The Books I’ve Read So Far in the Year

2021 has been an interesting year for my reading goals. I placed my reading challenge at 30 books in the year and so far I’ve only read 12…which is not good at all.

According to Goodreads, I’m 4 years behind schedule and I honestly have no idea how I will recuperate from that, but I am still hopeful.

A thing I keep reminding myself is that reading shouldn’t be a competition. It isn’t about the number of books I read, but the fact that I’m reading! Sometimes social media can make everything look like a competition and I definitely feel intimidated every time I visit my favorite book blogs because people are reading so many things and I get stressed for not being at their level.

But honestly, I love taking my time with some books. I struggle with getting free time for reading, so when I can actually sit down, relax, and read a book I try to savor it as much as possible.

However, I decided to show you guys the books I’ve read so far this year!

Books I’ve Read this Year

As I said, I’ve read twelve books and I’ve enjoyed all of them.

There’s two books I read for some classes I gave. During the first half of the year I taught one class on storytelling and another one on Ancient Mythologies. So I read two books for those classes:

  • On Fairy Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh

Also, throughout the year I re-read different stories from Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare and other authors. I read the stories separately on different occasions throughout the year and realized I ended up re-reading the whole book!

Now that those are out of the way, here are the books I read each month:

January

The first book I read in the year was The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. It was such an exciting and interesting book. I was obsessed with it. You can read my full review here!

March

February was a sad month and I did not read much. So I’m skipping straight to March!

I read A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas in March and I have to say I really liked it. I missed the ACOTAR series and it was nice going back to that world. I gave it four stars on Goodreads because I liked it, but wasn’t obsessed.

That same month I read Chain of Iron by Cassandra Clare. That book, destroyed me! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but omg it was so interesting. It had so many twists and things happening and I was living for the whole plot.

April

On April, I got the opportunity of traveling to New York City. I bought my copy of Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo and started reading it right away. That one was another book I absolutely adored. I just love where the story went and it was am amazing conclusion to the duology.

May

The first book I finished in the month of May was The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. I was actually pretty disappointed with it. I just thought it would be more exciting, and it lacked that for me. I found it almost predictable and I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would.

In May I also read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune and it became my new favorite comfort book. Read my full review here!

I finished reading The Kingdom of Copped by S.A. Chakraborty. I had actually started reading this one as soon as I finished the first one, but kept pausing it for other books. I think I liked the first book better, but it was still an amazing read.

June

The next book I read was A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. It was actually my very first audiobook of the year! It was such a cute story, I honestly enjoyed it a lot. Check out my full review here.

The last book I finished was Mister Impossible by Maggie Stiefvater. I really liked it! I had missed the universe of the Raven Cycle books and it was amazing going back to one of my all-time favorite characters. It was also super painful and the book gave me all the feels.

Books I’m Currently Reading

Ever since I finished that last book I’ve been jumping in between books without settling down on one specific. None have captured me as much and I’m going through a bit of a reading slump. But that’s okay! I’m sure I’ll get over it soon.

For now, these are the books I’m currently reading:

  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken

What about you? What books have you read so far in the year? Let me know in the comments! And don’t forget to check out my previous blog posts.


5 thoughts on “The Books I’ve Read So Far in the Year

  1. every year i set my goodreads goal to 1. last year i think i only read about 5 books, as i was having a break from blogging/reading. it doesn’t seem to matter what life throws at me, i always achieve this goal. and having a higher count really puts me off (idk why!!).

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  2. I loved Rule of Wolves and Mister Impossible, too! I haven’t read most of the books you have read this year; I’ll have to check them out. I am currently reading Hearing Lies by Olivia Smit.

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  3. I’m glad you’re trying to relax and just enjoy reading at your pace. It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers, and it can really spoil the actual act of reading a particular book (and I say this as an extremely fast reader, so there’s no magic speed where it’s not an issue, I promise!)

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