“From the moment I accepted the invitation, I was nervous about returning to Germany.”First line in A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
Sooooo today is actually my blogiverasary. It’s been exactly four years since I decided other people needed to hear my nonsense and I started this blog. I’m doing The Quarter Year Crisis Book Tag created by Roisin’s Reading today which might seem totally unrelated to a blog’s four-year birthday but a quarter is also written as 1⁄4 (see that 4?) so it’s actually very appropriate. I’m definitely not doing this because I didn’t have other ideas. Let’s just get to the questions!
How many books have you read so far?
25 which puts me 8 books ahead of my Goodreads goal so I’m not complaining.
Have you already found a book you think might be a 2023 favorite?
Well, I’ve only given 5 stars to one book so far this year and that was A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne, so it’s very likely to appear in my top ten by the end of the year. Will it be my number one? It’s possible but as much as I loved it, it wouldn’t be outrageous for another book to beat it.
If not what was your favorite book you read that wasn’t quite five star?
I’ve given 4.5 stars to two books so far: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Gleanings by Neal Shusterman. The latter is still very fresh in my mind and I probably liked that one a little bit more. However, at the rate I’m finding 5-star books, it wouldn’t surprise me if both made an appearance in my top ten at the end of the year.
Any 1 star books / least favorite book of the year?
I have two 1-star books already, unfortunately. The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons was such a disappointing sequel to The Ruin of Kings that I quit the series despite really loving one of the main characters. And then I read The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake which has got to take the spot as the worst book of the year. Like, I don’t think I would manage to stay sane if I had to read something worse than that.
Most read genre so far?
After I wrote my stats post for 2022, I was shocked to learn how little fantasy I’d read last year and I think that did something to me. Out of the first ten books I read in 2023, nine were fantasy books. So it’s safe to say that it’s still my most-read genre with 15 out of the 25 books I’ve read so far being fantasy.
A book that surprised you?
The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. I only gave it 3.5 stars but considering I’d previously decided I wouldn’t read it at all, I was pleasantly surprised by it. The synopsis really didn’t sound like something I would enjoy and people generally seemed to like the book a lot less than Yanagihara’s other books. I’m so glad I changed my mind though because I found the main character so incredibly interesting and I liked how the book was written like a mystery all about figuring him out.
Book that’s come out in 2023 already that you want to read but haven’t yet?
Solomon’s Crown by Natasha Siegel. It’s alternate history that has medieval and queer European royals falling in love. Please be good.
One goal you made that you’re succeeding at
One of my goals for the year was to explore high/epic fantasy some more and make them a priority to figure out whether it’s a subgenre I still enjoy. I’ve read at least one of these very long books each month so far this year so I would call that a goal I’m succeeding at. Am I liking the books? Well, no but that also wasn’t a requirement for the goal to be a success. I still have loads more series to try so I’m not giving up hope.
One goal you made you need to focus on
Well, I think I’m doing alright with all my goals at the moment. One of my goals is to read less YA or at least be more strict about which ones I do pick up. This one had a rough start because in January and February, I primarily read YA (oops). I then corrected and read ten adult books in a row so I feel on the right track again with that one.
New to you Booktubers/bookstagrammer/booktokers for 2023 you recommend?
I assume I’m allowed to mention book blogs too because I don’t watch a whole lot of BookTube anymore and I’ve never been active on the other platforms. Not that I’ve found all that many new book blogs to follow either, so I’m cheating a little and also recommending blogs I found in 2022.
- Me & Ink – Sophie writes a wide variety of posts and the effort she puts in shines through in all of them so I’m always excited to see what she writes next. I also really enjoy how it’s not always about books because she also includes music, TV shows and movies.
- Wildwood Reads – I haven’t followed this blog for very long but I just love looking at all the pretty photos of the books they talk about. I also really enjoy the way they do wrap ups each month because they give their thoughts very briefly in just a few lines. That’s all I need.
- Biblio Nebula – Okay, so Nefeli isn’t new exactly, but she just came back after a very long break from blogging and she deserves all the love. Our reading tastes don’t overlap all that much but I simply adore her writing so I will read anything she posts. And she loves football so she’s the best.
I’ve seen this tag make its rounds in the community so I’m not tagging anyone but feel free to do it if you want to. What has been your favorite book so far this year?
3 thoughts on “The Quarter Year Crisis Book Tag”
I can see you had very sound reasoning for doing this tag today – I appreciate your mathematical insights into quarters and the number four 😂 But happy blogiversary!!! 🥳
Anyway, I am extremely envious of you being ahead on your reading challenge and not having read a book worse than The Atlas Paradox, but I suppose I can get over it by telling myself that I have at least made a miraculous comeback and overtaken you in terms of five-star reads 😁 Any book I encounter this year is going to have to try extremely hard to knock Beartown out of it’s current ‘favorite book of 2023’ status! But I’m sure there are more good books out there somewhere; we just have to find them and ensure you don’t have to fill up this year’s top ten list with too many 4.5-star reads 😉
Speaking of – Solomon’s Crown sounds thoroughly intriguing, so maybe that will tip the scales? 🤔 I’m definitely looking forward to your verdict so that I can see whether I need to read it! And I also have very high hopes for S.A. Chakraborty’s new book because so far, the popular opinion seems to be that it’s better than the Daevabad Trilogy 👀
Finally, congrats on being so on top of your goals! I think I’m just gonna go ahead and ignore that I ever made any… The title of this tag honestly kind of feels like a personal attack 🤣
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Thank you! I knew I could count on you to see my logic 😁
Yeah, you’ve totally left me behind with all those 5-star reads! None of my current reads are going to be 5 stars either, although Jonathan Strange isn’t terrible just so very long (I’m only halfway). I have not read Backman but I hope to read the Britt-Marie one that Nefeli recommended soon so I can see whether I need to try more from him. Of course, he’s off to a bad start by being a Swede but maybe I’ll read Beartown eventually 😄
Solomon’s Crown does sound really good so I’m just hoping it won’t just be fluffy but also have some good writing 🤞 And Chakraborty’s new book? Nothing about the synopsis sounds appealing to me so I’m gonna need to be convinced some other way so you can definitely read that one first 😁
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The Britt-Marie book is also high up on my list, so I’m excited to see what you think 🤗 I can kind of imagine you complaining about Backman’s books being too wholesome, but then again, they do have the most perfect cinnamon-rolly characters that I can’t see you not liking! Beartown is way darker than everything else I’ve read of his, though, which I think is why I loved it so much more. It does take multiple POVs to the extreme, though, so I’m not sure you could be convinced to like it anyway 😅
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