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Mid-Year Reading Wrap Up 2021

Now that it is August (slightly past mid-year), I wanted to share my mid-year reading wrap up 2021! 2021 has been a slightly chaotic year in our household, with lots of transitions and busy days, so I am behind on schedule for reading 52 books this year. Since January 1st of this year my reading list has totaled 17! I have also listened to many audiobooks (almost done with the Harry Potter series) and re-read many books in my collection, but this list will only include new-to-me books from this year. Keep reading to see what books I have read so far in 2021 (in order of highest rated to lowest rated).

 

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Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Rating: 5 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

This book surprised me and enchanted me in more ways than I could imagine. It touches on generational trauma and racism and microaggressions. This is one of few teen fiction (especially in the fantasy realm) to dive into these topics, and I found it eye-opening. With a King Arthur story line, I thought I would be turned away from the plot of the story, but Deonn had me entranced from the first chapter. Weaving magical elements, death of a parent (and the grief that comes with that), an enchanting mystery, romance, and the importance of family, this book touched at my every heart string. I am eagerly anticipating the second book in the series (expected to come out sometime in 2022), and I would highly recommend this read for anyone into teen fantasy books with magical elements!

 

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The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson

Rating: 5 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

While this is technically a stand alone novel, it is the fourth book in the series “Girl of Fire and Thorns” which is a trilogy. I personally read this book without any knowledge of the series and fell in love with it! An epic fantasy of adventure, this read flashes between past and present perspectives of the main character, Red. Themes of trauma, finding family, racism and microaggressions are all featured in this thrilling read. This a perfect read for lovers of young adult fantasy or lovers of the original trilogy “Girl of Fire and Thorns!”

 

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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

Rating: 5 out of 5

Non-Fiction Christian

After reading this book, John Mark Comer has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Just the idea of this book convicted me at every turn, after living a very hurried life for the last few years. After hearing so many incredible raving reviews, I knew I had to pick it up for myself. John Mark Comer writes as if you are reading a letter from a friend, yet he writes so eloquently that it makes a simple and quieter life seem like the most romantic and beautiful thing in the world. He brings you through a beautiful take on the word “hurry” and how our culture and life centers around it. It is a great read for anyone feeling as if they are feeling overwhelmed by life and cannot keep up. It is a non-fiction read, and Comer speaks to his faith and Jesus as the motivation behind living a less-hurried life.

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Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human by John Mark Comer

Rating: 5 out of 5

Non-Fiction Christian

It is only fitting that one of John Mark Comer’s newest books also made it on my list of top reads for the year. This non-fiction read centers on the idea of our work and how essential it is to our everyday life and everything we do. After fighting with my own career choices and purpose in life, I found this book as a great way to understand and embrace what I am being called to. Comer uses Scripture-backed reasoning for God’s purpose behind work and how God wants us to spend our days. Comer touches on the topics of rest and the idea of taking a “Sabbath” and what this may look like in our day and time. This book teaches you that what we do in our life through work is just as important to who we are.

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Skyhunter by Marie Lu

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy

A big lover of Marie Lu, I was so excited to dive into this read after picking it up at a local book store in Amelia Island! This book hits on some heavy and important topics of discrimination and racism. It is the perfect mix of science fiction, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy. A central concept of this story was sign language since the main character, Talin, was mute, adding to the story an incredibly unique perspective we don’t always see in young adult books. This read is fast-paced and action packed at every step. I felt this book was different from your typical young adult plots and in turn made it incredibly unique. An unlikely romance, refugees, warriors, and plot twists are just a couple of the central themes Marie Lu brings into this book. This read is perfect for lovers of dystopian young adult novels! This is planned to be a duology, with the second book being called Steelstriker. It is expected to release on September 28th of this year!

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Sisters of War by Lana Kortchik

Rating: 4 out of 5

Historical Fiction

This was of the few historical fictions I have read over the last year, and it did not disappoint. Set in occupied Ukraine during WWII, this story follows a family that struggles to stay together amidst hardship, loss, and hard decisions. Forbidden love, hardship, and the bond between sisters are just a few of the themes that this book is centered upon. A dark, heartbreaking read, the Sisters of War highlights the atrocities that Russian people suffered under the hands of the Nazi. Korchik does an excellent job of giving detail to the story, owing to the fact that she did her research well for this book. For lovers of World War II based novels, this book is for you! Just prepare yourself as it is a heavy and dark read.

 

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American Royals by Katharine McGee

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Contemporary

This fun read takes upon the imaginative idea of America having a royal family. The story switches between four point of views, Princess Beatrice (the future queen), Princess Samantha (her younger sister), Nina (the quiet best friend of Princess Samantha), and Daphne (the “villain” of the book). The book is somewhat fast-paced and does not dive into a ton of detail as it switches through 4 points of view, which is why I only gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. This entertaining read brings you through all the drama and romance that comes with royalty. This is a perfect read for fans of rom-coms and Gossip Girl! This is a duology and the second book is called Majesty, which will be featured further down below.

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne Brown

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

This book was actually one of my first library reads of the year, and I was pretty excited since it is a newer book that has become “Tik-Tok viral.” The book switches point of views between the two main characters, Malik and Karina. With elements of ancient magic, royalty, West African folklore, and surprising plot twists, this book is truly set apart from most young adult fantasy. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars instead 5 out of 5 because I found some of the plot and specifically magic/world building hard to understand and confusing at times. One of my favorite parts about this book was that it touched on mental illness and anxiety, something that is highly lacking in most young adult fiction, especially fantasy YA. If you are into super diverse and up-and-coming series and authors, I would highly recommend this YA fantasy read. It is planned to be a duology, with the second book titled “A Psalm of Storms and Silence,” expected to come out November 2nd of this year.

