Mid-Year Book Freak Out 2022

The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag was originally co-created by Earl Grey Books and Chami back in 2016 as a means to check in on your bookish goals and the books you’ve read so far this year. It has since become a booklovers staple and I love the hard-hitting (how the hell do choose just one book?) questions that make you take stock on what you’ve read this year and really reflect on your reading tastes and bookish opinions.

At the time of posting this, I have read fifty-eight books this year and have five more additional books still on the go. This year as a whole has been a bit of a mixed bag for me personally, mentally and physically and as such that’s reflected in my blogging and reading habits. As expected with chronic pain, I’ve found some months much more conducive to reading and blogging, and other months (and most days) it’s more about focusing on putting one foot in front of the other just to get through the day. While reading is NOT a numbers game, and I do feel like I’m making progress this year, I am hoping that in the second half of this year I might be able to be a bit more consistent with my reading across the board.

According to Storygraph, of the fifty-eight books I’ve finished this year so far, a staggering 43% of the books I’ve read have been done so via audiobooks, with only 28% read physically and the remaining 29% electronically. 50% of these books were between 300 and 499 pages, 40% had less than 300 pages, and 10% were over 500 pages. Unsurprisingly my most read genre was romance, followed closely by fantasy (so it hasn’t quite overtaken romance yet from my quarter-year check-in) and contemporary.

I was determined to do my top three read authors of 2022 so far segment here, but when I looked at my data, I was kind of surprised to discover I have six authors qualifying for the top three spots when it comes to the number of books I’ve read from them this year, so now you are getting a top-six instead (opps)! It will be interesting to see how and if this changes between now and my next check-in.

My most read authors in 2022 so far include:

  • S.T.Abby with five books,
  • Seanan Mcguire with four books,
  • Sarah J Maas, Ali Hazelwood, Danielle L. Jensen and Raven Kennedy all tieing with three books!

I think that’s probably enough background stats, so on to the tag we go …

1. Best book you’ve read so far this year.

In terms of the books I’m reading this year, I am having an EPIC book year with so many amazing books read. I don’t have a definite book that stands out as the SOLE best book I’ve read so far in 2022 so far, so instead, I’m going to give you the five books currently competing for that particular spot.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far this year.

I’ve been smashing my way through series this year, but the absolute best sequel would be a tie between Electric Idol and Gleam.

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

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

5. Biggest disappointment.

I seriously hate this question. Objectively, any book I answer this question with, could and will be, a five-star read for someone else. That said I have two books for this answer. The first one is because I was loving the book until it all fell apart terribly, and the second was because the book was so hyped, I went in with such high expectations and the book was just kind of meh ….

6. Biggest surprise.

2022 will forever be the year I took a good friend’s advice and read ‘the blue alien romances’ and kind of loved them! Sure the books, might not be the most beautiful written or have complex plots, but I was hooked on Ruby Dixon’s storytelling and world-building and hope to read more of the series later on this year.

You can read my review of Ice Planet Barbarians here and Barbarian Alien here.

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

If it wasn’t obvious from the sheer amount of times their books were mentioned in this post, it would have to be Raven Kennedy and Danielle L. Jensen.

8. Newest fictional crush.

Commander Rip from The Plated Prisoner series by Raven Kennedy and Hunt Athalar from Crescent City by Sarah J Maas.

9. Newest favourite character.

I initially struggled to answer this question and the one before, but ultimately I’m going with Lebehah from Crescent City.

10. Book that made you cry.

There are two books that instantly come to mind: Crescent City: House of Earth & Blood by Sarah J Maas and Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman.

This book destroyed me. In just sixty-three pages Maas had me so deeply connected to certain characters that I sobbed uncontrollably at something I knew was coming from the blurb!

Bryce and Dannika’s friendship was beautiful, and one of my favourite elements of this book. I felt every second of Bryce’s devastation and loss and was absolutely beside myself with this book.

This one is such an emotionally heavy book that, although incredibly short packs the most mighty punch to the heart. I loved this book, but man did I sob.

11. Book that made you happy.

This book is simply delightful.

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

I have six books that equally hit this spot.

The Plated Prisoner Series by Raven Kennedy. This series is one of the most addictive series I have read in years and I am totally addicted to it. When I saw what the hardcovers of these books looked like I had to have them despite having being like $40 a book … with Gleam publishing in a matter of days, I’m torn between buying the paperback on release day from Big W and then getting the hardback when it’s released later on (it has a delayed release; so weird), or wait for like a month until I can get the hardcover … I think we both know I’ll be getting the paperback AND the hardcover…

TOP: Hardcover dust jackets and the naked hardcover spines BOTTOM: Naked hardcovers.

The Bridge Kingdom series by Danielle L. Jensen. To be honest, I HATE the illustrated covers of the hardbacks, but I LOVE the naked hardbacks of this series and HAD to own them. They are STUNNING!

And lastly, Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim. I still haven’t read this book, but the cover design is stunning!

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

I’m about halfway through my five-star predictions for the year, and while I was going really well for a while with my 22 in 2022 books, it appears I’ve fallen behind. So these books come from both of those lists.

Let me know what your favourite book of the year so far is in the comments below 🙂

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