I stand by that headline. The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag is my favorite tag to do, and one of my favorites to read. So of course, I had to do it for this year! There’s a lot of questions, so let’s just jump right in shall we?
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2022?
All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir still strikes me speechless all these months later. It is a story that I think fully captures the depth and raging emotions of the human soul, and that’s something that cannot be easily surpassed. Its premise is deceivingly simple: a story of two best friends struggling to escape and survive their small desert town. The reality is a much more complex truth, a beautifully written story that evokes feelings beyond what you might expect. This is going to be a hard one to beat for the title of favorite of the year come December.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2022?
I’m sorry but Vol. 2 of Dawn of the Arcana fully cemented this story as being one that I want to continue. The ANGST??? AKA the fact that we might have a possible love triangle/enemies-to-lovers romance is absolutely destroying me. That’s all.
New Release(s) You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To?
I know, I need help.
Most Anticipated Release(s) For The Second Half of the Year?
Believe it or not, this is as close to 1 book as I could possibly get. No joke.
*shuffles awkwardly*. I was so excited about this book! Unfortunately, it just…fell a bit flat for me. The plot moved at such a glacial pace, not to mention that it was pretty much the most predictable plotline ever. However, I really appreciated getting to read from the viewpoint of the main character with POTS. I can see a lot of potential for this author!
The way Flirting With Fate came out of left field* and stole my heart…I wasn’t expecting it at ALL. It’s just funny and romantic, with a supernatural twist that really elevated the fun. I laughed, I cried, I swooned…what more could I want from a surprise favorite?
Favorite New Author (New To You or Debut)?
This Vicious Grace has basically crowned Emily Thiede as my #1 debut author of the year. I was wondering if I just wasn’t feeling YA fantasies anymore when I read this debut, and it absolutely blew me away. It’s funny (like much funnier than I was expecting) and romantic in a way that isn’t full of cringe and boredom at all. I can’t wait for the sequel and anything else the author puts out!
Newest Fictional Crush/Ship?
Since I don’t have a new fictional crush (I know, who am I?) I changed the question to new favorite ship. And obviously, that award goes to Nico and Libby in The Atlas Six. Sure, they’re not canon (yet) but who said they had to be? Anyways, if they don’t get together in the sequel, I’ll roll a Ferris Wheel into a pier. Somehow.
Newest Favorite Fictional Character?
A Book That Made You Cry?
There’s a certain scene near the end of the book that absolutely broke me. The characters had me sobbing with what was happening. And that’s all I can without spoilers!
A Book That Made You Happy?
This book is just the perfect happy summertime read! I couldn’t put it down, and I was grinning the whole time. The comedy and the romance and the adorable friendships are just AH.
Favorite Book-To-Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year?
Okay so technically…I haven’t read this manga. BUT I HAVE SEEN MOST OF THE ANIME AND IT’S SO GOOD. It’s beyond wholesome. It’s so funny too. In case you need any convincing on watching it, just know that it’s about a spy who’s forced to adopt a child and get married for a mission. Only, the child he adopts is secretly a telepath and his wife is an assassin. It sounds ridiculous but believe me it’s worth the watch.
Favorite Post You’ve Written This Year?
My review of The Atlas Six is just so funny to me because I really don’t like Parisa. I reread it every so often and have to restrain myself from adding another paragraph or two because I really don’t like Parisa.
Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought Or Received This Year?
One is a physical hardcover and the other is an e-galley but they’re both so beautiful!
What Books Do You Need To Read By The End Of The Year?
Too many to count. And since I’m notoriously bad at finishing books I say I’m going to read, maybe I’ll actually get around to doing it if I never say it*!
*this is a really roundabout way of saying “I’m a failure and can never read all the books i name”
Favorite Book Community Member?
So that’s it! I tag all of you who might want to do this!