Welcome to my second quarterly reading wrap-up of 2018! In case you’re new here (hi!), I do one of these every three months. You can find my quarter one wrap-up here. In this post, I’ll discuss all the books I read in April, May, and June; provide some reading statistics; and tell you all about my favorite and least favorite reads of this quarter. Sound good? Let’s get into it!
Total number of books read this quarter: 41
- Rereads: 2
- New reads: 39
Books DNFed: 1 (not counted in reading total above)
My genre breakdown is probably not all that surprising to those of you who know my tastes. YA contemporaries comprised over a third of my reading this quarter (up 4% from last quarter). I find it interesting how much the romance percentage has increased! I’m also proud of a decent nonfiction percentage, although my literary fiction percentage decreased by more than half. Unsurprisingly, fabulism, historical fiction, and graphic novels (pretty much my three favorite genres, tbh) held their own.
This graph is a new addition to my quarterly wrap-up statistics! I wanted to take a look at what formats I was reading. I am honestly shocked that my audiobook percentage is the highest out of any of my formats! I had no idea I’d listened to so many audiobooks last quarter. Since I get all my audiobooks from my library, that means 29% of the books I read last quarter were borrowed from the library, as well. Also, we can clearly see what a terrible job I’m doing at reading backlist books in physical/ebook format so far this year, LMAO.
This looks fairly similar to all my past quarterly wrap-ups. 4-star books made up the majority of my reading this quarter. It’s great to see that, once again, I enjoyed the vast majority of what I picked up during this time frame. Honestly, I’m a very honest review who tends to be up front about my feelings about books, so this really shows that I did a good job picking my reads last quarter!
My Goodreads reading goal for this year is set at 120 books, and as of the end of this quarter I am still ahead (by 19 books) and have completed 71% of my challenge. Not bad!
Now, let’s check in with some of the goals I mentioned in my 2018 reading goals post.
- Read my owned TBR books. | FAIL. Ha. Hahahahaha. Ha. Refer to formats graph above.
- Have at least 85% of my reading be books by and/or about marginalized people. | FAIL. 🙁 I’m currently at 67% for this goal, but I still have a long way to go to get to 85%.
- Read more nonfiction and more literary fiction.| PASS, kinda. It’s the opposite of last quarter– I did pretty well at picking up nonfiction this time around, but less so on the literary fiction.
When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri // To be fair, this wasn’t a terrible book. I was so, so excited to see an f/f romance getting so much mainstream attention, but unfortunately, I found it to be super subpar compared to all of the other amazing f/f I’ve read. It was very exclusionary of bi/pan/queer because it presented gay and straight as the only options.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis // Yeah, the offhand racist and culturally appropriative comments in this memoir just didn’t do it for me.
I don’t have much to say about either Escaping From Houdini or Obsidio; I just found them both to be disappointing sequels.
Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee // My ONE one-star read of this quarter. I found the mental health rep in this novel incredibly hurtful and damaging. It focused on how the main character’s mental illness was a “burden” or an inconvenience to her loved ones, as opposed to showing Lucia’s own lived experiences with mental illness. Plus, the ending was severely upsetting and could be extremely triggering to those with mental illnesses themselves. STAY AWAY FROM THIS ONE, Y’ALL.
These are five 4.5 star reads that, while they may not have gotten a full 5 stars from me, I still love with all my heart. I wanted to give them their due praise here!
quarterly top five
CW: violence, police brutality, racism
5. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely // This was an incredible, timely novel, and I can truly say I’m a different person than I was before I read it. Reynolds and Kiely handle the topics of privilege, police brutality, and racism with such care and compassion. Both perspectives were written brilliantly, and I loved seeing how the two eventually interweave (the audiobook narrators did a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life, btw). It’s a gut punch of a novel, but a necessary one. #RashadIsAbsentAgainToday
CW: racism, assault, violence, police brutality, murder/death, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, panic attacks, depression
4. Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro // Mark Oshiro’s debut is a thorough, oftentimes-painful-to-read story about grief, loss, systemic injustice, and community. This cast of characters was one of the most diverse groups of people I’ve ever read about, and it felt so reflective of real life. It’s a story that’s not meant to comfort the reader, but rather to shine a light on things that are happening right now in this country. It almost reads like a dystopian, but this is what we are living. It’s perhaps not the most hopeful story, but it offers an important takeaway to readers: anger is a gift.
CW: identity policing, internalized biphobia
3. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli // There have been some very valid criticisms of Leah, but I related so intensely to Leah on a personal level. I have never felt so seen or represented by a book. I know the community has conflicting views on this, but I thought Leah and her love interest were adorable. Of course, I also loved seeing what the gang from Simon Vs. was up to a year later! The prom scene at the end had me sobbing because it was the first time I’d ever seen such a stereotypical, romantic YA moment between two girls. <3
2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang // I mean, what else can I say about TKQ that hasn’t already been said? It was equal parts adorable, steamy, and delightful. Basically a perfect romance novel, in my book. The relationship between Stella and Michael was so sweet, and so healthy, too. It features #ownvoices autism rep and a biracial love interest. Plus, Helen Hoang knows how to write a sex scene, y’all. Just saying.
1.. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera // This book right here? Actual, literal perfection in YA book form. A meet cute at an NYC post office! Two boys who are soft nerds at heart! Spot-on pop culture references! The most healthy, realistic relationship I’ve ever seen portrayed in YA! Great friends and parents! Diverse cast of characters! THE MOST PERFECT ENDING! I loved this so infinitely much, and I can’t wait to share my full thoughts with y’all closer to release.
That’s all for this wrap-up! What was the best book you read this quarter? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let’s chat in the comments!