One of my New Year’s resolutions, and probably the only one I am going to try the hardest to commit to, is updating the blog more. Like, regularly. I know right? Shocker. As you are well aware of, I have neglected the blog during the last weeks. Okay, okay. A month and a half MAYBE. But moving on, new year, new dreams. And in this case, it’s time to shovel and make up for the time lost. And what’s better than closing the 2017 chapter of our lives with a Best and Worst?
Best books of 2017. A list of my favourite books read during 2017
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published: 2017 |“Do you know why I am sure?” He whispered, kissing her temple, her cheek where it tasted like salt. “Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone’s are, but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That’s why we’ve always been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together.” He held her tighter. “Your name, Emma, means universe, you know.” He said. “Doesn’t that prove I’m right?” How is it possible that 700 pages felt like a breath? Like a whisper. A quiet sigh. A caress so soft and gentle you think you must have imagined it. How are we even supposed to survive until 2019 with our hearts shattered into a billion pieces, huh? It took me around one week to gather the strength to update my LoS reading status on goodreads and I don’t think I could ever review this book. To say this is a favourite, doesn’t begin to cover. I call her Cassandra crush-my-heart Clare for a reason, guys.
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
Genre: Magical realism, paranormal/witches
Published: 2017 |“She’d bought a blue notebook in the pharmacy to write down her aunt’s remedies. Star tulip to understand dreams, bee balm for a restful sleep, black mustard seed to repel nightmares, remedies that used essential oils of almond or apricot or myrrh from thorn trees in the desert. Two eggs, which must never be eaten, set under a bed to clean a tainted atmosphere. Vinegar as a cleansing bath. Garlic, salt, and rosemary, the ancient spell to cast away evil.” This book. This book is truly magical. Alice Hoffman casts a spell on you that gets more and more powerful with every page you turn. The prequel of Practical Magic is definitely something I didn’t know I needed that now I will never be able to forget. Magic pours in between the pages. Trust me, you want to read this if you love magical realism. Or words in general. Just read it.
If There’s no Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA, contemporary
Published: 2017 | “I knew I couldn’t go back and start a new beginning. I couldn’t rewrite the middle. All I could do was change tomorrow, as long as I had one.” This is a raw and bittersweet YA contemporary that I think every young adult should read. Scratch that, must read. Yes, it has all the delicious elements any other JLA book has: love, cheese, friendship, a perfectly sweet love interest and a flawed main character that goes through, let’s just say, a lot. But even if you are not that big of a fan of the cheese or the romance, I suggest you pick this one up anyway. Because it delves in a very important topic, one that every young adult should be aware of, should talk about and should think about twice. This time around, Armentrout went beyond the sweep me off my feet romance, and delivered a raw and important message. But do not fear, you know she is gentle – after smashing your emotions in a hundred pieces, she does wrap you up in a warm and fuzzy HEA.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Published: 2017 | “i could be anything//in the world//but i wanted to be his” One of the most anticipated poetry books of the year, and probably one of my all time favourite poetry books. Brave, deep, raw, emotional, painful, beautiful and everything poetry should be. I am clueless when it comes to reviewing poetry, so just check my instagram if you need any convincing on whether you should read it. This book is surely featured more than 10 times.
We should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
*Special mention even though was not published in 2017
Genre: nonfiction, feminism
Published: 2014 |“Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.” We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a short but concise and powerful statement about this gender inequality issue that I believe everyone, female or male, should read. Chimamanda’s personal experiences and observations of some aspects of Nigeria’s society highlight the enormous amount of work we have to do regarding the gender problem. Problem, that as she very well states, targets the female. In my opinion, her words were eye opening if nothing else. And if you want to read all my thoughts and rambles check my post on Feminism, the F-word we should all talk about.
