Half-Year Book Tag: 2022

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a book tag (especially since I haven’t posted anything all week, lol!). Since it’s the time of year when we do those book tags that assess how our reading and book buying are going so far, I thought I’d drop in with the Half-Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.


FAVORITE STANDALONE BOOK HAULED AND READ SO FAR IN 2022

Elder Race by Adrian Tchaikovsky

It’s a sci-fi novella about a lonely scientist at a secluded outpost on another planet who gets caught up in the affairs of the planet’s inhabitants although he’s supposed to just observe them. I enjoyed the story immensely and loved that we sometimes get to read from the two main characters’ points of view on the same page.

FAVORITE SERIES THAT I STARTED OR CONTINUED TO READ IN 2022

DCeased by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine

This is the first volume in a miniseries about a zombie apocalypse that takes place in the DC Universe. Many superheroes and villains are infected. Of course, I had a great time reading this entire miniseries earlier this year, and I hope another volume is coming that will give it a tighter finish.

Kushiel’s Avatar by Jacqueline Carey

It’s the last novel in a high fantasy trilogy about a god-touched courtesan who’s trained as a spy and who uses her skills to save her country and her friends several times. The worldbuilding, the lore, the writing, and the characters are among the things I love and enjoyed about this trilogy. And although it seemed like two books in one, Kushiel’s Avatar wrapped up the trilogy well.

FAVORITE BOOKISH ITEMS PURCHASED OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR
Ikea Billy bookcases

I bought a couple of these earlier this year, and boy was it hard to get ahold of them! Ikea kept selling out quickly, which I think may have been because of supply shortages nationwide due to shipping containers and stuff… all the crazy stuff that happened earlier this year.

Anyway, I’m happy to see that they hold almost all my books. I just need to organize them now.

FAVORITE DEBUT AUTHOR

I don’t think I’ve read anything by a debut author so far, but a new-to-me author whose book I enjoyed was:

The October Faction, Vol. 1 by Steve Niles, illus. by Damien Worm

It’s the first volume in a horror comic book series about a retired monster hunter and his family. I look forward to continuing with the series. However, I checked out the Netflix TV adaptation after completing this volume and was disappointed by it.

FAVORITE UNDERHYPED BOOK THAT I READ THIS YEAR

Every Tree Has a Story by Cécile Benoist, illus. by Charlotte Gastaut, transl. by Sylvia Rucker

It’s a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book about interesting trees around the world, and I highly recommend it. (I’ll get around to reviewing it eventually.) It only has 24 ratings on Goodreads, so I urge everyone to check it out.

FAVORITE BOOK READ THIS YEAR THAT I WAS LATE TO THE PARTY ON
Book Love by Debbie Tung (illus.)
Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones

Certainly, these two. I’ve wanted to read Book Love since the first time I heard of it, and it was just as sweet and delightful and relatable as I thought it would be. I may have read Charmed Life as a kid, but I don’t remember anything about it. It’s the first story in this collection of Jones’s Chrestomanci stories, which are middle grade fantasy. I enjoyed it immensely and could see that Jessica Townsend probably drew inspiration from it for Jupiter North in the Nevermoor series.

POTENTIAL FAVORITE I HAVEN’T GOTTEN AROUND TO READING YET

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: The Illustrated Edition by Douglas Adams, illus. by Chris Riddell

That’s if I manage to read it this year.

FAVORITE REREAD IN 2022

First Test by Tamora Pierce

It’s the first novel in Pierce’s Protector of the Small YA fantasy series, which I enjoyed reading as a kid. I was surprised that I enjoyed rereading this book and was so hooked too. I intend to continue with the series to continue my reread of all of Pierce’s books set in Tortall. The Protector of the Small series focuses on a girl who must prove that she can keep up with the boys before she is allowed to train to become a knight. The series follows the Song of the Lioness quartet, which is about a girl who disguises herself as a boy so that she can become a knight.

These books made me develop a soft spot for books about women disguising themselves as men so they can do cool things.

FAVORITE COVER ON A BOOK RELEASED THIS YEAR

I haven’t been keeping up with latest releases, so of the books I’ve read so far, here’s my favorite cover:

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (illus.)

It’s a children’s picture book about the friendship the develops between a fox and a star.


That’s it!

I’ll do the Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag next week.

Good Intentions Book Tag

Here’s a tag that’s perfect for the beginning of the year when you’re making resolutions and all that. The Good Intentions Book Tag was created by Lynn at Lynn’s Book Blog.


Exercise more: This is a book that is a real chunkster, in fact, you will need help to even pick this book up.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

It’s over 800 pages long. I haven’t yet read it, but I want to. I watched part of the TV adaptation but didn’t finish it. I forgot why.

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Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

I enjoy doing book tags and have a bunch stored away to do on rainy days, so since today is a rainy day somewhere, I decided to designate it as a book tag day. From now on, Thursdays will be Book Tag Thursdays on here so I can get through all the tags I have stored up.

I found the Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag on Never Not Reading years ago. The tag was created by Lisa at A Book Calls, but it seems that blog isn’t around anymore.


No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (or was read to you)

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

I can’t remember the first book I’ve ever read, but The Neverending Story is a childhood favorite and one of the first fantasy books I read. I loved the story as a kid and would like to reread it since I’ve forgotten much about it.

