2020 Book Tag!

Hey guys! I’m back again with another tag! These might become my favourite things to do on this blog! XD Once again, thank you Phoenix @ Books With Wings for letting me do this tag! I love this idea!

I know we all want nothing to do with the events of last year, but I guess it’s good to reflect on past once in a while. This tag will be based on 2020 as a whole so without further ado, let’s get right into it!

RULES

  • Link back to the original creator, Phoenix @Books With Wings
  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer all the questions
  • Tag at least 4 people
  • At the bottom, talk about some other books you read in 2020! (this isn’t required, just suggested!)

Just a note: Even though this is a 2020 book tag, the books you talk about do not have to be read by you in 2020. Also, this tag does not have to be done in 2020 (I’m doing it in 2021 and that’s perfectly okay), as it’s talking about the year as a whole.

Questions

Part one: Beginning of the year
1) A book that you were really excited for
2) A book that started out really well (to be fair, I’m not certain if it started well, but it was certainly better than the rest of the year)

Part two: The world goes on hold
3) A book that had an unexpected plot twist
4) A book where you felt like nothing happened
5) A book where two main characters were separated (quest, disease, forbidden, etc.)

Part three: The world tries to reopen (and begins a second wave of the pandemic)
6) A book in which the characters made a bad decision
7) A book with an impatient/overly eager character

Part four: The world adjusts (not sure this ever actually happened but…I’ll bend this a little)
8) A book in which the character’s goals change midway.

Part five: The end and looking forwards
9) A book whose sequel you really anticipated/are anticipating
10) A book whose sequel was better than its original (we’re all hoping…)
11) A book that you read just to finish it (didn’t like it but wanted to finish it anyways)

Answers

A book that you were really excited for

I was really excited to read this book last year. I wanted to read a retelling, and a Rapunzel (or was it Sleeping Beauty? I honestly can’t tell) one sounded perfect for the occasion. I loved the cover. The summary was what made me want to pick it up in the first place.

Alas, it did not reach my expectations. There were a lot of plot holes, and the world building was seriously lacking. I could not connect with the characters, and the romance was my least favourite part of the whole book.

A book that started out really well

In my opinion, Renegades had a pretty solid start. A lot was already happening in the beginning and that pulled me into the story. It was action-filled and made me want to keep reading.

Once again, I was disappointed as the book progressed. The middle was very slow and the plot kept drawling for about sixty percent of the book. It book felt more like a middle grade book than a young adult one. And I don’t have anything against middle grade books, but I didn’t expect this one to be like that.

A book that had an unexpected plot twist

This book probably had one of the worst plot twists ever. And by worst I mean the most unexpected. Out of everything that could have happened, THAT was not what I was expecting. At all.

I loved that this novel was written entirely from the villain’s perspective which is not something you see everyday. In fact, the plot of this book is probably one of the most unique ones. It has betrayal, death, and most of all, a very big plot twist.

A book where you felt like nothing happened

I’m still pondering on the fact as to how I got through this book. Literally nothing happened. There was no plot at all. The ending did not make sense, and the characters were just bland.

In short, my thought for the book went like this: eh, boring, what-?, that makes no sense, can this please end? You get the point. All this book was about was how Isadora (the MC) dealt with her overbearing family while also trying to redecorate a museum. Two totally different things that come together in this doldrum of a book and make absolutely no sense.

A book where two main characters were separated

This was the first book that came to my mind when thinking of separated characters. In this Beauty and the Beast retelling, Harper is separated from her brother in the start of the story.

I recently read this book, and loved it. The retelling had a very unique take on the real story which definitely made me like the story a lot more than I expected. Harper was a little annoying in the beginning, but I liked her character arc as the book progressed.

A book in which the characters made a bad decision

Why are almost all the books in this tag disappointing reads? Probably because 2020 was a disappointing year…but whatever. Let’s not dwell.

I won’t spoil anything for you, so let’s just say that the main character made a very bad decision to trust someone and then got betrayed. I wasn’t surprised. I knew that character was suspicious from the first time we meet her. And yet the MC makes a stupid decision to trust her.

*throws hands up* I warned you, girl.

A book with an impatient/overly eager character

Ah, I don’t know how many of you will agree with me (or have even read the book) but I would say that Morrigan is definitely an overly eager character. In a good way, of course.

This was a middle grade book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The fantasy world was beautifully created and the characters had a lot of fun dynamics that definitely added to the splendour of the book.

A book in which the character’s goals change midway

I feel like both the main characters in this book changed their goals midway. It was beautiful to see how even though their goals changed, the character development was still written so clearly.

Their goals are so different and yet, they manage to work together (it takes quite some time actually). I loved that they stuck by each other even though they were destined to kill each other.

A book whose sequel you really anticipated/are anticipating

September, 2021 can’t come fast enough. I don’t know how I’m going to survive till then after that horrific ending of The Silvered Serpents.

The Bronzed Beasts is literally the only sequel I care about right now (other than ACOSF) and this stunning cover is doing nothing to improve my situation. And just look at the lines below the title. In love they breathed. In destiny they believed. In the end, will divinity be their demise?

Yes, I’m going to go mad.

A book whose sequel was better than its original

This was an undoubtedly difficult question. But I found a book. Cross My Hear and Hope to Spy is the second book in the Gallagher Girls series and surpassed the first book’s standards with flying colours.

