How much have you read?
I had to go and add it up, but apparently I’ve read 93 books so far this year (January through June).
What have you been reading?
I feel like I’ve been reading a lot of historical fiction? But I go through phases that last a couple of days or a couple of weeks each, so who really knows; I cycle back and forth between genres a lot. I know I’ve been reading a pretty good amount of middle grade.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2021?
I thought about trying to answer this, but considering I can’t even pick a favorite book from each individual month, it’s really just impossible. Sorry.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021?
Mister Impossible, hands down. The whole concept of that series has absolutely captured my imagination; the characters grab you and don’t let you go. Reading this book gave me the same feeling I got reading The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan over and over as a twelve-year-old, and that’s a precious feeling that I haven’t felt in a long time. Maggie Stiefvater is brilliant and this book gave me lots of fodder for that rich inner life.
New release you haven’t read yet, but want to?
I want to read Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard. I got it from the library recently, but then it was due before I had a chance to start it. I’ll try again soon.
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?
I have several–in July alone we’ve got The Whole Life Book by Esther Smith and Eliza Huie, Shadow by Kara Swanson, and Hearing Lies by Olivia Smit!
Out of your comfort zone?
Ooh, I really like this question and had to give it some thought (apparently I don’t read books that are out of my comfort zone that often? But also, I like to think I have a pretty large comfort zone). A book I’ve read this year that was out of my comfort zone was A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver. I don’t normally read poetry, but I enjoyed it!
I like this question, too! A book that surprised me was Left Turn to the Promised Land by Rachel Starr Thomson (gifted to me by Mikayla). Honestly, I didn’t have high expectations for this book. I thought at best, I would enjoy reading the story. But as someone who is chronically ill and runs her own writing business, the book spoke to me so much more than I expected.
New favorite author (debut or new to you)?
Isabel Ibanez, who wrote Woven in Moonlight (which I loved) and Written in Starlight (which I liked); and Kate Albus, whose 2021 debut A Place to Hang the Moon made me cry “MORE THAN I CAN PUT INTO WORDS” (according to my review).
Underrated gems you’ve discovered recently?
The Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda was great! Really solid WWII fiction. I haven’t heard anyone else talking about it at all.
Rereads this year?
It feels like too much work to count up how many of those 93 books so far have been rereads, so you’re not getting a straight answer on this one either. If I had to estimate, though, I’d say honestly probably 75% of the books I’ve read this year have actually been new to me. I have a running list of books and series I want to reread, but I’m not making much headway on it (which is good though, because normally I’m so busy rereading books that I’m super behind on new releases).
Book that made you cry?
Something you should know about me (and probably do know, if you’ve been here for a while) is I cry a LOT at books. I’ve cried at so many books this year–probably almost all of them, honestly. But one that sticks out in my mind is The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Graff (according to my review, I was crying by page 55). Mosquitoland by David Arnold and The Line Tender by Kate Allen are two other books that come to mind here.
Book that made you happy?
I reread Six of Crows, which is one of my all-time favorite books in the WORLD, this spring for the first time in a few years. I read it over the course of a weekend while simultaneously watching the Netflix show and it was the most perfect thing in the world because I could see and hear the cast in my head, so it was an even better experience than before. It made me so, so, so happy.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received so far this year?
Dust by Kara Swanson and Written in Starlight by Isabel Ibanez both have gorgeous covers.
Goals for the rest of the year?
I don’t set reading goals. I just want to enjoy a lot more good books!
How is your reading year going? Can you choose a favorite book you’ve read so far this year? Any new authors or new releases you’ve discovered? Tell me all the bookish things!