Okay. It has been a hot minute since I did a wrap-up, and honestly, it’s because I haven’t been reading much! Or blogging much (but that’s okay). The ongoing pandemic, some big life changes, and the usual obstacles have been a wild ride but I’m proud to be back on the reading wagon and just the fact I technically have been reading the last few months (except for August). I figured, why not do a small post to write out what I’ve read in the last 6 months, get myself back on track and just celebrate the lovely books I read!
Let’s get into it!
The Mask Falling by Samantha Shannon
★★★★★ (5/5) | REVIEW
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
★★★★★ (5/5) | MINI-REVIEW
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
★★★★☆ (4/5) | NO REVIEW – beautiful book, very emotional and had me Terry
Letters to the Lost by Bridget Kemmerer
★★★★★ (5/5) | NO REVIEW – Bridget never lets me down <3
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
★★★★★ (5/5) | NO REVIEW – absolutely loved this, this series is amazing!
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins-Reid
★★★★★ (5/5) | NO REVIEW – TJR is one of my new favourite authors!
Starfish by Dawn Akemi-Bowman
★★★★★ (5/5) | MINI-REVIEW – this was beautiful, I need more from this author.
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic
DNF – I couldn’t keep reading this one, it wasn’t keeping my attention and was kind of cringy. Sorry!
You Have A Match by Emma Lord
★★★☆☆ (3/5) | NO REVIEW – I was a bit disappointed by this one, it just couldn’t beat Tweet Cute, but it was still a good YA coming-of-age type of story.
The Shut-Ins by Katherine Brabon
★★★☆☆ (3/5) | REVIEW – Super interesting, thought-provoking but overall, okay. I feel like this book strangely made me more introverted/anti-social! It was an odd experience haha
Nothing to see here… I kept myself busy streaming a lot on Twitch and didn’t really feel like reading much, so I took a break.
As Good As Dead by Holly Jackson
★★★★★ (5/5) | REVIEW TO COME – I’m devastated that this series is over. It was amazing.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
★★★☆☆ (3/5) | REVIEW TO COME – Not as good as Circe in my opinion, more thoughts to come.
The Heart Principle by Helen Hoang
★★★★★ (5/5) | REVIEW TO COME – Helen continues to exceed expectations, I want to reread the books in this series all over again!
Except for July, I have to say that even though I didn’t read as much as I did last year; I read quite a lot of 5 star books that I absolutely loved. I’m proud of my reading and that I’ve read so much quality over quantity. I’d rather read 1 star book than three 3-star books that are more mediocre than amazing. I’m so incredibly behind on my Goodreads challenge…but I don’t really care.
My main challenge this year has been to survive this pandemic and continue to hold onto my hobby and passion for reading. I’m still finding moments when I’m lost in a book I can’t put down – and those moments are priceless. I’m in the process of convincing coworkers to also start a book club and I’m really enjoying the readathons I’m participating in without much stress. So, I guess I wanted to talk about that because I’m happy with my reading year so far! This wrap-up is pretty packed but I’m definitely feeling motivated to read and take my time with it.
It’s been super interesting seeing my own reading tastes, habits and motivations evolve over the last year and even the last 6 months as I went through a lot of life changes and was really focussing on my mental health. I think it’s become so important for me to prioritise and evaluate what reading means to me, to maintain a healthy relationship with reading and it’s happening. I don’t think I’ll do another 6 month wrap up if I can help it – I will aim to do short monthly wrap-ups so look out for those again 🙂
How has your reading been in the last 6 months? What books were standouts?
Until next time,