Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 End of Year Book Survey

This is a survey done each year by Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner.  I won't be answering question on the survey, but I will pick and choose ones that I like to answer.


Number Of Books You Read: 57
Number of Re-Reads: 3
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary YA


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Best Book You Read In 2017?

I think Emery Lord's 2017 release The Names They Gave Us is probably my favorite book that I read this year.  I read it twice within the year and there are several parts that I have reread other times since then.  I love the relationship between Lucy and her parents as they deal with her mom's illness.  I love the friendships she forms at camp as well as the slow burn romance with a guy there.  I just all around loved everything about this book.

Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas was surprising in a plot twist way.  It was a very good mystery book that I enjoyed reading.

I think A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo also fits in this category because I was surprised by the epilogue and I'm still not fully sure what the truth was in this book.


Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

I really enjoyed Sandhya Menon's first book When Dimple Met Rishi, and her next two books that have been announced both sound really good so I'm glad I discovered her books.  I look forward to reading her 2018 book and her 2019 book.

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I mostly stuck to my favorite genre which is contemporary.  I did read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee which was historical.  Though I don't know how much it counts as out of my comfort zone since it had the character development and everything else that I typically enjoy about contemporaries.  I didn't really read any sci-fi or fantasy this year which is more out of my zone.

Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus was not necessarily action-packed, but I could definitely call it unputdownable.  I read most of it on an airplane ride and didn't put it down much at all.  It was a great mystery told from the perspective of four different characters who were all well developed.

Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I would really like to reread They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera since it was a really wonderful and emotional book with great characters.  I have to make sure I do that when I'm prepared for it though, since it definitely is a sad book that you need to be emotionally ready for.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

I really like the cover of The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord or They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.  Both of these covers had colors that I liked.  And the books were just as good, probably better, than the covers.

Most memorable character of 2017?

I think one of the most memorable characters was Molly from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.  She was a very real teenage girl with real issues, and I loved getting to see the development of her cute romance.

Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I think The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas probably wins for this category since it really delves into issues of race and racism.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

I have owned my copy of This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills since last fall (2016) but I didn't get around to reading it until this fall.  I'm not sure why I waited so long since it ended up being very good and I really enjoyed the characters and their friendships and relationships.  And then I followed it up by reading shortly after her 2017 book Foolish Hearts.

Book That Shocked You The Most

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas was a mystery with a lot of shocking plot twists, so I think it wins for this category.

OTP OF THE YEAR

I really loved the relationship between Eliza and Wallace in Eliza and Her Monsters.  They were both super cute and nerdy.  I loved the concept of the relationship between a webcomic writer and one of the main writers of her fanfiction.  Wallace was such a sweet guy and very good for Eliza.

This was a hard question because there are a lot of couples that I like so I'm just putting this one.

Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

I love the sibling relationships in Far From the Tree by Robin Benway.  This book was about three biological siblings who just found out about each other.  I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other and how they had some emotional connections and scenes.

I also really liked the relationship between Gabby and Ryan in Top Ten by Katie Cotugno.  Though they did consider being in a romantic relationship at some points, I still liked how the book showcased a strong (mostly) platonic friendship between a guy and a girl.

Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

This one is probably a toss-up between Adam Silvera and Emery Lord's newest books.  Since I put Emery Lord's book as the best overall, I'll go with Adam Silvera's They Both Die at the End for this category.

Best 2017 debut you read?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was a really good debut novel.  Obviously, a lot of people agree since it was a New York Times bestseller and a movie is being made.  

Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

I didn't read very many books that involved typical "worldbuilding" since I stuck pretty much to contemporary, but there was one book I read that was very good called Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kacynzski.  This book took place in the future and had an interesting world.

But also, sticking to contemporary, A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor had a really good setting on a deserted island.  The island was a very vivid setting that was almost a character of itself that kept doing new and unexpected thing.

Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli was a very good and enjoyable read.  There were some heavier parts but overall it was cute and had an adorable slow-build romance and I loved it.


Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

This was definitely Now Is Everything by Amy Giles because I was mad at Hadley's dad in pretty much every scene that he was in.  He was just so awful and abusive and I wanted Hadley and her sister, Lila, to be protected from him.  And I didn't like the mom, either, because she let him keep doing bad things to them.
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Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

I don't think I can put just one book for this category, so, sorry.  Two of my top ones are both of Ashley Herring Blake's 2018 releases, which are Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World and Girl Made of Stars.  Also I can't leave out Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli.  And I'm excited for Sandhya Menon's sophomore novel, From Twinkle, With Love.  And I don't really know what Angie Thomas' next book, On the Come Up, is even about, but I'm still excited to read it.

2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I am really super excited for You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon.  That is the only 2018 book that I have ordered so far.  Another notable one is People Like Us by Dana Mele, which is a mystery releasing in February.  A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena also makes it onto my list of most anticipated.  A couple other ones on the list are Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell and Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles.  I will probably be preordering some of these debuts (as well as the non-debuts) soon and will be eagerly awaiting their release dates.

Katie

January Releases I'm Most Excited For

January 2nd:
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone by Rachel Lynn Solomon - First this book is dual POV, narrated by twin sisters.  I love both dual POV and books about sisters so that's already two points in its favor.  Then it also deals with the impact of finding out that one sister may end getting Huntington's disease and one won't.  And that just makes the book sound even more amazing.  I seriously can't wait to buy myself a copy and read this.  I actually just preordered my copy on the day that I'm editing this post.  The cover is also very pretty.



