These sort of round-ups always remind me how few books I actually get round to reviewing these days. Oops. I’ve had a bit of a bumpy reading year so far with a few slumps and disappointing reads, but I’m hopeful the rest of the year will be full of corkers.

Challenges and Goals

Overall Reading Goal: 47/100 (3 books behind)

Around the Year in 52 Books: 31/52 (5 books ahead)

Popsugar Reading Challenge: 27/50 (2 books ahead)

Five Star Reads

 

The following prompts are from a book tag that I saw on A Literary Escape and Dinipanda Reads.

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2024

Someone You Can Build a Nest In by John Wiswell made me believe in cosy horror.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2024

After such a long wait, Red Side Story by Jasper Fforde did not disappoint.

New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

Floating Hotel by Grace Curtis

Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Burning Crowns by Catherine Doyle + Katherine Webber

The Last Murder at the End of the World by Stuart Turton

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I covered this topic last week.

Biggest Disappointment

The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo. I mean I haven’t loved all of her books anyway, but I was hoping this would be in Ninth House territory. Sadly I didn’t connect with the characters all that much, and a few months on I’m struggling to think of much to say about it.

Biggest Surprise

I think I got Role Playing by Cathy Yardley as one of those freebie Amazon First Reads. I usually never read them but needed something related to gaming for Popsugar. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it and will read more of her books in future.

Favourite New Author (Debut or New to You)

John Wiswell

Newest Fictional Crush

Miles in Funny Story.

Newest Favourite Character

Sheshenshen in Someone You Can Build a Nest In is my new favourite monster… There’s a theme here, isn’t there?

A Book That Made You Cry

I usually cry all over the place, but I’ve not read any major tearjerkers this year.

A Book That Made You Happy

Scales and Sensibility by Stephanie Burgis was just so much fun.

The Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought So Far This Year

I’ve been cutting back on expensive book purchases this year, although I do still have a quarterly Evernight subscription. The sprayed edges on the Waterstones “Rose” edition of Burning Crowns are pretty:

Orange sprayed book edges with a sword design entwined with roses.

Books You Need to Read By the End of the Year

The books I need to read might not necessarily be the ones I most want to read. If you’re interested in my ever changing reading challenge plans, you can find them on Goodreads. I’m still not sure if I want to complete Popsugar this year.

Favourite Book to Movie Adaptation

I need to start recording what films and shows I watch because I struggled to remember what I’ve seen for this question. I think the only one that’s been an adaptation was Knock at the Cabin which is based on The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay (I haven’t read it).

I do want to watch The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, My Lady Jane, and The Three Body Problem.