We’re halfway through the year and I have read a lot and also nothing!!
I never understand how this works 😪 Apparently if you read 1 book and add 3 to your TBR pile, it will, in fact, never go down. Trying to ignore this. I am a bit late with this tag as it’s already July, but always excited to do a bit of a mid-year-recap!
So far for me, 2021 has been more dedicated to writing. I’m always disappointed when I don’t read as much as I used to. (Cannot fathom the year I read 300+ books. Who was that. WHO.) But at the same time, I’m fiercely proud of the writing I’ve been doing lately. I’ve written over 200,000 words so far this year (estimating) and am having a small lull for July to catch up on reading.
I always feel I should apologise for the way my blog slid. But it is what it is, and writing + managing health issues is a lot, plus I just use instagram as my micro-blog anyway. Do join me over there. Many memes, much explosions of obsessive book love. And I do have exciting reviews coming up for Paper Fury here soon too so keep an eye out.
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1. HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?
This time last year I’d already read 100 so 🥺 missing those days of reading hard and fast. But I am stressing less about reading and THAT I enjoy.
2. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?
This is a question I add in each year for an excuse to make pie charts. I do love pie (who doesn’t?!).
Okay so my star-ratings are not GREAT and I feel a bit sheepish here 😂I don’t actually do public star-ratings unless it’s 4 or 5 these days, so these are just recorded on my spreadsheet. Basically only 47% of my reeds have been good (I consider 3 a meh rating) which is a statistic that is a solid yikes. As for my genres, I pretty consistently favour contemporary (and contemporary fantasy) so this isn’t a surprise.
3. Best book you’ve read so far in 2020
I have literally only had ten 5-star ratings; and most were rereads so 💀👌🏻again we are improving that later. But I’ve already reread These Violent Delights TWICE and I’m dying. It is so downright phenomenal that it has wrecked my life.
4. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020
The Theft of Sunlight was incredible. I thad the thoughtful political and social commentary that I crave from YA fantasy (and sadly rarely get 😪) coupled with gorgeous prose and dimensional characters. Such an underrated series truly. I also really appreciate Rebecca Westscott & Libby Scott’s autistic middle-grade contemporary series. It is the BEST and absolutely captures the heart of what it is to be autistic.
5. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
Was just laughing as I looked at least year’s list for this question and I still haven’t read a single one. Let me lay down softly and weep. For this year I will say…
6. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
I am most thoroughly dying for Summer Sons. Like if I could only have ONE more book in 2021, it would be this. But also the others too because I want all the books and cannot be stopped.
I technically haven’t finished A Little Life buuuuut…it’s an adult literary novel so that’s definitely out of my comfort zone. (Cannot say I’m “enjoying” it but it is deeply, deeply affecting me.) Also Winter’s Orbit! I rarely read adult sci-fi but I adored this one.
8. Biggest surprise
Maybe Rain City Lights because this book absolutely hit me in the guts and I loved it (as well as suffered for it 😭) and it’s super underrated so please pick up a copy!!
I also adored Lifestyles of Gods & Monsters which is a super bizarre modern Ariadne and the Minotaur retelling, and it got me so emotional!!
9. New Favourite author (debut or new to you)
Into The Heartless Wood came out of nowhere for me and I just ADORED it with my whole soul!! I listened to an audio and never wanted to turn it off (also the narrator was so peaceful). It’s almost a cozy fantasy, but also feral tree girls who eat hearts and soft boys who bake. 🥺Ghostwood Song is a southern lowkey horror about grief and ghosts and heavily features a fiddle and messy family relationships and it was just excellent. The Boy From The Mish is such a heartfelt and beautiful story of an indigenous teen coming out and fitting being gay in with his culture. Tweet Cute was just so so CUTE, like downright funny and adorable.
10. underrated gems you’ve discovered recently
Tap through for my reviews on these but they’re AMAZING and I want everyone to take notice of these perfect books. I’ve actually read more underrated than popular this year, and just fell in love with so many.
11. rereads this year
THE WAY I’VE REREAD THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS TWICE WITHIN 3 MONTHS THOUGH. I do need to do more rereads before the year ends because I miss prioritising them. I also reread a few first books with intentions of reading the sequels finally…can report I still have not read the sequels.
Will say These Violent Delights again just to suffer with myself. It didn’t make me cry, I suppose? Just my soul ached. I actually haven’t felt teary this year for anything. Getting tough in my old, old age. Although Heartstopper’s unconditional love themes always make me 🥺and Volume 4 was beyond perfect.
13. Book that made you happy
Tweet Cute for the levels of adorable!! And Roman and Jewel was also just one of those books that is so fun, you can’t help but smile. Also Social Queue! It’s not out yet but the it nailed the autistic experience with such finesse I just 😙👌🏻.
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
Ariadne (UK edition) has stolen my heart!! But also Ghost Wood Song and Things That Grow were total cover buys and I do not regret it.
15. goals for the rest of the year
- I am aiming for 150 reads and will probably overachieve a bit but not aiming for 200 this year. Less pressure 😩👌🏻
- I would like to write another book! Maybe for NaNoWriMo, still?
- Dreaming of hitting 90K on instagram but that one is a little far-fetched.
- Read more ebooks and eARCs 🤨🙌🏻actually TRY for this and get my Netgalley ratio back up.
- I’d like to have read all my books from book boxes by the time 2021 ends.
- Challenge myself to pick up more adult books because I’m really enjoying them this year for some reason. Probably because of all my white hair.
| What about you? |
time to tell me all your half-yearly news!! are you behind or on track with your Goodreads goal? what have been your highlight reads of 2021 so far? have you done any writing?