To continue on the “getting-back-into-the-swing-of-blogging” train, today I’m going to talk about what I have read so far this year. I only set my reading goal at 30 books this year, which is the same goal I surpassed last year. The reason I decided to keep it the same is because that was the first time I hit my Goodreads goal since graduating high school. And when going back through the years in between, I was averaging around 30 books a year. While ideally I’d like to get back to reading 50 books a year like I did when I was a teenager, I also have accepted that may not happen.
So far this year, I have read seven books, which according to Goodreads means I’m behind on my goal to read 30. I’m honestly not worried about it- last year I read one book a month for the first three months of the year and still met my goal no problem. However, I feel like every book I have read so far this year has been amazing. No bad books yet!
The first book I read this year was a debut novel this year, Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson. Like I said in my review of this book, I personally really enjoyed this and found myself unable to put it down, but it is not for everyone. I was really excited for this book to come out and am glad I read it so soon. It’s definitely a book that makes the reader uncomfortable but it’s the kind of book that’s supposed to make the reader uncomfortable.
The next book I read was Legend by Marie Lu. This is my husband’s favorite series of all time, so I figured I would end up enjoying it at the very least. I actually ended up really liking it. Like I knew I would like it but I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would. (Cue my husband saying, “Told. You”) I think it had a lot of neat ideas and I’m excited to see what comes next in the following books.
After reading a thriller and a dystopian in January, I needed a bit of a break, so I went with a contemporary with my next pick. While Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins was for the most part a light romantic read, it took a turn somewhere about two-thirds in where it really delves into learning to love yourself and know that you are worthy of love and happiness. That really resonated with me and was something I wished I had heard when I was younger and honestly is what made me really like the book.
After that, I picked up American Street by Ibi Zoboi, which is a book I’d been looking forward to since reading the preview on Epic Reads. It did not disappoint! It was such a compelling read. I loved Fabiola and her perspective on things. This was another one that hooked me right away and really changed my perspective on a lot of different issues. I highly recommend checking this one out!
I then took a little break between books after this for no real reason other than I was busy doing other stuff and as I’ve mentioned several times, it’s been a light reading year so far. Then I ordered a Book Mail box from Book Riot because I love them. Unfortunately, I didn’t look to see that it was short stories, which isn’t a genre I’m normally into. However, it worked out because the next book, American Housewife by Helen Ellis, was from that box and it was fantastic! I kinda just started it on a whim, and I ended up really enjoying it. The stories were all easy to get through and dark in unexpected ways, which I really enjoyed.
After that, I decided to pick up a book I got for Christmas, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. I was in a Jane Austen mood, but I didn’t feel like reading Jane Austen so this was a perfect fit. It was a fun read and the ways they modernized it were really interesting. If you’re looking for a fun Pride & Prejudice retelling, I would highly recommend this one.
The last book I read was actually just this week. I was on my flight home from Virginia Pokemon Regionals and nothing I was currently reading sounded good so I picked up The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and absolutely flew through it. I was over 60% of the way through when my flight landed and finished it up later that evening. So good and such a thrilling book. I highly recommend for fans of Ally Carter and Scandal.
And that’s what I’ve read so far this year. Not a bad book in the bunch, honestly. I don’t know if I’m getting better at picking books I’m more likely to enjoy or if I’m only reading books that hold my attention, therefore I enjoy them.
That being said, what books have you read this year and enjoyed them? Let me know in the comments.