Blogmas Day 3: Almost Favorite Books

Hello and welcome to day 3 of blogmas! I am coming to you a little late in the day today, because I spent the day getting my booster shot, and then spending time with my family. Today, I am sharing some of my almost favorite books from 2021. 

I first saw this idea of “almost favorites” on The Book Place applied to authors. However, I am switching up the idea a bit.

When you read so many books in a year, you are bound to read lots of books that you enjoy, but for whatever reason, fall a bit short and don’t get on the favorites list. But these books are still so great and absolutely deserve to be read, so I wanted to take the time to highlight some of these almost favorite books! These are all books that I really loved, but for whatever reason, didn’t quite make the favorites cut.

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October Wrap Up

Happy November! If you celebrate, I hope you had a fun Halloween. I went back to my childhood roots and was Kit Kitteridge for Halloween this year. I was in love with the American Girl books, I read all of them, and Kit was one of my favorites.

I would say that October was a good reading month for me! I read 12 books, which is average for me. I will say that 4 of those were for school, so I definitely read less for fun this month. But more important than the actual number of books I read that made it a good month is that I really enjoyed the majority of the books I read. Half of them were four or five star reads. I also read a lot of queer books this month, which I really enjoyed.

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September Wrap-Up

Wow! It’s hard to believe that we’ve already reached the end of September; I feel like we just started. However, the weather has started to change. I know that I am certainly looking forward to my favorite fall activity: curling up with a mug of tea and a good book.

Despite it all, I did manage to fit in my standard ten books, even if two of them were for class. As promised in my Shadow and Bone review, I finally got around to reading Six of Crows! I will admit that I found it to be quite enjoyable, but knowing the characters and the elements of the fantasy world definitely helped me get into it. I also read and loved Fat Chance, Charlie Vega for TeaTimeLit‘s September book club. Those two books were definitely my favorites of the month. I keep trying to write a review for Fat Chance, Charlie Vega, but I’ve been having writers block every time I sit down to write it, so we’ll see whether or not that actually happens.

I will say that I peaked early in the month, and I have felt a little disappointed in some of my recent reads. Even though I have liked most of them, they have also felt pretty mediocre. However, it’s a good reminder to myself to be mindful about what I am choosing to read. It can be hard to remember that it’s in my best interest to read books I think I will like. My full list of reads for this month and my ratings are under the cut!

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August Wrap-Up

Hello lovely readers! You may notice that this wrap up is a few days late. That would be because when I moved back to college I managed to leave my computer charger at home, so I was devoid of a computer for an entire week. Thankfully, classes haven’t started yet and my new charger came in today. But as you can imagine, this was very stressful for me. Now I only have school to be stressed about hahaha…

Thankfully, I have reading to escape to. I read a whopping 15 books in August, which is under my goal of 20 for the month, but still higher than my average of 11 or 12. I really read a variety of books this month, in terms of genre and ratings. I read five nonfiction books, five young adult books, and two literary fiction novels (I really can’t believe how much nonfiction I read!). I took a few book recommendations from my sister to read some fun YA mysteries, and listened to multiple amazing audiobooks. I read some absolutely amazing books like The Woman who Smashed Codes, The Anthropocene Reviewed, Clap When You Land, and Get a Life Chloe Brown. I also read some books I ended up really disliking, like The Man Ban, and Sarah’s Key. I will leave my list of all the books I read in August under the cut along with my ratings.

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July Wrap-Up

Welcome back to yet another monthly wrap-up! I don’t know about you, but for me it felt like July lasted for forever. I’m currently excited because I only have one more week left in my summer internship, and then I get a three week break before I have to go back to school! While I’m home, I’m hoping to get through a lot of books.

I read a total of 11 books this month, which is pretty comparable to every other month so far this year. I read a lot of really good books this month, including One Last Stop, Transcendent Kingdom, People We Meet on Vacation, and The Housekeeper and the Professor. Two of these were on my most anticipated of the year list, so I was so excited to finally read them. I only read one book this month that I didn’t really like, Fresh. This was also one of my most anticipated books of the year, but I just didn’t enjoy it. Hopefully I’ll be posting a review of that soon. I have left a full list of the books I read this month, along with my ratings, under the cut, and you can find reviews for some of them in my speed reviewing post. Happy reading!

