Mid-Year Check-In


Hello guys! I’ve seen many bloggers do this reading check-in and thought it would be a good thing for me to do. I’ve seen people analysing their reads from the gender and race of the author to the genre and sub-genre of the book, to the race of the protagonist — itty bitty details that helped them to identify what type of books they should read next.

I figured out this would be a fun and interesting thing for me to do too and why not show you guys!

As a Malaysian-Chinese, I don’t read books by Chinese or Malaysians and definitely, nothing about people like me or from my country which is something I plan to change about my reading habits in the next half of the year. That’s just analysing the surface, so let’s dive in so I can figure out which areas I should read more!

Earlier this year, I’ve created my own 2019 Reading Challenge where I have a list of 9 reading goals that I would love to achieve.



Besides that, I’ve also pledged a total of 45 books on Goodreads.

Currently, I’ve read 25 out of the 45 books, so I’m somewhat on schedule. I’m not sure how much I can read in the next 6 months but I hope 20 is an achievable goal.

  1. Best reads so far

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  2. Top 3 favourites
    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
    I’ve been recommending this to my friends and strangers on the internet, saying it’s one of my favourite books but I couldn’t remember what it was about, I decided to reread Little Women and I absolutely love it still!I’m really excited for the 2019 remake of Little Women featuring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet. Despite having some issues with it, I am able to look past my issues with the casting and hope to enjoy the movie as much as I could.


    The Watchers of Eden by T.C. Edge

    I found this gem from Rakuten Kobo and it was free at that time. I’m not so sure if it’s free now on Kobo but I am aware that the whole series is on Kindle Unlimited.
    I’ve only read the first book since I don’t have KU and it’s unavailable in paperback.

    I absolutely love the world-building and how amazing it is. I love the conflict between the characters, the character growth and the system of Eden. I love how messed up, tough and mysterious it is. Man, I wish I had Kindle Unlimited.

    Obsidian Fragrance by L.C. Perry
    I love and hate this.

    It’s the perfect way the end the Bronze Rebellion series — A big war, tons of blood, pain, death, friendship, gain, losses and crying.

    My only issue is TWO of my boys DIED and I am SO UPSET. I AM SO INCREDIBLY UPSET.


  3. Honourable mentions

    The World is a Dark and Lovely Place by Carol Chu Mei Yin
    An author and a friend of mine, Carol is in the final stages of her poetry collection.I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to read an Advance Reader’s Copy of it and it’s absolutely wonderful. I’ve resonated with so many of the poems and I can’t wait to have it in my hands and read it from time to time. A book review of The World is a Dark and Lovely Place will be up soon!

    Anywhere, Anytime Art: Illustration by Betsy Brier
    I picked this up because I was interested in art and was looking for one that can teach me how to draw on the go. I tend to be too busy and don’t much time to make art so this definitely taught me a thing or two!

    I am very inspired by it and motivated to make more art and now that I’m back in college doing my degree, drawing techniques is one of the subjects I’m taking this semester!


    Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
    I remember the first time I read this was when I was in secondary school during my school holidays. I remember loving it so much that wanted to get my own copy of it but the covers in the bookstore were incredibly ugly.

    Fortunately, I found a secondhand online bookstore that was selling a copy of the Malory Towers series!

    It’s a simple read, filled with adventure and makes me wish I was in a boarding school and having the time of my life.

  4. Genre of books read
    Genre of books read (2)
    I’ve been reading a ton of poetry during the first half of the year. As I’m writing this, I’m actually reading one now! For the rest of the year, I need to make some space for non-fiction, classics, general fiction and mystery

  5. Additional book information

Gender of authorMost of the books I’ve read in 2019 so far are written by female authors. I hope to give both sides an equal chance so I will try to read books from both without neglecting one or the other.
Gender of Main Character(s)I think the most surprising thing is finding out that there are books that had both male and female protagonists (eg Six of Crows). I hope to read more books like that in the future!
Where the books are from (1)Despite a high percentage of the books I’ve been reading are from my bookshelves, I hope to read more. I have an embarrassing amount of almost over 100 books that I’ve yet to be read and I keep buying more???

1. Classics                     –  Little Women | Fahrenheit 451
2. Award Winner        – Red Rising (Goodreads Choice 2014 Winner)
3. Released in 2018     –  Murder in the Magic City | Aldo
4. First in a Series       – Malory Towers | The Watchers of Eden
5. Reread a favourite – Little Women | Malory Towers
6. A book with a
green cover
7. Less than 3.0
ratings on Goodreads
8. Starting with          – Six of Crows | Secret of Dinswood
the letter ‘S’
9. A book from an
author that shares
the same name


I definitely need to read more non-fiction, classics and general fiction books. I have a few on my bookshelves that I hope to get to in the next few months. No solid plans except to finish re-reading the entire Malory Towers series.

That’s all from me today! What do you hope to read more of in the next half of the year? Let me know! I’d love to discover some books from you guys too!

See you all next time!
– Joanna

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