Mid-Year Freak Out Tag: 2020 Edition

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Hey everyone!

I’ve seen this tag starting to poke around over the last month, so that means that 2020 is halfway done! And I think I speak for most people when I say, “Can we have 2021, please?” So much crazy has happened, but on a more positive side, I’m still reading plenty!

I did this tag last year and it is a good way to reflect back on the first 6 months worth of reading.  Anyway, lets get cracking on those answers!

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Best book you read so far in 2020

A hard one to pick! I’m gonna say either Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie or Lancelot by Giles Kristian. Both were just amazing and really stood out for me as a little above the other reads of the year. The prose and atmospheric writing was brilliant on both, as was the character work, though the pacing is very different. Best Served Cold is very quick, while Lancelot is a slow-burn of a character study.

Best sequel you read so far in 2020

shadow saint

One of my favourite books last year was The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan, so I was really looking forward to The Shadow Saint and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! It is quite a different book in some ways (much slower in the first half) but boy does it pick up pace once it gets going! Plus we get to learn way more about the city of Guerdon and the Gods War, which is AMAZING! Some of the best world-building going is right here in these books, in my opinion.

 

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

legacy of ash

This book came out a few months back and I have seen almost overwhelmingly positive reviews for it, so Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward is my pick here! From what I can tell it is a proper, chunky fantasy book with plenty of world-building and politics. Which sounds right up my street!

 

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

the trouble with peace

The Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie. Enough said really. Joe Abercrombie is a 100% autobuy author for me at the moment. I have loved every book of his I’ve read and trust him to bring me amazing characters and to tell a great story. Plus look at that cover, it will look so good next to A Little Hatred!

 

Biggest disappointment

winter road

The mention that no one wants, I guess. For me, this one has a cear winner: The Winter Road by Adrian Selby. I’d heard a lot of good about this books – from people I usually seem to share my taste in books with too – but it just didn’t click with me. I ended up DNFing it pretty quick.

 

Biggest surprise

lancelot

I hadn’t heard much about this book or Giles Kristian really. I’d seen a few positive reviews but I can’t say that it was everywhere, and I loved it! A great re-telling of the ancient Arthurian legends from the POV of Lancelot.

 

Favorite new author (debut or new to you)

The Murderbot Diaries are a series of linked short novellas following a SecUnit (a security droid) that has hacked its own governor module and just wants to be left alone to enjoy its new found freedom. They’re great fun with Murderbot’s very dry sarcasm sure to crack a couple of smiles. So yeah, I am quite looking forward to picking up Martha Wells latest work, a full size novel for Murderbot!

 

Newest fictional crush

Umm….. Nah, skip this.

 

Newest favorite character

murderbot

Murderbot. As I previously mention, the sarcasm had my chuckling a lo. Whoch i about as much as you get from me with a book.

Though, Bremer dan Gorst from The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie definitely deserves a mention. Again, some hilarious – if a little dark – humour on show here. Actually, add Friendly and Monza Murcatto from Best Served Cold too. God dammit Joe Abercrombie and your character work!

 

Book that made you cry

I must be emotionally dead… I don’t think any books have made me cry this year. What does that say about me? A monster? Quite possibly!

 

Book that made you happy

audiobook all system red

All Systems Red is my pick here. Before this, I simply wasn’t that sold in Audiobooks but this sold me that they’re worth an investment in. So that made me happy, plus – at the risk of sounding like a broken record – the humour was spot on in here! As was the narration by Kevin R. Free.

 

Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year

shadow saint

It’s quite a busy cover, and I usually prefer more simplistic ones, but it just jumps out at me with its ethereal/spirit-realm look. I really like it, especially next to the cover for The Gutter Prayer which comes before The Shadow Saint.

 

Books you need to read by the end of the year

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Oh god… So many! Here are a few off the top of my head:

A Trouble with Peace by Joe Abercrombie

Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty

The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Network Effect by Martha Wells

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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Hope you enjoyed that read, and here’s to a great rest of 2020! It can only get better, right?

 

Jack

3 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freak Out Tag: 2020 Edition

  1. Joe Abercrombie is also my 100% auto-buy author and has been since I was 16! I can’t wait to catch up with the latest series which I am woefully behind with (damn you life!) but I honestly think he could write anything and I’d lap it up 😂

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