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The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2022

Ahem, can we just ignore the fact that for people like me, half of this year went by in exams and instead focus on the better aspect of life which is, ahem, offline classes without break for two years?

Yes, life is good! โ˜บ๏ธโœจ

Hey Pals!! Today, we are doing The Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag! Because it is June…already! Just yesterday, I was going through a surreal moment where I got confused when a Booktuber said “in 2022”. For some reason, I was under the impression that we are still living in 2021 ๐Ÿ™‚. I need a therapist- my ghost.

*dies unceremoniously*

*Nehal’s ghost has replaced her*

Damn, I was waiting for this! It has been months since you died, I was afraid I might be losing my touch but wow, I am still as gorgeous as before *proceeds to gawk at herself in the mirror*

*Nehal has kicked the ghost out*

I mean, how could it (she?) possibly see anything in the mirror anyway, aren’t ghosts invisible to mirrors or something? Uff, let us move on-

So, as I was saying, it is June already, and I just checked my GoodReads, and realized I have read an embarrassingly less amount of books this year- 25 ๐Ÿซ  (excluding the DNFed ones). This emoji conveys the emotion really well, drowning in its own face, that’s me right now.

Okay, I am not gonna waste more of your time, let us just do this tag! Also for those of you who do not know, this tag is basically a way for readers to analyze how their reading is going halfway through the year. So, let’s start!


1: The best book youโ€™ve read so far in 2022?

For this question, I will not name any rereads (so that choosing gets easy, hehe). So, the best book would be The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (thanks to Naemi‘s motivation and Ashmita’s incessant gushing, I finally read it). It was about time that I pushed my way through it and I have to say once I got far in, I started to enjoy it so much that I could not put it down. I actually skipped doing homework because of this book and that usually does not happen. By the time I finished it, I was in absolute shock. I could not stop thinking about how intense this book was.


2: The best sequel youโ€™ve read so far in 2022?

Champion by Marie Lu. The whole book was not as enjoyable as I had expected but it was a fabulous sequel with one of the best endings I have ever read. The last two chapters and the epilogue were so heart-wrenching! It was the perfect kind of ending!


3: New release you havenโ€™t read yet but want to?

Bridge of Souls by V.E. Schwab. This is the final book in the Cassidy Blake series, and even though I was not a big fan of the first two books, they were not bad. The reason I want to read this book is purely to finish this series lol, but I still haven’t started it.


4: Most anticipated release for the second half of 2022?

I do not usually keep a track of new releases but there is one which is on my TBR- Nothing More To Tell by Karen M. McManus. I have read three books by this author and had different experiences with all of them but I really like the writing style, and if possible, I would love to read this book.


5: Biggest disappointment?

Pretty sure that after this unpopular opinion I will have to change my name to “The Hate I Get” because ahem, people never stop raving about it. Please don’t hate me ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I appreciate the concept and the author for writing something this inspiring, but the book in itself was so boring ๐Ÿ’€. There was no plot, which is okay except that that’s the thing that bored me. I don’t really think it was my type. Even though there wasn’t anything wrong, I still somehow found it boring, like I didn’t care one way or the other for the characters. They all had personalities but they still felt basic, their emotions and feelings were written all over the page instead of being showed to us. So, not bad, just disappointing…*flees to Hogwarts before readers can find and muder her*


6: Biggest surprise?

Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West. The title of this book sounds kind of meh so I was not really expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did but it turned out to be exactly the kind of distraction I needed at the time I read it. The romance was cute and the side plot, with all the movie shooting scenes, was fun to read.


7: New favorite author?

I do not exactly have a new favorite author but if I have to pick one then it would be Marissa Meyer (the author of The Lunar Chronicles), I guess. Her writing style was so good, even with a clichรฉ plot, the way she wrote her story, the characters and the world-building got me hooked and gave me so much comfort to read.


8: Newest fictional crush?

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Kai from The Lunar Chronicles ๐Ÿ˜. He is soooo freaking cute omgg, and caring, flirty aah!!! Please someone get me a Kai ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ.


9: Newest favorite character?

Kelsier from The Final Empire! Whenever I think about this book, one moment returns to my head, the most significant Kelsier-related scene. He makes such a great character and an awesome leader who is flawed but determined, who never gives up, and manages to keep the spirits of the group lively when everybody is seeping in despair.


