Mid-Year Book Tag and Goal Updates

It’s already JUNE (wild) which means we are almost halfway through 2019! I thought it would be nice to catch up with where I am midway through the year, and when Emily Fox did this tag on her YouTube channel, it sounded like fun. Note: I dropped the “Freak Out” part of the title because it was brought to my attention that it uses ableist language. The tag creators’ YouTube channels are here and here. At the end, I will also give an update on my goals for this year.

Mid-Year Book Tag:

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018.

I’ve read a couple really good books this year, but I think I have to give it to A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kimmerer. I was sucked into it so fast and it was such a lovely story. I finished it in one sitting!

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018.

I read the first 3 of the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire this month, and the second one, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, was the best out of the three for me. I love the character of Jack, and I loved the contrast of Jack and Jill. I could honestly read an entire series just about Jack and Jill and the world of the Moors. Give me books about the people under the sea and about the werewolves in the hills!!!

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

I keep looking at my copy of A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine and sighing because I want to read it but I have so many other books that have to take precedence (ie for book club or that are due back at the library soon). I will read it sometime this year!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I’ve seen a lot about Gideon the Ninth. I’m also anticipating A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and Brazen and the Beast and The Wallflower Wager. There are so many romances coming out in the latter half of this year that I want to read now.

5. Biggest disappointment.

Oh, crap. Probably A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab. I still gave it 3 stars because I enjoyed it, but it gets such hype that I thought I would like it a lot more than I did. I was expecting a 4 or 5 star, and only just barely got a 3. Very disappointing.

6. Biggest surprise.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely!! I was given an ARC by my SFF book club moderator and she loved it, but I was NOT EXPECTING to love it like I did. I was like, yeah yeah, I’ll try it so I can tell Margaret I read a little of it, but then I was almost late for book club because I couldn’t stop reading it. I even talked to my local indie about ordering it for the store. I was absolutely blown away.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

This year if the first time I read a Neil Gaiman book. I read Good Omens years ago but that was a combined effort with Terry Pratchett. This year I have read 5 Neil Gaiman books and I absolutely loved them.

8. Newest fictional crush.

I don’t really get crushes? I’m ace, I don’t work that way. Sometimes I get squishes, but it’s pretty rare.

9. Newest favourite character.

Can I say Jack from the Wayward Children series again? I really liked her. If I have to choose someone else, I can choose Hester Shaw from the Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve. She’s not a perfect character and she makes some pretty heavy mistakes when she’s angry, but she’s such a murderous anti-heroine, I love her.

10. Book that made you cry.

This is an obscure one, but So Big by Edna Ferber. I read it because of a podcast episode talking about her and how she was this huge success that has basically disappeared from public consciousness, and I FELL IN LOVE. I did not expect to connect to a story about rural farmers like that.

11. Book that made you happy.

An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten. Something about reading a story about a murderous elderly lady who is willing to anything she can to be allowed to live the life she wants just rang true to me. Maybe I just have a thing for murderous women.

12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley is a pretty book. So is A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine. I’d have to say that the book cover I’ve enjoyed most has been Startide Rising by David Brin. DOLPHINS WITH HEADGEAR. DOLPHINS IN SPACE. It was a total cover buy. I saw it on the shelf and I had to have it.

DOLPHINS IN SPACE

13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I want to finish Sundiver by David Brin. I also want to read A Memory Called Empire, The Bride Test by Helen Hoang, and maybe The Poppy War by R F Kuang.

Goal update:

  1. I have surpassed my Goodreads goal of 50 books. I’ve finished 83 as of writing this post. So far, so good.
  2. The Read Harder challenge — eh, I’ve finished half of the prompts. I’m only sorta half-assing this one. If a book fits a challenge then great, but I’m not buying books specifically for this challenge. I do need to save some money for food.
  3. I think I’ve done a decent job of reading across more genres. I think that’s why I’ve read less this year than last year (this time last year I was at over 100 books). I read romance super fast, and since I’ve expanded my genres I am not as fast. My reading stats tracker says I’ve read 38% romance, 15% scifi, 16% fantasy, all the rest of the genres are below 5%.
  4. Reading books I already own — FAIL. I am so bad at this. Reading library books has been better. My stats tracker puts me at 65% library books this year, which is AMAZING.
  5. I have definitely kept to the goal of reading more audiobooks. I’ve read 35% audiobooks this year, 46% e-book, 11% hardback, and 8% paperback. I would have thought paperback would be a higher percentage than hardback, but that might be skewed by library books and Book of the Month books.
  6. I have massively failed at reading more nonfiction this year. I’m at 13% nonfiction if I add up History, Self-Help, and Memoir/Biography. Yikes. I’ll have to work on that.

Overall, I’m not doing so bad at my goals for the year. How are y’all doing on yours?

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