Monday, 18 December 2017

Reading Round-up 2017

2017 is almost over. This is a problem because I have accomplished nothing and I still need to read twelve books.

(I expect nothing and I'm still let down.)

But let's forget about that and instead focus on the 88 books I have read so far this year. 

My ratings round-up looks like this...

Roughly 50% of the books I've read this year have been manga or comics and I don't typically give them star ratings, hence the MASSIVE number of unrated books. 

Want more stats? According to Goodreads, my year in books looks like this.

The top three four books I've read this year are as follows...

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Greatest. Duology. Ever. The characters jump off the page, the world feels real, and it's so refreshing to have a revenge plotline that doesn't end in the hero realising that taking revenge will make him just as bad as his enemy. 

(I think that calling Kaz a hero is straining the definition of the term.)

Designated hero, then.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

A sci-fi retelling of a number of fairytales, most obviously Cinderella. Cinder has an evil stepmother, a sick sister, and a prosthetic foot. Prince Kai has the weight of the world's expectations and the ability to pass unseen through crowds of his subjects.

This is honestly one of the best romance plotlines I've read all year.

(...You can turn off the music now.) 

Charlotte Says by Alex Bell

I didn't even know this was coming out! I saw it in the shop, bought it on impulse, and had finished reading it by the end of the day!

(For those of you who don't know, it's the prequel to Frozen Charlotte.)

And it's just as gloriously creepy! Jemima is a completely different heroine from Sophie. She's far more unpredictable and ambiguous. 

The biggest three let-downs were...

Considering how much I loved the previous two books in the series, the final installment was a massive disappointment. I saw bad reviews before I read it, but I didn't really pay them any attention as I'd disagreed with the people who were posting them on the first two books anyway. Unfortunately, this time they were right on the money. 

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Esther Summerson was unbearable. She's one of those heroines who is held up in Victorian novels as a paragon of femininity and makes you wonder if the writer had ever actually met a woman. Neither Esther nor her friend, Ada, had any flaws.
And, you know, there's also the fact that it was over 700 pages of course-mandated reading.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

For no other reason than the fact that I'll Give You The Sun was SO good. 

(Her expectations were far too high going in.)

Far too high?

(Oh please. They were a skyscraper.)

All in all, I think this has been a pretty terrible year for reading. Here's to 2018, I guess?
If you want to sign up to my 2018 reading challenge, Ivyclad Bingo, you can find the details here.

What does your reading-round-up look like?