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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag ⭐ 2022 Edition

Mid Year Book Freakout

Hello fellow bookworms It’s time for my favorite Tag of the year again! While I’m always surprised that half the year has passed already I love reflecting on how my reading has been going so far 💛 It’s so much fun to be looking back on favorites, least favorites, and other remarkable books of the first six months of the year which is why I’ll, of course, be doing the Mid Year Book Freakout Tag again! The Tag was originally created by Earl Grey Books and ReadLikeWildFire (who has since taken down the video though). This time I was tagged by the lovely Morgan @ morganisreadingagain, thank you!! 💕

I’m Tagging … 💗

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Best Book you’ve read so far in 2022?

How to Disappear (Sharon Huss Roat) ⭐  Unlike in the last years I didn’t have a clear contender (apart from the Nevermoor books) as I have loved all eleven 5-star reads I had so far this year 💖 My most recent favorite book is How to Disappear! It’s a fantastic book about a girl living with social anxiety and really gripped me with its authentic main character. There’s also a social media element that is handled really well and not portrayed as negatively as these things usually are. I would consider this a pretty underhyped book, so I wanted to recommend it, as it was a fantastic contemporary about Mental Health 💖 (I’m begging the author to release another book, it has been 5 years 😭)

Honorable Mentions

  • I also recently read What’s Not to Love (Emily WibberleyAustin Siegemund-Broka) and Between You, Me and the Honeybees (Amelia Diane Coombs) which definitely deserve a spot here as well 🥰

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Best Sequel you’ve read so far in 2022?

Wundersmith & Hollowpox (Jessica Townsend) ⭐ I am once again talking about the Nevermoor books 😂 I read books 2 and 3 at the beginning of the year after getting all the books in beautiful Hardcover editions! I love the whimsical world of Nevermoor and found family in these books so much 🥺 The sequels were just as great as the first book and I loved getting to see more of the world and politics! I think this is supposed to become a very long series, so I’m hyped for even more content in the future ✨

Honorable Mentions

  • I finally continued the Shadow Game Series and King of Fools (Amanda Foody) is a top tier sequel! 💕

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New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?

Witchlings (Claribel A. Ortega) ⭐ SO many good books have already come out and I definitely haven’t been able to catch up with them all. I have a good feeling about Witchlings, as ever since loving Nevermoor I have been craving magical Middle Grade Fantasy books 🥰 Witchlings is about young witches, covens, and being afraid of losing your magic. The premise sounds fantastic and I hope I get to read this book soon!

Honorable Mentions

  • Anatomy: A Love Story (Dana Schwartz)
  • One for All (Lillie Lainoff)
  • The Marvellers (Dhonielle Clayton)

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Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Silverborn: The Mystery of Morrigan Crow (Jessica Townsend) ⭐ I’m counting down the days until I can finally read the next Morrigan Crow book!! I got obsessed with this MG Fantasy series at the end of last year and I’m in luck as I read them just as the next book is on the horizon 🥳 I caught up with the Nevermoor books this March! EDIT: It looks like this got pushed back to 2023, NOOO!! I’m heartbroken 😭

Honorable Mentions

  • These Fleeting Shadows (Kate Alice Marshall)
  • Empty Smiles (Katherine Arden)
  • The Luminaries (Susan Dennard)

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 Biggest disappointment?

Strange the Dreamer (Laini Taylor) ⭐ Normally, I would have mentioned The Song of Achilles, but as I already mentioned it during my Quarter Year Book Tag, I decided to go with another unpopular opinion 🍵 While I did enjoy Strange the Dreamer (I rated it 3 stars), I was disappointed after hearing all the hype for years 😅 The main character Lazslo was interesting and I loved that he was a librarian/book lover … but the story was SO slow. The pacing was definitely off for me and I didn’t always vibe with Laini Taylor’s extensive descriptions, at times they distracted from the plot. I won’t be reading the sequel/conclusion, but I’ll give the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books a chance!

