Half Year Wrap Up

What an absolutely crazy start to the year, it has been – ridiculous.

Literally cannot keep up with all the crazy things that have happened. But we have made it to the middle of the year(ish) and I hope you all have been staying safe.

  • Plants

I’m going to begin with plants because I like plants. I think they look beautiful in the home and make houses feel more alive. Unfortunately i’m not so great with them.

plants

I have accidentally killed 1 plant and kept 3 others alive so all in all its going the right way!

  • Goals

My goals mainly are to be more organised. I am super inconsistent on social media and I would like to combat this by scheduling posts and interacting with people more. I very much just pop on whenever and enjoy seeing what people are doing but I’m sure there is a more effective way I can be doing this! I have no specific ‘number’ goals because this is really a hobby for me but I do think consistency is the key.

For this blog I want to get to be about 1 month in advance for posts so if anything comes up (or im feeling lazy) I have cover – wish me luck!

stack of books

  • Books

This week I made my Goodreads challenge of 24 books. I had thought that 24 which I took as 2 books a month was pretty reasonable and yet I smashed it. I mostly blame the quarantine but either way I have really enjoyed finding and reading some awesome books.
I’m in two minds on whether to up the amount or just feel extra smug about every book over it I go.

Feel free to add me as a friend on goodreads and find out lol
Goodreads

Books I have not finished

I have DNF’d 3 books so far this year. I may go back and potentially finish them later but I am not feeling them right now. I have no issue with not finishing a book if i’m not into it as explained in my previous post  – DNF?

Melmoth – Sarah Perry

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Really pretty cover, interesting premise – far to slow. Didn’t hate it, just put it down and never picked it back up.

The Sell Out – Paul Beatty

I was recommended this book by a friend and thought it would be a really interesting read. Unfortunately when I started it I could not get behind the writing style.

The Sirens of Titan – Kurt Vonnegut

I have been trying to read scifi ‘classics’ as its my favourite genre I thought it would be good to explore however, I have found that a lot of them have not aged well, again writing style and content did not catch me.

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  • Over view of favourites for the first Half of the Year:

Favourite Audio book: Artemis – Andy Weir

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Blurb:

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

I loved this audiobook and gave it 5 stars. Basically a heist in space with an entertaining although sometimes frustrating main character.

Favourite Sci-fi: Children of Time – Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Blurb:

A race for survival among the stars… Humanity’s last survivors escaped earth’s ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?

WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH?

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age—a world terraformed and prepared for human life.
But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare.
Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

I recently completed this one but it was so much more than I expected. I promise you will be more invested in spiders than you ever have been before. Beautifully written space opera – read it reeaaadddd it.

Favourite Crime / Thriller: In the Dark -Loreth Anne White

in the dark

Blurb:

A secluded mountain lodge. The perfect getaway. So remote no one will ever find you.
The promise of a luxury vacation at a secluded wilderness spa has brought together eight lucky guests. But nothing is what they were led to believe. As a fierce storm barrels down and all contact with the outside is cut off, the guests fear that it’s not a getaway. It’s a trap.
Each one has a secret. Each one has something to hide. And now, as darkness closes in, they all have something to fear—including one another.
Alerted to the vanished party of strangers, homicide cop Mason Deniaud and search and rescue expert Callie Sutton must brave the brutal elements of the mountains to find them. But even Mason and Callie have no idea how precious time is. Because the clock is ticking, and one by one, the guests of Forest Shadow Lodge are being hunted. For them, surviving becomes part of a diabolical game.

Flipping brilliant, one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a while. ‘And then there were none’ is a favourite of mine and I was initially dubious because of the link but this was excellently completed. Left me guessing all the way through.


That’s a quick bookish overview of my first half of the year.  I can’t wait to read many more books in the rest of the year. I hope you are staying safe and have made the best of things even in the craziness.

Let me know what your favourite books have been so far this year. If you have done a mid year wrap up feel free to link it.

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  1. Can’t believe the year is half-gone already!

    Glad that you’ve been spending it by doing a lot of reading! I’m trying to do the same. Feel free to tweet @ me/tag me in things if you ever want to talk about books and stuff!

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