Last Year I Was Reading:

This is technically a Thursday meme (for Throwback Thursday) but it still works today!

I’ve been feeling a little uninspired in coming up with blog posts so I looked up some bookish memes and found this one I’m really intrigued by. I do love memes because it not only takes some of the work out of writing posts by providing a topic, but they’re fun to participate in and a great chance to meet other bloggers!

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. Maria offers some questions for discussion:

  • 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?
Graphic with black text that reads "Last Year I Was Reading..." above a URL www.ReadingMariaBookBlog.wordpress.com. There is an illustration of a small open book and the background is grey.

This Year I’m Reading…

Book cover for What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo. Illustration of a white teenage girl with white-blond hair looking at the camera. Half of her mouth has been scratched off like in a painting, showing fanged teeth underneath.

What Big Teeth by Rosa Szabo

Last Year I Was Reading…

Book cover for Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. Illustration of two apartment buildings facing each other. In the left, a teenage blonde girl sits on a windowsill texting. in the right, a black-haired boy stands in a window texting. The title text is displayed as text speech bubbles.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord


Thoughts

It’s hard to say of these two which I like better since I’m only a few chapters in to What Big Teeth, but Tweet Cute was one of my favourite reads last year so Teeth has some work cut out for it. This pair-up makes me laugh quite a bit because besides both being young adult novels, the genres, plot lines, and especially the moods of each of these books is vastly different. Where Tweet Cute is quite literally a cute book, following a modern teen re-telling of You’ve Got Mail with grilled cheese, Twitter feuds, and college stress, What Big Teeth is a gothic-feeling fantasy that follows a teenage girl who’s from a family of werewolves and returns terrified and confused after years away at a boarding school.

So clearly quite different books! The only thing I can see shared across the books so far, besides the age of the characters, is that both MCs seem to feel out of place and at odds with the direction their family is leading them, Pepper in Tweet Cute with college decisions and her role in the family business and Rose in What Big Teeth with her family’s violent tendencies. I’m looking forward to getting further into What Big Teeth, perhaps I’ll find more similarities! Either way, I wouldn’t want the characters across these books to meet, I’m afraid it’d end quite badly for Pepper.


It’s a lot of fun to compare these reads! I’d love to look even further back and see what I was reading two, three, or even five years ago as well (which I might in the future). Maria started the meme on Instagram so you can participate wherever you post bookish content!

How would your past and current read match up?
Have you read either of these books?

Cover images from Goodreads, graphic from ReadingMaria.

3 thoughts on “Last Year I Was Reading:

  1. I have not read either of these but I would like to try What Big Teeth! lol at your comment about characters from these two books meeting.

    I am thinking – what a time to be comparing what you read a year ago, haha. March 21 falls partway through the week my library closed to the public, before layoffs happened… IIRC I was somewhere in the Three Dark Crowns series enjoying some desperately needed escapism 😛 Right now I am reading a magical middle grade book Cattywampus and still appreciating escapism!

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