My *New* Favorite Books

In March of last year, I made a list of my Top Favorite Books in every genre and I realized a lot has changed since then. I initially made this list because I can’t fathom the idea of having only one favorite book. If someone ever asks me what favorite book is, I stumble over my words and try to go through my mental list of favorites. It all depends on the day. In today’s post I discuss my favorite books from each major genre and why.

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Young Adult Contemporary:

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky -OR-
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesyle Walton (magical realism)

SEE.  I can’t choose!

Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction : A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (sorry, not sorry). I didn’t love the series as a whole, but strictly on its own I appreciated ACOTAR for being the most imaginative fairytale re-telling I’ve ever read. I want to say I really liked Sabriel by Garth Nix, but it was published in 1995 so I need to reread it because it’s been soon long. I do remember it being a YA Fantasy I enjoyed back then. Erg. I guess I’ll just go ahead and add The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. It’s such a mixed genre (science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia). Depending on the day at least one of those three are my favorite.

Side note: I’m reading more works by Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare this year. With the exception of Cassandra Clare, most of these authors were barely on my radar until I went to BookCon 2017.

Young Adult LGBT Contemporary: I’m going to cheat and say anything by Jen Wilde, Adam Silvera, or Becky Albertalli. I like all of their books!

Indie Book/Hidden Gem: As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway

Adult Classic: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Children’s Classic: Alice and Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Children’s Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Fantasy:  A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – The first book was actually enjoyable. I don’t plan to continue the book series though. I’m open to finding other adult fantasy series because obviously I picked a popular one. My current on-the-radar adult fantasy writers are Jay Kristoff and V.E. Schwab.

Sci-Fi: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Foreign Fiction: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Humor/Essay:  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Non-fiction/Memoir: Night by Elie Wiesel

Literary Fiction:  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Overall Fiction: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth E. Lang

It will be interesting to see how these might change by the end of the year. Can you pick one favorite book or do you have several? What did you think of my list? In the comment section, I discuss my “Least Read Genres”. What are yours? Let me know!

– Vanessa

 

 

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What Are You Reading Wednesday?

It’s the first reading week of the year! It’s also the first Wednesday of the year, so why not start off telling you all what I’m reading? I have to say my first read of the year (Bonfire) isn’t particularly exciting but my pre-order for The Cruel Prince is arriving tomorrow instead of yesterday. I couldn’t decide what to read instead and sort of settled, to be honest. Anyway, here you go:

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Bonfire follows Abby Williams, a small town girl turned lawyer who escaped her life in Barrens, Indiana and moved to Chicago at the young age of eighteen. She swore she would never go back home, but now ten years later she’s back to investigate complaints about the water. Some suspect  the new mega-company Optimal Plastics is hiding something, but no one wants to talk because they are bringing money to the former economically stunted town.

Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content? Content. I hadn’t seen her show Jessica Jones yet and then I did. I thought her book was worth checking out. I also picked it from the Book of the Month’s subscription.

Who is your favorite character so far, and why? NO ONE. Right now we’re mostly inside the character’s head and the people in her past were horrible people.

Will you finish this one? I plan to. Hopefully, this week!

Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…) A grown-up Pretty Little Liars mixed with Veronica Mars. There was also a scene that reminded me of The Girl On a Train just a tiny bit.

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…) It’s kind of hard to say. The story is set in a small town where not much happens, so the little details are crucial and the author seems to know that. It’s slow-paced so far, but short enough that I don’t mind continuing.

 

 

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Outlander begins with Claire Randall, a former combat nurse ,on a honeymoon with her husband in Scotland in 1945. A series of events leads to her being transported to war-torn Scotland in 1743. There’s more to it, but I barely started and I don’t want to copy the official synopsis.

Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content? Content. The show, however, has been buzzing and I was curious. I actually visited Scotland when I was 14 years old so I’m reading this book wishing I was back there again. The next time I go, it would be fun to do an Outlander tour. Otherwise, I hope I at least learn a bit more about Scotland through the story.

Who is your favorite character so far, and why? I only finished Chapter 2 so it’s difficult to say this early on.

Will you finish this one? I plan to…It will just take me a whole month.

Finish the sentence: This book reminds me of…(other books, movies, tv shows…) This book is nothing I’ve read before. I don’t normally read historical fiction so I can’t compare it to anything else.

What type of read is this one? (slow but interesting, cannot put it down…) Slow but interesting! I’m listening to the book on an audiobook. There’s a lot of historical references because one of the characters is a history buff. At first that’s hard to listen to (history wasn’t one of my favorite classes) but the supernatural elements make the story stand out.

 

What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments. Happy Wednesday!

New Year’s Book Tag

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Happy Friday, everyone! I’m doing the New Year’s Book Tag, which was created by Bookable. I discovered it on Jessie’s blog at The Calico Books.

1. HOW MANY BOOKS ARE YOU PLANNING TO READ IN 2018?

40 books. I would like to read a book per literal weeks in a year (52 books) or 4 books a month (48 books).

2. NAME 5 BOOKS THAT YOU DIDN’T GET TO THIS YEAR BUT WANT TO MAKE A PRIORITY IN 2018.

  • Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo (2015/2016)
  • Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (2016)
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (2016)
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (2017)
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (2017)

3. WHAT GENRE DO YOU WANT TO READ MORE OF?

SCIENCE FICTION. I have so many sci-fi books on my TBR right now. I also want to read more HISTORICAL FICTION. Can we say Outlander?!

4. NAME 3 NON BOOK RELATED GOALS FOR 2018.

  •  Use social media less and be more productive.
  • Start a memory jar and write notes of my favorite ones monthly.
  • Go to coffee shops more often.

5. WHAT’S A BOOK YOU’VE HAD FOREVER THAT YOU STILL NEED TO READ?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I read the first page and couldn’t get into it. When I first bought the book, I was still looking for easy-to-get-into reads. It felt like a slow burn book, which is fine. But at the time I was in college and didn’t feel like I had the mental energy to invest in it.

6. ONE WORD THAT YOUR HOPING 2018 WILL BE:

ADVENTEROUS

7. TAG SOMEONE!

Anyone who reads this and wants to do this!