Yup, we’re ringing out the year with another holiday tag that no one tagged me in! I found this one via Sam @ Fictionally Sam; it was created by Leelynn @ Sometimes Leelynn Reads for Bookending Winter 2019.
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good as hell: favorite book [of the year]
I would’ve expected this prompt to be harder because a) I’m indecisive and b) I’ve read a lot of books this year but also c) I am super heckin’ picky when it comes to books.
But I ended up loving Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston so much that I immediately reread it, or at least my favorite parts (which was … most of the book? 😅). Then I reread the whole thing again a few weeks later, and again a few months later to ward off a slump. It’s a mostly-light, heartwarming read that never fails to make me literally laugh out loud at certain parts and tear up at others.
Since RWRB is backlist, I’ll also include my favorite 2020 release: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco. I initially gave it 4.5 stars, but I literally have not been able to stop thinking about it since I finished. The characters are fantastically diverse, and sassy without being obnoxious or cringy; the worldbuilding is truly top-notch, drawing from a wealth of different fairytales and folklore; the narrative itself is, of course, fun and exciting. Seriously, I cannot wait for the next installment in this series.
green light go: green cover
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
(All three of these are excellent reads.)
LBD: sexiest character
I had A Time trying to figure out how to identify this character without getting into spoilers, so I’ll just call him The Man from The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. (Not Henry, the other man. Just in case it wasn’t obvious enough.) Honestly I don’t typically think of characters as sexy — scenes, sure; characters, not so much — but seduction is an integral part of his whole deal, so …
dally: best moment of 
Though 2020 has definitely been all-around rough, one of the highlights of my year was definitely fostering doggos with my local shelter.
Here’s a picture of the first puppies I got to bring home, a pair of 10-week-old huskies named Nico and Shadow — I wanted to name them Nico and Bianca (for the di Angelos), but my parents were inexplicably opposed to Bianca, so I had to come up with something else; it seemed weird to name a gray puppy Ghost (for the Ghost King) and we ultimately went with Shadow. They were a high-energy handful, but abso-freaking-lutely adorable.
sin querer queriendo: silly MC [or side character]
The first character who came to mind was Beckett Fowl (of the Fowl Twins, Artemis Fowl II’s younger brothers). Like any well-written character he’s got hidden depths, but also he’s an eleven-year-old boy who just wants to have a good time (and for the people he loves to also have a good time).
7 rings: new book[ish] friends
ahahahaha I haven’t really kept up with the bookish community, let alone met new people, in recent memory. So while there are tons of bookish friends I love — more than enough to dedicate a post just to appreciating y’all — I’m gonna sidestep this one for now.
kill this love: first book in 
In 2021 I’ll be continuing my tradition of starting the year by revisiting an all-time favorite book. As you may or may not know, I graduate next May (!!!) so I wanted to get in one last reread of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell while I’m still a college student like the main character, Cath. I loved it when I first read it in 2013, and again in 2017 and in 2019, so I’m cautiously optimistic that it’ll continue to hold up well.
After that, who knows? So many good books waiting to be discovered.
(Not actually tagging anyone, but if you want to do this one feel free to say I tagged you!)