Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag—2024

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2024
Well, if I thought I was in bad shape last year, I’m in even worse shape for this year’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. Last year at this time, I had read a mere 24 books. This year, I’ve only read 15, which is less books than I’ve read in some months in the past. I’m nine books behind on my reading challenge goal of 50 books, a number which I considered low when setting it. In my defense, I moved several times in 2023, only to move and settle down in a new state at the very end of last year, and it’s been incredibly challenging to stay on top of anything. Hopefully, I can soon get back into the swing of things and start reading, reviewing, and posting more consistently.



But until my life quiets down or I get better at time/energy management, I thought I’d at least do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (though I don’t actually know from where the tag originates—please feel free to tag the creator), since it’s tradition and I find it a fun way to reflect on what I’ve read so far. On a positive note, it was a lot easier to choose my answers because I had a lot less from which to choose.


Best book you read in 2023 so far

Oh, this is a tough call because I’ve read a lot of books that I have really liked this year, but I think it has to be The Silverblood Promise, which I loved and gave 5 stars.

Best sequel you read in 2023 so far

I’ve only read three sequels this year,
Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands, Sunbringer, and A Duel with the Vampire Lord (which is technically the third in a series), but I’ve only managed to review one of these, which is Sunbringer, so I’ll choose that one.

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

Right now, I am really itching to read The Bound Worlds by Megan E. O’Keefe, which is the final entry in The Devoured Worlds trilogy.

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

This week, the two I’m most looking forward to are
Between Dragons and Their Wrath by Devin Madson and The Gods Below by Andrea Stewart. I really loved Andrea Stewart’s The Drowning Empire trilogy and I cannot wait to read her newest work.

Biggest disappointment

I know a lot of people loved this one, so I hate to say it, but
How to Become the Dark Lord and Die Trying really didn’t work for me.

Biggest surprise

The Phoenix Keeper
wasn’t on my radar at all and I decided to read it on a whim, and I really enjoyed it. It’s such a cozy and fun fantasy read.

Favorite new author

James Logan who wrote The Silverblood Promise. I’m definitely watching for any of his future works.

Newest favorite character

Happily, I’ve read a lot of works with great protagonists in them this year, so it’s a tough choice. I have to go with Lukan from The Silverblood Promise. As I said in my review, he reminds me of a cross between Han Solo and Kvothe from The Kingkiller Chronicle.


Book that made you happy

I have to go with
A Sorceress Comes to Call, which showcased all of my favorite things about T. Kingfisher’s works—unique world-building, loveable characters, and an endearingly quirky sense of humor.

Book that made you cry

Yumi and the Nightmare Painter. Even though I predicted a part of the story’s climax, the actual experience of it moved me to tears. And the entire book’s unique blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and romance was just fantastic.

Favorite Book To Film Adaptation

I don’t think I’ve watched any book to film adaptations so far this year—unless you count the movie
Dungeons and Dragons : Honor Among Thieves. Though I regrettably haven’t read any of the books related to the film, I loved it, so I thought I’d use this question as an opportunity to encourage you to go watch it.

The only other book adaptations I watched were new episodes of the House of the Dragon and season three of Bridgerton. The latter of which I unfortunately found to be very disappointing as someone who didn’t even like that particular book in the series very much either.

Most beautiful book you’ve gotten so far this year

I have to say my Illumicrate version of Sunbringer and my copy of Green Rider from The Broken Binding. Honorable mention to The Phoenix Keeper, which has a regular edition that is absolutely gorgeous.

What books do you need to read by year end?

I’d like to finish the rest of The Protectorate trilogy by Megan E. O’Keefe. I’ve already read the first one, Velocity Weapon, so hopefully I can manage it.


How is your year in books going so far?


Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag -- 2024

Posted July 1, 2024 in Book Reviews, Tags

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