We’ve entered the month of June, and so I thought now would be a good time to sit down and see how things are going with my reading this year! Obviously comparing reading years is a bit of apples and oranges, since you never know what life is going to throw at you (like, say, a pandemic that literally shuts down your country) but at the moment, I’m roughly on track with where I was last year. More importantly, I’m closing in at nearly two years on this blog (my anniversary is in August), meaning this venture has already lasted 23 months longer than I originally thought it would!
This was also a big year for me because I was invited to join the team at Fantasy Book Critic! Some of my ARC reviews are now being posted over there, in addition to here at my lovely home base, and it’s great seeing my reviews reach a much wider audience! And if I can brag for a second, one of my reviews was blurbed on Amazon, which is NOT a thing I ever thought would happen, so hey, life achievement unlocked!
So let’s get down to some stats and some pretty graphs, shall we?
Goodreads Challenge: 32/50 Books Read
Last year, reading 50 books seemed like a reasonable “challenge” since at most I’d read 48 books in the years before I started blogging. Even though I blew that number out of the water (final count was 78), I’ve decided to keep the number the same this year. The Goodreads “challenge” is more about the satisfaction of seeing the progress on the percentage bar than it is about the actual final number, and if life ends up taking away from my reading time, at least this number is still well within reach. Last year I’d read 34 books by this point, so I’m still at the same pace, give or take a novella!
Favorite 2020 Adult Release Read This Year
SHOREFALL by Robert Jackson Bennett
I didn’t even have to think about it. This is THE book to beat for me this year, I loved it so much. It’s a crazy wild ride that doesn’t let up, and ended on a hell of a cliff hanger. I am really looking forward to seeing how this series ends!
Favorite 2020 YA Release Read This Year
NIGHT OF THE DRAGON by Julie Kagawa
This was a trilogy finisher that STUCK THE LANDING. I mean, I sobbed through the last third of the book, when I wasn’t taking the time to appreciate the beautiful fight sequences or the payoffs the characters were getting as they headed into their final battle. This is a trilogy that really wormed its way into my heart, and is a strong contender for my Top Five List at the end of the year.
Favorite Backlist Reads
GODSGRAVE by Jay Kristoff
KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames
HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO CHOOSE?? These are both fabulous books for different reasons. GODSGRAVE for the murder and mayhem and for the final 20 pages that had me texting expletives to a friend for a solid ten minutes. KINGS OF THE WYLD for being a funny, adventure-filled romp that still managed to have me clutching my heart in the final pages. I make the rules and right now they’re going to share the spot of Favorite Backlist Read until such time as I make my Top Five List for 2020 and don’t have have to decide between them anymore.
Backlist vs. New Releases
So far, I’ve managed to keep it allllmost 50/50, skewing a bit more towards the new releases. Given my ARC pile for the end of summer, I suspect new releases are going to win out for a bit, but hopefully I can course correct by the end of the year!
This one surprised me a bit! I know I tend to read more fantasy than sci-fi, but sci-fi still usually makes up about a third of my reading. Right now, sci-fi only makes up 12.5% of the books I’ve read this year! I’ll be fascinated to see if that number changes drastically by the end of the year. Unsurprisingly, contemporary books barely make an appearance, something I constantly wish to change, but just don’t have the time to when sci-fi/fantasy will always get the priority.
Great Series Read Progress
Thus far, I think I’ve made good on my goal to either read a sequel, or start a new series from my list (the goal being more of the former than the latter). This year, I have read three whole series from start to finish, read the latest released book in three other series (thank you ARCs) and started two series from my backlog. That’s actually way better than I was thinking! If you want to know more about my Great Series Read Project, you can read more here and see my on-going progress here!
Series Read Start to Finish
THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLES by Jay Kristoff
UNCANNY COLLATERAL by Brian McClellan
THE BAND by Nicholas Eames
Series Caught Up
THE FOUNDERS by Robert Jackson Bennett
SHADOW OF THE FOX Trilogy by Julie Kagawa
THE MURDERBOT DIARIES by Martha Wells
SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell
THE TAROT SEQUENCE by K.D. Edwards
This year, I made it a goal to try and read one self-published book a month. I’m becoming increasingly aware of the fact that there is some great stuff out there that never gets traditionally published, and I wanted to make more of an effort to get those books to the stop of my stack. I’ve had decent success at keeping to that goal, reading four so far, which is one more than I read in all of 2019, so I’m already doing better this year! I’m hoping to add at least another half dozen to that tally, especially with the Self-Published Fantasy Month blogging event coming in September!
And that’s a wrap on my year so far! I’ve got so many books left to read this year, can’t wait to experience all the goodness ahead of me!