Best (and Worst!) Reads of 2017

The year’s about to end. In a few days, we’ll be in 2018. So, to celebrate the ending of the year, I decided to post the best and worst books I read this year in certain categories. Sadly, I wasn’t able to include ALL of the books I absolutely loved, nor ALL of the books that I absolutely hated, I only picked the best and worst.

First of all, let’s start with Classics.

6309556The best classic I read this year was 1984 by George Orwell, a book that swallowed me whole. I’m embarrassed that it took me so long to finally pick this book  up, it’s even worse because I only did it for school. Either way, this is a book that’ll make you think about the world, politics and your own personal life.

The worst Classic?

22835077Well, I’m sad to say it was The Mystery of Marie Rogêt by Edgar Allan Poe. I usually love this author, when I read the first Dupin story I absolutely loved it. But this one is just slow and boring. Dupin and the narrator spend the whole short story analysing newspapers. That’s it. They never leave their house and never catch the culprit. After I finished this book, I felt as though I had wasted way too much time of my life.

Now, let’s talk about Childrens’ Fiction.

35905318The best Childrens’ was, by far, The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais. The art was simply charming and the storyline really heartwarming.

32471986The worst? Smosh by Michael McDermott. Fight me on this one, whatever you say, I’ll still think this is Childrens’. It probably shouldn’t but, if you know anything about Smosh’s fanbase, you’ll know what I mean. This is a simply dumb, random-always-equals-funny kind of book.

Time for fantasy!

28497161The best fantasy book I read this year was A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating.

I’m a sucker for fairy tales, everyone know that. And even though this book was predictable, I absolutely loved it. It takes a lot of craftsmanship to make something simple and also beautiful, and Kelsey Keating did just that.

28418764The worst? You’ve probably already guessed it, it’s Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg. Just saying that names gives me the hibbie-gibbies. Legend has it that if you say the book’s title at night in front of a mirror three times you’ll only read books with bland characters for the rest of your life. Scary.

Jokes aside, this book really sucks. Don’t read it.

Time for Romance.

35833506The best romance I read this year was, by far, Taproot by Keezy Young. The story’s heartwarming, the characters are lovable, it’s just perfect. I voted on it for the Goodreads Choice Awards, it deserves so much love. It’s a very short read, I read it in less than an afternoon, and it isn’t just a romance. Pick it up.

26591769The worst’s Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King. I absolutely love the Manga Classics series, I’ve read almost every book that’s come out. However, maybe that’s exactly why I hated this book, it was the third book about rich girls trying to get married I read in a row. It felt dumb, somewhat futile.

Time for short story collections, because everyone deserves good short stories.

847658The best is, by far, Different Seasons by the King himself, Stephen King. Before you ask, no, I can’t make a recommendation post in which I don’t talk about King, it’s impossible. The man’s a genius. Even though I think this book’s ending was too soft, this book’s stories are absolutely brilliant. Pick it up. DO IT.

32894544The worst was, definitely, Suit Your Selfie by Stephan Pastis. When I was a kid, I loved Pearls Before Swine, so I came into this book with high expectations. However, they weren’t met. Perhaps I’ve outgrown Pastis’ specific brand of humor, I’m not sure, I only know this book wasn’t what I hoped it would be. And before you say this doesn’t count as short stories, know that this book features several (you guessed it!) short stories that are about one or two strips long.

Time for Mystery.

33151805The best book I read so far in this category is Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. This book, sadly, is seen as worse than The Girl on the Train, however, I think it’s quite the opposite. Given that Hawkins decided to make this story happen in a small town instead of a big city like London, it has a lot more intrigue between characters, everyone knows what everyone has done. It’s a great book, in my opinion, it’s even better than the author’s debut.

But given that there are great things, there are also awful things.

32191593The worst mystery book I read this year was Hush Little Baby by Joanna Barnard. I hate this book, I really do. At the time I read it, I thought it was ‘just an “eh” book’ but now I hate it a lot. The characters are bland, their development is soap opera-y and they’re inconsistently dumb and smart. Hey, if you’re an author, make your character either dumb or smart, don’t make them both. Specially if you use it as a plot device. Don’t.

Now, for the bonus round of ‘Best Reads of 2017’ I’ve chosen… Horror!

2209787And the winner is… The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.

I absolutely love this book. It features a girl with the odds stacked against her and it’s about how she deals with that. It also makes us think about what isolation does to people, which is always fascinating.

And, because for every great thing there’s a bad thing, here’s the bonus round of ‘Worst Reads of 2017’.  The winning category is… Science Fiction.

20906789I haven’t read a lot of Science Fiction yet, however, I know for certain that this book sucked. And that book is Letter 44 by Charles Soule. The story isn’t much, the characters are predictable, you know, it just sucks.

That’s enough for this year’s best and worst books. What were your favourite and most hated books of 2017? Let me know, I love to hear bad things (and good things too, sometimes) about books. Vent with all of your strength!

