2017 · Favourites · Wrap-Ups

My Top 5 Favourite Books of the Year So Far

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of June! I haven’t read that much during the first half of the year, so I’m a bit behind on my reading challenge, but I’m hoping to fix that during the summer 🙂 . Anyway, here’s my annual list of the top five books I’ve read during the first half of the year. Usually, I don’t include rereads, but I’m going to do so now because I’ve reread a couple of books this year that I ended up liking more the second time around. And, as per usual, this list is in no particular order.

  • To the Bright Edge of the World, by Eowyn Ivey

I read this at the very beginning of the year, and liked it a lot. I especially liked the format – it’s told through letters and diary entries –  and I also liked reading about Alaska. It felt as if I got to explore it alongside the characters. If you want to know more of my thoughts on it, you can find my review here.

  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I first read this around three years ago, but I didn’t really see what was so special about it. Then I reread it for class earlier this year and loved it! It helped a lot to discuss it in class, because now I have a more full picture of all the little details. This is now one of my favourite classics, and if you want to know more of what I thought about it, you can find my review here.

  • Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman

I especially liked the humour in this, and how the gods would continually mess up and then ended up having to clean up after themselves. This is a very accessible retelling of the myths, so I would definitely recommend checking it out. My full review can be found here.

  • The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss

I don’t think I like this as much now as I did when I first finished reading it, but I still like it better than the second book in the series. The narrator of the audiobook was great, and I liked Kvothe as a character because he’s smart and he knows it, but he also does some stupid shit sometimes. It had a lot of what I want from high fantasy novels. You can find my review here.

  • Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor

I liked this book so much, and Lazlo is such a sweet character! This is possibly the first time I have ended up having a favourite chapter in a book. Laini Taylor is also good at making both sides of a conflict complex with their own motives – that’s something I appreciated about the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy as well. My review can be found here if you want to check it out 🙂 .

That was everything for today’s post! You can find last year’s half-year favourites-post here if you want to see which books I listed there. I hope y’all are having a nice summer so far – which are your favourite books that you’ve read so far this year?

2017 · April · read-a-thon · Wrap-Ups

Tome-Topple Wrap-Up

I didn’t actually finish any books for this. I didn’t even read that much so I’m not really sure why I’m doing this wrap-up, but hey, why not?

The main reason why I wanted to participate was that Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has been made into a TV show which is being released in late April, so I wanted to have read the book before I watch the show. I only got around 120 pages into this, and it’s over 600 pages long. I am liking what I have read so far, though, but I don’t think I will have finished it before the series starts.

My “slack book” was The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I call it that because it’s my current audiobook which I would have listened to regardless of the readathon, and it’s something that I just listen to whenever I’m doing something else, like going to class or whatever. I am around 10 and a half hours into this, and like it a lot!

I also got Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer in the mail a couple of days into the readathon, and I had to start reading it right away. I read maybe 70 pages of it before the readathon was over, and I love it so far <3.

This means that I read a total of around 190 pages and listened to maybe 9 hours worth of audiobook during these two weeks, which I still feel is pretty good.

2016 · July · Wrap-Ups

Wrap Up: July 2016

I haven’t read as much in July as I normally do during this time of year. I only actually read three books during the month, finished one I started in June and began reading one that I didn’t have time to finish before the month was over. Then again, I have generally liked the books I read, and I have also been working, so I haven’t had that much time over.

Heir of Fire, by Sarah J. Maas
Four Feathers
Review here

Looking back, this feels like one long passageway to get to what would happen in the end of Queen of Shadows. That said, this is where the story began going where I had wanted it to go after reading The Assassin’s Blade, which I personally think that Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight detoured a bit from.

Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas
Four Feathers
Review here

Finally the story is going somewhere again. Half of this was still pretty much build-up for what is to come, but this is the best yet.

Sent i November, by Tove Jansson
4.5 Feathers
Review here

After finishing Queen of Shadows, I wanted to read something that I could get through quickly, but still knew I would love. This is what I ended up reading. And I loved it so much. There is such a melancholiness to the Moomin books, and a darkness and a gloominess that feels very unusual in children’s books, but that is also why this series is so good. Both children and adults can enjoy them, which also means that these are books you can take with you for a long time.

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente
3 Feathers
Review here

I should have loved this book. However, it contained several not-so-subtle references to other, famous, works. Had these not been so obvious, I might have liked it better. I will continue on with the series, though.

[Currently Reading: “The View from the Cheap Seats”, by Neil Gaiman]
Published in 2016 by Headline

[Currently Listening To: “The Name of the Wind”, by Patrick Rothfuss]
Published in 2009 by Brilliance Audio/Audible Audio | Originally published in 2007 | Read by Rupert Degas

2016 · June · Wrap-Ups

Top 5 Favourite Books So Far This Year

So.
It’s June 30th.
I feel as if I sat here a year ago wondering where the year had gone, and now I’m there again. I wanted to make one of these lists, even though I haven’t read that much for fun this year. However, there are some books that I read for class that I really liked, so I might include some of them too.

(This list is in no particular order).

1. The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
This is one of those books that I read for class, though I would probably have picked it up on my own sooner or later as our teacher spoke very highly about it. It’s a graphic novel (picture book?) without words about a man who moves to a new country to make a better life for himself and his family. It’s a beautiful book, which says a lot about immigration and other important things.
Read it.

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This is about Ari, who can’t swim and who isn’t good with words and who struggles with himself. It is also about Dante, who is the opposite of all those things. They become friends over learning how to swim. This book is wonderful. I wish it had existed when I was 15.

3. Night of Cake and Puppets, by Laini Taylor
This is the companion novella to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series that I read last year, and it follows the first date of Zuzana and Mik. This is a cute love story, and that is why I like it.

4. Since You’ve Been Gone, by Morgan Matson
I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. It’s a contemporary about Emily whose best friend Sloane disappears, leaving only a list with things for Em to do in her wake. Just as Night of Cake and Puppets, it is a cute love story which is perfect for summer. Also, I really liked the narrator of the audiobook.

(I might write a review for this).

5.  Farlig Midsommar, by Tove Jansson
I bought this almost a year ago, but I have been saving it to be able to read it over midsummer to be in the right mood for it. What I particularly liked about it was that all these weird things happen, and the Moomins just shrug and go with it. Even if their house was just flooded and they have to live on a floating theatre.

I could have put Markus Zuzak’s The Book Thief or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling on here, but they were both rereads. And though I really liked them both, Harry Potter is such a given favourite that I didn’t want it to take up space from other books, and I didn’t like The Book Thief as much the first time around.

So there you have it. My top 5 so far this year and the first post on my rebooted book blog.