It is with little pride that I write this first blog post on my revived blog. 2017 was not a great reading year for me. That’s a bit of an understatement – I just went through a mental list of books I read this year and I’m not sure I can even think of 10 (ten!) books read in 2017. That’s 365 days. That’s over a month per book. Did you feel a wave of shame wash over you? No? Just me then.
I feel like I am kind of excused since I
- Moved to a different country, and
- Started my first full-time job
This hasn’t left me with a lot of spare time to read, but still – still! No excuse.
Moving on – out of the books I did read this year, the following were my favourites. I may write proper reviews on these in the future, but don’t quote me on that.
1. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
I don’t usually read middle grade books, so I’m not sure what exactly compelled me to buy Raymie Nightingale but whatever it was obviously has better taste in books than I do, and I hope it comes back soon.
Nothing I could say about Raymie Nightingale could do this book justice. If you had to read only one book this year, I kindly, but strongly, suggest it be this one.
2. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
I credit this book with getting me out of my reading slump, which honestly is reason enough to nominate it for book of the year. We’ll just ignore the fact that I’m always behind on the hype and this book wasn’t even released in 2017. Besides, My Heart and Other Black Holes honestly deserves to be nominated again – it was that good.
3. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I jumped on this bandwagon some time after the book came out, and I haven’t jumped off. I already had a suspicion that I would love The Upside of Unrequited after reading Becky Albertalli’s first book, and I proved myself right (yay!) It wasn’t necessarily a masterpiece in terms of writing or plot, but it was a very enjoyable read nonetheless.
I realise that none of the one paragraph reviews in this post are particularly useful. I’ll make it my New Year’s resolution to put some actual depth into the reviews on this blog.
Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts/comments/opinions in the comments below. And let me know your top picks for 2017, because I will need a lot of recommendations to get through this year’s Goodreads challenge!