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The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult

The Inheritance Games is a Cinderella-esque story that features traces mystery, riddles, and high stakes. This book was such a fun young adult read that was not in my usual fantasy realm. It was more of a mystery if anything, with the main character, Avery, fighting to keep the inheritance she has been mysteriously gifted by a billionaire stranger. The catch is she has to move into said billionaire’s home which features relics of his love of riddles and puzzles. The home is also occupied by his family, including his four grandsons around Avery’s age. With a mischievous charm to it, this book sucks you in to the inheritance game, and it has you rooting for Avery to keep the inheritance she has been gifted and to stay alive. It is the perfect slightly dangerous, entertaining and fun young adult read! This is a duology, with the second book being titled “The Hawthorne Legacy”, expected to come out September 7th of this year.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

This book is actually several years old, and it is one of the gems I found in my local used book store. I obviously missed this fun read during my college days, but I am so glad I happened to pick it up at the bookstore. One of the central elements of the book was time travel, making it a fun and interesting read at every turn. There are some parts of the book that seem slow, especially towards the beginning, but I found the overall plot and writing to make up for this. The world building in this book was incredible and felt so natural, as if you fell right into the lands the characters were traveling to. With elements of clue solving, diversity, adventure, and travel, this book truly makes you feel like you escaped reality. It also ended on a cliff hanger making you want to drop everything and go read the sequel, Wayfarer (which I started but have not yet completed, will give an update on review at the end of the year).

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Get Out of Your Head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts by Jennie Allen

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Christian

In this book, Jennie Allen teaches us how to take control of our thoughts so that we no longer let destructive thoughts live in our head. Allen weaves scripture and science to explain how destructive thoughts can live in our head, and how to direct our thoughts to a different mindset. This a great read for Christians who feel like they struggle with toxic thoughts. It is an inspirational read guiding you through how to take back control of your thoughts with all the God-breathed scripture and scientific research backing these methods.

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

A samurai novel with all the Mulan vibes, this book is such an entertaining and fun read. Renee Ahdieh does an incredible job of depicting this world, from clothing to people to food, and the you will feel as if you are fully immersed in the land. The pacing was quick, and you will be rushing to get to the end of the story to find out how it ends. An unlikely romance, magical elements, and Japanese inspired culture are some big themes in this read. For those wanting a quick and fast paced, adventurous young adult read, this book is for you! There is a sequel called “Smoke in the Sun” that I just started; I will update with a review on this book at the end of year book wrap up!

*Warning: The first chapter of the book describes a very vivid depiction of suicide. If this would be triggering to you or too graphic, I would highly suggest skipping it as it is not essential to know for the plot line.

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Escaping Eleven by Jerri Chisholm

Review: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Dystopian

This book definitely gives off all the Hunger Games and Divergent vibes. It does have its own unique plot though, and Chisholm does a great job of world building and character development that entices the reader from the beginning. With a budding romance weaved throughout the story, this read is an action-packed story about the main character’s fight for freedom. There is a sequel to this book called “Unraveling Eleven”, and it is expected to release on November 16, 2021. If you are a fan of Hunger Games or the Divergent series, I think this would be a great read for you!

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Everless by Sara Holland

Rating: 4 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

This interesting read centers around a world where time is bound to blood and it is currency is needed to survive (and which can be sold and purchased). A very original young adult tale featuring aspects of magic and romance woven throughout it. There are some parts that feel slow paced as it involves detailed depictions of the world in all its details. Overall, it was a captivating read with a huge plot twist that unfolds. I would recommend this book for any young adult fantasy readers! This series is a duology with the sequel being called “Evermore”, the review of which is featured below.

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Evermore by Sara Holland (Everless #2)

Rating: 3 out of 5

Young Adult Fantasy

While a great read, Evermore does not fully live up to the intrigue that Holland brought in the first book of the series. There are times where you feel a little lost and confused with the plot. The writing is fast paced but descriptive and detailed in the world building. This book touched more on the magical elements and fantasy than the first book did. I would recommend this duology for all the young adult fantasy readers!

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Majesty by Katherine McGee (American Royals #2)

Rating: 3 out of 5

Young Adult Contemporary

The second book of the American Royals duology brings a lot of surprising changes and plot twists. While this series really did capture me in every way, I did not love how the book ended, and I felt highly disappointed with the “closure” that was given. It is still a great read overall, but the ending was very realistic rather than being a more fairytale ending the reader hoped for.

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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Rating: 2 out of 5

Young Adult Dystopian

This book was probably my least favorite read so far of the year, mostly due to the entire storyline behind the book. A semi-horrifying tale of survival, this read is in line with the Maze Runner, Lord of the Flies, and Hunger Games. It is a dark and gory read with young 16 year old girls fighting for survival during their “Grace Year.” This gripping thriller tale has no lack of drama or action. If you are into more horrifying thrillers, but are still wanting a young adult read, this book is for you! As for me, I will probably not be reading it again.

 

 

Some books I have already started reading or plan to read over the next 5 months of the year include Gentle & Lowly by Dane Ortlund, Fable by Adrienne Young, The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams, Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, and The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Make sure to come back in late December/early January for my end of year book wrap up!

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