Half Yearly Check-In AND Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

The original tag was created by ReadLikeWildfire and Earl Grey Books!

I’m not someone who is fond of doing wrap-up posts, but I also feel that giving some sort of update about my first half of the reading year will make me happy. And hopefully, all you friends of mine are also interested to know about all the wonderful books I’ve read these past six months. And before I get started with the tag, let me give you a tiny overall update about my reading year and goals.

Goodreads Challenge: I’m upto 91/130 books.

1000 Followers on the blog: I’m at 982 right now, so hopefully I’ll reach my goal soon.

80% on Netgalley: I’m going steady at 85% and hope to keep it up.

Stars and Sorcery Book Club: I have actually read all our BOTM’s and I am very proud of it.

Around the Year in 52 Books: I’m at 44/52 but the remaining prompts are gonna be a bit tough.

Year of the Asian Challenge: My goal was to read between 21-30 books for this challenge and I’ve already finished 28 books, so I count this as a win too.

I’ve also never used charts and graphs to show my updates before, but everyone seems to be using them and they look awesome and colorful, so I’m gonna give them a try too.

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As you can see, majority of my reads have been romances (which also tend to be contemporary) with fantasy coming closest second. I think I will also be happy if I can maintain around 10% for non-fiction till the end of the year.

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This one definitely makes me feel very proud because almost half my books are ownvoices and I only hope this count increases as the year goes by.

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This is definitely a bit unexpected because I love YA, but I seem to have gravitated towards reading more adult romances this year. Hopefully I can make similar inroads into adult fantasy in the latter half of the year.

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This chart totally reflects me because I love reading ebooks and have also been trying to listen to more audios. What I didn’t realize was that I have been reading a lot more ARCs and I hope I continue to be approved for them.

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A majority of my reads being 4 star and above surely shows that I have become a bit better at picking books that suit my taste. I surely hope I read many more 5 stars before the end of the year.

Now…. Let’s get started with the tag…!!!!!!!

💨 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019:

Well, it was a given that Red, White and Royal Blue was gonna be here because it was such a delight to read. But an unexpected addition to my best books of the year is the finale of the Bone Witch trilogy,  The Shadow Glass because it’s one of the most emotional and satisfying conclusions I’ve read in quite a long time.

💨 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019:

I just couldn’t choose between Soul of the Sword and The Heart Forger because both of them are excellent and very action packed than their predecessors, and we also can’t help but fall in love with the characters more.

💨 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:

These were some of my most anticipated book releases from the first half of this year. Now, I just have to find time to read them all.

💨 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:

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There are many many books on my most anticipated list for the upcoming months and I even listed many of them in this post, but one very recent announcement that has me excited is Rachel Maddow’s next. I really love watching her show and was pretty impressed by her other book Drift, so I’m very sure this one will be amazing too.

💨 5. Biggest disappointment:

I have other books which I gave lesser ratings to, but The Women’s War was more of a disappointment because I was expecting so much more from it, and it just didn’t have a lot of substance. On the other hand, I suddenly got the ARC for The Seduction Expert (which I wasn’t expecting) and read some rave reviews, so decided to give it a try – it turned out to be just downright awful.

💨 6. Biggest surprise:

While I was very excited to read We Set the Dark on Fire, I just didn’t expect to fall in love with it so much, and the world building was so amazing too.

I decided to pick up Magical Women on a whim because I wanted to know more about the sci-fi fantasy landscape in the Indian publishing industry and was pleasantly surprised by so many talented authors masterfully blending SFF tropes with Indian mythological elements.

The Priory of the Orange Tree was too intimidating and I didn’t think I would read it, but decided to take it up as a challenge and was very surprised by how easy it was to read. Definitely worth the size of it.

💨 7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):

While I read some awesome debuts this year, I want to mention a new-to-me author Rin Chupeco. I knew the Bone Witch trilogy was supposed to be good but I was amazed beyond expectations because it was such a different kind of fantasy but highly impressive in all aspects, and also gave me one of my favorite OTPs of this year.

Reviews: The Bone Witch / The Heart Forger / The Shadow Glass

💨 8. Newest fictional crush:

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I had to think a lot for this because apparently I don’t seem to have crushed on many characters this year. But one who comes closest is Zavier Demos, the pansexual aromantic rockstar drummer from Syncopation. He is talented, sexy and has a very cool head on his shoulders and I really enjoyed reading his story.

💨 9. Newest favorite character:

In this case, I actually couldn’t choose again because I have a lot of favorite characters this year but one who’s definitely impressed me the most is Yumeko from Shadow of the Fox. She is sweet, trusting, loyal and very brave and I completely adore her. Another one is Lady Tea from The Bone Witch. She has one of the best character developments I have ever read and she is the most loyal and loving person ever.

💨 10. Book that made you cry:

This is so easy to answer because there is no book that could make me cry more than The Song of Achilles. I remember sobbing in anticipation even before the inevitable happened. Another book that made me very emotional was Ghosts of the Shadow Market because it’s about Jem and he is one of my favorite characters from that universe, and reading his journey through so many tumultuous times made me weepy.

