the mid-year book freak-out tag

(Do you like today’s featured image? My little sister got into my Canva drafts and finished it up for me. It definitely tells you a lot about her personality. :P)

Hello, my friends, and welcome back to my little corner of the internet! I took a mostly unplanned absence for a couple of weeks, just when I thought I was getting into a consistent posting routine. I’m blaming it on camp. It’s hard to get back into normal life after the most amazing week of your entire life. But you’ll hear more about that in a different post, probably June’s life lately. Today, I’ve got another bookish post for you!

Over the years, I’ve seen many people do this tag, and since it’s that time of the year again, it’s resurfaced. It looked like a lot of fun to me, especially since I’ve been trying really hard to get back into reading this year, so I decided it was time to jump on the band-wagon and do this tag myself. 🙂 So let’s get into it!

First of all, let’s take a look at my reading goal for the year. I want to read 80 books, and I’m currently at 34 books. So I’m about five books behind schedule, but I do have two that I’m set to finish up today, sooo… hopefully I can catch up and keep from falling further behind. Wish me luck!

  1. Best book you’ve read so far

Ohhh, that’s such a hard one… I’ve read so many amazing books this year! But I think I’m going to have to give this one to Planet Earth is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos. It’s such a beautiful and bittersweet story, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far

I haven’t actually read a whole lot of sequels this year, aside from the Percy Jackson series… oh, I really enjoyed Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welsh. It was a bit different from the first two books in the trilogy, but it was a fun summer themed read, and I liked it a lot!

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

I… don’t keep up with new releases very well, if we’re being honest. But during the first half of the year, Bob Goff released a new book called Undistracted that I still haven’t gotten to read! I definitely want to get around to it soon, though. I love all of Mr. Goff’s books, and I just need to get my hands on a copy of Undistracted in order to read it.

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

There are a few that I’m looking forward to! First of all, coming out next month, The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson. Next, Stellarlune by Shannon Messenger (because I’ve been reading Keeper of the Lost Cities for years and I can’t just stop now).

But the one that I am definitely most excited for is We Could Be Villains by Megan Mccullough. I still need to get around to pre-ordering it, but oh my skies, it looks fantastic. So many Marvel vibes. I cannot wait to read it!

5. Biggest disappointment.

That would have to be Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I just could not stand it. I can see why it’s a classic, but it’s not a book that I enjoyed. Naturally, it’s one of my sister’s new favorite books. So we’re at a bit of a stand-off concerning the subject. 😅 Seriously, though, I don’t think it’s a bad book, it’s just not for me.

6. Biggest surprise.

I think it might have to be Peace Like A River by Leif Enger. I was not looking forward to reading it. At all. It was a book I had to read for school, and I kept procrastinating and just refused to pick it up because I didn’t expect to enjoy it. But finally, the end of the term came about and I had to finish it in order to finish the term. So I picked it up, and lo and behold… I loved it.

Seriously, it’s an amazing and impactful book. If you haven’t read it, I highly encourage you to do so!

7. Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

Oof, another hard one… I mean, I’ve been reading a lot of Rick Riordan, and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve been reading so far, but I don’t know that I would count him as a favorite author. It’s kind of the same thing with Jenna Evans Welsh- I enjoyed her books and would possibly count the books as favorites, but I don’t really like attaching “favorites” to most authors unless I know a lot about them. I think when you’re choosing a favorite author, you also have to look at them as a person, and I just don’t know enough about any of the authors I’ve recently discovered to bestow that title on.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Mm, I don’t get a lot of fictional crushes anymore. I know, boring old me. I was very intrigued by Davy from Peace Like a River, but I wouldn’t exactly call it a “crush”. Nikolai from the Shadow and Bone trilogy was also an interesting character, but again, I wouldn’t call it a crush.

9. Newest favorite character.

Thalia Grace from Percy Jackson, I think. But also Annabeth Chase and Percy Jackson himself. And Nova from Planet Earth is Blue and Willow Chance from Counting by 7s. Characters are my favorite part of any book and so this question is impossible to answer with just one answer.

10. Book that made you cry.

I’m going to have to double up and give this one to Planet Earth is Blue. Tears. So many tears. *sobs*

11. Book that made you happy

Love & Gelato or The Lightning Thief. I really enjoyed both of them and they were each fun and lighthearted reads, with just the right amount of adventure in each.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Probably the Barnes and Noble collector’s edition of War And Peace. Which I might never get around to reading (why is it so bigggg), but hey, it looks really pretty on my shelves.

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

I don’t think there are any books that I need to read by the end of the year, but there are plenty of books that I want to read! Here’s the top few books on my 2022 TBR list:

~ The Star That Always Stays by Anna Rose Johnson

~ We Could Be Villains by Megan Mccullough

~ Re-read of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

~ Undistracted by Bob Goff

~ Re-read of Wonder by R.J Palacio

There are many more, but I think these are my top priority! At least, for now. My TBR list changes rapidly and it’s hard to keep up with. 😛


Well, that’s it for today, my friends! How have your reading goals been going? What are some books on your TBR list?

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again soon!




8 thoughts on “the mid-year book freak-out tag

  1. I don’t know… I’m not up on new books at all… I was visiting my parents a few weeks ago, and somehow the topic of James Michener came up. My mom had read several of his, and asked me if I had; I hadn’t. I found a beat-up old paperback of Michener’s Texas on the bookshelf and asked if I could borrow it, but I’ve only gotten through two chapters, not that it isn’t good, but just that I’ve had so much going on. If I do finish it, it might be the longest fictional book I’ve ever read (around 1300 pages) (Stephen King’s It and The Stand are the only books in the four digits of pages that I’ve ever finished, other than textbooks, but I’m too lazy to get up and see right now exactly how long they are).

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  2. hehe love the featured image! 😂💕
    i really thought i was gonna like frankenstein… but i had to stop halfway through 🙃 the way the story is retold didn’t prepare me for the novel aha
    some books on my TBR are the irish country doctor series by patrick taylor! it might take me a while but they’re great 😄💚

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