Sine it’s June and the middle of the year, it’s time to think about all the pies we’ve eaten.
Oh um, wait a second…I seem to have gotten confused and think I am a food-blog instead of a book-blog. Again.
HAHAHA JUST KIDDING WITH YOU!
I’m totally a food blog.
Today we need to talk about (a) the best books 2017 has thrown at my face, and (b) pie charts. Because I love pie charts. I love pie. * And I’m also a very avid stat-keeper about my reading habits. Honestly half the joy I get out of books is organising them in long lists of stats and graphs. It’s very sad. I tried to reform myself once and not calculate how many purple books ** I’ve read this year but #alas #no. I need to make a spreadsheet gosh darnit.
So let’s take a very smol stroll through some mid-year-reading-stats and then I’m going to smack you in the face *** with the best books I’ve read this year! And it’s a bit pathetic, but there’s only 8 on my “best of the year” shelf on goodreads. I’m getting old and gnarly and hard to please.
I’ve also read 130 books because I have no life apparently.
* Apple pie, to be specific. Chocolate pie too. Because I still get confused by the fact that some desserts don’t contain chocolate??? I mean, is the recipe broken??? I can’t even.
** IT’S 10 PURPLE BOOKS BY THE WAY IF YOU WERE INTERESTED. Which I know you were because who wouldn’t be.
*** VIRTUALLY!! STOP CRYING!! IT’S OKAY!!! I’M A NICE PERSON!!
I’m also linking up with Top Ten Tuesday for their prompt “Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far” and I haven’t linked up in FOREVER because I tripped and fell over Australia while moving house and I’m still recovering. 100% do not recommend moving house if you own a sheer ton of books.
There are many MANY things we can gather from Cait’s reading habits of 2017.
A brief summary:
- The parents in YA most generally always SUCK.
- Cait is a library addict.
- Cait pretends to re-read books but she really is doing horribly at it.
- Girls girls giiiirls everywhere for the narrators. Cait admits she wishes there were more male protagonists around.
- Cait has enjoyed basically 47% of the books she’s read. Which seems good?????
- DIVERSE LITERATURE IS THE AWESOME.
- Cait is terrified of books in the 400+ page count.
- Cait talks about herself in 3rd person sometimes.
- It’s a bit weird but we go with it because we want her to feel loved and accepted and not like the peculiarly odd dragon lizard she truly is deep down inside.
So has 2017 been a good reading year for me?
Well the stats say YES because 47% of my reads being 4 or 5 stars seems great! But honestly…if I hadn’t have looked at my own stats, I would’ve said…
I do think that’ll change for the 2nd half of the year, though, because I’m waiting on mY FAVOURITE AUTHOR OF EVER: MAGGIE STIEFVATER AND ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS (!!!!) and also omgggg John Green’s book (!!!) and I expect to die in due time over feels for them.
But I have been flailing rabidly still. And so here stand still — yes yes just stand RIGHT THERE — and let me throw my favourite 2017 books at you. Bonus points * if you guess them before I list them because I’m a LITTLE enthusiastic about most of these over on #bookstagram!
* And when I say “bonus points” the bonus point is that you can buy me a cake, you stalker.
1. A CONJURING OF LIGHT (#3) BY VE SCHWAB
I MEAN. OBVIOUSLY.
SCHWAB CAN DO NO WRONG.
Look I was so anxious about this book that I read 500-pages in like one night, which is unheard of for me who is a self-confessed child in the face of a book over 400 pages and prone to exploding. I did explode. But with pure pure pure adoration. I also had a mammoth hangover for like 2 months so #thanks #for #nothing.
Brief Summary Of The Characters:
Kell: *wants to save the world except Alucard pls can he just die*
Rhy: *loves everyone with passionate abandon*
Alucard: *loves two things, including Rhy and annoying Kell to death*
Lila: *stabs things and begrudgingly saves stupid boys who keep breaking the universe*
2. OUR DARK DUET (#2) BY VE SCHWAB
WHO IS APPARENTLY OBSESSED WITH SCHWAB BOOKS?
Hmm, yes, I thought so. It is a little obviously Cait. Just a SMIDGE.
Least to say if you were wondering: Schwab is perfect and all her books are perfect and her characters are perfect and I hurt. Which is everything I require from a book honestly. Monsters and violins and grim reapers and a city like Gotham but sans-Batman and just ALL THE DARKNESS AND BLOOD AND MURDER.
Also a cute cat.
3. LORD OF SHADOWS (#2) BY CASSANDRA CLARE
I’M STILL REELING. Also trying not to start each of these segments off with shouting BUT !! AM !! FAILING !! THEY’RE SO GOOD IT’S NOT MY FAULT.
