Quick note: I’m no longer posting on Saturdays, since I post so many times a week and don’t want to run out of ideas too quickly. I’ll still be posting on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays though. And if I have extra reviews, they’ll just go up randomly. Just thought I’d let you know in case you didn’t see my post or poll on Twitter!
Just in case you didn’t know this already, it’s June.
I know, crazy right?!? That was totally a secret 😆
I wanted to do a mid-year post, but couldn’t decide whether to do a progress one, or one about my favourite books of the year so far.
SO I’M GOING TO BE GREEDY AND DO BOTH.
But they’re in the same post, so that counts as one, right?
Let’s see my reading progress & favourites so far!
Oh, how I love the Goodreads reading challenge.
At the start of the year, I decided to set my challenge to 50. I didn’t know how much work I’d have at college, and one book a week is my average reading pace. So 50 books was my aim. I mean, there’s 52 weeks in a year so I knew it should be easy enough for me, reading one book a week. I didn’t want to add any pressure.
Because I don’t deal well with pressure. I need my comfort zones.
So how’ve I done?
It’s safe to say…
I’M NAILING IT!
42 of 50? 18 books ahead of schedule???
I literally have to read 8 more books then I’m done. So basically, this summer.
“Why don’t you raise it a bit higher?” I hear you call.
Well, like I said. I don’t deal well with pressure so I’m very happy with what it says now. Also, I’m planning on reading some pretty hefty books soon, so that 18-books-ahead-of-schedule is bound to drop quite far.
And as for the stats…
I actually find this SO interesting!
I’ve read 15,967 pages (bloomin’ hell!) and my average rating is 4 stars (though bare in mind some of those might be 4.5 because Goodreads doesn’t have half stars).
The longest book I’ve read so far is Outlander – not surprising – and the shelf most added to is “own” – again, not surprising.
And I have five new favourites so far! I know there’s seven books shown in the 5 star rating section, but two were rereads so they’re old favourites.
So, what are the five new favourites?
by Diana Gabaldon
Oh how I adored this book. It took me about 20 pagest= to know I’d love it. It was really odd.
Yes, I was intimidated by the size. I still am, when thinking about the second book. BUT I ADORED IT SO MUCH.
Seriously. My review is basically just me fangirling.
Basically, this book is time travel, old Scotland, small fantasy elements, Scotland, slow building relationships, Scotland, epic storylines…and did I mention it’s set in Scotland? I was completely and utterly in love with this story, and the idea of there being eight other just-as-huge books doesn’t seem as daunting anymore.
[Click here to see review] – warning, it’s oldschool. It’s my blog before I had this design so the photos & layout? Not great.
Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
Everyone and their mother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, cousin-in-law, grandfather, and pet goldfish has heard of this book. Or at least, of the film. At the start of the year, the trailer for the film was released and everyone went crazy.
Myself included. No shame.
And me, who at that time didn’t like contemporary romance that much, fell for this story like a skydiver without a parachute. The thrill was there, slow building, then I was ecstatic with how much I loved it, AND THEN THE ENDING KILLED ME.
[Click here to see the review] – Again, it’s oldschool blog review.
A Gathering of Shadows
by VE Schwab
This was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016. I loved A Darker Shade of Magic, so I wanted to get my hands on this as soon as physically possible.
Which, if I remember rightly, actually happened because my bookstore had them early.
I managed to enjoy this even more than the first, which I didn’t think was possible. And looking back on my review, apparently it was very quotable. Who knew? (
well, obviously I did since I wrote about it back in March)
A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J Maas
OF COURSE this was going to be here.
Another of my most anticipated releases. So much so that I tried savouring it once I had it. I took about a week reading the first half…only to the devour the other half in one night. I’m just a sucker for Sarah J Maas’ writing.
This book made me want to scream and tear apart my pillow and throw the book at the wall and scream some more. I adored it so much.
Isn’t it odd how the books that turn us into raging creatures end up being our favourites?
Isla and the Happily Ever After
by Stephanie Perkins
This a recent favourite of mine. I finally finished the Anna and the French Kiss series, and this one – the third – is definitely my favourite of the bunch.
It’s cute, it’s quick to read (I read it in a day), I loved the main character, and it made me want to go to Paris, like the first one did.
It was the perfect summer read. And I was prepared to tear down buildings if the title deceived me.
I’ve got to give honourable mentions go to Paper Boats by Erndell Scott, Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater, Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be? both by Holly Bourne. All of these books were rated 4.5/5, but were very very close to being new favourites!
So there we have it!
That is how I’m doing, halfway through the year.
How are you guys doing with your reading challenge?
Have you changed your goal at all?
What are a few of your favourite books so far this year?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…