Best books of 2020 so far

Hi friends! I hope the month has been kind to you so far ๐Ÿ’›

It’s that time of the year again where we look back on aaaaaaaaaall the books we’ve read so far, the ones we fell in love with, the unexpected surprises, the disappointments and more. Nyx and I reunited for this annual Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag and, you know, to casually scream about books.

A million thanks to Caro @ Book Cheshire Cat for tagging us in this!ย 

1. Best book youโ€™ve read so far in 2020

Marie : Time of Our Lives. I answered this after Nyx and am now discovering she picked the same book, aerm… OOPS.

Nyx : Time of Our Lives. It’s a story about home and getting out into the world. It’s about outgrowing your fears and growing into the future. We really need more books with a college setting and damn those characters were so well fleshed out. Go read it now!

2. Best sequel youโ€™ve read so far in 2020

Marie : We Unleash The Merciless Storm!! We Set The Dark on Fire was a favorite last year, and this sequel certainly delivered in giving me all the emotions. Carmen’s POV was incredible and I GASPED AND LOVED THISSSSS.

Nyx : The Electric Heir. I’m surprising myself this year, I’ve already read 4 sequels (for someone who has trouble committing…). This sequel was intense! It’s filled with complex, deeply human characters and a stunning world-building.

3. New release you havenโ€™t read yet, but want to

Marie : The Henna Wars. There are SO many books to pick from, but I think I’ll pick the book that’s been on my mind since a couple months, now, The Henna Wars. This book sounds incredibly good and I just can’t WAIT to be able to get a copy!

Nyx : Pretending. Oh man, this question was so damn hard. There are SO many great books that have come out in 2020 that I’m dying to read. Anyway, this one is about April who can’t seem to get past date five so she starts pretending to be someone else. It’s adult, it’s romance, it sounds deliciously fun and brillant. I just can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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

Marie : Not Your #LoveStory. UUUUUUh there are way too many books to choose from?!!! I picked out that one, a story with the main character dreaming of earning from her youtube channel and finding herself in the middle of a viral scandal and fake relationship and internet fame and I’m just screaming because this sounds SO GOOD.

Nyx : Instant Karma. My auto-buy author writing a romance? The queen of retellings is releasing a contemporary??! I need it now! It’s about a girl who is suddenly gifted with the ability to cast instant karma on those around her – both good and bad. This sounds really really promising!

5. Biggest disappointment

Marie : The Sullivan Sisters. It just wasn’t, unfortunately, the mystery I expected it to be. I liked the focus on sisters‘ and family relationships, a lot, but I just felt like… something was missing.

Nyx : Castle in the Clouds. Don’t take it the wrong way, it was still a really enjoyable read full of mysteries, romance and humor. I really liked the hotel setting and the main character. Yet, I found the pacing a bit uneven and I was a bit lost with all the characters, never able to remember who was who.

6. Biggest surprise

Marie : I’m going to say Almost Adults. I just loved reading a book with 20-something almost adults trying to figure out life, love, work and everything in between while still having each others’ backs.

Nyx : The Edge of Anything. I didn’t expect it to love it so much! I really liked the friendship and all very real it felt. The characters were flawed and three-dimensional. And I absolutely loved the message behind it, itโ€™s anย authentic story about hope, identity and self-awareness.

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

Marie : I’m going to go with Elizabeth Lim and Spin The Dawn. I just fell in love with the author’s writing style and the world she creates and can’t wait to read more!

Nyx : Abigail Johnson – Every Other Weekend. This book is a pure gem and I’m so grateful because it made me discover this fabulous author! I loved the dialogue and the writing. I adored the way her characters were depicted, messy, complex and just plain real. The slow-building romance and the family relationships were on point.ย  I will be reading more from the author, that’s for sure.

8. Newest fictional crush

Marie : Adam, from Every Other Weekend. I just want to protect him and for him to be okay and I feel like he deserves all of the love and hugs and everything in the entire world.

Nyx : Luke – More Than Maybe. He is a British boy with a charming accent, do I need to say more? No seriously, he’s sweet and passionnate about his music. He’s also a bit insecure. I loved how he always put his friendship with Vada first despite his enormous crush. I enjoyed seeing how he dealt with his outgoing and meddling brother and the pressure with his famous punk rocker dad.

9. Newest favorite character

Marie: It Sounded Better in My Head was the unexpected coup deย cล“urย of my year so far. It’s a young adult contemporary set in Australia and it has such a relatable main character, it had been such a while since I could relate to a character so much.

Nyx : Carmen – We Unleash the Merciless Storm. She is a badass and I love it! She is torn between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion sheโ€™s devoted her life to. I loved seeing Carmen’s journey and getting to know her. She’s such a strong and fierce character, set in her beliefs and she did not let anything or anyone get in her way.

