This year has been a weird one. I’ve had to sit down and be honest with myself about how social media and this blog are serving me.
I think we’re probably all guilty of spending a little too much time on social media, and that has certainly been true for me recently. I’ve put too much pressure on myself to post at a rate that isn’t achievable for me, and that has led to this blog becoming more of a stress than an enjoyment.
I’m still working on balancing the online side of my life with real life, but for now, I’m ready to slowly return to blogging, at my own pace, writing posts I genuinely enjoy.
So here I am- back again- and I have to say, it feels good to sit down to a blank page again, this time without that internal pressure of writing the perfect post. This time it’s just me. And what better way to jump back in than with a mid-year wrap up?
*I haven’t include every question, just the ones that felt fun (and I’ve added one or two extras).
1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2021
But there really are so many other books this could have gone to, so here are a few honorary mentions.
2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2021
3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to
4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year
But I’m going to have to include some honorary mentions for this one as well because there are just so many I’m excited for!
5. Biggest disappointment
6. Favorite new author (debut or new to you)
I have found so many new authors this year so this one isn’t too hard. I think I’m gonna go with V.E.Schwab. I read The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue earlier this year (it was actually my first read of the year!) and I was just caught up in the story completely.
7. Newest favorite character
Hm, I really could say any character from Six of Crows for this one. This has probably been increased by the new Shadow and Bone show, but I would die for any of them– especially Nina (she is impeccable).
Simon and Baz from Carry On both have my hearts as well (and Penny, who am I kidding?). I love that book so much.
8. Book that made you cry
Not a lot of books make me cry so when one does, it means a lot. Last year, only 3 books took this spot: All the Light We Cannot See, The Song of Achilles and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Right now I’m scrolling on Goodreads through the books I’ve read this year, and I’m coming up with a blank- maybe lockdown has numbed me.
So that spot remains open. Has any book made you cry this year? Do you have a suggestion so I can find one before the end of the year?
9. Book that made you happy
Most of my reads, to be honest. My tbr this year has largely consisted of fantasy books and cute contemporary romances to give me all the light and happy feelings.
Here are just a few of them:
10. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
11.What are your reading goals for the rest of your year?
I started this year with a super high reading goal of 100 books, but that quickly sucked the fun out of my reading.
For the rest of this year, my goals are to read books I genuinely enjoy (not just ones I think I should be reading) and to slow down my reading. I know, that sounds upside down. But I really do want to read more slowly; I want to properly absorb books like I used to before I started setting reading goals.
Basically, I would like to regain the joy of reading. Are you feeling the same way this year?
How has your reading been this year? Which books have you loved and which have disappointed you? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, or dm me on Instagram- I’d love to connect!