2020 Half Yearly Check-In AND Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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

The past month and a bit more has been really tough on my mental health, probably a culmination of all the anxiety I have felt since the beginning of the pandemic, and I haven’t really read anything in a long while. My blogging also has taken a hit and it feels disheartening that I had to abandon my posting schedule that I have consistently maintained for more than two years. But such is life and we have to carry on. So, technically my blog is on a hiatus until I pick up some books to read again, but I still have some older reviews scheduled for a couple more weeks and hope they will keep you all entertained.

But I still wanted to do this half yearly update and the tag because I’ve had so much fun with it the previous years and I still wanna keep track of how good/worse I’m doing in my challenges. So, let’s proceed with my tracking and then have some fun with the tag.

Reading Challenges

(You can click on each challenge title links to see all the books I read)

Goodreads Reading Challenge – 114/130 (This is obviously going very well despite missing almost a month of reading, but I have to say a good number of this is short stories.)

Start on Your Shelfathon – 12/25 (This isn’t too bad but I would have liked to be a bit more ahead.)

South Asian Reading Challenge – 18 ( This is actually quite low when compared to my first quarter numbers, so there is a lot of scope for improvement.)

PopSugar Reading Challenge – 34/40 (I’ve read almost nothing in the second quarter for this challenge, so I need to step up my game a lot.)

Reading Goals

Read more Sci-fi and increase Non Fiction to 20%

The sci-fi part of my goal is definitely going well but not the non-fiction. I’m way too behind on that and I don’t know if I really want to try hard to catch up. I’ll just read what I feel like at the moment.

More than 40% ownvoices books

This is definitely on track and I didn’t even have to try too hard. It’s just so much easier to read ownvoices books and I’m glad I get to read so many.

Atleast 30% backlist books

Another goal where I’m doing well. This is not helping me keep on track with new releases but I really am enjoying reading the backlist.

Around 15% books with >500 page count

Definitely not going well. The whole pandemic and other stuff going on have not helped my focus at all and I’ve been reading lot more novellas and short stories this year. At this point, I don’t think I’m even aiming to keep up with this goal anymore.

20 Backlist books to read in 2020

I’ve only read four and DNFd one book out of the goal of 20. Maybe I will try to read a few more but don’t know if I can finish the whole challenge.

Blogging Goals

I’ve pretty much had to take a hiatus recently because I am unable to think properly or blog for about a month now, so I’m not tracking my blogging goals for now. But I’m atleast posting reviews for now (mostly very old ones that were lying in drafts), but all my other categories of posts have gone down.

Other Fun Statistics

My Adult and YA reading is consistent from the first quarter to now and I think this is how it’s gonna be from now. I just don’t find YA contemporaries my cup of tea anymore.

As you can see, more than a third of my reading this year has been short stories and novellas and I’m frankly finding the shorter size comforting to read. Don’t know if I’m going to read huge tomes anytime soon.

As usual, it’s no surprise that ebooks are my preferred format but I don’t think I’m doing too bad with the audios either.

I think I can definitely do better to read more authors who identify in the trans/enby umbrella but otherwise, I think I’m doing okay. Female authors are usually a strong preference of mine and I really don’t see those numbers going down much.

I would love to get more of my owned books read but as usual, shiny new releases are the bane of my existence and I also can’t stop buying more books during sales. Maybe I can aim for a 20% by the end of the next quarter.

This image always makes me happy because it means I choose books that I know I will enjoy and I hope more of my reads remain above the 3.5 star mark.

And Now it’s time for the tag…..

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

I listened to the audio of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You and was completely blown away by how much important information was packed in it and most of which I had no clue about. It’s such a great beginner book and I can’t wait to read the original it is based on, Stamped from the Beginning.

Surrender Your Sons is a painful and hard book to read but ultimately it’s also about friendship, solidarity and hope for queer teens and I think everyone should read this stunning book.

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

A Reaper at the Gates is a stunning sequel and I had to wait up the whole night to finish, because I knew I wasn’t gonna sleep without knowing how it ended.

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

I would have already finished this if not for my reading slump, and I hope this will be the first I’ll pick up when I feel like reading again.

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

I have a lot of highly anticipated sequels releasing in the second half of this year, but these two finales are the ones I’m most excited for and probably the longest I have to wait.

