Best Reads of 2017

Hello everyone,

I know this is suppose to be a Top 5 Wednesday, but I realized I can’t fit all of the great books I read this year in just 5 spots.

These are my best reads of 2017, some of the books may have been released in another year so these are the best books I read this year.

The Hate U Give by: Angie Thomas

One of my first 5/5s of the year this is a very important book, but it was also very riveting  from start to finish. I could not put this book down.

Scythe by Neal Shustermann

A world without diseases, and death is controled by Scythes. I really loved this book, which really took advantage of a great premise.

The works of Adam Silvera

I read three books by this author and all three were amazing. Even though well all of his books are sad (I almost had to fight back tears reading TBDATE on the train). Each story is also very unique as well. All dealing with real issues, I don’t usually pick up contempory but Adam Silvera made it worth it.

Truthwitch/Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Had to include both of these books in here. I read both of these this year and loved both of them. Truthwitch was a great first book with excellent world building and characters and Windwitch expanded a lot of world and developed the charcaters. I can’t wait to see how this series goes.

Want by Cindy Pon

Last year I read Serpentine and it was one of my favorite underrated books I read. Want did sometime different from what I previously read from Pon. While Serpentine was based around Chinese mythology, Want had a more Sci Fi vibe and it was amazing. Loved the setting and the two main characters and I can’t wait to see how this series continues.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Such a great and emotional ending to a great duology. This Savage Song was one of my favorites of last year and this year I read the epic conclusion. August and Kate are some of my favorite characters and it was another trying to fight back tears while reading on the train.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

This is the all-female Lord of the Flies, I want to see on the big screen. This was on my TBR for years and I finally got around to reading and loving it. It wasn’t just a stranded on a desert island story, it had a lot of commentaries about feminism and “girly” culture. I also had the pleasure of meeting her at Boston Book Festival and she was amazing in person.

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

This was one of my marathon reads that I read in a day, and it was such a page turner. This was a retelling of the Evil Queen from Snow White set in Asia. Since it was told from Xifeng’s perspective and it you really saw her dark decent through the pages.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

A nice kick-ass feminist book which is about young girls fighting back against their schools sexist policies. It was inspired by the Riotgirls of the 90s. I also like that it had young girls working together.

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Another girls fighting back against their schools and this mainly deals with the rape of another student. While Moxie is told through mostly one POV, this one has multiple POVs, which really gives it a more ensemble feel to it and the Us chapters really makes the book stands out. Also part of me would love to see a crossover with the Moxie girls meeting the The Nowhere Girls and kicking ass.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

The story of Cinderella set in a Sci Fi convention, of course I will read this. This was another nice contemporary read, which is a retelling of Cinderella. While the story of Cinderella has been retold multiple times, this one had a nice spin to it. Complete with a food truck named the Magic Pumpkin. While I don’t read a lot of contemporary this one was a great read.

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

This had me at the crew from Firefly in a Tardis, and it didn’t disappoint. I am always a sucker for time travel stories. The characters were fantastic in every way. I really wish this wasn’t a stand alone book and a full fledged series.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Marie Lu is one of my auto buy authors. She wrote two series that I really love; Legend and The Young Elites. She is also not afraid to write different genres. This one is a futuristic Sci Fi, which also incorporates the world of video games. Had so much engaging characters and a great setting.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

This had me at superheroes. I was such a fan of the Lunar Chronicles and Renegades didn’t disappoint. It had such a great character driven story, that included engaging characters, and it has an ending that makes you want to see what happens next.

Those are my favorite reads of 2017. I feel like I may have left some books out but I think it was a good reading year. What are your favorite books you read this year? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books you’ve read because of blogging/Booktube

Happy Wednesday everyone, here is another Top 5 Wednesday and the topic is,

September 27th: Books You’ve Read Because of Booktube/Blogging/etc.
–Discuss the books you’ve picked up because you’ve heard of them in the online book community or platform you use

Top 5 Wednesday is a group in Goodreads and was formerly created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey and is now done by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. It is open to everyone.

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown

While this maybe cheating because this book was on my TBR before blogging, it wasn’t until several bloggers recommended it to me because of my love of sci fi. It was an amazing book and I hopefully try to finish the series.

The works of V.E. Schwab

I decided to put all of her books on here. It started with This Savage Song, loved that and than I read Vicious which was amazing and all of a sudden she became one of my auto-buy authors. She comes up with these brilliant worlds and characters that you just want to keep reading her work.

