2019 Reading Wrap-Up: Third Quarter

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.

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Half Year Book Tag: 2019

I know I just did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, but I still want to do this one as well because the questions are a little different, and I just love doing book tags.

The Half Year Book Tag was created by BexnBookx.

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.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2019

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. Dopesick is 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.

Wundersmith is 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.

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2019 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

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.

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2019 Reading Wrap-Up: First Quarter

I began the year well, reading-wise. I read 18 books and enjoyed/liked the majority of them. There were only three that I didn’t like, and only one of the three that I hated — The Stand. But read on to see my stats for this year’s first quarter.

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Reflecting on 2018: Reading

I was hoping my reading in 2018 would surpass what I did in 2017, but, unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Once again, I set a manageable reading goal, this time at 40 books, which is five books less than last year’s 45, but I ended up reading 10 books less than I did in 2017 and ended 2018 with 64 books read. I was hoping for more.

I was secretly striving for that 100 books goal, and I thought I would have hit if the year hadn’t turned sour toward the end of summer and stress and a bout of bad luck (because I believe in such things sometimes) threw me into a reading and blogging slump that persisted for a few weeks. By the time I crawled out the funk and slump of that difficult period, life became too busy to read as much as I wanted. The last quarters of 2018 were just a murky, twisty time for me. I learned a lot from it in my personal life, but my blogging and reading suffered.

But there is a bright side — I managed to read 64 books in 2018: I surpassed my Goodreads goal! 😀 I’m plenty proud of myself, especially since I managed to start and complete a series — the Fairwick Chronicles — in the year (something I never do) and continue with a series — the Night Angel trilogy — that I’m interested in (also something I never do, unless it’s a Robin Hobb series). I think I’ll continue this trend in 2019: set a reading goal in the 40s but secretly strive for the 100s, and complete a series I began.

Like the previous year, 2018 was not spectacular reading-wise. I rated 13 books 5 stars, but four of them were rereads and about half of the nine books I rated 4.5 stars were rereads too. Most of the books I read were average, but the ones that stood out and grabbed the 5 stars were great. I HIGHLY recommend them all and suggest you check out my Favorite Reads of 2018 post to see what they are. I’ll include the top five below.

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Fourth Quarter

This was not a great quarter for reading. Compared to my other quarterly wrap-ups, this one is abysmal. I only got through five books and only one of them received five stars. Surprisingly, the book that received the lowest rating was one I was waiting for years to reread. It was a childhood favorite , but unfortunately, it didn’t hold up well to a reread. On the other hand, the book with the highest rating was one that intrigued me but I wasn’t sure I would like because of how spooky it was at times. So basically nothing went as expected this quarter. Anyway, here are my stats:

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Third Quarter

Oh man! I read some great stuff this quarter, so it was difficult to choose books for “best of” and “favorites” categories below. It’s been a while since I’ve had such a problem, but I’m glad for it. It was a good quarter for reading.

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2018 Reading Wrap-Up: Second Quarter

The second quarter of the year has come and gone and during that time I read 16 books, only 2 of which were rereads. I consider that a success since I was quite busy during the second quarter.

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag: 2018

I’ve gotten into the habit of doing this tag every year around this time, and I think a couple other bloggers are doing so too. It’s a nice little round up of the year so far.

This tag was created by ReadLikeWildFire (a booktuber) and Ely Jayne (a blogger).

Best book I’ve read so far:

Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, illus. by James Jean

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