Hey Everyone and Happy New Year! Praise be that 2017 is over with! What an absolute bloody nightmare! We’re all here now though and ready to embark on new challenges whilst also having our sanity mauled by the pressures of modern life. Hoorah! I’ve taken a little bit of time to reflect on what I’ve read over the last year and thought I’d share with you the highs and lows of my 2017 TBR!
The Book I Loved The Most
The Book (Series) I enjoyed the most this year turned out the be the one i got for Christmas last year and didn’t get round to until November. The Alchemy Wars Series by Ian Tregillis is perfectly formed. Plenty of action, strong female leads, robots that have free will, basically everything you need in an action packed fantasy adventure. I’m a little bit lost without the characters in my life now, having devoured it in such a short space of time. Definitely worth the investment!
The Book I Wish I’d Left on the Shelf
Potentially controversial BUT, I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas and I FELT NOTHING. It’s a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast…the main character is a Disney version of Katniss Everdeen…there are Faeries. All of which I thought I might enjoy. In the end I just felt it was a tale as old as time, that hadn’t particularly been improved by a new version. 4 our of 5 stars on Goodreads says I’m the minority, perhaps a love story too far for me!
The Biggest Book I Read
I’m not sure at what point me and my Dad started our own book club of two, but apparently that’s what’s happening now. I went into my room to find Devices and Desires by K.J Parker sat on my pillow and my Red Rising Trilogy conspicuously missing from my shelf! The first book of the trilogy is about a fairly primitive society taking on an empire of master craftsmen who engineer the most effective weapons in the world. The story has it all – battles and catastrophic fall out, deceit, lies and questions of loyalty. It’s fantastic so far, but larger than what I’d normally read. I’m excited to start the second book and will let you know how I get on!
The Smallest Book I Read
The smallest book I read this year was A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. If you didn’t catch my review you can read it here. This is still by far one of the most compelling texts I’ve read. Issues surrounding Womens Rights have dominated this year, making books like this and the Handmaidens Tale more relevant than ever. I doubt that 2018 will sound an end to rows over equal pay, protests about chose and campaigns highlighting the daily stuggles of sexual harassment and assault. Commentators have said that 2018 will be the year of the woman and the momentum suggests we’re about to have a storming year for equal right that will likely also influence our reading choices. Virginia Woolf’s sharp wit and astute observations are excellent companion to the debate.
The One That Got Away
As ever, time got away from me this year and my list of books to read was far too long. The one book I really hoped to get to was The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin, an award winning fantasy trilogy about a world wracked by a fifth season of catestrophic ‘inclement weather’. I’m hoping to get to it over the next few weeks. In a way it’ll be nice to bing read them all at once whilst walking on a treadmill and stuffing new year new me lettuce into my face.
This Years Book Goals
My aim this year is to try to read more books by women. I love all of the male authors on my bookshelf, but broadening my reading is well overdue. I’m also in the process of gathering all the Booker Prize winners with a view to read them all!
What are you resolutions, bookish or otherwise?
Which book did you love reading the most this year?
I’d love to hear your what your reflections are in the comments!