Holy crap it’s already July, which means half of the year has already gone by! The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag was created in 2015 and ever since, it has been a way for Booktubers and book bloggers to look back on their reading in the midpoint of the year. It’s really fun looking at everyone’s videos and posts and the questions are really great so I thought I’d do the tag for the first time ever. So far in 2018, I’ve read 47 books but I’m only going to try and use books I’ve read for the first time for this tag. I’ll also try not to repeat as much as I can but we’ll have to see how that goes. On to the tag!
Today I’m gonna go through with you guys all the books I read in June. I read 8 books in June with an average rating of 4.19 which is pretty good! A lot of the books I read were rereads though which may explain why I loved so many of them. Still, the lowest rating I gave this month was 3.5, which if you’ve read my post on my rating system, you’d know is pretty decent for me. Anyway, on to the books!
Wow we’re actually at the half-way mark of 2018 already! Today I’m bringing you my TBR for July 2018. There aren’t that many books in this one but the books I’m planning to read are kinda big ones so I thought I’d take it easy, quantity-wise. Here’s what I plan to read in July:
Today I come to you with yet another tag. The Intimidating TBR Tag is one of the more popular tags on Booktube so I thought that it was time I do it too. I have literally so many books on my TBR it’s not even funny. I’ve decided to call my Goodreads TBR shelf my lifetime TBR so that I don’t get completely overwhelmed. As of now, there are 187 books on that shelf so that means there are 187 books I would like to get to in my lifetime. That doesn’t sound too scary. I thought it’d be fun to talk about books I haven’t read yet as opposed to the same books that I’ve read over and over again so don’t worry, I’m sure the Unwind dystology won’t make an appearance in this tag HAHA. Anyway, on to the questions!
Today I thought I’d go through how I rate my books and how I use the star rating system. I figure this might be useful reference for anyone reading my wrap-ups and wondering what my star ratings actually mean. Star ratings are super subjective and I think every reviewer has different meanings for each star, which is definitely not ideal but interesting nonetheless. One person’s 1-star rating could be another person’s 3-star rating and even within one person, the star ratings may not always mean the same thing. I know that for me personally, the way I rate books has evolved and what I rated 4 stars just a couple of years ago might actually be 3 stars in my current rating system. It’s taken me awhile to get some form of consistency in my ratings but I think I’ve got some decent guidelines so I thought I’d share them with you. This post is also for me as a reminder of how I rate stuff so that I can continue to be more consistent as I read more and more. So without further ado, here’s how I rate my books.
So summer is upon us, which typically means it’s the time that I get the most reading done, although I have been getting better at consistently reading throughout the year. It used to be that I would only read in the summer because I wanted to set aside a whole day to read each book. I no longer do that but I do find that summer is the best time to binge read big books and big series because that’s when you’ve got the most time to spare! I know that when everyone thinks of summer, they think of cute and light contemporaries that are quick to get through but I personally think of massive tomes that are simply too intimidating to tackle at any other time. So my recommendations today are going to consist of those big series which I think are bingeworthy. I’ve also included some of those light contemporaries because you do need a break between those big books after all. I think I read most, if not all, of these books in the summer myself so they really do remind me of summer and bucketloads of free time (wish I still had that). Anyway, on to the list!
May has been a very interesting reading month, with a pretty wide variety of ratings for the books I read. I had my first one-star of the year (and my second one EVER), but also one of the few 5-stars I’ve given to a book I read for the first time this year. All the 5 stars I’ve been giving have mostly been to rereads of my favorite books so those don’t really count. I read a total of 7 books with an average rating of 3.71. Let’s get into it because this might be a long wrap-up because I’ve got opinions man.