The second quarter for the year was much better reading-wise. I kicked my reading slump to the curb, dove into some single-issue comics, and then the pandemic rolled in and grounded me so that all I had left to do was work, eat, sleep, read (and play some Sims, lol).
I read 31 things this quarter. 31! That’s a whole lot for me, although some were comic books that are as short as 20 or so pages. I’m amazed at myself.
The first quarter of 2020 was a trial in my reading life, personal life, and working life. I feel exhausted by it. Reading-wise, it wasn’t bad. I read some good books but didn’t read as much as I would have liked because I suffered from a reading slump. I’m hoping the second quarter will be much better in all areas of life. Well, here are my stats.
I did pretty good in 2019. I set my Goodreads reading goal for 50 books(10 more than last year’s goal) and ended up reading 78 books(that’s 14 more books than I read last year). As always, I was secretly striving for 100. I really want to hit that number one of these years, but with so many responsibilities, distractions, and work, I wonder if it’s possible for me to do so.
2019 got off on a great start, reading-wise, and I knocked out some great books at the beginning of the year. A few ended up on my favorite books list (City of Dragons, The Little Red Wolf) while others made my list of memorable reads (Bad Blood, Dopesick). But although I read a number of great books in 2019, it was too easy to choose my favorites. I don’t like when that happens. I prefer when I struggle to minimize my list of favorites. It makes creating the list more tense and fun, and makes me laugh at myself more. 🙂 The easy selection made me feel as if I didn’t have a good reading year. I instead struggled more to minimize my selection of favorite TV shows and movies watched in 2019.
My last quarterly wrap up for 2019. Fall has become my busiest time of year but despite all I was doing, I managed to complete 13 books. I’m behind on reviews so most of the titles are unlinked. Anyway, here are the stats:
This quarter blew my reading goal through the roof! I’m now 15 books past my set goal and that’s thanks to the NEWTs Magical Readathon, which I participated in August. By the end of that readathon, I felt overwhelmed. I have so many reviews to catch up on now. Well anyway, here are my stats for the third reading quarter.
Favorite standalone book hauled and read so far in 2019:
To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer
This was included in a library haul. It’s a middle-grade contemporary novel that’s reminiscent of the Parent Trap movies. It’s about two girls whose dads are dating. The dads want their daughters to meet and get along, so they send the girls to summer camp. But the girls have no intention of being friends or allowing their dads to date each other. The story was quick and fun and sweet. I enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down once I started reading.
It’s that time of year again when I do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, which was created by ReadLikeWildFire(a booktuber) and Ely Jayne(a blogger).
Best book I’ve read so far:
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
It’s impossible for me to select just one, so I grabbed my two best. Dopesickis a nonfiction book about how the opiod epidemic began in America. I listened to the audio book, which is narrated by the author, and thought it was great. It’s well written and very informative. I highly recommend it.
Wundersmithis the second novel in a middle-grade fantasy series about a girl who everyone believes is cursed. I’m so glad I read this and the first book, Nevermoor. They both carry the charm of the Harry Potter books, but I love Wundersmith more because we learn more about the amazing world in this installment.
The second quarter of the year has drawn to a close. I’ve read more books, compared to my first reading quarter, and have enjoyed more books. I guess this was expected since in this quarter I participated in 2 readathons, one of which focused solely on fantasy novels — my favorite genre. All around, this quarter was a great one for reading and bookish events, but not so much for blogging. I’m way behind on reviews and such.