Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – 2022


Hi all, I can’t believe we are already mid-year through 2022. You know what that means, it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. I debated doing this tag again this year, as I am pretty much burned out and behind on everything, but it’s tradition, so here I am! Before we get into the actual tag questions, I thought I’d share my (abysmal) progress on my Goodreads challenge for the year.

So far, I’ve read 32 of the 75 books I’m aiming to read in 2022. Goodreads has helpfully informed me that I’m already behind schedule by five books. I think I’m back on the I-Hate-These-Goodreads-Challenges train again this year. Instead of enjoying my reading, I feel like I’m constantly struggling against a losing battle.  I also feel like I don’t have time for the large fantasy books I like to read or then I won’t hit that magical number that I set for myself at the beginning of the year, which is quite frankly, stupid.  So we will see in next year’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag if I continue with this challenge, or if I go back to setting them ridiculously low, like in previous years, for the sake of my own sanity enjoyment.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2022 :


The Daughter Of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I gobbled this book up in one sitting. Check out my full review here.


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


Ordinary Monsters by J.M. Miro and The Stardust Thief by Chelsea Abdullah.


Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:


The Golden Enclaves (Scholomance 3) by Naomi Novik. After reading the A Deadly Education and The Last Graduate, I am really excited to see how the trilogy concludes!


Biggest disappointment:


Even though I found Iron Widow to be disappointing, nothing can compare to the utter disappointment I experienced when reading Circe by Madeline Miller. Honestly still not over my frustration with this novel, which is supposed to be a feminist retelling of the legend of the Greek Goddess Circe. Check out my full review here.


Biggest surprise :

The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow by Rachel Aaron


The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow by Rachel Aaron. I am not a “Western person” by any means, so I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this pseudo-Western fantasy novel. I should’ve known it would be fantastic, as it’s written by Rachel Aaron. Full review here.


Favorite new author (debut or new to you) :


Travis Baldtree or Stephanie Burgis have both made this bleak year so much more fun! 


Newest fictional crush :

This is such a boring answer, but I don’t have one! Not a single character has struck my fancy just yet. 


Newest favorite character:

The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow by Rachel Aaron


Maybe Josie Price from The Last Stand of Mary Good Crow. I love that she is more than what she seems and that she’s so determined. 


Book that made you cry :



I am positive that multiple books have made me cry this year, but the most recent one that had me in tears was The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen. Look for my review of this romance fantasy novel coming soon!


Book that made you happy :


Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree. Legends & Lattes is a slice-of-life fantasy novel that is so precious, fun, and an utter delight to read. It’s about an ex-mercenary orc named Viv, who starts life over by opening her own coffee shop in a new town. She gets a lot of help from other “undesirable” members of society, who help her to not only deal with some unsavory characters from her past, but also to make her new coffee shop, which is the first of its kind, a success. The only thing sweeter than the delicious pastries of Viv’s shop is the LGBT+ romance of this novel! I will definitely be watching for any new works from first time author Travis Baldree.


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



When Women Were Dragons has not only a gorgeous cover, but a beautiful message inside about what it means to be a woman in a society that doesn’t value its women. This novel is especially poignant in light of what’s happening to female rights in the United States. Read my full review on this must-read book, here. 


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

So many, as always. But I swear I will read The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan this year, if it’s the last thing I do. I even reread the first two novels at the beginning of the year, but with my slow reading progress as of late, I have not attempted to read this novel yet.



Well, there you have it, folks, another year, another Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. How is your year of reading going so far? Are you close to finishing your Goodreads challenge?


Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2022) - Blogging with Dragons

Posted July 1, 2022 in Book Reviews, Tags


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