Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Favourite Books of 2017 (by Month)

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Besides reading and falling in love with a few new series this year (that I've raved about so many times already) I haven't actually read any 'punch in the air throw it across the room amazing' books this year. I barely rated any of them five stars. Hopefully, this year will be different as after a year of mostly average books I need some good'uns in my life!

So, because of this, I thought I'd share something I saw floating around Instagram stories. Basically, you share the best book you read for each month of the year, they may not be favourites at all but they were the best of the month.

January: Marley & Me by John Grogan
This book will forever remind me of my Grandad, he rarely read books that had interesting covers or ones I could remember apart from this book. I remember seeing the wee lab puppy on the cover as a kid and telling myself that one day I would read that book too. I obviously read this after watching the movie, which meant that the entire time of reading it I heard Owen Wilson narrating in my head. Not really a bad thing! I rated it four stars I think purely because I was familiar with the storyline, and was used to the movie. Had I had read it before watching the movie I would probably have given it 5, so I do recommend it.

February: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Oh yes, welcome to the first month that is overrun with one of my new series discoveries. I'd always wanted to read this book but never got around to it, I'd had it on my kindle for months but could never get into it. Eventually, I had to buy the physical book as usually this helps when getting into a book I was struggling with. I persevered past the first few chapters and then I was hooked. Hooked enough to hop onto BookDepository and purchase the second book so it would hopefully be here shortly after I finished this one.

March: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Aaaand it did, this book is actually my favourite of the series just because of my love of how the relationship develops between Rhys and Feyre after her bargain. Basically, I loved it, and it's probably tied as my favourite book of the year. I've written about it before so if you'd like to delve into more you can here.

April: The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub
I'll say it now, I wasn't a big fan of the ending of this. But as April consisted of a three star and a two star book this one won. Most of the book is alright and enjoyable, the character developments are average and it's your rather cliche 5 random high school teens of different 'cliques' are brought together and end up being friends type of thing. Alright, but an average ending, still better than the two star book.

May: But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure
One of the two books I took on holiday to Rarotonga with me and I flew through it in the first day or so. As stated in a previous review over on Nana Wintour's blog here it took me until around 3/4 of the way through to realise it was a sequel to a book I've already read. It was a quick easy read, and you definitely don't need to read the first to understand.

June: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Ah, the finale to my first favourite series of the year. The worst of the three but I still rather enjoyed it enough to give it five stars, at that point, I think I was too invested in the characters to give it anything but. Again, my problem was with the ending, it was too happily ever after for a series like this. Sarah J Maas needed to take some tips from George R R Martin or J K Rowling and KILL SOME PEOPLE!

July: The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I did give this four stars but it was hard to get through, I was actually listening to this at work as an audiobook so it could have possibly have been the voice that made it drag. Similar to Marley & Me I'd already seen the film so knew what was to happen which didn't really make it any easier to get through. The story is great, just a bit slow.

August: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Here we are, the second favourite series of the year. I finished all five Percy Jackson books this month so of course, my favourite was the first initial book (tied at first place of the year with ACoMaF), the one that dragged you into the world. The thing that was different to the other books that I'd already seen the movie for was that it was totally different. I couldn't remember anything other than the Medusa scene that happened in the movie so I was flying blind. I actually went back and watched the movie after finishing the series and it's no wonder I felt like I was flying blind because while the bones were the same but most of that movie was totally different. If you like fantasy and greek god type stuff read them all now.

September: Secrets of the Mad by Dodie Clark
This isn't a happy book. The deep and saddening stories are separated by journal entries and photos that give enough of a breather to allow you to enjoy this book without sinking into too much of a sad wallow. Because of the way it’s written, Dodie’s expression sings through the entire novel. Dodie is essentially sitting next to you on the couch telling you her stories, and that’s what makes it less ‘nonfiction/memoir-y’ and so much easier to read which made me enjoy it more.

October: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I have so many mixed thoughts about this book. I'm going to start off by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm currently reading the sequel, there were just a few things about it that made me not give it five stars. I struggled to get into it so much, I was pushing through for about a quarter of the book before I fully got into it. I'm pretty sure this is to do with the pace, of which this book has none of (well not any good pacing that's for sure). Most of the novel was slow and steady with minor action and then the last few chapters sped up to the last 20 or so pages going so fast that I don't even remember what happened. I'm 90% sure this is what's happening with the sequel too as I'm currently at the 'struggling through the first quarter' stage.

November: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
I've always wanted to read this book as my mum rates it so highly, so I finally got around to borrowing her copy and I really enjoyed it. Classics for me can be very hit and miss, some language for me is dry and dull and I struggle so hard to get through. However, probably because this one was told through the eyes of a 10 year old child, the language was less intense and I enjoyed following the story. And animalsssss!

December: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
I hadn't planned on reading this book, in fact, I wasn't really aware of its existence until it was made the Bloggers Bookshelf book club book for January. Knowing I'd probably be busy over Christmas and early January I decided to get in early and read it during December so I know I'd be done in time to join in with the discussions. In actual fact these short stories were perfect for December when my mind had slowly died off in need of a holiday, a story a night was perfect as my brain didn't need to think much about backstory at all. Great little book if you're a fan of Ransom Riggs' peculiar world.

If you want to see what I rated the other 28 books of the 40 I read in 2017 you can check them out on my shelves on Goodreads. I will point out I reread most of the Harry Potter books in 2017 but thought it was unfair to include them as at 5 stars each they would dominate the post and I wanted to share some different books.

What were your favourites?



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