Mid-Year Rundown

books, films, rundown


It’s July. We’re officially halfway through 2019. Well, really we’re over halfway through the year. The exact halfway point was 3rd July but let’s not focus on that for now. Instead, let’s take a look at how the year has gone so far. Earlier this month I was informed that I had managed to pass my 2019 GoodReads‘ reading goal. I’d set myself a fairly easy task of 30 books because last year I only just managed to get beyond that. 2018 was a dreadful year full of reading slumps and long books. So, I certainly never expected to reach my goal quite so quickly. I’ve decided to increase my target to 50 which, based on the rate I’m going, should be fine. But, who knows when the next slump will hit.

2019 So Far in Numbers

Books Read: 31

Books Put On Hold: 2

Books DNF’d: 1

Films Reviewed: 30

TBT Films Reviewed: 27

Phew, when you put it all in numbers like that it doesn’t seem too impressive. I know I’ve watched more films than this count but I always forget to include the randoms on my list. Maybe I should? I’m never any good at this journal keeping. I had to make a point of writing down all of my review scores in my notebooks this week. If I don’t, I’ll get to December and realise writing my Top 10 for the year is a huge pain in the arse without a list.


5* Reads: 1
4.5* Reads:

Highest Rated Book: David Bowie by Sánchez Vegara, Mª Isabel

Lowest Rate Book: Campusland by Scott Johnston

Favourite Read So Far: If Cats Disappeared From The World by Genki Kawamura

I think I’m getting harsher with my star ratings. We’re halfway through the year and only a single 5 star read? By this time last year, I had loads. So many of my top 5 books were 5* rated last year. And only one book has deserved it? And that was a book that I didn’t even review on this bloody blog! Then only a single 4.5* score? What is wrong with me? Although I do have a load of 4* reviews to pick between. In fact, 17 of the 31 books I’ve read so far got that score. Have my standards changed this year or am I just reading the wrong books? Or both?


5* Films: 2
4.5* Films: 

Highest Rated Film: Roma and Avengers: Endgame

Lowest Rate Film: Holmes and Watson and The Hustle

Favourite Film So Far: Endgame

Either I am getting harsher with my scores or everything is just quite middle of the road this year. I have been sticking around the 3/4 star territory for a while now. There have been a few duds in the past few months but nothing to worry about. However, there has been a distinct lack of 5* films. By the end of 2014 I had a few to choose between. I can only hope there are some great things to come. But how could anything beat the cinematic event that was Endgame? I don’t know.

TBT Films

5* TBT Films: 2
4.5* TBT Films: 1

Highest Rated TBT Film: The Artist and Moonlight

Lowest Rate TBT Film: Twilight, The Excalibur Kid and The Emoji Movie

Favourite TBT Film So Far: True Romance

My approach to TBT has been a bit weird this year. I started off with the intentions of revisiting films that I’d previously reviewed. It was fine to start off with but having to rewatch the shit ones was difficult. So, I’m back to watching whatever I fancy and, hopefully, linking it to whatever I reviewed on Tuesday. It seems that I’ve had more success with TBT films than I have with books this year. Way more 4* films here and two 5* ones. But why were neither of those my favourite? True Romance is one of my favourite films and I haven’t seen it for a while. It always makes me happy. I know it’s a bit batshit but it brings together Tarantino and Tony Scott. A perfect combo if ever there was one.

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