This series is everything I could ask for from a spy school and if you haven’t read it yet, what are you doing? The friendships in this series are so precious, and the twists and turns kept me glued to the story.

A book that you read just to finish it

Honestly, all the whole series would fit this question, but the third book of the Red Queen series was the most suitable.

Everyone talks about how great this series is, and how the epilogue of King’s Cage was so shocking. But I just don’t the hype. This series has more politics than plot and even after finishing this series, I still don’t understand the geography of its dystopian world. I’m pretty sure I was just skim reading this book, and hardly paying attention to what was happening.

And that’s all for today’s post! This was a really fun tag, and here are the four bloggers I’m tagging (I recently found some awesome blogs, and thought of tagging a few) :

  1. Trisha @ Books, Reviews, and Procrastination
  2. Lia Carstairs @ Chain of Novels
  3. Mash @ Mashlovesbooks
  4. Sunny @ Revolution Reading

Looking forward to all your answers!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Rania ❤

25 thoughts on “2020 Book Tag!

  1. Wonderful post! I’ll try and do it at some point, but I’ve got a lot of other posts planned that I have yet to get to so… Maybe not… XD

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  2. Aaah I loved reading your answers!
    I’ve read/marked as want to read nearly all of these books! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Girl, Serpent, Thorn, that’s one of the books I want to read most this year. I have to agree with you about The Young Elites, though…I REALLY did not like that book when I read it a few years ago. And Cinderella is Dead! I! Did! Not! Like! It!
    Oooh man you have to wait until SEPTEMBER until that book comes out? Yikes (when I think September 2021 I immediately think of JATP but then again when I think of most things I immediately think of JATP haha).
    I’m glad you enjoyed This Savage Song because I WILL get to it eventually (that was more of a promise to myself) and I’ve seen very mixed reviews (or perhaps it was ADSOM that I’ve seen mixed reviews about…I can’t remember)

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    1. Thank you! Oh my god that makes me so happy! Yeah…it wasn’t as good as I expected. I’m sorry you didn’t like The Young Elites, but yes that plot twist was SO GOOD. Yes Cinderella is Dead wasn’t great either.
      September seems so far away(it actually is lol) and I want it so bad… (haha well I’m looking forward to that too but when we’re looking at books, The Bronzed Beasts is my most anticipated reads) Ooh you totally should read This Savage Song (honestly all V. E. Schwab books have mixed reviews so…😂)

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      1. Yeah, I’d read Marie Lu’s Legend series so I decided to try another series by her and….I just didn’t like it. I’d like to read Warcross at some point…and I got Skyhunter for Christmas so I’ll have to read that eventually. For Cinderella is Dead I feel like they took too much time just planning and not enough actually doing.
        Ugh it really is. Whenever I think of the future I sorta use landmarks to measure how far away something is (like what happens between now and that) and like…nearly the entire baseball season happens in that time, I finish school, have summer break, START SCHOOL, and a lot more stuff before then…..aaah.

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      2. I haven’t read any series by Marie Lu (heck, I haven’t even finished The Young Elites series yet.) Yeah, I felt like it was heavily based on loose plots and the relationships were really rushed. OMG I do the same thing. Sometimes I hate myself counting down to things that I hate (like exams) but I can’t help it.

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      3. Yeah, she’s a pretty good writer but she writes sci fi/dystopian which isn’t my favorite genre. If you want a series by her I’d suggest you read Legend and not Young Elites. Yeah same.
        ahha I hate when I’m counting down till something fun, like my birthday, and then I’m thinking, ‘but to get to my birthday I first have to get through…’ and then think of the things I don’t want to do like violin auditions or a test or something. It’s annoying. But when I’m looking forwards to something like JATP it can also help make it seem a bit faster.

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      4. Ooh thanks! I’ll check it out! omg I do the same thing every time! Like, if something good is coming, there’s always something I’m not looking forward to. It’s really frustrating. Haha that’s true. It improves my mind so much. (Like I’m so excited to watch the Shadow and Bone series, but I have to get through two different sets of exams first ahhh)

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      5. Great, I hope you enjoy it if/when you read it! Yep, exactly. Oooof good luck on those exams…I have no idea how many exams I have, what, it comes out in April…so I probably have term 3 exams before then. maybe. Right now I’m just looking forwards to my next break and I don’t thiiiink I have anything bad before then? Honestly I probably do.

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      6. Thanks! I hope I do too! Yeah…thanks. I have one set in March and another set in April, so yeah I’m doomed. Literally the only good think right now is my birthday in a week and that’s it. Otherwise all I have to do is study 😦 Something bad is like, destined to happen between breaks.

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      7. Ooof well good luck with those. Aah, happy early birthday, that’s always exciting!
        I’m looking forwards to my feb. break but then I think: we have no breaks in march so I have to go SEVEN WEEKS without any like monday holidays or anything before my april break aaah.

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      8. Yeah..thanks! Thank you!
        Oh my that sucks! Seven weeks of school is just torture ugh. I have my next break in March after my exams and I’m really looking forward to that. I need to relax.

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      9. Oh god March is going to suck for the both of us 🙈 I’m seriously not ready. And only a week? I’m sorry, they should give you more time honestly.

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