July Wrap Up and “Mid-way” Through the Year Update

Happy last day of July! We are officially five months away from 2020 and a new decade and WHAT?!

Freak-out aside, July was a crazy busy month for me, but I still managed to read two books!

  • Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • A Match Made in Mehendi (arc) by Nandini Bajpai – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Both of these books were absolutely fantastic and I HIGHLY recommend them! I am planning to have reviews for both of these up within the next week or so, so stay tuned for those!

I will be sharing my August TBR a little later than usual as well… My condo is still a bit of a disaster and it is the last week of school, so sadly, my priorities have been elsewhere.

“Mid-way” Through the Year Update

I say “mid-way” because this post should have gone up a month ago, but life happened. Oh well!

So far in 2019, I have read 31 books. I’m definitely behind on my Goodreads challenge (which was 70), but I haven’t given up hope yet that I can reach it!

Favourites: of the 31 books I’ve read so far, 12 have been five-star reads for me! That’s nearly 40% and that’s pretty amazing. Here are some of my absolute favourites:

I also DNF’d my first book this year! Well, technically, I’ve now DNF’d two books. I never used to which was painful and pointless. You should read what YOU want. I finally figured that out this year.

Now, while I found parts of both of these books problematic for me, that does not mean they are bad. They are just not for me, and that’s okay! You can see what I DNF’d here.

Must Read Books: I had the realization while moving that I now own more unread books than read books, and I don’t know how to deal with that. My usual go-to self-care move when I’m stressed is to… buy more books. SO THAT’S NOT HELPFUL. But anyways. Here are the books I absolutely MUST read before the end of 2019 that I already own (and in no particular order):


  • The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
  • The Bear and the Nightingale series by Katherine Arden
  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
  • War Storm by Victoria Aveyard
  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
  • The An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
  • A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
  • Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
  • The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Sightwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Okay. So that’s 20 books, but some of those are series with three-four books… so basically what I’m saying is I have a lot of reading I want to do in the next five months!

Challenges: At the start of the year, I decided on a few challenges that I wanted to complete. Some were general, like “read more classics” – which I’m failing at because I haven’t read a single one – and finishing up the series that I have already started. Others were more specific like YARC and the A-Z Challenge.

I’m very behind on my YARC challenge at the moment, and while I don’t think I’ll make my initial goal of 50 books, I do think I’ll get to at least 25! Fingers crossed…

For my A-Z Challenge, I only have nine letters left! Y and Z are the only letters I don’t already own a book that I could read for, but hopefully, I can find something fun at the used book store!

Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments
for any books starting with ‘Y’ or ‘Z’!

For the other missing letters, I am planning on reading:

  • E – Empire of Sand
  • J – Jane Eyre
  • K – King of Scars
  • O – One and Future
  • P – (The) Paris Wife
  • Q – Queens of Fennbirn
  • V – Vampire Academy

Well, there you have it. A rather late mid-way through 2019 update! I’m pretty excited about the books that I’ve read and the books that I’m going to read, but I do think my end of year wrap-up is going to be a little chaotic. Picking my top favourites is going to be impossible!

What has been your favourite read of the year so far?
Or reads if you can’t pick just one!

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