Hi everyone! It’s officially time for another Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag. If you’ve been around here for a while you might remember I participated in this last year so when I saw this over on Suhani’s blog I knew it was time for the 2022 edition! This tag was originally created by Chami.
This year’s honestly already been such an eventful year for me… I’ve turned eighteen, completed all my A Levels (and am now in the long process of waiting for results), visited some amazing places with some even more amazing people and officially left school (I even had prom just over a week ago!). I know that this is only the start of what else this year holds – I’m moving out to start at university in September, for starters – and I’m really excited to see what else this year will hold.
And, of course, one of the things which I’m most excited about is my blog! Now that I have all my exams out of the way I finally have the time to fully dedicate myself to my blog and creating new content. I have a lot of exciting things planned – I’m hoping to join a new reviewing community, finally monetize my blog, do some guest posts, revamp my blog a bit and launch my bookstagram account, in addition to all my new post ideas. I also can’t wait to read more – I’m very behind on my Goodreads goal of 60 books (I’m currently on 18) but I think I can turn things around!
Anyway, that’s enough of me rambling! Let’s get on to what I have managed to read so far this year.
Best Book You Have Read So Far in 2022?
That would have to be You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao! This was actually the first book I read this year, and it set the bar very high. It was genuinely such a beautiful, bittersweet read, and it had all the things I look for in a contemporary – amazing character development, meaningful themes and great relationships. I also love a sad ending every once in a while and this certainly delivered!
Best Sequel You Have Read in 2022?
I would have to go with Blood Stew by Todd Sullivan! I really appreciated Todd sending over the entire Windshine Chronicles series in exchange for some honest reviews and this was the perfect conclusion to the trilogy. I loved how action packed it was, with multiple different storylines, and I also really appreciated the return of some old favourites and learning more about the history of the Dark Elves.
New Release You Have Not Read Yet, But Want To?
I can’t choose just one, so I’m going to have to go for Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney and I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston. Both of these released last month and I was lucky enough to receive them for my birthday, so it’s only a matter of reading them now that exams are over!
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of 2022?
The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Nothing More To Tell by Karen McManus. I’ve already preordered both of these (they release on the 1st September) and I already know I’m going to have difficulties deciding which one to read first, haha. I love a good mystery and both of these look like they’re going to be absolutely incredible!
That’s a surprisingly difficult question – I actually could’ve chosen a few books to go here, I’ve had a few disappointments this year. That being said, the biggest one would have to be Last One To Die by Cynthia Murphy. The execution just fell really flat to me, I was expecting so many great things from this mystery but the writing style was really off, the main character annoyed me and the twist was predictable. It also didn’t help that the romance was the main focus of what was marketed as a mystery, which is always so annoying!
That would be If This Gets Out by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich! I honestly wasn’t expecting this to cover as many important topics as it did, but I was really pleasantly surprised by it. I loved that a darker side to the music industry was explored as well as Zach’s struggle to come with his sexuality, which I’m sure many readers would appreciate.
Favourite New Author?
I’m going to have to go with Goldy Moldavasky, author of The Last Girl! I really enjoyed this book, it’s up there with my favourite reads of the year and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of her work. I recently found out that she’s releasing a new book (Lord Of The Fly Fest) in August which I’m super excited for and need to preorder!
Newest Favourite Character?
Ooh that’s a tricky one! With that being said, Biahnd from Beckoning Of The Gate (by Benjamin J. Ryan) really stood out to me. She was such an unusual character and I loved the contribution the little dog brought to the book. To be completely honest with you, I am really not a dog person, so I think it says a lot that I still ended up loving this character so much!
Book That Made You Happy?
Pretty much any contemporary I’ve read this year, haha! She Gets The Girl was a real favourite of mine though – I don’t think I’ll ever stop recommending it! Molly and Alex were just so incredibly cute together and I loved that it featured two of my favourite tropes – working together to get your crush’s attention only to fall for each other and, of course, best friends to lovers. It has all the feel good vibes you’d want from a great contemporary!
Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han! I read this series years ago and loved it so much, so I knew I had to watch it when it came out on Prime! I really loved this adaptation, I think they did a really amazing job with it and I actually ended up watching the whole series in one day last Thursday. It’s made me want to reread all the books again after watching it!
Favourite Post You Have Written This Year?
This is honestly such a tough question – there have been so many posts I’ve enjoyed writing this year, like my mental health and Pride recommendation posts. Overall, though, it would have to be my first ever blogiversary Q and A – it was so much fun to write and reflect on the past year of blogging! It took me such a long time to write but I enjoyed every second of it.
Most Beautiful Book You Have Bought This Year?
Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo! After reading To Kill A Kingdom and loving it I couldn’t resist picking this up last month. I love the silhouettes of the buildings and the silver detailing – I think it makes for a really beautiful cover!
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of the Year?
I don’t think I necessarily need to read any books by the end of the year, but there are so many that I want to – it feels like the list is endless, but I’ve narrowed it down to my top ten. It’s honestly mind blowing to me that nearly half of these were on my list last year too – I still can’t believe I haven’t read them! I guess that’s what happens when you’re more of a mood reader…
- Six Of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo
- The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black
- These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
- Kingdom Of The Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
- I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
- Confessions Of An Alleged Good Girl by Joya Goffney
- Ace Of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
- Better Than The Movies by Lynn Painter
- White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t tag Hannah, who tagged me last year, but other than that I’m opening this up to anyone and everyone who’d like to participate! If you do please let me know and I’ll be sure to check out your post.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post!