Mid-Year Reading Reflection | What I Read in the First Half of 2018

WE ARE ALREADY ALMOST HALFWAY DONE WITH 2018. To commemorate this  astonishing yet undeniable fact, I’ve written this post about the books I’ve read so far this year. Most of the questions I’m using come from the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, because I am definitely freaking out.

For all the books in this post that I’ve reviewed, I’ve left links above the images in case you’re curious. All book cover images come from Goodreads.

Mid-Year Reading Reflection | What I Read in the First Half of 2018

FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2018 SO FAR:

I can’t choose just one favorite! I have a longer list on Goodreads, but here are my top ten. All of these books were magnificent.

Reviews: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls, Asking for It, Brazen, The Nowhere Girls, Summer of Salt, The Poet XThe Way the Light Bendsand Everything Leads to You.

FAVORITE SERIES STARTERS:

I started a couple great series this year. I haven’t read the sequels to any of these yet (Akata Witch is the only one whose sequel has been released) but I am super excited to continue these series!

Reviews: Akata Witch and Carry On.

FAVORITE SEQUELS:

These two are both from middle grade series that I don’t hear much about online but absolutely adore.

NEW RELEASES I HAVEN’T READ YET:

Unfortunately, I’m never going to be able to keep up with new releases. There are so many that I want to read!

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE 2ND HALF OF THE YEAR:

All of these sound so good! You can see more of my anticipated releases in this post.

DISAPPOINTMENTS:

I was super excited to read Let the Sky Fall, as the author also penned one of my favorite series ever, but it totally fell flat for me. As for Romeo and Juliet, I had to read it for English class and in my opinion (please don’t shout at me) it sucked. It was so instalovey and there are just a million things about it that I found to be so stupid and I didn’t appreciate the writing.

SURPRISES:

I’m not usually very interested in classics, but I’m glad I read these two. They turned out to be really enjoyable, despite my hesitations about the genre.

BOOKS THAT MADE ME CRY:

Nothing like a good contemporary to make you cry your eyes out. For The Way the Light Bends in particular, I definitely felt like the fact that it was written in verse made it more hard-hitting and emotional.

Review: The Way the Light Bends.

BOOKS THAT MADE ME HAPPY:

The families and friendships and romances in these contemporaries made me so happy. Tash Hearts Tolstoy especially was sooo close to making my top ten! I absolutely loved the story.

Reviews: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

FAVORITE ADAPTATIONS:

Despite immensely disliking the actual book, I quite enjoyed Baz Luhrmann’s artsy adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. And of course, I loved season two of Netflix’s take on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

FAVORITE COVERS:

AHHH GORGEOUSNESS.

Reviews: Asking For ItThe Poet X, and Saints and Misfits 

Goals

Here are the reading goals I came up with at the beginning of 2018 and the progress I’ve made with them:

Read 80 books | I’m actually ahead on my Goodreads challenge so this one is looking good!

Eventually own no unread books | Haha…nope. I keep buying books and requesting arcs and checking books out of the library, so my tbr pile is not much smaller. I’m going to try to get through my whole physical tbr before the summer is over.

Reread Harry Potter | I haven’t done this, but I’m thinking the winter holidays will be a good time to do it.

Prioritize reading | I’ve been making progress with this one! I actually wrote a blog post about prioritizing reading time, and I’ve been implementing some of the techniques in that post, such as reading before bed and on the train.

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What are your favorite books that you’ve read so far this year? Did we read any of the same ones? Chat with me in the comments!

♥ Annie

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