Mid Year Reading Check In

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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 Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson — Check out my review!

The Poppy War by RF Kuang— Check out my review!

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

What Makes a Great Book?

This post is all about what my 5 star reads have in common and what my bookish preferences are.

Truth of Dare Movie Review

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.

Top 5 Fairy Tale Re-tellings I Want to Read

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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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

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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.

 

 

Let’s Chat!

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.

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  1. Ohh this is a great idea for a post I might do something similar! Also I’ve been dying to read My Lovely Wife, I definitely need to get on that and maybe check out some of these YA I’m always looking for some good YA.

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    1. I would love to see other people look back on how their year has been so far. I hope you do something similar, I would love to read it.

      My Lovely Wife was really good, I loved the whole thing. I have a lot of fantasies on my list, I’m kind of a fantasy geek. I also read a lot of YA! I think the genre has really become so amazing.

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    1. No of course not! Feel free to do something similar! I would love to see how your year has been so far reading wise! I felt like I wasn’t getting enough 5 star books so I did a post where I investigated what my 5 star reads had in common so I could find more like them if you want to check out that post as well. It was really helpful to analyze my reading preferences, and that was more in-depth than this was.

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