My Year in Books

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Well, it’s the last day of January and I wanted to get one post out this month so… here we go.  It’s been a crazy month.  I can’t really make any promises but I’m hoping for at least one post a month for the next couple months.  Sigh.  When did life get so crazy?

Dystopian/Sci Fi:

The Giver – Lois Lowery My favorite dystopian of all time.  So many thought provoking parts to this book, the characters are excellent, and the theme is great, the society is believable.  Every time I want to cry.

A Time to Die – Nadine Brandes This series was a reread.  Really good, quality Christian fiction.

A Time to Speak – Nadine Brandes

A Time to Rise – Nadine Brandes

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Interesting premise about AI computers trying to save/destroy spaceships, but a bit hard to read and slow parts throughout.

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline Charlie and the Chocolate factory for gamers.  I know nothing about videogames, but it was entertaining.  Not much substance, but entertaining.

Invictus – Ryan Graudin Great premise, poor execution.  A bit disappointing.

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard Cliche. Cliche. Cliche.

Fairest – Marissa Meyer Sad, but interesting.  A little too evil, maybe?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams Hilarious, wacky, strange.  Not much of a story though.

Fantasy:

Ink and Bone – Rachael Caine Good premise, boring execution.  

A Darker Shade of Magic – V.E. Schwab Mixed feelings– I liked it but it felt empty.  There wasn’t any meaning to it?  

Scythe – Neal Schusterman A world where we’ve sovled every disease, but we have overpopulation because of that.  So Scythes keep the population down.  Good premise, poor execution.  Cliched.  Poor world building.

Blank Mastermind – Rosey Mucklestone Villain with amnesia, schoolhouse rock, and icecream.  Hilarious, I loved it.

My Lady Jane – Hand, Ashton, Adams Amazing, I loved it.  Historical fantasy about the Tudors.  Oh, and there’s shapeshifting.

My Plain Jane – Hand, Ashton, Adams Jane Eyre, but with ghostbusters basically.  Not as amazing as My Lady Jane, but still good.

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern  If you go into it expecting a exciting story, you’ll be disappointed.  But if you’re reading to get whisked away into a magical circus that opens its gates after the sun goes down, you’ll fall in love.  It’s about a circus.  A beautiful setting. Some weird parts, but mostly clean too.  

The Scorpio Races – Maggie Stiefvater A wonderful story about horses made of sea foam and spite and the people who dare to ride them.

Magnus Chase – Rick Riordan Formulaic plot, but honestly?  I loved it.  The characters were amazing, the mythology was interesting as always, and the humor was there.

Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson Very description dense, but a good fantasy about element benders and revolutions. I haven’t read the others in the series yet, though.

Bitter Winter – Jaye L Knight

Lacy – Jaye L Knight

The Blood Race – K.A. Emmons

Disowned – Sarah Addison-Fox

Orphan Song – Gillian Bronte Adams About an orphan who can hear a song that can mend the world again.  I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.

Fawkes – Nadine Brandes Guy Fawkes BUT WITH MAGIC.  I loved it.  The Characters were pretty great (EMMA), and the plot was emotional.

Contemporary/Historical:

The Help – Kathryn Stockett Historical fiction about what it was like to be a black maid in the 1900s.  Humorous and sad.  The movie was also really good, and stuck very close to the book.  Some language.

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr Kind of a dense read set in WWII.  A beautiful story, but ahhh the ending.  Tears were shed.

A Thousand Perfect Notes – Cait Drews (Paperfury) A lovely contemporary about a young musician who’s forced to play the piano by his abusive mother who’s acheiving her dashed dreams through him.  then he meets August.  But it’s a cute story, filled with cake, music, and dogs.  

Perks of being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky A really hard story to review.  It made me cry.  It made me mad.  It made me feel full of happiness.  I related to Charlie in a peculiar way.  There’s lots of “thematic” things so be warned.  Not everyone should read it.  But I’m glad I did.

Looking for Alaska – John Green About a boarding school and the misfits there.  It made me mad, honestly.  A lot of the manic pixie dream girl, in my opinion.  I know Green says otherwise, but that’s what I picked up.

Turtles All the Way Down – John Green I actually liked this one.  It was an accurate depiction of OCD/anxiety.  The subplot was unnecessary.  There wasn’t too much of a main plot either, but it was okay.

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green It bothered me.  Overhyped in my opinion.  (All Green books have lots of language, fyi)

Plays/Classics:

A Tale of Two Cities – Dickens I actually liked it.  It’s a classic, go read it.

The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald Why.  Why.  Whyyyy.  This book is seriously overrated.  I don’t even? get the point?  Like, I understand what Fitzgerald was trying to say, but I didn’t like it at alll.  I still want to see the movie though?

Antigone – Sophacles Greek plays are really something else.  Don’t read if you’re allergic to horrible endings.

Taming of the Shrew – Shakespeare Strange.  I mean, it’s shakespeare, but I can see why it’s considered problematic.  Just.. don’t read Shakespeare for relationship advice.

Our Town – Thornton Wilder Bittersweet play about life.  And just life.  No drama, no frills.  Just normal life.  It’s a short read and well worth your time. 

All My Sons – Arthur Miller I read this because it’s where twenty one pilots got inspiration for their name.  It’s a good play that explores deep questions and consequences.

Children’s:

The List – Patricia Forde Disappointing and cliche story about a list of words that the citizens of the city can say.  Only the absolutely necessary words are allowed.  Everything else is extra and bad.  

The Penderwicks Jeanne Birdsall I would’ve loved this as a kid. Heartwarming story about four kids and their summer vacation.

The Keeper of the Lost Cities – Shannon Messenger Entertaining story, but definitely geared towards kids.

Bridge to Terrabithia – Katherine Patterson I watched the movie first.  And I think I liked the movie better.  (Don’t kill me.)  Both were very emotional.  (Yes, I cried.  This INTJ.)  It’s a very good story, one that kids need to hear.  But his family bugged me.

Other:

The Sun and her Flowers – Rupi Kaur Poetry- an okay collection.  Some were a little weird to read about, and most of them were pretty forgettable.

Secrets for the Mad – Dodie Clark Nonfiction- I like dodie’s music, so I read her book. I likd it.  It’s sad and a bit heartwarming.  There’s some language and thematic content. It reads like a journal, with song lyrics, photos, recipes, stories, and journal entries. 


Did you read anything nice this year?

-aster

 

 

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4 thoughts on “My Year in Books

  1. Oooh! The Giver! That’s one of my favorite books. 🙂

    And I’ve never actually kept tracked of what I’ve read in a year, so now I’m curious. I’ll have to try that this year. 😀

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  2. I read The Giver at the end of 2017 and it was brilliant. I loved it. 😀 I saw the movie a few days ago now and it was pretty good too. For an adaption anyway.
    Fawkes was my first read of the year and it was definitely brilliant. Loved it, but didn’t love it *quite* as much as I was hoping to, which was a tad disappointing.
    ATOTC!! only my favourite book (next to LOTR) of basically ever. I love it so much.

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    • Yeah, the movie was pretty good for an adaptation. Definitely could’ve been worse! 😛
      I get what you mean with Fawkes– I think I liked her Out of Time trilogy better. I’m still very excited for Romanov. 😀
      I was expecting not to like ATOTC but ended up liking it more than I thought I would. Sydney Carton has probably one of my favorite character arcs though–the ending 😥

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