I think we all got sold on a book or two (or twenty per week) because of the hype. If you’re part of the book blogging community, certainly your feed has been flooded with reviews, praise and glittery tears for certain books from time to time. You become so overwhelmingly curious that you must see what the fuss is about – and you read the book. This is how I met some of my favorite books ever, and also how I met the blandest, most disappointing reads.
This doesn’t mean the books are BAD or anything. They were just not for me. I read them and perhaps it was that I was not in the right mood, or the writing didn’t agree with me. Whatever the reason, they were not what I expected.
Here are some of the books I read because of the hype and they disappointed me one way or another.
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Hello book lovers!
If you’re not a teen anymore, you probably look at these new shiny YA books and think – wow, how different the trends are from my teen years. I do, at least! Here are some of the books I heard LOTS about on my teen years until about 21 and don’t hear Anything about anymore!
The Girl with Glass Feet, by Ali Shaw
I remember hearing a lot about this book a few years ago, it was actually the first book to make it to my Amazon wishlist, but I never ended up buying it. Then I never ever heard of it again, plus it was a 3.41 rating on Goodreads, so I don’t think I’ll read it. Have you guys read it?? Continue reading
I love reading these posts every season – it’s one of the best ways to find new books to read that one might not have heard of otherwise. Also, there’s overwhelmingly more YA than anything else because I follow basically only blogs of YA readers… although that’s not the genre I read most of (??). So I am sure I will add lots more General Fiction, Sci-Fi and so on as the year goes on!
So, without further ado, here are the books that come out this year that I want to read the most!
To be perfectly honest, I don’t read MG a lot, but I always have so many on my TBR. *shrugs* When I’m on the mood for MG, I like to know there’s great stuff to read, and Dragon Pearl looks like a fantastic one.
Young Adult & New Adult:
Hello bookworms!! Happy new year!!
This year my bookish resolutions are a bit different from last year, so I thought I would share with you guys!
- I want to read less than I did in 2017. I want to read only what interests me, and not the books I feel I have to read for the hype, for blogging about it, for saying I’ve read it… I want to be 100% excited about every book I pick up!
- For the reason above, I want to request fewer eARCs
- I want to listen to more bookish podcasts!
- I want to read a lot more nonfiction, especially memoirs
- I want to get my TBR under 100 books, to encourage me to read more spontaneously, instead of feeling like I have to read certain books
This is the second year that I get to write a Best Books of the Year post, and I’m super excited! I love talking about books (wow, really?) and I got to read so much this year, so I have lots of new loves and lots of recommendations. This has been a brilliant year reading-wise and I am glad to share with you my favorites. I have read almost 200 books (no kidding) and while I will never repeat this feat again, it gave me the opportunity to read lots of different genres! What were your favorites this year? Tell me in the comments, leave the link to your own blog posts, tweets I want to know what you’ve read and loved! 🙂
New Favorite Authors
(only counts if I’ve read more than one book by the author)
Alyssa Cole certainly made a huge difference on how I see the romance genre. Her novels are so brilliant, so addictive and emotional without being cheesy. Gosh, I love them. I need all her books in my life. A Duke by Default is my favorite so far!
I had not read Patrick Ness until this year, but wow, I’m in love with how emotional his books are. I have lots more of his books on my TBR. I was so heartbroken after A Monster Calls, although it was such a short read. Just wow.
But I do think the medal goes to… Elise Kova. I devoured her Alchemists of Loom series and I am so excited to get to her other series. I think Air Awakens is a bit more popular in the YA bookish community, and I look forward to reading it. Although I don’t see how it could be better than this steampunk fantasy world with girls with big guns and deadly half-naked hot guys who are secretly soft in the inside. Just sayin’.
Best Contemporary Fiction
Welcome to what is probably going to be my most “controversial” anti-TBR yet. And that’s because I don’t add only old, moldy books most people don’t care about anyway. NOPE. This is the 2018 Released Edition, so all books below have been released this year and conquered hearts everywhere. In fact, I may have to go into hiding after this goes public.
Shadow of The Fox by Julie Kagawa
I’m not in the mood for young adult lately, even fantasy. So I am not so hyped for the new and shiny and wonderfully-rated books. I have heard really good things about this book, so maybe I’ll change my mind in the future, but at this point, I don’t want to commit to this book just yet. Continue reading
Similarly to my other list of recommendations for a rainy day, I thought it’d be nice to recommend books that you can sit down, grab a warm drink and dive into in one single sitting. It’s cold and dark in the northern hemisphere right now, and some of us might need a bit distraction to deal with the extra gloominess of these months. That, plus the extra time from the end of the year vacations, I think this is a timely post to publish.
So, without further ado, here are the books I recommend…
To Read in One Afternoon
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
This thriller is absolutely fantastic. It’s the kind of book that stays in your mind, after properly blowing it. It involves multiverses and moral dilemmas, which is honestly one of the best mixes for an exciting sci-fi.
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Hello book lovers!
Do you listen to podcasts? I started listening to them only this year, so I’m still a bit new to them, but I have become an avid listener and definitely have some favorites. Maybe it helps that I don’t have patience for things like sitting down and watching a movie, and with podcasts I can listen to something interesting while writing blog posts, or doing exercises, or doing my chores. So here are my recommendations!
SFF YEAH! is my favorite bookish podcast! I love sci-fi and fantasy, so that is of course a bonus, but I think I might listen to this even if I wasn’t completely obsessed with those genres, because Sharifah and Jenn are such sweethearts and I love hearing them talk. Each episode is one hour long, so I really enjoy listening to that when I’m doing chores. Continue reading
I normally tend towards reading reviews a lot more than watching them, and to be honest, it took me a long, long time to start watching BookTube. But once I did, I got addicted!
BookTube is really entertaining, you get to see the person’s personality and you can just leave it playing while getting ready in the morning and still listen about your favorite books, or books that come out soon, and so on! So here are my favorite ones!
Read by Zoe
I love Zoe’s energy! She’s sweet and loves YA books, and has such a cute relationship with her dad (if you want to die of cuteness overload, watch the videos with her dad, like her reading vlogs!). I love watching her videos when I want to smile!