The works of Adam Silvera

Earlier this year I read More Happy Than Not, which was an amazing book. I heard so many good things about his work and I think I read it when History is All You Left Me was coming out. Both of those books were amazing. I wanted to get They Both Die at the End but it was sold out at Boston Teen Author Festival, but I was still able to meet him.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read Shadow and Bone, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the book, so at first I wasn’t interested in reading Six of Crows. Than I kept hearing so many good things that I had to check it out and it was amazing. A great plot with extremely well done characters.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

I remember hearing about this book when Gemina, the sequel was about to come out . I was also afraid to read it because how hyped up it was, and the book was worth the hype. Even if the book is written unconventional it still had an engaging plot.

Those are the books I read because of Blogging/Booktube. What books were you introduced to because of the bookish community? Let me know in the comments below!

Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Wow, it is the middle of 2017, and it is very exciting. I see a lot of the other bloggers/Booktubers doing this so I decided to do it. I wasn’t tagged by anyone.

Best Book you read so far?

A book about a world in which death has been conquered, and Scythe’s are responsible for keeping the population in control. Here is my review.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, in which Starr sees a friend killed by the police and the aftermath of the shooting. Here is my review.

Best Sequel You’ve Read

This is a two for one deal because both of these sequels are amazing and it proves why she is one of my new favorite authors. Both books ups the stakes of the previous books, and Our Dark Duet was an emotional roller coaster.

New Releases You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want to

I have heard good things about both of these books, and I really want to read them very soon.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

If you are familiar with my blog, you should know that both Marie Lu and Marissa Meyer, are two of my auto-buy authors. Both of them are making new series so of course I am excited to read both of these books.

Biggest Disappointment

While I did enjoy the book, it just wasn’t at the potential that I thought it was. I also felt that the book was a little to short and I kinda wanted more from the story.

Biggest Surprise

This was a sort of random pick up, and I enjoyed it very much. It had me at Sailor Moon meets Pacific Rim and it was great. Here is my review.

Favorite new author

Earlier this year, I read More Happy Than Not and was completely blown away by it, and then I read History is All You Left Me which was also equally good. Now he is one my favorite YA contemporary authors.

Book that made you cry

Enough said.

Book that made you happy

This was a cute little high school story about a boy coming out and trying to find love. Really good read and I cannot wait for the movie to come out.

That is my Mid-Year Freak out Tag. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged. Also what are your favorite books you have read so far? Let me know in the comments below.

 

 

If &Then Thursday 5/18/2017

Happy Thursday everyone, and here is another If & Then Thursday

If&Then Thursdays is a book meme created by Alex@ Young at Heart Books. How do you participate? It’s easy! All you have to do is choose two books that are somewhat related in theme, writing style, genre, etc. Tell us how they are similar and why we would like them! All recommendations should be made in this format:

“If you like Book A, then you might enjoy Book B”

If you liked:

One of my favorite contemporary novels, which deals a lot with growing up, dealing with high school and also issues of depression. Its a great book that I am always happy to revisit again.

Than you might like:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

Why: Both have a high school setting with great main characters who you want to root for at every page. Both Charlie and Aaron have a lot of similarities to each other including dealing with depression and trauma, and how it affects them.

More Happy Than Not by: Adam Silvera (TW: Suicide, Depression)

Summary:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

The Review:

Adam Silvera is an author I have heard some great things about. I know a lot of people are reading his new book History is All of Left Me, so before I wanted to read that book, I decided to read More Happy Than Not.

This is a contemporary book, which is a genre I don’t normally grab onto but I heard great things about the book, that I had to read it to see what the hype was about and book definitely lived up to that hype.

Aaron is dealing with depression mainly due to his father’s suicide and thinks he can get help. I like Aaron as a character. He likes video games, comics, and is basically a normal teenager. That’s what I like about Adam Silvera’s writing is that he writes him like a normal teenager and have him talk like a normal teenager., which is very lacking in other contemporary YA books.

Throughout the book you see Aaron go through many phases of his depression. He always blames himself being gay for his father;s suicide, which is why he wants to go through the Leteo procedure, to forget his fathers suicide and maybe try to “straighten” himself out. He is also hoping that the Leteo procedure will make him happy again.

His relationship with Thomas is also well developed, you see it start as a friendship and than in develops into something more, and he is still struggling with his sexuality, especially since there was another boy, Collin who he had a relationship with and it didn’t end well. He also has his girlfriend Genevieve, who I felt was a good character and was always there for him but she could have used a bit more development. I also like his relationship with his mother, while she only has a few brief scenes you could tell she really loves her son.

The Leteo procedure is sort of like the procedure used in “Eternal Sunshine” in which it makes people forgot memories and it specializes in trauma and trying to suppress traumatic memories.I like the concept of institute because it really makes you think if you would want to go through that procedure and will it cure your depression. It was a really great concept that the book explored.

In the end, More Happy Than Not is a great book that deals a lot with depression and sexuality and it flows in a great way. It also has a great plot with amazing characters.

Grade: 4.5/5