10. Book that made you cry

Marie : I have been actively avoiding emotional books, because these are a big nope for me lately. So I’m going to go with We Used To Be Friends, because it made me a little bit emotional. It’s this story about friends growing apart and it’s heartbreaking, yet really, really well written and it’s the kind of stories we need more in young adult books, if you ask me.

Nyx : The Lucky Ones. If you’re looking for an intense, emotional and poignant debut novel about grief, PTSD and survivorโ€™s guilt, Iโ€™d definitely recommend this one.ย It was such aย heart wrenchingย story, full of hope, with powerful characters that will, without a doubt, shakes you to the core.

11. Book that made you happy

Marie : More Than Maybe, that’s for sure. I got lucky enough to read this book already and I fell in love with it. The characters, the relationship, the music, I just devoured this book.

Nyx : The Learning Curve. So this one is adult and is a bit long for a contemporary but this story just made me really happy. I had such a great time reading it! It’s about a teacher struggling to balance her love life and career. This book is vibrant, has a teensy-tiny feminist touch which I absolutely love and it’s full of colourful characters!

12. Most beautiful book youโ€™ve bought so far this year (or received)

Marie : I have read Permanent Record last year, but only bought a physical copy of it earlier this year. It’s just too stunning and I loved this book so, so, so much.

Nyx : When the Stars Lead to You. This cover is so pretty I wanna cry! I love the colors, I love the setting with the sea and the girl, I love everything about the title. Without even turning one page, you already know it’s going to be an emotional read about love and loss. Spoiler alert, the inside is as pretty as the outside!

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

Marie:ย  UUUH there are way way way too many books I want to read, I don’t even know where to start. Let’s try and pick three books, shall we….

  • Cinderella is Dead, because I’m already obsessed with this Cinderella retelling with Black queer main characters and need it like, yesterday.
  • Today Tonight Tomorrow, because I love Rachel Lynn Solomon and can’t WAIT to read her upcoming book!!
  • On a Sunbeam, because I feel like reading graphic novels a little more and that one sounds way too wonderful to pass up on.

Nyx : Something to Talk About, Recommended for You, Most Likelyย to only name a few! I could go on and on with all the books I would love to read by the end of the year but I guess we don’t have all day, haha! Anyway, those are the three I’m choosing and here’s why with some key words :

  • Something to Talk About : Hollywood, scandal, romance
  • Recommended for You : booksellers, rivalry, enemies-to-lovers
  • Most Likely : feminism, friendship, from the creator of the hit TV seriesย The Bold Type (!!)

14. Favorite Book Community Member

We’re not answering this question, because honestly there are like 10 people coming to mind without even thinking that deeply, soooooooo we’ll still be here tomorrow if we answer to this.

Keep an eye on the blog, though. We’re always doing our best to boost book bloggers and their work in monthly wrap-ups, and are hoping for another event to kick off sometime this year to celebrate you all.

We would love to read these book bloggers’ answers to this tag, if they wish to do so, as well as anyone else!

Copy the questions to the mid-year book freak out tag below, friends!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
5. Biggest disappointment
6. Biggest surprise
7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
8. Newest fictional crush
9. Newest favorite character
10. Book that made you cry
11. Book that made you happy
12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
13.What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
14. Favorite book community member


What are your favorite books so far this year? Any new favorite authors, new favorite characters?

What are some of your most anticipated reads for the rest of the year? We would love all your recommendations in comments!





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95 thoughts on “Best books of 2020 so far

  1. Ahh I am SO PUMPED to read The Fever King and just fall in love with that series โค I am,,, terrible and literally haven't gotten to any of these books yet agh. I am really pumped about reading Mary HK Choi's books ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Both of you picked the same book for as the best one you read so far?? // This can’t be a coincidence! Nyx, I am sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy A Castle in The Clouds that much, I had the same issues with the book (too many characters, uneven pacing) but overall I thought that it was really entertaining and a great christmas read. Also; Kerstin Gier’s books are ones that got me into reading so maybe I am a bit biased here… // A book I am anticipating for the 2nd half of the year is Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco since I am a big fan of her SJTR series. I can’t wait for that book to finally come out annd thank you for tagging me!! (I actually wanted to skip the tag this year considering the small amount of books I’ve read so far but I guess I’ll have to change the plan. โค

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    1. Haha, I guess this one was really really good ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Yeah, it’s really too bad about A Castle in The Clouds because it’s got so much potential! Still had a good time reading it though! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Oh haven’t read of this one, going to check it out!
      You’re welcome but please don’t feel pressured to do it if you don’t want to ๐Ÿ’ž
      Thank you so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  3. Picking the same book shows that you both have excellent taste ๐Ÿ˜‰ In all seriousness though I’m all for a book that’s set in college and looks at the relationship between fear and growth. Almost Adults sounds like it was written for me and We Use to Be Friends sounds incredible emotional. I think everyone can relate to the grief that comes with losing a friendship.

