Mid-Year Reading Update: Goodreads Goal Made!

Happy Monday book friends! I’m going to pretend that the middle of the year hasn’t passed already, and give you all a small update regarding my reading. The title says it all really, I made my Goodreads goal for this year!

Like always, I decided that 50 books would be more than enough. I had my thesis to think about, after all. So as it turns out, I am supremely good at avoiding all responsibilities and just read for fun. I made it to 50 books about a week ago, which is absolutely wild to me. How did I read that many books this fast??reading update

Though to be honest, I think part of the reason why I’ve read this many is because I have been rereading a lot this year. I find that rereads go a lot faster, because you don’t have to deal with learning the world and the characters, and settling into the story. Obviously you know what’s going to happen, and if a book were too slow, I wouldn’t reread it anyway.

So let’s go take a look at all 50 books I read so far this year! I’m also going to take a look at where I’m standing in the 2021 SFF Badge Collection Challenge, and list a tentative TBR for the badges I haven’t earned yet.

You can check out which books I read this year in my story highlights on my Bookstagram as well!

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Reading update books read
Reading update books read
Reading update books read
Reading update books read

The Rereads

Like I said, there were many rereads this year. Actually I just reread Mistborn as well, even though it’s not included in this post. It was book number 51. Obviously two more rereads will follow, since I’m rereading the whole series. And then I have even more rereading plans, because there are some series I still need to catch up that I remember nothing about.

Anyway, here are my rereads of this year!

  • The Hunger Games trilogy
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy
  • House of Earth and Blood
  • The Shadow and Bone trilogy
  • The Six of Crows duology
  • The King of Scars duology
  • The entire Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series
  • Truthwitch and Windwitch


  • All in all that amounts to 22 rereads. Yikes. I’m especially glad I reread Truthwitch and Windwitch. I had never continued past Windwitch, even though I’ve had Sightwitch and Bloodwitch on my shelves for a long time. As you can expect, I remembered nothing. There are many details in this series that are important later, and I’m excited to dive into Witchshadow when it gets delivered. Unfortunately, finding the American edition proved to be hard, so now it’s literally coming from the U.S. lol.

    The Favorites

    I have read a few favorites this year that I quickly want to highlight. Some of them are new, some of them are old. Maybe I can convince you to pick one of these up?

    Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
    This was an unexpected favorite, since I really only picked it up because I saw it on a list somewhere and the hardcover turned out to be cheap. But I loved it so much! It’s super fast-paced, and has that classic space opera feel to it. I’m incredibly excited for the sequel to come out; Thronebreakers. The only bad thing I can say about this series so far is that there are only going to be two books. Review can be found here!

    A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
    This should not be surprising. I laughed, I cried. I’m not gonna say more, read my full rambling review here!

    House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
    Every now and then you find a book that makes you read until well into the night. Such was the case with this one, even upon the second read. I had like twenty chapters to go when it should have been bedtime, and obviously I did not go to bed at all. I didn’t review it the first time I read it, but this time I got around to it. You can find it here!

    The Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne
    I requested this one on NetGalley even though I had literally never read anything related to Vikings in my life, and wasn’t even sure if I was interested in that. So uh, I guess I am interested. This book was filled to the brim with action, adventure, and lots of people-clobbering. I enjoyed that one of the MCs was older than the average protagonist, as I don’t see that very often. Definitely looking forward to the sequel. You can find my review here!

    The 2021 SFF Badge Collection Challenge

    This awesome challenge is hosted by Spells and Spaceships, and since it’s a year long challenge, you can still join in! I haven’t really been purposely reading to collect badges lately, but there are some I could still claim compared to the last update I did. Let’s take a look:

    Here’s a little comparison between my badges back in March on the left, and my badges now on the right! I since then added the Epic Fantasy badge, the African Inspiration badge, the Artificial Intelligence badge, the Debut badge, and the Standalone badge. Only seven more to go before I can claim the Collector badge! Here are some books I’m still hopeful to read this year:

  • The Animal Companion badge: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • The Non-Human badge: The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
  • The Monster badge: Undecided on this one, give me a rec?
  • The Uncovered Diamond badge: Undecided on this one too, gonna have to search Goodreads for one
  • The First Contact badge: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
  • The SPFBO badge: The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson
  • The Epic Battle badge: Undecided, though I’ll undoubtedly accidentally read a book with a big battle at some point.
  • This post has become long enough, I think, so this reading update has come to an end! I’m still super excited to read what’s on my shelf. I purchased some good looking books this year, and I hope they don’t disappoint.

    How many books have you read so far this year? Which ones were your favorites?

    2 Comments

    1. July 24, 2021 / 7:48 am

      Congrats on reaching your goal! I always set mine super low (usually around 30) because I get satisfaction seeing the ridiculous percentages I end the year with, haha! I think I’ve read almost 200 so far this year? (Yay for unemployment XD)

      • simonevanheijst
        Author
        July 25, 2021 / 10:48 am

        Thank you!! And I’m going to experience that ridiculous percentage this year as well, haha. I’m hoping to read 100 books in the end, but we’ll see if that actually happens. My fast reading was also due to unemployment, plus I only had one class a week to attend, so I had so much free timeπŸ˜‚

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