Mid-Year (+1 month) Book Freak Out!

I know I’m a little late on this one, but oh well! I haven’t read a lot of books this year, only around 17, so this might be a little hard for me. You may see some of the same books being used but I’m going to give it my best! So, here is the best and worst of 2017 thus far:

*I removed some of the questions I didn’t have an answer to.

BEST BOOK SO FAR

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

This has been my only 5-star read this year so far. I loved everything about this book. It’s dark and, at times, so hard to read. Certain things hit me personally, which I’ll briefly touch on in a later answer. Even though this book focuses on an incredibly tough topic, it’s a hopeful and beautiful one. I recommend everyone reads it.

Here is my review. Keep in mind there is some content warnings: View Spoiler »

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE
FOR THE 2ND HALF OF 2017

#NUFFSAID

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

This was a 1-star read for me, which was incredibly disappointing. It’s so highly praised and everyone loved the movie (which I still haven’t seen), but I was left furious. Not only did I find Louisa incredibly hard to relate to – she was very naive and infuriating for an almost-30-year-old – I did not enjoy the representation of disability in this at all. Which, in hindsight, I should have expected because of reviews I had read. Alas, biggest disappointment.

Here is my review.

This answer deserves two books because this one was just as much of a disappointment to me:

Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Another very hyped book that I had very high expectations for … and it fell incredibly flat for me. The plot was slow and non-existent and the romance was so unconvincing. Spooner created a wonderful family for Yeva but didn’t focus nearly enough on them. It was a missed opportunity to me.

Here is my review.

BIGGEST SURPRISE

The Life FantasticThe Life Fantastic by Liza Ketchum

I received this book from the publisher and didn’t really have any expectations. The story seemed interesting enough: a girl moves to New York to try to become a Vaudeville star in 1913. It addressed racism at that time, especially in the Vaudeville community with issues such as black face, performance segregation, and the general treatment of blacks in Vaudeville. It was also a great story about a girl growing up and finding her place in the world at that time. I really enjoyed it and did not expect to (I typically don’t like books set in the early late 1800’s/early 1900’s)

Here is my review.

FAVE NEW AUTHOR

This question is hard to me because to consider an author a favorite, I would have to read more than one of their books. I’ve read multiple books by an author but actually only loved one of them, I wouldn’t say that person is a favorite of mine. So far, in 2017, I’ve read either authors I already love or many firsts, but the only author that is new to me and I’ve read more than 1 book – and enjoyed them – is:

Tillie Cole

Tillie Cole’s Hades Hangmen series is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. I read the first one a couple of weeks ago and immediately read book 2 & 3 within a few days. I got hooked. I definitely want to give Cole’s other books a try once I finish Hades Hangmen.

I will say, though, that this series is kind of dark and twisted. I feel it romanticized things that really shouldn’t be romanticized, and has some unnecessary, explicit scenes of abuse. I don’t know if all of her books are like that, but this series is.

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Charlotte from Girl in Pieces

Again, this book just stuck with me so far this year. Charlotte isn’t an easy character to specifically “relate” to, but I think Glasgow did a fantastic job at creating a character that, even though you may not share the same experience, you’ll most likely see a bit of yourself in her.

Here is my review.

This question warrants two answers. So, my second choice is:

Norah from Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Norah is another character that, even though her experiences are not in-line with mine, I can see myself in her. I don’t have Agoraphobia or OCD, but reading Norah’s thoughts and how hard it was for her to be around people, and certain impulses she had, were things I could relate to. Gornall just wrote her perfectly.

Here is my review.

Side note: Both of these books are own voices, so it makes sense that Charlotte and Norah were both written so well and were relatable even if you don’t share the same experiences.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

I know, I know, this post might as well have just been titled “All the reasons why Girl in Pieces is my favorite novel” (which, hey, that might not be a bad idea for another post). This is the only book that has actually made me cry in a very long time. Not just “oh, this is so sad, let me share how sad I am on IG“. No, I legitimately cried while reading this novel. I had to put the book down a few times to collect myself so I wouldn’t be a blubbering mess.

This is mainly for personal reasons. A lot of the things that Charlotte went through, a lot of her thoughts, reminded me of a friend who I lost less than 6 months before reading this. The grief was, and is, still really fresh. This book just hit all those spots, but I’m grateful for it because this is such an important story to tell.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

This was my first Wilde read – and it was glorious. I loved this short play. I was laughing so much and saved so many quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”

“Dr. Chasuble is a most learned man. He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows.”

JACK: Well, I won’t argue about the matter. You always want to argue about things.

ALGERNON: That is exactly what things were originally made for.

BOOKS YOU NEED TO READ
BY THE END OF THE YEAR

ALL OF THE BOOKS.


What has been your favorite read this year? Least favorite? Are there any books you were really hoping to read by now, but haven’t? Are you in a huge ass slump like me?

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30 thoughts on “Mid-Year (+1 month) Book Freak Out!

  1. I was also disappointed by Hunted – what a bummer! I haven’t heard of The Life Fantastic before, but it sounds really interesting – think I will check that one out!

  2. I’ve been wanting to read Girl in Pieces for awhile now. If they have it at Target the next time I go, I’ll definitely by picking it up. I cannot wait for The Language of Thorns! It’s a well known fact that I will read anything Leigh Bardugo writes.
    My favorite reads this year? I’d have to say it’s a tie between A Darker Shade of Magic and Now I Rise! I could seriously go on about those two books for forever. Well I DNF’d a lot of books, but my least favorite book that I actually finished was Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. A HUGE disappointment for me. *sigh*

    1. You definitely should read Girl in Pieces. It’s beautiful. Also, I will read anything by Leigh Bardugo too! She’s my favorite.

      I haven’t read ADSOM yet. Well, I started it, but I haven’t finished. And I didn’t like And I Darken so I probably won’t be reading Now I Rise, but I’m glad you liked them! Also, that’s unfortunate you didn’t like Strange the Dreamer! I haven’t read it but I’ve heard amazing things about it!

  3. I read Girl in Pieces last year and it was one of my favourite books of 2016. It’s kinda dark, but it’s also beautifully written. You’re not the only one who cried when reading that book.

  4. Haha, I was like YEAH LET’S DO A MID-YEAR UPDATE… A MONTH LATE. Never mind. XD And wow, only one five-star read this whole year? That sucks — but I’ve heard great things about Girl in Pieces and I’ll have to check it out! I’m SO SO excited for Warcross, and also Wonder Woman: Warbringer, and Renegades! Hope you have a great last half of 2017. 🙂 (HOW DID TIME GO BY SO FAST.)

    1. HAHA I was just lacking so much inspiration for blogging that I decided to just go ahead and do this one because why not >.< Yeah, only 1 five star read. I didn't even notice until I did this and it actually upset me haha. I hope you have a great last half of 2017 too!

  5. I really want to read Girl in Pieces and Under Rose Tainted Skies. I’m glad you enjoyed them both. 🙂 Sad that you haven’t had more than one 5 Star review. I hope the second half of the year brings better reading.

    1. I hope you enjoy them when you read them! Also, right? That is disappointing. 🙁 So far, I’ve only finished one book in the second half (oops) and it was like a 3-4 star book. So wahhh