Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – 2023



This year has been an amazing year in gaming for me, I’ve played and 100-percented so many new and great games, but the same cannot be said for my reading progress. I’ve barely read any books at all this year (I’m at a mere 24 at this time of writing), and I feel like I’ve DNF-ed more books this year than ever before, which is both greatly liberating and personally frustrating. 


As I said in last year’s tag, I was growing disillusioned with trying to keep up with my Goodreads Challenge, so I set it low this year, with a goal of reading fifty books. I wanted to focus more on doing things that I enjoyed rather than feeling like I had to hit a certain number. However, in what is a surprise to no one, I’m even a book behind on this year’s low challenge.  But I’ve been doing this tag every year since 2020, and I’m not about to let the shame of my paltry reading attempts this year stop me now. 



Best book you read in 2023 so far 



This is a tough decision, but I have to go with The Blighted Stars by Megan E. O’Keefe. This novel truly has it all–great dystopian world building, creeping horror, action, suspense, and enemies-to-lovers romance. Check out my full five star review for the novel here.


Best sequel you read in 2023 so far  


Technically not a sequel, as it is the final book in the trilogy, but The Bone Shard War. Actual sequel, Mysteries of Thorn Manor, which was such a delightful follow up to one of my all time favorites, Sorcery of Thorns.


New release(s) you haven’t read, but want to 

To name just a few, Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries, Ink Blood Sister Scribe, and By a Silver Thread. I am particularly excited to return to Rachel Aaron’s magical city, the DFZ. 


Most anticipated release(s) for 2nd half of year 

Limiting myself to a mere four most anticipated here. I’m really excited for the conclusion to the Rook & Rose trilogy, Labyrinth’s HeartI cannot wait to see how it all comes to an end. And after Fourth Wing blew me out of the water, I’m counting the days until its sequel, Iron Flame releases. I also really adored Legends & Lattes, Travis Baldree’s cozy fantasy, and cannot wait to pick up Bookshops & Bonedust. Starling House sounds like the perfect read for spooky season!


Biggest disappointment 


Dragonfall by L.R. Lam. This novel’s premise sounded right up my alley—the last male dragon trying to fulfill his prophecy and to save his world and all of dragon-kind in the process, but somehow he ends up falling into the human world, where they worship dragons. There’s just one key problem—dragons hate humans. Despite the interesting premise, I ended up DNFing this novel at the 35% mark, after struggling to even make it that far. To find out more on why this novel wasn’t for me, check out my full review here.


Biggest surprise 

Fourth Wing


Fourth Wing, hands down. I was really skeptical about whether or not I would like this enemies to lovers romantasy with disability representation, but I loved it. Check out my full review here.


Favorite new author 

I’d say my new favorite (to me) is Megan E. O’Keefe. I’m super excited for the next book in her Devoured Worlds trilogy and want to check out another trilogy of hers, The Protectorate. 


Newest favorite character 

At this point, probably Naira Sharp from The Blighted StarsI loved that she was a badass bodyguard, feared terrorist with a reputation that proceeded her, and a great friend as well.


Book that made you happy 


Claws and Contrivances by Stephanie Burgis and Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe. Both of these books have loveable strong female heroines, are incredibly charming, and perfect cozy fantasy reads that I highly recommend. 

Book that made you cry 



The Bone Shard War made me cry multiple times. This book was everything I ever wanted in a finale to one of my favorite series of all time. 


Favorite Book To Film Adaptation

I have not read any books that were adapted to film so far this year.


Most beautiful book you’ve gotten so far this year


This year is actually the first year that I made the leap into purchasing special editions of novels. I feel like every moment of my life has been leading to this moment (ha!). Not only did I back Brandon Sanderson’s Kickstarter, which has resulted in me receiving absolutely gorgeous books every quarter this year, but I also managed to snag the Broken Binding editions of The Roots of Chaos, which are absolutely gorgeous. I also picked up the Illumicrate versions of Godkiller and The Bear and the Nightingale

What books do you need to read by year end?


What book have I been dying to read, and ended up purchasing multiple copies of, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet? Godkiller. So this is number 1 on my list.



How is your year in reading shaping up? Are you meeting your goals?


Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag - 2023 - Blogging with Dragons

Posted July 6, 2023 in Book Reviews, Tags


4 responses to “Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag – 2023

    • No way, that’s awesome! I’ve heard so many good things, especially about Emily Wilde’s encyclopedia of fairies! I hope you enjoy! Not sure when I’ll actually get to them ?

    • With Fourth Wing, I tried to keep my expectations low, so I wouldn’t be disappointed if I didn’t think it lived up to the hype, but then I loved it! ? It was delightful to board the hype train. I hope you love The Blighted Stars as much as I do!!

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