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    1. Oh yeees it really does show that ๐Ÿ˜
      YEES, we need more books like this one!!
      Almost Adults was so good, I really enjoyed it and I hope you will too ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Totally and I feel like we don’t have enough books dealing with friendship breakups!
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


  4. Yay! Thanks so much for the tag! I can’t wait to do this one ๐Ÿ˜ I’m sad that I haven’t read any of these books but I’ve had my eye on It Sounded Better in My Head and More Than Maybe for a bit now. It’s wonderful to hear that they have some great characters and make you guys happy! Will have to bump those up on the shopping list haha. And I’m really looking forward to Cinderella is Dead too! Love the fact that it features black queer characters AND it’s a retelling (I’m a sucker for those). Lovely post, as usual! ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Our pleasure ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Oh yeees, you definitely have to bump those up!! Those stories were really amazing ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Oh my, I’m also a sucker for retelling! I need this one asap! ๐Ÿค—
      Thank you so so much ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  5. Ok the fact that you both picked the same book as your favorite of 2020 means that I need to read it ASAP!! Also, I’m actually starting Today Tonight Tomorrow today, as it’s one book I also need to read this year!! I hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿฅฐ

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    1. Yeees, it’s an intense read for sure! You’re going to love it ๐Ÿค—
      Oh yaaay, happy reading!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


  6. I absolutely can’t wait for Instant Karma ahhh Marissa Meyer is the queen! I really want to read We Used To Be Friends, More Than Maybe, and Every Other Weekend, so I’m so happy you liked ๐Ÿ™‚ And the cover of When The Stars Lead To You is legit the most gorgeous thing ever I??? I want to read this book so badly and maybe more than that I just want to stare at its beauty because I am a shallow sucker lol โค โค Loved reading this post and I hope the second half of the year has many great books in store for you guys โค

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    1. Same here! I’m SO excited!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Yaaaay, you’re going to love them all ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Right??! I think I’m in love with that cover ๐Ÿ˜ And let me tell you the story is as pretty ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Aww, thank you so so much! Same for you! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


  7. I know I wasn’t tagged specifically, but I feel like I should do this regardless haha I do it so sporadically on the blog, but I’ve actually really enjoyed reading this year.
    I wish I could comment on any of the books you mentioned, but I literally haven’t read a single one of the ones you mentioned haha but considering the ones you are looking forward to, I could see myself liking them too. Especially the Marissa Meyer one … I think I wished for it on Netgalley even.

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    1. Can’t wait to read your post ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Well…you can go ahead and read them all ๐Ÿ˜
      Oh yeees the Marissa Meyer one, I’m so excited ๐Ÿ˜

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  8. I havenโ€™t been reading any blogs lately, but reading this post really reminded me of what Iโ€™ve been missing and why I love this blog so much ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’›. This tag is always so much fun to read and both of your answers did not disappoint! I LOVE how much YA you both read ๐Ÿ˜„! YA book covers have been so lovely recently too ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. Ahh, I remember Marieโ€™s review for Time of Our Lives – the book sounds so good! I also have Almost Adults high on my TBR because of you both hahaha. We Used to be Friends seems like a great, subtly emotional book to read ๐Ÿ˜…. And The Lucky Ones also has so many great reviews ๐Ÿ˜ฎ – Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed it so much, Nyx!

    Thank you so much for tag ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’•! I hope youโ€™ve both been healthy and feeling well ๐Ÿ™‚.

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    1. Awww, you’re so sweet ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ We’re glad to have you back!
      Haha, we’re both real suckers for YA ๐Ÿ˜
      I totally agree, all those covers are so pretty that’s crazy ๐Ÿ˜
      Yaaaay! You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you’ll enjoy them all!
      We’ve been all right, thank you! I hope everything is good for you and thanks again for all your sweet words ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  9. Ahaha I love that both of you picked the same book for your favorite book of the year! I guess Iโ€™m going to have to check that one outโ€ฆ
    I also loved Elizabeth Limโ€™s writing style in Spin the Dawn, and I canโ€™t wait to read the sequel ๐Ÿ˜€ Ahhh I hope you love On a Sunbeam โ€“ itโ€™s one of my favorite graphic novels!!

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  10. Ohhh, I’d love to do this! โค And Permanent Record is on my TBR list along with Emergency Contact! I loved the covers and I'm looking forward to reading them both.

