Wednesday, 17 January 2018

2017 Book Round Up.

One of my goals for last year was to read more books. As a kid, I would constantly be at the library choosing new books to read and be that one geeky kid in the class that got all excited when the scholastic library would come to their school. I adored books growing up and somehow along the way to adulthood that passion for books slipped a little. I still kept a long list of books that I wanted to read I just never got around to it and if I did I would take weeks, sometimes even months, to complete just one of them. 

So at the beginning of 2017, I set myself a challenge on Goodreads (follow me here) to read one book a month, so twelve books in total which isn't a lot to some people, but to me, that was probably a more realistic goal. So did I meet my goal? 

*DRUMROLL*

(Supernatural is my favourite TV show so this gif was perfect)

I made my way through 14 books, so I passed my set goal (woot!) and I am so bloody happy about it. I finally got my love of books back and I can't wait to stick my nose into some new ones this year. Speaking of, I have been a little braver and set 2018's goal at 15 books, so hopefully, I can do that. EASY.

What I Read in 2017

My Mad Fat Diary - Rae Earl ★★★★
MMFD is one of my ALL-TIME favourite TV programmes. It touched on something that is so close to me personally (Rae is literally me) I decided to give the book a read that it came from originally. The way Rae Earl narrates the book is amazing. It's not sugar-coated tween bullshit that you read nowadays where everyone is a brooding introvert, it's real. It's so real that I found myself crying thinking how damn accurate it was to me and my own self-vision. Even though I loved it, it didn't amass the amount of love I have for the show.

My Madder Fatter Diary - Rae Earl ★★★
My love for the first book made me hungry to read the follow up to it. Sadly though I didn't feel as much of a connection to the sequel as I did the first book. This one just seemed to lose the feel of the first one and I know it's based on a true diary of Rae Earl's but I feel like it could've been edited a little better and make me love the characters as much as I did in MMFD.

Life & Times of Brenda Cankles - Randi M. Sherman ★★★
At the beginning of last year, I was contacted by the author of this book offering me a pre-released version of it for a read through and review. Obviously wanting to kick my challenge off to a good start I jumped at the chance (read my review here). I loved the idea of this book, it spoke to me a lot in the sense that this character, who was a large person, didn't care what people thought about her and she did what she wanted and wore what she wanted, but I was a little taken aback by the actual story of this person and it made me confused as to how I was supposed to view this character. 

HP & The Chamber of Secrets - *The Queen* JK Rowling ★★★★
I haven't read this book in years so I decided last year that I was going to reread all the Harry Potter books and relish in that happy place that I had as a child. I didn't manage to read any other book of the series than this one, but I loved taking that trip back to Hogwarts and I'm hoping I'll get around to doing it this year instead.

Me Before You - JoJo Moyes ★★★
I didn't know about this book until I saw the trailer for the movie and was intrigued by the story of it, so I went out and found a copy of the book and spent the week reading it. I know some have a moan about this book but I truly fell in love with it. I love the characters and the story is something that I haven't read about before, so it was something new that opened my eyes to the workings of others minds.

Me After You - JoJo Moyes ★★
As the follow-on to Me Before You, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book as the two main characters were what made that book good but I was intrigued to see what become of Louisa so I gave it a read. I liked this book. I liked how JoJo kept that connection between Louisa and Will a thing even after the first book. I would've liked it to have had a better ending, but I really enjoyed it. 

Deja Dead - Kathy Reichs ★★★★
Bones has been one of my favourite TV shows for years and I collected all of Kathy's books over those years but never got around to reading them all, so I decided to give them a go and this one is by far one of my favourites of the collection. 
Death Du Jour - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Deadly Decisions - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Fatal Voyage - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Grave Secrets - Kathy Reichs ★★★
Bare Bones - Kathy Reichs ★★★

The Duff - Kody Keplinger ★★★★
I adore the movie version of this book a lot so obviously, I had to give the book a read, right? I really like the book and I really like the movie, but they're almost completely different stories. The characters are the same, but the development of their relationships and the story behind them is a lot different. I think if the movie had stuck with the book's story I would've liked it a lot more.

Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger ★★★
By the same writer of The Duff, this book is set in the same universe and has a couple of the same characters pop up, but this is a story in its own right. I liked this book. I found it somewhat annoying how long the story took to reach its end because there wasn't much to the middle of it except the same jargon over and over, but I thought it was an okay read.

And those, ladies and gents, are what I read in 2017. I'm already on with my 2018 goal and am currently reading Naked Heat by Richard Castle (Castle is one of my fave TV shows too)

Have you read any of these books? Or have you got a recommendation for me to add to my list?
Laura x
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