The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2023)

Friday, June 16, 2023

 I've been doing this tag every year since I first found it. Check out last year’s post. It's always a blast to be able to go through all the books I've read so far in the year and discuss my favorites. As of today, I've read a total of 106 books! I’m just as shocked as you are. The amount of books I am reading has considerably slowed down since last year, but I am still reading tons of books. I may make it to a total of 200 books by the end of the year again, but I would be happy with any number as long as the majority of the books I'm reading are good! Let's chat about all the books I've read so far this year:

The best book you've read so far in 2023:

Swordheart by T. Kingfisher: I have never read anything by Kingfisher before Swordheart and now I can't wait to read more from them! It was a semi-low stakes fantasy that provided me with much-needed laughs. You know when you read a book and it was the exact book you needed to read in that moment in time--that was this book for me. An absolute favorite!

Your favorite sequel(s) of the year:

A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn: This is the fourth book in the Veronica Speedwell series, which follows Veronica and her partner, Stoker, as they uncover various mysteries. If you had told me a few years ago that one of my favorite series would be a historical murder mystery series, I wouldn't have believed you. However, this series has such a warm heart, coupled with a romance that has tons of witty banter and slow burn. This fourth installment has a huge turning point for Speedwell and Stoker's relationship and I loved it so much!

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert: While I was able to relate to almost every one of the Brown sisters, there was something about Eve that I felt closest to. It was a lovely conclusion to the whole series.

A Strange Hymn by Laura Thalassa: This one is the sequel to Rhapsodic in the Bargainer series. I thought the first book was good, but it wasn't until the sequel that I started to fall for the characters as it got into the thick of the plot. The story is getting really intriguing and I can't wait to read the next book!

A new release that you haven't read but really want to:

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross
Happy Place by Emily Henry
Silver in the Bone by Alexandra Bracken

Most anticipated release(s) for the next half of the year:

The Fragile Threads of Power by V.E. Schwab (9/26)
Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura (12/5)
The Scarlet Veil by Shelby Mahurin (9/26)

Your biggest disappointment:

Hide by Kiersten White: I suppose it shouldn't have come to such a shock that I didn't like this one because White's work has always been hit or miss for me. I adored her Paranormalcy series, but couldn't get into her And I Darken books. The Camelot Rising series, which I am in the middle of reading, is really well done and I have enjoyed her Buffy retelling books too. So I have liked more of her work than disliked so I was expecting with a backdrop of an abandoned theme park where characters play hide and seek, it sounded like the ingredients to something magnificent. It wasn't for me and went in unexpected directions that I just didn't like.

Biggest surprise of the year:

Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross: I read this one recently and absolutely loved it. It was such a surprise, however, because I always thought I didn't like books with werewolves. Well, now, I have a whole subgenre to explore because I discovered that werewolf books can be amazing!

Favorite new-to-you author:

Ashley Schumacher - The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway: I have never read anything by Schumacher before this book. This book was superb, stemming from a budding friendship with an exploration of grief. I adored every second of this book. Plus, their writing style was just magical! I can't wait to read all of their backlist!

The most beautiful book you bought/received this year:

Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert
Lakesedge by Lyndall Clipstone

Books you need to read before the end of the year:

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Gods & Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

I tag all of you. Let's talk about our favorites of the year so far!

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  1. Ooh nice! I almost forgot about this post! I might wait until the end of the month to get a few more June books in before I do it! Lol! I read Hide last year and it was one I thought was pretty intriguing, sorry to hear it was a disappointment on your end! Seeing some new to me ones here as well as faves and I definitely can't wait to read Mahurin's new book! Great post!