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/reviewed, A Reason To Be.
Today, I read and reviewed The Trouble With Hating You, one of my back-log titles.
Both, The Trouble with Hating You and A Reason to Be, can be read as standalone novels. While A Reason to Be does not have any companion novels, Hating You is part of a series with a different set of characters in each novel that is all set in the same world.
Both novels are contemporary where they are set in the modern “real” world. A Reason to Be also includes many historical elements as there are chapters that explore the history of the main character’s ancestry. Together everything ties together to form a cohesive story. It also features a cultural aspect from the character’s family history beginning in Scotland. Hating You goes into an excellent exploration into Indian culture. Another element that the novels share as the romance aspects that are a little out of the ordinary. There are different traumas in each story which shapes how the main character views potential future romances. Each are explored through their respective novels.
For choosing one novel as a favorite, both novels were very interesting. While I greatly enjoyed Hating You and plan to read a lot more from the author, I think A Reason to Be has a little more re-read potential, for me.
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?