So this is kind of a book recommendation post of all of my favorite books and the post title is my way of trying to convince you to read them, by promising to be here to fangirl with you! Or if you have read them TALK TO ME ABOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE AMAZING! Anyways……if you do decide to go read some of these books I will be here waiting for you…to fangirl over them together.
Also as you can see in the title, this is just part one since I had more books to discuss than I felt I could fit into one post. So if you enjoy this please let me know if you’d like to see part two!
Each title will be linked to my full review!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
It has now been moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl.
I don’t really re-read books ever, I have so many books I haven’t read a first time that I feel like I don’t have time for re-reads! However, for this list I decided to pick books that I WOULD definitely re-read given the chance.
I will provide links to my reviews if I have them, these are in no particular order.
What better day to do this than the literal last day of the year? This is an annual survey created by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner so go check it out if you’d like to join in on this as well!
Number Of Books You Read: 83
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy (Young Adult)
1. Best Book You Read In 2017?
My favorite 2017 release has got to be “The Hate U Give” and my favorite backlist book is “Red Rising”, either way both books pretty much emotionally destroyed me.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Yep, with the gorgeous cover and the fantasy/horror vibes I got from the synopsis I thought this one was going to be waaaay better but in the end it was just really messy, slow, and confusing.
3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
There are a couple but I’ll have to go with “Queens of Geek” since I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if it weren’t for all the glowing reviews. I usually hate contemporary books and definitely ones that are romance driven but this one had so much diversity and geekiness that it ended up being a ton of fun!
4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?
I am not sure whatsoever since I push a lot of books and also nobody really tells me if they read something or not? So. No idea. ****Pssst, if you’re reading this and DID read something because of me please let me know!****
5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?
Series Starter: “Red Rising” because I am 100% ready to devour the rest of the trilogy!
Sequel: “The Empress” I was not prepared to be blown away with this one but I was, so many brutal plot twists!
Series Ender: None
6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?
I’m going to have to go with Angie Thomas the author of “The Hate U Give” because I will definitely be adding her books in the future she writes like a PRO!
7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Definitely “Queens of Geek”, again. As I already mentioned it was not only contemporary but romance which are two genres I don’t really go for.
8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
I could easily go with “Red Rising” again but I’ll go with “An Ember in the Ashes” since that one was pretty much CONSTANT action and I definitely could not put it down!
9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
I don’t really re-read books ever because my TBR is ridiculous and I like to devote time to that instead but just to pick one for the sake of the question I’ll go with “Every Heart a Doorway”.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?
This is an ARC I have so it isn’t out yet but technically I read it this year and the cover is just gorgeous.
11. Most memorable character of 2017?
Lucifer from “The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1: The Faust Act”. She definitely made an impression on me in just one graphic novel and she’ll continue to be a favorite of mine!
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?
“An Enchantment of Ravens” was very beautifully written! It reminded me very much of Laini Taylor’s writing style.
13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?
DEFINITELY “The Hate U Give”! This is a book that really makes you think and take things into a different perspective.
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read?
“Red Rising”! Why did I wait so long to read this masterpiece?!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?
“Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” – Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give”
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?
Shortest: Pretty Deadly, Vol 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue Deconnick
Longest: Night Film by Marisha Pessl
17. Book That Shocked You The Most
There are actually a few (Red Rising and An Ember in the Ashes among them) but I think the book that honestly shocked me the most was “The Empress” because THAT book was constantly throwing twists at me, at one point there were 3 different twists on a single page and my mind was just reeling!
18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Probably going to have to go with Monty + Percy in “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue”.
19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
Umm….is it weird if I say Darrow and Sevro as Howler besties? Because that’s what I’m going with…
20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
I absolutely loved Henry’s horror Alice in Wonderland retellings and I adored her Peter Pan one as well, “Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook”!
21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
The closest thing would probably have to be “The Night Circus” which literally every blogger has pushed on me! I loved it though!
22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?
I’ve said this before and it’s kind of odd but Sevro from “Red Rising”….I don’t know I just really liked his character!
23. Best 2017 debut you read?
Once again “The Hate U Give”!
24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
“An Ember in the Ashes” had a very well fleshed out world and also is full of hardships and even magic.
25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” was so much fun to read, Monty’s antics were hilarious at times!
26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?
Many, I actually get really emotional. But I was hardcore ugly crying multiple times while reading “Red Rising” especially at the beginning….
27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
There are actually quite a few but I’m going with “The Hollow Girl” because it only has 162 ratings on Goodreads, that’s it! I loved the diversity, the magic, the revenge arc, and the main character. It definitely isn’t for everyone but it’s a great book.
