First Half of 2018 in Review || Statistics About What I Read so Far

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So, I’ve been slacking on my wrap-up posts. As in, to the point where I haven’t written one in 6 months. I kept trying to write something to make up for this, but kept getting overwhelmed by the shear number of books I needed to cover. So, I decided to write this post instead.

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What I Read

The first half of this year proved a great reading experience. I read 27 books. I gave 2 books a 5 star rating and 16 received a 4 star rating. Two of these 4 star books were rereads from previous years. (The books themselves are listed at the end of this post.)

Books Read Per Month

I read between 6 and 2 books each month of the year so far. Or, between 1 and 3 books if I exclude this month, which isn’t over yet. This averages to 4 and 1/3 books per month.

Most Read Genres

I’ve read 11 fantasy books, 10 sci-fi books, 4 contemporaries, and 4 historical fiction novels. Note that some books fall into multiple categories. I’m very satisfied with this. I read more diversely in terms of genre than I have in just about any time period I’ve recorded so far.

In terms of age groups 20 out of 27 were young adult and 7 out of 27 were adult. I read no middle grade novels. These statistics are a bit more disappointing, because I generally have a more even split and read a few middle grade novels. However, with how busy I’ve been this year, I can see how my reading habits might favor YA novels, which tend to be shorter than adult novels on average.

Fun Facts

    • 20 books had at least one female point of view (POV) character. 18 books had at least 1 male POV character. 1 book had a character who didn’t identify as a male or female (they were someone who got a different body everyday).
    • 3 of the books I read were published before my birth.
    • 20 of the books I read were set on Earth, either in full or in part. Of those, only 5 took place somewhere outside of the US. Only 3 of those 5 took place somewhere other than the United Kingdom.

Read in 2018

Should I make infographics like the one at the top of this post more often? What did you read in the first half of 2018? What are your thoughts on these statistics? 

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The 20 Questions Book Tag

20 Question Tag Background

In this book tag, I answer twenty questions about my reading habits. I was tagged by Angelica @The Book Cover Girl and Kelly @Another Book in the Wall.

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1. How many books are too many books in a book series? 

It depends on the series. I’ve read series where three or four books were too many and series where the first seven books were great before the new books felt excessive. I’m going to say that there is no hard-fast rule but more than seven books is often too many.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

They’re fine if they seem to be the organic endpoint to a plot, but often they are unnecessary gimmicks that make me role my eyes and take away some of a book’s cohesiveness.

3. Hardback or paperback? 

It depends on whether I have to carry the book around. If I’m traveling, then paperback. If I have enough time to read at home, hardback.

4. Favorite book?

For a long time this was Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radience, which I’ve reread too many times to remember and own two copies of. Now, I’m not sure because it’s been a while since I reread it and have read a lot of books since.

5. Least favorite book? 

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*Whispers* Nevermore, Maximum Ride book 8. Enough said.

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

Mostly no, as in 99 times out of 100, but most tropes can work some of the time, even love triangles.

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

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Unfortunately, The Ship of the Dead, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book three. I may go back to this one. It was mostly a matter of not being in the mood and my library loan expiring.

8. A book you’re currently reading? 

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Children of Blood and Bone

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

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If we’re talking books in general then Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read. It’s a book about sentence structure that forever changed the way I think about sentences.

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If we’re talking novels then Defy the Stars. Both were recommended to someone in my Camp NaNoWriMo cabin last month.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

If the transcripts of plays can count, then Oedipus Rex published in around 450 BCE. If only novels count, then Pride and Prejudice published in 1813.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

Defy the Worlds, Defy the Stars book two published April 3, 2018.

12. Favorite author? 

Brandon Sanderson

14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Okay, so, I’ve already mentioned it and no one talks about this book anymore, but I once had a long conversation with someone who loved Nevermore by James Patterson so much that they carried all the Maximum Ride books, including Nevermore, around with them in a huge stack. (To be clear, I actually enjoyed most of the previous books in the series.)

It was one of the most awkward conversations of my life. Then, due to a twist of fate, we ended up sitting next to each other for several hours.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks all the way.

16. A book you can always reread? 

Probably any book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series so far.

17. Can you read while hearing music? 

No. I often “read” audiobooks so double no.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) 

Whatever works for the story, but I will say that I’ve been reading a lot of books suffering from “too-many-POVs” syndrome as of late and am coming to favor a single narrator.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? 

