As a bookworm, I have a lot of expectations.
The biggest one, I suppose, is that I expect my TBR not to grow to enormous heights even though (a) I keep adding to it like what the heck is going on here, and (b) and then not reading off it because I got distracted by something new and shiny. This is not an unrealistic expectation!! Don’t look at me like that.
And this is just an example the many types of expectations we bookworms keep. You need more examples? Don’t twist my arm.
- every book ever needs to be amazing
- especially if we spent a lot of money on it, okay??
- someone to gift us a library the size of a small moon with sliding ladders
- when we eat + read snacks = the book not to look like a murder scene afterwards
- our TBR pile not to kill us
- our book reviews to be works of pure artistic and intellectual genius
- our series to freaking match (THIS SHOULDN’T BE AN UNREALISTIC EXPECTATION BUT YET HERE WE ARE)
- there to be more chocolate in our mouths
- authors to never fail at being awesome
- someone to accidentally give us hundreds of free books
Like I said: REALISTIC and LOWKEY expectations!
Now in light of this, I think it’s fair to admit that we bookworms usually start the year with books we are freaking out with excitement over. High expectations! All the hype! So much starry-eyes! I mean I guess there’s like 1 or 3 of you who don’t do this and are rather chill about all books…in which case how do you even function being so calm all the time??? Are you bored without all the hyperbolic panic?? I just…I can’t imagine???
Anyhow, I’d say most bookworms are keen on hyping up books that they’re super highly anticipating.
So today I want to write a list of 10 books I was REALLY excited to read in 2017 and then do my expectations vs reality for them.
This should be fun or an absolute catastrophe! I’m excited! You’re excited! Someone pass around the Christmas gingerbread men and lets get to it!
Also please PAUSE and notice my Christmassy themed banners for this post. I’m confused and shocked too and definitely deserve an award for getting into the spirit or whatever.
EXPECTATIONS: So this will come as a shock to you (HA HAH HAHAHA) but Maggie Stiefvater is my all-time-favourite-author-oh-wow-I’m-dead-with-appreciation-for-her-books-every-single-time-help. I’m a mild fan, okay?!? So I absolutely FREAKED OUT when I heard about her latest book. I expected an absolute feast of glory.
REALITY: DID I MENTION I’M JUST DOOMED TO LOVE EVERYTHING SHE WRITES?! BECAUSE I’M DOOMED. It’s not my favourite Stiefvater novel, because it reads more like an omnipresent fairy tale. Yet it still caught my imagination and fajdkslad…okay so how much do I like Stiefvater books?
Yes this is the answer.
EXPECTATIONS: Um I was sort of terrified?! I wanted to love this so so bad but TFIOS was published back in 2012 and that’s ONLY A MILLION YEARS AGO. But I’ve never hated a John Green book so I basically decided I would love this. Particularly since I know John Green gets a lot of grief in the book community for being famous and hyped. But this is ownvoices. AND I WANTED TO LOVE IT DANGIT.
REALITY: Why was I even worried. IT WAS SO GOOD. IT WAS SO GOOD IT GAVE ME ANXIETY. (wait) And it’s nothing like TFIOS and so brutally realistic about mental illness I just (!!!!). Thank you for existing, little book.
(Also I’m super nerdy but Turtles and All The Crooked Saints were bestsellers in the same week and BOTH by OCD authors. #SOPROUDTHO)
EXPECTATIONS: I WAS SO NERVOUS I LOST MY MIND AT LEAST 98 TIMES AND CAMPED INSIDE MY MAILBOX WHILE WAITING FOR IT TO ARRIVE. This is like the “First” Schwab finale we got
smacked in the face with treated to so like what kind of finale giver is Schwab??? Will everyone die??? Will she sink ships???? Will Kell lose his coat??? (No joke that was my #1 concern.) I thought I’d love it but I’m also 500% scared of authors ruining finales. SO.
REALITY: YESsss I loved it! However I admit it’s not my favourite ADSOM book, because everyone was being tortured (THANKS SCHWAB) and therefore there were less jokes. But heck everything was so good, so satisfying, so brutal, and SO RIGHT. SO PAIN.
EXPECTATIONS: I think this was THE hyped book of 2017!!! And, oh wow, I admit, I was terrified. Like debut author + massive hype = nearly always equals mild disappointment?!? And everyone was loving it and I’m so often the oddball that I was absolutely losing my mind wanting to love it and being scared I wouldn’t. Plus contemporary and I are like siblings. We do love each other but we fight so fRIKKIN MUCH wow.
