~ Last Year I Was Reading – #8 ~

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?

Published February 13th 2018
Published May 8th 2018

Last year, I did not read/review anything exactly on July 22 (today). I did read one before on July 21st, Surprise Me, and one after on July 23rd, The High Tide Club.

Expected publication: July 27th 2021
Published May 11th 2021

Today, I read and reviewed two novels, one is an ARC, Mississippi Missing, and the other is a back-log title, People We Meet on Vacation.

I guess I will start with a simple comparison as all four novels are standalones. Last year I read two novels that were both published in 2018 and this year I read two novels published in 2021. Each novel has a different focus, although they all share a more “women’s fiction” where the character experiences some growth in the story. In Surprise Me, a married couple is trying to reignite the spark after they are presented with news that the rest of their lives is a lot longer than they thought. In People We Meet on Vacation, two best friends discover that they potentially have romantic feelings for the other. In High Tide Club, a woman visits an older woman to fulfill her last wish and create her will. Finally, in Mississippi Missing, a woman is on a journey of self-discovery as she comes to terms with her new abilities.

All four novels were from authors that were not new to me as I have read and enjoyed other novels from each of them. The outlier between the four novels is Mississippi Missing as it contains a fantasy element with magic and different types of beings. However, it is still contemporary is some of its themes and settings. The other three novels are also contemporary stories that each take place in the modern world.

For choosing one novel as a favorite, I am on the fence between two of them. For last year’s novels, I think I would choose The High Tide Club. For this year’s novels, I think I would choose Mississippi Missing. Now between those two, I do not think I could choose as they were both incredibly enjoyable.

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?

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