Mid-Year Freak-Out

I’m a few days late, but I can’t let the halfway mark of the year pass by without taking stock of what I’ve read in the first six months of 2019. I’m doing most of the regular questions, plus a few from Paper Fury‘s post.

How Much Have You Read?

I have never been this far ahead of schedule in anything in my entire life. Mostly thanks to a ton of post-holiday reading in January, I have been 5-10 books ahead of my Goodreads goal all year. As of the end of June, I have read 61 books this year! *tosses confetti*

Goodreads Challenge July Update

Best 2019 Releases You Read So Far?

I five-starred 20 books so far this year!

Looking just at 2019 releases, these are my top six (because who could pick just one?):

My embarrassingly glowing reviews:

Best Pre-2019 Release You Read So Far?


Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far

None of my top twelve reads above were sequels, and I don’t have a sequel I’m raving about. I did really enjoy Broken Throne (which isn’t precisely a sequel) and A Torch Against the Night.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

I had to put aside Red, White, and Royal Blue for a moment, but I’m really excited to get back to it. The first chapter was delightful.

I also can’t wait to get my hands on With the Fire on High, Stepsister, and I Wish You All the Best.

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019

I would sell all my worldly possessions to get my hands on Starless Sea and Ninth House, obviously. I’m also really looking forward to Wilder Girls as well as Girls of Storm and Shadow, which I was lucky enough to get an ARC of.

Biggest Disappointment

I was sooo let down by Once & Future and Descendant of the Crane, both of which looked great. I also thought I was going to completely love Wicked Saints and Gilded Wolves, but they were both three-star reads for me.

Favorite New Author (Debut or New to You)

I’ve been a fan of Linda Holmes for a long time, so it was so much fun to read her fiction debut, Evvie Drake Starts Over. I’m also really excited to see more from Erin Hahn, Nina Moreno, and S. K. Ali.

Underrated Gem

Everyone is sleeping on the The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Matched author Ally Condie! It was fresh and interesting and absolutely beautiful.

Book That Made You Cry

It’s been a while since I’ve properly cried reading a book. I’m a big crier during movies and plays and all that, but it takes a lot to get me to actual tears with a book, and I don’t remember it happening this year. Honorable mentions for power feels go out to Tell the Wolves I’m Home, Sadie, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe, and The Poet X.

Book That Made You Happy

So many! The audiobook of My Lady Jane made me laugh like I never have before at a book. I also was very happy reading I Like To Watch, The Kiss Quotient, and Evvie Drake Starts Over.

Rereads of 2019

I usually don’t count rereads in my reading progress (not because I think they don’t count as reading, but because my goal is 100 new books–if I don’t motivate myself, I’ll do nothing but rereads!) I loved rereading the Six of Crows duology. I also just finished listening to the audiobook of The Hunger Games with my littlest sibling, who has never read it before, and it’s been the most fun I’ve ever had.

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

I have a ton of ARCs to get to, including some I’m really looking forward to, like Girls of Storm and Shadow, The Water Dancer, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I also can’t wait until I finish my current reading list and I can finally read my gorgeous Barnes and Noble edition of The Wicked King.

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