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2018 In Review

Another year is over! I’m not sure how it happened so fast, but happy New Year! I’m going to list off my top five most noteworthy books from the last year. (That is, the ones I read last year – not necessarily ones that were published within it.)

1822182First up is A Note of MadnessI’ve read three of Tabitha Suzuma’s books and absolutely adored them all. There is so much emotion, suspense and pain in her writing. This particular series was incredibly emotional for me as it strongly reminded me of someone close to me. It was incredibly accurate and potent.

As you know, I always recommend books that discuss mental health. I’d definitely suggest reading this if you’re interested in that area. This addresses bipolar depression and suicide in particular.

30626556Next is History is All You Left MeIt was the first of Adam Silvera’s books that I’ve read, and I immediately fell in love with his writing. Again, this is an incredibly emotional novel, and was particularly relevant to me. The biggest thing I took away from this book was how to stop feeling guilty for replacing a deceased lover. At the time, my boyfriend was still sort of grieving for an ex, and I felt as if “competing with a ghost” (a beautiful quote from this novel). It is also an LGBTQ+ novel, which is always a bonus. It nearly made me cry, too, which is very rare!

7069333Another book I thoroughly enjoyed was the first HG Wells CollectionObviously, this is a collection of several different stories, my favourites being The Time Machine and The First Men in the Moon. It’s a staple for any sci-fi lover for sure. It’s a bit dated, but timeless at the same time. I adored Wells’ writing, feeling fully immersed in each story. The descriptions were lovely, leaving enough to your own imagination while still setting the scene perfectly. I would highly recommend this to anyone, even if you’re not particularly familiar with the genre.

32827036.jpgThe fourth book in this list is Ink, a book I picked up on a whim in the bookstore. I never actually posted a review of this one as I decided to read it purely for enjoyment, without constantly taking notes. I talked to everyone I knew about this and remember it in great detail. It’s about a society where everything in your life is written on your skin as tattoos. Even the bad things – displayed for the whole world to see. But then there are the Blanks, a feared group of unmarked people. I won’t give too much away but there is a lot of exciting, unexpected twists in this and I just loved it. I’m dying to start the sequel!

42192885Finally I’ve chosen Bone & Bread. This was another mental-health-related book, though it was rather different from any others I’d read. Beena is the narrator of this, switching between recalling childhood memories, later events and the current time. Overall, this is about her sister, Sadhana. She’s dead. Her heart gave out due to complications from her eating disorder. Beena notes the early symptoms of her sister’s illness, the struggles they went through together. What made this so unique is that not only is it told from an external point of view, but Beena isn’t sympathetic at all. She’s almost harsh about it. The way the illness is described is accurate, in my opinion, and not romanticised at all.

So that’s it! My top five books from 2018. What did you guys read? What were your favourites? A ton of great books were released that I never got round to reading, so if you have then feel free to tell me about them! Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to 2019!

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2017 Wrap Up!

I can’t believe it’s 2018 already! 2017 definitely had it’s ups and downs, but for now I’m going to focus on all the books I read! My goal was 100 books, which I sadly did not quite reach. I did manage 82, though, which I’m quite pleased with. You can see all the books I read here.

There have been tons of amazing books, but I’m going to pick the top ten that I read. (Barely any I read were actually published in 2017, though.)

  1. Hurt: This was so, so emotional. It tackled the topic of male rape, while being incredibly addictive and honest. The only book that managed to make me cry this year.
  2. Wintergirls: One of the anorexia-related books that I picked up last year. Fantastically written and super relatable. Interesting paranormal twist to it, too.
  3. The Bane Chronicles: A fantastic collection of stories focusing on my favourite character from the Mortal Instruments – Magnus Bane. The stories spread over the many centuries of Magnus’s existence, perfectly reflecting the time periods, the different locations and the wonderful personality of Magnus himself. It really felt like he was telling the stories himself.
  4. Alice in the Looking Glass: A Mother and Daughter’s Experience of Anorexia: Another eating disorder-related book, but a non-fiction one this time. Both mother and daughter (Alice, the daughter, being the sufferer) recall their experience with the disorder and her wobbly road to recovery. A wonderful book, honest and realistic but filled with hope.
  5. Bleach 3-in-1 Volume #1: I haven’t seen the show, but fell in love with the book. (My boyfriend has since bought me most of the collection which I am dying to binge-read this year.) It’s funny and exciting and the art is fantastic – a perfect manga, really.
  6. Batman: The Killing Joke: An essential read for any comic book/graphic novel fans. I’m fascinated by the Joker as a character and am planning to read as many graphic novels featuring him as I can. I knew this to be a good place to start as it’s so iconic. The art is used amazingly – colour palettes accentuating the story at key moments. We see a glimpse into the Joker’s past – but is it real?
  7. Gotham Academy: Second Semester Volume #1: Welcome Back: This series was amazing. Olive’s mother was imprisoned by Batman, and she fears she’s going to turn crazy too. But her relationships with the other students are so lovely, and I adored her as a character. This was a really moving series. Great fun, too.
  8. Supergirl Volume #1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen: This was the first I’d read of Supergirl, and I was definitely impressed. I haven’t watched the show so didn’t have the problem of feeling like this was “based on” that series. I liked watching Kara fit into her new Earth life, and look forward to reading more.
  9. Whisper to Me: Another book I picked up without even knowing what it was about. But once I started, I honestly couldn’t stop. It was absolutely fantastic! Strange, definitely unique, and so addictive.
  10. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice: This probably seems like a bit of a weird one, but it was surprisingly good. If you don’t get on with classic literature then this can really help you understand the story, but it’s also just really pretty on it’s own.

So there you go! 10 of my favourite books from last year. (Still weird to say.) Feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of these, or what you’re favourites have been from 2017! Happy New Year everyone, may you bookshelves be fruitful and your teacups full.

Goodbye 2016… Hello 2017!

Happy New Year everyone! I’m going to keep this as book-based as I can, but I apologise for any random, personal tangents I may go off on.

First of all, a quick summary of my past year. I aimed for 100 books, but only managed to read 66. (Disappointing, I know.)

I can’t seem to link them to their reviews, but you can find a list of every book I’ve reviewed on this blog, in alphabetical order of author, here.

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At the end of last year, I added a poll to the sidebar of my blog. The question was what you guys thought was the best book published in 2015. The winner, with 33% of voters on their side, was Dan and Phil’s The Amazing Book is Not on Fire.

I’ve put up a new poll for this year, which I will also paste below. What do you think was the best book of last year?

That’s it for now! I may post a little something about my favourite books of the year later on, but for now I shall leave you in peace. Happy New Year!

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