2017 was an Year of Achievements!
I reached my first 1K followers on Bookstagram, started a BookTube channel (work in progress), my Blog turned 1(!!!) and got featured in a local magazine, I had the pleasure of interviewing two wonderful authors and like always I bought a ton of books and tried reading as many of them as I could 🙂
My goal for The Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 was 25 books and like always I exceeded my set goal by reading 34 books (there was one book that I had to DNF otherwise it would’ve been 35 books, but more on that below…).
This year was particularly unique because I purely read actual physical copies – so that meant I didn’t read ebooks, or listen to audiobooks. While I did miss the convenience of the digital copies I realized that I quite liked the experience – you won’t believe the amount of random conversations I had and the new friends I made just because they were intrigued by the book they saw me reading!
So to bring 2017 officially to an end (even though it’s already the 13th of Jan.’18 as I write this…) I thought I’d do a brief recap of the books that made me CRINGE and the ones that were the ABSOLUTE BEST in 2017.
So starting off with my favourites:
▪Rosehead by Ksenia Anske – Ksenia Anske is my Queen! I read two of her books this year (Rosehead and Irkadura) and while I liked Irkadura, I absolutely LOVED Rosehead! I’m not going to go into too much detail about the things I LOVED because I’ll be reviewing it soon (couldn’t find roses for the photo because they were taking so long to bloom 🙊)
▪Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – okay so I bought this book because everyone on Bookstagram had read it and it was finally in stock at my local bookstore. I’m so glad I read it! It’s such a unique narrative and the drawings (and attention to detail) was the best I’ve seen in a while.
▪The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton – finally got to read this after all these years and wasn’t disappointed at all 😻 I also LOVED the Lake House but I just found the Forgotten Garden slightly better. So since I’ve read all of Kate Mortons’ books I’ll be doing a detailed feature soon!
▪The Spinster Club Series by Holly Bourne – so Holly Bourne dominated my reading challenge this year and absolutely loved all of her books! But if I had to choose a favourite out of all of them I’d pick “Am I Normal Yet”.
▪Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – watching Wayward Pines led me to purchase this.
And while I would’ve loved more closure near the end I’d definitely recommend it.
The honourable mentions (which didn’t make the favourites list because I had to limit myself) are:
▪The Shadow of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – so I’ve been wanting to get this since 2013 and I finally found a used copy and it was MAGICAL✨! I already have the Angel’s Game and I’ll be reading it in 2018. Can’t wait!!!
▪The Distant Hours by Kate Morton – so I also bought this used. It’s really hard to find this at bookstores and it’s not one of Kate Morton’s most hyped books so I can understand why it’s so difficult to get a hold of this. It’s very understated but I really found the plot intriguing.
▪Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor – a finalist for The Man Booker 2017 prize this book has very little to no dialogue. The way it’s written is very unique and I loved reading how the characters lives changed over the span of 13 years. I would’ve liked it if there’d been a definitive answer near the end, but all in all it was EPIC!
▪The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo – while my feelings are conflicted about how this book ended I still loved the writing. Won’t delve too much into the things I liked because I’ll be reviewing this soon 🙂
▪Ayesha Dean the Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum – I love indie authors and I’m so glad I got the chance to read this book. Readers definitely want more diverse characters in YA and this is a good start.
▪A Place called Perfect by Helena Duggan – everything about this book was PERFECT! And I can’t wait for the sequel 😆!
So a new list I’m introducing this year is the “DESI FAVOURITES”.I had the pleasure of reading a fair share of books by Desi authors in 2017 and I decided that they needed a category of their own. So here they are:
▪This House of Clay and Water by Faiqa Mansab – I LOVE Faiqa Mansab! This book definitely needs to be read, the characters were well outlined and while not the most endearing cast they do highlight the flaws in our society that need to be acknowledged.
▪Fire Boy by Sami Shah – definitely recommend it if you liked listening to (Desi) ghost stories as a child!
▪Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie – another finalist for the Man Booker 2017 prize.While I wasn’t won over at the beginning I absolutely think the ending was perfection!
▪The Light Blue Jumper by Sidra F. Sheikh – such a unique and wonderfully hilarious book, impatiently waiting for the sequel!
Like always there were some books that didn’t live up to my expectations, they were:
▪Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell – I felt let down near the end. I was hoping for something dramatic to happen but it never did. Other than that Maggie O’Farrell has such a unique way of making the most mundane things seem interesting and I’ll definitely be reading more of her books soon.
▪Our Story Ends Here by Sara Naveed – so I tried.I really did. But sadly this book was a lost cause. Not only is the back and forth between the (very brief) POVs super annoying but the plot was run of the mill and overused. But If you’re a fan of clichéd Bollywood movies then I’m sure you’ll really love this. I’m hoping Sara puts more thought into her next book and makes the plot flawless and the characters more three dimensional-hoping her next title is a success.
▪The Unpredictability of being Human by Linni Ingemundsen – okay so I really LOVED the writing but while this was a short read I felt there were some loose ends that needed to be tied up and explained, will be reviewing this in detail soon so stay tuned.
Now while I tried reviewing all the books I read last year I wasn’t able to do so because of time constraints, so I’ll be reviewing the ones I haven’t soon.
Another thing I regret (not really though 🙈🙃) was buying more books than I was able to read.
So for 2018 I’m putting myself on a self imposed book buying ban until I tackle my HUGE TBR pile😢 .
While I love spending money on books and hoarding them I sometimes feel fatigued when I realize that they’re just piling up in a corner and I haven’t read them yet. So hopefully I’ll be able to read most of them by May so I can buy some of the anticipated 2018 titles!
Hoping 2018 makes me as happy as 2017 did!
Well wishes to all of you for the following year, let’s aspire to do more and do it well! 😘