1. Share some good stuff that has happened in 2020 and some bad stuff if you want
The best thing that has happened in 2020 is that I am an aunt! I am so excited and thrilled about it. The other best thing is that folklore dropped and I’m obsessed with it. Um… Also, you know, I still have a job and a place to live and my sister came home from Japan. I’ve had a lot of plans be cancelled and I’m desperate to see my best friend, but 2020 just isn’t having that.
2. What book did you love at the beginning of the year?
I have my 1st Quarter Favorites post up if you want to see a list of ten books I really enjoyed, but the three that have really stuck with me from the first three months of the year are The Rogue of Fifth Avenue by Joanna Shupe, The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite, and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas.
3. A book you were looking forward to that ended up being not great?
For me, Starbreaker by Amanda Bouchet was a book I was really looking forward to, but it just didn’t really live up to my expectations.
4. A book that surprised you this year
Open Book by Jessica Simpson! I know I’ve talked about this so much, but I just was not expecting the level of vulnerability and honesty that Jessica Simpson put onto the page in Open Book. I was so impressed and I appreciate it so much. I thought she told her story so well and there were so many nuggets of wisdom.
5. A book you like but nobody else does (or talks about enough)
Okay, I need more people to talk about Flying Gold by Vanessa North and A Reunion of Rivals by Reese Ryan. These are both 2020 releases and they’re both second chance romances that I really enjoyed! Especially if you already like second chance romances, I think both of these are really well done.
6. A book you want to come out already this year (in 2020)
The three books I am the most desperate for are How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole, Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade, and Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. (I was fortunate enough to get my copy of Emerald Blaze early so that’s why you aren’t seeing that one.)
7. What book were you looking forward to that got pushed to 2021?
The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare was one I was really looking forward to that got pushed back to next year.
8. Finally what book will you think of when you think of 2020
Ooh, this is a tough question. Maybe Hood Feminism honestly, because I feel like it addresses a key part of 2020 and my attempts to be a more educated ally. Alternatively, Beach Read by Emily Henry and Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert because they’re my favorite books of the year so far.
Speaking of Hood Feminism, I’m physically rereading it right now and I’ve got to say that it hit me yet again that hunger as a feminist issue is something I literally never thought about. Y’all already know 2020 has been rough for a lot of people so you may not be able to donate to your local food bank. If you can though, I would definitely recommend. Here’s a link to Feeding America if that’s an option for you.