Mid-Year Evaluation

Hello Kittens!

As we approach the mid-point in the year, I’m seeing many people reflect on their reading journeys and thought I might take a moment to do the same. I want to look back on what I’ve read and also re-focus myself for the rest of the year. It has been a disorienting year, to say the least.

In 2020 so far, I have read 66 books, totaling 20,022 pages. My best reading month was April, where I read 15 books (funny what not having to go to work can do to your reading stats).

My favorite book so far has been: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

My most disappointing book so far was: Vagabonds by Jingfang Hao. I went into it expecting more action-oriented space odyssey and what I got was more lyrical literature told over the space of 640 pages.

My most anticipated release was: Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. It did not disappoint.

Goals for the rest of the year:

I’ve started a few series that I would like to finish by the end of the year. I want to read the next two books in the Illuminae Files series, as well as finish out Claire Legrand’s Empirium trilogy. I’ve read the first two books in the Truly Devious series by Maureen Johnson and will now have to finish that, but I won’t technically be able to do that until 2021 unless I can get my hands on an advance copy. The series started as a trilogy and everyone assumed it was complete, but now it looks like Johnson will be continuing on with the characters in a fourth book due out in April 2021. I also expect to continue on with Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, although I may not push myself to finish the remaining 6 books by the end of the year since they seem to get increasingly longer.

The release I am most excited for in the second half of the year actually comes out in early July and it is The Shadows by Alex North. I’ve got an advance copy that I will be starting this week and look forward to getting a review up for you the first week of July. I loved The Whisper  Man and I can’t wait to see what North has come up with this time.

My TBR is currently sitting at 615, so I want to make a good dent in that by the end of the year, possibly getting it into the mid 500’s. My Goodreads goal for the year was 100 books and I don’t anticipate having trouble finishing that. Even now that I’m back at work, I’ve been devouring books during my lunch hour and when I get home. Fortunately, I didn’t have a huge desire to go outside and be social before and I’ve got even less compulsion to do so now. Yay for staying home as much as possible!

I hope your reading year is going well, but even if it’s not, remember to give yourself the space to accept that everything is topsy turvy right now and it’s okay if you’re not reading as much. My thinking on the matter is that books come to you when you need them and quietly step into the shadows when you don’t, ready and waiting for when you will need them next.

Stay safe out there Kittens!

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