10: Book that made you cry?

Towards the last page of rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I got a bit teary-eyed. I read the book for the third time and yet…aah, it is so good though, and it hurts to think about even now.


11: Book that made you happy?

I reread Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer and that was hilarious! Uncle Rick’s sense of humor is pretty unbeatable.


12: Favorite book-to-movie adaptation youโ€™ve seen so far this year?

Uh…none actually. I don’t think I have watched that many movies or TV shows this year. I have been focusing more on other stuff and the urge to watch something has been pretty low lately.


13: Favorite review youโ€™ve written this year?

Bold of you to assume that I write book reviews on my so-called book blog. Let me check.

Okay wow, this is embarrassing. I just checked and um…the last review I wrote dates back to 12 December, 2021. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry ๐Ÿ™‚.


15: What books do you really need to read by the end of this year?

The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. I started this trilogy last year out of nowhere but I just could not finish it ugh! I really enjoyed the first two books, they were not all that great but I had a lot of fun reading them. I tried the audiobook for the third book but I did not like it and I do not want to read the ebook. So I bought the physical copy and I’m hoping to read it soon.


So. that was all for me! Have you read any of these books? What is the best and the worst book you have read this year? Let me know in the comments ๐Ÿ˜€.

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Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2021 (Is half the year gone already ๐Ÿ˜ถ?)

No way, absolutely no freaking way do I accept to believe that half the year is gone and all I did was sit back and procrastinate.

Hey Pals!! No but seriously, I literally freaked out when I realized half the year is gone ๐Ÿ˜ฑ. Like did anybody even notice!? Well I so didn’t until various bloggers’ Mid Year tags started popping up on my Reader and I was “shook”. But anyways, today I am doing one my favourite book tags, and that is The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag.

Click here to check out the tag I did in 2020.

For those unaware, this tag is basically done around June and July when the half the year has passed, and it is just a fun analysis of how your reading year has been so far.

Sounds fun, eh? ๐Ÿ˜ Let’s do this!!


So I haven’t read that many books so far ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I’ve only managed to finish 29 books (excluding the one I DNFed and the ones I am currently reading) ๐Ÿ˜ญ, which is killing me coz I think that’s too less ๐Ÿ˜ญ. Last year I had read 55 books by mid-July ๐Ÿ˜ญ so this is a huge downfall ๐Ÿ˜ญ. But you probably don’t wanna see me rant here ๐Ÿ˜ญ (bad friends) ๐Ÿ˜ญ, so I’ll just get on with the tag ๐Ÿ˜ญ:


1: Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2021 ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Okay, I’m stopping with the crying emojis now~

For this one, I’ll be taking The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (yes, it wasn’t even hard to pick just one book, that’s how less books I’ve read so far ๐Ÿคง). This book is just plain beautiful. That’s the only way to describe it. It’s a heart-wrenching tale and by the end, even though I didn’t cry throughout the entirety of the book, I felt my eyes wet a little because that ending was just…๐Ÿ˜ญ (this is me forgetting I promised not to use this emoji). So yeah, this book is definitely my favorite one far this year so far.


2: Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2021

Once again ๐Ÿ˜ญ, haven’t read enough sequels, but A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir was a fantastic sequel. While I didn’t enjoy the second book in The Ember Quartet series, I really loved this one and I’m hoping to get to the final book soon.


3: New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

There could be a lot of answers for this one, but I’m gonna go for Sunkissed by Kasie West.


4: Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

*Ahem* none actually ๐Ÿ˜ถ.


5: Biggest Disappointment

This is another one I have quite a few answers for. But I’m going for A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle. I actually reread this book because I had loved it the first time I had read it, so I was hoping to love it again, but…it was awful! This was absolutely terrible. I marvel at the fact that I once gave this book 5 stars and now I’m giving it 1 star ๐Ÿ˜. I’ll do a full review because my thoughts are too wild to fit into one small paragraph.


6: Biggest Surprise

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. This is my first book by this author and I hadn’t expected to like it this much, I definitely expected to enjoy it but I didn’t expect that it would be so…sweet? And deep even.


