The Best and Worst of 2017

Overall 2017 was a great year, I almost doubled what I read last year and my average rating was 3.9!! The only thing I really want to sum up from 2017 is the best 5 and worst 3.

Let’s start with the best, because I am a glass half full kind of girl….Sort of:

1.

flowers for algernon

This books is one that I feel like everyone should read!! I read an excerpt in high school for my English class, I enjoyed it then and I am so glad I have now read the whole book. This book deals with some heavier subject matters. It makes you think about how you treat people, how important is your intelligence, and is ignorance bliss?

2.

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Yes, a middle grade book made it on to my top 5 list. For anyone that wants to learn more about transgender issues this is the book for you. It is a beautiful story, and it has really stuck with me. I also love the fact that these books are becoming more available especially for younger people.

3.

The Hate U Give

This is one time I will say, the book is 100% worth all they hype. The way it is written it all feels very real, and makes you think about your privilege. It is a YA book but the story is great for all ages.

4.

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A second middle grade book! I read the illustrated edition which I would recommend, I think it adds to the story. This is a great book for kids and adults to read. Dealing with illness and death is hard at every age.

5.

She's So Fine

My first book I read for review and I loved it!! This is a faced paced book with great character development. If you’re looking for something short with some major punch, this one is for you.

 

Okay, and now the bad apples:

1.

Fear and Loathing

I don’t see the point, just drugs and alcohol. I guess wasn’t for me.

2.

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This one was mainly not what I was expecting. It wasn’t bad exactly, I just found it to be a big let down. It is true crime but felt like I was reading a novel. Wasn’t a fan of the writing style, it felt like he was romanticising the murders.

3.

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Instalove, and overall not very plausible.

 

I didn’t even have enough bad books to mention them in this post so the year must have been pretty good overall. Have you guys read any of these? Do you agree?

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November Chat-Up

I have been in a major reading/blogging slump. I just can’t seem to get into anything theses days. Oh well it can’t last forever, just wanted to let you guys know I am still here….Don’t forget about me 🙂

Also I welcome any suggestions to get me back in my groove please.

 

Reading Wrap Up July 23rd

Hello everybody. Man does it feel good to be out of my reading slump. That was a long long two weeks and I am still enjoying the feeling of normal….well normal for me. This week I finished three books, so I’ll tell ya a bit about them.

Long Daze at Long Binh by Steve Donovan and Fred Borchardt⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is the memoir of two men drafted in the Vietnam War. A little different from others this one is a light funny memoir about being in the army. I really enjoyed it, it was fun and interesting. It felt like I had just sat down with two old friends reminiscing. I will be posting a full review shortly.

Bone Vol.1 by Jeff Smith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is a graphic novel about these little guys called Bones. This one is about three cousins getting lost finding each other and these scary rat things. This seems to be a graphic novel that everyone has read when they were a kid. I like to call this an all ages book, then I won’t feel as bad for it being a Scholastic’s book. But it was really cute and fun. I am continuing with this series, this one is at least only I think 8 volumes long.

Trouble Purse Sued by Marianna Heusler ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is the story of a fashion show at a Catholic school. They are trying to raise money to save the school. Then a series of odd events occurs. Ok so that was a bad summary and I sold no one on this book. But it was really good: it’s a mystery and it was really engaging and well done over all. I will also be doing a full review on this one.

That is all I got read this week, which I am so happy about post slump. Now to keep it going.

For all of you that saw my jar last week and was curious, it has 119 in it, and the glory prize goes to Bookstooge. Thank you all for playing. Now I just need to start picking haha.

Weekly Wrap up July 16th

Well it’s that time again. Time for the weekly wrap up. I feel like the slump is over and I am happy to say that I managed to finish up three books this week.

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  – This is the one I mentioned in my pervious post about nonfiction recommendations. It is quite simply and beautifully, pictures of random people in New York. Some pictures only show where they were taken while others had short stories about the situation or their lives to follow. I really enjoyed all the different types of people: diversity in every single possible way.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson ⭐️⭐️  – Famous piece of nonfiction work, that was turned into a movie, essentially about a drug infused road trip to Las Vegas. I do believe it was supposed to show the drug culture, and how crazy it gets. But to me it was just him talking about hallucinations and bad ideas he had while on every drug he could think of at the time. I didn’t like it and don’t really know why it was written.