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Biggest surprise?

Anxious People (Fredrik Backman) ⭐ In this section I only mention the good surprises 😄 I read Anxious People because Veronika recommended it for the 12 Books in 12 Months challenge & I trust her recommendations! I hadn’t technically read a book by Backman before, though I did a try a chapter with his most popular work ‘A Man Called Ove’ and immediately disliked it. Therefore, I was nervous about this book. Turns out: Anxious People worked really well for me! The characters could make you roll your eyes but there were also many profound and sweet moments between them. The mystery and plot were really well-written – I love books that have unexpected and surprising connections 👀 The audiobook was fantastic as well and made for an amazing reading experience!

Honorable Mentions

  • Six Crimson Cranes (Elizabeth Lim)
  • Daisy Jones & the Six (Taylor Jenkins Reid)

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Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)?

Alexis Hall (Boyfriend Material) ⭐ I have discovered some great authors so far, so this was a hard choice. I feel drawn most to Alexis Hall right now! I loved Boyfriend Material so much, it was funny, dramatic, and romantic – exactly the kind of book I love to read 💖 I’m not only very excited for the sequel but many of Hall’s other works as well, including Something Fabulous and A Lady for a Duke (I even preordered this) 🥰

Honorable Mentions

  • Ijeoma Oluo (So You Want to Talk About Race)
  • Sara Barnard (A Quiet Kind of Thunder)

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Newest Favorite Character?

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow Review & Giveaway

Jupiter North (Nevermoor series) ⭐ Normally I only include characters I discovered in the current year, but I read Nevermoor towards the end of 2021 and didn’t get enough chance to gush about Jupiter 😄 I have been adoring the Nevermoor books and he’s by far my favorite character! Jupiter is this charismatic and chaotic hotel owner and basically the protagonist’s adoptive dad 🥺 I find him to be super fascinating, his charm is infectious but he also hides secrets and we don’t know much about his background so I’m intrigued 👀 I definitely hope we find out more about his past in the fourth book, that’s coming this year!

Honorable Mentions

  • Quinn & Carter (Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry)
  • Robin & Edwin (A Marvellous Light)

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Book that made you cry?

My Brother’s Husband (Gengoroh Tagame) ⭐ This manga really got me emotionally invested, so I had to mention it! I binged the first two volumes within days as I was touched by the story of found family, grief, and trying to move on. What hit me the hardest was definitely the ending, it was bittersweet even though you always knew how it had to end. The last couple of pages really made me sob, as I had grown so attached to the characters and their journey 😭

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Book that made you happy?

Act your Age, Eve Brown (Talia Hibbert) ⭐ Listening to romance books on audio is just always a good experience! I love the Brown Sisters books, but Eve Brown’s story is by far my favorite 🥰 I related to her insecurities and loved how positive she was. The romance is also my favorite out of all the books: grumpy x sunshine is an amazing trope 🥺 I just had such a good time reading this book, there was great romantic tension and lots of banter that made me grin!

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Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation?

Heartstopper: Netflix renova série para mais duas temporadas

Heartstopper!! (Netflix, S1) ⭐ There’s no doubt that Heartstopper is the best adaptation of the year!! I love the graphic novels and was so happy when they announced the Netflix series (and now two more seasons 🥳). The casting was on point and I like how close they stayed to the source material – though there were of course changes as well. You could really tell that Alice Oseman was involved in the writing and show, as the adaptation had the right feel! Afterward, I of course had to reread the graphic novels 😄

Honorable Mentions

  • Little Women (2019 Movie)
  • The Darkest Minds (Movie)

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Favorite Review?

