End of the year Superlatives tag

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. It’s been more than a month since the year actually ended. And it’s taken me way too long to do this tag. Super sorry but hopefully everyone will enjoy it anyways!
I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Alex @The Scribe Owl. This is her first original tag so I really hope that you check her original post and her blog when you have time!

~Rules~

  • Fill out each of the prompts with your answer. Each character/book you choose has to be one you read in 2020.
  • Tag as many or few people as you want, but preferably somewhere around 10.
  • Have fun and happy new year!!

~Book Tag~

I just want to say one thing before I begin, the first part of this tag is a lot like my bookish awards that I do in each of my wrap ups. Therefore, my answers for a few of these questions will probably be the exact same thing as in those awards for my December/yearly wrap up. So sorry for any repeats that you read!

Best Villain

As I said in my yearly wrap up post, I cannot tell you.
That is to say, I believe that the best villain I read in 2020 was in Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. Unfortunately, said villain isn’t actually introduced as a villain until about halfway through the book at least and as much as I love spoiling things for my family members, I’m not going to go around spoiling this entire book for all of you.
Bottom line: you want to know the best villain? Read the darn book.


Best Main Character

Fie from The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owens was the best main character I read this year. Fie’s a super fun main character because she’s just so determined and…well, there was something about her that made her really likeable in my opinion. I don’t know what it was and also I read these books several months ago and my brain is immune to retaining book-related information. Maybe I’ve just read so many books that my brain has just decided it can’t possibly keep all the information about all the books so it just decides to keep none. Who knows?


Best side character

Well, this one took me a bit to figure out. I was very torn between Silas, from Sorcery of Thorns, and Felicity from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. In the end I chose Silas because Felicity does actually get her own book in The Montague Siblings series.
Anyways. Silas. I actually can’t remember what I loved so much about him but he was just…oh my gosh, it’s a shocker any of you put up with my posts because I feel like half of them are just ‘I don’t know why I liked ___ but I did :)’.
Anyways. Trying to think back to what I liked about him. Also looking back at my Sorcery of Thorns review. I think I liked Silas because you could tell that he really did care about Nathaniel. Even though he was under this contract and he was…certainly interesting when he was not bound, it still really felt like he really did care about Nathaniel.


Tough luck: a character you’re glad you aren’t

Honestly, I think I’m going to have to agree with Alex for this one…I would definitely not want to be Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows. He’s just…well, if you’ve read it, you know, if you haven’t, go read it what are you waiting for.


Best place to raise a family: A place that you wouldn’t mind settling down in

Oh how could I not say it.
No actually I literally cannot say it now, I’ve forgotten the world name and because it would be an embarrassment if I actually posted this like this…time to ask someone.
Hello I’m back and wow how could I possibly forget.
Living in the lost cities, from Keeper of the Lost Cities would be AMAZING (and yes, I literally forgot what the lost cities were called). Honestly, I sort of feel like Shannon Messenger just took out all the bad things from our world and added a whole bunch of good food and bam, we have the lost cities. I want to eat that food so badddddd. (oh look, it’s my daily reminder that I need to read 8.5. I OWN the darn book, I need to get to it!)


Uninhabitable: A setting you would never want to live in

Ah, well, eh heh.
There’re countless books out there with terrible worlds. You know, the ones where women are super oppressed, things like that (it’s always the women. Always. I mean, reading a book where there are oppressed men who fight a bunch of women to land on top does not sound like a fun time but even in those books where the main point ISN’T actually fighting that oppression, it’s the women who are the oppressed. Fun times).
BUT I’ve chosen ‘1984’ by George Orwell.
Literally everything you do is watched and listened to.
If you step one toe out of line and are caught, you’re tortured until basically all you can think about is your loyalty for ‘Big Brother’.
Yeah, no thanks 🙂


Most likely to succeed: An indie or under-hyped book that everyone would like if they just tried it.

Not going to lie, I don’t follow the hype.
By which I mean I don’t even know where the hype is at any given time??? Here’s what I know: Six of Crows=hype. The Cruel Prince=hype. Everything else=? (I mean okay those were just the first two hyped YA books I could think of. I’m not going to go answering Percy Jackson or Harry Potter to this question).
But I’ll go with a book that was very good and I haven’t heard much about. That sounds underhyped, right? Probably? Hopefully?
Anyways. Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland. IT WAS SUPER GOOD. I loved the protagonist, Jane, as well as the other main character, Katherine. Plus, it’s got good rep! Jane is biracial and bisexual and Katherine is black and aro/ace.


Life of the party: a book that kept you laughing and having a good time

Okay so THIS one is quite EASILY ‘The Extraordinaries’ by TJ Klune. The Extraordinaries just kept me laughing throughout the whole book, it was just so funny and I just loved it because of that.


