Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Top 10 Books of 2016 Redo


This might seem a little weird, but I looked up my Top 10 Books of 2016 list because I was curious since that was the first one I did, and I realized it was very wrong. I'm here to right my wrongs. Because 2017 me was incorrect. I got rid of like, half the books I had on there originally. The list was wrong. I might be a little neurotic.

Honourable Mentions:

The Raven King


“No homework. I got suspended,” Blue replied.
“Get the fuck out,” Ronan said, but with admiration. “Sargent, you asshole.”

This was the perfect conclusion and the perfect setup to Call Down the Hawk.


My Heart and Other Black Holes


“Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.”

This one made me think a lot and at the time I didn't really like it, but the more I sat on it the more I liked it. It was one of those.


Captive Prince Trilogy


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“A golden prince was easy to love if you did not have to watch him picking wings off flies.”

If this had been a top 11 list this one would have made it. It was so hard not including this one in my top 10. I couldn't even just pick one book, they were all so good.


Crooked Kingdom


“Crows remember human faces. They remember the people who feed them, who are kind to them. And the people who wrong them too. They don’t forget. They tell each other who to look after and who to watch out for.”

I couldn't put this in the top 10 because that ending upset me too much. This was a very good book, incredibly well written on honestly I'm surprised that 2017 me overlooked this one for the original list.


Tales from the Shadowhunter academy


“Little James Herondale, age two, was in fact holding a dagger quite well. He stabbed it into a sofa cushion, sending out a burst of feathers.
"Ducks," he said, pointing at the feathers.”

If you looked at my ranking of the best Shadowhunter books you may be surprised to not see this in the top 10. Lady Midnight just edged this one out by a slim margin. I couldn't justify putting both of these on the list. 

10. Empire of Storms

“Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she'd bleed for Erilea.”

This book stayed in the exact same spot. This was not my favourite book in the series, I liked it, but it definitely wasn't any higher on the list. 

9. The Power

“You don't apologize,' Deacon said, pressing a kiss to my greasy head, unlocking best friend status.”

This is a new addition to the list. I remember when reading this one, I couldn't stop reading it. The first book was okay, but this book was such a step up. I don't remember where I was when I read this one. I do remember I was on a trip or something when reading this one and I just devoured this book. So good.

8. Fires of Winter

(I could not for the life of me find any quotes for this book and I don't have the time or patience to go through the book and find them myself.)

I love vikings. I love biking romances. When I read this book I didn't realize I would love it as much as I did. I've reread this book so many times. 

7. Fear Me

“I will do everything in my power to make it work. You see, I have nothing to lose…but you do.”
“Maybe you do, but you just don’t care,” I argued.
“Then that makes me a very dangerous man.”


I didn't think I liked this book that much when I read it the first time. As time went on I realized I liked it more and more. It is now one of my favourite romance novels. Keiran is my favourite Antihero. Honestly me not thinking I liked this one that much to begin with was the reason I never put it on my list. I've definitely changed my mind though.

6. Emerald Green

“Did you know that Gideon and I were trained in Krav Maga?" Charlotte took another step closer to me, and I automatically took one back.
"No, but did you know that at this moment you look like that crazy rodent in Ice Age?”

I loved this book. I actually reread the series a year or two ago and I remembered that this trilogy only took place over the course of a week. All the time-travelling really messed with me. I really want more books about this. I honestly don't know why I didn't put this on my original list.

5. The Name of the Wind

“Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.”

This is probably one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. It's so well written. Everything is so well planned out and it's long but never boring. If you love fantasy and you haven't read this book yet I would highly recommend reading this one. 

4. The Bourbon Thief

“How are you going to get revenge against dead people? Dig ’em up and stake ’em through the heart?”
“I asked myself that same question, and I think I know the answer. You destroy what they loved, and you love what they destroyed.”

I never expected this book. I got an arc of it and just thought whatever, it's just a romance. But I read this book and it changed everything. I was so obsessed, I immediately reread it. I posted a review on it when I did read it, but I ended up privating it because I didn't think it was a very good review. I don't know if I updated it yet or not. I do plan on rewriting the review if I haven't already done so.

3. Lady Midnight

“He bumped into a pay phone and said, 'Excuse me, miss,' on our way in," said Julian.
"It's polite to apologize," said Mark with the same small voice.
"Not to inanimate objects.”

I just talked about how much I loved this book. It really showed how much Cassandra Clare has grown as an author. It was so well thought out and all the side characters were so interesting and dynamic. This book was an A+.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury

“He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

I remember absolutely losing my mind when this book came out. I know, it's no longer at number 1. I still love this book, but I think time has dulled it a little bit for me. I still think this is an amazing book and I would definitely read it again. I just think with time I do like the new number 1 book a little more.

1. A Monster Calls

“Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary. And your mind will punish you for believing both.”

This book was so good at displaying grief. This is a children's book and it so eloquently showcased grief and how we come to terms with life and death. This book was a masterpiece. 