💨 11. Book that made you happy:

While Book Boyfriend might not make it to any all time favorite lists of mine, it made me very happy because it featured a romance author hero and a romance blogger heroine, and had so many relatable situations. The Candle and the Flame was a quiet and atmospheric fantasy but it made me happy because of it’s very inherently desi elements and reminded me a lot of home.

I don’t need any particular reason to love The Red Scrolls of Magic other than it being about Magnus and Alec and them being together makes me extremely happy. Sandhya’s books are always a delight to read but There’s Something About Sweetie is special because it features a happy fat brown girl and I could see so much of myself in her.

💨 12. Favorite Book to Movie you’ve seen this year:

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I haven’t seen any movies but I eagerly awaited and watched the final season of Shadowhunters and wept when it finished. Whatever the detractors say, I really enjoyed watching this show a lot.

💨 13. Favorite post you’ve written this year:

I love writing reviews but I know I’m not that good at it like my other lovely blogger friends whom I’m in awe of. But a couple of reviews which I poured my heart into are Red, White and Royal Blue and Good Talk. I also loved writing the post about the Books that define my reading life.

💨 14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):

I mostly rely on my library and other subscriptions for reading books but one among my kindle purchases that is gorgeous is King of Scars – I adore the golden aesthetic. And after resisting all these months, I finally bought the paperback of Foundryside in June because it’s amazing both inside and out.

💨 15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?:

There are obviously many new releases I want to read but these are two backlist books I wish I am able to read sometime this year. I feel I have put them off long enough.

💨 16. Favorite book community member:

I am actually very happy to have many book community friends these days, especially my dearest ones in the Book Dragons India discord group, but a very recent friend I’ve made is Liz @ Lost in Literature with Liz. Both of us have quite a few things in common and we love lamenting about the fact that we can never pick our next read or find the right motivation to continue. Do checkout her blog for amazing reviews and more interesting bookish discussions.


I am not tagging anyone but if you wanna give an update about your reading year, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so that I can read all about it.

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  1. I love reading stats filled posts like this! You’re doing awesome with all your challenges, that’s so awesome! I also read and loved Red, White, and Royal Blue, I think it’ll be one of my fave books of the year for sure. I’ve heard so many good things about Rin Chupeco and definitely need to add The Bone Witch trilogy to my tbr!

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    1. Thank you so much Victoria… it’s my first time doing stats so I’m glad you liked them 😊😊😊 RWRB is on so many top books lists, it’s amazing ❤️❤️❤️ I can’t wait for you to read The Bone Witch trilogy coz it’s stunning 😍😍

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  2. Omg Sahi you have such amazing statistics and a wonderful progress on absolutely everything! I’m still trying to take control of every bookish thing, I don’t know why this sounds so vague and weird….
    Anyway, love the graphs!!!

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    1. Thank you Charvi… and you’ve been so busy with school and exams and college, but you still manage reading and the blog.. so you are doing a great job 👍👍👍

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  3. I love all the charts you’ve used!
    Red, White and Royal Blue is definitely one of the best books I’ve read this year as well.
    The Priory really surprised me as well because honestly, I thought I was going to give up in the middle when I started it but I ended up loving it a lot and it may be the best book this year? Lord knows I fell in love with Ead.
    I have owned the Ember in ashes for about 2-3 years now and am still yet to read it which really bugs me but I hope you can read t and that you like it o I get motivated to read it as well!

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    1. Thank you Jayati…. RWRB seems to be on so many favorites lists of this year and it totally deserves it 😍😍😍
      Ohh I thought I would give up Priory too.. it’s just so long, but definitely didn’t feel that way while reading and I love that.. Ead is amazing !!!!! What an amazing woman…
      Haha I’ve owned Ember audiobook for more than an year too and never gone more than one chapter in… Let’s see if I can finally push through this year 😜😜😜

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  4. Great answers! I really want to read The Lies of Locke Lamora too; I’ve had it on my to-read list for a couple years now. And I really enjoyed what I watched of the Shadowhunters show. I haven’t had TV in two years, so I do most of my television watching by buying or borrowing TV series on DVD, and unfortunately Shadowhunters is not a show that has been released in that format.

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    1. Hope we both get to read Locke Lamora soon 👍👍👍
      I haven’t had TV too, so I took a Hulu subscription every time the season was on, so I could follow along 😂😂😂

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        1. Ohh that’s awesome… Are you planning to go to the Con?? I don’t know much about Scott Lynch but I’m definitely looking forward to discovering his writing 😊😊

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          1. Yeah, I had my tickets months before they announced the authors. I don’t know that I’ll get to see Scott or get his autograph or anything, but it’s still cool to see all the authors that will be there. There’s a writer’s symposium at the con, which is cool. I’m hoping to get some good writing advice there.

