Many people in the book world do these lists – but a lot of people do the amount of books that the year ends in, so this year it would be “22 books to read in 2022!”
I have a couple of questions about this. First of all, where does it stop? Are we going to be in 2079 writing posts about “79 books to read in 2079”? Secondly, how do you cope with the guilt when you don’t hit your own self-inflicted goal?
This was meant to go up yesterday but I had a cracking headache so hello, it’s once again Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, there’s a challenge to list ten books relating to a corresponding theme.
I’ve chosen (like I would imagine a lot of people have) to do two lists: 5 books of books I loved more than expected, and 5 books I hated more than expected (and one I truly despised). Please don’t be offended by the latter list!
Also, these books are from this year/late last year!
Moonstone by Sjon
Now this. THIS BOOK. This is already one of my favourites of the year. I didn’t expect it to, especially as one of my friends didn’t really like it, but I aboslutely loved it. Gah.
Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I thought I would like this graphic novel series, but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I had actual grabby hands when my friend (aforementioned friend, yes) let me borrow her, uh, borrowed copies.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I’d never read a Meyer novel before this book, and I really enjoyed Heartless. It’s not on my favourite book list (maybe of 2017, but not ever), but I feel like it does deserve a little spot here as it wasn’t an expected love.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
I actually didn’t like this book as much as I hoped, but far more than I expected, and also I liked it more in aspects I didn’t think I would enjoy. If you understood that sentence: it’s on the list.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Three of my favourite books of the past year are this series. I LOVE IT SO SO MUCH. I recently read the graphic novel of Clockwork Angel but it was no where near as good as the book so guess who’s going to have to go back and reread that… Ah, the hard life of a bookworm. 😉
(Please don’t think that I hate these books (okay, so I maybe hate one). I just didn’t like them as much as I had hoped!)
Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden
This was an ARC sent to me by Benjamin from OfTomes Publishing. I have literally never had a bad word about this book or any of their books, so I was actually really surprised when basically I didn’t like it. 😦
The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett
I watched the film of this and decided to read the book because my mum had it. The film was hilarious and sad and brilliant, but the book… not so much. It was disjointed and I actually felt like I got more out of the film.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Now, I do like this series (although I have been half way through book 6 for over two months now and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast) but it just hasn’t grabbed me like The Infernal Devices which is really sad. As I said, I do like it, and I like the Netflx series too, but it’s not on my blown-away list.
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
Another book everyone was raving about, but I just didn’t like. It didn’t deliver what I expected, if that sums up my feelings better. I thought it should have had a trigger warning, and actually said what the book was frickin’ about on the back.
Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Nope. Nopety nope. This book was a big, fat NOPE from me.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading! Feel free to link me to your TTT in the comments. Have you read any of the books I’ve listed here?
PS: Jamie @ BrokeandBookish is taking a hiatus for a couple weeks. There might be freebies which I might participate in, but other than that TTT is off for a couple more weeks!
I feel like January-February is always the most down time of the year. The festive season is over, Spring feels like it will never come, and Easter (and chocolate) is still far away. It’s cold, almost always raining, and you have to go back to work and/or education. If you’re on the other side of the world, it’s all the same, but it’s starting to get colder instead, which isn’t fun either.
So today I’m going to be recommending you some books that might help a little. I’m not saying that any of these are miracle workers, and in fact you might disagree with some of them, but books have always been my crutches and maybe a book down here can offer you a crutch, too. Continue reading “9 1/2 Books To Read If You’re Having a Bad Day”→
Hello! Today is Tuesday, so that means… TOP TEN TUESDAY!
This is a feature hosted by Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Underrated Books Of the Past Year (Or So). So, here’s mine!
Sappho by Mary Barnard
Sappho was an incredible (FEMALE!) Greek poet, and her writings are absolutely beautiful. The translation I read was by Mary Barnard, and I really really enjoyed it (and it was printed beautifully too; I’m going to scour to try and get my own copy, as I borrowed it from the library). I’m going to be doing a post on Sappho in the future because her poetry is great.
Tinder by Sally Gardner Tinder is one of the scariest books I have ever read. Well, creepiest. Oh my gosh. It is so creepy but SO GOOD and I can’t believe more people haven’t talked about this?! I literally had to stay up to read this because I was too scared to sleep without knowing what happened.
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for the Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
I read this book late last year, but it was actually a reread. I also read it in one night. I cannot stress how much I love this book and how much I admire Maya!
Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
I saw this book and picked it up because it was pretty, but it soon became a favourite. It’s a true story about Lucy and how she met her then-girlfriend (*sobs*). Anyway, it’s a great book, and she’s a big voice in the LGBT community on YouTube. I think? She’s on Twitter, anyway.
Florence & Giles by John Harding
BLOOMIN HECK. This is one of the best thrillers I have read. It’s the right amount of creepy and thriller-y, and it’s wonderful – you should definitely read it. The sequel, THE GIRL WHO COULDN’T READ, is also very good but not as good!
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
I don’t really know if this is ‘underrated’, but I think that it’s a book that doesn’t get pumped up enough in the YA community, but IT WAS GREAT. SUCH a good thriller, and I really loved the ending.
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Proof of how much I love this book: I even bought it for my friend for her birthday (hiya there, Nicky). This. This is the type of book I want to write. It is just so brilliant, and I would definitely recommend it.
Fairytale Retellings series by Jackson Pearce
Kinda cheating because it’s 4 books, but I read the first a few years ago and book 4 last year, but I recommend all of them. SISTERS RED remains my favourite out of all 4, but they are fantastic. I gave all of them a full 5 stars.
Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan
Again, I’m not sure if it’s underrated this series, but I do think that all Riordan books are a little underrated when it comes to big coporations. I WANT MY PERCY JACKSON MERCH, DAMMIT! *ahem* Anyway, Magnus Chase is SO DIVERSE it is absolutely fantastic, and you should DEFINITELY go and read it, esp. book 2.
The Paper Magician by Charlie M Holmberg
This one was actually a really good book. Oftentimes, I read a book and then forget what happened, but with this one? I can actually remember what happened! I really want to read the rest in the trilogy.
So there you have it! What books are on your list? Do you agree with any on mine? 🙂