Hello book friends!
I think I may be a little late in doing this tag but what the heck, it’s only July right? Plus it’s not so bad to post another wrap-up style post when the need (or mood) strikes. I’ll just make this a lot more bookish than my regular monthly wrap-up.
I’ve struggled with a massive book slump since March and it has taken a toll on my reading and blogging.
I’ve only just started picking up books again. I found an excuse to be able to buy and read books because of some down time at work and I can actually take books with me to read.
Let’s get on with the tag shall we?
1. HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?
I know, I know, it’s not so much. Not for me anyways. I used to read about 4 books a week when I wasn’t in a slump. My TBR was “manageable”. Now? Eh..I look at it and I cringe.
This was the last screen cap I took about a week ago and I was only able to add 2 books to this. Thank goodness for a lower goal. Maybe I’ll do something a little higher next year.
2. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?
A lot of 4 star reviews since January and 1 DNF so far. 3 star ratings are a close second to majority of the books I’ve read. That’s a good thing for me. I don’t really like DNFing a book but if it’s too painful to continue reading then I do.
3. BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019
I have a few break out books this year and I definitely recommend them to those who are looking for a new read. I think I’ll send these titles over to my niece who is as much a book worm as me.
4. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019
This would go to The Storyteller by Traci Chee. I was ugly crying when I finished this book. The hurt was both painful and good. I have not yet gotten over it until now.
5. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO
I’m keeping this to the newest releases because if I list down everything it would be all pictures and me imagining how the heck I’d afford all of them.
6. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
I don’t want to look, I don’t want to look, I don’t want to look.
7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
I don’t mind reading LGBTQ books even if I can’t relate to the gender and sexual preferences of the characters but it’s different when it’s overly emphasized and feels forced. Take for example the LGBTQ characters in The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco. The way they were written I would liken to drinking smooth warm chocolate milk.
8. BIGGEST SURPRISE
I was thinking this book was just a regular dystopian-human-survival type of book. Well it surprised me because it was so much more than that.
9. NEW FAVORITE AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)
I have encountered the authors I’ve read this year at one time or another in the past so no new favorite so far.
10. UNDERRATED GEMS YOU’VE DISCOVERED RECENTLY
Fantasy books have always taken center stage when it comes to hype, while Sci-fi takes a backseat.
11. REREADS THIS YEAR
I just have 1 re-read this year and it’s The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I don’t remember how many times I’ve already read this book but it feels like it’s the first time I’ve read it every time. Same goes with The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
12. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Please refer to answers number 3 and 4.
13. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
I’m easy to please with books ,I would say I’m happy with all the books I’ve read so far minus the ones I gave a 2 star and below rating.
14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)
I rarely buy physical books but the prettiest I have gotten was my hardbound copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.
15. GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR
I need to list this down so that I know I won’t have an excuse not to to them.
- Buy a new paperback or hardbound book every time I get paid
- Enjoy reading (and blogging) and not stress myself about deadlines
- Blog more frequent again
- Save.Save.Save for rainy days, an expensive book, and/or a book shopping spree
I just want to make sure I’m not going over the edge with all that I’m doing with work, blogging, reading, and my life in general.
How has the first half of your year been? Are you doing the Goodreads reading challenge? Are you on track or behind? I’d love to hear from you.