For Top Ten Tuesday tomorrow I’ll be sharing my autumn TBR, so it’s the perfect time to see how much of my summer TBR I actually read!
This is a particularly fun wrap-up for me because it means I’ve officially been holding myself accountable for my progress with my seasonal TBRs for a whole year – my first post like this was wrapping up my 2019 summer reads – and this is something I’m going to keep doing. Now that I know I’m checking in on my progress at the end of each season it’s made me much better at not only reading more books on my TBR, but also at choosing books for my TBR that I’m genuinely excited and in the mood to read.
I have to admit that summer ended up being a bit more slumpy than I hoped it would be. A lot of that is down to me going back to work, and therefore having much less time to read than I did when I was furloughed, but one of the books on my TBR ended up putting me in a bit of a slump, too…
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow
Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
6/10 – a little over half ain’t bad!
While I feel like my summer reading suffered thanks to feeling slumpy, I still had a pretty strong reading season!
After enjoying Get a Life, Chloe Brown earlier this year, I devoured the second book in this romance companion series, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, and absolutely loved it. I ended up really enjoying Emily Henry’s Beach Read, too! This year more than any other I’ve taken full advantage of how comforting, fluffy and happy the romance genre can be.
Because it’s me, though, there was still plenty of fantasy in my summer reading. I finally crossed Tasha Suri’s Empire of Sand off my TBR and loved it; it’s cemented the love I have for desert fantasy, which I’d like to keep picking up more of, and I can’t wait to read the companion novel.
Speaking of finally crossing books off my TBR, I got to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest novel, Mexican Gothic, over the summer and had such a good time reading it. I need some more Mexican horror in my life and I’ve loved seeing so many more people reading and enjoying Moreno-Garcia’s work!
What I’m most chuffed with is that I was able to finish up two trilogies with two chunky final novels. I read the entirety of the Daevabad Trilogy on my kindle so I had no idea S.A Chakraborty’s The Empire of Gold was over 700 pages long, but I sped through it and adored it. It was such a satisfying ending to what has become one of my favourite trilogies, and I can’t wait to get my hands on what Chakraborty publishes next.
Sadly, Assassin’s Quest wasn’t quite so successful for me and, other than going back to work, is the other reason I ended up in a major slump over the summer. I loved Royal Assassin so I was so excited to dive into Assassin’s Quest, but for me it was far too long and, to be honest, a little boring. I find Fitz far more interesting when he has other people to talk to and he spends a lot of this novel alone, through a plot that drags, only for everything to essentially be solved in hindsight during the epilogue. I was not impressed!
I am really disappointed in myself for not getting to A Song Below Water or Queen of the Conquered. Only reading one of the three Black authors on my TBR this summer has really annoyed me. I tried reading A Song Below Water several times and, for whatever reason, I couldn’t get into, but it is one I want to go back to. I also gave Queen of the Conquered a try and it’s another one I’d like to read this year, but it has one hell of a dark opening chapter and I just wasn’t quite in the mood for it.
The Unhoneymooners and Dragon Unleashed are another two that will remain on my TBR for now! I’m going to save The Unhoneymooners for next summer, I think, as it isn’t one I’m in any rush to read, but I would like to cross Dragon Unleashed off my TBR this year if I can.
All in all, I read six of the ten books on my TBR and really enjoyed five of them, so it wasn’t a bad summer at all! I’m still bitter that Assassin’s Quest was such a disappointment, though…