Well hello, friends! Welcome to the 4th Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag. The time seems to be flying past so quickly, it’s frankly frightening!

Last year I wrote about how I was feeling anxious about the world opening up again, and missing my family abroad. All of which resulted in a long-long reading slump. This year it feels like I have definitely lost the speed at which I used to read books pre-*pandemonium*, but I have read on average about two books a month. And I’m okay with it. So far I’ve finished 15 books, and 6 of those have been 5 out of 5 reads – there really is very little I can complain about.

I have also been home twice this year already, and have another two trips booked before the end of 2022 – so things are really looking up and although I miss my family terribly, there is so much to look forward to 🙂

 Best book I’ve read so far in 2022

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman!

 Best sequel I’ve read so far in 2022

Suppose that would be King of Crows by Libba Bray.

 New release I haven’t yet read but want to

Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister. 

 Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

To be brutally honest, I have not been keeping track of many of the new releases this year. I haven’t been reading as much as I used to, and the unread shelf is really struggling under the weight of the backlist books I’ve collected over the years.

 Biggest disappointment of the year so far

Survive the Night by Riley Sager. It just did not do it for me. The only 2 star this year.

 Biggest surprise of the year so far

I seem to enjoy translated fiction!? What’s that all about 🙂

 New favourite author

Think this doesn’t come as much of a surprise, because I have been shouting from the rooftops how this author has made me laugh out loud and cry like a baby pretty much simultaneously. So it is safe to say that my new favourite author in 2022 is FREDRIK BACKMAN! See reviews for A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises. What a talent!

 Newest fictional crush

I don’t have a new fictional crush. Boo!

 Newest favourite character

Listen – noone will be able to trump my love for Eddie Flynn. HOWEVER .. Ove – he’s my guy! A grumpy old man, who hides a heart of gold.. how can you not love him!

 Book that made me cry

The fact I’m mentioning A Man Called Ove for the umteenth time is becoming c o m i c a l! But it did make me cry.

I also cried reading My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises – *insert shocked face*

 Book that made me happy

Whichever Backman wrote! LOL

 Favourite book to film adaption of 2022

I haven’t watched A Man Called Ove yet (I know, I know! I’ll stop, eventually), but I imagine it’s incredible. I recently also finished A Time to Kill and want to watch the movie shortly. I’ve seen it a long time ago, but don’t remember much of the film..

 Favourite post I’ve done this year

Um all of them – I’ve been very quiet over here at bookskatlikes.co.uk, so all posts I’ve done are my favourites just because they simply exist.

 Most beautiful book I’ve bought this year

Ugh, hard to tell – but the cover of My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is quite pretty. (Alright, alright!!)

 What books do I need to read before the end of the year

Just the million I still have to read from the 2022 Reading Challenge list – see here. I am determined to read all 12 before the end of the year – come what may!

Kat x



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