Best Books I Read in 2017

Best Books 2017

I read 154 books in 2017, but I only rated 9 books 5 stars, and 2 of those books were re-reads. Today I’m sharing the 15 best books I read in 2017. This list includes those 9 5-star reads and well as 6 4-star reads that have stuck with me and were too good not to mention. New 5-Star Reads from 2017 Dear Martin by Nic Stone The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (I loved […]

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My Year in Books: 2017

My Year in Books

I love that Goodreads puts together these stats for you at the end of the year (if you’ve done the reading challenging). I love looking back at them year over year. Here’re my stats for 2017. When I looked back at 2015-2017, I saw some interesting things: The number of books I’ve read has gone up over the years, well mostly. (2014: 97 books, 2015: 120 books, 2016: 163 books, 2017: 154 books) But the length of the books I’m reading is going down. (2014: 333 pages, 2015: 319 pages, 2016: 314 pages, 2017: 298 pages) Perhaps it’s because I keep setting my Goodreads goal […]

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TBR List: January 2018

TBR List January 2018

I’m back! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with blogging this month. I have some ideas on how to change things up, so I’m not so overwhelmed by the list of books I’ve completed but haven’t reviewed. Here are some of the books I’ve gotten recently that I hope to get to this month. Books I’ll be reading in January 2018 La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Phillip Pullman How I got it: I borrowed the CD audiobook from the library. Why I got it: I love, love, love His Dark Materials, so of course I was beyond excited when I learned […]

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Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying is supposed to be like The Breakfast Club but with a twist. Five students enter detention, but only four survive. Simon, the writer of a school gossip blog, dies from anaphylactic shock after drinking a cup of water during detention. Simon was allergic to peanuts, but his epi-pens and those from the nurses office were all missing. All of the students were there by mistake. Someone planted phones in their backpacks, so their strict teacher would catch them and give them detention. They all had secrets that were meant to be revealed on Simon’s blog the next day. The four other […]

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Review: The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

The Book of Polly is an adult novel that centers around Willow Havens, a ten year-old girl, who is obsessed with the idea of her mother’s death. Polly was quite old when Willow was born, so it’s logical that Willow would be concerned. This book is very much about character development. Polly is quite a character – she kills squirrels in her backyard and has confrontations with her neighbors and people at Willow’s school. Willow is trying to discover who she is and find assurance that someone will care for her once her mother is gone. I enjoyed this sweet, quirky story, but it wasn’t […]

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Review: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Little Monsters is a pretty twisted story. Kacey’s friends Jade and Bailey begin freezing her out after an incident at a supposedly haunted barn, and she’s not quite sure why. They go to a party without her, but then she can’t even really confront they about it because Bailey doesn’t come home the night of the party. Jade does reach out to Kacey to help determine what happened to Bailey, but suddenly Kacey’s step-brother is a suspect and things get a little out of hand. This book was disturbing to say the least. I thought I’d read great reviews, so I recommended it to my […]

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Review: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge (The Hungry Plague #2) by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge is technically a sequel to The Girl with All the Gifts, but I think it should really have been advertised as a companion novel or a prequel. Before Melanie and the other kids were being studied, another team of scientists was trying to learn more about the zombie-inducing fungus that’s plagued the human world. This book centers around a young man, Steven Grieves, who’s an unwanted member of the team aboard Rosie, a vehicle of scientific-discover. Steven is on the autism spectrum, and he’s crazy smart. He makes many discoveries that help the human race tremendously. There are a lot of […]

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Review: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

There’s Someone Inside Your House in a YA horror novel. I don’t usually do horror, but this book was compared to the movie Scream, so I thought I could handle it. It’s really addictive, and definitely not too scary. I’d say it’s more suspenseful, while quite gory, but I really, really enjoyed it. The book centers around Makani, who’s new to the town and high school. Her parents shipped her from Hawaii to Nebraska, so they could deal with their divorce without her getting in the way. In short, her parents really suck, but thankfully her grandmother is awesome, despite her sleep-walking habit. Makani falls for […]

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Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is a triple romance filled with family drama. Sisters, Kelly and Olivia, haven’t talked much since high school, so when Olivia decides to move back home after a career set back, they don’t really know how to relate to one another. There are secrets and mistrust, which result in some interesting drama. Meanwhile their father is falling in love, but their mother’s return to town as well upsets that situation resulting in more drama. I love drama! This book was fun and rather steamy. It had a Love, Actually kind of feel with multiple love stories going at once with a […]

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Screen-Based Analogy of Books

Screen-Based Analogy Books

Ok, so this is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. You guys know I’m not a huge fan of character-driven books. I need books to have plot. Funnily enough, I also don’t enjoy sitcoms. Bare with me through this analogy. So sitcoms are situational comedies, right? They have consistent characters from episode to episode, but there isn’t really much plot that carries through the season or even throughout the full series. So they’re kind of like character-driven books, and they’re not really for me. Then we have movies. They usually have decent character development and a lot of plot, but they only last […]

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