Well, we’ve made it to the halfway point of 2021. I won’t begin this post with the usual current events, but I will mention that I’ve been enjoying ALL of the sporting events that are taking place (i.e. Euro Cup, Copa America, NBA & NHL Playoffs, Summer 2020/21 Olympic Trials, etc.). More attention has been given to both books and video games as those who’ve been at home continue to remember that they’re both entertaining and artistic.
As for me, I’ve been recovering from an exhausted winter and spring. This is because, as a few of you know, I went back to graduate school in order to earn a MA degree in Library and Information Science. For the last 2 years, I’ve been taking classes on an accelerated pace in order to complete the program sooner rather than later. No, COVID-19 wasn’t an “imminent” threat when I started back in Fall 2019; and yes, it was an interesting experience completing the program throughout the majority of the pandemic, work my part-time job outside of my residence, and continue working on my blog. In addition, I’ve only told my closest friends and acquaintances (including you) about this, meaning I’ve managed to work on a degree without my ENTIRE family knowing about it. And, unless they read this post, then it will stay that way until I am ready to make an announcement, which will be sometime after I get a job within my field (whenever that may be).
Why am I mentioning this now? Simple, it’s because during my last semester, I had to work on graduating on time and in order to do that I had to cutback on SOME of my reading. Those of you who follow me on Goodreads will notice that I’m behind on my Reading Goal and I’m lagging on completing the books I’m reading currently. I won’t get into my TBR piles both from Netgalley and Edelweiss! It’s NOT that the books are bad in anyway, I’m still mentally exhausted from all of the work I had to do in order to graduate on time; not to mention all of the other events called life.
I am starting to feel better and I started to catch up on both my reading and my writing (including reviews). You’ve noticed that I started posting reviews again, but remember I read faster than I write. Which brings me to another announcement: I realized that my 200th post is upcoming and I plan on writing another “special” piece in order to commemorate the milestone. What will it be? You just have to wait.
Now, for what you’ve been waiting for:
Books I’ve Finished Reading:
Tower of Mud and Straw (It was nominated for a Nebula Award for “Best Novella”!)
The Bone Shard Daughter (Yes, it was released in 2020, but the sequel comes out later this year!)
The Light of the Midnight Stars
Chaos Vector (Just in time to read the final book in the trilogy!)
Over the Woodward Wall (Along the Saltwise Sea comes out this fall!)
Shards of Earth (My 1st Book Tour!)
And, A LOT of Paranormal & Fantasy Romance Books by Indie Authors (That’s for a future post!)
Books I’m Reading Currently:
The Empire’s Ruin
The House of Always
She Who Became the Sun
The Jasmine Throne
The Gilded Ones
Books I Want to Read by the End of 2021:
The Broken God
The Fire Keeper’s Daughter
House of Hollow
The Unspoken Name
The Witch’s Heart
For the Wolf
The Two-Faced Queen
The Next 2 Books in The First Argentines Series
The sequels of the upcoming books mentioned; more paranormal & fantasy romance books; and, several MORE books I can’t list here because otherwise, this post would be never-ending.
I don’t know whether or not I will be able to read the books mentioned by the end of this year. I’m still trying to catch up from last year’s TBR! So right now, I want to thank the authors, the other bloggers, Fantasy-Faction, all of the publishers and the agents for being both supportive and understanding as I continue to work my way through the last 6 months, and for encouraging me to continue working on my other writings.
Speaking of “other” writings, please keep an eye out for any upcoming essays and lists I will continue to share here. Any and all feedback are welcome.
We’re halfway through 2021. What are your plans for the rest of the year?
Also, if you haven’t already, then please read the essay I wrote that was published on the SFWA website! Click here to access it.
6 thoughts on “The Midpoint of 2021: Favorite Speculative Fiction Books…So Far”
Congrats on your secret MA, that’s amazing! And our TBR piles look very similar. Hope you have a lovely summer😁
Thank you very much! 🙂
Take your time and keep a good balance! I’d say your secret MS is far more important than yet another post. Better read another book!
Thanks! The school part is over, but I have to complete the paperwork.
That’s really great working on your MA. I’m amazed that you’re able to do so without letting your family know. \