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?
Last year, I read and reviewed one novel on July 15th, Cottage by the Sea.
Today, I read and reviewed one novel, The Soulmate Equation and I am currently working on my review for Jenn Reinvented and will publish the post tomorrow as part of a book tour.
I guess I will start with the easiest comparison as all three novels fall under the romance category. While The Soulmate Equation follows the more contemporary romance route in writing, it still includes nice character growth. Jenn Reinvented and Cottage by the Sea both are second chance tales where the main character is experiencing a setback and is trying to find a way to start again. In Cottage by the Sea, the main character relocates after a family tragedy and in Jenn Reinvented, the main character is trying to start again after she concludes that her marriage situation is no longer working.
Even though Jenn Reinvented is the second novel in The Sweet Water Circle series, it could be read as a standalone novel as each story features a new main character while the stories in the series tie together under a central location and theme. The Soulmate Equation and Cottage by the Sea are both standalones with no ties to other novels. Cottage by the Sea wraps up nicely and I think does not need a sequel while The Soulmate Equation I would love to be turned into a series with the main character’s best friend as the new central figure.
For reviewing purposes, Jenn Reinvented is my first novel by Grayson Avery. I have read multiple Debbie Macomber novels, but Cottage by the Sea has been my only written review, so far. The Soulmate Equation is my fourth novel by Christina Lauren. Although it was not my favorite of the four, it was not my least either.
For choosing one novel as a favorite, it is a very difficult choice as they each were easy reading. Although I enjoyed the other two, I think Cottage by the Sea has the most “re-read potential.”
Have you read any 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?