2017 Look in Review

Best Reads of 2017

It’s New Years Eve, and the post I’m most excited about making. My top books I read this year! It’s the first year I’ve properly got back into reading and happy to have read 100 books! From that were loads of amazing books, some shocks and disappointments, but the hardest was to narrow down my favourite books. I’ve somehow managed to narrow it down to 12 books (one for each month?) and it took me such a long time. It was so tough that I needed to put in an Honourable Mentions section. Hope you enjoy! I won’t be going into detail, as I would’ve gushed about them in their respective Wrap-Ups and Goodreads reviews, of which I will link!

 

3007580212/ the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace

Poetry

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

11/ The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon28763485

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3570410710/ Harry Potter A History of Magic by J. K. Rowling

Fantasy

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/ Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys7824322

Historical Fiction

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

133581318/ The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Classics

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

7/ Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie9735478

Classics

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

262368986/ More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas32613366

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1230c-illuminae-kaufman-kristoff4/ Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Sci-Fi

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

3/ A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas23766623

Fantasy

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5e3a4-97815098395512/ The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

Contemporary

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

1/ A Darker Shade of Magic V. E. Schwab23403402

Fantasy

Goodreads review here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honourable mentions

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There we have it; my favourite books of 2017! What were your favourite of the year? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

 

2017 Look in Review

Most Surprising Reads of 2017

So now the negative ones are out of the way! These books I didn’t have high expectations for (either due to mixed reviews or lack thereof), but ending up really enjoying and loving! I’m usually more tempted to pick up a book if there are mixed reviews because I’m curious to know where I fall. Luckily in these cases, I absolutely loved them!

 

5/ The Wrath and The Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh32370233

At first I was hesitant to give this a chance because I heard a fair few negative/’meh’ reviews of it. It was only when I further researched it and found positive reviews and more about the story. I was intrigued so gave it a chance which paid off! I also read the second book of the duology and the novellas and enjoyed them also. It’s now one of my favourite duologies I have read!

 

 

 

 

255262964/ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The opposite this time. I was hesitant to pick it up due to the rave around it, and it wasn’t until I heard a few ‘meh’ reviews that I decided to pick it up myself. I was happy I did so because I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. It’s definitely one which you either ‘get’ or you don’t and I’m glad I was the former! Eagerly awaiting the next book to come.

 

 

 

 

3/ Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt30335557

I hadn’t heard that much buzz over this. I only really heard Lala from Booksandlala rave about it, which encouraged me to pick it up myself! I didn’t know what I was expecting to be honest and read this as part of a readathon due to its size. And I couldn’t believe how such an impacting story lied within so few pages and I loved it. It was so emotional and I truly felt for the characters.

 

 

 

 

289629062/ Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

People either liked it or hated it. I personally think it is one of the books that still sticks with me. I loved the story and the character development, the main character has such a spark that she won’t stop at anything to do what she’s passionate about, and thus breaking female gender roles which were heavily present during this time period. It’s a historical fiction as well as a horror/thriller which I found perfect.

 

 

 

1/ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maase3f34-77113_original

Everyone raves like crazy for the second book, and says that it’s worth going through the first book. I absolutely loved it and devoured it within a few days, I don’t know what it was exactly, it was just one of those books that you ‘click’ with. What drew me in was the Beauty and the Beast inspiration and I saw that in the story.

 

 

 

 

So any of these you read and enjoyed? Do you have any different opinions on these books? Which books were you surprised or disappointed with this year? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx

2017 Look in Review

Most Disappointing Reads of 2017

These books were not particularly ones that I disliked, but I was expected to love them but sadly didn’t. Luckily there were only five which really disappointed me, and I know many people enjoy these books so these are my opinions. I rated these around 3 stars, so I still enjoyed them, but was expected to give them 4 or 5 stars.

 

 

5/ Code Name Verity by Elizabeth WeinWhat are the best children's books on the second world war ...

This wasn’t completely disappointing, just that I was expecting to love it a lot more than I did. I found it slow in the beginning and it took me a long time to adjust to the writing style. The changing of the main protagonists name was a bit confusing, as was the switching between different characters/time lines as it wasn’t very clear who we were following.

