(TAG) End of Autumn Recap

I was tagged by the awesome Faith of You Are What You Read (who has a lot of friends btw not just me and Nana) to do this book tag!

Books being talked about are what was read this autumn…and I’ll stick with Faith and go with what I read from September through November.

The Questions

  • Which book can you not stop thinking about?
  • Which book would you rather have not read?
  • What genre did you read the most?
  • Which book surprised you the most?
  • Which book disappointed you the most?
  • What was your favorite cover?
  • What was your favorite fall/autumn release?
  • Which books did you plan on reading, but you never got around to?
  • Which books do you plan on reading in the winter?

The Answers

Which book can you not stop thinking about?

Oh wow. I have no idea because there are so many I can’t stop thinking about! There are a couple of 2020 releases that I am dying to read, mainly The Court of Mortals by A.J. Lancaster (Jan 21, 2020), and Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (June 2, 2020).

Which book would you rather have not read?

For this year, hands down The Friend Zone. It. Was. Awful. From the horrible infertility rep to the awful military rep to the even worse military rep to the emotional cheating to the I’m a cool girl trope done all wrong to the let’s fuck with a beloved secondary character so the main leads will ~feel~ things, it was just horrible. Fuck it was bad.

What genre did you read the most?

I’ve read 194 books so far this year, and while I would have hands down said SFF was my most-read genre, that’s just not the case! I only read 34 science fiction books (wuuuuuuuut) and 28 fantasy books (there is some overlap). My most-read genre was actually contemporary! I read 65 contemporary books this year.

As for age category, I don’t have a Goodreads shelf for adult books, but I’m assuming that with 84 YA books and 25 MG books, the majority I read was adult books (I’m counting the 11 new adult books in this number)? Sure?I also read 79 books with a main character of color and 54 books with prominent LGBTQIAP+ characters (again, there is probably some double tapping in this number)

Which book surprised you the most?

Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni. I never expected to fall in love with these characters so much, or to snicker and outright guffaw over the phrase, “casual cocaine.” Andy and Scout are endearing, wonderful and so, so amazing. I want more of them!

Which book disappointed you the most?

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I gave this thing four stars, but after a month or so of sitting on it, it was a solid three to 2.5 star rating. It just…fell super flat and even that ending couldn’t salvage it. I was thinking of going back to revise my review, but I am a supremely lazy being. So I’ll say it was my most disappointing read and leave it at that.

What was your favorite cover?

*frantically scrambles back to Goodreads and scrolls through year in review*

Okay, I’ve found a top five. It’ll just have to do. And yes, I absolutely adore beautifully illustrated covers (Sorcery of Thorns‘s cover illustrator Charlie Bowater is incredible and just barely missed the cut on my top five because I am not a fan of the embossed silver on the physical cover). These are all just as fantastic in print form (some, like Spin the Dawn and With the Fire on High, even more gorgeous) and I love them all for entirely different reasons. Which I won’t get into, except to say that with romance novels I’m far more likely to pick up something with a cutesy cover like Red, White and Royal Blue than I am with something shirtless and dominatingly masculine, and I was sold to request Gods of Jade and Shadow by that cover alone because I’ve never seen anything quite like it (and had never read a synopsis quite like it either).

What was your favorite fall/autumn release?

Top four again (when it comes to books, I’m very indecisive, okay?). I loved them all for very different reasons, although there are a couple of my most anticipated releases for this fall that I have not been able to get to yet. The Queen of Nothing and Queen of the Conquered are probably the top on my fall 2019 release list…along with A Kingdom for a Stage, Winterwood and Supernova (although I still need to read Archenemies).

Which books did you plan on reading, but you never got around to?

It felt like this entire year has had so many incredible releases and I just can’t keep up. But these are the books that were consistently on my monthly TBRs and the ones that I said were a priority and then did not read. Also The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, but I haven’t read that one because I’m scared…although reading How Long ’til Black Future Month prepared me a little more.

Which books do you plan on reading in the winter?

Since December is half-way over, I’m going to focus very loosely on my January goals. I’ve got a couple (7-8) ARCs releasing in January that I want to try to get through in December, and then for January I want to enjoy myself. Slow things down a little. Read more of those backlist titles that keep getting pushed aside for the ~shiny~ new releases. Read for the sake of reading instead of trying to hit a number. I also have some things that popped into my life that are going to make reading less of a priority (*hint hint* it involves writing) and more for pleasure.

And that’s it!

I’m not tagging anyone, but if you want to join in, join in!

Don’t forget to tag Faith, the creator of these fun book tags! She’s the best!

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