We have passed down an entire stretch of road and now stare at the beginning of another. I have a bit of a hit or miss relationship with making resolutions- as you can see in more detail here – yet I’ve decided to approach 2018 differently than I did 2017. I’m a year older and thus much wiser than I was last year (I hope so at least). Instead of making concrete detailed goals, I’m going to outline a few things I want to accomplish and look at them as guidelines rather than strict rulings of my behavior.
This year has finally come to an end. I read 179 books over the past year and now the time has come to choose among them as to which are the best books I have read this year. I waited until the last possible second to post this because last year after I had put up my list I read one more book before the year was over and lo and behold it belonged on that list.
I am currently reading six books, and have been dragging them all out over the past week so I don’t mess up this list. Of those six, one of them would for sure make this list (American Gods!!) but I refuse to finish it until past midnight to make it the first read of 2018. Start of the year on a good note. But first to finish of this year, in no particular order are my Top 11 books of 2017.
2017 is coming to an end and boy did a lot happen in the past year. There were hurricanes, floods, fires and political calamities galore. So much has happened that I’ve still yet to process everything that has happened in the past year. Over the past year my blog has evolved as well and going back through my archives I found a little gem hidden in the early days of this small book blog: A New Years Bookish Resolutions. I’ve come to learn I’m not good at planning out things when it comes to following through on said things (hence the mysterious disappearance of monthly TBR’s). So let’s take a look at past me and see how I’ve lived up to her expectations.
Fall is my favorite season; the sweaters, the falling leaves the weather. it’s absolutely perfect and October is like the high point of fall so what better time to do the Fall book Tag than now. This tag was created by the Bionic Book Worm and I had loads of fun doing this! Read More »
Book slumps; the one thing all book worms despise. We never know when it’ll hit. It may come out of nowhere and make you uninclined to read another book. It can creep in slowly and you find yourself having to push yourself to read a book and then slowly and painstakingly make your way through a book and by the end you find yourself in the midst of a book drought and it doesn’t matter what book you read, you just won’t find yourself engaging with the book.
Last month I found myself in the middle of an awful book slump. The school year had ended and I was getting excited for all the books I would be able to read but I would start a book read 20-50 pages and then put it down, not connecting with what I was reading. Soon I gave up attempting to read at all and whiled away the time. Book slumps suck and I was determined not to let it ruin my summer so I sought ways to see it and lo and behold I got the book slump to end. I engaged it to head on and emerged victorious in the age old battle of reader vs book slump.
Step 1: Identify the Cause
One of the reasons I wasn’t reading was because I was partaking in another form of entertainment and that was Netflix. Most of my favorite shows had come to Netflix during May/ June and I wasn’t able to watch them because school (finals ugh) but with endless hours to waste during the summer I threw myself into watching all the shows and that left very little time for reading. I was hooked on the visual plotlines Netflix presented and couldn’t tear myself away to read. Now that I knew what was responsible for causing my book slump I had to address it head on. By this point, I had caught up on most of the shows and made sure that I sat down for an hour at least and force myself to spend some time reading.
Step 2: Go to the Safe Place
I’ve found the best way to combat a book clump is head for the familiar r favorite and so I decided to read a genre I never get tired of…some contemporary romance. These books are always light fun and mostly short reads that can pull you out of any funk. I read what feels like dozens of them and soon, I began spending less time watching Netflix and more reading. The schedule was finally a bit more balanced. I slowly branched out to other genres and before you know it the book slump has been conquered!
This isn’t a foolproof 2 step way to win in a battle against the book slump but it should work as intended…at least it did for me!
Do you guys have anything specific you do to conquer a book slump? What type of books get you into or out of one? Let’s discuss!
Hey, everyone! My summer has been going pretty well so far (knock on wood) and I’ve even managed to shake off the book slump I found myself in last month and have returned to reading with a vengeance. I saw this tag over on Shoto’s blog @Bookish Babbles and it seemed like a ton of fun so here goes.
Which book has been on your shelf the longest?
The Princess Bride by Wiliam Goldman has been on my shelf for years. I’ve watched the movie but as a lover of fantasy I’ve always wanted to read the original typical romantic fantasy, I’ll hopefully get around to it soon.
