My Mid-Year TBR List Update

Now that we are past the mid point of 2019, I thought it would be good to look back at the list of books I had planned to read this year, how that has been going, and what I have all read this year.

You can find my complete list here with descriptions of the books and why I want to read them.

But I’ll quickly recap. Here are the 22 books I want to read by the end of 2019:

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  2. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  3. The Vagrant by Peter Newman
  4. Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
  5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  6. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  7. Flickers by Arthur Slade
  8. Airman by Eoin Colfer
  9. The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  10. Silas Marner by George Eliot
  11. Rail Head by Philip Reeve
  12. A book that teaches you how to do something new
  13. The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  14. A Sinking Star by Chrissy M. Dennis
  15. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (includes books 15-22)

What I’ve Read from this list:

I have currently crossed off only 3 books from my list above. Saying that out loud really doesn’t sound great, but I’m not as worried as I could be as you’ll soon see why.

  1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  2. The Vagrant by Peter Newman
  3. Flickers by Arthur Slade

I haven’t talked about Flickers yet, but let me tell you, for being a bit out of my normal genre, and only trusting my love of the writer as the reason I picked it up, I was not disappointed. I sped through the book and when I was not reading it, I was itching to go back and find out what was going to happen. Suspenseful, a little scary, but perfectly written for its target audience (Middle Grade) while not excluding older readers (me) from thoroughly enjoying the book.

Here are the books I’ve read this year that weren’t on my list:

  1. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  2. Safe on Solid Ground by Chrissy M. Dennis
  3. History as Wonder: Beginning with Historiography by Marnie Hughes-Warrington
  4. What is Cultural History by Peter Burke
  5. The Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart

As you can see, this list is longer than the books on my book list, so while it looks like I’ve only read 3 books this year, the number is actually 8. Still a small number to be at the halfway point of the year, but a lot more encouraging than 3.

Then we move onto the list of books I’m currently reading:

  1. A Sinking Star by Chrissy M. Dennis (a book list book)
  2. The Scar by China Mieville
  3. The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  4. Don Quixote by Cervantes (a bookk list book)
  5. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis
  6. The Hounds of Baskerville by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

This list is also long, but I can explain before you picture me flipping a page in one book and turning to read another page in a different book, all seven books set out in a circle around me as I turn slowly around to read a page from each.

That’s not what happens. I’m better at starting books than I am at finishing them. I only actively read 1 or 2 books at a time (unless they are school related, then I may read more).

Currently, I am actively reading A Sinking Star, I’m listening to The Scar, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Hounds of Baskerville all at varying speeds. I am too emotionally upset at The Queen of Attolia at the moment to read it(does this happen to any of you?). Don Quixote is the book I see everyday, but that I ignore (even though I’m enjoying it quite well), and Artemis Fowl I am reading as a bedtime story to the daughter of the family I live with.

So, as you can see, I am at various stages of reading for 7 books.

Moving forward, I plan to finish A Sinking Star, and then read Rail Head as the next book on my reading list.

And there you have it. Mid-Way through the year, I am significantly behind on my reading, but I’m still excited for the books on my list!

What about you? What books are you reading this year? What books have you already read? What do you plan to read in the latter half of 2019?

3 thoughts on “My Mid-Year TBR List Update

  1. I’d be interesting in knowing your thoughts about these two books on your list:

    History as Wonder: Beginning with Historiography by Marnie Hughes-Warrington
    What is Cultural History by Peter Burke

    Was it worth your time? Anything interesting that stuck out for you from them? (That you can share in a nutshell 🙂 )


    1. Hughes-Warrington’s book is heavily philosophical and for that reason, often went over my head. I did not enjoy it, but have appreciated the way it opened up my understanding of history and what that word might mean, has meant, and continues to change in meaning as historians continue to work. Despite its title, it is not an introductory book to the theories of history by any stretch of the imagination.

      On the other hand, Burke’s book was wonderful. It was pleasant to read and had a modesty and honesty about the benefits and drawbacks of the area of study known as cultural history. I had known before I read the book that I was interested in the cultural aspects of history, but after reading this book I realize that if I went into a history-driven career, it would definitely be focussed in the field of cultural history. 🙂

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