Today I’m sharing a life update (where the heck have I been for the past 6 months?!), all the books I’ve read so far this year, and my favorites of 2021 thus far…
For those of you who are interested, I began pursuing my MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) degree this past January. Juggling work, family life, and grad school has proven to be far more challenging than I could ever have anticipated. Unfortunately, this meant that something in my life had to give, and that something was blogging. While it makes me sad that I no longer have the time to dedicate to blogging, I know I’ll be able to return to it once I complete my degree.
As of right now, I’ve completed Spring & Summer semesters, knocking out 13 credit hours out of the 43 total credit hours I’ll need to complete the program. While I originally was planning to graduate in May of 2023, it will most likely be December of 2023 before I’ll be able to finish.
Reading-wise, I’ve been able to read via audiobooks during commute times and housework. While I definitely will not be hitting 120-130 books this year as per normal, I am on track to hit my goal of 60 books in 2021.
» A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
I thought this world and magic system that Novik created here was so unique and compelling. A world overrun with monsters? Magic fueled by mana that has to be earned? Different abilities and affinities? A dark and dangerous school setting? Yes! The plot in A Deadly Education is dark, twisty, and thrilling. The tension and foreboding! ((Chef’s kiss))
» Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Home Before Dark is such an interesting genre bending type of book. This has a very classic horror feel to it, but it also fits beautifully into the thriller genre. This is one of the most unsettling books I’ve ever read. The suspense was so real!
» A Sky Beyond the Storm (An Ember in the Ashes #4) by Sabaa Tahir
This was a satisfying conclusion to an epic YA fantasy series. While I liked how everything panned out, I can recognize that a few different aspects to the storyline were a bit too convenient. Because of my love for the characters, I was able to overlook a few issues with the plot.
» Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
While Malibu Rising did not usurp The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or Daisy Jones in my favorites TJR books, Malibu Rising is sitting at the #3 spot on the list. Malibu Rising is centered around family drama rather than a romance, which suited me just fine. The Malibu backdrop makes this the perfect summer read.
» People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
I loved People We Meet on Vacation even more than Beach Read! I absolutely adored Poppy & Alex’s relationship. Their witty banter was entertaining and their chemistry was palpable. If you enjoy the friends-to-lovers trope, this book is for you!
» One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
That’s right, TJR made my favorites of 2021 (so far) not once, but twice! Love triangles can be tricky, but TJR executes it here perfectly. One True Loves is one of those stories with an impossible dilemma, one that will keep you turning the pages desperate to find out what happens next. This book hit me in the feels, my heart ached for each of these characters.
What are your favorite books of 2021 thus far?