A Year in Review of Books

It’s taken me a really long time to write this post. I have so much to say about all the books I read but I hate reading really long blog posts…dilemma. I did read 68 books last year… let’s see if I can make this as short as possible. I’ve categorized my books based on:  Must Reads, Good, Meh, Never Again and do a little summary in each section, I don’t want to overload you guys!

Sorry about the pictures being not the greatest, it’s hard to fit all of them in one picture, anyway, here we go. FYI: 66% of the books I read fell into a category of Must Read or Good! YAY!

The Must Reads

I had so many on my list of books that were a must read this year. It’s always fun when 38% of the books you read make your MUST READ list.

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My number one for the year has to be The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden. I honestly cannot get over how magical this first story was. When someone asks me my favorite of 2017 I don’t hesitate in my response. If you haven’t read it, please go out and get it. Also– she’s already come out with the SECOND in this series, The Girl In The Tower, review to come but of course this one was good too!

My next favorite was A Man Called Ove, I laughed, I cried and whenever you can get that many emotions out of me shows how great the book was. I very rarely give 5 stars to books but this one and The Bear and The Nightingale definitely received them.

I added almost all of Sarah J. Maas’ books to my Must Read. I am thankful for my book friends who even told me about her, I had no idea she was an author nevermind had written such interesting stories. A Court of Thorns and Roses A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Wings and Ruin all made my top books plus her other series with Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.

Of the historical books I read, I have to give props to the Poldark Series, one that I started in 2016 and finished in 2017 — all about Cornwall (yay I’m going there) in the late 1700s-early 1800s. But really, everyone should read the first account story of WWI in a Testament of Youth and the story The Invention of Wings about slavery and the attempt to abolish it in the United States.

Books that should be read because of life lessons were Eliza and Her Monsters (not kidding, I thought WHERE WAS THIS BOOK WHEN I WAS YOUNGER), The Lovely Bones and After You each of which deals with tragedy and finding a way to keep living through and after that tragedy.

Not Pictured Above: Wormwood if you’re looking for something completely different from anything you’ve read before, that’s it. Caraval – so magical in it’s own way, I really enjoyed it plus The Snow Child which left you thinking about life a little differently.

The Good

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Remember when I said I had 66% of my books fall into the category of Must Read or Good? Well, a lot of my good books I either didn’t own or have them loaned out to people. Anyway, I really really enjoyed the King’s Cage, I thought the war scenes were really well done and I cannot wait for War Storm to come out in the next month or so.

Not pictured: The series on Tristan and Isolde which I found the entire series good but some of the books lacked a little finesse at times. My favorite of them was Isolde. Also missing: Victoria, how can you not love the story of young Victoria and Albert? I’m not Scared, a completely different type of story based in Italy with a little mystery that left me on the edge of my seat, The Glass Spare which I got through a book box and LOVED, seriously this was so entertaining that I have the next one on my list to read. Another book box book was The Upside of Unrequited the perfect Contemporary novel for young adults going through hard times in high school or college.

While some of the shorter stories related to Outlander made my Meh list, a bunch made my good list including: Lord John and The Private Matter, Virgins, The Custom Army, The Space Between and A Leaf on The Wind of All Hallows.

The last two were based on England – A Name Unknown, a little adventure taking place in Cornwall with a little information on the war and how writers kept the hope up as well as A Study in Scarlet, my favorite story so far in the Sherlock Holmes series.

The Meh

Pictured below are some of the books I found “meh” this year. I think I’m one of the only ones who didn’t really like Strange The Dreamer, it just didn’t do ANYTHING for me. I think I tried to really like it in my review but I remember being only okay with it. While I loved The White Queen, The White Princess was good but not great, I think I missed the romance and mystery. Not pictured here are: Hidden Figures (too much of a textbook compared to a story), Heir of Fire (something was missing in this one for me), Three Dark Crowns (I was really excited for this but it was just such a letdown for me, the idea was great but I found it sooo boring). While I enjoyed some of my Lord John short series, others were just kind of meh for me and didn’t seem to add a lot of value to the whole Outlander series (while other stories about Lord John did). Also missing in the picture below was the Sign of Four which made me really sad that I didn’t like it because I’m a huge Sherlock Fan.

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The Never Again

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Not pictured above: The Notebook, Carve The Mark, World Made By Hand, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Mermaid, Hunted, Before She Ignites. Honestly, some of these I can’t even remember (Hunted, Carve The Mark, Onyx Vial) and others I just really really didn’t like: The Notebook and Before She Ignites. Luckily, some I sold, some I borrowed so I am only left with the 5 above. Wuthering Heights was one of those classics that I just didn’t fall for, while Midnight Queen had potential but not enough. B as in Beruit was different and intriguing but sometimes hard to follow.

I probably didn’t get every single book in my 68, if you’re really interested in what I read you can check out my Goodreads account. I’m hoping this year I’ll add some star rating to all of my books to help you along the way in my reviews.

How many books did you guys read? What were your favorite? Did we have any the same? Leave your comments below 🙂

 

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