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  – This book was sooooo good. I honestly don’t want to say much of anything about it; It’s short and hard to stay spoiler free. I’ll just say that it is about a woman trying to recollect what caused her illness. It is being told while she is experiencing a fever. This book is unsettling and that is the best word I can think to explain it. It’s neither horror, nor thriller. But it sort of feels like one. She keeps the pages turning, but if you are looking for a story to be wrapped up all nice at the end, this is not it. I recommend everyone read it so that we can discuss it, because I’m curious as to others’ thoughts on it.

 

Not something that I have read but a small project, I made a TBR Jar. I’m slightly backlogged with library books and couple of review copies right now. But as soon as I get those done I will be picking from the jar to finally make a dent in my massive amount of unread books I have sitting at home.

I hope to finish up Long Daze at Long Binh this week, post reading slump this may be attainable. Then I hope to read two more books: Trouble Purse Sued by Marianna Heusler and Savage Joy by Robert Dunn.

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Anyone want to guess how many unread titles are in the jar….there are no prizes. Just pure glory:)

Weekly Wrap Up July 9th

Hello everybody. My weekly wrap up is not great…..Especially since I didn’t do one last week. I have hit a major reading slump here. It’s not that I don’t know what to read or can’t pick a book, I just don’t feel like picking anything up right now. If you have any suggestions let me know, it feels wrong not to be reading constantly.

I did read one book this week…. Sort of, it was a silent graphic novel.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan  – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ This is the story of an immigrant, he left his wife and daughter back home to start a new life in a new country. There are no words in the novel, which I think was perfect for showing how hard it would be for someone moving to a new place and not knowing anyone or the language. The artwork is just beautiful. It is really a touching story, that I loved, having only lived in Canada it helped me to understand how hard and stressful it must be for people who come over here.

Well that’s all I have to tell you guys about for this week. I am currently “reading” Long Daze at Long Bin. I am really enjoying it when I pick it up. I also have a stack of books on my bedside table incase I find the urge to read. UGHHHHH so frustrating, please tell me you guys know what I am talking about.

 

Weekly Wrap Up June 25th

I feel much more productive this week. But that is probably because I finished two books that I had started a while ago. This week I read:

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This book is pretty easily described by the title, and it was so much fun. The author was an engineer at NASA (pretty impressive), he answers all the crazy questions with scientific explanations. The questions and answers are really funny and educational. Munroe has a great dorky sense of humour.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – A book that does not need an introduction. The sixth book in the series and amazing of course. I have one book left in the series and I have mixed feelings about that. I want to know how it ends….but then it will be over.

Forbidden by Feather Stone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – A lot happens in this book, so I will need to be careful not to include any spoilers. This is the story of a Canadian woman who goes over to the middle east for habitat for humanity. People are gunned down and Eliza is the only survivor. Then a cover-up follows and her life is at risk. This is a hard book to sum up quickly, so there will be a full review coming up shortly.

So that is my reading week, pretty good books all around. I have just started reading Long Daze at Long Binh by Steve Donovan and Fred Borchard. I’m only one chapter in so not much to say yet.

What are you guys reading right now, anything I need to add to my TBR?

Weekly Wrap Up June 18th

Hello everybody, I missed last weeks wrap up. But I didn’t finish reading anything so there was very little to wrap up. I have recently reached 100 followers which I am so happy and grateful to you all for.

This week I finished two books.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is actually the first graphic novel by this author, I read her second one two weeks ago. This is the story of Early Earth, and a story of a boy looking for part of his soul. I really enjoyed the story telling with in the novel in this one as well. It feels like a fairytale, and the little bit of humour thrown in is great too.

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by K.A. Yoshida and David Mitchell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – This is a non-fiction book written by a boy with autism. It basically goes through all the question people may have about what it is like to be autistic. He also cover why he reacts to certain things and how he experiences things. This is a short little book that I think could be useful to most people. I didn’t know much of the information in this book. It really helped me understand a bit better what an autistic person may be going through.

I am currently still in the middle of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, also getting close to the end of What If? I have few more planned out for the next week or so. What have you guys been reading lately?