Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag | 2022

I’ve seen this tag going around on YouTube recently, so I thought it’d be fun to participate in it through blog format. Admittedly, I haven’t been reading very much this year. We’ve been traveling a lot and have had lots of changes happening, so my reading has fallen to the wayside. At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to read 50 books by the end of the year. I usually only set a goal of about 30-35 books every year, but I wanted to challenge myself this year. I’m not pressuring myself to reach the goal, but instead, I want to see how many I can actually read and not just cut myself short by only setting a goal of 30-35 books. I’m a bit behind — and by “a bit” I mean wayyyy behind — but I feel like it’s still attainable.

Tag questions:

  1. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2022?

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson for sure! I sped through this and it’s definitely gotten me out of my reading slump. It definitely lives up to the hype!

  1. The best sequel you’ve read so far.

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I’ve only read two sequels so far this year, but I’ve started on other series. Just haven’t gotten to the second books of those yet.

  1. A new release you haven’t read yet but really want to.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I just recently bought this one actually but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, the last book of The Inheritance Games series! August can’t come fast enough!

  1. Your biggest disappointment.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I don’t know why but this book kind of creeped me out at times. Was hoping to love it though because of all the hype… But I think I’ve decided that Ishiguro isn’t for me because I was also not very impressed with Klara and the Sun.

  1. Your biggest surprise.

The 5th Wave. I didn’t really know what to expect when I first started it. Sometimes I find action/adventure books to be a bit boring, but then if it’s something like The Hunger Games then I’m a huge fan. It just kind of depends. I think the mix of thriller and a bit of romance in The 5th Wave helped keep things interesting for me. And I finished it pretty quickly too. I’m afraid to read the rest of the series, though, because from the reviews it doesn’t seem like many readers were fans of the rest of the books. So we’ll see.

  1. Your favorite new author.

Holly Jackson. I really enjoyed her writing style in A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

  1. Your new fictional crush.

None? I don’t really have fictional crushes…

  1. Your newest favorite character.

Currently reading Keeper of the Lost Cities and I’m really liking Sophie. I feel like I can relate to her.

  1. A book that made you cry.

None yet. I try to steer away from books that may potentially make me cry. Unless they are a must-read then I’ll probably read it and cry.

  1. A book that made you happy.

I’m only now realizing that I don’t read many books that “make me happy.” I like to read intriguing/interesting/thrilling books. But Confessions of a Bookseller was funny. I read Shaun Bythell’s first book of this series, Diary of a Bookseller, and really enjoyed it. He’s a dry/funny man with interesting customers that come into his bookshop and entertaining employees. There were times when I actually laughed out loud too.

  1. The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year.

Definitely The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I got the hardcover from a cute bookstore in Arizona.

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I would really like to make some progress on some of the series I’ve started this year: Maze Runner, The 5th Wave, A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder. And I’d also like to read more Emily Henry because I haven’t picked up a single book by her yet and have only heard good things about her!

So far I’ve only read 14 books out my 50… But I’ve been reading so much lately, so I feel like I’ll catch up and not be “11 books behind schedule”, according to Goodreads. *rolls eyes*

Let me know what your favorite books so far this year is in the comments!


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