it’s time for the mid-year freak out book tag! (in which i scream about all the books)

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!!

click on the cover for more info about the book!

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.

biggest surprise/surprises

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


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…

what has been your favorite book of 2020 so far? biggest disappointment? what’s your most anticipated release of the second half of 2020?

21 Replies to “it’s time for the mid-year freak out book tag! (in which i scream about all the books)”

  1. mirage actually sounds so cool and badass! i always think it’s nice when we get to see ourselves in books, and it’s even more interesting when it’s a fantasy book. i’m pretty sure that if i read it, most things would just go right over my head, but it’s cool that you were able to spot every aspect of the culture that inspired certain element of the world.

    i had not heard of how it all blew up and who i was with her but i’m SO glad you put them now on my radar! i really want to read more F/F romance and who i was with her reminded me a lot of the premise of history is all you left me by adam silvera. i haven’t read that one yet, but i think it will be an interesting comparison!

    the bromance book club is also in my list of books i want to read by the end of the year. it contains one of my favorite tropes, so i hope i’ll love it!

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    1. i really hope you read Mirage and love it! it holds a dear place in my heart. also definitely check out Morocco’s history of the 20th century if you wanna see what inspired the plot of the novel!
      aahh i’m so glad i put these books on the spot for you! hope you pick them up and read them too!
      i hope you have a wonderful second half of the year!! ❤️

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  2. AH IM SO EXCITED TO READ MIRAGE!!! *insert court of lions arc for maha prayer circle*

    And Clap When You Land too!!! Its’ dumb and cliche but true when they say too many books, little time oof

    Oh I recently read Dani Brown and wow so brilliant. I’m not an avid romance reader so it wasn’t 5 star but it’s SO GOOD.

    Also same, I have FOMO and high fantasy scares me yet I MUST know what all the Poppy War fuss is about xx

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    1. YESSSS (and i read Court of Lions and it was everything i wanted and more 🥺😭)
      i wanna read Clap When You Land so bad!!!!!
      i read the poppy war and my life changed forever so definitely check that out!!!!!!! (i’ll talk about it soon in a post

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