Book tag: 2017 in review

This book tag was created by A Booktube Book.  I found it over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Recently, I’ve been getting more into book tags. I have a whole ton of them bookmarked that I want to do at some point, but this one felt timely and appropriate for the first half of January.

1. First Ever Female Doctor Who: Favorite Female Protagonist

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I loved both Dani from The Big F and Jane from My Lady Jane.  There were so many great female protagonists in 2017, though! It was hard to choose!

2. GCC Cuts Ties with Qatar: An Author You Cut Ties With

I don’t want to name names, but I cut ties with an author that I really loved who had the audacity to go on Twitter and complain about a (positive) review that I wrote for her latest book. She claimed that I gave away “the whole plot” when I didn’t even write about anything that wasn’t in the plot summary. I’ve loved her books, but I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life. I won’t be reading anything else that she writes.

3. La La Land Oscar Mix-Up: A Book That Surprised You

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green surprised me in a good way. It had been while since he released a new book and I was really hoping that I’d still love his writing – and I did.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven surprised me in a bad way. Honestly, I think I’ve talked this to death, but I thought that the way she handled the mental health issues in her book was incredibly irresponsible.

4. Hurricanes and Earthquakes: A Book That Rocked Your World

 

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A lot of books rocked my world in 2017! I had more four- and five-star reads than ever before. The Hating Game, The Hate U Give, and Anything You Can Do top the list of my favorites.

5. Louvre Abu Dhabi: Favorite Book Cover Art

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2017 had some great cover art. I mean, just check out my all reviews page! Three favorites, though, would have to be A Million Junes by Emily Henry, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, and Infini by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

6. Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sells for $450M: A Take-My-Money Book

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Every year, the answer is the same. I should probably just set up a direct transfer from my bank account to Krista & Becca Ritchie’s. I tried not to repeat books here, but I adored Infini’s cover and I preordered it, so… Anyway. Damaged Like Us and Lovers Like Us are obviously also on this list.

7. Total Eclipse: A Sequel That Overshadows the First Book

I don’t think any of my 2017 reads really qualify! I found most sequels kind of disappointing if I’m perfectly honest.

8. Muslim Ban: Favorite Diverse Book

 

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27 Hours features an almost entirely LGBT+ cast of varying ethnicities (I think I gave it four stars) and The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is about a young, bisexual British man and his biracial best friend/crush traveling around Europe (I gave it four stars as well).

9. Italy Doesn’t Qualify for World Cup: Most Disappointing Book

 

I saw a lot of people raving about Next August by Kelly Moore, but I couldn’t even make it through the first half. It was my one true DNF of the year (I don’t count Norwegian Wood since I just got bored and put it down).

10. Prince Harry Engaged: Favorite Ship

I loved Joshua and Lucy from The Hating Game!  (Sorry for repeating books again, but they stand out in my mind as the best couple of the year.)

11. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Most Anticipated Book

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I’m not really sure what this question is getting at, so I have multiple answers for you.

  • My most anticipated of 2017 that I actually read in 2017 was A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.
  • The book I most anticipated in 2017 that doesn’t come out until 2018 is My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.
  • And as a bonus, the book I was most anticipating for 2017 that I didn’t actually read is One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus.

What do you think? Would your answers be different? Did you do this book tag? Let me know!

Giveaway Roundup

I used to win Goodreads giveaways all the time.  Back in the day, your chances to win were at least tangentially tied to your activity on the site, and I would win sometimes 3 or 4 books each week.  Things changed a couple years back and now I haven’t won anything in a good year or so.  I still religiously enter these giveaways, though, because someone has to win.

Books I’m interested in reading:

Books I can recommend:

  • Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (3 copies available through 9/6/17)
  • Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer (4 copies available through 9/6/17)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (3 copies available through 9/6/17)
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (10 copies available through 8/27/17)
  • Room by Emma Donoghue (30 copies available through 8/28/17)

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m looking forward to in the second half of 2017

Happy Top Ten Tuesday!  The real, official topics are on hiatus through August, so I’ve decided to go back and do some topics that I missed.  This topic is from a couple of weeks ago: ten books I’m looking forward to in the second half of 2017.  I decided to split this one up and do five that are already out and five that will be coming out shortly.

5 Upcoming Releases That I’m Looking Forward To…

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// Lovers Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie (10/31)
// Turtles All The Way Down by John Green (10/10)
// There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (9/26)

// If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout (9/5)
// Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (10/3)

…And 5 That I Thought I Would Have Read By Now

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// One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (5/30)
// Royal Chase by Marquita Valentina (5/9)

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// Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (6/13)
// The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (6/27)
// Meg & Linus by Hanna Nowinski (5/30)

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 debuts that I’m excited for

Happy first Top Ten Tuesday of 2017!  Today’s theme is ten 2017 debuts that I’m excited for*.  There are actually a ton of debuts I’m looking forward to this year, so it was kind of hand to pick ten. I changed my mind a couple times (sorry to the authors I left off the list!) and finally settled on these books.

* I did not list books that I’ve already read.  2017 ARCs that I really loved will show up on my best of 2016 lists!

Goodreads links below:

WAIT FOR ME // WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE
SEVEN DAYS OF YOU // THE HATE U GIVE
ONE OF US IS LYING // CARAVAL
YOU DON’T KNOW MY NAME // HOW TO BREAK A BOY
FOLLOW ME BACK // THIS BEATS PERFECT

Which debuts are you excited for?