Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2022

Hello! It is, in fact, time for the annual Mid Year Freakout, because how is it already July???

Anyway, this tag hardly needs an introduction and I know you all want to hear about my fabulous reads, so lets get into it!

Best book you’ve read so far in 2022

I can never just choose one, so here’s a few of the great books I’ve read this far!

QAnon and On: Van Badham. This is a nonfiction book about the rise of internet-based conspiracies such as Pizzagate and Gamergate (which both sound stupid, but were actually quite serious) and how these small conspiracies finally snowballed into the damaging QAnon cult. It’s exceptionally well written and it really explains the psychology behind cults, conspiracies and how the internet makes these more accessible than ever. I personally think it should be required reading for anyone who uses the internet.

Behave: Robert Sapolsky. This fascinating book really delves into the behaviour and psychology of humans and animals, and I really enjoyed it. Despite it’s dense subject matter, the book was really well written and most parts were easy to understand for the layman like me. It helped a lot with my own dog training knowledge, but also a more general knowledge of people and how we work.

The Starless Sea: Erin Morgenstern. I was so confused by this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of being incredibly confused. It was beautifully written, the imagery was evocative, and I loved Zac. I need to read it again, and hopefully be less confused next time.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022

Other than rereads, I haven’t read any sequels this year! So I guess I better get onto that.

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

I’ve got a few, even though I’m not really one for keeping up with new releases. I’ve just got Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan out from the library and it’s next on my to-read list. It looks really good, so I’m anticipating a great read!

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I’m looking forward to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new book, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau. I read Mexican Gothic earlier this year and enjoyed it, and The Island of Doctor Moreau is one of my favourite books, so I have high hopes for this retelling!

Biggest disappointment

So I have two major disappointments for this year. They’re both very similar books and I had the same problems with both of them, so I’ll whinge about them together. Book 1 is The White Devil by Matthew Beresford, a book about werewolves, and Book 2 is On Monsters by Stephen Asma.

Both of these books were supposed to be about the origins of supernatural creatures, but both of them started off well, delving into the cultural and archaeological origins of monsters, and then they both went off the deep end. They rambled off into barely related topics, both were obsessed with psychology, and in particular, Sigmund Freud. Everything came from sex, and sexual deviance. One of Freud’s clients had a terrible fear of wolves, so that must mean…something, something, something, sexual deviance. Like, what? I don’t think I ended learning anything new from any of this rubbish, which is sad because the monster book proposed theories like, What if ancient monster tales came from ancient people finding dinosaur fossils. Of course they would have been like, ”what the heck?” if they dug up a triceratops skull, and they would have conjured up some bizarre creature that this skeleton came from.

They propose this theory and then completely drop it. It’s never mentioned again, but we spend 150 pages on Freud and his stupid belief that monsters are something, something, sexual deviance.

Rant over.

Biggest surprise

I haven’t had any really surprising books this year. I usually only read books I think I’ll like, so I’m more often having disappointments than surprises. Having said that, I expected to enjoy the book I mentioned above QAnon and On, but it definitely exceeded my expectations with the depth and breadth of the topic that it covered.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

Silvia Moreno-Garcia was definitely a new favourite! I love her writing style and her Mexican settings. In Mexican Gothic, I loved the blending of Mexican culture and setting with the traditional English gothic horror tropes and vibes. Also, as mentioned above, I’m looking forward to her Dr Moreau inspired new release!

In the realm of non-fiction, I loved discovering Frans De Waal. He’s an absolute gem and I adore his writing style and many of the concepts he presented in his book changed the way I think and feel about animals and my career in training them. I will definitely be reading more of his books in the not so distant future.

Newest fictional crush

Oh easy! I have two, one is Zac in The Starless Sea. What a man he is. Bookish and nerdy and introverted. E.G. Perfection.

I also loved Francis in Mexican Gothic, he was so sweet and clever and brave.

Newest favourite character

Basically I loved all the strong women characters in my books this year, Miren O’Malley from All The Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter was really cool and I loved her determination and slyness. Also I loved Noemi in Mexican Gothic, who was such a clever, fashionista. And of course Zac and Francis, as mentioned above.

Book that made you cry

No books have made me cry so far this year. I guess I’m just reading the wrong sorts of books this year. Though The Lost Girls by Ava Benney-Morrison made almost angry cry. It’s a true crime story about a young mother and her two year old daughter who were brutally murdered by her boyfriend, not far from where I live. The boyfriend is currently in a gaol less than 30km from me. It’s such a horrible story and it really affected me, probably because it’s so local.

Book that made you happy

All my rereads made me happy this year! I’ve loved reading through How To Train Your Dragon and I’m on the last book now! I also loved rereading The Lunar Chronicles and reacquainting with my teenage sci-fi rebel friends.

In new reads, The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling made me so happy! Mary Anning is such an overlooked but crucial piece of the early paleontological puzzle. She contributed so much to the blossoming discipline of palaeontology and yet is mainly forgotten.

Finally, The History of the World in Fifty Dogs by MacKenzie Lee was such a fun little book. I knew a lot of the stories in it, but there were a few that I wasn’t aware of so they were super fun to read about. It’s just a great book if you want something easy and humorous.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Sadly, quite a lack of beautiful books this year. I don’t know why, but all the books I’ve read have ugly covers. I think the most pretty one has to be All The Murmuring Bones . The edition I read had a beautiful blue but minimalistic cover which I really enjoyed.

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

I want to finish my series rereads! I’ve got one HTTYD book left, and one Lunar Chronicles book left, and I just have the Catching Fire, Mocking Jay, and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, left to read in my Hunger Games reread.

Other than that, I haven’t got any set plans. I’m not really one for a TBR anymore, I just read what I want to read, unless it’s a uni book. There’s also a few new releases I want to read, as I talked about above, but whether I’ll get to them before the end of the year is anyone’s guess.

Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen any! I’m not a movie watcher, and book to movie adaptions are almost always disappointing, so I often just don’t bother.

I’m looking forward to The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes adaption though! The Hunger Games movies are some of my favourite book-movie adaptions so I’m hoping this is good. And yes, I’m one of the people that really enjoyed the highly controversial THG prequel. Tell me in the comments if you’re excited for it as well!

And that brings us to the end of our 2022 Mid Year Book Freakout Tag! How have you been? Any books made you cry this year? What made you happiest? And did you enjoy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, or were you sensible? Are you excited for the movie adaption?

2 thoughts on “Mid Year Book Freakout Tag 2022

  1. Well, to be honest no book has made me cry ever in my life

    Best sequel??—-seriously, the only sequel books I read so far belong to a reread series (which was started last year)

    Best book- well, how to choose when you have read more than one genre

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