Hi, book friends! With June nearly over, I thought it was about time to do our first Mid-Year Bookstack’d Update 🙂 I started 2021 in the biggest reading slump since … honestly, I don’t remember. I could not get into any book I read in January. February wasn’t a lot better. I set my Goodreads challenge at 50 books, hoping I’d be able to get even half that far.
And if you’re wondering about the featured photo on this post, it’s notstalgic to me for a couple of reasons – I photographed this #RainbowBridge stack last year in honor of Keeko, our very first fur-child who is no longer with us. The second reason is the tree in this photo no longer has both of its limbs, as a recent storm took it down.
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An Un-planned Bookstagram Break
The beginning of 2021 saw an un-planned break from Bookstagram. Not for any reason, other than a severe reading slump. Not a single photo between January 1 and April 26th (when I announced our Summer NetGalley Challenge), resulting in only TEN BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS posted so far this year!
Almost 3,000 pages read … despite my Reading Slump!
So far this year, I’ve read almost 3,000 pages, despite a crazy slump that lasted into the beginning of May! 83% of the books I have read so far this year have been in May or June. How’s that for a slump-kicker. I’m already well on my way to making a dent in my #100KPageChallenge!
Normally, I tend to gravitate toward romances. So far this year, I’ve read 8 different genres – Romance, Sci-Fi, Christian Non-fiction, Christian Fiction, Dystopian, Fairytale Retellings, Middle-Grade, and Paranormal Romance! I was really surprised to find that I actually enjoyed a couple of non-fiction books this year, a genre I normally shy very far away from.
26 Hours and 47 minutes Listened!
I have always loved audiobooks but have made a point to read them this month, as it’s #AudiobookMonth! Audiobooks allow me to keep reading even when I have to do boring things, like driving to/from work or doing dishes and laundry. I’ve even started listening to audiobooks while making dinner for the little Minions. If you’re looking for recommendations on narrators, I absolutely love Paul Woodson and Rebecca Soler. They are two narrators I could listen to for hours, as their voice capabilities bring fictional worlds to life!
I’ve Increased My Goodreads Challenge Goal!
Am I on track to hit my new goal of 75 books? Absolutely not. But I’m in the mood to challenge myself and keep my post-reading-slump momentum going! It’s better than settling for a 50 book goal I know I’ll crush.