Best Books of 2017

I’m actually behind on my post since I’ve been so busy with the year ending in a few days. You would think I would have more time while I’m off work, but I feel that I’m even more busy now that I’m not at work.

Anyways, for this post I’ll be listing 10 of my favorite books of 2017.

I won’t go into details on my reviews with each book, but I will list down any reviews I’ve written on them. I won’t also include any graphic novels in this Best of 2017. I might write a separate post for that.

MY REVIEWS:

Storm Front by Jim Butcher
The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
In the Shadow of the Blackbird by Cat Winters
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

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I’m really surprised that my top 10 books are variety of genres. We have some mystery, dystopia, historical fiction and fantasy. I felt like a read a ton of mystery this year, as I usually do, that I feared that most of these books would be mystery. I’m really glad that my favorites in 2017 are more varied.

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Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!

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Sorry I’m a bit late, but at least better late than never. Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! Hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and will have a safe New Year. My Christmas was amazing and was able to spend my time with the people I love, and I hope all of you was able to spend their time the way they wanted to.

 

My Worst Reads in 2017

I really wasn’t planning on creating a ‘Worst Read’ list, but I wanted to share my gripe on some of these books. Here are the 5 books I wasn’t fan of this year.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not hating on you or even towards the author. These books just didn’t work for me. If it does for you, then I’m super glad, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

eon1. Eon by Alison Goodman

Twelve-year-old Eon has been in training for years. His intensive study of Dragon Magic, based on East Asian astrology, involves two kinds of skills: sword-work and magical aptitude. He and his master hope that he will be chosen as a Dragoneye–an apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons of good fortune.

But Eon has a dangerous secret. He is actually Eona, a sixteen-year-old girl who has been masquerading as a boy for the chance to become a Dragoneye. Females are forbidden to use Dragon Magic; if anyone discovers she has been hiding in plain sight, her death is assured.

When Eon’s secret threatens to come to light, she and her allies are plunged into grave danger and a deadly struggle for the Imperial throne. Eon must find the strength and inner power to battle those who want to take her magic…and her life. 

This book has been on my TBR shelf for the longest time and I regret not reading it when I purchased it. I feel that if I read this book near the time I initially purchased it, I would have enjoyed the story a lot more. Back then I enjoyed reading slow pace books and books that draw out their story to create the atmosphere. However, now I feel that good substance books are able to be written without it dragging the reader down. Every time I picked up this book it was a bit of a challenge and I’m just not in the right set of mind for that this year.

I’m a bit disappointed because I’ve heard so many good things about this book and how amazing the characters are. Goodman’s writing is good. I enjoyed the contents and it flowed nicely. Plus it was interesting to read about the Chinese zodiac signs, but for me the book became more of a challenge than pleasure to read.

the island at the end of the world2.  The Islands at the end of the Workd by Austin Aslan

Sixteen-year-old Leilani loves surfing and her home in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. But she’s an outsider – half white, half Hawaiian, and an epileptic.

While Lei and her father are on a visit to Oahu, a global disaster strikes. Technology and power fail, Hawaii is cut off from the world, and the islands revert to traditional ways of survival. As Lei and her dad embark on a nightmarish journey across islands to reach home and family, she learns that her epilepsy and her deep connection to Hawaii could be keys to ending the crisis before it becomes worse than anyone can imagine.

This book is one of those hidden gem books that my Goodreads group decided to read. Some of them enjoyed it and some, not so much. I’m on the latter group. I’m just not a fan of how the author represented the citizens of the Islands. I feel that he made them all savages and uncultured. I’m also not a fan of the ending,  that was pretty weird and it made the whole book too confusing overall.

I’m not really sure if I would pick up another book by this author since this book really did leave a bad taste for me.

the-end-of-oz3. The End of Oz by Danielle Paige

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. – Dorthy Must Die (Book 1)

This is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. I tried to pick it up as soon as it came out because this is the last book in the Dorothy Must Die Series, and I really want to know what happens to our protagonist and her fellow Wicked.

I was speechless when I finished this book. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to throw it across the room or burn it. This book was suppose to be a TRILOGY, then it wasn’t, then it was suppose to have a fourth book, I was ok with it. What suppose to be the end of the series, apparently wasn’t. I’m really not sure if Paige has ended the series and just wanted to play around with her readers, or she’s actually going to continue the story of Gumm and her gang. Either way, I’ve lost interest and I won’t be picking up anymore of her books. I’m fuming just thinking about it. ARGH!

shutter4. Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.

When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.

This bad rating is purely on disappointment. I heard a lot of good things about this book and I was really excited to read it. Of course it was close to Halloween and I wanted to be spooked. I just finished reading In the Shadow of Blackbirds and I wanted something equally creepy. Unfortunately for Shutter I had high expectations for it and it was shredded into little pieces.

The thing is it had a very good premise. It was innovative and unique. It really wasn’t a story that I’ve picked up before and the writing is readable. It was action packed and there really wasn’t a moment of down time. I just didn’t really click with any of the characters, especially the protagonist. For someone who has been training her whole life and has been on several cases, amateur mistakes is really not acceptable in this book. Also, the romance was a bit tacky and cliche. It felt forced and it wasn’t a relationship that was formed within the book, so it felt like I picked up a book half way in the series. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if we started from their training.

everything everything5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I think out of all the books on this list I’ll be getting a lot of hate for this. I’m sorry, but I’m not a fan. I wasn’t going to pick this up since contemporary romance is not really my thing, but since it was adapted into a movie, I might as well give it a try. Like I said, I’m not a fan. It’s an interesting story and it was very lovey dovey, but I find that the romance was too instant for it to be true. Plus, he’s like the only guy he’s ever met, so the choice is very limited right. I also didn’t enjoy the mother-daughter depiction in this book. I sympathize with both of them, but that ending shouldn’t have happened he way it did. I know there are issues that needed to be dealt with, but I feel that it was handled the wrong way.

