It’s ThursTag. We’ve passed Midsummer so it must be nearly the middle of the calendar year and time to share the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag? This will be my sixth year doing this tag – I love looking back on my old answers (you can see previous years here: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017).
Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2022?
Of the books that are officially out in the world when this goes live: Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn which was an absolute delight. Also Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury and Something Certain Maybe by Sara Barnard.
Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2022
Something Certain Maybe by Sara Barnard is exceptional and a sort of sequel (or at least companion novel) to Beautiful Broken Things and Fierce Fragile Hearts. Also a sort-of sequel, Melinda Salisbury’s The Way Back Almanac for 2023, which I read an early copy of, is exquisite.
New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To
The Merciless Ones by Namina Forna. One of my most hyped books for this year and I really need to pick it up soon.
Most Anticipated Release For The Second Part Of The Year
Excluding books I’ve read that aren’t published yet: Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson. I cannot wait, although I have been reliably informed that it is going to destroy me.
Your Biggest Disappointment So Far This Year
I didn’t hate it but You’ve Reached Sam by Dustn Thao was not the emotional grief book I was expecting it to be, and the main character really irritated me. It was still a decent read, but I didn’t love it.
Your Biggest Surprise So Far This Year
The Wilderness Cure by Mo Wilde. I don’t know what I expected going into it, but I found this oddly comforting and addictive to read and I didn’t want it to be over.
New (Debut or New To You) Favourite Author
Molly Knox Ostertag. Yes, I am sure it’s only me they are new to, but having just recently read The Girl from the Sea and The Boy Witch books, I am a huge fan.
Your Newest Fictional Crush
Mostly, I don’t have them, but Bryce Quinlan and I will not be taking any questions at this time.
Your Newest Favourite Character
All of the characters. I refuse to pick one favourite. You can’t make me.
Book That Made You Cry
I have to repeat a book for this one, because I am not a crier but this floored me: Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn.
Book That Made You Happy
Loki by Louie Stowell. I howled and cackled my way through this one despite having covid at the time. It was brilliant.
Favourite Book-to-Film Adaptation This Year
Heartstopper. Is anyone answering this question with anything different this year? And if so, who hurt you?
Your Favourite Blog Post This Year
I’ve been a very inconsistent blogger this year, so I don’t have a single favourite post. But my favourite things to write have been my Way Back posts because I am really enjoying following that journey with my almanac and lots of new and different activities.
Most Beautiful Book Cover
You’ll have to go a long way to beat Mel’s Her Dark Wings cover. It’s exceptional.
Books You Need To Read Before The End Of The Year
This list could be “every book in the world” but *cracks knuckles* here’s a few on my radar that I hope to get through before the end of the year:
The Vanishing of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes; The October Witches by Jennifer Claessen;
The Society for Soulless Girls by Laura Steven; Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin; Black Night Falling by Teri Terry; Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson; The King is Dead by Benjamin Dean; Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas; Alex Neptune by David Owen, and Leila and the Blue Fox by Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Tom de Freston
Have you done the Mid Year Freak Out Tag? Link me to your answers if you have! What books are on your list to read before the end of the year?