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What Are Some Of The Best Books I’ve Read In 2019 So Far? The Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag 2019 - Because I Want To!

So let’s mark the first day of me actually feeling excited about blogging again by doing a tag! (At least… For a while? I hope it lasts…) Anyway, I didn’t specifically want to do any tag – I just wanted to look at the books I’ve been reading for the past half a year, and especially at the best ones, and this tag seems to be the most fun way to do it. So I’ve conveniently tagged myself from Cait’s post here! So let’s get on with it.

me reading books

A pencil illustration of me sitting on a beanbag reading a book with hearts on the covers, with stacks of books around me and hearts coming out of my head

1. How Much Have You Read?

I’m actually pretty surprised with how many I’ve read! I set quite a low goal of 52 books this year on Goodreads, but I don’t put all my read books on Goodreads right away, so you can’t see them all there – however, even Goodreads says that I’ve already reached my goal! In reality, I’ve already read 74 books as I’m drafting this post, but it should still be more by the time the post comes out. I might be on track for the most books I’ve ever read in a year!

books read June 2019

A screenshiot of my reading challenge result on Goodreads: 68 books out of 52 read!

2. What Have You Been Reading?

Okay, I’m actually just as surprised as you are. I thought I didn’t read contemporaries? But as it appears… And I also thought I didn’t read as many graphic novels, but I guess this year is an exception because I bought those two Humble Bundles! These charts get way more interesting, but also more confusing, if I add a secondary genre to them, because all those contemporaries have been so different from one another – but unfortunately, I don’t feel like wading in all that data! I’m still surprised Historical is so high in this list! But happy about the nonfiction and scifi being where they are.

mid year tag 2019 - genres

A chart of my books read by genre: nonfiction, contemporary and graphic novel taking up more than half, with historical and scifi to follow with the other quarter, and the last quarter filled up by fantasy, dystopian, women’s, mystery and other genres

As for the age groups I read in:

mid year tag 2019 - age group chart

A chart of my books read by age group: more than three quarters is adult books, then a bigger slice of the quarter is middle grade, and what’s left is YA

It seems as though I’m an adult book reader through and through. However, I wish that Middle grades slice was bigger! I’m going to have to push for it to be higher in the coming half a year. And I’m actually satisfied with the YA – this is just the right amount of YA as I want to be reading. Not too little, not too much!

And the formats I read in:

mid year tag 2019 - format chart

A chart of my books read by format: more than half are ebooks, about a third are text-to-speech and the rest are print

I am not even surprised about this, but still it’s a wonder how few print books I read these days. Most are ebooks, and increasingly so text-to-speech, because my eyes are usually exhausted after the work day. #noregrets though! I really enjoy listening to books on text-to-speech, and I can truly recommend it to everyone who has a computer job full time. Give your eyes some love!

Almost forgot! The star ratings:

mid year tag 2019 - stars chart

A chart of my books read by their star rating: a quarter of 5 stars, 8% of 4.5 stars, over a third of 4 stars, 7% of 3.5 stars, less than a quarter of 3 stars and a handful of 1 and 2 stars

Even though I have been in the biggest blogging slump ever, it seems I have not been in a reading slump, and least ratings-wise. I have read so many wonderful, high-rated books! It is how this half a year truly felt, but I’m happy to see it in my stats as well. Proves I’m not making it up! I don’t think I’ve ever had such a high percentage of 5-stars in a year, to be honest.

3. Best Book You’ve Read So Far In 2019

Yeah, no. I can’t just pick ONE! There have been so many, as evidenced by the last chart you saw. Read Have You Seen Luis Velez? and The Boy Who Steals Houses if you want to have your heart broken and glued back together again in the backdrop of relevant societal issues and diversity. Read Dune if you like epic fantasy, but in space, and The Sundered if you like fantasy in dystopia. If you want pure, but very full and magical fantasy, read The Girl Who Drank the Moon. If you want to read about strong women, read The Enchanted April for an upbeat tone, and Stay and Fight for a more serious tone. And if you like space stuff as much as I do, but don’t want to get bored reading about it, read Moon Mission.

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde The Sundered (Among the Mythos #2) by Ruthanne Reid The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch
Moon Mission: The Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11 by Sigmund Brouwer The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Herbert The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

4. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2019

Um, actually not sure. I haven’t been reading many series this year!

5. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To

I’m really excited about Daisy Jones and the Six! Have you read it yet? I’ll try to get it when I travel this year so I can put it on the Bookstagram as I read it.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

6. Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half Of The Year

I’m going to have to skip this question too, as I haven’t been tracking the new releases AT ALL.

7. Biggest Disappointment

It’s got to be The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking. I’ve read some of his books before, and I just can’t say I enjoy his style, but for some reason, I felt like I should try it. Maybe it was the translation to my language, because I actually borrowed it from a friend, but it just felt dry and bored me. And I like reading about science, normally.

The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow

8. Biggest Surprise

It has to be The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid. I had this book as an old freebie / review copy for ages, and I expected it to be a cheap dystopia like most of my old review copies are (I couldn’t boast good selection skills from back from I didn’t even blog yet). But this turned out to be SPECTACULAR. It’s a dystopian fantasy, and it’s all about how humans can be evil and twisted, about slavery and exploitation of people who are different than you and it’s just SO GOOD. I loved it and can truly recommend it.

The Sundered (Among the Mythos #2) by Ruthanne Reid (Goodreads Author)

9. New Favourite Author (Debut Or New To You)

My new auto-buy author is Catherine Ryan Hyde. And it’s totally because of Have You Seen Luis Velez? It’s such an amazing, heart-warming and wonderful book that I knew I had to check out all of her other books. So far I haven’t grabbed any, but I need to put them ALL on my watch list ASAP. Maybe you have some you could recommend? Luckily, she has written A LOT of books. And from what I’ve heard, they are greatly inclusive and diverse! At least this one certainly was.

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

10. Underrated Gems You’ve Discovered Recently

I feel like I have to draw attention to a book that very few will even notice because it’s just so niche, but so incredibly unique and interesting! Maybe you have a hobbyist in your life who would love it. Basically, it’s a book of blueprints, charts and all sorts of other info about what Jules Verne’s Nautilus would have been like if it had been truly built! The author discusses all sorts of possibilities of whether it would have worked and how, and there’s lots of photo material, so it’s a lot of fun to simply peruse. It’s kind of a great coffee table book, even if you’re not going to be reading it cover to cover. Here’s the full review with photos!

The Design and Construction of the Nautilus by Demetri Capetanopoulos

11. Rereads This Year

I don’t tend to do a lot of rereads, so there’s just one! But I’m planning to get refreshed on a few series I’ll be continuing with later in the year (or so I hope!) Here’s a review for A Year of Living Kindly, and that should tell you why I’ve been rereading it.

A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You by Donna Cameron

12. Book That Made You Cry

We’re basically back at square one. But there were two! Sobbing like a baby. #worthit

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews

13. Book That Made You Happy

We’re basically back at square one again, but now it has a different companion. You ask, how could Have You Seen Luis Velez have both made me cry and made me happy? Well, that’s just how this book works! Meanwhile, The Enchanted April JUST made me happy. No tears. Although it does have its sad moments, but they’re all redeemed!

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

14. Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year (Or Received)

Easy peasy. Feast your eyes on this. Thanks, Granta Books!


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15. Goals For The Rest Of The Year

Actually? I just want to enjoy reading AND blogging. I would love to get through some full series that I’ve had stacked for a while! And diminish my already owned TBR. But those are all sort of loose stats! I don’t want to be stressed. I just want to enjoy reading and blogging again, and reconnect with the community, cause I’ve lost touch in the past half a year and I’ve been regretting it ever since! So be a dear and share my post and help me reconnect, will you? ❤️ #nopressure

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So that’s my past half a year in books! Will you also tag yourself if you haven’t done this tag this year yet?

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2 years ago

I am so glad you discovered Catherine Ryan Hyde! Most of her books are equally as awesome as this one!

2 years ago

Don’t put yourself under too much blogging pressure. Nothing sucks the joy out of it faster than that! I’m the same- I’ve gone through a lot of change in my life lately and blogging is one of the MANY things I’m now struggling to stay in top of – I’m just trying to be patient with myself while I figure it all out.

I’m glad you’re had such a great reading year! I love coming to your blog because I always read about something different ❤

Laura Thomas
2 years ago

You’ve been reading many different genres. A lot of these are new to me. I get the blogging slump thing. I struggle with it now and then. But, like you, the reading never suffers:)

Kelly | Another Book in the Wall

Ah, Evelina, you are making me want to read The Boy Who Steals Houses even more now! I adored A Thousand Perfect Notes, so I can’t wait to read Cait’s newest novel! And congratulations on completing your reading goal with flying colors! I hope you achieve of your new goal of reading the most books in one year! I’m also excited to check out Daisy Jones at some point before 2019 is over! I’ve heard such wonderful things about it!

Wishing you the happiest of weeks, love! <3

2 years ago

Welcome back Evelina. There are so many nice books on your list. I had never heard of Have you seen Luis Valez until you started ranting about it on twitter. This is why I love following you, you find and talk about a lot of hidden gems books, not just the books that are popular at the moment. I’ve added this book to my TBR because of you.
It’s good to have you back.

Ara @ Open Pages
2 years ago

EH! Such a productive half of the year? So many books! Yay for that!

CG @ Paper Fury
2 years ago

I relate so much to #15!! Those are the kind of goals I want too just to read a lot and enjoy it and make time for blogging and flailing about aaall the excellent books. And omg HEAVEN IS GORGEOUS. Like that foil omg I swear pretty books are also the death of my willpower not to buy them haha. I’m so honoured TBWSH made your list too you are the nicest.

2 years ago

I have now added even more books to my Goodreads 😛 Sundered sounds awesome! I am yet to read The Boy Who Steals Houses and Daisy Jones but I am looking forward to them. Let’s not talk about how far behind I am on my GR challenge this year… you however are doing fantastically! One of my goals is to read more middle grade too so feel free to give me recommendations 🙂 I hope you are doing well x

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I love stats posts! Congrats on reading 68 books! I’ve barely read anything at all this year, and I don’t have much motivation to blog. I’ll have to check out Moon Mission. Space stuff is interesting.

2 years ago

First, that drawn is super adorable!!! *:* Second, I’m so happy to read that you felt excited about blogging again. 🙂 I may not drop a comment as often as I used to, but I love your blog and I’m always excited about your posts.

Your charts. *.* I’m also hoping to read more middle grade books in this second half of the year. I really want to read Daisy and the Six as well. Let’s hope we can both read (and enjoy) it soon 🙂

Happy readings! 😉
Tânia @MyLovelySecret

Caro @ bookcheshirecat

Congrats on reaching your Goodreads Challenge, looks like you did really well! 🙂 You really make me want to read The Boy who steals houses, as I have been meaning to read it for a long while now 😮

2 years ago

It’s great to read! Just take it slow…


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Eline @ Lovely Audiobooks

I’m very curious now, will you increase your reading goal for the year? Or are you pleased that you crushed it and just relax?

2 years ago

I am gonna have to do this tag just to get myself on the blogging spirit. I am on my vacations, so I am gonna blame my absence on that. I have two of your best reads on my TBR. And also, how have you been? I miss our conversations.

Ivyclad Ideas
2 years ago

I’ve literally just drafted this tag. I always mean to read more sci-fi. This year, I read an 800+ page sci-fi book and I seem to have crashed on that goal right after. I also seem to read more and more graphic novels every year.