 

 

 

 

210998284/ Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This was picked up in anticipation of the movie release. It looked really good and had a lot of prestigious actors I was excited to see. But when I read it I was disappointed with the ending. It was enjoyable reading through the facts and the evidence as the plot unfolded, but I felt let down with the reveal and the ending was anti-climactic.

 

 

 

 

3/ One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManusMama Mummy Mum: One Of Us Is Lying February Book of the Month

This was so disappointing because I was really enjoying the book until it got to the ‘reveal’, and I thought it was a poor choice and such a negative stigma over depression. I found that to be a big let-down, as you were expecting someone to get outed and be revealed as the killer. It felt like the author got fed up and decided to go with the easy ending and I really didn’t think it paid off.

 

 

 

 

267953522/ My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

I have now put this down temporarily because I wasn’t really enjoying it. It was supposed to be so funny that you ‘laugh out loud’, but I only merely chuckled at a few little areas. I just don’t get my head around the magic system and I can’t find any reason to carry on as of yet.

 

 

 

 

1/ Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor13600168

I was expected to be blown away by this, but I just spent the first half of the book waiting for something to happen. As many people have this as their favourite series of all time I was kind of expecting to be blown away. The last 100 or so pages picked up and made it more enjoyable, and I will try and read the others, but I haven’t found the motivation yet.

 

 

 

So have you read any of these? What are your opinions on them? The ones which are series, are they worth continuing? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxx

 

2017 Look in Review

Worst Reads of 2017

I’ve seen a lot of people doing their worst/best reads of the year and I find them really enjoyable! I’ll also be doing my most disappointing/surprising reads as well, because there were just too many books I wanted to mention! As always, these opinions are all my own, and I’m fully aware that some I mention may be your favourites, and I fully respect that and love that you loved the book, but sadly I just didn’t. Just try to be nice and respect my opinions! So here are my top 5 worst books of the year.

 

5/ We Were Liars – E. LockhartE. Lockhart Novel ‘We Were Liars’ Eyed For Feature Film ...

For others, the plot twist caught them by surprise, but for me I found it quite predictable. I picked up on the ‘clues’ very easily and was quick to come to the conclusion of said ‘plot twist’. So not only was I not blown away with the ending, I also couldn’t care much about the characters and the main character was hard to connect to. At least it was an easy, quick read.

 

 

 

Caraval : Stephanie Garber : 97814736291414/ Caraval – Stephanie Garber

I think I would’ve rated this higher if there wasn’t massive hype and buzz surrounding it. I was expecting something really magical and twisty, but it was only a bit magical and wasn’t ‘twisty’ at all. It was easy to tell what was real and what wasn’t so I didn’t find the plot that amazing. The main character was annoying as hell too, all she wanted was to go but when she was there, all she did was complain. The romance didn’t incise me either. I did find the writing beautiful and descriptive and may be tempted to pick up the sequel, if it’s not the same narrator that is.

 

 

3/ Eleanor & Park – Rainbow RowellEleanor and Park - Book by Rainbow Rowell (Paperback, 2014 ...

I found the romance to be really awkward and unrealistic. It was hard for me to connect with the characters and so I didn’t find the relationship appealing or the overall plot. I think if I read this ten years ago before I’ve experienced relationships, I probably would’ve found the relationship less cheesy. At least it was a quick read though.

 

 

 

Water for Elephants - 31 Days of Great Books - Book 19 ...2/ Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen

This was just boring. I didn’t like the characters and the plot seemed to go nowhere. I do now understand that it is more of a character development plot, but that would’ve worked if there was any way of connecting with the main character. By the end I didn’t really care what happened and pretty much skip read the last 200 pages because I had lost all interest, and already felt annoyed for investing the time in reading the first half of the book.

 

 

 

1/ Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky AlbertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

This is the worst book I read this year, and I really don’t like saying that because so many people love it and has it as a favourite. Unfortunately, that was the hype that went into it as I picked it up. I really disliked Simon and how he treated his friends/Blue, and how self-absorbed he was. His friends were also nothing memorable either. And the identity of Blue was quite obvious; I only really continued reading because I wanted to know whether I was right.

 

 

So what are your opinions on these books? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!!

Abbie xxxx