28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
“The Empress” because I was put through so many brutal twists that I feel crushed for sure, especially after the cliffhanger at the end!
29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?
Maybe “The Seafarer’s Kiss” because not only does it have an F/F romance but it’s also a Little Mermaid retelling AND filled with Norse mythology. Definitely pretty unique.
30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
“There’s Someone Inside Your House”, I just feel really cheated.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?
Howling Libraries! Destiny has been an absolutely fantastic blogging buddy and I am so fortunate to have met her this year!
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?
Okay so I wrote a ton of reviews and I don’t every really feel like one is better than the other but I guess here’s a few of books I enjoyed a lot.
- Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry
- Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire
- An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir
- Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown
3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
My post on how to request physical review copies!
4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Top Ten Tuesday is pretty much always my favorite meme to participate in!
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?
Um, I guess I’m not really sure! I don’t remember anything really substantial happening to me so maybe I’ll go with getting approved for some ARCs on Edelweiss because I felt I never got approved on there!
6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?
Slumps! I had this happen a few times this year where I would either be in a reading or blogging slump and it’s definitely a challenge to get back on track.
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My Halloween Book Tag post, which is the most popular every year for some reason! I have no idea why!
8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Fantastic Book Settings and Where To Find Them, mostly because I laughed forever at my title…..
9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I don’t really have one….
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Just my Goodreads Reading Challenge which was set at 80 and I did finish it!
1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?
STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR. I don’t know why I never got around to reading this one, I am ashamed!
2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?
“The Boneless Mercies” because I NEED a feminist Beowulf retelling!!!!
3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
Probably “Children of Blood and Bone”, it’s a diverse YA fantasy and sounds so amazing and unique!
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?
“Obsidio” by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!
5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?
Cut down on my TBR because it’s out of hand, seriously! I have way too many unread books on my shelves and a terrible book buying habit.
6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):
“A Conspiracy of Stars” it’s seriously amazing you guys, it’s a bit slow but really picks up in the second half and the world building is amazing (it’s a YA Sci-Fi).
Here’s to a Happy New Year filled with reading books, everyone!
These are all going to be books I read and ended up rating anywhere from 1 to 2.5 stars, so the baddest of the bad for me! Its kind of nice since my list of favorites is waaaay longer than this one!
****PLEASE try and remember that these are my opinions and if you enjoyed these books, that’s great but they just weren’t for me.****
These are in no particular order.
Traveler by L.E. DeLano
This one was just incredibly slow, boring, and at times confusing. It’s about two characters in an insta-lovey romance who can swap places with their other selves in alternate realities, hence the confusion I felt the entire time I was reading. Plus it’s filled with tropes.
The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins
This book was just one big NOOOOOO for me. Imagine every trope that you hate in YA and this book has it, throw in a terrible romance, action-less plot, and some cringe-worthy dialogue and you have “The Dragon’s Price”. Honestly the only redeeming thing in this book were the dragons and even then they weren’t that great.
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
I am still upset that I didn’t enjoy this because the cover is GORGEOUS and synopsis sounded interesting. However, it was just kind of a mess. It was incredibly slow and not really about anything at all, I honestly couldn’t tell you what the point of the entire story was or even make sense of the things that did happen.
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
I wanted a fast paced mystery/thriller with some dark gritty twists. However, all this book is about is dysfunctional sexual relationships and not really a mystery at all. The characters were completely dull and uninteresting and I really, really disliked them. Was it too much to ask for an actual plot instead of using sexual abuse as the plot device?
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
This is an unpopular opinion, I know, but I really didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be very predictable and ultimately very boring and at times ridiculous. I mean come on, a mystery is supposed to keep you guessing and shocked..not this.
Dare Me by Megan Abbott
I read this after I really liked Abbott’s other book “You Will Know Me” which was pretty fast paced and full of twists. However, THIS book was incredibly boring and slow. The mystery was boring and predictable and the characters were all wet mops, I skimmed a lot of this just so I could be done with it. Not to mention there is a TON of slut shaming along with cheating and statutory rape.
Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
I like alien-invasion books, they can be fun BUT this one was just a mess. It was slow, everything that happened was just way too convenient, Raven (the MC) was awful she treated everyone like crap all the time, it was predictable, and the romance was cringey.
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Yet another YA mystery/thriller that fell flat. It was predictable, slow, the romance was verbally/emotionally abusive and portrayed as not being so, and the plot itself made zero sense.
No Saints in Kansas by Amy Brashear
Extremely flat, underdeveloped characters that made constantly stupid decisions and were also pretty self absorbed. The plot itself was slow and boring and ultimately had nothing to do with “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote as it was meant to.
