Mid-year reading check-in | 6 months of books reviewed

We’re six months into 2022, so it’s time to do a mid-year reading check-in! I started reading again during lockdown in 2020-2021, and since then I’ve fell back in love with it. I can’t even imagine there were years I didn’t read a single book! Now let’s look at my reading up until now, starting with my reading stats.


I’ve been using The Storygraph to track my reading for two years now, and I’m obsessed! I love all the stats you get about the books you’ve read. Up until now, I’ve read 25 books, so I’m exactly halfway my reading goal for the year.

My top 3 reading moods are emotional, adventurous and reflective. And I mainly read medium-paced books with 300 to 499 pages.

My The StoryGraph Reading Moods Stats - Mid Year Reading Check-In - Inspire to Glow Blog

I mostly read fiction, but I did set a goal this year to read at least 6 nonfiction books, and I already read 4. So, I’m on track! My top 3 most-read genres are romance, contemporary and literary. And my least-read genres are business, economics and history. Which to no surprise are non-fiction genres.

My average rating is 3.73 out of 5 stars, which is already higher than my 2021 average rating. So, I’ve been reading more books I like this year. But as you can see, I gave a wide variety of ratings to the books I’ve read. But luckily there aren’t any super low ratings yet.

Average Star Rating Books Review - Mid Year Reading Stats Update - Inspire to Glow Blog

The best books I read up until now

I always find it difficult to chose my favorite books. I read so many good and interesting books, that choosing the best books isn’t that easy. So, I put together a list of the 5 books I recommend the most. The books you definitely should check out if you’re looking for a new book to read.

Find all the books I’ve read so far and their ratings on my The Storygraph-account.


By Madeline Miller

This book was all over TikTok, so of course I had to read it. And it did not disappoint! I loved the strong female protagonist and the writing is so easy to read. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend picking it up.

The Best Books I read in the first 6 months of 2022 - Circe by Madeline Miller - Historical Fantasy Book - Inspire to Glow Blog
The Best Books I read in the first 6 months of 2022 - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Classic Literary Book - Inspire to Glow Blog

The Great Gatsby

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

I read this classic a few years ago and wanted to give it another try to see if it still deserved the 5-star rating I gave back then. And yes, it did! It’s one of my favorite classics.

A Song for Achilles

By Madeline Miller

After finishing (and loving) Circe, I had to give Song for Achilles a try. And again it did not disappoint. I loved this retelling of Achilles’ story and the way it focused on Patroclus and Achilles’ relationship. Completely different from Circe, but just as amazing.

The Best Books I read in the first 6 months of 2022 - A Song for Achilles by Madeline Miller - Historical romance LGBTQ+ Book - Inspire to Glow Blog
The Best Books I read in the first 6 months of 2022 - Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Historical fiction Literary Book - Inspire to Glow Blog

Daisy Jones & The Six

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid has a writing style that’s very easy and intriguing to read. Daisy Jones & The Six is the second book I read from her and up until now I loved them all. This book is unique. I’ve never read a story like this. It feels like a real biography, you totally forget this is a fiction book while reading.

Love in Colour

by Bolu Babalola

If you love mythological and historical love stories from around the world, this book is for you! Bolu Babalola rewrites these mythical tales in such a unique and intriguing way. Every time I finished a story, I couldn’t wait to see what the next one had in store for me.

The Best Books I read in the first 6 months of 2022 - Love in colour by Bolu Babalola - Romance Fantasy Short Stories - Inspire to Glow Blog

Reading Challenges update

Last, but definitely not least, my reading challenges update. I love reading challenges! The different prompts make choosing books to read so much fun. I’m currently participating in three different ones:

  • The 2022 Alphabet Reading Challenge
  • The 2022 Diversify Your Reading Challenge by diversifyyourreading
  • Red (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift – Reading Challenge by aliciaclarereads
Mid Year Reading Check-In - The 2022 Alphabet Reading Challenge - Inspire to Glow Blog
Mid Year Reading Stats Update - The 2022 Diversify Your Reading Challenges by Diversifyyourreading - Inspire to Glow Blog
Mid Year Reading Check-In - Red (Taylor's Version) Reading Challenge by Aliciaclarereads - Inspire to Glow Blog

I’m halfway through the Diversify Your Reading Challenge and Red (Taylor’s Version) Challenge. I’ve only finished 33% of the 2022 Alphabet Reading Challenge. And just to clarify, the prompts in one challenge all have a unique book, but I do add a book to multiple challenges to make it more achievable to do three challenges at the same time.

What’s the best book you’ve read in 2022 so far?

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