Hey guys! December was an interesting month of reading because I felt like I kept weaving in out and out of a slump, which resulted the month beginning in fun and dark fantasy and ending in YA contemporary romance. But overall, it was a rather fantastic month of reading, so I’m happy.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley / ★★★ 1/2
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance
Summary: Rachel moved away three years ago after confessing her feelings to her best friend, Henry, and never speaking to him again. Since then, her brother has died, and when she moves back and gets a job at Henry’s bookshop, things with Henry, and her life, begin to grow back together.
I am posting this A LOT LATER than I had planned to, and those New Years fireworks are a little outdated 4 days later, but better late than never, right???
Is it strange that I only picked 8? It just felt right to me- these are the ones that left that very best book *glow.* But this was a fantastic year of reading for me, I read so many books I’d hoped to get to, and loved so many more I hadn’t expected. I know I’m speaking as a book lover, but is there anything better than finishing a truly, truly great book?? (No.)
I usually like to stay pretty loose in my goals and TBRs and whatnot, but this year I actually find myself with some specific resolutions! A lot of it is getting to things I’ve really been meaning to get to for ages….hopefully this year will be the year!
I was contemplating my favorite and least favorite books I read in 2017 when I realized I read a lot of books this year that surpassed the low expectations I had for them. The following books are ones that I didn’t expect to enjoy, I really didn’t expect anything outstanding from, or perhaps never planned to read at all, that proved me VERY wrong and I ended up loving. Hence, reads that surprised me.
After going through all the books I read this year, these five stood out as the ones I had the least fun with. Luckily, I had a very good year of reading so I didn’t have to slog through loads of low ratings to pinpoint these. As much as I love talking about books I love, talking about books I don’t like is worth it in a different, rather cathartic, way.
Please keep in mind that these are my opinions and I’m not trying to slander the good names of these books, insult anyone’s opinions, or hurt any feelings- what it comes down to is that they’re just not for me!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman / ★★★★☆
Summary: Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. She’s nearly thirty, works the same office job she has been for the last nine years, and chats with her mother on the phone once a week. When she and her new coworker, Raymond, witness an old man fall in the street and bring him to the hospital, a friendship begins to form and events are set into motion that will rock the mundane course of Eleanor’s existence.
By careful observation from the sidelines, I’d worked out that social success is often built on pretending just a little. Popular people sometimes have to laugh at things they don’t find very funny, or do things they don’t particularly want to, with people whose company they don’t particularly enjoy. Not me. I had decided, years ago, that if the choice was between that or flying solo, then I’d fly solo. It was safer that way.
This tag was created by Jennielly, and I saw it on her blog and thought it looked like a lot of fun! Also, go follow her because she writes great posts 🙂
- Tag & link the person who tagged you
- Tag and link the creator of this tag
- Tick/cross off the ones you’ve done
- Tag another 10 people
- Received an ARC and not reviewed it
I received 3 ARCs this year and reviewed them all….one I only got halfway through before I couldn’t do it anymore, but I still sent Netgalley a review saying why I didn’t finish it, and put it on Goodreads, so I say that counts!
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones / ★★★★★
Summary: When The Witch of the Waste puts a spell on young, sensible Sophie that turns her into an old woman, she leaves home to pursue a new life. When she boards the moving castle of the infamous wizard, Howl, who loves to make young women fall in love with them only to break their hearts, things in her life get interesting for the very first time.
“Yes, you are nosy. You’re a dreadfully nosy, horribly bossy, appallingly clean old woman. Control yourself. You’re victimizing us all.”
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey (The Monstrumologist #1) / ★★★★★
Summary: Twelve year old Will Henry is the assistant of Dr. Warthrop, a Monstrumologist, or a studier of monsters. It’s the late 19th century and a horrifying discovery is made in their small New England town. Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry must undertake their most deadly case yet- that of the Anthropophagi, who thirst for human flesh and will tear them limb from limb to get it.
If the doctor had known what horrors awaited us not only at the cemetery that night, but in the days to come, would he still have insisted upon my company? Would he still have demanded that a mere child dive so deep into the well of human suffering and sacrifice- a literal sea of blood? And if the answer to that question is yes, then there are more terrifying monstrosities in the world than Anthropophagi.