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    1. Please do ๐Ÿ˜ Those covers are just gorgeous!! You’re going to love them both ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜˜


  11. i’m so happy you both loved time of our lives so much!! (it’s so cute that you both named it as your best book of the year haha ๐Ÿ’“) and AH marie i hope you get to read on a sunbeam soon, it really is a feel-good kind of book and it’s just so, so beautiful, in every way ๐Ÿฅบ and it still makes my heart so happy to hear that you enjoyed spin the dawn too, i feel like any fantasy you love has to be good since you’re much more of a contemporary person ๐Ÿ’•

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  12. Ooh I can’t wait to read Pretending either. It’ll somehow be my first book by the author but I love the sound of it. And have a few others of theirs on my TBR. I guess it’s kind of a good sign that you both had the same favourite book? Surely that means it’s especially good. And I just have way too many books due out over the rest of the year that I’m excited for. I think I’d majorly struggle to even narrow it down to three ๐Ÿ™ˆ

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    1. Yaay, I’m so excited about this one! I’ve read other books by this author and I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Yeeees, it was really really good! ๐Ÿ˜
      Haha, I totally feel you ๐Ÿ˜…

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    1. Right?! Time went by so fast ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
      Thank you, we’re so happy you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ˜
      Oh yaaay, I hope it’s as good as it sounds ๐Ÿ˜Š Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


  13. Ahhh!! Thank you for the tag!! I had this on my list to do anyway, but it’s always nicer when you can thank someone for tagging you!!
    I love so many of the books on your list too!! I think It Sounded Better in my Head is going to make my list too. Also, I love that Nyx read The Learning Curve!! I’m sure I’ve said it before, but Melissa Nathan was an auto-buy author for me when she was releasing books, and her retelling of Pride and Prejudice is still my fave retelling ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Our pleasure ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      It Sounded Better in my Head is really really good, I’m pretty sure you’re going to love it! ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Awww! I absolutely loved it, I need to read more books from her! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—
      Thank you so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  14. I haven’t read any of these books so I will have to return to this post if I need more for my TBR! (Who am I kidding, I’ll never finish my TBR as it is) I’m glad you’ve found some amazing books this year, and I hope the rest of 2020 is full of beautiful books!

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    1. Haha, I totally get that!! I hope you’ll get to it soon and you’ll enjoy it as much as we did ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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  15. Thank you so much for the tag! I’m so excited to do it! Although since we’ll hopefully be doing it in July it won’t really be mid-way through the year, but oh well! We do have procrastinators in our blog name, after all!

    Time Of Our Lives was so good! I can definitely see why it was a favorite for both of you! One of the things I loved about it was how unique and nuanced the portrayal of preparing for college was. I feel like most books either take place in college with the characters struggling in some way or falling in love, or they take place in high school and even though the character’s life is all about college plans, the setting is still high school. So I loved how this had characters in high school on college campuses discussing college!

    Yessssss, On a Sunbeam! I really enjoyed that graphic novel! It actually surprises me how much I think about that book even though I read it a while back and I have already forgotten books I read 2 weeks ago, whereas I believe I read On a Sunbeam a full year ago! But the art style was super unique and beautiful and whimsical and it was such a great story, and I just really hope you love it!

    I just got an ARC of Recommended for You in the mail a few days ago because I’m a part of the blog tour and I SQUEALED! I’m so excited for that book! It’s going to be one of my top priority books for July! (Or maybe early August, so that I’m closer to the release date. I guess I’ll see!)

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    1. Our pleasure! ๐Ÿ˜ Haha, well…in that case you’re staying on brand ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Yeeees! I totally agree with you about Time Of Our Lives!! We need more books like this one!
      Oh my god, lucky you!! I hope you’ll enjoy it ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Thank you so much for stopping by, talk soon ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  16. So happy to see you do the Tag ๐Ÿฅฐ I also loved The Electric Heir, it was such an amazing, but also heartbreaking book and it made me fall in love with the Duology again! I’m also very excited for Instant Karma, I love Marissa Meyer so much! I also very much need to read Spin the Dawn! I got it on my Kindle now, so I need to get to it ๐Ÿ˜Š Also yes to It Sounded Better in my Head! I loved Natalie so much, she was so relatable โค And We Used to be Friends made me cry so much as well ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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    1. Aww, thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š
      So heartbreaking! It’s a really good duology, one I didn’t expect to enjoy so much ๐Ÿ˜Š
      Yeees, I adore Marissa Meyer ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
      Nathalie was so relatable, I agree!
      Same here ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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  17. ah, i can’t believe i haven’t read we unleash the merciless storm yet! i really need to know what happens to dani and carmen ๐Ÿ˜ญ this post was so fun to read, and i’m so glad that it looks like you two have had a great reading year so far! i hope it continues for the rest of the year โค

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    1. Yeeees, I loved it! ๐Ÿ˜
      Yaaay, can’t wait to get my hands on it! ๐Ÿค—
      Thank you so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


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