Hello readers! So I didn’t want to do the Mid-Year Freak out book tag and I also wanted to make that tag look like a wrap up or update, a way to list books I enjoyed so far, series I read, and so on but at the same time giving me space to add my own thing so I came up with, Halfway through 2021.
Let’s start with how was year so far
COVID really disturbed things in life this year. I was okay in 2020, it didn’t make huge impact but with my kid growing this year was difficult. There is not proper schedule in my life and my kid is driving me crazy. I’m really worried about her speech delay. It doesn’t help when everyone relatives, doctor, even those who are loved ones, directly or indirectly, blame it on parents that is, ME! Because I’m mother and stay-at-home parent (it doesn’t matter my husband is working from home as well, basically at home all the time!). Trust me when I say we try, I try, to communicate with her but she is so inattentive, wouldn’t even hear what I’m saying! All she wants all the time is play. She is smart kid, her motor skills are perfect and she even says words we teach her but wouldn’t do the normal conversations or try to speak two word sentences. Hoping it might help her communication and I also she could play with kids of her age, we thought we would enrol her for playgroup/activity class or something but we still can’t find one because of COVID.
Changes in Life and Blog
We settled in hometown. We did came back last year in August, bought house (that is under construction) moved everything to hometown in December but it’s in January we actually got settled in rental house. Summer was terrible here and it made us rethink our decision but we don’t regret it.
I turned my blog to self-hosted. Main reason for me was I wanted to save as much money as I can (we are tight and like I said our house under construction, all out money is going there) and by going self hosted and leaving WordPress plans, I could get freedom and more control in just half of premium plan. It wasn’t easy thing for me as non-IT person and I did make huge mistake in understanding things and had to get new domain, transfer things again. It sure gave me hard time and headache but that made me learn things I didn’t know before.
I completed 4 years of blogging in April and now I want to change what I post. I’m slowly limiting spotlight and blitz posts and trying to write more discussion posts and list/recommendation posts. I have to say I really enjoyed them.
I can’t really tell which I enjoyed most so here are all Discussion or list post I wrote so far-
- 10 Reasons Why I Don’t Listen Audiobooks
- Book Reviews Are Important & Book Reviews Can Be Enough For Book Blog
- Least Favourite Tropes & Tropes Everybody Hates/dislike But I’m Okay With It
- Rating Book Low Because Of Character, Fair Or Unfair?
- Book Blogging rules/advices I Follow and Don’t Follow
- Bookstagram Tools I Love and Recommend
- Pride Month Book Recommendations
- 5 Books Set On Sea or Ship
Goals / Challenges
I didn’t make any goals this year except Goodreads challenge. Turns out I don’t stick to goals so why to bother!
I’m doing good this year. I started reading short stories, children’s books again so that might also a reason I’m ahead with Goodreads challenge. But they are not huge in number maybe 3 or 4 so far, I manage to read 2 full Novels per week most of the time so I’m still doing well.
Shows I Watched and enjoyed
I couldn’t watch many as my daughter hardly gives me time and then I had to catch up reading. Let’s not start how behind I am with it but I still managed to watch 2 shows. New episode in season 5 of Lucifer. (Lucifer is going to be my all time favourite show) and Bridgerton.
Book Series/ Duology/ Trilogy I finished
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
This was entertaining and lovely romcom I read this year. Also first book was my most favourite so far.
Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I finally finished this trilogy and now I can start Six of Crows. Unlike most readers, I actually enjoyed this series. I believe most readers didn’t like this series as they read SOC before this one and I might agree with some points like Mal and Alina weren’t best and romantic aspect was not strong in the series but hey, it wasn’t as bad as people were making it out. World and author’s writing were worth reading this series. I fan of Leigh Bardugo already and I enjoyed the conclusion of trilogy.
Best Sequel I read
White Horse (Jess Bridges Mystery #2) by Joss Stirling
White Horse was amazing sequel of Black River that revolved around another missing case Jess was looking into that again got tangled with Leo’s murder case. If you love murder mysteries with layers, interesting characters, and right balance between dark and humorous, plot and characters, I highly recommend this book. But note that it should be read in order.
Crow (Faeries of Oz #2) by Candace Robinson, Amber R. Duell
I enjoyed this Wizards of Oz retelling. First book Tin was amazing and Crow was fantastic sequel. Loved exploring more of this dark lands of Oz, Reva’s story and her fight with Locasta.
Most anticipated books
I’m not exactly anticipating person. I’m always busy in catching up books I already have and like I said I’m really behind in it and struggling to keep NetGalley ratio to required 80%. But there are two books I really want to get and read releasing in next half of the year.
Best Books I read so far
Historical fictions are winning this year! I’m very picky with this genre and I’m surprised to see majority here. I have a thing for WWI/WWII theme books and I don’t miss a chance if I come across one. I have enjoyed all historical fictions I have read so far this year.
As for fantasy, I was going to choose Shadow and Bone but then I changed it to Ruin and rising. I think I ever loved last book in trilogy as much as Ruin and Rising. Like I said romantic aspect wasn’t strong but overall enjoyment made me overlook it.
Romance lovers are not going to question my choice on Waiting for Tom Hanks. It was amazing book and I wish to read more books by Kerry Winfey now.
I highly recommend Universe of Wishes for anthology and YA, diverse, LGBTQ readers. I’m surprised it’s not that popular.
Inn at Tansy Falls was utterly feel good. So uplifting, refreshing and heart warming. The concept was lovely and setting was just beautiful. It can shine anyone’s day better.
‘This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.’
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