TTT: Top Ten Books I Wanted to Read in 2017 and Failed Miserably

2017 TBR
                                           TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

A new year brings new beginnings, but also the shame of your last year failures. That`s why I normally don`t like New Year`s Resolutions and never set them. I don`t like to feel the pressure of doing something. Obviously, every year I want to be the better version of myself. But that should happen gradually and naturally. On that note, I also suck at sticking with my TBRs. These were all books that I wanted to read in the previous year and failed miserably. So hopefully, I`ll have better luck this year.

1. "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern
This book was on my Spring TBR. Let that sink in! Honestly, I have no excuse for not reading it. It seems to have that whimsical vibe which I love in my books and I`m pretty sure I`ll love it. So I need to just pick it up and read it.
"Truthwitch" Susan Denard

2. "Truthwitch" by Susan Denard
I am trying to read more epic-fantasy novels and this one seems to get a lot of praise on Goodreads. The focus appears to be on female friendship and we can all use a bit more of that.

3. "Nevernight" by Jay Kristoff
This book has an amazing Goodreads rating, and I know that can be misleading (hello Cassie Clare), but I`m intrigued by it. Not going to lie, I`m a sucker for the covers. And everything with assassins in it has my full attention.
Throne of Glass

4. "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J. Maas
I have a feeling I`ll hate this series. And I know that I just mentioned that I love assassins. Sadly, many reviewers that I trust disliked these books (or liked the first one or two and then it went downhill). But I believe that you have to read a book for yourself before you judge it. And every reading experience is personal. So who knows, maybe I`ll like this one.

5. "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doer
I have been very lucky with my historical fiction picks last year. It`s a genre that I highly enjoy and I rarely get disappointments. This book has gotten so much praise, it`s crazy. All I know about this novel is that it`s about a blind French girl and a German boy who try to survive WWII.

6. "Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard
People have mixed opinions about this book and one of the most common complaints is that it`s not that original. But I love dystopia and I`m willing to give it a chance.

7. "Everything, Everything" by Nicola Yoon
I`m currently in one of those phases when I am not happy with YA contemporary. I`m tired of the same trope and especially insta-love. And this book seems to have a lot of that. But again, I want to read it before I can judge it.

8. "Traitor to the Throne" by Alwyn Hamilton
"Rebel of the Sands" was one of my favourite books of 2016 and I was so impatient to get the sequel. But then I started reading other books and I also realised that I`ve forgot many details from the first book. So now I`m waiting for the conclusion and after that, I`ll marathon the whole trilogy.
Snow Like Ashes

9. "Snow Like Ashes" by Sara Raasch
When I was reading the synopsis of this book, I instantly thought of Arya Stark. It`s about an orphan girl that was raised as a warrior and would do anything to save her kingdom. Also, there`s magic involved.

10. "Heartless" by Marissa Meyer
A retelling focused on the Queen of Hearts. Again, opinions are mixed, but this looks to me like a guilty pleasure read that you read easily.

I know that many of you will recognize these books from my Fall TBR. What can I say? I`m hopeless. Hopefully, I`ll be more productive this year.


The New Year`s Book Tag

Bookshelf

It`s the beginning of a new year and although I am on a blogging kick, I`m not in a reading mood. I know it sounds silly, but I want the first book of a new year to be an amazing one. And I can`t decide which one it should be. I mean, I want to finish the Grisha trilogy, but from what I understood, I`ll hate the last book. So until I decide what my first book of 2018 will be, let`s do the New Year`s Book Tag, which was created by Heather.

1. How many books are you planning to read in 2018?
This year I want to focus more on quality, not just quantity. And that`s why I set my Goodreads goal at 24 books, though I`m pretty sure I`ll read more than that. I also want to read some hefty books, over 500 pages, and I won`t be able to enjoy them if I constantly worry about stats.

2. Name 5 books that you didn`t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2018
First of all, I have "The Night Circus", which has been on my TBR forever. Then I`d like to start and finish the Shades of Magic trilogy and the Six of Crows duology.

3. What genre do you want to read more of?
Historical Fiction. I`ve read some amazing historical fiction novels last year, and I`d like to continue that in 2018. On my main TBR I have: "All The Light We Cannot See", "The Nightingale", "A Thousand Splendid Suns" and Code Name Verity". 

4. Name 3 non-book related goals for 2018
  • Start my Master Degree
  • Travel More
  • Start a Booktube channel (cheating, I know, but it`s one of my biggest goals of 2018)
5. What`s a book you`ve had forever that you still need to read?
A year ago the answer would have been "Pride and Prejudice", which I managed to finish this year. So now the answer involves another classic and that is "Wuthering Heights". I`m familiar with the story, but I always struggled to get into it.

