I was tagged to do this Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag by Rosie over at Rosie Freckle Reads. I’m so excited to do this because it’s my first ever book tag. I haven’t read that many books so far this year so I’m sorry if there’s a lot of repetition – I can’t help it ok!! I have highlighted anywhere that might have spoilers, just keep scrolling if you haven’t read the book to be on the safe side! Here we go:
1. The Best Book of the Year So Far:
I can’t really pick the best book of the year – more like two best books of the year – but given that the second book can feature in the next category, I will only list the one. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. If you’ve seen my recent review, you probably already have an idea of how much I loved this book.
2. The Best Sequel of the Year So Far:
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Quite often I find that the second book onwards tend not to be as good as the first but Gemina (even though I wasn’t convinced because of the change to see the ongoing story from two new characters) did not disappoint. AT ALL. It was just as fabulous as the first book.
3. A New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I’ve heard such amazing things about this book and how it is an amazing diverse book. I came to the realisation the other day that I don’t read nearly enough diverse and LGBTQIA+ books and I really want to try to change that in the second half of the year. I still need to read the 100+ books on my TBR before I buy too many books but at least if I receive books as gifts I’m hoping to make more of them diverse and LGBTQIA+. I’d also like to read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon.
Yay! It’s another round of Top Ten Tuesday! You can find out more info over here: The Broke and The Bookish Top Ten Tuesday. The page also includes future prompts for Top Ten Tuesday so you can find out what’s coming up. On the day, you can find the individual post related to that week’s prompt and link up with everyone else doing TTT. This week it’s: top ten books I’ve read so far this year. There’s just one problem: I’ve only read 14 books so this list is like 70% of my books read.
1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I went into this book only knowing that it had gorgeous pages and that it would be an unusual way of telling a story. Some of the kinds of things it contained were e-mails, chats, interviews, surveillance footage summaries and so much more. It was an amazingly unique way to tell a story and I absolutely loved it. Like this might actually be one of my new favourite books.
2. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
See above. This book follows some slightly different characters to the first though the overall story continues. When I first found this out, I was a bit disappointed thinking that I couldn’t possibly love these characters as much as the first. But I was soooo wrong. Like a whole other planet of wrong. This book was so good and I loved it just as much as the first and where is book number 3?? Give it to me now!
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I went into this expecting good things and it didn’t disappoint. It just kept me guessing all the time and I could never tell who was good or who was bad so I was constantly second guessing myself. I can’t wait for the sequel and hope it keeps me guessing as much as Caraval did.
I am participating in Top Ten Tuesday [at least for the next two weeks because I liked the prompts, okay?]. You can find out more info over here: The Broke and The Bookish Top Ten Tuesday The page also includes future prompts for Top Ten Tuesday so you can find out what’s coming up and on the day, you can find the individual post related to that week’s prompt and link up with everyone else doing TTT.
1. Howl’s Moving Castle / Wizard’s Castle Series – Diana Wynne Jones
I absolutely loved the Studio Ghibli adaptation of the first book and have been meaning to read the entire series for some time. It’s written by a Welsh author and is partly set in Wales and makes reference to the welsh language (or so I’m told). So 100% yes I want to read this series and can’t tell you why I haven’t yet.
2. The Lunar Chronicles – Marrissa Meyer
I love love love fairytale retellings – my favourite beauty and the beast retelling so far being Beastly by Alex Flinn. So I’ve been itching to steal these books off my mum’s shelves for a while but she won’t let me *sob* Let’s just pretend that I don’t have 100+ other books to read and that’s totally the reason why she won’t let me have them yet. Also, she hasn’t read them yet either.
3. Starflight Duology – Melissa Landers
I am shameless… I bought this duology for my mum for Mother’s Day and as soon as she has read it, I want. Somebody said once that if you loved the TV show Firefly then you would love this. I do love Firefly and so I really really want to read these books. But again, they are temporarily stuck on my mum’s shelves right now.
The above is a video of the 30-day Reading Challenge that Little Book Owl undertook. There are links in the video’s description to the 30-Day Reading Challenges others did before her but this was the first video I watched.
What is it?
The idea is that you read every day for 30 days – whether that’s 1 page or 100. As far as I can tell there aren’t any other rules unless you set some of your own, for example, maybe you won’t count graphic novels. I have decided not to set any additional rules for myself this month.
The 30-day challenge can be really useful if you’re out of the habit or, if like me, you never had one in the first place but want to create one. Despite the fact that I am reading more than ever than before, I’m still reading in fits and bursts. Often a week or two will go by with minimal or no reading. So I thought I’d give reading for a month with just a commitment to read at least one page per day a go. At worst I’ll get through 30 pages, at best I might burn through a few novels! (Psst, I’ve even roped my boyfriend into trying this with me and he doesn’t read much at all!)
I’ve done a little prep by picking out some books that are relatively new to my shelf and/or that I’m really eager to read. This was to try and eliminate me standing by my bookshelf for hours trying to decide what to read. I’m still in the throws of the Series Crackdown Readathon until the 4th of June so there are some books that appear in both TBRs. The books I plan to read next month are:Read More
It’s an incomplete list as I did do some reading towards the beginning of the year (a failed attempt at tackling my ever growing TBR) that I never logged. I will probably add those books to Goodreads at some stage but probably won’t put in the dates as I can’t remember what I read at the beginning of 2016 compared to what I read during 2015. But, it does show what I’ve read since the holiday to Lanzarote I mentioned. In fact, 6 of the 7 books were read on that particular holiday.
When you compare it with someone, for example, Leah @ Girl vs Books’ Reading Stats (197 books in 2016), my measly 7 books pales in comparison. As in my reading pile is a man on the moon and everybody else’s read piles are planets. In fact, Leah read the equivalent of every book on my shelf and some last year.
Big Goals, Little Reader
This year Leah has set her goal to 150 books and 100-200 book goals feature frequently on my Goodreads dashboard. What I try to remember when I see these huge goals is that often they’ve been doing this for a while. They spent time getting really good at it. Who knows, maybe they don’t watch TV? I feel it would be like a couch potato attempting a marathon with zero prep (but probably not quite as hard if I put my mind to it). So with that in mind, I set my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge to a realistic (maybe?) 20 books.
As I left work last night, I made the snap decision to take part in my first ever readathon the Series Crackdown Readathon hosted by The Book Moo. It’s a 10-day long readathon that started yesterday (26th June) and will run until the 4th of June. The idea is to read some of the neglected series’ on your shelves. I am super bad at starting and even worse at finishing book series, which means that I have plenty to choose from.
So, after they are totally let me count Caraval by Stephanie Garber – my current read – as a book towards the readathon, I jumped on board. (Caraval is technically part of a duology, OK?) I’m a slow reader so I don’t know how many books I’ll actually get through. But, let me show you what I’m planning to try and read: