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Progress Update: My 2021 reading year so far!

Hi and howdy, welcome to my blog.

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve sat down and wrote an actual blog post and it really hasn’t. I took like a week off, besides from some reviews, it’s just that me being conscious of time passing has become a thing of the past, as it always does during the summer when I don’t have a schedule.

Today I’m going to be a taking a look back at how my reading year is going so far. I am very happy with how things are panning out but I thought it would be good to look back in a bit more detail.

How many books have I read?

My goal for the year was 40 books. I felt like that was a decent amount for me to strive for without putting too much pressure on myself, especially cause I’ve had to concentrate on graduating school and all that.

I am very happy to report that I completed this goal before we were even halfway through the year and, as of writing this, I’ve finished 57 books! I’m simultaneously very happy about this and also very surprised, but I’m not gonna complain, I’m just gonna keep my fingers crossed that I can keep this momentum going.

Have I been reading …

… my anticipated releases?

Ermmmmmmm, that’s gonna have to be a no 😭😭😭 So out of the 17 “anticipated releases” for the first half of 2021 that I’ve talked about on my blog … I’ve read 3. Those were:

I have tried to read more of my anticipated releases but various things have stopped me. I’d like to make it known that I would have read One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston by now but my copy never arrived and I got a refund instead. Also Afterlove by Tanya Byrne got pushed back to the end of July so that’s not even out yet and there’s not much I can do about that.

Then there’s the fact that I just can’t afford it. It’s always nice in theory to make a list of upcoming releases and say “yeah, I’m gonna read all of these” and then I realise how much they cost and how little I have in my bank account.

I still do want to make an effort to read more. Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have read way more than just 3 new releases. I think the one’s I’m most likely to read next will be:

… the books I’ve hauled.

Again, I’m not doing totally great when it comes to reading the books I’ve hauled, but I am doing miles better compared to new releases. Despite trying to widdle down my TBR and just not buy excessive amounts of book I’ve hauled 23 books and read 8. But most of those books that I’ve bought have been e-books.

Me going to uni+ me moving back to England = me not having the space or money for a whole lot of new books.

What I’m trying to say is that I’m stockpiling books for when I leave, basically. I have been taking advantage of the sales on E-books and spoiling myself probably more then I should.

… the ARCs I’ve requested.

When it comes to ARCs I’m really quite proud of myself. I feel like I’m doing a really good job of, first of all not going crazy and requesting everything but instead being more selective, and also for reading and reviewing in a timely manner.

Obviously I’m not perfect so there are a few on my shelf that I look at and think, “why the hell did you request that?”. Don’t go scrolling through Netgalley at 2am kids!

Right now my Netgalley Rating Approval is at 83% and I plan to keep it there, if not higher. The next batch of ARCs I hope to be getting to soon (not including the two for Blog Tours I need to read in the coming weeks) include:

… the series I said I’d be reading.

Ok let’s just go through them and see how much progress I’m making with series 😂

Series I said I wanted to finish:

  • The Casquette Girls by Alys Arden – I read the second book at the start of the year, but nothing since then, kind of forgot about it ngl.
  • Simon Snow trilogy by Rainbow Rowell – Th third book isn’t/has only just come out so there’s not much I can do with this one yet.
  • To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Hann – Still haven’t read the third book, still haven’t watched the second or third movie.
  • Market of Monsters trilogy by Rebecca Schaeffer – The thought was there, but I think I need to re-read the first book so I’m procrastinating.
  • Camelot Rising trlogy by Kiersten White – Again, the final book isn’t out yet. That being said, I don’t know if I still want to complete this series. I wasn’t the biggest fan and I don’t know how much I’m going to remember. We’ll see.

Series I said I wanted to start:

  •  Love & Gelato by Jenna Evan Welch – Yep, I’ve read the first book and enjoyed it enough to want to read it’s companion novels.
  • The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert – Loving this series so far, I actually only have the third book left to read.
  • Bromance Book Club series by Lyssa Kay Adams – I was way more into the thought of this series at the start of the year. The more the hype has died down, the less I’m interested. I still might get to it though.
  • Once Upon a Con by Ashley Poston – Not given much thought to this series either. This is one of the e-books I’ve got stockpiled so it could be one I read when I move.
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Manisculco – I am halfway through this series and Thomas Cresswell may be the only reason I plan to continue.

What are my reading plans for the rest of the year?

So obviously I want to follow through on everything I’ve just said: keep my ARC rating up, make progress and hopefully finish the series I’m excited for, etc.

Because I’ve already read 50+ books, I’m thinking I can maybe reach 80 by the end of the year. I’m not going to change my Goodreads goal or anything like that, this is just a little challenge for myself and it’s no big deal if I don’t but, I’m thinking I can do it.

So far this year I haven’t really read many standout. Don’t get me wrong I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read, there’s just not been many I would put on a “favourites of the year list” so I’m hoping the second half of 2021 is full of new favourites.

I also do still want to stick to my “read what you’re in the mood for” thing that I’ve got going on.

So that’s my (just over) mid-year reading progress update. I think I’m doing well and I’m hoping that it just get’s better from here. I’d love to know how your reading has been recently, thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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