020

As I’ve said before in something, it’s a Kind of Spark so far! I really can’t recommend it enough.

2. My favourite sequel of the first half of the year

I’ve read some brilliant ones! MG wise I loved the sequel to Starfell, and for YA I adored Good Girl, Bad Blood and Read with Pride.

3. A new release I haven’t read yet but I’m really excited about

Loveless came out just the other day, but I’m really looking forward to getting round to that! I really like everything I’ve read by Alice Oseman so far.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2019

Definitely Death Sets Sail by Robin Stevens. But I’m also very highly anticipating lots of others, including the Unadoptables later this month and My Life as a Cat towards the end of the year.

5. Biggest disappointment

I feel REALLY bad saying this, but it was the new Jess Butterworth (Where the Wilderness Lives). It was still a good book, but all her others are favourites of mine so I was sad this one wasn’t five stars too. The same also goes for the Promise Witch. Although I really did enjoy them both!

6. Biggest surprise

I think maybe the Faraway Truth. I expected to like it, don’t get me wrong, but it completely and utterly blew me away.

7. Favourite new-to-me or debut author

Favourite debut is definitely Elle McNicoll, who wrote the AMAZING A Kind of Spark- it’s a really special middle grade about an autistic girl learning about the history of the witch trials. And a brilliant YA debut is Boy Queen by George Lester. I think my favourite new to me author is Mhairi McFarlane, who writes wonderful, funny adult romance books; all three that I’ve read so far were easy five stars.

8. Favourite fictional crush

Jamie from If I Never Met You is far too old for me, but it’s him nonetheless.

9. New favourite character

This is far too hard! I really loved Saoirse from The Falling in Love Montage, but pretty much all the books I’ve mentioned in this and loads of others had characters I adored too!

10. A book that made me cry

Just about everything makes me cry! I think First Day of my Life made me cry loads. And I LOST it at one bit of the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

11. A book that made me happy

Heartbreak Boys brought me UTTER joy. It’s absolutely hilarious and has so, so much heart. I want to reread it already.

12. Favourite book to movie/TV show of the year so far

Up till a few days ago I’d have said Malory Towers, but now I’ve seen the Babysitters’ Club how could it possibly be anything else? The books are so special to me for a lot of reasons and it was just one of the most perfect adaptations I’ve ever seen.

13. Favourite post I’ve written this year

Book wise, I think maybe my One Tree Hill tag post that I did? It was just so fun! And I loved writing my post about Everything Changes in the End, which is the only music post I’ve done all year I think.

14. Most beautiful book I’ve acquired in the first half of 2019

It’s a tie between my proof of the Good Bear and the Promise Witch. Both have shiny gold bits on them, make of that what you will…

15. The books I have to read before the end of 2019

As with every year I do this tag, I think I’d be here till it was time to do it again before I managed to list them all…

What would your answers to some of these be? Do you have any thoughts on the books I’ve mentioned? I’d love to hear in the comments!

Amy x


Author: goldenbooksgirl

Disabled book blogger who also writes TV, film, music and other posts from time to time | UKYABA Champion Teen 2018 | Email: | she/her

6 thoughts on “The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2020”

  1. Sorry you didn’t love the new Jess B book as much as the others, I really did.
    And yes, SO excited for Death Sets Sail. There’s a limited number of early copies available through work so I’ve entered the draw – it’s a slim chance but you never know 🤞🤞

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  2. I really loved A Kind of Spark as well – immediately bought lots of copies for school. I’m really looking forward to The Promise Witch- I loved the first two books so much.


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