From Humble Beginnings

Welcome to my new book blog!

This is a place I’m going to use to review books that I’ve read during the year. You can expect mostly fiction, and mostly young adult fiction at that, but I do delve into other genres when the mood strikes me. 

To start this off, I wanted to go through 5 of my favorite books from 2017, a few of my least favorites, as well as books that I’d like to see myself read in 2018, and some of my reading resolutions.

2017 – Best and Worst

I read a lot of really great books this year. If you look at my Goodreads page, it states that I read 26 books in 2017 (I’m in the middle of two, so we’ll see if I can hit 28 in the next two days) Technically though, I read 45. (I flew through the Attack on Titan manga series so fast that it didn’t feel right to count it as 20 books). In no particular order, these were my top 5 books of the year!

Attachments – ★★★★☆
I read this book right at the beginning of the year, and it really stuck with me. Set in the 90’s, this book was adorable and fun, and was a great start to my reading year. Definitely my favorite of Rainbow Rowell’s books so far. 

Strange the Dreamer – ★★★★☆
I knew I was going to love this book going in, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. This book is packed with setup for this series, and I can’t wait for the next installment. I read this one shortly after I read the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and I think that I liked this one more. That whole series didn’t make my top 5 list, but it was still up there as some of the best books I read this year.

The City of Brass – ★★★★☆
I picked this one up on a whim. Browsing the book store, the cover caught my eye. It took place in Egypt (at least at the beginning) and it had magical elements. I was immediately sold. This book was a slow burn. It took me a while to get used to all of the new terminology, but once I did I flew through the last 300 pages in just a few hours. I can’t wait for the sequel to this.

Turtles All the Way Down  – ★★★★☆
Every time John Green comes out with a new book, it feels like it was written for that time in my life. I think I read Paper Towns right when I needed it, and I felt the same about this one. It hit really close to home, and it was really nice to see those things down on paper.

Sleeping Giants  – ★★★★☆
Okay, so technically this one is both Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods, but I liked this one better. This series is fun, futuristic, and is told in a really interesting format. The third (and final!) book, Only Human is set to come out in May, and I’m really excited to see how this trilogy wraps up.

I also read some not so great books this year, at least in my opinion. These were a few of my least favorite reads.

Tetris: The Games People Play – ★★★☆☆
This book was just okay. I liked the history of the game, and it was drawn really well, but because I have this weird love/obsession with Tetris, I went in with higher expectations of the book.

Armada – ★★★☆☆
After reading Ready Player One in high school, I went in to this with pretty high expectations. For me, it fell pretty flat. I found the references in this book over the top, everything was very convenient, and it was overall a pretty basic and non-special story.

The Circle – ★☆☆☆☆
The more I think about this book, the angrier I get. This book was boring from the first word through the last, had no real direction other than being over-the-top and preachy. The characters had no motivation, and the main character was absolutely insufferable. Somehow, the movie was even worse, so don’t bother watching that.

Finally, I want to go through some of my 2018 resolutions, and books that I want to read.

2018 – Goals and TBR

I have some pretty lofty goals for this year:
-Read 50 Books
-Read more adult books (adult fiction, I’m mainly talking about Outlander and Brandon Sanderson’s books)
-Unhaul a lot of books (I have a lot of crap books that I’m never going to read. They’d do better donated so someone else can read them)

I think I can do all of these things! As for my TBR, the first ones on my list are Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, and Artemis both of which I’m currently reading. I’m hoping to be done with them by the end of the year, but if I don’t make it, I’ll finish them up at the beginning of January.

Other books that I want to read this year include:
-Outlander (the first one) – Diana Gabaldon
-The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson
-The Name of the Wind -Patrick Rothfuss
-Eliza and her Monsters -Francesca Zappia
-Meddling Kids – Edgar Cantero
-The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

I’m sure there’ll be a lot more that I want to delve in to, but for now these are the books that I currently want to get through, not including my two most anticipated releases of 2018, Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel (Book 3 in the Themis Files) and The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad Trilogy #2).

This year you can expect reviews, rants, lists, and more. I hope you’ll check back soon to keep up with what I’m reading, and I hope I keep up with updates as I read.

-Siobhan