2019 MIDYEAR WRAP-UP
I’m not very good at this wrap-up thing. I started doing it January then promptly forgot for the rest of the year because I’m a lazy, lazy blogger.
I didn’t set reading goals for this year because reading goals is a sure-fire way to get into a reading slump for me. Like that currently reading shelf jinx in GR where putting a book on the currently reading list automatically assures that I will not be picking up that book again. I have 6 books stuck in that shelf for more than a year already. Anybody else ever experienced this jinx?
First, some updates:
I’ve finally gotten that coveted 80% badge in Netgalley. Yay!
I got quoted on the new cover of Darkness On The Horizon by Christopher Renna!!! I’m so thrilled to see my review on a book cover.
On a personal note, I’m finally finishing that masters degree. It took me four years but damn it was worth it!
As of June, I have read a total of 69 book, 17 of them graphic novels. Some of these books were posted on my other blog NIL DIVISION.
Non-fiction is always challenging for me and I am happy to say that I have read AND finished 4 non-fiction books:
River Queens by Alexander Watson – a boating adventures in the American heartland ( 4 Stars )
Ripe: Letters by Alan Semrow – an ode to relationships with men ( 3 Stars )
Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe – an honest and raw graphic novel on sexuality (4.5 Stars )
Waves by Ingrid Chabbert – a poignant story of two women trying to have a child ( 4 Stars )
What non-fiction books do you recommend?
Series I’ve finished:
Trouble Brewing by Layla Reyne – a highly enjoyable romantic suspense series about an FBI agent and a US Attorney ( 4 Stars )
Star Collector by Sophie Schonhammer & Anna Backhausen – a starry love story between a laid-back boy and an Astronomy geek ( 3 Stars )
Bad Valentine by Jesi Lea Ryan, Jordan Castillo Price, Clare London & Dev Bentham – an anthology with the theme of “Nothing good ever came of a Valentine.” ( 4 Stars )
Mnevermind by Jordan Castillo Price – a sci-fi trilogy steeped in realism ( 5 Stars )
Falling Sky by L.A. Witt – a sci-fi duology with vampires and body modification (4.5 Stars )
I am stingy with my stars and so far only very few has gotten that golden 5-star review:
The Ballad of Sang by Ed Brisson – a leave-no-man-standing revenge story starring a Filipino child assassin
Leo Love Aries by Anyta Sunday – a squee-tastic slow-burn friends-to-lovers romance
Mnevermind by Jordan Castillo Price – a solid 5-star trilogy on artificial memories and happiness with an MC on the Autistic spectrum
Are you guys generous or stingy with your stars?
Right now I’m focusing on finishing all my ARCs and review requests. Many of them are overdue already. I can’t read as much as I wanted to because my eyes are easily strained. The doctor advised me to read only for 1 hour, which sucks because that’s too short for me. So dear authors, I’m so sorry if it’s taking so long to post the reviews.
Here’s my TBR:
Audiobooks are the way to go for somebody like me who has weak eyes (gad, I’m OLD!). I wish they release the audiobooks sooner.
Are audiobooks yay or nay for you?
So that’s my midyear wrap-up for 2019. Here’s hoping the rest of the year treats us well!
I have a lot of fall ARCs so I’m trying to get ahead this summer. I also find that setting reading goals will be a surefire way to send me into a reading slump. Blogging goals motivate me on the other hand. I haven’t given a ton of 5 star reviews either, but have discovered a few gems so far this year.
what books got a 5-star review from you?
This year? Crown of Feathers, My Lovely Wife, The Final Empire, The Poppy War and The Girls at 17 Swann Street.
Yes! The Poppy War I’m super excited about.
It was SO good, but don’t read the blurb if you haven’t already because it gives so much of the book away.
I haven’t really read the blurb carefully. I just know it Chinese-inspired. I imagined it like one of those wuxia/martial arts movies
It’s a Chinese inspired fantasy. That’s all you really need to know, besides that just read it. It was SO good.