Midyear Reading Check

Well now! Half way through the year almost. I find this year really dragged at the start, is that just me? Anyway it’s picking up speed now. How is everyone, are we all okay? I’m finally back to my pre surgery self so I’m happy out. So since we’re that far in the year, seems like a good point to assess my reading so far and another opportunity for a chatty style blog post.

So last time I checked in on this, I was exactly 25% of the way to my reading goal for the year. At the time, it was 85. I have since upped that to 100 books instead.

This might be the bit where someone would ask why I did that and the answer is simple enough for me. I set 85 because I didn’t achieve 100 last year like I set out and wanted to be sure my goals weren’t too lofty. However at 85, I was constantly 6 books or so ahead of schedule and I do still want this to have a but of urgency and be, well, a challenge! So I upped it to the 100 and we will see how we go. The image above says 47 but I I have completed one since so I am at 48 books so far this year.

Top Books of 2021 so far

Granted the year is not over yet so I can’t guarantee absolute faves just yet. However, I’ve read some excellent books so far this year. Very very good books in fact. Some are backlist, I noticed as well some are standout debuts. So going to do a quick round up here! Reviews will be linked.

  • Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey: A modern and often overlooked SFF classic. Read this first this year as part of a readalong hosted on Twitter. I would advise anyone going in to be mindful of content warnings but the court intrigue and spy politics blew me away, as well a the world building and the admirably flawed protagonist.
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: Another recent buddy read that I ran ahead in (sorry Kaitlyn). I left this way too long and it is another modern SFF classic. Like the previous, this is all about court politics, borderline on a fantasy of manners. Difference being that Maya, the main character, is a sweet bean that needs to be protected at all costs.
  • Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler: The grand Dame herself. Honestly the best written vampire novel I read in many years, so much on display and interrogated in terms of the vampire and scifi genre, in particular it’s whiteness, different kinds of relationships and the family values attached to it.
  • The Beautiful One by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Had I done a post like this last year, Mexican Gothic would have been on it. The ultimate fantasy of manners I was in the mood for, a previous book of the authors republished by Jo Fletcher. Romance, high society maneuvering, telekinesis and excellent gowns.
  • Sistersong by Lucy Holland: One of my highly anticipated reads of the year that delivered time and time again. A certain mood with this read that I feel nostalgic for. A tale set in Post Roman Britain where three siblings must face difficult choices. A story of love, sacrifice and identity.
  • The Unbroken by C.L Clark: The absolute God tier of SFF this year and the beginning of the Holy Sapphic Trifecta. This is a rare of a book that confronts and drags the reader through an Empire established by colonialism. Along the way, the story is told through the eyes of a solider and an heir, both as ruthless and vulnerable as the other, as they strive to be free.

Those are some stand out faves in books. My aim as always is to reach my reading goal and diversify my reading as I go along. The only thing I keep saying I would like to improve is the amount of scifi I’m reading and hopefully in the last half I’ll start seeing that. Do please tell me how your reading is going. Thanks for checking in guys, happy reading!

4 Comments Add yours

  1. You’re having such a good year for reading! Congrats on upping your goal – it’s always a nice feeling when you do better than you were expecting!

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    1. Thanks Asha! It’s definitely a bit more fun as well 😀

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  2. Jules_Writes says:

    I’ve had Kushiel’s dart sat on my TBR pile for years! I must get to it. Great post.

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    1. Thank you so much! Definitely worth checking it out (and any necessary TWs) but it definitely took me by surprise 🙂

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