Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 Mid-Year Rewind

OK, 2016—just where do you think you're going, huh? Well? You're going too fast, and you know it!

Here we are, in June already. I don't know if any of you feel the same, but much of the past six months have been a blur. It's been the usual struggle to find time to read and blog, but I told myself at the beginning of the year that I would just do what I could with the time I had for both. There are moments when it's harder to accept that adulting must take up the majority of the precious hours of each day, but overall I'm pretty satisfied with the number of books I've read so far in 2016 and with the blog's output.

I've read 18 books since January, which is 2 behind where I should be at this point in order to make my goal of 40. I'm behind, but not too far so. I'm determined to get my Goodreads Reading Challenge badge for 2016!

At the start of the year, I also made a list of books I hoped to read during 2016, and thus far I've read 9 of them. I've found that I really like having the list. I like having a solid idea of what I'm reading next with the flexibility to choose from several options.

On the blogging side, I finally made the inaugural NYC Reads post. And so far, it's been the only NYC Reads post, LOL. I promise there will be more, that this isn't yet another feature that I tried once and will never do again.

I've been slightly more consistent at writing discussion posts this year, but not much. Again, it comes back to lack of time. I have a list of possible topics jotted down in my trusty planner, but it's the actually sitting down and writing them part where I fall short. I've been trying to be better about sticking to a writing routine, even if I'm just scribbling down random thoughts (and believe me, they are very random, indeed) for 5 minutes. I'm hoping that this will evolve into regular discussion post writing sessions.

I'll wrap up this look back at the first half of the year by returning to books, and in particular, my First Half of the Year Faves:

The Raven King
Maggie Stiefvater

First Half of the Year Fave doesn't actually apply to The Raven King because it is my Undisputed Fave of All of 2016. AND I got to meet Maggie Stiefvater earlier this month, which truly makes 2016 The Year of The Raven King.

A Gathering of Shadows
V.E. Schwab

Victoria Schwab worked her magic yet again with this fantastic sequel.

A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J. Maas

Another phenomenal sequel. I'm still trying to cool off from reading this scorcher.

Poison or Protect
Gail Carriger

Speaking of heat, there's quite a bit of it packed into this novella. Lots of humor, too.

Lady Midnight
Cassandra Clare

It didn't take very long at all for me to become completely absorbed by this first installment in the newest Shadowhunter series.

How are you guys doing with your reading challenges, blogging goals, etc. for 2016?


  1. I'm sorry but it makes NO sense how quickly time is flying! There HAS to be a Time-Lord behind all of this. In any case, YES to The Raven King and Stiefvater being the absolute highlights of 2016 - I don't blame you one bit there! Obviously, I agree with ACoMaF and AGoS too and I know you know it LOL! I'm crossing my fingers for you that you can catch up on your GR challenge and discussion goals. It definitely can be a hard pill to swallow that real life must take precedence over reading...blogging...and fangirling. Sigh. Adulting is hard something XD

    I'm actually scared of jinxing myself when it comes to my GR challenge so I won't say anything just yet. ESPECIALLY since I'm planning a HP reread for HP Month. That might just change everything haha

    1. Adulting: meh, lol. I do think a Time-Lord is out there somewhere speeding this year up. But if it's Ten, I'll forgive him. XD

      I seriously considered joining in the HP reread because I haven't done one in ages and it would be perfect preparation for Cursed Child, but I REALLY want my silly GR badge this year, lol, so I think a reread will have to wait.

  2. Geez, I hadn't even realized half the year is over! Time does fly. I still need to find time to read ACOMAF - I've been so bad with keeping up with reading lately! Poison or Protect looks good - I didn't realize there's a novella out! I do have a lot of catching up to do with Gail Carriger though!

    1. ACoMaF was soooo good! And we have Empire of Storms to look forward to in a few months! :D

      Poison or Protect was so much fun! Since it's a novella, it's a quick read, but I loved that it told a complete story despite not being a full length novel.


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