I cannot believe how fast this year is going by! We’re already half way done!
This year I’ve been listening to audiobooks a lot more, and have been renting the books on my shelf to listen to while I’m driving or at work, before switching back to the physical copy while at home.
I find audiobooks and physical books interchangeable, and I count them equally in my reading challenge.
Last year, my goal was to read 100 books, and I finished the year with 72. Last year was also extremely hectic, between Covid, homeschooling, and moving into our new house, the last half of the year left very little time to read.
But this year my goal is 150, and I plan on getting through a decent portion of my TBR shelves.
As of the end of June, I’ve read 83 books! I’m almost a full month ahead in reading to meet my goal, and have made a huge dent in my TBR! Even though somehow the number of books on the shelf just doesn’t seem to be going down….
Here’s a breakdown of everything I’ve read so far this year!
- Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
- FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell (OoMCZ book)
- The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor
- Star Daughter by Shveta Thakar
- Namesake by Adrienne Young
- Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
- The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo
- Among The Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston
- The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer
- This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
- Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia
- Da Vinci’s Tiger by LM Elliot
- The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Favorite Book: This Tender Land hands down. I absolutely loved this story and it is one I’ve been recommending to anyone who likes historical fiction all year.
Least Favorite Book: Star Daughter. This book didn’t really hold my attention and I honestly barely remember reading it.
- These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
- 4:50 From Paddington by Agatha Christie
- My Contrary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brody Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
- Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter
- Black Coffee by Agatha Christie
- Dangerous Alliance by Jennieke Cohen
- Horrid by Katrina Leno (OoMCZ Book)
- Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand
- The Once And Future Witches by Alice E Harrow
- The Five by Hallie Rutherford
Favorite Book: My Contrary Mary. This book is HILARIOUS and I loved being back in this world and I love these ladies.
Least Favorite Book: Horrid. I just really didn’t like this one. If you want to know why, you can read about it here.
- Go the Distance by Jen Calonito
- Things in Jars by Jess Kidd
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- the Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (OoMCZ Book)
- The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
- Mirror Mirror by Gregory Maguire
- Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
- Spells Trouble by PC Cast and Kristin Cast
- The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
- Taken At The Flood by Agatha Christie
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
- Our Dark Duet bf Victoria Schwab
- Death in The Clouds by Agatha Christie
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E Harrow
- The Splendid and The Vile by Erik Larson
Favorite Book: Our Dark Duet, Death In The Clouds. I didn’t LOVE any books this month, but these are definitely the top two.
Least Favorite Book: The Kingdom of Back, Spells Trouble. I think these are my two least favorites of the year so far…
- The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
- Murder After Hours (The Hollow) by Agatha Christie
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (OoMCZ Book)
- After the Funeral by Agatha Christie
- City of Ashes by CC
- City of Glass by CC
- The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins
- Final Girls by Riley Sager
- Clockwork Angel by CC
- Clockwork Prince by CC
- Clockwork Princess by CC
- City of Fallen Angles by CC
- City of Lost Souls by CC
- City of Heavenly Fire by CC
Favorite Book: City of Heavenly Fire. This month was mostly CC so its harder to choose…
Least Favorite Book: Clockwork Angel
- The Bane Chronicles by CC
- Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by CC
- Lady Midnight by CC
- The Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
- Lord of Shadows by CC
- Queen of Air and Darkness by CC
- The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner
- Ghosts of The Shadow Market by CC
- The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
- The Red Scrolls of Magic by CC
- Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms by Mackenzi Lee
- Sweet & Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley
- We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
- The Lost Book of The White by CC
- The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Dare
Favorite Book: Queen of Air and Darkness, The Four Winds, and We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. This was a hard one! I loved all three of these books so much and just can’t pick. I highly recommend them all!
Least Favorite Book: Sweet and Bitter Magic and Gamora & Nebula. I liked both of these well enough, but they didn’t stand out.
- Chain of Gold by CC
- Chain of Iron by CC
- Dominicana by Angie Cruz
- Maid by Stephanie Land
- Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
- The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
- The Clocks by Agatha Chrisite
- The Cousins by Karen M McManus
- Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell
- 12 Years A Slave by Solomon Northup
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
- Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah
- The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
- The Ones Were Meant to Find by Joan He
Favorite Book: Six Crimson Cranes and The Final Girls Support Group. These books were both AMAZING! I’m so excited for them to be released next month and for everyone to read them.
Least Favorite Book: Closed Casket. This book was a disgrace to Agatha Christie.
In addition to tracking my reading, I’ve been tracking what genres I read and how many pages per month! It’s been a lot of fun to track these and look at the statistics!
My most read genre has been fantasy, which is zero surprise to me, but I am surprised by how many mysteries and thriller I read! I initially combines the two into one label because I don’t read many of them, but maybe next year I’ll have to separate them out a bit more. I also haven’t read as much historical fiction as I assumed I do…
Overall I’ve read 83 books over 33.554 pages, and I am incredibly impressed with how much I’ve read this year! I don’t see myself reading this much every year, but I’m grateful that I have the time and opportunity to do it right now! And I’m excited to see what I read the rest of the year.
What have you read this year? Are you meeting your reading goals?
2 thoughts on “Six Month Reading Wrap Up”
Congrats to being well on your way to your goal! This type of reading takes a lot of passion and dedication.
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Thank you! I wouldn’t have read nearly as much though if I didn’t have audiobooks!