Hello, and happy Tuesday! This is my third year doing this tag, and it’s one of my favorites. If I was really trying to do this tag halfway through the year I would have done it well over a month ago, but that didn’t happen, so, here are we now well into mid August with my 2022 edition of the mid-year book freak out tag!
1. Best Book You’ve Read This Year?
Out of the 53 books I’ve read so far this year, I can’t pick one, so here are my top four: They’re all very different, but they’re all sapphic, and all are absolutely amazing!!
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read This Year?
The best sequel I read this year is The Nectar of Immortality, by Roshani Chokshi. I don’t know if the sequel has to be the second book in a series, so I’m going to use this Aru Shah book, even though it’s the fifth in the series.
Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality is the fifth and final book in the Pandava series by Roshani Chokshi, and it is an amazing book! I think that it is a great end to the series, and that it does a great job wrapping up the plot and the stories of all of the characters. I loved reading it, although I am sad that the series is coming to an end!
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?
One new release that I haven’t read yet but want to is A Prayer for the Crown Shy, by Becky Chambers. It’s the sequel to Psalm for the Wild Built, which I read last summer and loved. I’ve been waiting for it for a while, and I’m very excited to read it!
4. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year?
One of my most anticipated releases for the second half of the year is The Ones We Burn, by Rebecca Mix. Its a sapphic YA fantasy, and it looks absolutely amazing!!
Another is Never Ever Getting Back Together, by Sophie Gonzales. I actually got an advance copy of this one from the publisher, and I really need to get to reading it because Sophie Gonzales is one of my very favorite authors!
The Ones We Burn comes out on November 1st, and Never Ever Getting Back Together comes out on November 29th, and I can’t wait to read them both!!
The book that I think I’m most excited for is A Million to One, by Adiba Jaigirdar, which comes out on December 13th. Adiba Jaigirdar has been one of my favorite authors for years, and I love her writing so much. I’m going to be reading A Million to One the day it comes out!!
5. Biggest Disappointment?
Shatter Me and A Torch Against the Night. Neither of these books were terrible, but I had really high expectations for both of them that were not met. They’re both really popular books, and I know a lot of people who loved them, but I just didn’t love them that much.
A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, and is the second book in the series. I didn’t dislike it, but I didn’t like it that much either. I guess I just don’t love the way that the series is going, and I’m not a fan of how many different fantasy elements keep being added.
I still might read more books in the Shatter Me series, because the plot is interesting, but it’s just not as incredible as I’d expected it to be. The series might just not be for me, but I do want to give the series another chance, so I might try the sequel, just because of how much I know a lot of people love it.
6. Biggest Surprise?
My biggest (pleasant) surprise so far this year has been Under the Udala Trees, by Chinelo Okparanta. I actually read this one for school, and ended up loving it! I thought it looked good when I started it, but I don’t generally have the best expectations for books I’m assigned in school.
I loved reading Under the Udala Trees, and it’s one of my favorite reads so far this year!
7. New Favorite Author (New To You Or Debut)?
My favorite new-to-me author from this year is Remi K. England!
They are the author of The One True Me and You, which I read earlier this year, as well as two other books.
The One True Me and You is an amazing book, and I really loved England’s writing style. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for any of their future books, and I’m going to try to read some of their older books as well!
7. Newest Favorite Character?
My newest favorite character is Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel! I read the comics during the school year and loved them, and then I watched the show when it came out earlier this summer! I really loved Kamala’s character in the comics and in the show, and I’m excited to see where else she appears in the MCU.
8. Book That Made You Cry?
One book that made me cry was Last Night at the Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo. It was an amazing and heartbreaking book, and the writing was so beautiful I definitely teared up in multiple places!!
9. Book That Made You Happy?
One book that made me happy this year was When You Get the Chance, by Emma Lord. I love Emma Lord so much, and her books always make me smile!! When You Get the Chance, which came out at the beginning of this year, was no exception.
10. Favorite Book To Film Adaptation?
My favorite book to film adaptation that came out this year is definitely Heartstopper! The cast was absolutely amazing, and the story really stayed true to the plot of the books. I can’t wait to watch the next seasons!!
11. Favorite Post You Have Done This Year?
My favorite post I’ve done this year is this one: May 2022 topics & an LTB announcement
This is because this was the start of me hosting Let’s Talk Bookish, which has been the biggest blogging change for me this year. It’s been amazing to be the host of LTB, so this is definitely one of my favorite posts from this year!
12 .Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought Or Received This Year?
She Who Became the Sun might be the most beautiful book I bought this year, because look at that cover! I’ve only just started reading it, but I love it so far, and the cover just really catches your attention. I think that the colors are really neat, and the title is so cool as well!
13. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?
Some books I want to read by the end of the year are:
Whoever wants to do this tag (and hasn’t already gotten to it)
What’s the best book you’ve read this year? What books do you need to read by the end of the year? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Chat with me in the comments below!