I’m always looking for new blog link-ups to join and really any reason to make a list because I love lists. So when I saw JenniElyse’s Six in Six post, I was curious!
Six in Six is hosted by Jo @ The Book Jotter and is basically a fun way to share about the books we’ve read in the first six months of the year (January-June). You choose six categories and then share six books to fit in each category. Jo has a whole long list of categories to choose from or you can create your own. Here’s what I chose:
Six new authors to me
I’ve read a lot of new authors this year somehow, but these six are definitely authors I want to read more of, too.
- Gillian Bronte Adams: read Of Fire and Ash and loved it
- Axie Oh: read The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea and need more Studio Ghibli-esque stories
- J.C. Peterson: read Being Mary Bennet and related way too much
- Tirzah Price: read Pride and Premeditation and Sense and Second-Degree Murder and was much more entertained than I expected!
- Erin Bowman: read Vengeance Road and realized I had another one of her books on my TBR as well!
- Dhonielle Clayton: read The Marvellers and wish I had picked up her other books sooner
Six books I’ve enjoyed the most
My goal with this category is not to pick any books I’ve reread, just first time reads for this year. Otherwise I’d pick my favorites over and over again every time.
- The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George
- Aurora’s End by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys
- Being Mary Bennet by J.C. Peterson
- All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
- My Own Lightning by Lauren Wolk
Six audiobooks I’ve listened to (my own idea)
I love listening to audiobooks. Some stories are somehow better that way and sometimes it’s just a fun way to revisit books via audiobook. Here are six I read this year and enjoyed.
- Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi, read by Mitra Jouhari: This was an Odyssey nominee for 2022 and it was so great.
- Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston, read by Catherine Taber: I love all the Padme books and Catherine Taber does a phenomenal job narrating them.
- When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris, read by Preston Butler III: I didn’t expect to like this, but this story gave me so much perspective.
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, read by Jayne Entwistle: I reread this via audiobook for a book club and because it’s an Odyssey Award winner and it gave me all the feels.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis: Finally got around to listening to the audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis and it was fantastic. I plan to listen to his narration of all the Lord of the Rings books.
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, read by Cassandra Campbell: I decided to listen to this audiobook because I’m curious about the movie, but I paid attention to it so much more than I expected.
Six books covers I love
There are always so many beautiful book covers out there! It’s hard to choose, but here are six I love.
Six books I’ve reread (my own idea)
I’ll admit it: I reread books all the time. It started off as a way to revisit old favorites from childhood but now I find myself rereading books for book clubs or for new releases in a series or just because I miss a book. Here are six I reread this year.
- Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I reread Aurora Rising and Aurora Burning in January so I could read Aurora’s End.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: I finally listened to the audiobook narrated by Andy Serkis, and it was amazing.
- Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk: I had no idea this book was going to have a sequel, so I decided to reread it before starting My Own Lightning.
- The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George: Yes, I read this book TWICE this year already. Once in January for the NetGalley ARC I received and a second time for a book club. It was even better the second time around.
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer: I read the first two Artemis Fowl books ages ago and never finished the series. I decided to revisit and continue the series via audiobook in order to listen to the eighth book, which is an Odyssey Award nominee.
- Beverly Cleary books: I’ve made it my mission to reread and finish all of Beverly Cleary books this year. I started with the Henry Huggins series and loved reexperiencing all of Henry and Ribsy’s adventures. I also reread The Mouse and the Motorcycle books and Socks, which were a lot of fun.
Six books I read for book club (my own idea)
I love being in book clubs, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite books I’ve read for book clubs this year. Of course, since I help curate what books we read most of them are my favorite, but these six are so fun for various reasons.
- The Summer We Forgot by Caroline George: Since I enjoyed this book so much (if you couldn’t tell), I had to recommend it for book club.
- Small Favors by Erin A. Craig: one of the only spooky books I can handle reading, I made my teens read it for the library book club.
- Tokyo, Ever After by Emiko Jean: I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this and I did, so that was a fun surprise.
- Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee: Somehow my one book club happens to read a book by a Chinese author in January and we have a little Chinese New Year party along with the book discussion.
- The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley: This book kills me every time so I was happy that everybody else enjoyed it too.
- Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer: I made the teens read this one too and it was a lot of fun because we also made buttons inspired by the rescue center in the book!