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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Top 10 Books of 2015


I did 2014 so I felt like I had to also do a list for 2015. I also read a lot of books that year so there were a lot of good ones to pick from. Some of these are my all time favourites.

Honourable Mentions:

Debt


“You don’t get to set me on fire and leave me like a pile of ashes.”

This was one of the first dark romances that I read and I surprisingly loved it. I've only read this book once, but I would definitely be open to reading it again.


Ten Tiny Breaths


“What if he's a psychopath who tries to stuff kittens in ATMs?”

This was such a good book. I loved Kacey, she was such a great main character. This entire story was so real and emotional. It was a great romance novel.


Alice in Zombieland


“Don't look now, but that's my ex over there."
Surely I'm not the only one who takes "don't look now" as "there's no better time than now." I looked.
"Bad, Ali!" Another slap to my arm. "Bad, bad, bad Ali! Have you no self control?”

This was a really fun book to read. I've enjoyed every book in this series, but I definitely wouldn't kick any of the other books on this list off for this book.

10. We Were Liars

“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”

I remember reading this after a test in Social Studies class and just fucking crying my eyes out silently. I don't think anyone noticed I was crying since I'm a really good stealth crier. I guessed the twist, but I thought it was too far fetched so I dropped it about halfway through. I felt really justified when I got to the end and found that my theory was correct. Great novel.

9. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

“Normally seven minutes of another person's company was enough to give her a headache so she set things up to live as a recluse. She was perfectly content as long as people left her in peace. Unfortunately society was not very smart or understanding.”

I tried to read this when I was 12 and I hated it. I almost got rid of it, but I decided to give it another try when I was 16 and I just have to say it's one of my favourite mystery novels. It's such a good book. 

8. The Iron Trials

“They all yelled in excitement. Tamara yelled because she was happy. Aaron yelled because he liked it when other people were happy, and Call yelled because he was sure they were going to die.”

I was surprised by this book. I only read it because Cassandra Clare cowrote it and I decided to do an assignment on it. I ended up loving it a lot much to my surprise. I love when I'm surprised by a good book. It's a different type of satisfaction.

7. Corrupt

“When you want to make an impression and you think you’ve gone far enough, go a little further. Always leave them wondering if you’re just a little bit crazy, and people will never fuck with you again.”

This was the first book in one of my favourite romance series' of all time. This series was so good. I reread this book so much considering it took 2 years for the next book to come out. It isn't my favourite book in the series, but it was definitely the one that got me interested.

6. Darken the Stars

“You can’t be serious!”
“I’m so serious.”
“He’s a psychopath.”
“He’s my psychopath.”


This finale was so good. I can't get over how good this book was. It kind of irked me that the ending was a cliffhanger. I need a conclusion. I need at least one more book. I don't think it's going to happen honestly, but I want it. This book totally surprised me because I didn't think I was going to like the couple that happened in this book. This ended up being my favourite book in the series.

5. Immortals After Dark Series

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“He's like six hundred years younger than you are. I refuse to be the moral compass of our cell! Most weekends I have an intoxispell bong attached to my mouth like a respirator. I love scatological humor, and I list 'pranks involving nuclear waste' and 'making demons eat things' as my hobbies.”

I read the first book not in 2015. I took a break and then I started up on the series again and literally read a book a day until I caught up on the series. To put that into perspective there were I think 17 books in the series that were out. I had already read one. So everyday for over 2 weeks I read one of the books from this series. It would be criminal for me to not include this series as a whole on this list.

4. The Sky is Everywhere

“That's a misconception, Lennie. The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet.”

Whule I didn't like this one as much as I'll Give You the Sun, this was still soul food. It gave me everything I needed and also left me grinning like and idiot once I had finished reading it. If you've never read a Jandy Nelson book before I would highly recommend giving her books a try.

3. Carry On

“He's still looking in my eyes. Staring me down like he did that dragon, chin tilted and locked. "I'm not the Chosen One," he says.
I meet his gaze and sneer. My arm is a steel band around his waist. "I choose you," I say. "Simon Snow, I choose you.”

This book was so controversial for no reason. A lot of people hated it because they were like "It's literally just Harry Potter". No it was a fanfiction of Harry Potter. That is the entire premise of the book. If you don't want to read a Harry Potter fanfiction then don't read this. It's as easy as that. It's the story most of us wanted and it felt so good to finally get it. I can't express to you how much I loved this book. I finished it and immediately reread it. 

2. Queen of Shadows

“Behind them, across the hall, the dancers shattered their roses on the floor, and Aedion grinned at his queen as the entire world went to hell.”

This was my favourite book in the series. It was so hard for me to put this at 2. If I could, I would have tied this with number 1, I just felt like that would be a bit of a cop out and I didn't want to do that. In my personal opinion this is the best book in the series and no one can change my mind.

