Bookish Item | Last Year I Was Reading #4

Last week Candyce wrote a Last Year I Was Reading post and I though it would be fun to do one as well. I really enjoy looking back at what I was reading before and it’s a nice way to be reminded of those books again. We discovered Last Year I Was Reading on Cozy with Books. This meme was originally created by Reading Maria and started off on Instagram! Let’s check out what this is all about an what I was reading last year!

What I (and you!) do is:

Take your current read and compare it to what you 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?

I am very happy I track all the books I read in a spreadsheet so it’s very easy to look back and see what I was reading at any point. My start date isn’t always accurate so I picked the book closest to today’s date.

Last Year I Was Reading: The Wild Path – Sarah R. Baughman

The Line Tender meets The Secret Horses of Briar Hill in this hopeful, heartfelt story about one girl’s search for legendary horses and her quest to piece her family back together.

Twelve-year-old Claire Barton doesn’t like the “flutter feeling” that fills her chest when she worries about the future, but she knows what she loves: the land that’s been in her family for three generations; her best friend Maya; her family’s horses, Sunny and Sam; and her older brother Andy. That’s why, with Andy recently sent to rehab after a DUI, and her parents planning to sell the horses, Claire’s world feels like it might flutter to pieces.

When Claire learns about equine therapy, she imagines a less lonely future that keeps her family together, brother and horses included. But, when she finds mysterious wild horses in the woods behind her house, she realizes she has a bit more company than she bargained for. With this new secret-and a little bit of luck-Claire will discover the beauty of change, the power of family, and the strength within herself.

I’m Currently Reading: The 22 Murders of Madison May – Max Berry

I love you. In every world.

Young real estate agent Madison May is shocked when a client at an open house says these words to her. The man, a stranger, seems to know far too much about her, and professes his love–shortly before he murders her.

Felicity Staples hates reporting on murders. As a journalist for a midsize New York City paper, she knows she must take on the assignment to research Madison May’s shocking murder, but the crime seems random and the suspect is in the wind. That is, until Felicity spots the killer on the subway, right before he vanishes.

Soon, Felicity senses her entire universe has shifted. No one remembers Madison May, or Felicity’s encounter with the mysterious man. And her cat is missing. Felicity realizes that in her pursuit of Madison’s killer, she followed him into a different dimension–one where everything about her existence is slightly altered. At first, she is determined to return to the reality she knows, but when Madison May–in this world, a struggling actress–is murdered again, Felicity decides she must find the killer–and learns that she is not the only one hunting him.

Traveling through different realities, Felicity uncovers the opportunity–and danger–of living more than one life.

Comparing the Books:

These are two very different books haha! I think the only thing they have in common are that I both got them as an eARC. The Wild Path is a MG book and while some have marked it as a mystery, I wouldn’t classify it as one to be honest. This is much more a contemporary story than a mystery. The 22 Murders of Madison May is part mystery/thriller and part science fiction time travel story.

I really enjoyed The Wild Path and end up giving it 4,5 stars, at the moment I’m also enjoying The 22 Murders of Madison May but I don’t have an idea about my rating just yet. The concepts I really fun and I enjoy the story but I think the ending will be very important for my rating.

When I was reading The Wild Path last year I think the weather was much more autumn like already, and that fit the vibe of the story very well. Right now it’s actually quite warm and I guess it does fit with the cover of 22 Murders but I wouldn’t say it really fits the vibe haha. I do like reading mystery/thrillers around this time of year!

What were you reading last year? Is it anything like what you’re reading now? If you can’t remember what you were reading last year I’d love to hear about your current book. Let me know in the comments!

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