REALITY: Whyyyyy was I scared?! THUG deserves the hype SO MUCH. It’s powerful and delivers messages people keep ignoring about #BlackLivesMatter and plus it was funny and also feels shredding?! And Starr’s family was so epic. AND IF ANGIE THOMAS WRITES LIKE THIS FOR HER DEBUT, SHE’S GOING TO SLAY US ALL FOR THE REST OF HER CAREER. I’M SO PLEASED.
EXPECTATIONS: This book was so hyped?! I assume it’s because the cover is freaking gorgeous and some
evil devil genius in publishing said, “HEY LET’S DESIGN 4 DIFFERENT COVERS WITH 4 COOL EMBOSSING PICTURES UNDERNEATH THE DUST JACKET SO PEOPLE HAVE TO BUY 4 COPIES EACH!!!” I hate them. Ugh. (And no, I only bought 1 copy but the agony still stands.) Annnnyway. Reviews came in. Everyone hated it. Haha…let me go eat a brick wall.
REALITY: I honestly thought I’d hate it but it was kind of fun?!? The world is AMAZINGLY MAGICAL and if Scarlett just fell in a well and drowned that’d be awesome and the book would be 50 x better!!
I’m sorry I just spilt salt everywhere. Wow oops let me just go clean that up.
EXPECTATIONS: So last year The Serpent King was this cute little book that CUT MY HEART OUT AND ATE IT so I figured I was up for that with the author’s sophomore book too. I mean most people open a book and go “Yay! I’m going to have a good time!” I open a book and go: “BUT WILL IT KILL ME NICELY WITH BARBED WIRE AROUND MY HEART BECAUSE PLEASE?????”
REALITY: It actually kind of failed my expectations a little hahaha. Excuse me. But wait I did like it! But it was underwhelming and I felt there was a lot of “justified abuse” towards poor Carver whom I freaking felt for and hE DIDN’T ACTUALLY DESERVE THIS. And the plot felt almost bizarre???
EXPECTATIONS: I mean, it’s gorgeous so I just assumed I’d really love it. NO I’M KIDDING, CALM DOWN, I’M NOT THAT SHALLOW. (Complete lie, I totally am that shallow.) I actually rated the author’s debut 5-stars and it had murder ghosts and smol boys who were demon possessed. #BeStillMyBeatingHeart
REALITY: Ummmm, so this was super boring. I mean just imagine a really gorgeous cake, like the kind with the super epic icing and it’s just SO nice to look at — but when you bite it, no. It is those fancy soaps. This is that. I loved the writing! The setting! The lush description! BUT NOTHING HAPPENED. I cry. One of my biggest disappointments of this year.
EXPECTATIONS: UGHHHHH I WAS EXPECTING TO FRET. Since ACOL went over well, I (a) decided to trust Schwab’s finale abilities, and (b) ignore the first statement and just panic recreationally anyway.
REALITY: It definitely went in a different direction to what I thought?! I mean Kate becomes a monster hunter and August decides to be a heartless badass which doesN’T WORK BECAUSE HE’S A CINNAMON SCONE. He broke my heart with every eye blink, dammit, August. And it was mostly set in a bunker with training and like??? Eh. But the rest was so heart shatteringly brilliant that I lost my mind. TWICE. Ugh Schwab can do no wrong. I’m broken.
EXPECTATIONS: I actually had nervous expectations for this because I don’t usually like superhero books?? BUT IT’S LEIGH BARDUGO, WHO GAVE US KAZ BREKKER. So I just got solidly more and more excited as the release built up.
REALITY: I’m torn haha. It was far too slow and cliche in places, but it was fUNNY and the characters were epic, and it was such a diverse cast!? This is what I’m here for. But I wouldn’t say it was my favourite Bardugo book…not even close. Excuse me while I throw myself into a puddle of marshmallows and be sad for 4.3 seconds.
EXPECTATIONS: DO YOU KNOW HOW YOU CAN BE SO STRESSED BUT SO EXCITED BUT THE STRESS IS ACTUALLY EATING YOU SO YOU START TO LOSE HAIR AND CHEW THROUGH A WALL LIKE A PUPPY LEFT ALONE TOO LONG?? Me. Least to say, I expected to love. I expected to hurt. I expected to climb on top of the internet and shout for a while.
REALITY: UGH I’M IN SO MUCH PAIN. It was emotional and beautiful and brilliant. Although I was surprised that it was less humorous than I expected and I’m NOT a fan of the Mark x Kieran x Christina triangle. It’s making me want to eat a lizard raw and that just sounds gross, Cait, why are you using metaphors like this please stop. (KIEREN AND MARK ARE THE SHIP.) But otherwise it was so good and I literally had the most bone crushing bookhangover afterwards. No really. I was distraught. I couldn’t even FUNCTION. Auaighlagih why am I so invested in this series it’s my favourite and I hate it and help me and I love it.