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.
I am posting this A LOT LATER than I had planned to, and those New Years fireworks are a little outdated 4 days later, but better late than never, right???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 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!
Rachel from pace, amore, libri challenged me to predict my own 5 star reads….and I have accepted! This challenge was started by Mercedes on booktube. You pick out 5 books on your TBR that you think are going to be 5-star reads. When you finish, you can come back and make a post letting everyone know how you got on.
In my recent post about books I’m thankful for, I posted a screencap from a conversation with Rachel telling me to read this because it’s painful. And since I live for painful WW II stories, and the last John Boyne book I read, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, was one of the best books I read this year, I would bet a lot of money this will be a 5 star read for me.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman / ★★★★★
Summary: When Malorie goes outside with her children, she must blindfold them and then herself. Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. And five years after it began, not many people are left.
The moment between deciding to open your eyes and then actually opening your eyes is as scary a thing as their is in the new world.
GUYS! So I went to the Boston Teen Author Festival this past Saturday, and basically it was one of the best days ever so I just want to share a bit about it.
First of all, two of my best friends came along with me, who are awesome and indulge me in all of my bookish whimsies and for that I am very grateful. We also made a new friend, a girl who had shown up by herself and stopped to ask us if she was in the right place, and we asked her to join us because book festivals are much more fun with people than alone. I gave her the name of my blog so if she’s reading this, hi Kelsey!! I should have taken a photo of the four of us but I was On a Mission to see all the authors and I didn’t think of it.
Anyway the festival started off with a panel of ALL THE AUTHORS.
So after a long, long weekend in which my cat fell suddenly very ill and I spend a night in the ER with him, I learned tonight that he has cancer. He’s 15 and I don’t want him in any more pain, so we’re going to go put him down. He’s my family cat, and unfortunately my entire family was away this weekend, so it was just me and him, but I’m glad I got to spend his last few days with him, just the two of us, even if it wasn’t the most fun of times. He’s my little buddy and I’ll miss him forever, and I’ll always be happy that the last thing he did before I took him to the hospital was snuggle up to me on the couch.
My head’s in a cloud of blackness and I’m really in no mood for reading or blogging right now, but I’m stuck between wanting to talk to people about it and just cry and cry alone, so I’ll probably be around, just less. I’ve seen it coming for a few months, so I’m not blindsided, but it still hurts horribly.
Thanks for all the friendship and understanding, guys ❤ ❤
I’ll miss you, little guy.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season #1) / ★1/2☆☆☆
Summary: Paige Mahoney is clairvoyant in 2059 London, where it is illegal to be clairvoyant. When she is kidnapped by unearthly beings and taken to their prison in Oxford, she begins to realize exactly who it is that rules her world, and that she needs to figure out a way to escape.
There was no normal. There never had been. “Normal” and “natural” were the biggest lies we’d ever created.