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Reading Update: Quarter Year Crisis Tag 2024

I’ve been catching up on some booktube today and one of the videos I really enjoyed was the Quarter Year Crisis tag video Lauren shared on her channel Lauren and the Books. It’s a little check in about how the reading year is going, now that the calendar has clicked over to April (which means we are a quarter of the way through the year already!). I’ve popped the questions and my answers below.

1. How many books have you read so far this year?

I am terrible at tracking my reading these days but have been trying to make more of an effort to log everything on The StoryGraph this year. If you haven’t come across The StoryGraph before it’s a book tracking app similar to Goodreads. Anjali from This Splendid Shambles has posted a really nice comparison of the two here, if you’d like a bit more info.

Anyhow, my account on The StoryGraph (I’m BookishBron there too if you want to look me up!) tells me that I have read 13 books so far this year. I haven’t set a proper goal for number of books I’d like to read in 2024, but I do think about a book each week is pretty good and 13 puts me on track for that.

2. Have you already found a book you think might be a favourite? If not, what was your favourite book you read that wasn’t quite a 5 star read.

I’m also a bit out of the habit of giving star rankings for books but am trying to remember to do that when I log that I’ve finished a book on The StoryGraph – partly because when I got to the end of 2023 and was reflecting back on what I read I found it really hard to remember what I had loved!

This year so far I have already read 3 books that I’ve given 5 stars – one of these was a reread and the others were new:

  • League of Liars by Astrid Scholte – I re-read this one ahead of the release of the sequel Shadows of Truth, and just like the first time I was completely drawn into the clever mysterious world Scholte has created. You can see my review from my first read of this one over here. I did also enjoy Shadows of Truth, but there is a bit of a different vibe to it and it’s more about the action of the plot than the unfolding of the world which I loved so much before. My review of that one is way overdue and I’m really keen to have it ready soon!
  • The Briar Book of the Dead by A.G. Slatter – this is the latest offering from Slatter set in her Sourdough world and like it’s predecessors I just adored it. I’m a bit embarrassed to see that I haven’t reviewed this one here yet either (more on that when I answer question 8 below!) but you can read a bit more about it here.
  • The Spider and Her Demons by sydney khoo – I’ve talked before about being involved with judging panels for the Aurealis Awards, and this year I thought it might be fun to read the short list for the YA novel category (you can see the short lists for all of the categories here). I picked The Spider and Her Demons from the stack a bit randomly, and I loved it so much from the very first page. This is another one that I’m planning to review soon.

3. Any 1 star books or your least favourite book of the year?

I don’t really tend to have one star reads, because if I am not enjoying something I tend to put it aside. There is one sitting on my ‘current reads’ pile those that I’m just not finding myself keen to pick back up again, which is The Kingdom of Sweets by Erika Johansen. I picked this up because I loved the first few books in her Queen of the Tearling series, but this one is just not really grabbing me.

4. Genre read so far?

I’m not sure whether this question is which genres have I read so far or which genre I’ve read the most of. Six of the books I’ve read so far have been fantasy – which is really no surprise to me! I’ve also read some historical fiction which again is a favourite of mine.

5. A book that surprised you?

I think my most surprising read so far this year was Starling House by Alix E. Harrow. I picked this on a whim, I think from Kindle unlimited, one day when I was taking the bus to work and had forgotten to pack my book in my back. By the time I arrived I was completely hooked and devoured this weird creepy darkish fantasy novel in just a few sittings. I love the unease of a gothic story, and this really nailed it. I think I have heard this might become a series. (I have to add, that I was googling just now to see whether I could confirm that, and I hadn’t realised that Harrow is also the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January and Once and Future Witches BOTH OF WHICH ARE ON MY UNREAD SHELVES. Must get onto that!)

6. What’s a book that came out in 2023 that you want to read that you haven’t yet?

Ok there are going to be a bunch of these but the one that comes to mind first is Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo. I’m very aware of this one this week, because her newest book, The Familiar has just come out and I needed it immediately when I spotted it on the weekend even though I haven’t read Hell Bent yet.

7. One goal you made that you are succeeding in?

I’m not really much of a goal setter – I can’t remember whether I talked about this at the start of the year or not. I’m always sort of keen to find a way of having some kind of goals without them being too much pressure and making reading and blogging and reviewing feel like work. Something that I wanted to be more intentional about this year in my reading life was to pick up books as I feel like reading them, rather than because I feel like I should read them.

8. One goal you need to focus on.

The number one thing I would really like to improve on moving forward through the year (and beyond!) is to actually get it together to post more reviews here of the books that I’m reading and loving! I was surprised (horrified) in those questions at the top to realise I haven’t reviewed those books here when I loved them so much!

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That’s my quarter year crisis for you! I’d love to know if you’ve seen this tag around and have joined in too, or if what your answers to some of the questions would be – let me know in the comments!

xo Bron

One Comment

  • Sally

    Thank you for the inspiring post. I also loved The Spider and Her Demons by sydney khoo espically as I have a child who identifies as non-binary. Your post inspired me to share my answers on my facebook page as I don’t have any other mediums.

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