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          2. Ya I suppose so…. I’m not a creative person, so I wouldn’t know anything about it… but I definitely wish that you get all the motivation that you need…

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  5. Such an amazing and well written post, Sahi !! I love the charts and so happy that you loved Red, White and Royal Blue and Bone Witch. I so agree with these choices.
    I hope you love Ember because it’s one of my all time favourites and it’s beautiful 😭
    I am excited to read Small Town Hearts and Candle and the Flame soon 😃

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    1. Thank you so much Krisha… I have you to thank for motivating me to read Bone Witch which has easily become one of my all time favorites ❤️❤️❤️
      Everyone loves Ember, so I really want to read atleast the first book this year…
      I hope you love Candle and the Flame as much as I did… and we both enjoy Small Town Hearts too 😍😍😍

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  6. Ohmygosh, good God Heaven on earth. You’ve put so much effort into this post Sahi and look how beautiful it is! *fans self* if this post were a person, I would be in love.

    In all seriousness, love, you deserve every bit of goodness coming your way. You’ve put so much effort and you’re earnest about your work. Congratulations on almost-at 1000 followers (I’m sure in no time you’re going to cross the 1000 mark) AND I love all the books you’ve laid out and daaaaamn my TBR is going to have a separate bookshelf called #SahiSuggests, just you wait. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thank you Ahana… i had to do this post in parts on different days, coz it was so long 😂😂
      When I started 2 years ago, I never thought I’ll get 1000 followers or make dear friends like you, so I’m just feeling so happy 😊😊😊 and thank you for always motivating and cheering me on…
      And now I just want to read more awesome books so that I can make that #SahiSuggests shelf a reality 😂😂😂

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      1. Awwww right back at you love. I’ve never found a more supportive and lovely set of people. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ All the very very best. #SahiSuggests shall arise soon. Btw A Spark of White Fire was your suggestion right? 😂

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          1. Ohh yes.. Shadow of the Fox… that was a lot of fun… I got the rec from Dini (as always)…. it’s awesome that we all read different genres but still some of our tastes align perfectly 😍😍😍

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  7. Lovely post, Sahi 😊 wow you really read a lot. So happy for you that you were able to read so many good books. I can’t wIt to read your thoughts on Small Town Hearts. I loved it so much.
    And I can’t wait to read the Bone witch series.
    I hope the second half of the year is as good as the first one too 😊

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    1. Thank you Sim… I do kinda read a lot 😜😜😜
      But it’s been an awesome reading year and I hope the second half is as much fun too 😊😊
      I was waiting so much for Small Town Hearts and then didn’t even read it… story of my life 😂😂😂
      And I can’t wait for you to read Bone Witch… I’m so much in love with the trilogy and I keep wanting to push it onto everyone 😂😂😂

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    1. Thank you Shruti… !!! I always envied everyone else who did pie charts.. couldn’t handle the FOMO anymore 😂😂😂
      Only you and me love my RWRB review but thank you … I was so happy when you loved the book as much as I did 😍😍😍

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  8. King of Scars is beautiful in pictures and in person – too much gold could have easily been ugly but it’s not, it works. I still haven’t read it but I really want to.
    And I’m so glad to hear that you liked We Set the Dark on Fire! It’s one I haven’t been able to get to either (I am… bad at new YA releases?) but I’m hearing so many good things about it lately. I have high hopes about These Witches Don’t Burn as well, I hope we both end up liking it.

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    1. I don’t have a physical copy of King of Scars, so I’m definitely missing out coz it’s so gorgeous 😍😍 you should read it, but maybe it’s better not to have a lot of expectations…
      Haha I’m not good at new YA releases too.. I’ve hardly read any of the books I mentioned in all my monthly anticipated releases posts 😂😂 But you have to read We Set the Dark on Fire… I loved reading it…
      And I just bought These Witches don’t burn, so hopefully I’ll read soon too and we both love it 😍😍

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      1. I’ve heard mixed things about KoS too (and a few spoilers about the ending I have mixed feelings about myself), so I will try to keep my expectations low. And I will try to read WStDoF soon, since the sequel isn’t that far away now!

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        1. Ohh ya I know… I actually didn’t mind the ending of KoS, that’s why I probably loved it so much more than others did… And I can’t for the sequel of WStDoF… the ending had me shook 😖😖😖

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  9. I love this post! First of all, your charts are amazing, I love looking at charts and graphics… and secondly, I love your answers! You absolutely have to read An Ember in the Ashes, it’s super worth it, the world really gets to you and the story is incredible!! I’m also really excited for the last season of Shadowhunters, although I feel like the series got worse over the course of seasons.. Like, I really enjoyed the first season and the first half of the second one was great as well, but then I kind of stopped watching… But I really want to know their take on the end (because they weren’t always the same as the books) and so I’m also really looking forward to it! King of Scars is also my best looking book of the year haha and I’m afraid to start Ghost of the Shadowmarket because I’m going to be an emotional wreck haha!

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    1. Thank you so much 😊😊😊 I always looked at everyone else doing charts and graphics, and I didn’t wanna miss out this year 😜😜
      I really have to read Ember.. so many of my friends love the series…
      I can understand when you say Shadowhunters got a bit worse over the seasons, but I guess I was in love with the actors too much 😂😂 And you should totally see the last season if you’re a Malec fan… it’s also pretty different from the books..
      I adore looking at that King of Scars cover…
      And yes, if you loved the Infernal Devices, Ghosts of the Shadow Market will definitely make you cry 😜😜😜

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