Mid-year reading reflection and tag

I can’t believe that 2020 is halfway over- its been a wild year to say the least. At the beginning of the year I expected to barely get any reading done because of work, and then work stopped and all of the sudden I was ahead of my reading goal. So far this year I’ve read 21 books, 10,115 pages, and my average rating is a 3.9. I’ve spent the majority of this year rereading books, and I’ve only read seven authors. There are definitely some reading changes I’d like to make.

Goals for the second half of the year

  1. Focus on reading books from authors who are new to me and books I haven’t read- less rereading
  2. Read more nonfiction/scholarly works
  3. Diversify my shelves and reading habits- take stock of the books I own and read
  4. Only support authors whose views I support- i.e. no transphobic, sexist, racist authors

Mid-year book freakout tag

The questions below are taken from Scorpio Book Dreams.

What is the best book that you’ve read so far in 2020?

I have to give this to Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas. This book got me out of a major reading slump and far exceeded my expectations.

What’s your favorite sequel of the first half of the year?

I enjoyed War by Laura Thalassa just as much as I enjoyed the first book in the series.

Is there a new release that you haven’t read yet but you’re really excited for?

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown sounds amazing, and as soon as it’s back in stock at my local bookstore or on Bookshop.org I will be buying it.

What is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

Famine by Laura Thalassa is the third book in the Four Horsemen series. The release date is up in the air, but it will be coming out sometime during the second half of this year. As soon as this comes out I’m buying it. This is self-published by the author, so preorder it on Amazon to support her and this amazing series.

What is your biggest disappointment so far?

Harry Potter. Even before the whole JKR b******t, I just really wasn’t enjoying my reread of this series. I’ve stopped rereading this series and I won’t be reading them or supporting JKR in the future. I urge everyone to do research on the problems and faults in the “facts” that JKR pointed to in her statement. There is a plethora of scholarly work out there that disproves everything she said and shows how incredibly harmful and reductive that point of view is. On top of all that, the house-elf plot in the fourth book was so infuriating, and the characters’ attitudes toward it is very off-putting. I also didn’t enjoy Harry as a character.

What is your biggest surprise so far?

I’m usually hesitant to read very hyped books, so I was surprised that I enjoyed Serpent & Dove as much as I did. I ended up giving it four stars, and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel later this year.

Who is your favourite new to you, or debut, author?

I’ve actually only read one author this year who is new to me- Shelby Mahurin, the author of Serpent & Dove. But I have to give an honorable mention to Laura Thalassa, who quickly became one of my favorite authors. Prior to 2020 I had only read one of Thalassa’s books. This year I’ve read six more of her books and I plan on reading everything else she’s published.

Who is your favourite fictional crush from this year?

Basically every character that Laura Thalassa writes.

Who is your new favourite character?

Bryce Quinlan and Danika Fendyr have one of the greatest literary friendships that I’ve read.

A book that made you cry?

Crescent City made me ball my eyes out- and books never make me cry.

A book that made you happy?

I reread City of Heavenly Fire– and the last book makes me happy because finally everything is resolved and I can relax after a stressful reading experience.

Your favourite book to movie/ TV show that you’ve seen so far?

I finally watched The Witcher and I LOVED IT. I’ve rewatched it already, and I’m so excited for season two. I’m currently reading The Last Wish, but I don’t know if I’ll be finishing the series yet.

What is your favourite post that you’ve written so far this year?

I really like the recommendation posts I’ve done this year, and I hope to make them a regular occurrence on this website. So far I’ve recommended autobiographies by women and standalone novels.

What is the most beautiful book that you have bought?

This year I finally splurged and purchased the Lord of Shadows rune edition. It’s sold out at Waterstones, but I found it for a reasonable price on eBay.

What are 6 books that you want to read by the end of the year?

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Crave by Tracy Wolff, From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Eloquent Rage by Brittney Copper, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, & The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black.

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