Hello guys! Another year has come to an end and with it a lot of books read. Let me first say what a great year it has been. 2017 was a year of self discovery and self love. Indeed I was able to know myself more, to value the moments I used to overlook before and have learned to live in the moment, and put my whole trust into God. Here’s to hoping 2018 will be just as great! Of course reading wise, it wasn’t the most spectacular for me, but I was still able to read some noteworthy ones. I am going to do it differently this year, last year I did Top 16 Books of 2016 now I am going to do 2017 Mosts, it could be the most disappointing, most beautiful or the most badass book, whatever fits into a category I made! Hope you could do this with me!
MOST BADASS: ANIMAL UNDER THE FUR BY EJ MELLOW
The Animal Under The Fur by EJ Mellow is a book that will take you by surprise. This book takes the Most Badass award. The Animal Under the Fur, has a strong female protagonist, think of Black Widow level of bad-assery. It is not often that you will find a strong female protagonist in books, so this one is definitely a breath of fresh air. Gone are the days when damsel in distress plagues books, this one right here needs no man to save her, she can very well fend for herself. Yes to girl power! This book is action-packed with good romance in it. You can check my full review here.
“I’ve killed more people more years than I’ve been alive. And I’m twenty-six.”
― E.J. Mellow,
MOST EVOCATIVE: ALL MY LONELY ISLANDS BY VJ CAMPILAN
All My Lonely Islands by VJ Campilan is a recollection of Crisanta’s life from teenager to being an adult and all that happened in between. It was the kind of book that you didn’t know you needed until you have savoured it. It was well written and you can’t help but to love the beautiful language used. The description is vivid, it is as if you are there with the characters. I was in awe after I’ve finished All My Lonely Islands. If you’re looking for a book that gives you the taste of Philippines and Bangladesh, this has got to be the one! You can check my full review here.
“You’re trying to look for rock bottom, to that part of yourself that could no longer feel pain. But there is no such thing as rock bottom. As long as there is left to destroy in you, you’d do it. We always feel the need to sink ourselves because we keep being intolerable, because if we’re suffering then maybe people would give us a break for all the shameful things we do. You think you could impose your own penance, but it never goes away, does it? That kind of deadening that’s worse than actual dying.”
MOST DISAPPOINTING: SAD GIRLS BY LANG LEAV
Sad Girls by Lang Leav wasn’t what I had expected. I had high hopes for this book but it fell terribly short. The hype surrounding before its release got me so excited it was all I was thinking about, but when I finally had the chance to read it, all I could do was sigh and ponder what on earth did I just read. Don’t get me wrong, I love Lang Leav, her poems rekindled my love for poetry, but I have to say that she should just stick to writing poems than novels. Sad Girls was too all over the place, it is as if it Lang Leav wanted to put so much in it in the hopes that it would be exceptional but the result was the complete opposite. There are certainly some parts that the book can do without. It was a little messy and not well polished. There are loose ends as well. I was hoping for something that would wow me in the end but nada. The characters I understand, are flawed, but they were bordering annoying and frustrating at the same time. It was 2017’s biggest let down for me.
“Our emotions pull us in different directions. The stronger the emotion, the greater the pull. Feelings are not always practical, nor do they make any logical sense. That’s just the way it goes.”
― Lang Leav,
MOST FUNNY / FUNNIEST: I’VE GOT YOUR NUMBER BY SOPHIE KINSELLA
Sophie Kinsella never disappoints! This book is effortlessly funny, I was in a laughing fit inside the office, the office where I should be working, yet there I was suppressing my laughter just so my boss will not be able to hear me from the other room. It was all things cute, swoon-worthy, and then some. Poppy Wyatt is the character you can’t help but love! A perfect material to be turned into a movie. Chic-lit will always have a special place in my heart. You can check my full review here.
“Lover? I don’t know. I don’t know if she loves me. I don’t know if I love her. All I can say is, she’s the one I think about. All the time. She’s the voice I want to hear. She’s the face I hope to see.”
― Sophie Kinsella,
MOST UNIQUE: EVERY DAY BY DAVID LEVITHAN
This one is a buzzer beater. I’ve read Every Day December 28, 2017 and it made it to my my favourites. This book’s plot is just one of the most unique books you’ll ever encounter. Imagine waking up to a different body every day, pretty nuts if you ask me, but David Levithan was able to pull it off, effortlessly. The different lives A had inhabited were different yet equally important. I love how diverse it was and how David Levithan was able to highlight the essential parts of the person’s life. You can check my full review here.
“The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.”
― David Levithan,
MOST BEAUTIFUL: ONE TRUE LOVES BY TAYLOR JENKINS REID
This book is so beautiful it actually hurts. This is the second book I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I can say now that this book belongs to my favourite book of all time. It was so heartbreaking and satisfying at the same time. Your heart will break for the characters, it is as if you feel their pain first hand. I know the blurb of the book said it all, but you have to read it to feel the intense emotions or better yet don’t read the blurb, ignorance is bliss! One True Loves was written so beautifully you couldn’t help but ponder on everything that was said, and though it may come off as something unrealistic, the concept and the message it was trying to send across will tug every heart strings, and I think that’s what truly matters for a book to be considered a great one. You can check my full review here.
“Don’t think that true love means your only love.
I think true love means loving truly.
Loving purely. Loving wholly.
Maybe, if you’re the kind of person who’s willing to give all of yourself, the kind of person who is willing to love with all of your heart even though you’ve experienced just how much it can hurt . . . maybe you get lots of true loves, then. Maybe that’s the gift you get for being brave.”
― Taylor Jenkins Reid,
MOST COMPLEX: RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN
Red Rising by Pierce Brown is definitely the most complex read of my 2017, I have to admit that it was a struggle to remember every name, every terminology, so much so that I had to write some sort of a guideline just to help me understand it more. I am not big of a sci-fi fan, so it is always a challenge for me to get through one. Red Rising however, though complex was able to grip my attention. It was perfectly crafted and there are plethora of characters that you will definitely root for! I love the plot line as well, so many things could happen and each chapter will take you by surprise.
“I live for the dream that my children will be born free. That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.’
‘I live for you,’ I say sadly.
She kisses my cheek. ‘Then you must live for more.”
― Pierce Brown,
MOST WEIRD: PERFECT STRANGERS BY DANI ATKINS
Perfect Strangers by Dani Atkins took the cake for the Most Weird read of my 2017. Don’t get me wrong, this is the good kind of weird. The kind of weird you’ll think for days after you finished reading it. It is a relatively short one, but it definitely packed a punch. I don’t want to divulge what made this book weird, but I hope you could include this one for 2018. All I could say is it is not your typical love story, it will somehow screw with your head. You can check my full review here.
“That’s the trouble with bodies … they have an annoying little habit of giving away far too many secrets.”
― Dani Atkins,
MOST EMPOWERING: WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINIST BY CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie should be a required reading. If there’s one book I have to shove everyone else’s throat, this is that book. The author was able to explain fully what Feminism is. Often times we get the wrong connotation of what Feminism really is, but this book was able to put it into something profound yet easily understandable. It was insightful and empowering. Now go watch her Ted Talk! You’re welcome!
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
So there you have it guys, my noteworthy reads of 2017. I hope my 2018 reading year will be more awesome than 2017. Here’s to discovering new favorite books, new authors and an even better reading year for all of us! Happy New Year! Read on!