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Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag // 2022 Edition

3 Years in a Row, guys!! How’s that for a very rare blogging achievement for me? Seriously though, I’m so happy to be continuing this tradition. You can find past posts here and here. (Please note I did NOT create this tag. I picked it up somewhere and I have no clue where or who created it, or anything about it. 😂)

As always, this applies only to new reads…

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2022:

That’s a tie between Lighten Our Darkness by Sarah Brazytis & Fiercehearted by Holley Gerth, both 9/10 and nearly 10/10 hearts. Lighten Our Darkness I loved so, so much. The setting and writing style was epic, the characters were all the most amazing thing ever, the plot was sooo sweet and lovely, the message was one of the best I ever read, the cover is gorgeousness… I just adore that book and I am so, so grateful to the friend who gifted it to me after I’d been eyeing it for years. <33

Fiercehearted was one of those books I’d never have gotten and wouldn’t have read if someone hadn’t given it to me and highly recommended it. But it was hands-down the best devo I’ve ever read. I kept tearing up. The writing is absolutely unique and beautiful, but most of all, it was jam-packed with wonderful messages that I so badly need to hear… like courage, perfection, self-acceptance, handling conflict, having faith + hope, and basically just living in God’s love and having the beautiful life He wants you to have.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2022: 

This was a toughie, but I think it was Romance’s Rest by Erika Mathews (8/10 hearts). It was sweet, challenging, beautiful, and the perfect finale to a wonderful series. ❤

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

There’s any number of those, but I’ll just mention a couple: Sarah Holman’s Land That I Love, Marissa Adams’ Wetherholt, Caitlin Miller’s The Memories We Painted, Taylor Bennett’s Journey of a Lifetime, Kristina Hall’s Midnight Will Come, A.L. Buehrer’s Burnout Journal for Artists & Creatives + The Boy Who Called the Foxe, Sarah Brazytis’ Dustan, and Kellyn Roth’s re-released Kees & Colliers books 2 + 3. Also I’d like to mention book 5 in the Mrs. Meade Mysteries even if I haven’t read the other 4 books yet as well as in Jennifer Q. Hunt’s Sorrow & Song series… I have books 1-3, I just haven’t read them yet. I’m also interested in Kristina Hall’s Refuge series, Anna Augustine’s A Love like Ours (and in Mackenzie Gray’s Let Them Hear series).

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2022:

Well, Hannah Linder’s Beneath His Silence, and Anna Grace’s Across All Borders release in November. Kellyn Roth’s After Our Castle and D.J. Speckhals’ The Lord of Luserna are scheduled for October. One of the Sorrow & Song books releases in September, as well as Cheyenne van Langevelde’s Dìlseachd and Kristina Hall’s Darkness Draws Near. Cleopatra Margot’s I’m Yours releases in August; I don’t know if I’ll read it but I can’t help but be interested. 😉

I just realized that answer was supposed to be my most anticipated release. Well, one of my favvvv authors has a book coming soon and I’m sooo excited to spill the tea as soon as she gives the go-ahead!!! And P.D. Atkerson has a couple books coming out that I’m quite eager for—notably, T.I.M.E.! 🙂

EDIT: It’s now out. The book I’m sooo excited about it Angie Thompson’s One in a Galaxy. 😉

5. Biggest disappointment in 2022:

The Indian in the Cupboard. It could have been epic; instead it was a totally disgusting flop.

6. Biggest surprise in 2022:

There were several pleasant surprises in 2022, notably P.D. Atkerson’s Minor Detail, Sarah Holman’s Kate’s Case Files Series, Kellyn Roth’s Souls Astray, Jayna Baas’ Preacher on the Run, and Olivia Lynn Jarmusch’s The Revolution! The biggest surprise was probably The Rich Mrs. Burgoyne by Kathleen Thompson Norris. It was SO not what I expected but so good and I enjoyed it so much!

7. Favourite new author in 2022:

The first that came to mind was Joan Hiatt Harlow. I really enjoyed her Shadows on the Sea and would love to read more of her books ASAP!

8. Newest fictional crush/ship in 2022:

Jedrick & Helen from Lighten Our Darkness was my favourite married couple, but Ivelle & Rogan from Madisyn Carlin’s Deceived was one of my favourite ships. 😉

9. Newest favourite character in 2022:

Jedrick Ondraski!! Oh, I love Jedrick! He is probably my second-favourite male character ever—coming in after Dym Ingleford from Enemy Brothers—which is very high praise, I’ll have you know. He was so tender and strong and wise and brave… absolutely admirable and amazing. 

10. Book that made you cry in 2022: 

I honestly didn’t have any that really made me cry, unless it was Fiercehearted that kept making me tear up over and over. I got teary-eyed reading Martine et le cadeau d’anniversaire by Gilbert Delahaye… Souffles de Souhaits by Amy Krouse Rosenthal… A Visit to William Blake’s Inn by Nancy Willard… This & Every Christmas by Jaycee Weaver.

11. Book that made you happy in 2022:

Aw, how’m I supposed to pick that?! Basically all my 5-star reads ❤ I guess I might as well shout out a couple newbies—Between Stairs & Stardust by Pepper D. Basham, Once I Knew by Victoria Lynn, Smoke Screen by P.D. Atkerson, The Wheat Princess by Jean Webster, OH AND Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell—THAT WAS MY FAVVVV.

12. Favourite book-to-film adaptation you saw in 2022:

*tries to remember what films I watched* The only ones I can think of is I rewatched the 2000 Railway Children which is a pretty good adaptation, and I also watched the 1934 Little Women … OH NEVER MIND. My favs were the 1935 Tale of Two Cities (Ronald Colman), the 1934 Scarlet Pimpernel (Leslie Howard), the 1937 Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Barry K. Barnes), and the 1982 Scarlet Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews). They’re basically all tied.

13. Favourite bookish post you’ve done so far in 2022:

There are a couple posts I did recently that I quite like, but I think my favourite would be

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far in 2022: 

A beautiful, 1954 copy of Jane Eyre… clothbound, scalloped paper edges, and the works!

15. Books you need to read by the end of 2022: 

The Questions of War series (4 books), the Scarlet Pimpernel series (18 or so), the Truth from Taerna series (6 books), and the Trixie Belden series (30+ books). There are others I’d like to read but those are the ones I really need want to.

As always, I don’t tag anyone, but feel free to steal it! I’d love to see your answers. 


Published by Katja L.

Hello! :) I'm Katja. I'm a Canadian bibliophile, book reviewer, writer, and child of God. I love too many things to name, but among them are chocolate, heirlooms, history, fancy handwriting, grammar & punctuation, laughter, tearjerking books, lists, organized bookshelves, pink roses, flowing skirts, hymns, and pretty much anything old-fashioned, beautiful, & classy.

8 thoughts on “Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag // 2022 Edition

  1. *starry eyes* Books! Books I haven’t heard of before! Thanks for the virtual-favorite-books-haul. I’m going to have to check these all out now!

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  2. The Scarlet Pimpernel series is sooooo good. I was fortunate enough to find the entire collection in one book on Kindle for only a dollar or two. It doesn’t look like that collection is still for sale, but you CAN find a lot of the books as ebooks. (And probably the Internet Archive has a bunch.)

    Really need to re-watch A Tale of Two Cities for myself. It’s been a while. 🙂

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