Anyone, I laughed, I cried, it moved me Bob. * And then I realised I had to wait 2 years for the next one and I spiralled down a mountain of terror and sat at the bottom and just threw a little tantrum. These books mean so so much to me. I can’t even explain it. But I was very very emotionally distressed, okay?! It was perfect and beautiful and ajfdaksldjfdska I CAAAAN’T EVEN I NEED THE NEXT ONE. I NEED TO READ IT AGAIN. I JUST —
* If you get this reference….I’ll just be over here a little embarrassed about my childhood.
4. STRANGE THE DREAMER BY LAINI TAYLOR
YOU KNOW THAT FEELING WHEN A BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN YOU READ IT AND THEN PART OF YOUR SOUL EXPLODES WITH THE PURE APPRECIATION OF WORDS BECAUSE WOW.
Also there are (A) monsters, (B) the most intense book appreciation, (C) it stars a boy who walked into a wall because he was reading, (D) delicious sweet cakes, (E) beautiful beautiful beautiful worlds, and (F) Lazlo gets so excited going on an adventure he starts narrating it out loud in 3rd person and is so adorable everyone adopts and loves him.
I can’t can’t caaaaan’t love this one enough.
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
5. RED SEAS UNDER RED SKIES (#2) BY SCOTT LYNCH
Okay but pause for a minute and appreciate that it is a book about pirates AND IT’S IN AN ACTUAL SHIP. AREN’T I CLEVER. YES, CAIT, YOU ARE CLEVER.
Now I knoooooow I’m a YA blog and this post is looking suspiciously like my Peter Pan soul has fled because WHY ARE THERE SO MANY ADULT BOOKS HERE, CAIT — but I like my fantasy a little darker and well, hello there adult epic fantasy. Fulfilling all my dreams. Plus also I love love LOVE LOVE LOVE the Locke Lamora books! They’re sassy and hilarious and absolutely bloody. And this sequel has FEMALE (!!) EPIC (!!) PIRATE (!!) WOMEN (!!!) and is basically all I want in life.
An actual summary of these books is:
Locke: I will steal EVERYTHING and SASS the the world to destruction because I am so CLEVER!
Jean: and when you fall over and hurt yourself I’m just going to say I told you so–
Locke: *FALLS OVER AND HURTS HIMSELF*
Jean: ok fine I will pick you up now stop crying omg locke i can’t even with you
6. GEMINA (#2) BY JAY KRISTOFF AND AMIE KAUFMAN
It’s like I keep reading this series thinking it’s going to turn out okay but noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
I love it though. The plot twists are the kind that TWIST YOUR BRAIN INTO SPAGHETTI SOUP.
Also proud of myself! I just spelled “spaghetti” without spellcheck and this has like taken me up to the next level of Clever Blogger Of Awesome because usually I go spaghettititiththi and then cry.
I am…I am not good at word.
7. THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS BY ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE
This was just gorgeous. Gorgeous writing! Gorgeous characters! Everything was a bit tragic! There are boys who are birds and girls who have scales. And there is a little bit of bleeding and a little bit of crying (NOT FROM ME I HAVE NO HEART OBVIOUSLY) and it’s so whimsical and imaginative and #writergoals.
8. A LIST OF CAGES BY ROBIN ROE
This one is like a pocketful of tragic and beautiful boys and I’m in love with how it was written. Also kind of in pain but you know, books! You say “hey I like you book” and the book returns your affection by STABBING – YOU – IN – THE – FACE. #nice
I also appreciated the loving disability rep and the emphasis on friendship.
9. THE CROWN’S FATE (#2) BY EVELYN SKYE
I’m stupidly in love with this book for three reasons: (1) the most creative magic ever, (2) RUSSIA, and (3) all the food. Like after they made an edible Christmas tree I just hit myself in the face with the book and said “Hi Cait, you’re done. This is your book. This is you forever.”
Also: I want an edible Christmas tree.
Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.
It just really inspired me as a writer too! Like everything is possible and words are incredible and stories are powerful.
Also there was a freaking EDIBLE CHRISTMAS TREE AND I JUST.
10. THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE BY MACKENZIE LEE
Okay I won’t even pretend to be calm. I love this book just THAT MUCH. It’s right up there with my all time favourites of all the evers! It is actually HILARIOUS and I’m such trash for witty banter. The ship is the cutest and most pure and sweet. This book is just a cinnamon. IT IS THE CINNAMON. And it’s not even out yet, so this is mildly cheating: but seriously go getttttt it. Hug it. Pet it. Tell it that it’s done a good job by just existing.
Also while it’s quirky and hilarious and witty — it actually has quite deeply emotional and moving undercurrents. It’s super diverse (lgbt and disabilities) and super beautifully told and IT KIND OF JUST SNEAKS UP ON YOU.
I’m just basically bookishly exhausted now.
So. much. book. flailing. I wish to just fill my pockets with cake and good books and go eat a moon. Books are fantastic buckets of magical and I’m so thankful they exist. Shout out to my Vulcan self for having an emotion!
It won’t happen again.
And also here’s to hoping the rest of 2017 produces some amazing bookish feasts!