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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Wrap-up: July 2018

Books I Read

  1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
  4. After by Anna Todd

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Statistics

Pages read: 1,916 Longest book: 582 pages, After Shortest book: 358 pages, Shadow and Bone
Average rating: 3.5 stars Highest rated: 3.5 stars, After, Shadow and Bone, & Siege and Storm Lowest rated: 3 stars, Ruin and Rising

My Thoughts

I am a month late with this wrap-up but at least it’s happening! During July I was taking my last summer class so I didn’t have that much time for reading. I did recently post a review of the Grisha Trilogy, so read that if you want my potentially unpopular opinions on that series.

In July I also decided to reread After by Anna Todd. The movie adaptation of After is officially happening! Years ago when After was first coming out I was such a fan, so my young fangirl heart is over-the-moon about this movie. Filming has already finished so now we only have to wait a few more months until the movie comes out in February 2019. Honestly I still enjoyed the book. Yes, the writing isn’t the best, but I think the characters are complex and super relatable to me now as a college student.

So that’s all I read in July. Even though it’s not much, its better than August is about to me. So far I haven’t finished any books, but I’ve started about four of them. I might not even have an August wrap-up!

Wrap-up: June 2018

Books I Read

  1. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap
  2. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
  3. The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt
  4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  5. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  6. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,674 Longest book: 664 pages, Tower of Dawn Shortest book: 288 pages, Triumph
Average rating: 3.8 Highest rated: 5 stars, Legendary Lowest rated: 2 stars, The Games

My Thoughts

Finally I am getting back into reading for pleasure! Now that my first summer class is over I feel like I can finally relax and dive back into some fictional worlds.

In June I read two books for summer class. The Games was a pretty boring history of the Olympics, but Triumph was a much more interesting biography on Jesse Owens. It was a short and easy read.

This month I also finally read Tower of Dawn. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn’t spectacular like Empire of Storms. However, I did love the characters and I can’t wait to see more of them in Kingdom of Ash.

Then, Legendary finally came out! I reread Caraval in preparation and then reread Legendary once my copy arrived in the mail. It was even better the second time around because I could pick up on all the little details that I didn’t notice the first time.

Finally, I read an e-arc of Mirage, which completely blew me away! I did not expect to like it as much as I did, but it has ended up being one of my favorite books of the year!

Wrap-up: May 2018

Books I Read

  1. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
  2. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
  3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,135 Longest book: 693 pages, Empire of Storms Shortest book: 229 pages, A Court of Frost and Starlight
Average rating: 4.75 stars Highest rated: All because SJM is my Queen Lowest rated: Not even a category this month

My Thoughts

In May I only read four books, but I have good reasons! My summer class started, which meant I was reading lots of articles and PDFs, etc. Plus, I started work at a new job so my days were basically wake up, do my homework and readings, go to class, work until late at night, come home and sleep, then do it all again. There wasn’t much time for fun reading, but I managed to squeeze some in!

Wrap-up: April 2018

Books I Read

  1. Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  2. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  4. Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat
  5. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
  7. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,445 Longest book: 454 pages, Throne of Glass Shortest book: 148 pages, Annie John
Average rating: 4.2 stars Highest rated: 5 stars, basically every book by C.S. Pacat and Sarah J Maas Lowest rated: 2 stars, The God of Small Things

My Thoughts

April was a reread month for me (which you can tell by my average rating of 4.2). I reread the first two books in the Captive Prince Trilogy, then I started by reread of the Throne of Glass series in preparation of finally reading Tower of Dawn. This month for school I read Annie John and The God of Small Things. Annie John was enjoyable, but The God of Small Things is a book I just don’t get.

Wrap-up: March 2018

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Books I Read

  1. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
  2. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  3. Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  4. Childhood by Nathalie Sarraute
  5. Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq
  6. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  7. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  8. Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
  9. King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes

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Statistics

Pages read: 2,480 Longest book: 416, Legendary Shortest book: 151, Pig Tales
Average rating: 3.5 stars Highest rated: 5 stars, Legendary Lowest rated: 2 stars, Childhood and Pig Tales

My Thoughts

March was a very good reading month for me! Of course I owe that to school though, because out of the nine books I read, five were for school. Plus, I really only disliked two of the books I read this month. Reign of the Fallen, Legendary, and To Kill A Kingdom were all great. I read my first Manga Classics and I really, really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read more! And thanks to school I read Dreams of Trespass, which was incredible. So enlightening and thoughtful. I also enjoyed The Woman Warrior and King Kong Theory, even though I did not agree with Despentes all the time.