The Mid-Year Reading Report

Over on booktube, I was tagged by Dane Reads to do the Mid-Year Check-In tag he helped create. It was a lot of fun for me to do. I attempted to record it right away, but Goodreads was down for one or two hours that afternoon, which coincided with my only available time that day. So I recorded it the next day when I had finally gained access to my Goodreads list of books read this year.

If you’re a booktuber on YouTube, definitely consider doing this tag.

Here are the questions and a brief answer, of which I expand upon in the video, which is also below:

1. How many books have you read so far this year?
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21 books
2. What’s your favorite book so far this year?
3. What’s your most disappointing book so far this year?
Vampires by John Steakly. I know a lot of people don’t like the movie, but I do. The book that the movie is based on, however, is a mess, imo. And not as much fun.
4. What genre have you read most this year?
Horror. But also a lot of non-fiction, more than in a long time as I have been reading a lot of instructional book on writing, outlining, etc.
5. Name a favorite newly discovered author.
That’s a tough one to answer! There’s a lot. Jon Padgett, for sure, but also Joanna Penn, Chris Fox, and Michael McDowell.
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7. Name your favorite (and most anticipated) 2018 releases.

Most looking forward to Tiamat’s Wrath, which is book 8 in The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey.

Also looking forward to Raymond E. Feist’s King of Ashes. I’m excited to read a new series by Feist. He’s the author of whom was my introduction into fantasy and I’ve read most, but not all, of his Midkemia books.

Also Blood Standard by Laird Barron. Laird is one of the most popular horror/weird fiction writers, but this book is a departure from all that, and I’m really excited to see bloodwhat he does in a more mainstream crime novel.

8. What’s your next big priority for your reading?

I’ve been reading a ton of fantasy lately. I need to finish Way of Kings, which I’ve sort of put down for a week or two, and I’ve already picked up the second book Words of Radiance. I’ve also started reading the Drizzt series again, by R.A. Salvatore. I would love to tackle The Malazan Books of the Fallen.

9. What’s been your bookish highlight?

Starting my BookTube Channel. It’s seriously put a much-needed charge into my reading and even my Goodreads activity.
Here is the video: