Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

This tag is always one I enjoy because it’s an opportunity to look back to the reading year and evaluate it. I was very happy that Morgan @ Morgan Is Reading Again tagged me to do it as I was already planning on writing it regardless!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2022

It’s got to be, hands down, The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I loved this book from the very first chapter to the very last. I’m very glad that I finally decided to give this a chance and I believe it’s one I will be recommending to everyone as it is a very approachable classic.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022

Considering the only series I’ve read this year was a reread of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman, I’ll have to go with volume three, since that’s my favourite one. After watching the show I obviously had to reread the graphic novels and I loved them just as much, if not more, as the first time.

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

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li. I’ve been talking about how much I want to read this book since last year but I unfortunately still haven’t found the time to actually get to it. My expectations are so incredibly high that perhaps it is wise to lower them a bit before going into it.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

Quite possibly A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar, which I’m currently reading! My reading time has been drastically reduced this month and I’m also reading three books at the same time for some reason, so I’m going slow with this. So far it’s enjoyable and I hope it only gets better because this premise sounds written specifically for me.

Biggest disappointment

One for All by Lillie Lainoff. Now, hear me out, this wasn’t a bad book by any means, but my expectations were way too high and unfortunately they weren’t met. However, I’m 100% certain that this is one lots of people will thoroughly enjoy.

Biggest surprise

How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur. This is one book I went into without any kind of expectations, and I had a blast reading it. My only knowledge about the author was that he’s the The Good Place creator and my friend loves that show, but that’s it. This book taught me a lot and it was also really fun to listen to. Super recommended.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Definitely Maya MacGregor and Emily Henry. I had heard nothing about the former and endless praise about the latter and I was a fan of both. I’m very excited to see what they write next because if it’s as good as these ones, I’m going to love it.

Newest fictional crush

I can’t decide so I’m shamelessly going with three: Rory, London, and Sam. While reading their respective books I was enthralled with each of these characters. Each of them were really interesting and had aspects I adored about them.

Newest favourite character

Well, this is probably the Phantom, I found him incredibly intriguing. I somehow managed to go into this extremely well-known book with no real knowledge about it so seeing the story unravel was a treat. The Phantom specifically was extremely compelling to read about and I loved everything about this character.

Book that made you cry

I must go with this reread. I feel as if I cried even more this time since I’m already emotionally attached to this fantastic cast of characters. I know these graphic novels are ones that I’ll keep going back to because they make me feel happy. My tears were not sad, but rather the extreme opposite of that.

Book that made you happy

Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I listened to most of this in the bus and I was extremely grateful for having to wear a mask so people couldn’t see me smile like an idiot. I also did listen to some of it during my lunch breaks at my internship and I had to fight not to giggle out loud and disturb the people working.

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

I haven’t bought a single book this year and I’ve recieved only one. My grandma got me a sewing guide from a Spanish fashion show which I really enjoy. In the past year I’ve really got into sewing, so this was a great gift and I was very excited to own a sewing guide.

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

I’m not putting much pressure on myself, but I do need to finish A Million to One by Adiba Jaigirdar and I would like to finish Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart as well. They’re the two unfinished ARCs I currently have, so I hope I can manage successfully.

I Tag:

I’m not tagging anyone because I figure most people have already done this by now, but if you haven’t and want to, feel free to say I tagged you.

What are some of your new favourite books of the year? Any surprises or disappointments?

See you next time, Maria

22 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

  1. Great post, I enjoyed reading your answers, Maria! The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favourite shows to watch IRL but after hearing you talk about it, I’m definitely keen to give the book a try. It sounds amazing! I’m also really excited for A Million to One and I’m hoping to read both of Douglas Stuart’s books this year! I hope you read amazing books for the rest of the year 🙂

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  2. Great post!! I loved a potrait of a thief and hope you do too! Unfortunately one for all also disppointed me and yeah it was probably my very very high expectations. Book Lovers was definitely fun. and so good and yeah I wad definitely smiling aNd giggling while reading it too

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  3. Seeing so much love for Heartstopper in this post makes me so happy! 🥰 And I’m definitely excited to get to Book Lovers, too – I absolutely adored Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation, so I doubt my expectations of Book Lovers being the perfect summery read for my break are too high… 😇

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  4. Great post! I adored Portrait of a Thief so I hope you enjoy it too! And I felt the same about How To Be Perfect, I didn’t expect to enjoy it so much and also learn a lot from it (and psst I would recommend The Good Place TV show, it’s so fun!)

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  5. i haven’t read many sequels this year, so i was also struggling with this question hahah. but heartstopper vol. 3 is my favorite as well and i simply can not wait for the next season of the show as following them through paris will be so much fun.

    i really enjoyed portrait of a thief and i hope it meets your expectations!! the heist was not the most *believable*, but the characters were really interesting.

    hope you have an amazing rest of the year of great reads!!

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  6. I loved reading your answers to this Tag! 🥰 I’m so sorry to hear that you were disappointed by One For All, I still haven’t read it yet! I loved The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester too and I enjoy Beach Read and People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry 😊 Book Lovers is high on my TBR right now!

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  7. a million to one looks so good, i can’t wait to read it as well! and ah it’s the second time today that i’ve seen someone mention how to be perfect and i’m so intrigued now, i definitely have to check it out. i’m sorry that you were disappointed by one for all—i’ve seen pretty much only good things about it so it makes sense why you had high expectations for it lol! hope you have a great reading year for the rest of 2022 ❤

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