How time has flown when you’re worried the world is going to be blown up because there is a loon in the White House.
Seriously, though. 2017 was ridiculous. It was like blink and you missed it. I am hoping that 2018 sanity re-enters the world, but I hoped the same after 2016-the year of hell-so I really don’t have that much hope for next year just that it somewhat gets better…hopefully. Anyway, in addition to the news going all topsy turvy. 2017 has been challenging for me. Professionally I have grown a lot, which is a good thing. I’m actually getting to do more lawyer-ly things now which is good. Writing wise, I’ve been a little meh. But I am hoping next year to buckle down some.
Total Books Read: Per my GoodReads tracker thing I read 92 books. Last year, I read 160-sh books. Big decline, but again, I am actually working more now so the decline was expected. Plus, I only had a goal of 50 books so I accomplished that.
Most Read Genre: I’d say this year the list is more eclectic but I do think probably the most read genre, if any, was contemporary YA. I like fluff, since most of my day is spent dealing with people’s problems I need a break and it’s usually with fluff. Of course, that stupid sorting hat quiz based on books sorted me as a bloody Hufflepuff because of this but don’t let my reading choices fool you I am a Slytherin at heart.
Reading Report: Eh. Not that memorable of a year. There were a few really good books that stuck out. But I did DNF a lot. However, there wasn’t really a horrible stand out this year. Oh, I’m sure I did read a couple of things that had me raging. But I have finally gotten to the point where I DNF rather than continue to read the damn thing.
I read this very early on this year and it still was one of the most pleasant surprises of the year. I honestly did not like Stacey Lee’s debut. In fact, I mocked it in an Oregon Trail game log style of a review. However, The Secret of a Heart Note really was a good read. Given the summary, I expecting it to be borderline cliche, but surprisingly it wasn’t. If you like witch oriented books you might want to give this one a try.
I think this was a case of over hype for me. I just didn’t get into this book. I might try to pick it up again later on, but there is just too much high fantasy language in it for my liking. When I generally read, I read to get away, which means my brain is not working over time. Believe it or not, Reading MJ is a lot different from Working MJ. Working MJ has to read a lot of dull code books that numbs her brain, Reading MJ does not wish to read stuff that makes her think. Hence, why Reading MJ’s reading choices made her a damn Hufflepuff/muggle when she took that stupid quiz.
That quiz sucks.
Ugh, Mulan retelling my ass. One thing it’s in Japan, which I guess you know that’s where it’s going to be set given the synopsis of the book. But God did this move so slow, and it featured a heroine who was a bad ass in name only.
Most Relevant Book(s):
Going to cheat again and put two here.
No, shit. This book was extremely relative to what’s going on and it was extremely cathartic. Like, I felt like everything was going to be better for the fifteen minutes after I read it, until I turned on MSNBC and saw Trump acting like an idiot. Upon reflection, the biggest thing I picked up from reading Hillary’s book is just how fucked up our country is. Seriously, you let emails destroy a country, people. Emails. And it’s interesting to note that a lot of those people in the media who were belittling her throughout the election have been caught up in all their own little scandals (cough, Matt Lauer, cough). Also to note, my review on this book is probably one of my most popular reviews on GoodReads (after that one I did mocking Cassandra Clare expanding the Shadow Hunter book series for the fiftieth time) I also get the most flames for it as well. I have to say though blocking deleting or mocking the various trolls I get for that review are a nice form of therapy.
The Hate U Give needs to be given attention for this category as well. This book made me so emotional, and I can see it being a must on every school reading list. While it handles contemporary real time issues such as race relations and police brutality with precision and grace, the characters are also well formed and the voice is addicting. And of course, it had to be banned in some school in Katy, Texas (seriously, Texas, we are looking more and more ridiculous, Ted Cruz is bad enough, but banning The Hate U Give) I am looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out. I’m also looking forward to reading Thomas’s next book too which is about a teenage rapper.
The Trend That Can Just Die:
Youtube/Internet Famous tropes just need to die. I’m sorry YA authors, you are pandering. With the very rare exception(s) Geekerella and Eliza and Her Monsters I get so, so, annoyed with this trope. More often than not, it seems like the author does not know how things go viral. How Youtube stars and internet people actually have to work to get popular. How, a lot of Vine stars are just god damn annoying and not people I want to read about. Seriously, just stop.
Eliza and Wallace because they’re just awkward and precious. Actually I read quite a few cute ship book this year. I’d also suggest checking out Geekerella (one nerd themed trope book I didn’t want to throw at someone) and When Dimple Met Rishi if you want some ship goodness that tackles arranged marriages.
Kill This Ship With Fire
Charlotte and the Random Dude She Met in the airport. Seriously, no. I don’t care if he’s cute. You don’t get into an Uber with a random dude you met at the airport. Especially to get makeovers at Macy’s. Runner ups go to Ramon and Katie from Tender Triumph which will always forever suck, and Chuck and Jess from Jess and Chunk and the Road Trip to Infinity because Chuck deserved better than having his girlfriend call him Chunk for the rest of his life. Also, that couple from #Famous who were just god damn annoying and I’m to lazy to look up their names (I also think I gave away that book too-hopefully, I don’t want to see it again).
Best Overall Book:
Yeah, I know I suck. But you know what, this book made me feel so much better after I read it and it was the book I needed this year so it’s going to be named my top book. Deal with it. Also, it’s kind of one of those inspiration books for me, to get myself to move on and keep fighting. That is a good thing. I’ve actually read quite a few feminist themed YA books this year too come to think of amongst them being Moxie and A Mad Wicked Folly.
Honorable Mentions Should be Given to the Following:
- Every Move by Ellie Marney it’s Ellie Marney duh. Also last book in this fantastic Sherlock retelling series.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas see previous discussion about how relevant this book is.
- When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon a meet cute with the female lead interested in STEM while her male counterpart is an artist.
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia an actual cute fandom romance that actually had some thoughtful discussion about mental health.
Worst Overall Book:
As I said in my review, I’m pretty sure this is the romance novel that gave Hillary Clinton her disdain for the genre. It is horrible all around horrible. Honestly, though it’s sort of cheating putting this one on here since I knew when it came to reviewing it it was going to be like the worst book I read this year. I hated it when I first touched it ten years ago. However, a list is a list and it gets the crowning glory. However, here are some of the other books that made me want to puke and/or throw them against the wall.
- Flower by Elizabeth Craft: Didn’t even get to the 50 page mark with this one and it got returned. That’s how bad it was.
- #Famous by Jilly Gagnon: Ugh, ugh, ugh. This one was just all out embarrassing. It’s one of those books you cringe throughout the entire book. Also, Gangon has no idea how things go viral.
- Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney: It’s bad when you are more curious about what reality show the author was on than the actual book. Also, book sucked. Just read The Royal We. I know it’s not age appropriate for all, but it is way better than this drivel.
- Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven: Obviously, Niven did not do her research about over eating and face blindness.
- Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean: Twilight in Scotland. Didn’t I read a time travel book with a similar premises a few years ago. Oh, wait that was time travel this one…I didn’t even get far enough to see what sort of paranormal was thrown in. It was just so 2006.
- If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L Armentrout: A book that will just depress you. Enough said.
- Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider: Or be an idiot and get in a car with a stranger.
There were several more books I read that didn’t make the list for one reason or the other. Before the new year, I’ll try to post what new release in 2018 I’m looking forward to.