A reading update, because I don’t have a writing one.

So far this year I’ve read 25 books is here. My Goodreads goal was 30, so it’s looking like I’m going to have to up that pretty soon.

I’m going to give you a reading update, instead of a writing update, because I don’t have one of those yet. I’m hoping to have one by September. During August I’m going to try to edit my manuscript into something that’s ready to query.

So since I talked to you last I’ve read about three to four books.

The Strange the Dreamer duology by Laini Taylor. (both books are undoubtedly five stars)

This series was one hell of a wild ride. It was beautiful and immersive, filled with so much detail. Because of its size, it’s a little intimidating to start. But once I finished the first book I knew immediately I had to pick up the second one. Thank God I had both.

Laini Taylor is seriously a master at what she does. There was multiple times that I couldn’t actually decide what genre it was. And that didn’t bother me, in fact I actually enjoyed it more because each page was a surprise.

I attempted Women Talking by Miriam Toews

(No stars)

This was rough. I was buddy reading this book with my mom, and if she wasn’t reading it out loud, I wouldn’t have even made it as far as we did before we DNF-ed it. We only made it 20 pages in. And it’s not a very long book. But quite frankly, it was boring.

I wanted a story about what happened to the women during the process of it happening. Instead you’re thrown into a story of a back-and-forth debate about what happened afterwards. I don’t think the synopsis gives a good interpretation of this. As I didn’t realize what we were getting into.

And the rerelease of The Near Witch by V.E Schwab.

(Also 5 stars)

I found out about this book before it was re-released, but after it was out of print. I always wondered what the first book was. And was a little bit sad that it didn’t make it very long. I can only imagine how happy she was when she found out that it was being re-released. Because I’m such a fan of her writing, I just about cried when I opened the first page. I’m ecstatic that this book is out again, when the market is more ready for it. When readers are ready for it. It’s a soft story with sharp teeth. And like everything I’ve read by this author, it’s phenomenal.

I’ve currently started Year One by Nora Roberts and The House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt.

…Hopefully I’ll have an update soon!

Mid-year Book Freakout Tag

All right, prepare yourselves because I’m jumping on this train too! Here’s my Mid year book freakout tag. I have no clue who originally started this tag, but I’ve seen it around a lot recently.

Here we go.

1. HOW MUCH HAVE YOU READ?

I’ve read 22 books so far this year!

2. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN READING?

Three were 5 stars. Six were 4 stars. Five were 3 stars. Two were 2 stars And one was 1 star. 5 were no stars because I ended up dnf-ing them. Out of the dnf-ed books, I will retry only one of them.

4. BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor. Which as of right now (July 16th) I’m only 390 pages into but I can already tell it’s the best sequel that I have ever read.

5. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT WANT TO

Wilder Girls by Rory Powers just got released, but I need it in my hands RIGHT NOW!!

6. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab, Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw, and Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

7. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Ohhh man I don’t like this question… Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, I didn’t even include this on my list as read because I didn’t click with the writing on the first 2 pages. And 180 Seconds by Jessica Park.

8. BIGGEST SURPRISE

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. There is so much hype still surrounding this book, and sometimes that can be hard. I’ve read plenty of books that were hyped and I didn’t like them. This book is also huge, so it’s a little intimidating. But I absolutely fell in love with it.

9. NEW FAVOURITE AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Laini Taylor

10. UNDERRATED GEMS YOU’VE DISCOVERED RECENTLY

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw, it’s a nonfiction book written about Shane’s life with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 2. I also have SMA type 2 and I related to it.

11. REREADS THIS YEAR

None, I very rarely reread.

12. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

None so far. Though Muse of Nightmares has brought me very close.

13. BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR THIS YEAR (OR RECEIVED)

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab, The white jardcover re-release! Under the dust jacket is a wonderful foiled surprise.

15. GOALS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR

Read as much as humanly possible!