Mid-Year Book Wrap Up

 

My original Reading Resolutions posts can be found here and here.

Tackling My Shelves Update:

So this year, I originally planned on reading more of the books I owned. I’ve read some of them, attempted others, donated a few. Honestly, I changed my whole mindset about reading.

I’ve had this thing where I’ll put a book on my TBR because it is something that I’m “supposed” to read because it won some award or because it’s a classic or whatever. But I’ve decided to move on and not force myself to read a book I really don’t care to read.

Anyway, I’ve read 25 out of 52 books for this year, so I’m a little behind, but I don’t feel too bad about it.

Read (Titles link to reviews): 

  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder (no review)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (review coming soon)
  • Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris (no review)
  • Carrie by Stephen King (Review coming soon)
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding (no review)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (no review)
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner (no review)

Attempted:

  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck: God, this was boring…I ended up donating it.
  • Room by Emma Donoghue: I should’ve known this wasn’t for me. I’m not crazy about child narrators. I couldn’t get past the first fifteen pages, so I ended up getting rid of it.
  • The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy: Someone actually spoiled this book for me, and now that I know the ending of the series, I can’t bring myself to keep reading it. I ended up donating it.
  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: I actually apparently already read this last year but forgot. Anyway, I reread the first few chapters, remembered I hated it, and donated the series.

Planned to read, but donated instead:

  • Vanity Fair by William M. Thackery: I mostly donated this because it’s so thick and because the eBook would take up less space, obviously. I’m also downsizing because I’m moving, and I don’t think I’m going to get to this anytime soon.
  • Light in August by William Faulkner: This would have been a reread for me because I actually read it in college and hated it. But I’m thinking that if I hated it then, I’ll probably still hate it because I haven’t changed that much. Anyway, I donated it.
  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck: Yeah, I get that a lot of people like this book. I also only bought it because I felt like I “had” to read it. But it doesn’t sound like something that would interest me, and I had other books I would have rather read/kept.
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen: I’ve had this book for awhile, and I haven’t read it yet. I think that’s a sign I’m not going to read it.
  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson: I only bought this book because it seemed like one I should read. I was also trying to read less YA and more “serious” novels. Yeah, I should read more serious novels, but I’m probably not going to read this one.
  • Speaker for the Dead and Enders Shadow by Orson Scott Card: Honestly, I’d have to reread Ender’s Game to read these and I’m just not going to do that.

Planning to read this year: These are the books I already own that I want to try to get to this year. Honestly, as long as I get to a few of these, I’ll feel accomplished. 🙂

  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  4. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Review
  6. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  7. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  9. Misery by Stephen King
  10. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  11. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

 

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