The good thing about the midway point of the year is that it is like a mini New Years and a bit of a fresh slate to start anew. So checking in on progress is important to me as I reevaluate my goals and reading habits. And honestly? How the heck is it almost July? How is 2021 almost halfway over? 2020 was such a trashfire of a year that I didn’t get around to this tag but it’s back now. 🔥🔥🔥
Reading Statistics for January – June 2021
It wouldn’t be a reflection post on Reader Voracious without some charts and data, would it?! Lucky for us all I am here to deliver the goods compliments of my 2021 Reader / Book Blogger Spreadsheet Template.
Surprising absolutely nobody, most of my reads this year have been fantasy, but I’m impressed that it’s just under 50% of my overall genre pie! I’m trying to bounce genres a bit more to avoid fantasy burnout and slumps, which has some success. I also like that I’m putting a dent in my purchased books… go me!
It’s worth it to mention that my charts include reading up to June 19, 2021, so it’s just under the full six months. I’ve also been an uncharacteristically voracious reader the past few days (I’ve read 6 books in the last 4 days wtf) so who knows what it will look like by the end of June. But whatever, close enough!
My reading overall is paced a little better than in 2020, but that was a low bar not difficult to beat 😂 But I definitely made a lot of progress in the last few days so I’m sure another reading drought is on its way.
2021 Mid-Year Check In Tag
Now that I’ve looked at my reading on the macro level, it’s time to dive into specifics with the Mid-Year Check In Tag. I’ll do my best not to repeat books but… I had a lot of favorites ok?
1. The best book you’ve read so far this year?
2. The best sequel you’ve read this year?
A War of Swallowed Stars by Sangu Mandanna hands down! It’s the final installation in the Celestial Trilogy and worth every minute that I waited for it. This series is so good and this finale broke my heart and then mended it.
3. New releases you haven’t read yet but want to.
I limited this to my owned TBR because whenever I’m able I like to pre-order books to support the authors… and then never get around to reading them. The top 3 books from the first half of the year I want to read: Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart, Down Comes the Night by Aliison Saft, and The Forest of Stolen Girls by June Hur.
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 37 books), I have been pretty good about picking up books that I am more likely to enjoy usually DNF books that aren’t for me. But I was disappointed by Trouble Girls by Julia Lynn Rubin. Part of this is due to my familiarity with Thelma & Louise and the book falling short of its potential; it’s not a bad book.
6. Biggest Surprise.
I expected to enjoy The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia but was surprised just how much; this book changed my stance on romance novels and made me crave more novels of manners.
7. Favorite new to you, or debut, author.
I know I said I wouldn’t repeat books, I’m SORRY! (Eammon now lives in my head rent-free.) The Nature of Witches by Rachel Griffin, For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (rtc), and Nothing but Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (rtc).
8. Newest fictional crush.
I don’t really have fictional crushes as I primarily read young adult these days.
9. Newest favorite character.
Delta from Dustborn by Erin Bowman and Eammon from For the Wolf (I’m sorry ok).
10. Book that made you cry?
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig made me cry so many damn tears (rtc).
11. Book that made you happy?
I am making an effort to read some books that aren’t soul ripping and heart rending this year. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean was such a delightful read and it brought me a bunch of joy. More like this please!
12. Favorite book to film adaption?
I haven’t watched any so far. I’m also the only bookish person who hasn’t watched Shadow and Bone yet lol
13. Favorite post you have done this year?
- Winners of the 2020 Bookish Jazz Awards brings the 2020 awards season to a close with the announcement of the reader nominated & voted best books of the year!
- Favorite Reads of 2020 breaks down my top reads of the year!
- Why I Love Morally Gray Characters discusses my obsession with morally ambiguous characters and the characteristics that I particularly enjoy.
- All About Readerly breaks down the new independent alternative to Goodreads that burst onto the bookish scene this April.
- How to Refresh Evergreen Content is my love letter to book reviews and discusses the ways we can approach our niche with SEO in mind.
Okay listen: I know the prompt says favorite post. Singular. But I have a lot of posts that I’m extremely proud of from this year that I haven’t properly promoted due to bouts of dropping off the face of the internet for weeks.
14. Most beautiful book you have bought this year?
I love all of my pretties, but I will forever treasure my Goldsboro hardcover for The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Especially because it was the only hardcover option and the sprayed edges are stunning. Plus it looks great on the shelf next to my Goldsboro copy of Mexican Gothic!
15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
There are honestly way too many to name! Right now I have 12 ARCs for books being published in the second half of the year that I hope to get to, and also hope to work on my owned TBR/backlist.
As always, no pressure to do this tag if you don’t want to and consider yourself tagged if you want to do it yourself!
✨ Well, that’s it for my 2021 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?