The Wicker King by K. Ancrum
This was described as being a psychological thriller and it just isn’t, it does represent mental illness but in no way was this thrilling or suspenseful. The big reveal at the end while not predictable was extremely anti-climatic.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
I really did want to enjoy this book but it was just…boring for me. It was way more focused on the romance than anything horror/murder-y, the murderer is revealed way too early, no shocking twists, everything was just very anti-climatic to me.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
I haven’t fully decided what I want to rate this but it definitely won’t be high. I did like the ending so points for that but overall I felt this book focused on all the wrong points, plus it was PAINSTAKINGLY slow and boring all the way up until the end. Disappointing since this is based on a great trope.
Have you read any of these books as well? What did you think?
What were some of your least favorite reads of 2017?
Let me know in the comments!
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.
But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.
Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.
Where do I even begin to explain how great this book was? It’s one of those books that I insist you drop what you’re doing right now and go read it! Usually I am not one for historical fiction or more romance heavy plots but oh man was I glad I picked this one up!
Trigger Warnings: Parental abuse both physical, verbal, and emotional, racism, and homophobia (I understand that the last two coincide with the time period but it could have been challenged a bit more in the story)
“The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” overall is just such a fun, light-hearted, and hilarious story that is all very reminiscent of “My Lady Jane” so if you enjoyed that book I definitely recommend checking this one out as well! It’s very fast paced, full of plenty adventures and shenanigans in which Monty gets everyone tangled up in one problem after the other. They even have run ins with highwaymen and pirates both! So yes this book is very much entertaining and never has a dull moment!
I also really enjoyed Monty’s narrative and inner monologues because of how sassy and sarcastic he was. I found that this is a majority of why I thought this story was so hilarious!
The overall setting is on the characters’ Grand Tour of the Continent so we get to have places such as Paris, Spain, and Venice as our backdrop to all of the trouble Monty seems to get himself and his friends into. We don’t see too terribly much of the cities or countries but there are a few landmarks mentioned and I just found it all to be very exciting. Venice was definitely my favorite place they visited…just saying.
Mackenzi Lee’s writing is also simply amazing, it had me hooked right from the beginning and had me turning pages all the way up until the end! I loved how she made it additive, hilarious, and touching all at once. There was also never a dull moment and we were never bogged down with pointless or boring details, we got the journey without all of the fussing!
I also really loved the ending even if it was a bit unrealistic.
There was also diversity! We got to have a bisexual narrator along with a M/M romance and Percy was also of a diverse ethnicity (I’m pretty sure he was English/African but I’m not 100% positive).
While I’d love to rate this 5 stars it just didn’t feel quite like a 5 star read for me so 4.5 it is!
The characters were definitely my favorite part of this book, easily! All three of the main characters (Monty, Percy, and Felicity) were straight up amazing and adorable, they were all just so likable! I also felt that they were very realistic, had their flaws, and learned to deal with them or overcome them. So I guess you could say they developed very well over the course of the story.
Henry “Monty” Montague is our narrator and as I said earlier he is FULL of sass and sarcasm which ultimately gets him into quite a bit of trouble, well that and the fact that he loves to drink, gamble, smoke, and fool around with both men and women all the time. People that know him often refer to him as a scoundrel and it’s quite fitting. I find that most often his personality was hilarious in this way but he could be quite an ass sometimes, but his friends would call him out on it immediately and he would actually listen and learn from it. That’s right a character who actually learns from his mistakes and friends that aren’t afraid to call him out!
I also really loved Percy and Felicity since both were adorable but Felicity is a bookish badass! I’m actually really in love with Felicity’s character because she didn’t take shit from anyone and with the way the story ended with her I’m super pumped to read her spin off “The Lady’s Guide To Petticoats and Piracy”.
I’m usually not the biggest fan of YA romances since they’re usually so filled with tropes but this was perfect! I shipped Monty + Percy so freaking much! Honestly they were both the most adorable and you could have cut the tension with a knife, seriously. I also found it very cute that they both were head over heels for each other but were both so completely clueless they thought their love was unrequited! I also really liked how their romance had a bit of a “forbidden love” feel to it since that’s one trope I can’t get enough of!
What I Loved:
- Fun, light-hearted, and hilarious story
- Great, adorable, and likable characters
- Tons of adventure and shenanigans!
- The amazing and fun writing
- The settings (France, Spain, Italy, Greece, etc.)
- The completely adorable and ship worthy romance
What I Didn’t Love:
- Honestly nothing I loved everything! (it just didn’t feel like a complete 5 star for me personally though)
I highly, highly recommend checking out “The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice and Virtue” because there’s definitely something for everyone in here! It’s overall just such a fun and entertaining book and I want everyone to read and enjoy it as well!