I would prefer one sitting, but I almost never have time for that. Then again, I do have a horrible habit of binge reading whenever I get a book I’m excited about. As in most things, it depends.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

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Okay, so, this book doesn’t look nearly as good online as it does in-person, but IRL the hardcover of this book is downright gorgeous and just so creative with its two layers that I just had to know what was inside.

I tag

Rachael @Bath and Books 

Arwa @one’s peculiar

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What are your answers to these questions? Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned? Do you agree or disagree with my answers? 

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My Writing Favorites|| Beautiful People April 2018

My Writing Favorites

Hello everyone, today we are discussing my writing favorites with a writing meme hosted by by Cait @paper fury and Sky @further up and further in in which writers discuss their current writing projects.

I am currently on hiatus and expect to remain on hiatus into the beginning of May for complicated life reasons and the time it takes to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo, but I just had to return and participate in the final edition of this meme.

Today’s character based questions will center around Lyle, the protagonist of the project I’m currently revising for Camp NaNoWriMo.

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Favourite genre to write in?

Looking at what I’ve written in the past, I’m going to have to say science fiction. It’s what I write the most even if I write a lot of fantasy too.

What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?

As much as I love fiction, I’d probably have to go with some sort of self-help book because Lyle’s life is messed up. Unfortunately, I don’t read a lot of self-help books. Maybe a guide on how to be human, LOL.

Favourite piece of dialogue you’ve written?

Most of my dialogue doesn’t work out of context . . . I’ve been looking for half an hour and haven’t found anything I’m willing to share, so here is one of my favorite first lines instead:

The only person here tonight who does not want to kill me is my mother.”

What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?

My character is still a teenager . . . sort of, it’s complicated, so he hasn’t grown up yet. I want to leave this open for a potential sequel.

Favourite character name(s)?

I’m actually really bad at naming characters so, um, Lyle. Let’s go with that.

What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?

I misread this question as “what makes you feel loved” which made this seem like a very awkward question for this sort of Q and A. . . .

Anyway, this depends on whether the question is referring to before or after the book. I suppose Lyle’s friends make him feel loved?

Favourite character you’ve ever written?

This would probably have to be the protagonist of one of my middle grade projects. She is a fairy princess who wants to be something– anything– other than a fairy princess, and I just had so much fun writing her even though I generally dislike the rebellious princess trope.

If your character were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)

Well, Lyle actually does “leave town” so to speak early in my draft. He does so at the spur of the moment with very few belongings except for one that helps him speak. Lyle likes being able to speak.

Favourite tropes to write!

In my fantasy, I love writing stories that feature quests with lots of travel . . . maybe a little too much because I don’t travel often. In my sci-fi, I love exploring moral dilemmas that arise from concepts like time travel and other theoretical technology.

Overall, I’m not sure if this is a trope or not, but I love writing from unusual point of views. I mean this less in terms of the character I’ve chosen as my narrator being an odd choice, though there is some of that, and more in terms of the way in which they tell the story being somewhat experimental.

For example, when I wrote from the point of view of a character who could read minds, she would frequently make comments that, from any other character, would resemble what is known as “head-hopping” in which a character knows more than they should about what other characters are thinking.

Which story has your heart and won’t let go?

I really want to write something set underwater, but have never gotten around to it. At the moment, it’s next on my “to-write” list.

Favourite relationship between characters you’ve written?

This is a hard one. If this can apply to non-romantic relationships, then the complicated bond between two siblings who are side characters in one of my previous manuscripts I’ve now shelved.

Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?

There are so many “holes,” but I don’t necessarily think it’s my place to “fill” most of them. As to what I think the literary world needs more of in general, but not necessarily that I will write, I think it needs more books set outside of the US and UK, more books featuring friendship and family bonds, and more books featuring characters with various disabilities.

Favourite pinterest board / aesthetic for a book?

I have a tendency to get caught up in searching for these sorts of things for hours and I don’t have time for that right now, so I think I remember Marie Lu had some nice ones?

Favourite time periods & settings to work with?

Well, I love writing about the future an in places that don’t exist. Does that count?

When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

This depends on the book in question, but generally I would like them to come away feeling I’ve made them think about concepts they’ve never considered before. Not even feeling that their thoughts on these concepts have changed, just feeling interested in having a conversation about them.

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What is your favorite time period to write in? Anyone else participate in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo? Were any of my questions surprising? 

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