Good morning, fellow readers! Seasonal allergies are currently kicking my butt and I’ve been busy trying to finish a chonky ARC. So I haven’t been as present on the blogosphere lately. Regardless, I squeezed in a few posts and it’s now time to do the Quarter Year Crisis book tag. Chris tagged me for this one, though it was originally created by Roisin’s Reading on YouTube.
This tag is a fun look at how the first three months of the year were with respect to reading and such. But it’s April now, so my answers include anything up through mid month. So I’m not too far ahead to complete this tag! Let’s get started.
How many books have you read so far?
I’ve read 32 books so far this year. This is above and beyond the number of books I expected to read by mid April given by 2023 goal is 52 books. This is largely in part to discovering that I can listen to nonfiction audiobooks while doing mundane house chores and still retain the bulk of the plot.
Have you already found a book you think might be a 2023 favourite? If not, what was your favourite book you read that wasn’t quite five stars?
I do have a book that will likely be a 2023 favorite. But I hesitate to say it will be my top book of 2023 since there are still 8.5 months left to go in the year. Regardless, I gave FUNNY FEELINGS by Tarah DeWitt five stars recently. I absolutely adored it. I read it on Kindle Unlimited and loved it so much I bought myself a copy. It looks like it got picked up by St. Martin’s Press for re-publication in October. The cover has the some art, only the background will be blue and the palette is a bit brighter. So if you want the original cover, get it now!
Any 1-star books / least favourite book of the year?
I haven’t read any one-star books this year. In fact, never have I ever rated anything one star. However, I did give GILDED CAGE, a novella, 2.5 stars. Unfortunately, it is my least favorite read of the year so far. I even tried another one in the standalone series. While it was better, ultimately I decided to move on.
Most read genre so far?
According to StoryGraph, my most read genre is fantasy, to no one’s surprise. Romance and LGBTQIA+ follow in second and third, respectively.
A book that surprised you?
I read LAWN BOY because of its unfortunately proliferation on banned book lists. I had no expectations of it, really. But I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. Reading it also confirmed my suspicions that a lot of the reasons provided for putting it on banned lists are inaccurate and lack context. Do your homework, folks.
A book that’s come out in 2023 already that you want to read but haven’t yet?
Well, this prompt is hilarious because there are so many despite feeling like a chicken running around with its head cut off as I read what feels like all the books. Here are just a few:
- EMILY WILDE’S ENCYLOPAEDIA OF FAERIES by Heather Fawcett
- TO FLAME A WILD FLOWER by Sarah A. Parker
- WEYWARD by Emilia Hart
One goal you made that you’re succeeding at
I wrote a list of 2023 bookish goals here. One of the goals in which I’m succeeding is to read 52 books by the end of 2023. With 32 books read, I’m more than halfway to that goal with plenty of time left to go. I also made a goal to improve my SEO. And I think it’s working because I do get more referrals from search engines now. Most recently my book review of TO SNAP A SILVER STEM took off, I think because the third book came out at the end of March.
One goal you made that you need to focus on
I definitely need to focus more on reading from my owned, physical backlist of books. This week I made a pile of books that I plan to donate or sell once I read them. I put them on top of the fire place mantle so I reach for those first rather than something else. My percentage of backlist reads from my own collection is quite low.
New to you Bloggers/Booktubers/ Bookstagrammers/Booktokers for 2023 you recommend?
If anyone else wants to do the Quarter Year Crisis book tag, then feel free! If I tagged you and you don’t want to do it, that’s ok, too.