I’m very slowly coming out of my hiatus – I say very slowly because September has been rather busy, I’ve got some exciting news that I’m hoping to share with you all very soon, and I just haven’t been reading much at all – but as I’ll be sharing my autumn TBR for Top Ten Tuesday tomorrow, it’s time for me to take a look at my summer TBR and see how much I read!
The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix The Cousins by Karen M. McManus
Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid You and Me on Vacation by Emily Henry The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
7/10 is pretty good going, but I was so hopeful I’d get to all of the books on my TBR this time around only for another reading slump to strike. Oh well!
I borrowed The Cousins and Malibu Rising from the library – and ended up enjoying both of them! – and had such a fun time with You and Me on Vacation, too, which I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of via NetGalley. All three of them were perfect summer reads, and lovely palate cleansers from my beloved fantasy genre.
Unfortunately I didn’t like Girl, Serpent, Thorn and The Final Girl Support Group as much at all, which was such a disappointment when they both seemed like they’d be right up my street. I’ve already reviewed Girl, Serpent, Thorn if you’re interested in my full thoughts and I’m planning to review The Final Girl Support Group as Halloween draws closer.
Thankfully, despite those disappointments, I read my favourite book of the year so far this summer in She Who Became the Sun. If you love historical fantasy or queer fantasy or Chinese-inspired fantasy, you need to get your hands on a copy of it asap. I can’t wait for the sequel.
I am gutted I wasn’t able to get to The Jasmine Throne over the summer – it remains one of my most anticipated releases of the year, but I’ve been in such a slump for the past few weeks that I didn’t want to read it and risk not enjoying it because of my reading mood – but I did manage to cross another 2021 release off my TBR when I finally finished The Wolf and the Woodsman.
I ended up really enjoying The Wolf and the Woodsman, it’s a brilliant debut and I loved its exploration of faith, magic and power, but it somehow took me two months to read it. Two. Months. That’s how much of a slump I’ve been in this summer. I’m making myself focus less on the quantity of what I read, though, and just letting myself enjoy what I read even if my life circumstances right now mean I’m not finishing books in 2-3 days the way I usually would.
Overall, I read the majority of my summer TBR and I loved the majority of it, too – it doesn’t get much better than that!