And just like that, we’ve reached the halfway point of 2021. Have I managed to reach my mid-year reading goals? Let’s find out.
In 2020, I read more than I ever have in one year (aside from when I was a kid and had no “real life” obligations). I was under the impression that I would never reach those kinds of goals again, but this year is already winding up to be just as phenomenal! I challenged myself with 120 books this year and, at the six-month mark, have already read 74.
As I’m writing this post, I have my StoryGraph account up and it’s so fun to see all of the line graphs and pie charts that show what my reading year has been like so far (one of the many reasons to utilize The StoryGraph rather than Goodreads). The 74 books equate to 26,635 pages, I’ve primarily read young adult fantasy and contemporary romance (no shock there), and I’ve given 26 five-star ratings. What a fun reading year it’s been so far!
I’ve been blown away by the number of ARCs I’ve had the privilege to read, the amazing stories I’ve devoured, and honestly, I just can’t wait to see what the second half of the year will bring! Keep reading to find out how I’m doing with my planned TBR and what each month has looked like.
My 2021 TBR // The Books I Want to Reread in 2021 // How to Plan Your Monthly Reading Lists
My TBR for 2021 was pretty extensive since I hoped to begin several series and read lots of new releases. Here’s how I’m doing on that:
The Dating Playbook (The Boyfriend Project #2) – Farrah Rochon. At the time that I’m writing this post, the book hasn’t been released, but I can’t wait to read it when it’s out!
Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy) – Leigh Bardugo Not only did I finish this trilogy, but I checked off every book in the Grishaverse and proceeded to name this my favorite series of all time. I even own a signed, personalized collector’s edition copy of Shadow and Bone. Also, can we get a WOOP WOOP for season 2 of the show getting confirmed?! Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant
Life’s Too Short (The Friend Zone #3) – Abby Jimenez. I’m still on the waitlist for this at the library.
People We Meet on Vacation – Emily Henry Definitely one of my favorites of the year so far. I was pleased to receive an arc and now own a signed copy of the paperback too. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha) – Tomi Adeyemi I still need to read the sequel but I’ve ordered it from the library. Second First Impressions – Sally Thorne The Road Trip – Beth O’Leary Poisoned – Jennifer Donnelly You Have a Match – Emma Lord
From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash) – Jennifer L. Armentrout. I’ll have to borrow this one from a friend since it’s not in any of the three library systems I have access to in my city.
The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy) – S.A. Chakraborty I’ve finished 2/3 of this series on audiobook! An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes) – Sabaa Tahir I just picked up the final book in this series from the library to begin this month. These Violent Delights (These Violent Delights #1) – Chloe Gong
The Gilded Ones (Deathless #1) – Namina Forna. Still waiting on the audiobook for this one on Libby.
Crazy Stupid Bromance (Bromance Book Club #3) – Lyssa Kay Adams Ready Player Two (Ready Player One #2) – Ernest Cline Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (Dash & Lily) – Rachel Cohn, David Levithan Legendborn (Legendborn #1) – Tracy Deonn The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – V.E. Schwab One of the first books I read this year and it didn’t disappoint!
Lore – Alexandra Bracken. I’m waiting for this one from the library as well!
Bone Crier’s Dawn (Bone Grace #2) – Kathryn Purdie Clap When You Land – Elizabeth Acevedo
A Psalm of Storms and Silence (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #2) – Roseanne A. Brown. This one still hasn’t been released, but I really can’t wait to get my hands on it when it’s out!
All the Tides of Fate (All the Stars and Teeth #2) – Adalyn Grace The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle) – Maggie Stiefvater I just finished book 1/4 and I’m looking forward to continuing the series.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers) – Brigid Kemmerer. Still waiting on this one from the library.
Malibu Rising – Taylor Jenkins Reid. This just came out, but I’m on the waiting list for the audiobook (since I enjoyed her other books so much in audiobook form)!
All This Time – Mikki Daughtry, Rachael Lippincott City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments) – Cassandra Clare I chose to not continue this series after the first book. I was not a fan.
I’d like to think I’m doing an okay job tackling my TBR for the year!
I’ve read 74 books so far, out of my goal of 120 for the year. Here’s my month-by-month breakdown:
January – 13 books read: 7 physical copies, 1 ebook, and 5 audiobooks. My favorites were The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I also enjoyed my reread of my favorite book of all time, Into the Heartless Wood.
