I know it wasn’t long ago that I wrote a post celebrating a year of being focused on my blog, but we’re in June now. That’s the sixth month and means that it’s about time that I do my mid-year wrap-up.
It’s the first time I’ve really done something like this. It’s the first year I’ve really been able to. I decided to keep a reading journal this year as well as filling in a rather detailed spreadsheet. So I actually have a proper idea of how my reading is going. A shocker, I know.
As of the time of writing this, I’ve read 101 books in total! That is an amazing number, and I’m absolutely chuffed. I wish I could say my book buying was really low in comparison. But it’s not…I’ve bought 74 books so far this year. And that’s not including pre-orders still to come. Ummm… I may need to stop buying books. Welp.
I will say that a lot of those books are secondhand. I don’t have numbers on how many books I’ve bought new, and how many secondhand. But I just have to look at my TBR box, and I can see that. So, that’s not too bad. But I do still need to slow down.
I’ve also received 41 books to review! The vast majority of these have been through NetGalley, and some of them have been in the Read Now section. But not many. One of them was claimed on Readers First with points, and a couple have been for bookstagram tours or readalongs. But 41 is almost the number of books I was sent to review in total last year. So I’m definitely getting more chances to review books too. Which feels so good. Like, I can focus on posting reviews of books I’ve been sent for that purpose and still be posting reviews semi-regularly.
Hmm, I still want to try to review a few more books I’ve bought. I just always forget.
On the sadder end of the spectrum, I have also DNFed a lot of books this year. I don’t have exact numbers, but I know I’ve DNFed at LEAST 23. I’ve been crossing off the books I get this year, whether bought or from the library, if I DNF them. But any book from my owned TBR from before this year that I’ve put down? Yeah, no clue how many there. But I’ve had a few nights where I’ve wound up giving up on multiple books before starting something I actually like.
Back to the positivity, I have been noting down my favourite books each month. And I want to share those all with you!
- Jan: Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer (YA sci-fi)
- Feb: Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova (YA fantasy)
- Mar: A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong (Adult Thriller)
- Apr: Well Met by Jen DeLuca (Adult Romance)
- May: Cursed Luck by Kelley Armstrong (Adult Urban Fantasy)
Looking back, I’m kind of surprised that so many of my favourites have been adult books! I’m still reading a lot of YA, so I’m interested to see how the rest of the year goes. I’ve got a lot of good YA fantasy I want to read this month, so we’ll see how that goes.
There’s a lot of books I want to read over the next 6 months. I don’t really want to list any, as it would be hard to narrow it down. Especially with the number of pre-orders I’ve made for this year… But I do think I’m going to aim to try and read a little more adult sci-fi and fantasy. Maybe even some fantasy romance. I’m unsure there, and I’ll definitely be avoiding fae fantasy romance if I can help it. But I’m definitely curious. I’d also like to read a little more middle grade; I’m always looking for books for my brother, but there’s some I want to read too. So I should actually get around to them!
That’s about it for now! Here’s hoping for a great rest of the year.