What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?
Last read: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Current reads: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (E-Book), The Lies Of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Physical), Now I Rise y Kiersten White (Audiobook)
Next read: Ruined by Amy Tintera
What books did everyone like and you hated?
Hate is a strong word but I didn’t like Archived by Victoria Schwab as much as so many people seem to love it. I want to like it but it’s just not my cup of tea. I do love Schwab’s other books I just don’t seem to enjoy this one as much as the others.
Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?
The entire A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R Martin. I love the TV show and I can’t wait for season 7 to premiere next Sunday, but I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading it. There huge and there are so many characters I’m really intimidated by the entire series. I don’t think I’ll ever actually get around to reading it but we’ll see.
Which books are you saving for retirement?
The Lord of the Rings/ The Hobbit by J. R.R Tolkien is always on my to-read list and I’m saving for a rainy day. These books have such a following that I know I need to read them and see what the fuss is about.
The last page: read it first or wait till the end?
I went through this phase when I was in middle school where I would literally read the entire book summary before I read the book just so I could be prepared, but now I’m strictly a wait till the end NO SPOILERS type of gal.
Acknowledgments: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?
I love reading the acknowledgments, I like to appreciate all the people who were involved in bringing that books that you’re reading to life.
Which book character would you switch places with?
As much as I love reading I don’t ever imagine myself as the character themselves, and I’m more of an invisible ghost just watching all the action. Besides that our MC usually lead pretty dangerous lives I’d have more fun being an innocent bystander who manages to escape becoming collateral damage.
Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?
The Lightning Theif reminds me of elementary school, especially the 4th and 5th grade where everyone was obsessed with Riordan’s books and we formed this group called the Greek Freaks and read literally everything on mythology we could find!
Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way?
I found a book on a bus once, not really interesting but it’s not the usual either.
Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Not that I can remember I’ve given people books for their birthdays but nothing too special.
Which book has been with you to the most places?
City of Bones by Cassie Clare has followed me since I first read it back in 2014, I’ve read it what feels like a million times and it still remains a huge part of my life.
Any required reading you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?
I’m now a senior in high school and I’ve read close to 10 books over the past three years for school and I’ve either loved them (To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Ceaser, Antigone, Animal Farm, Fahrenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Anthem, The Outliers, Night) or hated them ( The Red Badge of Courage, The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men) or just didn’t read them at all– Sparknotes– (Slaughter House 5). My original opinions have yet to change.
What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?
The strangest item I’ve ever found was a girls transcript, it was in a library book so it wasn’t too shocking.
Used or brand new?
Used books all the way, I love going to Half Price Books and getting lots of books at great deals.
Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?
I’ve only ever read Inferno by him and I love that book, I must have read it close to 5 times alone the summer before my freshman year… I was obsessed.
Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?
I love both the book and the movie but the adapted version of Ella Enchanted is just a little bit better!
A book that never should have been published?
There’s only one book I intensely dislike enough to think that the world without it would be just slightly better and that is The Red Badge of Courage. I read it for school and I hate it with a passion!
Have you ever read a book that made you hungry, cookbook excluded?
I’m drawing a total blank here but I don’t think reading a book has ever made me feel hungry.
Who is the person whose book advice you will always take?
My brother always gives solid advice once it comes to books, he was the one who pushed me to read Cassandra Clare, Sarah J Maas, and Rick Riordan’s books. And these are all my absolute favorite authors so I always take his advice where it comes to which book I should read!
You should definitely take on this tag, I dare YOU!
When asked to describe my reading style the most accurate representation would be obsessive or very committed. Once I start a book I have to finish it whether I’m into it or not. I always hold out hope that no matter how badly (for me) it begins or seems to be going I have to keep reading just in case it manages to redeem itself. Basically, DNFing books are not my strong book. I very rarely truly DNF books usually I stop reading them and come back to them sometime later and grit my teeth and finish them. But today’s topic is not DNFing books but rather series.