 

 

 

 

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Halloween 2017 Recommendations

We’re finally in October! You know what that means?

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But seriously, though, this month is absolutely amazing. Autumn is starting, which means crunchy leaves on the floor and comfy hoodies. But that’s not all! Halloween is coming up! So, just like I did last year, here’s a few recommendations for an extra spooky Halloween!

33151805First of all, let’s start with the youngest book in this list, Into the Water by Paula Hawkins.

This amazing book tells the story of a woman who commits suicide (or does she?). It’s a psychological mystery, not necessarily scary. Nonetheless, if you want to play detective during the magical night that is October 31st, this is an amazing book.

 

6592305Continuing with psychological, but this time a thriller, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King is an awesome pick for Halloween.

This book tells the tale of Trisha McFarland, a sweet nine-year old (but big for her age) who gets lost in the woods. This ~short~ book has it all: hallucinations, bears, lack of food, explosive diarrhea, you name it. You’ll get physically tired from reading this book, trust me.

Want to read a short story instead?

10618Apt Pupil by the King himself, Stephen King, tells the story of a friendship between an old man and a young boy. Seems sweet, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. As it turns out, the old man has a very dark secret and the kid could ruin him. However, he chooses not to; but only if the old man tells him everything he knows.

This ‘short story’ (it’s roughly 200 pages long) is amazing and, if you have a chance, you should read it.  The characters are an absolute masterpiece and the plot will leave you in awe.

 

But what if you want to watch anime instead? I’ve got the thing just for you.

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Another tells the story of a certain class that has a curse. Every month, at least one student dies. Whilst trying to figure out why this is happening, the characters have to witness gory murders and other deaths. It’ll get your heart beating like crazy and your eyes squinting at the amount of blood.

Be aware of pointy umbrellas.

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But… what about games?

Until Dawn is a short scary game that I absolutely love. It’ll take you an afternoon to finish and you won’t notice that time’s passing.

Have a great Halloween!

Valentine’s Day 2017 Recommendations

We’re finally in February. Do you know what that means? Well, first of all, I finally got to show you the insane amount of books I got last month (you can find my haul here). But the most important aspect about February is, obviously, Valentine’s Day! So here are some recommendations:

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The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo is a historical romance set in colonial Malaya. It has a lot of paranormal aspects and isn’t too heavy on romance, therefore, if you’re not very fond of cheesy books, this is the perfect book for you!

I have also reviewed this book, you can find it here.

19288043Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is, hands down, one of my favourite books. It’s an award winning thriller about a seemingly perfect marriage.

If you want to read something that might be romance-related but only shows its faults, this is the book for you!

15507958Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is a sad, sad romance. If you want to spend Valentine’s Day crying, read this.

But it’s a great book, trust me.

Want to see my review? You can find it here.

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Have a YA craving? Don’t worry, I’ve also got a book for you. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green tells a heart breaking tale about several cancer patients. It has earned several awards and is considered one of the best young adult novels out there.

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But what about… non-romantic books? Don’t worry, I also have one of those.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones is an erotic book with a lot of funny and paranormal aspects.

10566Need more Stephen King books in your life? Look no further. Lisey’s Story  is about a widow’s life years after her husband passed away. It’s a romance ‘Stephen King’ style. I’m currently reading it and trust me, it won’t let you down.

But… what about graphic novels?

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Saga, Vol. 1 by Brain K. Vaughan is a fantasy book about two soldiers and their lives after they fall in love. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year . It’s definitely worth your time.

And what if you don’t want to read? What if you want to enjoy a movie? No need to worry, I also have movies for you.

Stardust (2007) is a movie I used to watch all the time as a child. I watched it once again a few months ago and trust me, the magic’s still there. I will never fall out of love with this movie; it tells the story of a man who encounters a fallen star and their story. It has a romantic sub-plot and it’s great. Give this movie a go, it deserves all the love in the world.

 

 

What if western made movies aren’t your kind of thing?

The Wind Rises (2013) is a Studio Ghibli film that features a love story that you will certainly fall in love with. I highly recommend this, it’s one of my favourite films of all time.

My Halloween Recommendations 2016

The Shining by Stephen King is a great spooky book that will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween.

You can find my full review here: https://thatonenerdygirlblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/the-shining-book-review/

12977531Want to read but don’t really have time for a full book? The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe is a great short story that I highly recommend.

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Don’t want to read something paranormal? Game, the second book of the I Hunt Killers trilogy is a great gory book that I absolutely loved.

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Want a good movie? Coraline is a great creepy movie that I’ll definitely re-watch during the Halloween night. The art is absolutely beautiful and also looks childish however the plot reveals that it’s anything but a children’s movie.

Have to do work and don’t have time to read or to watch a movie? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy spooky stuff. There’s a great creepypasta reader called CreepsMcPasta whose readings I highly suggest. Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/user/CreepsMcPasta

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