After last year, where I read a book a week and reviewed them all; I wanted to have a less review heavy focus on my reading this year (while still maintaing the one book a week average). To keep anyone interested updated, without having constant reviews or frequent updates, I decided to make this: a quarterly reading recap (or readcap, if your sense of humour is as horrible as mine). This is the first readcap, so the layout of these posts may change over the year; but the current idea is to share a list of what I read; any standout favourites; whether a book was a new read/whether I’d read it before; and any trends I’d noticed in my reading habits.
The first thing to happen once I decided not to review everything I read, was that I returned to my old ways of reading multiple books at once. I take notes for books I think I may review, but unless I have a date by which a review should be up (as is the case with advance review copies sometimes), I prefer finishing books naturally, with no need to focus on one if I decide to start another.
I tend to space out new books with old reads I know I enjoy, and I like to re-read previous entries in a series while anticipating new releases (expect a Dresden files binge closer to the release date for peace talks).
Standout favorites so far are actually the two books I most recently finished- on the same day no less. Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs and The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. I’ll do a separate review for each of the books, but they are both incredible for their own reasons. Smoke Bitten for being the 12th installment in a series, and still managing to have solid character growth and interesting, new plot lines with characters that have grown familiar; and The Priory of the Orange Tree for the sweeping, poetic world developed, with the intertwined mythos of various cultures and continents.
I’ve read mainly new books so far this year (11 vs 3), and I doubt re-reads will takeover any time soon unless my reading increases substantially (a possibility I’m not ruling out given the current situation). With the various turmoil going on around the world lately, I’m feeling a slight urge to return to familiar and well loved books, something I will likely do in between the new releases I’ve already pre-ordered.
Take Us to a Better Place Stories Anthology by various authors, new read, review copy gifted
Curses and Cupcakes by Michelle M Pillow, new read
Blaze of Memory (Psy Changelings #7) by Nalini Singh, re-read
Silver Silence (Psy Changelings Trinity #1) by Nalini Singh, re-read
Behind the Sun, Above the Moon Anthology, by various, new read, review copy gifted
Mageborn (The Hollow King #1) by Jessica Thorne, new read, review copy gifted
Bears Behaving Badly (BeWere My Heart #1) by MaryJanice Davidson, new read, review copy gifted
Imaginary Numbers (InCryptid #9) by Seanan McGuire, new read
The Near Witch by VE Schwab, new read
Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews, re-read
Come Back to the Swamp by Laura Morrison, new read, review copy gifted
The Kingdom of Liars (The Legacy of the Mercenary Kings #1) by Nick Martell, new read, review copy gifted
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon, new read
Smoke Bitten (Mercy Thompson #12) by Patricia Briggs, new read