Favourite Books I Read In 2017

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This year I’ve read 45 books so far, I still have a few days to complete my 50 books goal, we’ll see if that actually happens. I feel like I only read good books this year, so it was quite hard to choose the ten best ones, but here they are (in no particular order):

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

This was a classic that I’d longed to read and finally picked up this year. It completely fulfilled my expectations with a strong, independent female  protagonist and peculiarly beautiful love story. The writing is eloquent and the setting is lovely, and it basically ticks off everything I’d wish from a classic.

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

This is the only book that I’ve actually read twice this year, and that shows how much I love it. I read it the first time in the beginning of the year, and this hilarious, gorgeous self-exploration novel bounced me off to a really good start of the year. The second time I read this was in the beginning of the summer, so it kind of was in the middle of the year, and again I got such good vibes from it for the rest of this year. For me this book is such a positive read and doesn’t fail to lift my spirits.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

This novel is actually on my list for books to reread in 2018, because I only remember the main plot points from this book, but however I remember really loving this book the time I read it. I basically love anything to do with time travel, (Doctor Who, Outlander, The Ruby Red Trilogy…) and this book has a really intriguing concept that I especially liked.  Also the love story is kind of weird but kind of romantic at the same time, which I love. I cannot wait to read the novel again next year, and see how I feel about it then.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab 

I just recently read this book, and I’ve shared my excitement for it and for its sequel Vengeful. I completely fell in love with this story and the characters, they were so brilliantly constructed. I adore all kind of superhuman stories, and in this one it was done so uniquely and beautifully. This book was simply just love at first read.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

This novel was like traveling through the history, absolutely beautifully written in a format that tied together the stories of one family through generations. Whilst reading this book I felt like my eyes were opened to another side of the usual story. I always love it when I can truly learn something from a book, and this one did it in the most gorgeous way.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I don’t even know how to express my love for this book and the author. I absolutely fell in love with the world in this book, so extraordinarily written, I felt like I was living in the world when I was reading the novel. Every time I read Taylor’s work I get this magical feeling from the words, and that makes the reading experience particularly glorious. The story in this novel is powerful, beautiful and heart-wrenching, and the ending left me feeling with so many emotions that I need the sequel in my hands asap.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

This book I read within 24 hours, I was instantly immersed to the story. The story explores the main characters mental illness very closely, and when I read this book I felt so incredibly understood. During my whole reading experience I just though how much I could relate to almost everything. To me this novel is just pure YA greatness all the way through.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I actually discovered V.E./Victoria Schwab this year and I’m super glad that I did as not only one but two of her books are on this list. Once again, I completely fell in love with the world in this story, it’s so imaginative and different from what I’ve read previously. The book is full of strong, interesting characters and I grew to adore them extremely quickly. I’m planning to get my hands on the rest of the trilogy fairly soon, as I cannot wait to read how the story continues.

The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue by Mackenzi Lee 

I mean and adventurous tour to Europe in 1800s? Sign me in please! This book was such a fun read, absolutely hilarious throughout the whole story. The novel has such great representation through the characters, and the underlying messages are so important to hear, the whole novel is just marvellous and I enjoyed it tremendously.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstren

This might be my absolutely number one book that I’ve ever read. This book truly is magical, the story is extraordinarily executed and it feels so alive. The characters are beautiful and there’s a dazzling romance, that unwinds slowly alongside with the plot. I felt mesmerised  throughout the story and I actually started rereading this book already, as I just want to feel the magic again.

This year was a good year for me reading wise, and I cannot wait to continue this flow with more books still to be read!

 

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Recently Read #16

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Lately I’ve been reading a lot  of Finnish literature, just to keep my mother tongue fresh in my mind. As I nowadays read the majority of books in English by international authors, I still think it’s important to come back and support my native authors as well. This week I brought myself back to the English lit with a book that I was thrilled to read as I’d heard a lot of great things about it.

Mackenzi Lee: The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue

When I first read what this book was about, I instantly thought that I’m in! The book essentially follows the main character Henry “Monty” Montague, his best friend Percy Newton, and his sister Felicity Montague, as they are about to go on their Grand Tour in Europe. What is supposed to be a fun time in the great cities of Europe, quickly turns into an adventure, that leads to a search party for an alchemical cure-it-all. The book is set in the 1800s and challenges a lot of issues though controversial during that time.

