Every year I have the same resolution: Read more books (also be healthier, and take more holidays).
In 2017 I set myself a reading GOAL for the first time: 1 book every 2 weeks, or 26 books in total. Thanks to my handy-dandy GoodReads app, I was able to track my reading and it kept me really excited about getting closer to my goal!
So here is my year in review (in books) ... Please note there might be some spoilers in here!
Best Book of 2017: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Even though I'd seen warnings on the internet... I was not emotionally prepared for this book. My heart is still destroyed from reading it months ago.
I bought Throne of Glass, the first book in this series, back in 2016... only because so many people recommended it to me. It wasn't until early 2017 that I actually read it... and then promptly neglected all my adult responsibilities and read the first 4 books in 5 days. The ending in Queen of Storms is one of the best things I've ever read.
Weirdest Book of 2017: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
This book really messed with my brain. Admittedly, I bought it purely because I loved the lettering on the cover. It really was not my cup of tea (although it was probably good for me to test the waters of a different genre). It took me a few months to get through it... The story is about a frenchman in his 50's on a journey of self-discovery and reflection.
I appreciated the romanticism of the canal living and french countryside, but some of the stuff that happens in the book is totally bizzare and I struggled to make sense of it.
Most Disappointing Book of 2017: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.
Now I'm not hating on Laini AT ALL, I adored her last series. But Strange the Dreamer just didn't do it for me... The romance felt contrived, and while I really did like the world building and concept, big parts of it lagged and I struggled to stay interested.
One thing I did really enjoy was the main character, Lazlo, and his love of fairytales and great character development.
Favorite Re-Reads of 2017: A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Anyone who follows me on instagram will know I've been OBSESSED with Sarah J. Maas this year. I first read the ACOTAR series in May, while holidaying in Japan (and accidentally ignored my husband for 3 days as I binge-read it), and have since re-read it 2.5 times. The world building is fantastic, and I have not fallen so deeply in love with characters in ages.
Books that surprised me:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I was not expecting to enjoy it so much! I actually read it all in one sitting because I just couldn't stop.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. A friend loaned this to me... It is SO not my usual genre, but I found it to be a really engaging and sweet story. I'm not at all surprised that it's won so many awards!
Other books worth mentioning...
- Harry Potter (I know, I know... It's unforgivable that I waited this long)
- Magic Ex Libris series by Jim C. Hines. I re-read the series this year and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. This series is a must-read for any book nerd (especially if you enjoy urban fantasy like Harry Potter).
- Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
- Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab
- Attachments and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- Literally anything Sarah J. Maas writes.
- Renegades by Marissa Meyer (I am SO excited for her new series! I adored the Lunar Chronicles)