Friday, July 8, 2022

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag: 2022 Edition


This book tag is one that I've enjoyed doing over the years. Last year, due to my reading slump, I skipped doing it as I couldn't answer all of the questions. However, I have read a lot more this year so I'm actually able to finish this tag. I've read some great books this year but I've also reread a lot of books. So I realistically only have about half the books I've read overall to chose from. Anyway, without further ado, let's go ahead and dive into the tag!  



1. Best Book You've Read

When I originally drafted this tag, I had two books tied for first in this category: House of Sky and Breath and Foul Lady Fortune. While I loved both of those books, I read a book after I'd drafted this post that is my definite favorite of the year so far over both of those. And that book is City of Gods and Monsters by Kayla Edwards. 

CoGaM is truly a masterpiece. I loved every single moment of it. While I know it's objectively not perfect as no book can be, it was a perfect book for me. Everything from the characters to the romance to the plot to the magic and world building created such an amazing reading experience. I truly never wanted to put it down and I loved every second. This book reminded me why I love reading. How I felt reading it was exactly why I fell in love with reading in the first place. I cannot wait for the sequel, but even more so I cannot wait to reread this. I did post a full review with all of my gushing feelings if you'd like to read those as well. 



2. Best Sequel You've Read

I've decided to go with two for this one. The first is going to go to Namesake by Adrienne Young. I absolutely loved this duology with my entire heart. It was so much fun and I was engrossed from the beginning to end. I love nautical stories and this one felt so vivid. I felt like I was the one swimming below the surface, the one standing on the boat deck with the wind in my hair, the one sneaking through towns. It was amazing. I truly think this is some of Adrienne Young's best works and I can't wait to reread it in the future. 

The second is going to be House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J. Maas. I truly couldn't put it down and, even though there were some complicated plot lines, I overall just loved reading it. The ending especially was absolutely insane and I'm so excited to see where the series goes in the next book. I just love the characters in Crescent City and it was a great time being back with them. Though I will say that there were some elements that could have been better, overall this was an excellent sequel from SJM. 



3. New Release You Haven't Read but Want To

There are so many but I think a recent one on my high-priority TBR is The War of Two Queens by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I loved the first three books in this series and I'm very much looking forward to continuing on with the series, though I have heard mixed things about this installment. I also know that I want to read A Shadow in the Ember, the first book in the spin-off/prequel series to From Blood and Ash first as that's what has been recommended. Either way, plenty of content to get through soon. 



4. Biggest Disappointment

My biggest disappointment so far would have to be Priest by Sierra Simone. I truly wanted to love this book, I'd heard such good things, and it was so hyped up. I was so bored, I hated the characters, I had zero connection to the story, and it was just overall a poor time. I think that was partly on me for not having the right expectations as to what type of story it was. But I think the way it was hyped and discussed led to that. It just...I hated it. But I think part of that feeling is just because I so badly thought I was going to love it. 



5. Biggest Surprise

On the other hand, The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood is one that really surprised me. I was hesitant about this but not because of the extreme hype. Well, I always take hype with a grain of salt. But the main reason I was hesitant is because this originally was a Star Wars fanfiction for a pairing I don't much care for. However, I was able to look past that fact and could picture the characters as their own person and not a fanfiction portrayal which meant I was able to enjoy it for what it was: a fun romcom. While there are certainly some aspects that aren't perfect, overall I just had an amazing time and loved reading it.  



6. Favorite New Author

A favorite new author I think is going to be Katee Robert. I've only read one book by her so far, Neon Gods, but I loved it. I am so excited to read the rest of the series and I cannot wait to see how it continues on. I'm even excited to read some more of her backlist that I've heard great things about. I don't think I will read every single thing she's written but I do think that I'll enjoy what I do. 



7. Newest Fictional Crush

I don't really do fictional crushes, which I guess sets me apart from a lot of readers. I can love a character but not be attracted to them in a crush way? I guess when I was younger (like elementary/middle school) that might have been different, but I've not really gotten fictional crushes in ages. However, I'll take this prompt to talk about one of my favorite new fictional relationships instead: Zetian, Li Shimin, and Gao Yizhi from Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. They are a polyamory trio and just a great set of characters to read about. They all just seem to fit really well together and I am so excited and nervous to see what happens in the next book. 



8. Newest Favorite Character

I think for this one I'm going to pick Fable from Fable by Adrienne Young. As I said earlier, I just absolutely loved this duology and I loved getting to read about Fable. She's such a fun protagonist to read from. I definitely will be revisiting the duology soon just so I can be reunited with this character. 



9. Book that Made You Cry

For this one, I'm going with Dragonwatch: Return of the Dragon Slayers by Brandon Mull. This is the fifth book in the Dragonwatch series and the tenth book overall within the Fablehaven world. I had a blast reading this series. For me, it was so nostalgic to return to the world and go on new adventures with characters I've been reading about for almost fifteen years. I loved every second of being back in it and getting to explore new magic and creatures. When I finished, I cried. Not because it was a sad ending but because this is now truly the end of these books. While Brandon Mull has said he might return to the world, it would be in books that focus on different characters or adventures. I would love that. But at the same time it was very emotional to truly be done going on new adventures with Kendra and Seth, who I felt I've grown up with. Anyway, a bit of a sappy answer there but it's true. 



10. Book that Made You Happy

On the flip side, to keep from repeating individual books in this tag, a book that made me happy is Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull. Well, the whole series really. Like I said in the previous question, this series is so nostalgic for me. I didn't realize how exciting it really was going to be getting to return to this world with characters I love so much. I just realized how much joy I felt while binging these books and I cannot wait to return to them in the future. 



11. Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation

I have to go with Heartstopper for this one. It was adapted by Netflix from the graphic novel/web comic series by Alice Oseman. I love this series so I was very interested to see how a show would be. I have to admit, I was nervous. But I loved every second of the show and I cannot wait to see more seasons and just more of these characters. I also am 100% going to finally finish reading the comics because I am a bit behind the published ones. 



12. Favorite Review You've Written

I think this is going to be my review of The Love Hypothesis. I just find, looking back, that it is a very well-rounded review. Sometimes I ramble on my reviews but I like the balance on this one quite a lot. 



13. Most Beautiful Book you Bought

Hands down this is going to be the Fairyloot edition of Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan. I got this in my February Fairyloot box and it is so spectacularly stunning. It features a redesigned cover in a blue and purple pallette (which are two of my favorite colors), embossing on the hardcover, artwork on the endpages, stunning stencil sprayed edges, and is signed. I haven't yet read this one, but I am obsessed with this gorgeous edition. It has to be one of the most beautiful books that I have on my shelves. 





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

There are so many books that I need to read by the end of the year. I doubt I will get to all of them, but my hopes are to get through a good number of them. I just have to hope that I am able to make the time to read them and that I can get my current mood reading self to give them a go. The majority of this list is for books that will finish out series I've already started, but there are also some new books I'm hoping to get to as well. Here's a brief list of what I'm hoping to tackle (excluding any potential rereads): 
  • Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody
  • Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
  • The Prison Healer by Lynette Noni
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Lightbringer by Claire Legrand
  • Illusionary by Zoraida C√≥rdova
  • Husband Material by Alexis Hall
  • The Weeping Tide by Amanda Foody
  • It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey
  • Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li
  • All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman
  • Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
  • Electric Idol by Katee Robert
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir



Thanks for reading!
xoxo
Lauren



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