Mid-YearReading/Book Review


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.


connect-5-3It’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

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Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston

books by Katherine Center (even tho there are 3 books, counting this as 1!)

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The Lost Husband  How to Walk Away  The Bright Side of Disaster

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How To Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O’Neal

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Sisters by Choice by Susan Mallery

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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:
Katherine Center
Lorraine Heath
Nora Roberts
Jeaniene Frost
Ilona Andrews


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
NF -4
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?

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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.

Biggest Surprise?

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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

6 thoughts on “Mid-YearReading/Book Review

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your husband’s heath issues! I’m sending positive thoughts your way. ❤️

    190 books??!! That’s awesome! And I LOVE Katherine Center. I still haven’t read The Lost Husband or The Bright Side of Disaster. I need to read them soon!

    • Thanks so much Dedra. I am retired – that has really changed how much I can now read and many were pix books. I love Center as well. Can’t wait to see the movie version of The Lost Husband.

  2. Thanks for that update about your hubby, it is so hard to see a loved one struggling with big health issues and feel so powerless about it. Hard too that you can’t visit often. I guess that might be Covid related. My sister who has motor neurone disease has taken a bad turn and she is in hospital now not able to walk. At least we can visit her when we want.
    I see I have quite a few Katherine Center books to catch up on. I liked Cat as a heroine although didn’t keep up with the books. I’d like to reread more but never seem to get there! Oh and can’t beat a good Nora Roberts book!

    • Thanks Kathryn. It has been a difficult month. Made worse because until this week, I couldn’t visit at all due to covid. Now, it is for only an hour, every other day.Better than nothing.Enjoy those Center books! Can’t wait to read her newest one.

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