I honestly cannot believe that it’s already July. HOW?! The good thing about the midway point of the year is that it is like a mini New Years for me, a fresh slate to start anew. So checking in on progress is incredibly important.
I’ve been panicking about my ARC mountain for weeks now and am actually on an ARC Ban probably through November because I have enough on my plate as it is. Let’s make reading less anxious again!
Reading Statistics for January – June 2019
I am SO FREAKING EXCITED… my reading is split evenly between backlist and ARCs! Since this time last year, I’ve been making an effort and it is paying off. I’m also not remotely surprised at my genre distribution either being close to even between science fiction and fantasy! “Other” includes one poetry collection, one graphic novel, and one non-fiction title. My biggest goal for the rest of the year is to finish my ARC backlist and work on my owned TBR.
My reading overall is paced a bit slower than the first half of 2018. But considering my health issues and horrible reading slump, I am really excited to be 9 books shy of completing my Goodreads goal for the year!
Mid-Year Freakout Tag
1. The best book you’ve read so far this year?
I’ve read some fantastic standouts so far this year, and I don’t think that I can pick just one. For new releases, The Fever King, Descendant of the Crane, and Keep This To Yourself are tied for the top spot in my heart.
2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?
Additionally, Kingsbane by Claire Legrand deserves a shoutout because I can’t stop thinking about the damn book.
3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.
HAHAHAHA, we don’t talk about all the new releases I own but haven’t read. It’s embarrassing and makes me sad. (Update: I just looked at my purchases tab on my spreadsheet and cried a little. I need to murder this slump!)
4. Most anticipated releases for the second half of the year.
5. Biggest disappointment.
As evidenced by my average rating this year (4.3 on 43 books), I have been pretty good about picking up books that I am more likely to enjoy. And I usually DNF books that aren’t for me. But I personally was disappointed by Wilder Girls by Rory Power: it just wasn’t the book that I wanted.
6. Biggest Surprise.
the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by amanda lovelace came to me when I really needed it, and I am forever thankful.
7. Favorite new to you, or debut, author.
I’ve read and loved so many debuts this year but if I have to choose a favorite: Victoria Lee.
8. Newest fictional crush.
Locke from Roar by Cora Carmack has made me feel things.
9. Newest favorite character.
Haben from Liz Kerin’s The Phantom Forest. Honestly, he is the main character of this book and I don’t care what anyone else says. #ProtectHaben
10. Book that made you cry?
11. Book that made you happy?
I really should start reading books that aren’t soul-ripping.
12. Favorite book to film adaption?
I haven’t watched any so far, but I am excited about Good Omens!
13. Favorite post you have done this year?
14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?
I love all of my pretties.
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There’s way too many to list here, sadly. I have a total of 32 ARCs to read by the end of the year, which includes the past-due ones. Better get started!
✨ Well, that’s it for my 2019 mid-year freakout tag! Have you read any of the books that I highlighted? What are some of your favorites? Do you have happy book recommendations for me?
Let’s go on another adventure together!