Did I Read My Spring TBR?

With this week’s TTT post being my Summer TBR, today it’s time to look back at my Spring TBR to see how I did. If you’re interested in looking at my original thoughts about these books, you can find that post here. But without further ado, let’s look at what I read and what I didn’t.

What I Read

Hurricane Season by Fernada Melchor

I started this one two days after I posted that TBR…and instantly DNF’ed it. Two pages in it used the ‘r-word’ and then again multiple times in that chapter—it served absolutely no purpose and easily could’ve been edited out. Usually I’d try and give a book at least 50 pages, but I just noped out of this one real quick.

Strip Jack by Ian Rankin

Another one I decided just to not read. I was just looking at this list when trying to decide what to read next one day and realised that I didn’t really want to read this series anymore. I think I’ve been really trying to make myself like crime fiction, when the truth is I only really like the same 4 or 5 authors.

Katherine of Aragon by Alison Weir

I genuinely had anticipated to enjoy all of these books, but I started to feel a bit disheartened around the point I picked up this one. I really thought this one in particular would be a favourite for the year, but I read the first 100 pages and just didn’t enjoy Weir’s writing one bit. I guess I’m still on the lookout for a good book about the Six Wives of Henry.

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Oh I was so young and naive going into this. Here I was thinking ‘oh I’ll read Allegedly and then just marathon the rest of Jackson’s books’. I AM EMOTIONALLY DESTROYED. I said this in my favourites post for October, but no one, NO ONE, messes you up like Tiffany D. Jackson messes you up. That needs to come on a note stapled inside her books.

Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

Another absolutely amazing one! I was honestly getting a little stressed that I wasn’t going to enjoy any of these books, apart from Allegedly, at the point when I picked this one up. But oh boy, this one made me really sob. I seriously had to put the book down and just sob into a pillow for a while. So uh…highly recommend it.

Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Another one that just did not work for me. I’ve realised in the last couple of months that my reading tastes are incredibly different from what they were even just last year. Last year I would have devoured and loved this one, but this year I just could not get into it at all.

Tempt Me At Twilight by Lisa Kleypas

I had originally put this one on my TBR because I’d not enjoyed the second book in the series and knew I’d put it off. I definitely did do that, but ended up picking this up towards the end of November. I enjoyed it a lot more than the second, in fact it’s probably my favourite in the series so far.

What I Didn’t

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Angel and I were going to buddy read this, this month, but we both agreed that we just didn’t have the time for it this month. So we’ll be reading this for our January discussion instead.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

I started reading this at some point—I seriously can’t remember when, but I wasn’t super enjoying it. It’s very, very different to what I was expecting and I’m not sure whether I’ll end up liking it. For now I do plan to finish it but that might change.

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

I really wanted to get to this one this month, but I just ran out of time before this post was due to go live. I’m not sure that I’ll get to it before the end of the year, especially as I have so many other books to finish but if I can squeeze it in somewhere I definitely will.

So I think I did pretty well, even though most of these were DNFs. Like I mentioned, Tuesday will be my Summer TBR so I’ll see you all then to talk about those exciting picks!


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