Here we are almost at the half-way point of 2020 – and 2020 has turned out to be an incredibly difficult one. Besides dealing with the whole covid crisis, my hubby has been dealing with major health issues. He ended up in hospital June 9 after getting shocked by his defibrillator 4x. Then once in emerg, he had to be paddled to get his heart in rhythm. All that week they worked to stabilize his heart, eventually having his defibrillator adjusted.
But his heart was saved at the expense of his transplanted kidney – I know, it had to be done but…
He is still in hospital, actually now at the hospital where he had the transplant in 2003 (he was transferred last weekend), and the team there is working to save the kidney. He has had 2 dialysis treatments so far – his first in 17 years.
They are hopeful it will nudge that kidney to work better. So, he has been there almost 3 weeks and I was only able to finally see him 2x this week.
A little long-winded – but all this has been stressful and I really haven’t felt much like blogging, and at times not even reading. Ugh!
Tonight I felt like joining in with Kathryn (At Celebrating Reading and Books) and Dedra (at A Book Wanderer) in taking a look back at the books I loved most over the first part of the year, as well as a tag that looks at some of what my reading looked like.
It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday, hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.
The 5 Books I loved Most The past 6 Months
Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston
books by Katherine Center (even tho there are 3 books, counting this as 1!)
The Lost Husband How to Walk Away The Bright Side of Disaster
How To Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal
Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery
Magical Midlife Madness by K. F. Greene
I reread several books as well these past few months and realized that there are 5 authors who I keep returning to. So here are my 5 favourite authors from this past 6 months:
Mid Year Freak-Out Tag of 2020
(check here for Dedra’s post)
I am choosing some of the topics from the original tag.
How much have you read?
According to Goodreads, I have read 190 books out of 400, putting me a bit behind. But this month has definitely been an off month.
For my 2 main challenges:
For the Popsugar Challenge, I have read 28 out of 50.
For the 52 Books in 52 weeks I have read 35 out of 52.
I do a few other challenges – ones that give a them each month and for most, I have completed each theme each month for:
Beyond the Bookends
Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Challenge
Monthly Key Word Challenge
Motifs for Each Month
Diversify Your Reading
What Have You Been Reading?
I keep track on Goodreads, so here’s my genre breakdown so far:
Fantasy/Paranormal/Magical Realism – 42
Historical Fiction/Romance – 22
Memoir – 2
MG/YA – 5
Mystery – 1
PBs – 38
Romance – 58
SciFi – 3
Best sequel/series you’ve read in2020?
That had to be The Others series by Anne Bishop, but that was a reread.
I also read:
the Clean Sweep series by Iloan Andrews and really enjoyed that.
The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Fost
The Key series by Nora Roberts
A new release you haven’t read, but want to?
I just got Smoke Bitten from the library today and can’t wait to read this #12 book in the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. I am almost finished it and should finish before the end of the weekend. I chose it for a couple of the categories for my challenges, but wasn’t sure about it. But I am definitely enjoying it.
New favourite authors (debut or new to you?)
Christie Ridgway – Nothing but Blue Skies
S. J. McCoy – Like Some Old Country Song
Tessa Bailey – Fix her Up
I am sure there were others but these were the most recent.
Rereads this year?
I have reread more this year than any in a long, long time.
I reread my favourite fantasy series – The Others by Anne Bishop. I so enjoyed re-immersing myself in that world.
I also read:
Born to Be Bad by Naomi Horton
Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber
2 books by Avril Tremayne: Kiss Don’t Tell and Here Comes the Bridesmaid
From This Moment On by Bella Andre
Newest favourite character?
The Night Huntress, Cat Crawfield – from the series by Jeaniene Frost. Still have a few more books to read to finish the series.
Books That Made You Happy?
Most of the romance and fantasy books I read. I use fantasy as a true escape when the going is rough – and it has been rough, especially the past month. Rereading favourite books helps as well