Mid-Year Freakout Tag (2023)

I’ve done this tag every year that I’ve been blogging, and I always enjoy it. I’m still not quite sure where it originated, but I’ve seen it all over on a bunch of blogs. If you know where it came from, feel free to tag/link them in the comments. I’ve already finished 128 books this year. So, I’ve got plenty of great options to choose from for this tag. Let’s get started. 🙂

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2023

I loved Only This Beautiful Moment so much. It was a beautiful exploration of the intersectionality of being queer and Iranian, and the way the author weaved together this multi-generational tale of family was nothing short of exquisite.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2023

I have become completely obsessed with The Raven Cycle and loved The Dream Thieves even more than the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading the next book (hopefully) soon.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

I loved Little Thieves and have been waiting to read the sequel. My Illumicrate edition of Painted Devils finally showed up approximately a month after the book was published, and I haven’t had a chance to get to it yet.

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

This is such a hard choice because there are so many books I’m excited to get my hands on in the second half of the year. I landed on The Midnight Kingdom because I loved the first book with all of its intrigue, warring families, and unique pantheon of gods and powers. It ended with some crazy cliffhangers. So, I really, really want to see what happens next.

Biggest Disappointment

I was so excited to read this book because I’ve seen so many people rave about it. Unfortunately, Her Majesty’s Royal Coven just didn’t work for me. I didn’t love the writing, and the characters felt like caricatures with little depth. They seemed like props for making the author’s viewpoints known rather than real people. The world and plot were interesting, though, which kept me reading to the end. I even picked up the sequel to see what would happen next, which I did enjoy more than this one.

Biggest Surprise

I suspected I’d enjoy The City Beautiful, but I was surprised by how much I actually loved it. It was incredibly emotional and had a haunting quality to it. The setting was also fantastic, and I found myself gripped by the narrative as the mystery unfolded.

Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)

MN Bennet is definitely an author to watch. I loved both of his releases this year, Crescentville Haunting and Three Meant To Be.

Newest Fictional Crush

I was obsessed with Lord Hawthorn after reading A Restless Truth last year. I just finished A Power Unbound a few days ago, and I’m once again smitten. lol. He’s gruff, wealthy, emotionally damaged (lol), and dominant while also considerate of his partner’s needs and consent. He also appreciates witty combative banter. Sign me up. 🤤

Newest Favorite Character

The title character from The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi is definitely one of my favorites from this year, so far. Amina is a bad ass middle-aged mother who goes on some thrilling adventures despite initially being retired from a life at sea. I loved getting to know her and am excited to see where her story goes next.

A Book That Made You Cry

The end of The Will of the Many had me sobbing. How much I loved a certain character really snuck up on me until I was knocked over by the loss. This was a great book for so many reasons, but its ability to make me feel for the characters really stood out.

A Book That Made You Happy

This is the second year a book by Lukens holds this spot. They just write stories that feel like comfort reads to me. The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic was no exception. It had a wonderful cast of characters, great humor, and plenty of magical shenanigans to keep me hooked.

The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

I’ve bought multiple versions of this book, and I love all the covers for it so much. The Illumicrate edition is absolutely stunning, but I also really liked the Barnes & Noble edition.

Books You Need to Read By the End of the Year

There are so many, but here are a handful that I hope to get to this year…

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation

I don’t really have one this year. The only two adaptations I can think of were shows I still haven’t finished watching. So, clearly they weren’t favorites worth mentioning here.

Well, those are my picks. It’s been a great year of books so far. I’ve really enjoyed this tag! I tag anyone else who would like to complete it.

8 thoughts on “Mid-Year Freakout Tag (2023)

  1. I love this tag. Her Majesty’s Royal Coven is one of my disappointments too although I hadn’t finished it when I did this tag on Monday. I do have the sequel coming from the library though so hope that I like that one better.

  2. Hey Chris,

    oh yeah, Amina definitely became my favorite new character as well. I loved her.
    I’ve discovered so many interesting books in your post, that I have to be careful, or my book haul fever will go nuts again this month. 🙈
    I am deeply impressed that you already read over 120 books. How’d you do it?


    PS: I did complete my Mid-Year Freakout Tag (2023) | Book Tag as well.

    • I’m so glad you loved Amina too! That really was such a great book.

      I know exactly what you mean. I see so many great books on everyone’s blogs all the time. It definitely hurts my wallet and fills up my bookshelves.

      As for how I read so much, I just read pretty much all the time. Lol. Audiobooks have definitely helped because I can listen while doing chores and driving.

      • It was a great book, I just thought the fairy creature were a bit much.
        But altogether I had a great time reading the book.

        I do listen to audiobooks as well why doing chores, driving and grocery shopping. But often I forget my buds, so while on the go I can’t listen.

    • I like the way they matched the edges and artwork on the Illumicrate edition to the UK cover. It all goes together really well and is a beautiful and cohesive special edition. That being said, I agree the US cover is the better one.

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