6. One thing that you`re hoping 2018 will be:

                                                      ADVENTUROUS

This year I want to get out of my shell and be more open to new experiences. I`m terrified of starting a Booktube channel, but I`ll always have regrets if I don`t do it.

7. Tag a friend
I tag all of you that might be interested in this tag.

TTT: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017



                                     
                                  TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Can you believe it`s 2018? I seriously have no idea where 2017 went. But rather than focusing on all the things I did not accomplish in the last year, I want to think about new beginnings. New goals and hopefully, better decisions. And hey, new books to read. Whilst my TBR is out of control, I have set my Goodreads challenge to 12 books, meaning 1 book per month. Obviously, I will read more than that. But I want quality over quantity. And there are some pretty lengthy books on my list, with more than 600 pages. And that requires time and energy.

Like always, I digress from the matter at hand. Today I`m supposed to talk about the new authors I discovered in 2017 and in that department, I was very lucky. I fell in love with so many phenomenal writers and so many of their works have become instant favourites. So without any further ado, let`s get down to business.

1/2 Patrick Ness and Adam Silvera
It`s very hard to choose between these phenomenal writers. Ness can write anything from contemporary to dystopia and magical realism. Silvera is the master of heartbreaking contemporaries.
"Shadow and Bone" Leigh Bardugo

3. Leigh Bardugo
My first Leigh Bardugo novel was actually "Wonder Woman: Warbringer", which I loved. And then I discovered the Grisha Universe, and totally fell in love with that world and its characters (not Mal, cause he sucks, but everyone else is great). It`s not often that I sympathize with a sociopath, but Leigh Bardugo made the Darkling such a complex character that you could not help root for him, even a tiny bit.

4. Lainy Taylor
I did not know what to expect when I picked up "Daughter of Smoke and Bone". I mean, I`ve heard stories like that a million times before. But Laini Taylor can take even the most common YA trope and give it a spin of her own. And her writing style is absolutely superb.

5. Agatha Christie
I don`t know what else to say, other than this woman can write the most complex murder mysteries. Her attention to details is exquisite and even though I`m good at picking up clues, I`m always shocked by her revelations. I still get chills when I think about the ending of "Murder On The Orient Express".

6. Becky Albertalli
If you want a fluffy YA contemporary that will make you feel all good and warm inside, you need to pick up one of Becky`s books. Her writing style is pretty straightforward, but the magic consists of her lovable characters.

7. Gabriella Lepore
I consider Gabriella Lepore one of my guilty pleasure authors. Granted, her writing style is not as mesmerizing as Laini Taylor`s or Leigh Bardugo`s. But she writes fun and entertaining books about witches. And sometimes you just want an easy book, that will make you relax.

8. Markus Zusak
I`ve only read "The Book Thief" by him, so I don`t know if I`m cheating or not. But the writing style in that book was superb, and making Death the narrator was such an original idea. Definitely worthy of a spot on this list.

9. Sandhya Menon
Just like Becky Albertalli, Sandhya Menon is the perfect author if you`re looking for a cute YA romance. Next year she`ll release another meet-cute story and I`m all down for that.

10. Maggie Stiefvater
Funny thing: I did not enjoy "All The Crooked Saints" as much as I thought I will. But I did enjoy Maggie`s writing, and it was enough to leave me wanting for more. This year I want to pick up "The Raven Boys" and I really hope the books will live up to their hype.

What authors did you discover in 2017? Were any of these on your list?













Classics I Want To Read In 2018

For a moment I wanted to type 2017 and then I realised that I`ve already written that post. Sadly, I wasn`t that successful because I have managed to read only 4 books from that list: "Pride and Prejudice", "Slaughterhouse-Five", "A Little Princess" and "Little Women". I did, however, read other classics that I did not include in that post, so it`s a win-win situation. Sort of. As always, this list will be a mix of classics and modern classics. I`ve also tried to include a bit of everything, from Victorian literature to Russian Classics and American masterpieces.

  • "Wuthering Heights" - Emily Bronte
  • "Jane Eyre" - Charlotte Bronte
  • "Dubliners" - James Joyce
  • "Anna Karenina" / "War and Peace" - Leo Tolstoy
  • "Middlemarch" - George Eliot
  • "Emma"/ "Sense and Sensibility" - Jane Austen
  • "A Tale Of Two Cities" / "Our Mutual Friend" - Charles Dickens
  • "Of Mice And Men" / " The Grapes of Wrath"- John Steinbeck
  • "Brave New World" - Aldous Huxley
  • "Eugene Onegin" - Alexander Pushkin
Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one of my favourite authors and I`ve read "The Idiot" at least 5 times. It might be my favourite book of all-time, tied with "To Kill a Mockingbird". I`ve also read "Crime and Punishment" twice and "The Adolescent" and "The Brothers Karamazov" once (plan to reread that in 2018). But other than that, I did not have much contact with the Russian classics. I am not going to lie, I am terrified of the size of "Anna Karenina" and even more so by "War and Peace". But as they say, no pain no gain. 