Monty’s character starts off as this quite obnoxious, privileged young man, who doesn’t really see how easy he has had it during his whole life. He is also a bisexual, which is known in the society and affects his reputation, but Monty doesn’t really care about it, which ultimately shows that he doesn’t actually want to follow the rules set for his class. He is also madly in love with his best friend Percy, and their love story develops slowly throughout their adventures. In the beginning of the book Monty doesn’t show much compassion or care towards anyone in his life, which is something that he is able to develop during the course of their Tour, which ultimately makes his character more likeable. There are obviously reasons why he appears so cold, which are explored in the novel.

I really loved Percy’s character, as he is kind of a balance to Monty’s wild side, and he brings out the softness in him. Percy comes off as really sensible, and he knows that he has do earn the respect of others in the society, as he is biracial, and the time didn’t really accept him to the position he was in. He also suffers from epilepsy which increases his stigmatisation, but he also shows incredible courage in dealing with his illness. Even though Percy has to deal with these major issues in his life everyday, he still is always there for Monty, which shows his loyalty and kindness. He ultimately saves Monty from many situations that could have gone horrendously wrong without him being there.

Possibly my favourite character in the book is Felicity,  because I feel like I can really identify with her. She doesn’t want to conform to the idea of what women should be in that time, but finds clever ways to educate herself through reading. Felicity somehow reminds me of Hermione Granger, as they’re both strong female characters that prefer books over looks. Felicity is really interested in medicine and her knowledge is needed throughout their adventures in Europe. She also is able to take control of intense situations which makes her even more fierce, but she does also have a vulnerable side in her, that makes her feel so real.

The overall plot of this book is beautiful, and the reader gets to truly travel through Europe with the characters. Monty and Percy’s love story is beautifully complicated, and both  of these characters are shaped through their growing relationship. There’s also Monty and Felicity’s relationship as siblings that develops from almost hatred to a deeper bond through their rough experiences, which was nice to witness. I truly enjoyed how this story was told through such humour and wit, I found myself chuckling in every chapter, but there were also a lot of other emotions to experience throughout the story.

In the end of this book there is factual information about the controversial issues introduced in the story, which was a nice addition as it made the characters and events more credible. Overall I absolutely fell in love with this book, and I’ll probably reread it soon as I want to experience it all again.

My Most Anticipated Books of 2018

As I’m almost finished with my Goodreads reading challenge for this year, I’m slowly starting to look for books to explore next year. Here’s just a few of my picks that I’m most likely to read as soon as they drop on the shelves.

The Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor 

Obviously this book is my most anticipated one as I absolutely adore Strange The Dreamer, and I desperately need to get back to that world again! There hasn’t been much said about this forthcoming book, but I’m still incredibly excited and cannot wait to read how the story continues, and how the characters develop and especially what happens to Lazlo and Sarai, and basically to the whole gorgeous city of Weep.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

I only just recently read Vicious, which I fell in love with straight away, so naturally I was thrilled to find out that this book, that was supposed to be a standalone, was going to have a sequel. I’m looking forward to reading what’s in store for Victor and Eli, their ongoing rivalry and the people that have been dragged in the middle of it.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

I thought that After You would conclude the story that started in Me Before You, so I was a bit surprised to find out that a third part was coming out. I do like the stories in both of the previous books, even though they aren’t necessarily my favourite pieces of literature, and I definitely will be reading this one as well, as the journey of Lou is very interesting and full of beautiful heartwarming moments.

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

I’m a huge fan of the Half Bad trilogy, which makes me very excited to read this first book of Green’s next series. I’ve read that this is a lot more on the fantasy side than her previous work, and I’m thrilled to find out which kind of world and characters I’ll be meeting. The synopsis sounds very promising to me, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book as soon as it hits the shelves.

There is probably a hundred more books that I’m very much looking forward to reading that are released next year, and I’m hoping that 2018 will be a great book year, but for now I’m going back to enjoying this beautiful year first, and making some room to my bookshelves for the new arrivals.