Oh wow did June fly by! I cannot believe we’re already past the halfway mark of the year now.
June was a tough reading month for me, and an even tougher month for reviewing. I only read 7 books and reviewed 3. Lots of travel and then some personal things popped up. I had a scare with the health of my cat that really threw me for a loop (she’s okay now but needs IV fluids every day so it’s been an adjustment).
For the first time ever, I read more audiobooks than physical books as I just did not have the time to sit down and read as much as I would have liked. Reading more audiobooks was a goal of mine this year and I can say, I’m fully smashing that.
As June is the mid-point of the year, I’d also thought I do a little check-in on some of my other reading goals. My biggest reading goal is to read 100 books this year. At the end of June, I’ve read 48 books this year, just shy of where I need to be on track to read 100. Luckily, I’ve already finished one book in July and have three more I’m currently reading (I’m all over the place right now) so I’m feeling optimistic still about hitting my goal for the year!
I have to be honest – May was a rough month for me. You probably noticed a lack of posts this month. It wasn’t for lack of trying, but my work was insane this month, the world felt like a dumpster fire and I was mentally and physically exhausted so I took a bit of a step back from reviewing to prioritize myself.
While I don’t regret that decision, it definitely sucks that I wasn’t able to be as active with reviews and reading this month.
All this to say, May was not a good reading month for me. I only read six books this month – and that was a struggle. I’ve fallen slightly behind on my reading goals for the year, but I have no doubt I’ll catch up over the summer.
Oh boy, I cannot believe we are already in May! April flew by and it was a very busy month for me. I didn’t read as much as I hoped and definitely didn’t review as much as I wanted as my work has been crazy and I had a wedding to go to nearly every other weekend. Busy, busy.
Despite all the craziness, I managed to read 8 books again this month. That seems to be my normal number of books to read recently as I read the same amount in March.
I’m a few days late on this, but hey, better late than never, right? I’ve been spending the last few days down in North Carolina with my family as I was in town for a wedding and to go wedding dress shopping with my sister.
I haven’t had much of a chance to read recently, but luckily I had a fairly good reading month early in March, despite this month being hectic at work. All in all, I ended up reading 8 books this month.
Got to be honest, I feel really weird posting regular content right now given the state of the world. Russia’s invasion and attack on Ukraine is hitting me hard. You might have noticed a bit of a lull in content recently, and it’s because I just have not had the brain space to devote to reading or reviews.
The last week has been incredibly hard for me mentally so I’ve been giving myself the space to rest and refresh, even if that means putting things I enjoy on the backburner.
I’m not going away, but posts might be a little bit sporadic. I’m hoping to get at least one review up this week, but make no promises.
Anyways, let’s get to my February recap. I definitely slowed down on my reading in the last week of the month, but I still had a pretty successful month reading 8 books. Quite impressive considering I read two 800+ page books.
I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post for days now as I truly hate picking favorites, especially when it comes to the books I read.
2021 was a great reading year and I truly read so many books that I adored. However, I do think one book stands out in my mind as being my top favorite this year. I accidentally added it twice to my list while I was pulling this together so I take that as a sign that it deserves special recognition.
With the exception of the first book on this list, the rest of the list is in no particular order.
Most, if not all, of these books were 5-star reads, but not all of my 5 star reads made it onto my favorites. I was pulling this list together I was thinking of the books that stuck with me the most and that I tend to recommend frequently as must-reads. If you follow me on Instagram, I don’t think any of these will come as a major shock.
Okay, enough babbling! Here’s my top 10 reads of 2021:
I’ve been procrastinating writing any 2021 recap posts as I always hate narrowing everything down. This will be my first in a series, as I want to highlight my favorite reads in a separate post.
First off, 2021 was a milestone year for me as I reentered the book community. I relaunched this blog back in March 2021 and joined Instagram as I truly missed the book community. It’s been such a joy to return to the book community and I’ve had such a blast getting to know more people and finding so many great reads.
And just like that…December and 2021 are over! I’m going to focus this post solely on December as I plan to do a separate post for a 2021 year in review.
December was not the best reading month for me, which I expected as it has my birthday and the holidays, plus I was traveling and spending time with my family and that means less reading time. In December, I managed to read 7 books, which is more than I thought!
Let’s dive into what the last reads of the year were!