You know how sometimes you look at your books and you just…scream? Yes me too.🤗
Better yet, we’ve got a tag for that!
It’s time for the…
But first I have to do the obligatory side-eye at the fact it is June and I don’t recall expressly giving permission for that to happen. I am a disaster of chaos this year and feel like I’ve achieved only T W O things, being (1) I survived the release of my second novel The Boy Who Steals Houses, and (2) I took many naps. An accomplished life I am living here.
If we’re being honest, this year has been a bit of a mess for me.
I’m not blogging as much which I’m so ashamed about?! Like I used to be this steadfast regular blogger, and what am I now?!? Some sort of limp CUSTARD SAUCE. But the author life has been going not well + I moved house (extremely stressful) + my mental health looks a lot like a feral cat that got hit by a car. Twice. (You’re welcome for that visual.😌)
I have had a lot of satisfyingly good reads! My bookshelf set up is the BEST it’s ever been. I’ve started working for MTMC Tours and getting a few more freelance blogging gigs which meeeeeans — I CAN BUY MORE BOOKS. Which is the pinnacle of a good life for me. And I just have some really really good friends. 😭💛 They make me cry i love them so much. So shout out to internet friends who are the true national treasures, ok?! I would share cakes with you if I could but I CAN’T. So guess I’ll eat the cakes myself.
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1. HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?
95! And a…uh…little ashamed because every year it seems I read less and less aND WHO AM I if I don’t read 200+ books a year?! An undercooked eggplant??? [insert crisis here]
I need to stop pressuring myself with the reading and, as an overachiever, that’s easier said than done. 😫 But I’m attempting to finish off this year and then maybe chill out next year with a lower goal.
2. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?
I actually added this question in because I need a chance to make pie charts. Shh. This is a need.
i’m actually really shocked at the amount of epic fantasy I’ve read (aka the genre I keep avoiding because my brain is tired loool) and LOOK at all these high star ratings!! 🙌🏻 I don’t do negative reviews anymore so I’m way pickier about what I read so I don’t get stuck with myriads of unreviewed books.
3. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019
I always make a “best of the year” shelf on Goodreads and so far I have SIX books on it. Which I’m pretty happy about.
Will softly scream how much I love and recommend them. But shout out, specifically, to RW&RB because it’s not my genre (adult romcom?!) but I laughed so much and then directly after wanted to cry — so it is a solid piece of masterful writing.
4. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019
Look I’m actually giving this to Finale because FREAKING YES. I feel bad because I’ve read Holly Black and Cassandra Clare sequels this year (and loved them extraordinarily) but I’m still obsessing over Finale 😫💛 So I must say it. The actual existence of Dante and Tella is a gift to my soul. Also I want to write this beautifully someday?!
5. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
erm, just about…all of them?! I am SO behind this year, it’s not even funny. I say this every year, but no no, all those other years were lies. THIS year I am so behind. My TBR is honestly about to beat me up in a back alley.
6. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
Without a DOUBT it is Call Down the Hawk and Queen of Nothing!!!!!!!! There aren’t enough exclamation marks for how I feel about this omg. And I’m secretly so nervous about CDTH because The Raven Cycle means everything to me and…I just hope it is everything I’m longing for. 😭💛
Ok not that this is a book (but it kind of counts since it’s a book adaption) but this goes to GAME OF FREAKING THRONES. Argh. If you get me started, I can angry rant for hours. Absolutely hours. I’m still procrastinating the last episodes (I got spoiled anyway because the internet is the worst) because it’s just sloppy storytelling, boring plots, horrendous attention to detail and STUPID. THE WHOLE SHOW JUST WENT SO STUPID AFTER IT USED TO BE AMAZING.
8. Biggest surprise
I really didn’t know what I’d think of The Brilliant Death. I just sort of picked it up because hi Italian-esque mafia family fantasy with genderfluid narrators — ok let’s have a go. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anyway skip on into the future and there is ME. TODAY. OBSESSED.
