First off, I have to wish you all a Happy New Year! We can all now wave goodbye to that absolute train wreck that was 2016, and welcome the apocalypse of 2017 instead. Best of luck to you all, haha!
In 2016, little was done about reading or book-blogging until the summer arrived, largely due to my A-Level exams. Luckily, I think I forsaw this coming and only put 12 books on my Goodreads reading challenge at the beginning of the year!
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
About – A boy who discovers that the peculiar children his grandfather so often spoke about are real, and even more strangely, still alive after all those years.
I read this, loved it, shoved it onto my sister, watched the movie with her, and proceeded to tell all my friends who loved the book to not watch the movie. I mean, the movie was also good, but to really enjoy it you’ve got to detach yourself from the book version, unfortunately.
The Long Walk by Stephen King (As Richard Bachman)
About – One hundred boys on a very long walk to the death. The winner is the last one still walking.
As a lover of Battle Royale, this one sounded really intriguing. It’s less violent, but it feels just as deadly. The characters talk to one another, and they’re not necessarily all enemies of one another. If you liked BR like me, you may also enjoy this.
Wonder by R.J Palacio
About – A boy with facial deformities going to school for the first time.
I spotted this in a few round-ups, one by Maddie and Bee, and remembered that my sister had a copy. This was lying on our bookshelf for over a year before I decided to give it a go, and boy am I so glad I did. I genuinely loved all the characters and this evoked actual emotion in me. Actual. Feels.
The Good, or the Half-Forgotten
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
About – A girl whose old love letters are sent out in the mail by accident.
Not the story I was expecting it to head into, but this was a gift from AT and she’d gone through the book and post-it-noted her favourite bits with little comments. It was probably the reason why I enjoyed the book a lot more than I might have otherwise.
More Than This by Patrick Ness
About – A boy who commits suicide… then wakes up again, all alone, with no idea why.
I often walked past Patrick Ness’ books in the school library but never took one out to read. It sounded interesting but not enough for me to want to take it out. This book did, and it was also the book that made me think ‘what the crap, I need to read more from this guy.’ This book is also the reason why this section is called ‘half forgotten’. I remember really enjoying this and nothing else about it.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
About – dramatic, main-character-saturated world, but focusing on the extras, so to speak.
This concept just really appealed to me. A kind of story we might all be used to, only looked at from such a different angle it’s something else entirely. It’s both fun and casual, but then I remember having a moment where a particular line just put me on the verge of crying because I could 100% relate, for a very personal reason.
Daphnis and Chloe by Longus
About – A boy and a girl, protected by the gods, meet and fall in love.
A quaint little Greek tale I picked up at Penguin’s Job Hack, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it but it was so over-dramatic and cliched, I found myself laughing. It was a quick little read and a lovely pick-me-up in the morning.
Rose Madder by Stephen King
About – A long-time victim of domestic abuse makes a sudden decision to run away in fear of her life.
This definitely doesn’t take the turn you think it would, and I think for all its madness I really wanted the ending to be a little different. Norman was a truly disturbing villain, and I liked watching Rosie’s character develop. Oh, but I also decided I don’t really do suspense as a genre, but I still enjoyed this.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
About – A woman is hired to be a carer for a man who is paraplegic.
It was sweet, it was charming, I see why people love it so much, but I just didn’t love it as much.
Coraline and Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman
About – Coraline is about a bored girl who uncovers creepy things in her new home, and Fortunately, the Milk is about a Dad’s journey to get a pint of milk for the household.
Both are definitely books I wish I’d read earlier in my childhood. I think my past self would have loved these a lot.
The Forgotten – or worse
The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
About – A woman who spots something unnerving on her daily commute.
The first book I have read in which I hated all the characters. I sort of understand the rise in flawed protagonists, but the whole cast were just negative all around, and in the end I was actually hoping more of them would be killed off.
There is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
About- if God were a teenage boy…
The idea of this is great. But I think its best quotes were used up in its blurb and inside cover, and then the rest of the story played out in such a meh way.
Overall, it’s been a year of varied reading! My TBR pile is already bigger than my usual ’12-books-for-Goodreads’ so here’s to another year of books, books, and more books.
Until next time,