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So that’s it for me on my Worst Reads of 2017. Please, I come in peace! No hating, just all love! Let me know if you guys agree with me or disagree.

 

Fall Book Haul

Today is technically the first day of Winter, and so here is my Fall Book Haul. This season I went a little bit crazy on my book buying because it was Black Friday and Book Outlet was an additional 30% off! Plus, Chapters also had great deals.

Anyways, here are the books I bought:

Wow! 20 books in total. I actually didn’t know I bought so many books this couple of months. I think I need to lay off buying more books, but I might have one more book haul to do at the beginning of the year for my Christmas haul IF I get any books. I don’t usually get books for Christmas because my family are not certain which books I own.

I think overall I pretty happy with all the books I bought. I may have bought 20 in total, but I did an unhaul a few weeks ago and I got read of more than 30 books. So in reality, it evens out. Right ?!?!? Plus, I read some of these books already and I’m quite happy with it.

Anyways, let me know if you own any of these books and if any of them are your favorites.

It’s December, so here is a quick update!

Hello, Hello! I’m back from my little vacation very well rested. I was in Vegas a last week and have been busy at work and life the last few days so I’ve been MIA.

Anyways, I haven’t been doing a lot of reading because (1)I’m was on vacation and I don’t really do a lot of reading during my vacation (2) The Christmas Holidays is usually a busy time for me in terms of work and life. However, I’ll still be posting a few things here and there because I still need to finish off loose ends before the year is over.

I’ll try to post regularly for the remainder of the year, but like I said its going to be a busy next few weeks, and might be a little bit off my game. I might not be able to post regular thing such as the Top 5 or Book Date Monday, those will resume in the new year.

Ok, so that’s my quick update and here are some pictures from my Las Vegas trip. Enjoy!

 

November Wrap-up and December TBR

DECEMBER is finally here! YAY!!! This year flew by so fast and it’s been a busy year. Anyways, this month wasn’t such a great reading month for me and I’m pretty sure December will also be a bad reading month. November I participated in Tome Topple and I’ll be wrapping that readathon on this post as well.

Last month I only put two books in my TBR and I read zero of those two books. It’s not that I didn’t want to read them, but I didn’t get a chance to pick them up before Tome Topple.

These are the books/graphic novels I read, outside of Tome Topple:

I read these three books during Tome Topple, but towards the end of the readathon. After reading the one tome I picked up I had a major book hangover, and I needed something light and fun to read. I really enjoyed Lumberjanes, which is really not a big surprise since I love this series! I also enjoyed Case File 13: Zombie Kid and In Real Life, so overall it was a pretty good reading month.

Tome Topple Wrap-up:

Every Tome Topple I add this book on my TBR and every year I decide to not pick it up. This round of Tome Topple I decided not to include this particular book because I wanted to change it up, but alas, I actually picked it up and read it. The one book I read for this readathon is:

monsters of men

Yes, I can finally take this book out of my TBR. Its been awhile since I read The Ask and the Answer, but the minute I started reading this book everything came back to me. I really love this trilogy, although all three are massive reads, the world is amazing. I wasn’t as invested in this story as much as the fist and the second, but I’m just really glad I got it out of my system. The ending was a killer for me.

DECEMBER TBR

I’m not going to create a TBR for this month because (1) It’s the Holidays and I’m usually busy close to Christmas, (2) I’m going on Holiday for a few days mid-December. I don’t usually read when I’m out of the country, and (3) I have a lot of year-end things to finish and don’t want to overwhelm myself.

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Anyways, that’s it for me on my wrap-up. I’m not really sure if this will be my last wrap up for the year or I might do my December wrap-up closer to the end of December, we’ll see.

Also, next week I will be on holiday, therefore, I’m not sure how many posts I’ll be writing, let’s go with the flow.

 

Book Date #14

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I took a few days off from posting on my blog because it’s been such a hectic few days. Also my posts has been all over the place because the holiday is very close at hand, plus this time of the year is when my family have their birthdays, so I try to post something when I’m free. For sure at the beginning of the year my posting of Monday, Wednesday and Friday will commence.

Anyways, for a quick update I decided to do the Book Date Monday created by Book Date.

Last Week I Finished:

Monsters of Men is one of those books that has been on my TBR for quite awhile and every year it’s been on top of my pile, but this year, finally, I was able to pick it up and finish it. It was a good ending for the trilogy, but that ending! Ness always kills me with his choices. Anyways, it was still a really good read for me.

Currently Reading:

Zombie Kid

Technically I should be reading a 500+ novel, but I’m really not up to the challenge. Monsters of Men kinda gave me a book hangover, but hopefully it won’t carry over to the next month.

Upcoming Reads:

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I was planning on reading this book this month, but it didn’t happen and now I’m pushing it for December. I’m not sure how much reading I’ll be doing since I will be on vacation at the beginning of the month and its the Christmas holidays so I’ll be pretty busy. I’ve almost reached my Goodreads goal for this year, so I want to at least be able to read a few more books just to be able to feel accomplished for the year!