Hello, hello! It’s time for a mid-year reading update and I’m honestly surprised with how many books I’ve read because I’ve been through some slumps… It’s been a crazy year for obvious reasons and I’m just grateful to be okay and to have been so lucky to be able to keep reading amazing books again this year. And I’m so grateful for all the amazing people in the bookish community for all the support and love that’s been going around for the past few months.
This year I wasn’t going for a numerical goal but I decided to set it at 100 anyway because I expected to easily reach it. In general, I’ve been reading about as much as last year. Quarantine didn’t have a very big impact on my reading habits, and I’ve finally gotten to a lot of books that were high on my tbr so I’m happy with how 2020 is turning out, reading-wise.
It seems like a big number but like half of these are manga and short novels.
In terms of format, I’ve read about half ebooks half physical books with a few audiobooks in the middle, but I’m much more interested in physical books this year.
As to the genre, I have been reading mostly adult fantasy, but also some more scifi and thrillers and even more contemporaries and romances (or trying to anyway). Plus, lots of manga and a handful of light novels.
Favorites of 2020 so far:
What I can I say more about these books other than that I absolutely loved them and would love to reread them at any time?
Least Favorites: I’ve had a few disappointing reads this year, though I haven’t been in the mood to continue books I don’t stand so I’ve DNFed about 7. Among them are Once & Future, The Rage of Dragons and There There which were just huge disappointments.
Other remarkable books that I really enjoyed and definitely recommend are:
- The Book of Essie by Megahn Maclean Weir
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
- Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- The Lost Continent & The Hive Queen by Tui T. Sutherland
- Cell by Stephen King
- Airframe by Michael Crichton
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
This year, I’ve been working on improving my book buying habits: I’ve sold some books I disliked and used the profit to buy other books; I’ve been more selective and careful; I’ve bought physical copies of ebooks I loved; and instead of limiting myself with book buying bans, I’ve been keeping an eye on my wishlist regularly so I can advantage of discounts.
I’ve acquired quite a few books already this year, more than I was hoping to at this point… (and I fully blame Amazon Spain’s awesome discounts and fast deliveries!) Here are some, not counting the ones I got for my birthday which have not yet arrived.
I’m a little mad at my uni for giving me so much work and stress that I couldn’t even enjoy (or even wanted) to write posts sometimes. I haven’t even been reviewing much and I LOVE writing reviews!
I’ve been trying to post more original content this year and I’ve been enjoying it though I wish I could maintain a better schedule and I still want to work more on my graphics. Some of my favorite posts this year:
- Reasons Why You Should Get a Reading Journal
- Why I Love Reading Middle Grade
- How to be More Productive At Home Right Now
- Six Book I Loved but Rarely Talk About
- Review: House of Earth and Blood
- My Bookish Pet Peeves
- Book Quotes I’ll Never Forget
- Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree
- How to Keep Reading & Blogging While Living a Busy Life
My goals for the second half of 2020 are mostly to read all the books I buy this year (or as many as possible) actually during this year. And I also want to hopefully read some of the classics I already own and more cute contemporary YA romances.
Plus, to steal a question from the mid-year freak out tag: what book(s) do you want to read by the end of the year?
And that’s it for my mid-year update!
How has your reading year being going so far? What are your favorites & disappointments, and which books are you hoping to read before the end of the year?