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June Wrap-Up

Hello lovely readers! I realize I have been super absent this month; I really only managed to make two posts in June. However, I’m really hoping to change that next month! June was just kind of my school hangover month, and I was in a book slump for most of the month.

Nonetheless, the lack of school afforded me quite a bit of free time to spend reading. I ended up reading 12 books total in June. In an attempt to get out of my book slump, 3 of these were actually re-reads. 4 of them were audiobooks, which I have been playing a lot while getting ready in the morning and while cooking dinner in the evening. My favorite reads of the month (that were not rereads) were Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales, and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Despite my book slump, I liked every book I read this month, which is amazing.

I’m also super excited right now because my Unplugged One Last Stop box came in today! So I finally get to start one of my most anticipated reads of the year! And I will be posting lots of pictures of my beautiful new book and goodies on my Instagram, so if you’re interested this is your reminder to follow @readingwithdelaney on Instagram! As always, check under the cut for a full list of the books I read this month!

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May Wrap-Up

Hello hello! This month has been incredibly crazy for me: while still in school I have moved away from school into an apartment for the summer, started my summer internship, had to move apartments, and deal with finals. As in, I have been working 40 hours a week and doing full time school simultaneously. Fun! As a result, I didn’t think I would read too many books this month, but I have actually managed to read 10! Thank you audiobooks. (Really about half my reads this month were audiobooks.)

I guess it is worth noting that I hit my yearly challenge this month of 70 books! As of now, I have read 73 books in 2021. Based on this, I am definitely going to try to get to 100 by the end of the year. However, I didn’t want to give myself a 100 goal at the very beginning of the year, because I truly didn’t know how much I would be reading – what with actually having a job this summer instead of having nothing better to do than read books all day.

My favorites of the month were A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen and Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price. Two Pride and Prejudice inspired books! I swear this was not on purpose. I also loved Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. In fact, if I had to recommend one book from this month, it would definitely be Interior Chinatown. I thought it was a great satire which examined how Asian Americans are perceived in the film industry, and in general in America.

Per usual, I also had a few duds. (Actually, more than a few. I had quite a few 2 and 3 star reads this month; it’s no wonder I’m feeling slumpy.) I finished The Agency series, but I was disappointed by the last book, I thought it was the weakest of the series. I also was not a huge fan of A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, which I will be posting a full review of soon. Find my full list of this month’s reads and ratings under the cut!

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April Wrap-Up

I simultaneously cannot believe that it is almost May, and I feel like it has been April for forever. I also cannot believe the amount of books that I read in April. I do not know how I found the time to do it.

I read a total of 12 books in April! I didn’t hit every book on my tbr, but I did lots that weren’t on it, and I managed to clear some books off of my NetGalley shelf. However, I didn’t do great on diversity this month; only 4 of the 12 books I read were by authors of color. My goal for this year is for 40% of the books I read to be by authors of color (last year it was about 30%), and I’m currently at 39%. So I’m not too far off, but I am being very conscious of whose work I am consuming.

I had a lot of really good reads in April, my favorites being The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which I just finished yesterday. I will leave a full list of what I read under the cut!

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March Wrap-Up

Hello! I hope everyone had a lovely March. Personally, school has been kind of exhausting, but thankfully I have spring break next week! The Spring weather is also making me feel more optimistic. I’m looking forward to enjoying mild weather and sunshine in the next couple months.

I barely read at all for about the first week of March, but I managed to catch up! I read 10 books total this month, which I think is pretty good considering I had so much school work. I also managed to read every book on my March tbr except for one. 60% of my books this month were by authors of color; I also read 2 audiobooks and 4 queer books.

I read some really good books this month. I especially enjoyed Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert, and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (which reminds me I still have to write my review for that). Unfortunately, I also had quite a few disappointments. Most notably Filthy Sugar and Women in Mathematics.

I will leave the full list of books I read this month along with ratings under the cut. Let me know in the comments what you read this month! Good or bad, I would love to hear it.

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February Wrap-Up

Hello! Welcome to the first post on my blog, my reading wrap-up for February!

I read a whopping 18 books in February. This is probably mostly due to the fact that I didn’t actually start school until February 15th, so I had a lot of free time in the beginning of the month.

Out of the 18 books I read, 9 books were by authors of color. I listened to 5 audiobooks, read 3 ARCs, and had one re-read. My favorite reads of the month were Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender and To Love and To Loath by Martha Waters.

The full list of books I read, along with the ratings, are below.

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