If you thought DNFing books are hard for me series is a thousand times harder. The problem that I had with lone books is compounded. Instead of just thinking the book will get better I remain convinced that the series might get better as the books go on, usually, that is not the case. And that is how I get stuck in book slumps. I have a hard time letting it go even as I lose interest in a series. There are other instances in which I really liked the first book but the second or third one just puts me off but I keep reading just in case it gets better but usually it doesn’t and that means I wasted my time reading something I pressure myself into reading rather than wanting to because I’m interested in.
And that brings me to this question, Is this just a me thing or do you guys have trouble letting go of the potential to a series even though you’re not really interested in it anymore?
We are now halfway through the year so now is the best time to step back and look at what we’ve accomplished in the past six months and what better way to do that than with a tag. I’ve seen quite a few people do this tag both in the blogosphere as well as on Booktube and it seemed like a lot of fun so here is the Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag.
Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?
I can never name just one book, but some of the best books I’ve read so far this year are Lord of Shadows, A Court Of Wings And Ruin, A Conjuring Of Light and the Wise Mans Fear.
Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?
The best sequels I’ve read this are without a doubt Lord of shadows and the wise man’s fear, both were phenomenal books and 10/10 would recommend everyone read.
New release you haven’t read yet but want to?
I really, really, really want to read Windwitch but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I haven’t been in the right mood to read it but I definitely want to get to it this year.
Most anticipated release for the second half of 2017?
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas and Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan are the ones I’m most anticipating. Both Maas and Riordan are on my all time favorite author list and I’m hotly anticipating both of their upcoming releases.
I was really excited to read Daughter of the Pirate King, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it turned out to be. I can’t wait to read the sequel next year and return to this pirate filled world.
Mercy Falls by Patricia Briggs has such high ratings and so many people love this series but I just couldn’t get into it.
Favorite new author?
I read Michael J Sullivan’s Riyria Revelations series earlier this year and more recently Age of Myth and I love all of his books. He has definitely become a new favorite author of mine and I look forward to reading all his new and old books.
Newest fictional crush?
While I loved a lot of the books I read this year I sadly have not found a new fictional crush but I shall keep searching and hopefully, I’ll find a crush-worthy character later on in the year
Newest favorite character?
Alosa from Daughter of the Pirate King is a badass redhead who knows her way around weapons and is extremely clever, you don’t want to get on her bad side.
A book that made you cry?
If you read Lord of Shadows and didn’t shed at least a couple tears, that is a true feat of amazingness. That book broke me and it was so emotional especially the ending.
A Book that made you happy?
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne was such a fun book to read, there were plenty of lol moments in the book and a good romance always makes me happy.
Favorite book to movie adaptation this year?
I haven’t really watched all that many movies this year let alone adaptations but I would have to say Beauty and the Beast was a great film. I mean it is a fairy tale so I think it falls under the scope of a book adaptation and it was super fun.
Favorite review you’ve written?
I would have to say my ACOWAR review because I had been anticipating it for so long and I just wanted to get my feelings for the book out there and see what other people thought as well.
Most beautiful book you’ve bought this year?
They say a picture worth a thousand words so I’ll let the cover speak for itself.
What books do you need to read by the end of this year?
I definitely want to read The Lies of Locke Lamora, The Black Prism, Windwitch, Traitor to the Throne and Wintersong before the year is out, hopefully along with many others as well.
How has your bookish year been going so far? I’d love to know!
It’s been 5 days since my summer vacation started and I don’t know the date. Not so surprisingly this isn’t a rare occurrence. If there’s one thing the school year is good for it’s for forcing me to know what day it is but when it comes to summer all the days just blur with one another. But now that it’s summer there is infinitely more time to read! Rather than doing TBR for the next few months I thought it would be easier to just set some ambiguous semi-concrete goals for the things I want to achieve this summer. Read More »
We probably know by now that me drawing up a TBR almost guarantees that I will read every book but what’s actually on the TBR, but it’s really fun writing one so here I am. May and April, as I mentioned in my April TBR, are pretty hectic for me since I have AP testing the first two weeks of May, but after that, I’m basically done for the school year so I’ll have more free time to read (YAY). I’m really into historical romance so a lot of my books on this list are H.R but here goes my rather ambitious May TBR.