Mid-Year Reading Review

It’s currently the start of July so I thought it would be a good idea to look back on what I’ve been reading and think about what I want to the read during the rest of the year. So far I’ve read more this year than the previous few (as most people have) partly due to lockdown and partly due to a greater commitment to reading this year. I’ve not only had more time to read but also made more of an active effort to read.

January – June 2020 Stats:

  • Total Read: 18 Books.
  • Listened to 2 audio books.
  • Read 2 e-books.

Top 3 Books Read:

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

  • A novel which follows the lives of 12 people, most of whome a women of colour, spanning an entire century and provides a brilliant look at the varied experiences of women of colour.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo

  • The novel depicts the everyday sexism experienced by Kim Jiyoung from being a young girl to becoming a housewife and stay-at-home mother.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

  • The Night Circus arrives without any warning and disappears as though it was never there to begin with. Visitors marvel at the wonders inside but they know little of the true secrets of the circus.

July – December 2020 Plans:

  • Want to Read: 21 Books.
  • Currently Read: 1 Book.

3 Most Anticipated Reads:

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

  • Ava leaves Dublin to live in Hong Kong and spends her days teaching English to the children in wealthy families. Then she meets Julian, an English banker who can offer her a shortcut to a far more lavish life. Upon Julian’s return to London, however, Ava meets Edith, a Hong Kong-born lawyer who Ava is immediately drawn to. After explaining away Julian as a mere roomate, everything comes crashing together for Ava when Julian announces his return.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

  • This novel follows twin sisters who take vastly different paths in life and end up living in polar worlds where one is white and one is black. One sister lives in the town she grew up in with her black daughter, while the other passes for white and lives with a husband who knows nothing of where she grew up. What will happen when the next generation bring these two sisters back together?

Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

  • There’s a cafe in Tokyo that has been around for more than 100 years and offers the unique opportunity for its customers to travel back in time. If you could change one thing from the past, what would it be?

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