it’s that time of the year!! when we freak out about all the books!!!
though i do that everyday, i was still looking forward to this tag so i can watch everybody’s videos/read everyone’s posts. i wasn’t sure if i was going to do the tag though, but because i was doing absolutely nothing today, i thought why not!
so let’s go!!
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best book of 2020 so far
you all know damn well my moroccan ass is gonna pick a book by a moroccan author for this one. Mirage by somaiya daud is a moroccan-inspired YA fantasy/science-fiction novel about this girl who’s kidnapped from her family to the palace where she’s forced to take the princess’ place during public appearances because the two look exactly the same.
and MY GOD. MY GOD THIS BOOK. i loved it so much. it tackles so many issues, and i absolutely loved how the author was inspired by true events in moroccan history to craft her story. i may be biased because i could spot every inspiration, every aspect of culture, but i just don’t give a fuck.
best sequel of 2020 so far
i realize i haven’t been reading sequels this year… may i suggest a companion novel?
A Duke by Default by alyssa cole was just…so great. the romance was nop-notch, and the dynamics between the two main characters? it fed my soul. alyssa cole really knows how to write royal romance, and i really can’t wait to read more of her books. she’s just…amazing.
biggest disappointments of 2020
okay okay before you start yelling at me, take into consideration that i really wanted to love Lady Midnight. i had really high expectations for it but… the main characters were so dramatic and i couldn’t care less about 90% of what happened. i tried to push myself into it, but i’m only a weak human.
Kissing Lessons looked exactly like my type of book: a steamy romance. turns out it’s just a problematic and overly-dramatic story, and i was so let down by it. i wrote a whole review in which i talk about everything that disappointed me in the book, and you can go read it on goodreads.
finally, Something to Talk About was also just…THAT. this book was the most frustrating story i have read in my whole entire life, and not in a good way. it was so over-the-top with the drama, with little to no-interaction between the two main characters, which resulted in no chemistry between them. i can’t believe i didn’t like it.
i went into Guarding Temptation with zero expectations, and two hours later i was blown away. talia hibbert knows how to write…she knows the words and how to use them. her stories are also so addicting and so wonderful and i just love them so so much.
however, The Raven and the Dove was a book i went in with expectations too, even though i hadn’t heard anything about it, and i was actually surprised by how much loved it! it had a neatly-constructed plot, great description for my pea-sized brain, and i even put my studies down to finish (though i’m not sure this is a good thing)!
book that made me cry
okay look, i’m a cold-hearted bitch when it comes to books, i cry once every three-ish years. but for reasons i can’t describe, i cried after reading The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by sabina khan (the previous time i cried because of a book being when i read Clockwork Princess in 2016). while it isn’t a perfect book, it definitely is one that pulled at my heart strings.
new favorite author
A TIE BETWEEN ALYSSA COLE AND TALIA HIBBERT. NEXT.
new releases you haven’t read but want to
these are my most anticipated new releases that i still need to get into. i am so so so excited for them, and i can’t wait to dive into them because !!! reasons !!!
also definitely check these authors out, they are AMAZING.
most anticipated releases of the second half of 2020
ahhhh there are so!! many!! but these ones are definitely my most anticipated ones (especially court of lions i would die for a copy of that book). let’s just hope i actually read them when they come out.
books to read by the end of 2020
okay i still haven’t read these books *hides in shame*. but like,,, i’m gonna, okay? i promise. i WILL read these books by 2020 BECAUSE I NEED TO!!!
and that’s all for today!! i had a lot of fun writing this tag! maybe i should do tags more often…