Hey, guys! I did a mid-year check-in on TikTok but completely forgot about my annual mid-year blog post! I love TikTok, but I’ll never get sick of my blog. Sorry for forgetting! So, here’s my mid-year post just a couple days late… (almost an entire month late 😫)
As always, let’s start with my Goodreads Reading Challenge progress:
Usually my goal is 50-100 books, but this year I kept it small. The purpose for that was so I could focus on harder-to-read books, such as classics and extra long books. I started with Moby Dick, and of course I’m still reading it. I’m not even halfway. And I’ve been pushing it aside to read new releases and books being adapted for film/television and books I just want to read NOW. I’m very much a mood reader, so I’ve definitely failed at that goal. But the good news is, I’ll definitely reach my tiny goal of 36 books!..
Now, for some stats:
I haven’t read a single 1-star book yet this year! Pretty happy about that. Mostly been reading books I love, so that makes me happy.
Fiction is always one of my biggest genres each year, but here recently, I’ve been consuming a lot of fantasy and sci-fi books. They were my favorite genres in high school, but I took a bit of a break for a few years, so I’m trying to catch up. And I’m loving it. I read all the Grishaverse books this year, so that’s 7 books alone!
Speaking of those Grisha books… I read them all on eBook. And I read quite a few eARCs earlier in the year. That’s why the eBook category is so large. I’m not surprised by the Audiobooks, though. I work 40 hours a week — it’d be a waste to not listen to audiobooks during those hours. I’ll always have more audiobook hours than physical reading hours. Sadly, simultaneously, my physical TBR has been growing, so I really need to crack down on the hardbacks and paperbacks.
Okay, now time for the Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag:
(1) Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
Last year, my choice was Carry On. I re-read it this year, so I’m sorry you have to see it as my choice this year, too. I can’t help it. I just love it so much!
(2) Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
It was almost impossible to decide between Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King for this one, but I think I’m going to go with the latter.
(3) New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
I’m nervous to read The Final Girl Support Group, but I think I’m going to anyway. I read Final Girl by Riley Sager a year or two ago and was severely disappointed by it. This sounds like almost the exact same premise, but I’ve read that Hendrix’s plot is different and done well, so fingers crossed!
(4) Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
If I said anything other than Empire of the Vampire, I’d suggest you check my temperature.
(5) Biggest disappointment
All This Time, hands down. I actually DNFed this one, so I cannot judge it entirely fairly, but it did disappoint me. The story was so boring and I didn’t care about any of the characters. I DNFed at 15%. Not at all on the same emotional level as Five Feet Apart.
(6) Biggest Surprise
Six of Crows. I was told to read this book years ago when I was in college, but it didn’t sound interesting to me. I’m glad I waited, because I learned that I needed to read the Shadow and Bone series first, which I did. Six of Crows shocked me to my core with how much I loved it and fell for the characters. It was almost my favorite book of the year (so far). I absolutely loved this book, and I was very surprised by that.
(7) Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
Leigh Bardugo! I read all seven Gishaverse books this year, having never read a Bardugo book before. I very much enjoyed the experience and may try reading more of her works, though I’d be surprised if I loved any of them more than the Grisha books.
(8) Newest fictional crush
Kaz Brekker, obviously. Both book-Kaz and Freddy Carter as Kaz in the show 😍
(9) Newest favorite character
Probably Jesper from Six of Crows. I adore him, both in the book and show. He’s my second crush, too.
(10) Book that made you cry
Call Me By Your Name, though probably not a scene most people cry at. I cried when Elio’s father was talking to him towards the end of the book.
(11) Book that made you happy
Carry On for so many reasons. Always Carry On.
(12) Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
The Anthropocene Reviewed. It’s beautiful because it’s signed by John Green, but also his essays are just beautiful in general. I’m still making my way through it and I love it.
(13) What book do you need to read by the end of the year?
Moby Dick. Though I’m really scared I won’t! It’s already July and I’m only on page 140. I’m going to really try, because that was the whole point of setting a low reading goal, but I need to not beat myself up about it if I don’t.
I’m not going to tag anybody, but feel free to do this tag yourself! Share any of your own answers or mid-year post in the Comments — I’d love to see everybody’s answers.