Thanks to Covid, I missed the actual mid-year point to post this review but that’s not going to stop me. Before writing this post, I felt like I’d been having a good year but not as good as last year. There’s a definite difference between the amount of socialising I’ve been doing this year compared to last year. So, I was sure my reading had taken a hit. Turns out I was wrong. Either I’ve been reading shorter books or I’m just getting better at it.
Books read: 55 according to GoodReads but actually 56.
Goodreads Target: A modest 70
Books read at this point in 2021: 50
Most read author: Agatha Christie and Alice Oseman (3)
Favourite newly discovered author: Bonnie Garmus
Number of audiobooks: 27
Number of ebooks: 8
Favourite Fiction: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Favourite Non-Fiction: Beastie Boys Book
Favourite Audiobook: The Amazing Edie Eckhart by Rosie Jones
Favourite Reread: Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
Number of 5 Star Books: 7
Number of 4 Star Books: 23
Number of 3.5 Star Books: 5
Number of 3 Star Books: 11
Number of 2.5 Star Books: 1
Number of 2 Star Books: 5
Number of 1 Star Books: 1
So, if my ratings are anything to go by (and they usually aren’t), it’s been a pretty strong first half of the year. Plenty of 4 stars with a good few 5 in there for good measure.
I didn’t specifically set myself any goals this year but I am always trying to improve my reading choices. This year I’ve read far more non-fiction than I normally would. StoryGraph tells me that 6% of my books so far have been non-fiction. Not a lot, I know, but more than I probably read in the whole of 2021.
I didn’t do very well with my Pride/LGBTQ TBR but I think I’m doing okay in that area. There will always be room for improvement and I’ll have to spend more of the year making sure I read LGBTQ books and authors. Same with the diversity of authors. I think I’ve read a range of different writers but I’m sure that white voices still make up the majority of my reads. At least I’ve been reading more female writers than male. That’s one minor victory I’ll take.