Most unforgettable: A book you couldn’t forget if you tried.

I…feel like it’s a bad sign if I have to actually LOOK THROUGH my 2020 books to find the ‘most unforgettable’ books. But the thing is, even if there is a book that is ‘unforgettable’ for me, if my memory isn’t jogged on it, I’m never going to think of it.
I swear this prompt is keeping me from doing the rest of the tag, I keep staring at it and going ‘I don’t know’ and turning to do something else AAAH.
Okay, here goes. Maybe I’m being a little bit boring here but I’m going to go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Six of Crows is just…Six of Crows, I don’t know what else to say about it. It’s unforgettable.


Most unique: A book unlike anything you’ve ever read before

Don’t you just love when you’re doing a book tag and a book immediately pops into your mind when you see a question?
For this one I’m going with The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to think of this book when I first went into it. It was, in fact, like nothing I’ve ever heard and the premise was just so different. The tagline is ‘Can their love of books and pop music save the world?’ But I did end up enjoying The Sound of Stars.


Well, that’s a wrap of this wonderful tag! I hope that you all really enjoyed doing this! I know a bunch of people who’ve been tagged for this already so apologies if you’ve already been tagged but here goes:

Alright! That’s all for today, friends! I hope that you enjoyed this post and I can’t wait to see you next week for a new type of post that I’m trying out that I hope you all will really enjoy!
What did you think of this post? What are some of your favorite books from 2020? Let me know in the comments!

34 thoughts on “End of the year Superlatives tag

  1. okay but six of crows deserves ALL the hype haha!! dread nations also sounds so good, so i definitely need to read that soon!! omg okay so my copy of sorcery thorns came today, and i was so excited!! can we talk about how pretty the book is in hardcover!!?!? ahhh its so shiny and i love it so much, so i can’t wait to read it soon!! i loved reading all your answers for this tag, phoenix!! 💞💞

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    1. Haha it really does! Ooh, I hope you check it out, it’s not one I hear about much (clearly, as it’s my underhyped choice) but I really enjoyed it! Oooh, that’s awesome! Haha I got the ebook so I have no idea how pretty the hardcover is but it does have a very nice looking cover. I hope that you enjoy it, it’s a super good book! Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Awesome post!! And thanks so much for tagging me, I’ll be sure to do this! Also, I love Silas too, and Six of Crows is definitely unforgettable!! ❤

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  3. YES SIX OF CROWS IS ABSOLUTELY UNFORGETTABLE but I agree, I would NOT want to be Kaz, the only thing I want is just one of his brain cells haha!! 🤩 YES THE LOST CITIES – truly the food there makes the world ten times more incredible… please get to book 8.5 soon Phoenix you need to join the waiting-in-agony-for-book-9 club!! I hope you love it just as much. ✨ The Sound of Stars sounds intriguing, I’m going to check that one out! Lovely post as always Phoenix and I’m anticipating the new type of post for next week! 💖💖

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    1. Haha yes Kaz is super smart but also, like…scary and traumatized lol. Yeah, it’s so rare that I use KOTLC in a book tag but my brain immediately went to that when I read that prompt! Haha I actually started 8.5 a few days ago! I read the novella first because my sister told me to, so that I’d have more KOTLC content once I reached that cliffhanger so I’ve read the entire novella and then gotten up through Keefe’s detention records (haha) at the beginning of the book. It’s really interesting to read all these things, though some of the info on the people in the files I’ve been skipping over since it’s basically just summaries of the entire other 8 books but focused on specific people….
      Oh, I hope that you do check out the Sound of Stars!
      Thank you and haha I hope you enjoy it…it’s not an entirely new post just a new type of post for me and I’m not entirely sure how well I’ll do…but we’ll see!

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      1. AHH YOU READ UNLOCKED! How was the ending for you?? (Was I the only one who was overwhelmed haha?) Can understand: the series guide was really detailed… ahh yes Keefe’s extensive detention records… wait till you see the food oh my goodness if only it existed… nonetheless I’m looking forward to your post! ✨

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      2. YEAH! well, I’m still reading it but yep I read the novella. Eeh, the ending wasn’t too bad for me, I mean Keefe is just…Keefe. Overreacts a lot haha. Really, book 8’s ending was the surprising one (though lemme just say that I TOTALLY guessed who Sophie’s mom was like at the beginning of the book). Haha the detention records were so funny though…but some of the comments, especially ones that ‘magnate leto’ left weren’t even related to Keefe? It’s like he just had the detention record out so often that he just decided to make comments on it about other stuff. Yeahhh I’m really looking forwards to the food!

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