Mid-Year Reading Wrap Up

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I figured as we’re halfway through the year, I would do a wrap-up of the things that I read. Especially as there were a lot of books that I managed to get through already. I don’t know if I’ll have quite the same amount read in the second half of the year, but you never know. When I get into a good book, I have a hard time putting it down.

Here is the list of everything I read in order from the beginning of 2021:

  1. Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy #1) by Claire Legrand
  2. Kingsbane (The Empirium Triology #2) by Claire Legrand
  3. A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas – Read Twice
  4. Lightbringer (The Empirium Trilogy #3) by Claire Legrand – Read 50% of it and have had it shelved since February
  5. A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova – Read Twice
  6. Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Series #1) by Laura Thalassa – Read Five Times
  7. A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Series #2) by Laura Thalassa – Read Five Times
  8. The Emperor of Evening Stars (The Bargainer Series #2.5) by Laura Thalassa – Read Three Times
  9. Dark Harmony (The Bargainer Series #3) by Laura Thalassa – Read Five Times
  10. The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Read Twice
  11. A Touch of Darkness (Persephone Saga #1) by Scarlett St. Clair– Read Three Times
  12. A Touch of Ruin (Persephone Saga #2) by Scarlett St. Clair – Read Three Times
  13. A Game of Fate (Hades Saga #1) by Scarlett St. Clair – Read Three Times
  14. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  15. Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight – Read Twice
  16. The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – Read Twice
  17. A Touch of Malice (Persephone Saga #3) by Scarlett St. Clair – Read Three Times
  18. Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon – Read Twice
  19. Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon
  20. Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon
  21. Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon – Read Twice
  22. Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon – Read Twice
  23. Barbarian’s Prize by Ruby Dixon
  24. Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon – Read Twice
  25. Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon
  26. Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon
  27. Barbarian’s Heart by Ruby Dixon
  28. Barbarian’s Hope by Ruby Dixon
  29. Barbarian’s Choice by Ruby Dixon
  30. Barbarian’s Redemption by Ruby Dixon
  31. Barbarian’s Lady by Ruby Dixon – Read Twice
  32. Barbarian’s Rescue by Ruby Dixon – Read Twice
  33. Barbarian’s Tease by Ruby Dixon
  34. The Barbarian Before Christmas by Ruby Dixon
  35. Barbarian’s Beloved by Ruby Dixon
  36. Barbarian’s Valentine by Ruby Dixon
  37. Barbarian’s Seduction by Ruby Dixon
  38. Barbarian’s Treasure by Ruby Dixon
  39. Barbarian’s Bride by Ruby Dixon

With all of the re-reads counted, I’ve read 71.5 books this year since one of the books in this list is technically unfinished. Honestly, I’m not even sure when I’m going to go back and finish reading Lightbringer. I do plan on going back and finishing it as I don’t like leaving books unfinished on my shelves, and I think enough time has passed where mentally I can stop comparing the books to Shadow and Bones. As that was my main struggle when I initially read it. That may still be the case but I think I have enough buffer books between now that it shouldn’t be a problem anymore.

Rating the Books I Read So Far

4 Star Books

  • The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 4.25 stars
  • A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas – 4.25 stars
  • Rhapsodic (The Bargainer Series #1) by Laura Thalassa – 4 stars
  • A Strange Hymn (The Bargainer Series #2) by Laura Thalassa – 4 stars

3 Star Books

  • A Touch of Malice (Persephone Saga #3) by Scarlett St. Clair – 3.75 stars
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo – 3.75 stars
  • A Touch of Darkness (Persephone Saga #1) by Scarlett St. Clair – 3.75 stars
  • A Touch of Ruin (Persephone Saga #2) by Scarlett St. Clair – 3.75 stars
  • Dark Harmony (The Bargainer Series #3) by Laura Thalassa – 3.75 stars
  • A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova – 3.75 stars
  • A Game of Fate (Hades Saga #1) by Scarlett St. Clair – 3.5 stars
  • Kingsbane (The Empirium Trilogy #2) by Claire Legrand – 3.5 stars
  • Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon – 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian Lover by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian Mine by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Ice Planet Holiday by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Prize by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Mate by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Touch by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Taming by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Heart by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Hope by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Choice by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Redemption by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Lady by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Rescue by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Tease by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • The Barbarian Before Christmas by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Beloved by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Valentine by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Seduction by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Treasure by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Barbarian’s Bride by Ruby Dixon 3.25 to 3.5 stars
  • Furyborn (The Empirium Triology #1) by Claire Legrand – 3.25 stars
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – 3.25 stars
  • The Emperor of Evening Stars (The Bargainer Series #2.5) by Laura Thalassa – 3 stars

2 Star Books

  • Den of Vipers by K.A. Knight – 2.75 stars

Overall, I’ve read a lot of really good books so far this year. Some of them, while I wouldn’t rank them very high as they have problems or elements I don’t like, I do find myself returning to them to re-read the entire book or sections of it. Others have become my new favorite series, even if I don’t rank them very high as I think they’re better as a whole. Those being The Bargainer Series and the Hades/Persephone Series. I’ve returned to those a lot of times since initially reading them. I wouldn’t rate them very high many due to a lot of editing errors that happen throughout those books. But the stories themselves, I cannot get enough of.

Here’s to the rest of 2021.

What books have you read so far this year? Have you read any I did? If so, what was your opinion on them?

Love ya,

Mae Polzine

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2 Comments

  1. Brooke Carrington
    July 26, 2021 / 10:08 AM

    Wow great year so far! I read about 16 books this year which I’m pretty happy with.

    • Mae Polzine
      Author
      July 26, 2021 / 10:12 AM

      Yeah a lot of good books. I can’t wait to read the rest of my TBR.

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