Mariana Zapata: Dear Aaron (2017) & Wait for it (2017) & The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (2016)
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Published: 2017 | I just couldn’t choose. This year I picked up for the first time a Mariana Zapata and it basically changed my life. Okay, maybe not so much. But this woman is seriously, seriously good. All her books are slow-burn romances, something I have never been a big fan of, but that was only before my first Zapata (Dear Aaron). Her books are monsters of +500 pages that feel too short, too breve. That leave you wanting 500 more pages to rejoice. This woman is my greatest discovery this year, I am addicted to her books and I’ll be anticipating any of her upcoming books. My suggestion? Go for The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and work your way up chronologically.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
*Special mention even though was not published in 2017
Genre: Romance, contemporary
Published 2016 | “Both love and hate are mirror versions of the same game – and you have to win. Why? Your heart and your ego. Trust me, I should know.” This book deserves nothing but 5 BIG FAT STARS. For me, one of the highlights of the summer and one of my favourite reads this year. To be honest, I don’t even know why it took me so long to pick it up. The Hating Game is fun, addictive, refreshing, sexy and STRAWBERRY SWEET. The banter between the two main characters was absolutely hilarious at times and terribly sweet toward the end. The title gives away enough for you to guess that we are dealing with one of my favourite romance tropes: from hate to love. The rest, I encourage you to discover on your own. Go and pick up this book NOW.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Disappointments of 2017:
A list of my least favourite books published in 2017
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Genre: YA, contemporary
Published: 2017 | You are probably aware of how much big of a CoHo fangirl I am. If not, well, now you know. This “one release per year” situation Colleen Hoover has going on is already hard to handle. It may be my fault for anticipating her books with all the passion and love in me or maybe in the case of Without Merit was just not meant to be. One way or the other, it didn’t live up to my high high expectations. Lately I DNF with ease, after all a book is like a relationship and I ain’t gonna waste no time. Buti n this case, I tried with all my heart to like it and be in into it, I swear I did. If you know me a little bit, you know one thing about me: I am a Cohort. But oh my world, I just couldn’t get into Without Merit. I couldn’t even bring myself to keep reading. I was not interested. I felt like I was watching the characters through a small hole in a wall instead of connecting with them. Instead of creating a bond, feeling with and through them. You know what I mean, after all, we talk the same touchy feely book language. Ugh. Guys. Ugh.
A Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Genre: YA, fantasy
Published: 2017 | When I first started this one, I truly felt in love with Ahdieh’s words. Her writing style is hands down one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to read. I rated this book with 4 stars as soon as I finished it. But honestly? I was just getting carried away by the hype. After sitting on my review after a while, I tried to be honest with myself and I realized the only reason why I was happy when I finished the book was because I was done with it. I know, I am a monster. What can I say? I wanted to move to better things and I was influenced by everyone else raving about it. So, be done and move on? That should not be happening when you are reading a book, much less when the story is supposedly captivating. Conclusion: even if I fell in love with the magic style and world building, the story didn’t impress me and much less captivated me.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOMAF #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: NA, fantasy
Published: 2017 | OKAY, OKAY, HOLD UP. I know I gave this book 5 stars in goodreads. I am not changing my mind. In a way, this book was perfect. But in a way, this book also disappointed me. So, I can’t help but including it in the section of disappointments, rather than in favourites. But I can explain. We waited for what seemed forever. The hype around ACOWAR was a force to be reckoned with, and I shouldn’t have been surprised. At least not after ACOMAF. But regardless, I couldn’t help but wonder how did we get here. To this point where every single person in the bookishphere was yearning to hold this book, to dive into Prythian one more time. To know whether my ships will sail, or crush and burn while trying to leave port. Well, I hoped to find the answers on this book and after reading it I only got MORE QUESTIONS. And if you know what those questions are then you should read my post on A Court of Wings and Ruin, theories, discussions and ships.
What are your thoughts? Is there any book that made your favourites that I should absolutely read? Or is there any book that disappointed you greatly? Let me know in the comments! And remember,
booksters gonna book.