Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020

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It's ALREADY June ! This year has been the most weird and stressful year ever, and I can't believe we're in June already? How? But despite everything that has been going on in the world this year, I have succeedeed to read a few books, 35 in total so far and I'm really pleased with that. So I decided to try the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020! Let's go!

Favorite reads of 2020

Favorite reads of 2020
Best book you've read so far in 2020
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang. This book was absolutely amazing and a true masterpiece. This story blew me away, honestly it was absolutely amazing and heartbreaking to read and I will never stop recommending it. Honestly, it became one of my favorite books of all time and I cannot wait to reread it because it's THAT good.
The Poppy War trilogy is an historical military fantasy inspired by China's 19th and early 20th century and its conflits based on the Second Sino-Japanese War. The worldbuilding was fascinating, with all the historical facts about the last wars, their gods and their beliefs. And the characters felt so real, with their qualities and their many, many flaws, it was so real that all the emotions were hard to handle.
This book was amazing, but be prepared to be destroyed because this book is dark. This book is violent and very graphic, and I think this violence was necessary to understand fully what wars are, and what the characters were going through. Beware of lots of trigger warning such as violence, torture, rape, drug-use/addiction, mutilation, genocide, self-harm and more.. This book is hard and difficult to read, but the story is so worth it.
Best sequel you've read so far in 2020
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang. It's the sequel to The Poppy War and yes, this trilogy became an absolute favorite because The Dragon Republic was as good as the first book. This book destroyed me, broke my heart and it was absolutely amazing!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin cover

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin cover
New release you haven't read yet, but want to

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown. This book sounds absolutely amazing! It's a fantasy book inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

The Burning God cover

The Burning God cover
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang. Yes, I'm dying to read this book. I'm sure it will destroy me again but I'm also sure this will be another masterpiece. And I cannot wait to meet all the characters again, because I love them so so much!
Biggest disappointment
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. You can find my review of this book here. From all the good reviews I had seen of this book, I was really surprise to not like it at all, and the only thing that kept me from DNF-ing it was the audiobook.

Bringing Down the Duke cover

Bringing Down the Duke cover
Biggest surprise
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore. I'm not really a romance reader, but I needed a lighter read with everything going on, and this book had so many great reviews about how fun it was that I ended up picking it up. Well, it was everything I expected of it, I really enjoyed it ! It was such a cute and funny romance, with lots of tension and some politics and I would really recommend it ! Also loved the historical aspect of this book, with the 1879 England setting.

The Dragon Republic photo

The Dragon Republic photo
Favorite new author
R.F. Kuang. At this point, I feel like this post should be renamed "My love for The Poppy War trilogy" because I can't stop talking about them, can't I? Just go read her books. Fantastic author, fantastic writing, and she's younger than me!
Newest fictional crush
Yin Nezha. Yes, from The Poppy War trilogy.
Newest favorite character
Fang Runing. Also from The Poppy War trilogy.
Book that made you cry
The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang. Yep, this book will destroy you.

Heartstopper cover

Heartstopper cover cover
Book that made you happy
The graphic novel Heartstopper by Alice Oseman! I read the 3 books in April this year, and oh my god, it was the cutest read ever ! It was really quick to read, but it made me smile so much. These books are about a lovely romance between two teenagers, named Charlie and Nick.
Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year
The reprint of the UK edition of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff!
What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
So many! I'm currently reading The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty and I'm absolutely loving it, so I would like to finish The Daevabad Trilogy this year. Also The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter and The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. kindofinsanity's signature

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“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
Robin Hobb

“War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who remains.”
R.F. Kuang

“Happiness comes from moving toward something. When you run away, ofttimes you bring your misery with you.”
Michael J. Sullivan

“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

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Royal Assassin
Assassin's Fate
Ship of Destiny
Ellana, la Prophétie
And I Darken
The Queen's Rising
The Well of Ascension
Heir of Novron
The Liars Knot
The Poppy War
Fool's Fate
The Name of the Wind
The Invisible Life of Addie Larue
The Kingdom Of Copper
The Wall of Storms

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