Arc Review Sam Sylvester

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

All of Us Villains (Foody & Herman) & Queen of Volts (Amanda Foody) ⭐ There are too many books to name here, but I’m dedicating June to ClearUrSht and reading some of my Owned books, so that’s good. I hope I have read or I’m reading King of Fools by now (idk yet at the time of prewriting this post 😂 EDIT: I did it!! Very proud that I finally read this book!) 🙏🏻 I would definitely love to finish the Shadow Game Trilogy by reading Queen of Volts and Amanda Foody also had a new book coming out last year that I really need to read 💖

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What is the best book you’ve read so far? What is a new release you haven’t gotten to yet? What books do you need to read by the end of the year?⭐

25 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freakout Tag ⭐ 2022 Edition

  1. AHHH HAVE I EVER MENTIONED I ABSOLUTELY LOVEE READING ALL YOUR POSTS AND AM OBSESSED WITH YOUR BLOG??? 😭😭 Your writing is amazing!!

    All that you just said about how to disappear is making me even more desperate to get to it AHHH 😭 books with anxiety rep + social media GETS A DIRECT SPOT ON MY TBR THANK YOU!! And omggg 11 5-star reads already???? THAT SOUNDS SO NICE!!!

    AHHH witchlings sounds AMAZING and I’m surprised how I’ve never heard of it till now???? I NEED IT THOUGH!!! I read ‘one for all’ a few months back and was slightly disappointed actually 😥 fingers crossed you have better luck with it though!! AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING ALL YOUR THOUGHTS!!

    I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy strange the dreamer as much though 😭😭 its one of my favorites!! But I can see why you might not have liked it! The plot really was slow for majority of the book and things only started happening towards the end. WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE ENDING BTW????? 👀

    HEARTSTOPPER!!! IT IS PERFECTION AND DEFINITELY DESERVES ALL THE LOVE!!!! And omggg yesss I agree so much with everything you said about it!! The books are amazing BUT THE SHOW SOMEHOW SURPASSES EVEN THAT??????? (MAGIC) and the extra side character scenes are PURE GOLD AND I LOVE!!!!

    After all the nevermoor mentions in this post I OBVIOUSLY NEED TO GET TO IT RIGHT AWAY!!!! SO! THANK YOU!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS POST (AND YOUR BLOG) AND AM SO SO EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOUR UPCOMING POSTS ❤❤

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    1. Omg thank you so much!! You’re the sweetest 🥺❤️ How to Disappear is SUCH an underrated book, it does the anxiety rep so well and also discusses social media – a perfect book for me!!

      Witchlings has such a good premise! I keep hearing mixed things about One for All, so I’m dialing back my expectations 😅 Still so sad about Strange the Dreamer, the writing style and plot pace just didn’t work for me at all 😔 The ending definitely did shock me, I did not think it would end like this 😲

      Heartstopper has just taken the bookish world by storm! I love the graphic novels and the show was amazing as well ❤️ I hope you get around to reading Nevermoor!!

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  2. This tag is always so much fun to read and I love all your answers!! I am getting the feeling you love Nevermoor?? and I love it!! It makes me even more excited to read them, it sounds great! I am sorry Strange The Dreamer was a little disappointing. Tbh I feel like I am never going to read them… I do like prose and lyrical writing at times but I don’t feel drawn to those books in particular. Lazlo being a book lover is cute though!
    I just keep hearing more and more good reviews on Alexis Hall’s books. Boyfriend Material being the main one but A Lady for a Duke too. I hope you enjoy that one!
    Once again, loved reading this post Caro! 🥰

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophie ❤️ Yes NEVERMOOR!! 😉 I hope you enjoy the books, I just love their whimsical atmosphere and the characters 🥰 Strange the Dreamer had some good things going for it, but the writing style didn’t work for me at all … and the plot was so slow 🙈 Boyfriend Material is great! I really hope to read A Lady for a Duke as well soon ❤️ Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  3. Loved reading your answers! Ahh, I knew Nevermoor would be on this list! 😂 Jupiter is such a wholesome character, he kinda reminds me of Linus from House in the Cerulean Sea! 💙
    Heartstopper was so good! It looks like I forgot to include that question, but I’d have chosen Heartstopper too.