5. Biggest disappointment:

This was a disappointment because I love Rin and probably had too many expectations from it, which the book unfortunately didn’t meet.

6. Biggest surprise:

I saw the show The Untamed first and then read the translation of the novel The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation… and I have to say it’s become my newest obsession. The book is amazing and the show is stunning and I have already rewatched parts of it multiple times. It’s really come as a surprise to me how much I fell in love with it. And the fanfics of this show/novel are the ones keeping me a bit sane during this horrible reading slump.

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

I finally discovered P. Djeli Clark this year and I want to cry that I haven’t read his writings before. Both A Dead Djinn in Cairo and The Haunting of Tram Car 015 are absolutely glorious examples of world building and storytelling. And I can’t wait to read The Black God’s Drums as well as my ARC of Ring Shout.

8. Newest fictional crush:

Daniel from The Boyfriend Project is such a wonderful guy and I totally have a crush on him.

9. Newest favorite character:

I do like many characters from the books I’ve read this year but I can’t deny that Murderbot is the most memorable. This socially awkward and extremely sarcastic rogue SecUnit has all my heart and I can’t wait to read more books in this series.

10. Book that made you cry:

I can’t even tell you how much of Night of the Dragon I spent weeping. It was beautiful and devastating all at once and I thought it was a very fitting end to this wonderful series.

11. Book that made you happy:

Beach Read is a fantastic romance that made me really happy. It’s not a typical romcom but it’s very well written and I had such a great time.

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

I know I’ve already talked about it above but I can’t not mention my obsession of the year, the stunning Untamed again. But if I had to choose movies, it would be Just Mercy. A heartwrenching movie with wonderful acting, it’ll make anyone cry.

13. Favorite post you’ve written this year:

My book recommendations post about Favorite Books with Political Themes is definitely one of my best this year, because these are some of the books closest to my heart and I got to share them with everyone.

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

I won the collector’s edition of Crooked Kingdom in a giveaway and it’s definitely the most gorgeous book to grace my shelves this year.

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

Ughhhh there are so many I could cry. But these two beloved books have been on my owned tbr for a while now and I really want to read them soon.

16. Favorite book community member:

I have recently had great interactions with Leslie @ Books are the New Black, and though our buddy reading plans failed because I fell into a slump, I hope we both will read something together sometime again. And if you want to get to know a blogger who writes amazing reviews and lots of other super entertaining bookish posts, you should give her a follow immediately.

I hope you all had fun reading these updates of mine. And if you wanna do the Mid Year Freakout Tag, please consider yourself tagged and link back to me so that I can see all your fun answers.

12 thoughts on “2020 Half Yearly Check-In AND Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

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  1. This pandemic has caused a major slump in my reading as well. It’s hard to focus on anything not YouTube most days. And I forgot about The Burning God as one of my anticipated releases for the second half of the year…probably because I’m worried about how it’s all going to play out after the end of The Dragon Republic.

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    1. I know right… Focus has become such a problem and I completely agree, youtube is the easiest to get lost in…
      I can’t even imagine what can happen after Dragon Republic and I’m just so excited to know it al 🤩🤩

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  2. Loved your tag, because I was jumping up and down in my head when I saw The Untamed and Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation featured in your post!!!! #fangirling!! majorly..lol 😀

    Will be following Leslie too..I hope she won’t mind 😉

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    1. Haha lol… I kept thinking of what books to add for that question but then I realized nothing else has taken me by more surprise than this show and I can’t not mention it… and we both are #fangirlsforever 😍😍😍😍
      And I’m sure Leslie won’t mind at all.. she is definitely reading a lot more than I am too…

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  3. Love seeing the stats! And I always love reading this tag!
    I also cannot wait for a sky beyond storm and The burning god!


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    1. Haha thank you Caitlín… at this point, I don’t know if I can even separate my feelings for the show/book/fanfics.. I’m completely obsessed with the world and characters and can’t seem to want to get out of it 😂😂😂
      Happy rest of the year to you too 👍👍

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  4. Stay healthy, stay safe!
    This is just too many cake diagrams and statistics and plan for me. Take a break and go with the flow, I‘d say.
    I liked Martha Well‘s Raksuran trilogy better. And Clarke should have won that Locus Award!


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