You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

January 9th:
A Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen - This book is by Rachael Allen and I've enjoyed both of her other two books that have been published so far.  And I'm excited for this one especially due to its unique premise of following the main characters from ages 13 to 19.  Most books don't cover this large of a scope of the character's lives, and this seems like a cool way to really show the development of them and their relationships over time.  And from the reviews I've read, it sounds like a lot of people love the characters in the book.

A Taxonomy of Love

January 16th:
Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed - This book is about a Muslim teen who struggles with some of the expectations that are required by her religion, mostly ones related to who she can and can't date.  And when there is a terrorist attack nearby, people react by treating her badly. This sounds like a very timely and sadly way too relevant book due to things going on in the world today.

Love, Hate & Other Filters

January 23rd:
Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp - I read and loved Marieke Nijkamp's first book, which was the New York Times bestselling This is Where It Ends.  So I'm excited to read her sophomore novel.  This book sounds like it should be a good mystery as well as an atmospheric book about small towns and the secrets that exist there.
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann  - This sounds like a good and fun and cute book that is also important.  It is about a romance featuring an ace main character, which isn't something I've read very much, though I have read a couple books featuring it.

Before I Let GoLet's Talk About Love

Katie

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Releases I'm Most Excited For

November 7th:
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza - This sounds like a great read about friendship.  I'm not sure if I will get the stuff in it about gaming since I don't do that, but it sounds like a worthwhile read for getting to read about a main character with anxiety and a main character with ADHD being friends.
Now is Everything by Amy Giles  - This sounds like it has the potential to be both amazing and heartbreaking.  It deals with domestic abuse and involves some mystery it sounds like.  I'm excited to get to read it.

Kat and Meg Conquer the WorldNow Is Everything

Katie

Sunday, October 1, 2017

October Releases I'm Most Excited For

October 3rd:
Top Ten by Katie Cotugno - I think this book will be good and has potential to be my favorite of Katie Cotugno's books so far.  I think I will like the main character, and I like how it focuses on a best friendship between a guy and a girl.  The format should also be interesting.

 Top Ten

October 17th:
Dear Martin by Nic Stone - This sounds like it will be a powerful book dealing with how black people are treated by the police sometime.  It seems like it would be a good read to be paired with The Hate U Give.  I look forward to reading it.
Like Water by Rebecca Podos  - This seems like it should be a good book.  I never read the author's first book, though I have a copy of it that I intend to hopefully read soon.  This book deals with Huntington's disease, so that should be interesting.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erica L. Sanchez - This sounds like it will be a good read dealing with heritage and culture.  It should be interesting to find out what the main character discovers about her sister.  According to reviews, it looks like this book also does a good job dealing with mental health.

Dear MartinLike WaterI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Katie

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Review: They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

My Review: 5 Stars

So I read this book very quickly during college, which is surprising because I often barely read during my semesters.  And maybe I should have been working on lab reports instead, but it's alright since it was Friday night and I needed a break and I've finished a lot of my lab report by now so it won't be a problem.  But anyway, the reason I read this so quickly during a college semester was because I loved it and couldn't put it down.  I fell in love with Mateo and Rufus and their stories.  This book is heartbreaking but also hopeful at the same time.  And yes, you know how the book will ultimately end though you don't know specifically how, but the journey of the story is the important part.

The entire premise of the book is interesting.  I have no idea how Death-Cast actually knows who's going to die each day.  But that didn't really detract at all from my enjoyment (probably the wrong word) of this book.  I am curious, though, what would happen if Death-Cast knew who was supposed to die but didn't tell the people.  Because maybe knowing that they're supposed to die somehow makes some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy psychological phenomenon occur.  I don't really know though.  It's just a theory I have.  

I loved both Mateo and Rufus.  Mateo is just such a sweet guy who would never hurt anyone.  He's scared of going out into the world and doing things, because he isn't really about taking risks.  He wants his End Day to be as long as it can be, and he is afraid of anything that could potentially shorten it, yet he also wants to get out into the world and do things and have new experiences on his last day.  And Rufus I loved as well.  He may not have seemed like someone I would love when his first scene was of him beating someone up.  But I quickly learned that that wasn't really what Rufus is like normally and he definitely regretted.  He had some pent-up anger from the deaths of his entire family.  But Rufus was also a sweet guy.  And when he and Mateo met through the Last Friend app and began to bond it was really sweet and nice.  They both helped each other in ways.  And the development of their relationship was quick, but also made sense since they were trying to live the rest of their lifetimes in one day. 

Something I loved was how scattered throughout, in addition to the perspectives of Mateo and Rufus, were the perspectives of various minor characters.  Some of them were more directly connected to our main characters, and others were definitely more tertiary, but I enjoyed them all.  If you have read The Sun is Also a Star, it is similar to the other perspectives that were used in that book (and that book also took place over one day).  My favorite was probably Lidia.  She was Mateo's best friend and their friendship is so precious and adorable.  Lidia is a single mom who is raising her daughter, Penny, and Mateo is super supportive of her and helps her out with her daughter when she needs it.  This was such a great example of a strong, completely platonic friendship between a guy and a girl.  And if Adam Silvera wanted to write another book about Lidia, I would so be there to read it (except knowing Adam's books it would probably be tragic and I don't want that for Lidia since she's already lost her boyfriend and best friend).

If you like good books that are also sad, read this book.

Katie