Also, I might lose some of my readers when I say that I`m not the biggest fan of Victorian literature. I mean, I like Dickens. I like that he creates dramatic situations and memorable characters. But I wasn`t so lucky with the other big names. Truth be told, Victorian Literature bores me a bit. But nevertheless, they are masterpieces that you should read. Even when I am yawning, I must admit that the writing style is beautiful.

This post is a bit short, but I`m guessing you`re all getting ready for your New Year`s Eve Party. Anyways, I wish you all a great party and a Happy New Year full of achievements!

TTT: Top Ten Books I`m Looking Forward in 2018

                                             TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish

There`s only a few days left of 2017 and most of us are eager to fulfill our resolutions. I hate to be the one that burst your bubble, but if you haven`t reached your goals by now, you might as well let it go (unless you`re 2 books away from your Goodreads reading challenge in which case I say: more reading, less stuffing your face with chocolate). There`s no point torturing yourself. Instead, let`s focus on new beginnings and new books. There are going to be some exciting book releases in 2018 and I am petrified that I might have to sell a kidney in order to afford all of them (details). I have decided to focus only on YA, otherwise, we would have been here until 2018.

1. "Catwoman" by Sarah J. Maas
I`m a big nerd and I`m an ever bigger DC fan. Sorry, Marvel! I`ve always been fascinated by Catwoman and the fact that she`s a morally grey character. Is she bad? Is she good? Who Knows? I`ve been very pleased with what Leigh Bardugo did with Wonder Woman, so I just hope that Maas will do the same with Catwoman.

2. "Leah on the Offbeat" by Becky Albertalli
The novel follows Leah Burke, from "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" and you all know how much I loved that book and its characters. From what I`ve gathered it will focus on Leah`s bisexuality and her role in the group, with cameos from our favourite high-schoolers. And apparently there`s going to be an amazing Simon/Blue scene and my heart can`t handle any more cuteness.
YA FANTASY BOOK RELEASES 2018

3. ""These Rebel Waves" by Sara Raasch
"Inspired by the Spanish Inquisition and the golden age of piracy, it follows three characters: a woman seeking justice, a tortured pirate looking for redemption, and an ambitious prince out for power." Goodreads synopsis

4. "Children of Blood and Bone" by Tomi Adeyemi
Zélie Adebola comes from a land that used to be filled with magic until a ruthless king began to target and kill all the people with magical powers.Now she`s trying to get revenge for her mother and eradicate the monarchy. Helped by a rogue princess, Zelie must outwit the crown prince.

5. "The Belles" by Dhonielle Clayton
Fun fact: I love "The Originals" and it`s this TV Show that made me fall in love with New Orleans and its mystery. This fantasy novel focuses on Belles, young women that can control beauty. One of them is Camellia Beauregard, who wishes to become the Queen`s favourite and live in the royal palace. But once she arrives there, she discovers some unsettling secrets.
YA Book Releases 2018

6. "The Astonishing Color of After" by Emily X.R. Pan
I love magical realism and this book has all the elements of a successful story. It`s about Leigh, a half Asian and half white girl, whose mother committed suicide. Only Leigh is convinced that her mother turned into a bird. So she travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents and find her mother, the bird. This beautiful story about grief alternates between real and magic, and between past and present. The plot sounds like something out of a Haruki Murakami novel, whom you might remember it`s my favourite author. So I`m 99% I`ll love this book.

7. "A Girl Like That" by Tanaz Bhathena
"This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal." Goodreads excerpt 

8. "American Panda" by Gloria Chao
An own voice YA contemporary about Mei, a 17-year-old MIT freshman, who`s on track to fulfil the rest of her predetermined future: become a doctor, marry the perfect Taiwanese and make lots of babies. But sadly Mei hates germs, falls asleep in biology lectures and has a crush on her classmate Darren, who`s not Taiwanese. The plot reminds me of "When Dimple Met Rishi", in terms of finding the perfect, culture-appropriate husband, and being on a path chosen by your parents. 
YA Releases 2018

9. "The Hazel Wood" by Melissa Albert
I`ve already started to see some great things about this book on Booktube. All I know is that it`s inspired by fairy tales and frankly, that`s all I need. Also, that cover is so pretty, OMG!

10. "Everless" by Sara Holland
"In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself." Goodreads synopsis

Let me know what are some of your most anticipated 2018 releases.


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