February – 10 books read: 5 physical copies and 5 audiobooks. My favorites were Siege and Storm and A Dress for the Wicked. I also thoroughly enjoyed my reread of Wicked Lovely.
March – 19 books read (my most ever for one month): 8 physical copies, 3 ebooks, and 8 audiobooks. My favorites were People We Meet on Vacation, The Lucky Escape, Instructions for Dancing, and The Hate U Give (but honestly, my list could be even longer). It was such fun to revisit Six of Crows – and this time, in audiobook form!
April – 14 books read: 5 physical copies, 2 ebooks, and 7 audiobooks. My favorites were The Road Trip and The Ten Thousand Doors of January. I began my wonderful reread of the Caraval trilogy too.
May – 13 books read: 3 physical copies, 2 ebooks, and 8 audiobooks. My favorites were Six Crimson Cranes and Ready Player Two.
June – 5 books read (so far… I’m writing this only a week into the month): 2 physical copies, 1 ebook, and 2 audiobooks. So far, I can state that I’ll never get over the impact of The Comfort Book and I loved every second of One to Watch.
It’s been quite a grand first half of the year. So many amazing books – and so many awesome ones left to read!
Wow, 74 books already this year? That’s impressive! I’m starting to get into reading so I think I might have to set myself a challenge like this next year. I’ll have to add some of these books to my list Xo
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Ely @ Earl Grey Books says
Well done on your reading goals so far! I usually don’t make lists of particular books I want to read in a year because I’m terrible at sticking to lists, so I usually end up with more challenge-based goals like finishing more series or a certain number or things like that. I’m doing pretty good with those so far this year!
Great job ticking titles off your TBR so far, hope it continues! I always stray from mine and I don’t have a list to keep my eye on, so it’s always interesting to see others put together these kinds of posts.
Wow! That’s amazing! Good for you on smashing the start to your year 😀 I am behind on my reading after getting bad Covid brain fog, but am still trucking along. I’m going to check out story graph. That sounds like fun 🙂 I just keep an old school handwritten list right now. Pretty low tech lol
Neely Moldovan says
YOu have done awesome gettin through your list! You’ve also given me way more suggestions to add to mine haha!
You’ve got through a lot of books so far this year! Well done you! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
Yikes, I’ve not read anything haha! This post puts me to shame. You are smashing your goal!
Alexis Gauthier says
First of all, I’m envious of your reading year so far. Second, 26 5 star ratings?? I feel like I’ve had the worst luck this year with finding 5 star reads!
But, really, I’m glad to see that you’re having such an great year for reading so far!
That’s an awesome accomplishment so far! I’m pretty sure you will by pass your goal 🙂
I didn’t particularly have a reading goal, but have been reading more self help books lately.
Kelly Diane says
Wow you’ve read so many books so far, you’ll definitely smash your reading goal this year. I had a bit of a slow start with reading but its since picked back up again.
I'm All Booked Up says
We’re amazed by how much you’ve read this year! Congrats and we can’t wait to see what you’ll read for the rest of 2021.
Wow! 74 books is amazing in less than six months! Looks like you’re right on track for your reading goal!
You’ve already read so much, and some amazing books that too! I’ve read about 60 and honestly i’m in a small slump so not much progress at the moment, but i’m doing alright i think. I don’t have an annual goal this time in order to take off pressure, just reading whatever. Hope the rest of the year continues this way for you!
It’s so great that you’ve had such an amazing reading year so far! 74 books in six months is quite a lot. Hope the rest of your year goes just as well!
Adaleta Avdic says
I started reading so much in the beginning of the year, but it’s definitely fallen off a bit for me and I think it’s because everything’s opened and gone back to normal over the last 3-4 months here so it’s taken away from my time to read. I think I read more books in January, than I have in the last 2 months but I’ll get back to it!
Cristina Rosano says
I mean first of all 74 books, I bow to you! That’s amazing and I am sure you’re going to do even more than your 120 book mark!! I have been having reading slumps, but I am challenging myself to have a list of the ones I want to prioritise and get back into audiobooks too! I have read too almost all the Grisha verse too this year and it’s become one of my favourite series too as well as The raven cycle! x
This is such an amazing goal! It’s so cool that you’re already over half way there.
Carrington | Chaos and Coffee says
WOW, 74 books!?!?!?? This is AWESOME girl, good for you! You’re totally goals, this is amazing! Xx.