~ Last Year I Was Reading – #2 ~

Last Year I Was Reading is hosted by Maria @ ReadingMaria. Every Thursday (or whichever day you choose), take your current read and compare it to what you were reading this exact time last year.

  • Which one do you like better?
  • What is different about the books?
  • Any special facts/things you want to make note of or bring attention to?

For June, I am giving this new meme a try. I am temporarily putting a hold on my TBR Clean-up posts as it was difficult trying to go through and decide which books to toss. Since I love to do memes, I searched for some Thursday ones. This meme seemed to be interesting, so I decided to give a try this month. If it works, then I’ll work more with the formatting to make this post a more permanent fixture on my blog.

I read and reviewed this novel on June 9, 2020. This is the second novel in the Bromance Book Club series. I still need to read novels one and three. The fourth will be released in July 2021.

Although I posted two reviews, Queens of Fennbirn and The Infinity Courts today after finishing reading them yesterday, I decided to compare last year’s novel to the two novels that I posed reviews for on the same date (June 9th) along with my current read, The Lost Queen.

I started The Lost Queen on June 9th as an ebook and read/reviewed Anxious People and The Lucky Escape on June 9th. (My June 10th reads were both audiobooks that I listened to previously, but I did not gather my thoughts enough to use them in this post.)

Anxious People and Undercover Bromance are both more modern and contemporary novels that include elements of self-growth. While both include couples, Anxious People‘s focus is on the mystery and Undercover Romance focuses on the romance aspect.

The Lucky Escape is the most similar of the three novels to Undercover Bromance as both are contemporary romance novels at their cores with different character growth arcs included.

The Lost Queen is the most different from all the novels as it is historical fiction compared to being set in modern times. Another main difference is this is the only continuous series from the novels, while Undercover Bromance acts more as a standalone within a series.

All four novels contain an emotional journey for the characters. I am only about half-way through The Lost Queen, but so far the main characters right now are not the same ones from the start.

Even though I am not finished with The Lost Queen, based on initial thoughts, I prefer Undercover Bromance out of the four novels, although all are good reads, in their own way. (This could change though based on how my current novel ends.)

Have you read either of these books? What did you think? What book were you reading this time last year and how does it compare to your current read?

4 thoughts on “~ Last Year I Was Reading – #2 ~

  1. This is an interesting exercise. I love the Bromance books, but I also adore all of Backman’s books. There is always a gentle beauty to them, and he always highlights human connection is such a fantastic way.

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