7: New Favourite Author (Debut or New to You)

I’m going for Khaled Hosseini for this one, with Karen M. McManus as close second. Though I’ve only read The Kite Runner by Hosseini so far, I’m definitely planning to read more books by him because I just loved that book. As for Karen McManus, she has an amazing way of writing books that have that addicting vibe to them and you can’t put them down until you’re done with the story.


8: Newest Fictional Crush

Omg! So many, unlike last year when I had none. But the one who is totally owning my heart right now is Nate Macauley from One Of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. That boy, aah I love him so much ๐Ÿ˜.


9: A Book That Made You Cry

None actually, but I almost cried at ending of The Kite Runner and I spent the whole day bawling over All The Light We Cannot See too, but the tears didn’t come. So yeah, almost cried.


10: A Book That Made You Happy

None ๐Ÿ™‚.


11: What Books do You Beed to Read by the End of the Year

You really wanna know? Sure, I’ll give you a little glimpse of my TBR ๐Ÿ™‚

As if I’ll be able to finish these by the end of the year. It’ll be a miracle if I am able to finish them before Ragnarok ๐Ÿ™‚.

For real though, I’ve had this list made since the last 3 years or something and I’ve barely been able to remove 4-5 series from this list ๐Ÿ˜ช.

So anyways, I’m hoping to read A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir by the end of this year. And also reread at least 3 Harry Potter books.


Considering we don’t usually tag anybody for this tag, feel free to do it of you are interested. I had so much fun doing this ๐Ÿ˜€. Let me know how many books you read this year so far, or maybe don’t, because if it is more than mine, I’ll just keep crying even more ๐Ÿ˜ญ. I’m just kidding by the way, do lemme know down in the comments ๐Ÿ˜‚.

I hope you enjoyed seeing me bawl reading the post ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.


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The (Not So) Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2020

Hey Friends!! I am super excited to talk about how my reading life has been this year. You should definitely let me know yours too!

This has been, by far, the best reading year in my life. I have read at least 55 books, including the DNFed ones, and I think that’s a big amount. I applaud myself. You should do the same. LOL!!

Best Book You’ve Read So Far This Year:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I read a number of good books this year, but nothing compares to my ultimate love for this series๐Ÿ’–.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far This Year:

P.S. I Still Love You

This one was pretty hard to narrow down. But I loved this book so much, I just couldn’t not put it here.

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse

Also, this underrated baby over here, was just as good and a big recommendation. So I couldn’t just put one of these on this list.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To: Can’t really think of one at the moment๐Ÿ˜…. What about you?

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of This Year:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

I am not dying to read this book, but I would love to read it. Waiting…

Biggest Disappointment:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: The End

This series did not end the way I wanted it to. I still feel anger bubbling inside me, but I can’t do anything about it except scream: Why, Lemony Snicket, why!!

Biggest Surprise:

Norse Mythology

I didn’t expect to love this book yet it left a deep impact upon my heart (cough, Loki, cough).

Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You):

Victoria Schwab

I have become a recent admirer of V.E. Schwab. I have only read one book by her so far, so this answer may seem stupid, but I loved her simple, to the point writing style a lot.

Newest Fictional Crush: TBH, didn’t come across any likely-to-be-my-crush characters this year. Unless you count Loki, which I would recommend not to.

Book That Made You Cry:

Who didn’t cry at the ending of this book!
Yeah, stupidly enough I cried at a book like this. Don’t laugh at me!

Book That Made You Laugh:

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse, The Titan’s Curse and The Hammer of Thor

And these two babies…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Big Nate: The Boy with the Biggest Head in the World

Most Beautiful Book You Got Or Bought This Year:

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Gotta admit that this cover rocks.

Rereads This Year:

7 in total, I guess that’s a good number of rereads.

The Sword of Summer, Heidi, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows๐Ÿ˜‰.

What Book Do You Need To Read By The End Of This Year:

Specials

I have to read a lot of books by the end of 2020 but I feel like I have delayed finishing the Uglies trilogy so that’s what I plan to do.

That’s all for me. As for you, I tag you to do this post if you want. But before, tell me, what book did you read this year that you never planned on reading, I do wanna know.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it. Stay safe! Ciao!!