*flaps hand vaguely at this book* ARGH when I tell you Red White & Royal Blue is so funny I coughed up a lung laughing over it — just take my word for it. Also it’s very queer and very about selfworth, also, and about not being afraid to say you deserve to prioritize your heart. And it’s about not putting turkeys in your bedroom. Literal, actual turkeys. Don’t do it.
Also Casey McQuiston keeps teasing that they’re writing more books and I will take all the more books thank you.
Note: this book IS adult lit and does have explicit scenes!
10. underrated gems you’ve discovered recently
It’s so easy to just focus on the hyped books and tbh this year I’ve not been reading as many hidden gems…which saddens me?! As owner of The Boy Who Steals Houses which didn’t get much of a publicity push this year (I triiiied, but I was by myself lol), I keep wanting to point wildly at the smaller books that need more love!! So THESE.
11. rereads this year
I either reread books because (a) I’ve forgotten the first and need to refresh before a sequel or (b) I am utter hopeless and in love trash for them.😌 So THAT’S me, how are you. I’ve reread 16 books so far this year!
So many series sequels came out this year?? Like King of Scars appeared and my brain was all, “Let’s do a FULL GRISHAVERSE REREAD”…and subsequently I will never catch up on my TBR pile. 😑But also pfft, why am I complaining. It was so much fun to reread them all?! Six of Crows is still the best. Absolutely.
And then I’m extremely in love with the Caraval books — like wholly obsessed. So I had to reread those before Finale!
The Foxhole Court reread is purely because I’m angsty for found family, damaged family, and Andrew saying, “I want nothing,” and then getting d r a g g e d by Neil replying, “And you always call me nothing.¯\_(ツ)_/¯”.
12. Book that made you cry
Ok ok ok…so I don’t actually physically cry while reading. I am an ice cube. But I do get very emotional inside and then slowly just obsess over a book for…ever. This year absolutely goes to I Wish You All The Best. I was BAWLING inside. It’s heartwrenching, but also about healing? So this was good crying.
This book just meant a ridiculous lot to me and my personal journey too. So just, reeeeead it. It deserves the world’s love.
13. Book that made you happy
This isn’t out till September SHHHH but it’s a good chance to add it on Goodreads or preorder but — The Tea Dragon Festival is absolutely gORGEOUS. It’s the softest ever graphic novel, with so so much loving diversity. Like the entire cast is POC, the narrator is nonbinary, and there’s deaf and lgbt secondary characters too. ALSO DRAGONS. It’s basically like falling into a magical world of colours and good food and love and…!!! When did I become so sappy. But this is everything.
Look, book covers these days are so freaking divine that it’s unfair to my wallet. I fall in love with so so many?! Unreasonable levels of beautiful art here, smh.
Anyhow…I need to talk about The Wicked King because (a) AHHHHHHHHHHH, (b) no, I see your point, that was not talking but still a 100% accurate representation of my feels, (c) it was truly wicked, cunning, clever, and absolutely incredible, and (d) did you know Queen of Nothing got moved forward to November this year?! THIS. YEAR. I’m really scared Cardan is going to die and then I will not be ok. Can’t Jude just stab him, just a little, and then they make up everything works out??? Yes???
15. goals for the rest of the year
➢ right. well I’d LIKE to think I can still read 200 books (hahhahahhah sob)
➢ I badly need to read more eARCs. Badly, so so badly…my ability to request and then not read is astounding.
➢ Do a full Raven Cycle reread before Call Down the Hawk!
➢ Make a point to read a few more adult books 👀
➢ See if I can figure out a way to monetise my instagram a bit so I can afford all these books I want to buy lmao
➢ WRITE?!?! A NOVEL!??! THAT IS SELLABLE?! A concept.
➢ Be a better blogger. Truly. 🙏🏻 I’ll try harder.
| 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 2019 so far???? OR tell me a book you really should’ve read by now but you haven’t?