Well- I’m a little late to the party on this one. I wasn’t tagged by anyone on this and don’t plan to tag anyone else but I wanted to do it anyway because it looks like fun.
But first some mid-year stats because I love stats of any sort.
Pages read: 16,149
Novels or Novellas read: 37
Graphic Novels read: 6
Short Stories (not as part of a larger collection): 6
Short Story collections: 3
16 Science Fiction
6 Science Fantasy
2 Historical Fiction
25 “not men” (women and non-binary authors), 27 men (6 of these are Brian K. Vaughan from reading the Saga series, so I’m not doing too bad here).
12 featuring LGBT+ characters
9 authors of color
32 New-to-me authors (which is fantastic for me because I have a tendency to read the same authors over and over again)
Challenges: I’m not really participating in any challenges this year. But I’ve been randomly filling in a list of Pop Sugar prompts and I think I’ve been able to fill in about 28 prompts.
Best book I’ve read so far:
The Wolf in the Whale by Jordanna Max Brodsky is the only book I can put here without an asterisk next to it. A close second is:
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. The only thing holding this back from being a full 5 star read for me is the ending, which felt a little too abrupt for me.
Best sequel I’ve read so far:
Moon Rising (Luna #3) by Ian McDonald. Technically not a sequel.. but a next-in-series. My other options were Saga Vol. 2, and Mahimata (Asiana #2) by Rati Mehrotra, which were both solid reads.
New release I haven’t read yet but want to:
Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark
Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
All of them? Does that count?
The Menace from Farside by Ian McDonald (novella set in world of Luna)
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marhsall
The Institute by Stephen King
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht
The Stand by Stephen King. I’ve had several disappointments this year- but there really isn’t anything more disappointing than a favorite author’s well-loved book not living up to the hype for you personally. It’s my own fault for expecting too much, because I know King is hit or miss, but I really wanted to love this and couldn’t.
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. It was such a surprise I didn’t even know I wanted to read it until it was in my hands.
Favorite new author (debut or new to me):
An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass. I didn’t rate this 5 stars, but it’s probably at the top of my 4 star reads. I would have put Headly (The Mere Wife) here, but I ended up DNF’ing her Queen of Kings, and I loved Brodsky’s The Wolf in the Whale but I am not overly interested in reading her others. So I’m going with Cate Glass, because I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel to this one.
Newest fictional crush:
I don’t have one so far this year!
Newest favorite character:
Omat & Brandr from The Wolf in the Whale. I don’t know if either of them individually are new favorite characters but they are definitely a new favorite couple.
Book that (almost) made me cry:
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. So if I’m being honest I think the only book that made me cry this year is once again The Wolf in the Whale. But I really would hate to use that book for all of these prompts. So the runner up, which almost made me cry, was Black Leopard, Red Wolf.
Book that made me
Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This book is really funny- and it needed to be because it’s also really dark.
Honorable mention to Chuck Wendig’s Wanderers, which I’ve only read a little of so far but has given me a few laugh out loud moments.
Favorite book to film adaptation I saw this year:
The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell. I don’t know if this is cheating, since I actually read the book in 2017. The Last Kingdom which is a Netflix show is one of my favorite shows. I saw season three earlier in the year and enjoyed that (although I do think it deviated a lot from the books).
Favorite review I’ve written this year:
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. Mostly because it gave me so many fabulous quotes to include.
Honorable mention to Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West because the review kept evolving after I had written it. It started as a rant, and then when I went to edit the rant I had thought about the book some more and I had to add a whole slew of new stuff. And later when I edited that, I had even more thoughts to add.
Most beautiful book I’ve bought so far this year (or received):
Inland by Tea Obreht. I recently received an ARC of this in the mail and even though it’s an ARC there’s a cover with some promotional blurbs and behind that the front cover is just really pretty with all the colors.
Books I need to read by the end of the year:
SO MANY. I feel so far behind right now. But a few that I already own that I really want to get to are:
Micro by Michael Crichton
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy
War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell
And that’s it! I’m a little disappointed I don’t have more titles to freak out over. Hopefully the second half of 2019 will be a little better!