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Charmed Book Tag

It’s the last day of Wyrd & Wonder, the monthlong celebration of all things fantasy, and here I am with the second book tag I’m doing for it. I really thought I’d have done more for the event but… Making plans this year is just not the move.

I’m doing the Charmed Book Tag, which was created by booktuber Just Me & My Books. This is perfect for me. I was a huge fan of the Charmed TV show as a kid and still enjoy watching it whenever it’s on, although now I think some parts of it are quite cheesy, but it’s still entertaining and a pretty good show.


In this night and in this hour, I call upon the ancient powers. Bring your power to we sisters three. We want the power.

Give us the power: A book or series that started you off on the magical journey of reading

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

This classic children’s fantasy novel is one of the books that started me on my journey toward becoming a fan of fantasy. I just loved the feeling of wonder I got while reading and kept hoping that I too would wander into a new world through my wardrobe.

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Fantastic Top Five — Fav Fantasy Subgenre

Fantastic Top Fives is a meme for Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration in May of all things fantasy.

This week’s topic:

Top Five From a Favorite Fantasy Subgenre


I’ve decided to focus on middle grade fantasy books for this week’s topic. I know middle grade is an age category and not a genre, but it certainly has its own flavor. These fantasy stories are often light, fun, fast-moving with loads of zany adventures, often with no parent or other responsible adult around. Kids often have to rely on their own abilities because adults are either evil, unaware, unavailable, or unreliable, and it’s up to the kids to save the day.

Other than the Harry Potter books, the Narnia series, whatever Rick Riordan writes, and the Tea Dragon books, here are a few others I enjoyed.

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Tolkien Character Book Tag

I can’t believe I’ve made it this far into Wyrd & Wonder and haven’t yet done a book tag! Things have been too busy lately. Anyway, I’m hoping to do some tags over the next few days and get some blog-hopping in as well to see what everyone else has been posting.

Well, I’ll be doing the Tolkien Character Book Tag, which was created by booktuber Things Lucy Reads. I’m not a fan of the Lord of the Rings series (blasphemy! I know), but I enjoyed The Hobbit and prefer the movies to the books. I’ve toyed with the idea of trying the core trilogy again, but… I’ve yet to act on that and doubt I will. However, I do appreciate Tolkien’s creativity and all that went into creating this story and world. And, of course, I enjoyed the movie adaptation as well as many fantasy stories that are inspired by Tolkien’s work.


Aragorn: A book that ended up being everything you wanted it to be

DCeased by Tom Taylor, illus. by Trevor Hairsine

It’s the first in a comic book series set in the DC universe about a zombie apocalypse and how the superheroes try to save the world and stop its spreading. I’ve always wanted a superhero, zombie apocalypse story, and this delivered. I enjoyed seeing how certain superheroes react and spread the virus based on how their power works. It was a very entertaining story for this zombie-apocalypse-stories fan.

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Fantastic Top Five — Single-Serve Fantasy Reads

Fantastic Top Fives is a meme for Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration in May of all things fantasy.

This week’s topic:

Top Five Single-Serve Fantasy Reads


Now I know this calls for short works such as short stories and novellas, but I really want to talk about picture books because I love them and think more adults should give them a chance. Plus, they fit the category — being books you can read in a single sitting — and these will be great recommendations for your kids.

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Fantastic Top Five — Forest Fantasy

Fantastic Top Fives is a meme for Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration in May of all things fantasy.

This week’s topic:

Top Five Forest Fantasy Recs


Since wood is symbolic of fifth anniversaries, a theme for this year’s W&W is forest fantasy. For this topic, we can choose books that have “woodland settings, forest creatures, a particular focus on trees — or maybe even important wooden items and artifacts.” It’s totally up to you.

I’ve decided to focus on fantasy books that either have a forest setting or in which the forest has great significance. (Kinda went overboard and chose 7 🙃)

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Fantastic Top Five — Fantasies

Wyrd & Wonder has begun!! 😀 That means, no matter what, May will be a fantastic month.

If you want to know more about Wyrd & Wonder, the monthlong celebration of all things fantasy, see my previous post. But to get things started, I’ll do a Fantastic Top Fives post, which is a meme the Wyrd & Wonder crew created in honor of W&W’s fifth anniversary. There’s a different topic each week.

This week’s topic:

Top Five Fantasies Since Last Wyrd & Wonder


To get my five below, I went back to books read since April last year. So here are the top fantasy/fantasy-related books I read since then.

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‘Not Enough Time’ TBR Book Tag

TBR book tags. I enjoy them. They remind me of books on my shelves I haven’t thought of in a while, making me want to read them. But then a don’t, and the process starts again the next time I do one of these tags.

That’s what’s happening for Day 4 of BOOK TAG WEEK!!

I’m doing the “Not Enough Time” Book Tag that was created by Sheri at Read Betwixt Words.


A book you keep saying you will read… but don’t

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

It’s been on my “Books I Really Want to Read” TBR every year for the past couple years — and I still haven’t read it yet. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve done away with that part of my yearly TBR for 2022. …But I still intend to read it. I’m still curious about it.

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