Welcome to my first quarterly reading wrap-up of 2018! In case you’re new here (hi!), I do one of these every three months. In this post, I’ll discuss all the books I read in January, February, and March; provide some reading statistics; and tell you all about my favorite and least favorite reads of this quarter. Sound good? Let’s talk about some books!
Total number of books read this quarter: 34
- Rereads: 2
- New reads: 32
Books DNFed: 2 (not counted in reading total above)
A full third of the books I read this quarter were YA contemporaries, which isn’t surprising, since the majority of the review copies I receive fall into this genre. I also read a decent amount from my other favorite genres: graphic novels, historical fiction, and adult fiction. The only number here that really surprises me is the fantasy total! I’ve strayed away from fantasy over the past few years, so it’s surprising to me that fantasy books still make up a decent amount of my overall reading.
This data was surprising for me, because I’ve felt so “meh” about my reading year thus far! I think it’s because I just started racking up five-star reads in March. But still, it’s great to see that I enjoyed the overwhelming majority of what I’ve read so far in 2018! (And those of you who know me know that I’m a pretty… realistic… reviewer who doesn’t rate books highly if they don’t deserve it, so this means I’ve done a pretty good job of picking my reads this year so far. Good job, past Madalyn!) As usual, I’m heavy on four-star ratings.
My Goodreads reading goal for this year is set at 120 books, and as of the end of this quarter I am slightly ahead (by six books) and have completed 29% 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. Beginning-of-the-year me was so optimistic. I will say, though, I’ve done a really great job of reading new books right after I buy them, so that’s a start, right? RIGHT???
- Have at least 85% of my reading be books by and/or about marginalized people. | FAIL. Noooooo! I was really surprised to see that my total for this is only at 59% this quarter. I mean, I still read predominately books by and/or about marginalized people, but I really hope to get this number up next quarter. (In 2017, my percentage was about 81% for the entire year, for reference.)
- Read more nonfiction and more literary fiction. These are two of my favorite genres that I tend to neglect in favor of other books, but I want to make a concerted effort to read more from both these areas in 2018. I also want to stay more on top of new releases in these genres. | PASS, kinda. I definitely will call this a win on the literary fiction front, but I only read one nonfiction book this quarter. Still, that’s better than nothing, right?
Ah, yes. There are always inevitably some books that disappoint you, and I suppose I’m lucky it’s just these four– pretty good, considering this wrap-up covers three whole months of reading. Reign of the Fallen was just underwhelming, All of This Is True was beyond dull, and Witch and Finding Felicity were both kinda problematic (click the covers to read my full reviews of those two).
Just some 4.5 star reads that might not have reached that full 5 stars, but deserve a shoutout nonetheless.
the top three favorites
*Not including rereads
Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill // This is such a short, simple graphic novel, but it’s full of wonderful representation and endless amounts of cuteness. It challenges gender stereotypes and heteronormativity, the romance is adorable, and the art is beautiful. Plus, it was so great to see my weight and my sexuality represented in one character. <3 Can’t recommend this one highly enough!
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas // I expected to like Red Clocks, but I did not expect to love it as much as I did. It’s a sci-fi/dystopian? set in a very-near-future version of the US where the Personhood Amendment, which outlaws abortions and IVF as well as imposes other restrictions on reproduction, has been passed. We follow four different POV characters, who we know only by their archetypes (The Mother, The Daughter, The Biographer, and The Mender). This story was harrowing and… honestly, it hit horrifyingly close to home. Zumas narrows in on the real implications and consequences of such an amendment, and it shows how such a law further dehumanizes women. Her writing is a bit experimental, but it’s still accessible. I listened to the audiobook, which I would recommend! It was great. Shoutout to my bff Emily for this rec, which was, as usual with her recommendations, excellent.
Save the Date by Morgan Matson // Save the Date is probably my favorite book I read this quarter. Is it as impactful or representative as the other two books in my top three? No. But did it hit home for me? Yes, in a way I completely didn’t expect. The Grant family reminded me so much of my own family. I loved Charlie’s character growth, even over such a short time period. I adored the fact that this book focused on family and relationships other than romantic ones. Romance plays a very small part in this story, but it’s still sweet. Not to mention, Save the Date was also endlessly fun to read and had no shortage of hilarious moments. Basically, Morgan Matson still has my heart. She nailed it with this 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!
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