Saturday, 1 July 2017

Mid Year Update

It's a little hard to believe but we're already a little over halfway through the year - 2017 is flying by, guys! Summer has hit and it felt like February was only last month, but in light of having hit the mid-way point in the year I thought I would do a little update to see how my reading has been going so far this year.




2017 READING CHALLENGE

My GoodReads goal for 2017 is to read 40 books. I've had this same goal for the past few years but I have to say that year is going much smoother than usual. So far I've read 30 books, which puts me 10 ahead of schedule and I haven't felt under pressure once. Each year I read a little more than the last but this year I feel like I'm on a roll! I've made more time for reading without it feeling strenuous and I'm really pleased with the mount of books I've read so far.



FAVOURITES OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

It's not very often I give a book five stars. I only give them primarily to books that earn a spot on my list of absolute favourites, and new favourite books don't pop up very often. The only book I've awarded five stars to so far this is Pride and Prejudice and that was a re-read back in February. I've had a few very good reads but nothing that's completely blown me away and left me thinking about it weeks after. But here are some of the books I have really enjoyed so far this year:

  • Shelter by Jung Yun
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang
  • The Birds by Daphne du Maurier
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
Whether any of these will end up on my list of favourite reads of the year in December only time will tell. There's still six month left of the year to read some more amazing books. 


MOST ANTICIPATED READS FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

There's one book I've been waiting what feel like the better part of a year to be released and in July it's finally out in the U.K. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is undoubtedly my most anticipated read of the year - I've been so pumped about it I even pre-ordered it on Amazon and I'm so excited that it's release date it nearly here! It's a different to her usual novels set in Ancient Rome or Renaissance Italy in that it's a WWII drama than spans two different timelines, but I've no doubt it'll have Quinn's signature style all over it.




BOOKS I PLAN TO READ BY THE END OF 2017

Looking over my 2017 Reading Goals I feel like I'm doing pretty well with the challenges I've set myself: I've been reading short stories, some non-fiction, and even translated works. My reading has definitely developed and I'm reading on a wider scope now than I ever have before. Monthly TBR's aren't something I always set myself/stick to but there are a few books I would like to get to by the end of the year:

  • Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • The Muse by Jessie Burton
  • For The Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser
  • The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis
Ideally I'd like to get through all of the books on my physical TBR, but it's important to be realistic, right? If I manage to get to these four by the end of the year I'll be pleased. 

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So there we go - my mid-year reading update. I think my reading this year has gone pretty well so far. How's your reading going? Have you read or are planning to read any of the books I've mentioned?

Happy reading, book lovers!

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