Hello friends! Things are getting a little bit hectic in our household as the days creep closer to our move. We pick up our keys in less than 48 hours! So yeah, things are chaotic and messy and super stressful. But one positive is that I seem to have finally broken my reading slump? I finished two books yesterday and then immediately started reading another. If I keep this up, my July wrap-up could be a BIG one.
But for now, I’m here to check-in with you about my reading so far this year. We’re officially over the half way mark so you’re probably seeing a lot of mid-year book freak out tags. (Mine is coming soon!) I wanted to start off by taking a look at everything that I’ve read and share some stats!
NOTE: Books marked with an asterisk (*) are review copies. This means that these were provided to me by the author, publisher or a third party on behalf of the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Mid-Year Reading Wrap-Up
To keep this from being an obnoxiously long post, I’ve decided to keep things simple. I’ll sort my reads by genre, provide the title and author along with an emoji rating AND a link to a review IF one exists. (As a rule, I don’t review EVERY book that I read.)
Here’s a quick guide to what the emojis mean:
|Didn’t like it||Liked it||Loved it||Favourite|
- People Like Her by Ellery Lloyd* 👍
- If I Disappear by Eliza Jane Brazier* 👎
- Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris 😍
- The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman 😍
- The Girls Are All So Nice Here by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn* 😍
- Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner* 👍
- The Push by Ashley Audrain 👍
- Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson* 👍
- The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris* 😍
- Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson 😍
- Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien 😍⭐
- Hairpin Bridge by Taylor Adams* 👍
- The Colours of Death by Patricia Marques* 😍⭐
- The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman* 👍
- Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone 👍
- Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins 👍
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- All Systems Red by Martha Wells 😍⭐
- The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun 😍
- The Coven by Lizzie Fry* 👍
- The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird* 👍
- Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 👍
- New Suns edited by Nisi Shawl 😍⭐
- We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker* 👍
(PS – Some more SFF titles are listed under YA!)
- Gut Feelings by C. G. Moore* 👍
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner 👍
- The Scorch Trials by James Dashner 😍
- The Death Cure by James Dashner 👍
- Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira* 👍
- Want by Cindy Pon 😍⭐
- The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta 😍
- The (Un)Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez* 😍⭐
- Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel 👍
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig 😍⭐
- The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia* 😍⭐
- You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry* 😍⭐
- All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann 😍
- Intimations by Zadie Smith 👍
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking 👍
- Ace by Angela Chen 😍⭐
- The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph* 😍⭐
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi 👍
- Home Sweet Rented Home by Medina Grillo 👍
- Hype by Gabrielle Bluestone* 👍
- Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall 😍
- It’s Not About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan 😍
Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga
And finally, all the graphic novels I’ve read in the first half of 2021! As you may know, there can be a lot of people involved in the creation on graphic novels so to keep things simple, I’ll only include the first name listed on each title.
- The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel by Robert Venditti 👍
- Faith: Hollywood & Vine by Jody Houser 👍
- Gudetama: Mindfulness for the Lazy by Wook-Jin Clark* 😍
- Bingo Love by Tee Franklin 👍
- Soppy by Philippa Rice 👍
- Check, Please! Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu 😍
- March: Book One by John Lewis 😍⭐
- Cat’s Cafe by Matt Tarpley 😍
- Bingo Love: Jackpot Edition by Tee Franklin 👍
- Kodi by Jared Cullum 😍⭐
- Inkblot, Volume 1 by Emma Kubert* 👍
- Gudetama: Adulting for the Lazy by Wook-Jin Clark 👍
- Gudetama: Surviving the Holidays by Wook-Jin Clark 👍
- Gudetama: Love for the Lazy by Wook-Jin Clark 👍
- Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan 👍
- LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor 😍⭐
- Embodied edited by Wendy & Tyler Chin-Tanner* 👍
- They Called Us Enemy: Expanded Edition by George Takei 😍
- Paper Girls, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan 👍
- Paper Girls, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan 👍
- FukuFuku: Kitten Tales 1 by Kanata Konami 😍
- Heartstopper: Volume Two by Alice Oseman 😍
- Heartstopper: Volume Three by Alice Oseman 😍
- Goosebumps: Monsters at Midnight by Jeremy Lambert 👍
Mid-Year Reading Stats
Time for the stats!! I don’t know about you but I LOVE seeing my reading represented in a visual way. So I’ve got a few charts to share with you today… But first, the basics!
In the first half of 2021, I have read 70 books with a combined total of 17,955 pages. That’s pretty good going for me and I’m very happy!
Let’s take a look at genres shall we?
This shows that my top 3 genres are:
- Graphic novels
It’s that last one that surprises me because I don’t feel like I’ve read that much non-fiction this year but I guess I have? One of my reading goals was to read more non-fic so we’ll call that a win!
Okay and now for stats based on format…
Pretty obvious that I’m a predominantly eBook reader. I suffer from migraines and joint pain so it’s a format that works better for me in the sense that fonts and brightness can be manipulated and devices tend to be lighter and easier to hold than physical copies.
As for audiobooks, I really thought I’d be better this year. My plan was to aim to listen to one audiobook a month. Aaaaaaand… that clearly has not been the case. Something for me to work on for the rest of the year as I do have a backlog of Audible titles to get around to.
Let’s take a quick look at my sources stats next…
I was surprised by the results of this one! It definitely does not FEEL like I’ve read more owned books than borrowed or ARCs but apparently I have.
ARCs have become a bigger focus for me this year. I aim to review at least two new releases every month. Somehow that has wound up being 22 books in six months… But hey, more content for you guys!
In terms of borrows, most of these have been eLibrary books. A few have been physical library books or books borrowed through an online subscription like Kindle Unlimited or Scribd. But mainly library books which is awesome!
And finally, a breakdown of my reading by publication year. I know typically backlist covers anything from outside of the current calendar year but I’ve chosen to do it as anything published in 2019 and earlier.
As you can see, backlist has dominated my reading this year. But there have still been a LOT of recent releases. So all in all, a nice mix!
So that’s my mid-year wrap-up with stats, thank you so much for taking the time to read it! Today’s big question is: What were your favourite reads of the first half of 2021? Let me know in the comments below.
PS. Not included in my wrap-up or stats is Kim Reaper, Vol 1: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley. It’s a graphic novel that I read in June and apparently forgot about enough to not notice that I hadn’t included it in my reading log, IG wrap up… etc. So that one doesn’t count towards any of the stats! I’ll throw it into my July reading and it will count towards my end of year stats. 🤦♀️
PPS. Goodreads will destroy what you love. Do not trust it.