I’m calling this an impromptu half book tag week because here I am again with another book tag. I just wanted to do a post where I chat about a bunch of books while continuing to procrastinate on reviews.
I found this over on Tammy’s Books, Bones & Buffy. It’s not exactly a book tag; it’s a reading reflection post that Tanya & Kim of girlxoxo started to reflect on their reading experiences in the first couple months of a given year. However, since I’m in a book tag mood, I’ve decided to call it a book tag and combine the categories Tanya & Kim have included in their posts over the 3 years they’ve been doing these posts (because I’m feeling extra today).
AND because I’m feeling even more extra than I thought, I’ll consider for this books I read in 2020 and books I’ve read so far this year since I’m in a chatty (typey??) mood and I want to play with the WordPress block things that I FINALLY figured out how to use (so if you have difficulty seeing this post, please let me know).
Anyway… TO THE TAG! 😀
First book read
Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb
It’s the third and last book in the Soldier Son trilogy, a fantasy story about a young man who believes he’s destined to become a soldier but gets caught up in a conflict between his country and the land his country is invading, which causes some… spiritual difficulties for him. I loved the first book in the trilogy but the second and third were hard to get through at times. Shout out to my buddy-reader in all things Hobb, Emily at Embuhleeliest, because the buddy-read kept me going.
Blue Monday by Nicci French
I believe Nicci French is a husband-and-wife team. Blue Monday is a slow-paced mystery about a psychotherapist who gets caught up in a child abduction case when it seems that one of her patients may be involved. It was a good read that kept me interested despite its slow pace, but the end so frustrated me that I’ve yet to continue with the series.
If you’re one of those people who can quickly type up a review of a book shortly after completing it, then I applaud you because your girl is struggling. STRUGGLING! I don’t know what’s going on with me but when I sit down to type up what I thought of books I’ve read since May, the words escape me.
It’s not the first time this has happened, so I know the weird block will pass and I’ll dump a bunch of reviews on my blog. But for now, here’s a book tag.
I was tagged by the Orangutan Librarian for this tag last year… (🙃 yep, major procrastinator here!). But, hey! Better late than never, eh?! The tag was created by booktuber Chami at ReadLikeWildfire, but the original video was taken down.
Have you ever regifted a book that you’ve been given?
I haven’t. I don’t believe in regifting. I know some people don’t mind doing it, but I hate it when I realize that a someone has done that to me. I don’t know why I’m so against regifting, but I really dislike it. I don’t mind giving away a gift I received that I don’t like, but I wouldn’t pass it on as a gift.
(How many hyped books are on your TBR?? What are your top 5 that you need to read first??)
I went a little overboard choosing books to feature for this topic. I have quite a number of hyped books on my TBR since I do get caught up in the excitement surrounding books and become interested in them whenever I read a review that sings them high praises for being awesomely great or totally rips them apart for being terribly horrible. Either way, I’ll probably add the book to my TBR out of curiosity. Well, here are 8 hyped books I’d like to read at some point.
PROJECT HAIL MARY BY ANDY WEIR
I read his Martian and really liked it so I placed this one on my TBR since the high praises for it got me interested. Plus, I keep seeing it mentioned that Project Hail Mary is similar to The Martian, which is okay for me.
CIRCE BY MADELINE MILLER
I’ve wanted to read this book since I first heard of it and still I procrastinate on doing so, smh. I’ll get to it eventually. I have a feeling that Miller may become one of my fav authors.
AMERICAN GODS BY NEIL GAIMAN
I actually attempted this last year but DNF’d it because I wasn’t feeling it. I’ll try again before I decide whether to unhaul the book.
I enjoy doing these posts at the end of each quarter. It makes me feel as if I’m making immense progress on my reading goals, even if I’m not, and I like being able to reflect on my progress in this way.
The second quarter of the year was good to me, reading-wise. I managed to get through 25 books, and that’s largely because of Wyrd & Wonder, a monthlong celebration in May of all things fantasy. I read much more than I expected for that event and the majority of them were good reads too.
Well, with those 25 books, I’ve managed to complete 80% of my reading goal this year, which is to read 50 things, so HOORAY for me! 😀
Anyway, here are the stuff I got through this quarter.
(Tell us all about the hyped books that you love and think deserve the hype!!)
I’ve read several hyped books that have fallen flat for me often because I read the book expecting too much from it or because it’s praised for something it is not. But there have been times when I read an overly hyped booked that paid off. It’s such a wonderful feeling when I read such a book. Here are a few hyped books that worked out for me.
The Arrival by Shaun Tan (illus.)
This is one of my favorite graphic novels. It’s a silent middle grade fantasy story, so it’s told using only pictures, and is about a man trying to find a safe place for his family to live due to a large threat in his home country. In that way, the story touches on immigrant experiences despite being a fantasy story. It’s such a great read, and I love the illustrations as well. I should reread it soon.
We’re already halfway through the year. I won’t express surprise at how quickly time is passing since it insists on maintaining a galloping pace when I’m not paying attention. It’s a tricksy thing, time. It loves to sneak past us, faster than light, and leave us bewildered about where it’s going and what we’ll be doing when we get there.
Let’s Rewind is a monthly wrap up but instead of talking about only books, I include all types of other stuff, like articles… bookish news… commercials… random-ass links… movies… art… podcasts… cartoons… and whatever else happened to me in the month. You know, the usual stuff that people talk about in monthly wrap ups. So read on to see what I did and read this month. You might stumble upon something that interests you.
June. It was fun. I did things, saw people, and felt exhausted by the end of it. There was lots to celebrate since it was Pride month and Juneteenth became a federal holiday, but… I don’t know. I guess I was exhausted or something because I only celebrated these things in very minor ways.
A break was needed, so I was happy for the few outings I went on — visiting a different town with friends to hang out and shop books and visiting Las Vegas with family to… basically look around, walk until tired, and then give in to the time difference and sleep.
Aha! And here I am with another book tag to check in on my reading progress so far in 2021.
This one is the Half-Year Book Tag, which was created by BexnBookx.
Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2021
In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce
Again, I’ll have to start this off with In the Garden of Spite because I liked it that much. Plus, all the other stuff I loved are part of a series. In the Garden of Spite is a historical thriller about a female serial killer.
It’s been such a long time since I’ve done a book tag that I feel as if I don’t know my blogging self anymore. Zezee with Books LOVES book tags! I should be doing one every week! But I can’t even remember when last I declared a book tag week. Things are getting out of hand here.
June is almost over, so I intend to do the usually end-of-June book tags that help me reflect on my reading progress so far.
I’ll start with the Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag, which was created by Chami and Ely Jayne.
Best book I’ve read so far
In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce
It’s historical fiction about a female serial killer and it’s a superbly fantastic, though at time disturbing, read. It is a thriller that borders on horror, and it is very well written and atmospheric and immersive too. It is a great read that I highly recommend. (See my review here.)