Wow, somehow half of the year has gone by already. I thought that it was time to check in and see how my reading has been since the beginning of the year. I have had seven 5 star reads so far this year, which feels a little low, but it has been picking up ever since I did an investigation into what qualities my 5 star reads have in common. I discovered some amazing debut authors and also finally discovered Brandon Sanderson’s work.
The Best Reads of the First Half of the Year
My top three favorites of the year
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen — My review will be up soon!
Of course I anticipated The Poppy War and The Final Empire to be amazing, but The Merciful Crow was an amazing read that jumped out of the woodwork for me. I am SO glad that I got to read these books this year. I feel like they have redefined my definition of what makes a great fantasy.
Some Honorable Mentions
These books weren’t necessarily 5 star reads, but they were all pretty incredible. Looking back at all of my these great reads it’s clear that I’ve had a better reading year so far than I thought I did. I found so many great books so far this year and discovered so many amazing new authors.
Most Popular Posts of the Year
This post is all about what my 5 star reads have in common and what my bookish preferences are.
This is one of my first movie reviews, I actually didn’t realize how popular it was until now. I guess I should write more movie reviews.
I really miss doing these top 5 posts on different genres. But what makes me sad is that I haven’t read any of the books on this list.
Looking forward is a lot of fun. There are so many great fantasy books coming out in the last half of this year and I am SO excited for all of these titles. But it also makes me think that I should participate in more TTT posts.
Types of Books Read
So most of the books that I’ve read this year are ARCs, which I had expected. But I am disappointed that I haven’t read many author requests this year. I have a lot on my TBR and I plan on getting to most of them in the second half of the year. I have also noticed that the last two months I have read nothing but ARCs, so even though I have read a fair amount of back list titles, I haven’t read ANY recently, and that really needs to change. I love reading ARCs, but I think that I need to read some back list books in between.
How was your reading in the first half of the year? What were some of your favorite books? Is there anything you want to do differently in the second half of the year? Make sure to comment below so we can talk about it.