So we’re halfway through the year (holy shit, we’re halfway through the year!). How are we doing? How is our reading going?
Speaking for myself, it’s going great and not so great at the same time. Great because I feel like I’m living up to at least some of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year; not so great because I am (shudder!) three books behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve been in a little bit of a reading slump lately—I’ve just had a lot of other things going on and haven’t been able to quiet my mind enough to sit down and read too often. But I’m getting back to it!
Anyway, here’s a roundup of what I’ve read so far. You can be the judge of how well I’m doing (or not).
SH: Self-help/motivational book
TBR: From my to-be-read shelves/wish lists/Kindle library
NR: New release
P: Print book
A King of Infinite Space by Tyler Dilts. I liked the cover. Turned out the insides were good too. (K)
Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann. I listened to the audiobook, and all I remember is that Colum has a lovely Irish accent. (TBR, A)
The Pain Scale by Tyler Dilts. Second in the series. Liked it, but not as much as the first. (K)
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin. I don’t remember one of them. (SH, A, K)
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I have avoided John Green for years because I think a grown man who writes exclusively about teenage girls is creepy. But it was a good book. I enjoyed it. (P)
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Fun and funny historical fiction. (K)
A Cold and Broken Hallelujah by Tyler Dilts. Third in the series. I don’t remember much about this one, but I know I liked it while I was reading it. (K)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I was late to this party, but in the end I was glad I went. Solid YA, great writing, important subject matter. (P)
Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. The audiobook. Simon Vance is the perfect narrator—so dramatic! (R, A)
10% Happier by Dan Harris. Smart and witty and educational, a really well-written memoir and a convincing meditation primer. Made me laugh out loud a few times. (SH, P)
The Changeling by Victor LaValle. I always have a hard time putting my finger on what exactly I like about Victor LaValle books, but I do like them. (TBR, K)
Thinking About Memoir by Abigail Thomas. I love this little book, read it in one sitting. It’s rambling and funny and shares some really good insights into memoir writing. (TBR, P)
Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman. Great audiobook narration by Armie Hammer. Portrays all that awkward teenage longing for love and belonging to a tee. (TBR, A)
Come Twilight by Tyler Dilts. Last in the series. I was sad to see it end. (K)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Good, solid, satisfying YA romance. (TBR, A, K)
Release by Patrick Ness. I wanted to like this book so much. But I just didn’t. (TBR, A, K)
Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. So much fail on so many levels. (TBR, NR, A)
The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson, who never disappoints. This is how YA LGBT fiction is done. (TBR, K)
The Outsider by Stephen King. Phenomenal audiobook narration by Will Patton. Solid creepy King story. (NR, A)
Now, what have you been reading? How do you like it? Let me know!