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  4. AHHH HEARTSTOPPER!! THE TV SHOW WAS JUST AMAZING!!! I loved all the characters plus we got so many scenes with the side characters too!! and I hope you enjoy all of us vilains! I ended up dnf-ing it because I didn’t have enough time – but I’m looking forward to getting to it sometime again!

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    1. YES! Heartstopper is amazing and I loved how they adapted the show, it was simply perfect and exactly how I envisioned it 🥰 Sorry to hear All of Us Villains didn’t quite work for you, I hope you can give it another chance!

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  5. loved reading your answers to this tag! Same here, Witchlings is one of my top middle grade books to read before the end of the year. Sorry to hear Strange The Dreamer disappointed, honestly its taken me a while to realize there’s lots of popular / older ya books I just might not get too & I think that’s one of them. I can see how the descriptions can distract from the story. I’m also amazed at how you could pick a single book for each question (that seems so difficult 😅) Hope you enjoy the rest of your reading year Caro!! 💕✨

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    1. Thank you!! Witchlings is one of THE Middle Grade books I’m most excited for this year 🥰 Strange the Dreamer was just SO hyped up and the writing style is really particular – I feel like you either love it or hate it 🙈 Thanks! I hope you have a great reading year as well ❤️

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  6. I just scheduled this tag myself. We have Witchlings in common. I also need to get to that one. Talia Hibbert’s books always make me happy and who can resist a grumpy/sunshine dynamic? I am really curious about The Luminaries. Interested in finding out how Susan Dennard adapts the story from that fun twitter journey. Hope the second half of 2022 is amazing for you!

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    1. Witchlings is one of my most anticipated releases, it sounds like SO much fun 🥰 Talia Hibbert excels at writing the grumpy x sunshine dynamic, I cannot wait to read even more of her backlist😊 The Luminaries will be so much fun! I’m intrigued to see how it turns out and changed as well 😄

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  7. Thank you so much for tagging me in this!! I absolutely adore the Mid Year Book Freakout, it’s probably my favourite post to do every year, so now I’m extra excited for it! 😄

    I absolutely loved Boyfriend Material, and I definitely want to read more of Alexis Hall’s books. I’m excited for the sequel to come out this year! And I was also disappointed by Strange the Dreamer – it’s been a couple years since I read it, but I tried to listen to it on audio and I just got bored and abandoned it. As far as I remember the writing style was very flowery and it felt like a lot of words were happening but the story was very slow to go anywhere.

    I don’t read middle grade right now, but if I ever do feel like it you’ve definitely convinced me I should try the Morrigan Crow series first! It sounds like something I would’ve loved when I was younger, so if I ever want to revisit that time I’ll be sure to pick it up. Thanks again for the tag! 🥰

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    1. You’re welcome, I love to do this Tag again every year as well ❤️
      Boyfriend Material was truly so good, I need to read more of Alexis Hall’s backlist 😊 I also listened to Strange the Dreamer on audiobook and even that didn’t make the writing better for me. I don’t like purple prose (especially if it’s so extreme) and the plot was super slow for me as well 😔
      I didn’t read much Middle Grade until recently, so I hope you give the Nevermoor books a chance should you be in the mood for it 😊
      Thank you for reading!

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  8. I’m currently reading Nevermoor and I’m really liking it so far!! I definitely want to know more about Jupiter North too. I’ve only read Get a Life, Chloe Brown and I loved it so I really need to continue reading the Brown Sisters series! Some of the best books I’ve read so far this year are Vicious by V.E. Schwab, Pride and Prejudice and People We Meet on Vacation!

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    1. SO glad to hear that you’re liking Nevermoor!! Jupiter North is the best, I hope we get to know more about him in future books 😊 Get a Life, Chloe Brown was so much fun, I really liked the rest of the series as well and thought it was even a tiny bit better 😄 I LOVE Vicious as well!! And People We Meet on Vacation was amazing as well 🥰

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