1.  I'll Give You the Sun

“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you've been in before - you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

If you are surprised that this is my number 1 then you haven't been paying attention. Even years later I think about this book. I'm kind of scared to reread this one just in case I don't love it as much as I did the first time. I don't think that'll be the case, but when you've built up a story in your mind so much, you can never be sure.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Top 10 Books of 2014

So if you've been reading my blog for a while you may know that I started my blog in 2015 but didn't start posting until 2016. So I started my Goodreads in 2014 so I thought it would be fun to go back through the books I read that year and choose my 10 favourites from that year. While looking through those books I became so nostalgic for 2014. I had no responsibilities. I read so many books. It was great I had such a fun time. I'll also probably do one of these for 2015, so look out for that! I had so many books I wanted on this list so I'm going to start off the list with some Honorable Mentions.

Honourable Mentions:

Rival


“You’ve always wanted me. You know why? Because I don’t try to kill your demons. I run with them.”

I read Bully the same year, but I found that I loved Rival just a little bit more. Penelope Douglas is definitely one of those authors that have just gotten better and better with time. 


Opposition


“It’s not like I’m going to run up and hug him.”
His expression turned bland. “I’d sure hope not. I might get jealous.”
“You’d get jealous if she hugged a tree,” Archer tossed out.
“Maybe.” Daemon coasted to a stop in a parking space behind the car. “I’m needy like that.”

This was the final book in the Lux series. While it wasn't my favourite from the series, it definitely holds a sentimental place in my heart. I do however hate that this cover doesn't match the rest of the series.


Halfblood


“So? What are you going to do about it? Throw your mashed potatoes at me? I'm consumed by terror.”

Another Jennifer L. Armentrout book. This was such a good first book. It had me wanting to binge the rest of the series and I did.


The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf


“How many family conversations are going to be interrupted by me telling you, no, you can't kill someone and make it look like an accident?”

This was such a fun paranormal romance novel. If you like strong female leads, werewolves, and cute human men who look like Vikings and act like smart idiots, this is a good book for you.

Now onto the actual list!

10. Brutal Precious

“Hiding is for babies. And ninjas.”

This was the perfect conclusion to this trilogy. If you haven't read the Lovely Vicious series yet, you definitely should. I believe the names were changed so don't be surprised if you can't find Brutal Precious anywhere. It's just because they changed the name. Just a perfect enemies-to-lovers trilogy. Sara Wolf is so funny. She writes the best main characters.

9. Under Different Stars

“It’s when the crickets stop singing that you know the enemy is near and the battle is about to begin.”

This isn't my favourite of the series, but it was still a very good book. Kricket is just the coolest main character. I loved the world-building and just understanding who and what she was. If you are interested in a sci-fi novel that isn't too heavily sciency this one is perfect.

8. City of Heavenly Fire

“You're pining," said Jace.
Alec shrugged. "Look who's talking. 'oh I love her. Oh, she's my sister. Oh why, why, why—”

This book was so perfect. It was the perfect ending to one of my favourite book series'. I haven't mentioned this story in a while, but when this book first came out I remember going to the bookstore right after school hoping that they would have it in and low and behold, they did. I didn't realize at the time how embarrassing this was, but when I walked in and saw the book front and centre, I kind of squealed really loudly and ran and grabbed one. There were two ladies in front of me who thought it was hilarious. I'm old enough now with enough self-awareness to remember that and be embarrassed as shit. It's okay I was fourteen, it probably wasn't the most embarrassing thing I've done.

7. Doctor Sleep

“The good thing about being old, is you don’t have to worry about dying young.”

After reading the Shining I didn't think I'd really be interested in a sequel. I decided to pick it up and when I started reading it I couldn't stop. This was so much better than the original book. If you've read the Shining and haven't read Doctor Sleep I would highly recommend giving it a read. 

6. Jane Eyre

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”

I started reading this one on a whim. I've had a past issue of having a hard time reading classics. I didn't expect to read this one and not be able to stop. I read this while I was at Niagra Falls with my family. My aunt was salty with me for reading instead of seeing the sights. I have no regrets. 

5. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

“In my rush, I hadn’t tied my shoelaces. Noah was now tying them for me.
He looked up at me through his dark fringe of lashes and smiled. The expression on his face melted me completely. I knew I had the goofiest grin plastered on my lips, and didn’t care.
“There,” he said as he finished tying the laces on my left shoe. “Now you won’t fall.”
Too late.”

I mentioned this in a recent post, but this was such an amazing book. It took me a single afternoon to read this one while I was waiting for my sister to finish her Rugby game after school. I just remember immediately after the game when I had finished my book I had convinced my mom to stop at Chapters so I could quickly buy the next book. No regrets. That one also only took me maybe one day to read. I would do it again. Just an amazing book and if you haven't already read it I would highly recommend it.

4. Practical Magic

“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.”

I've talked about this one a lot already so I won't drone on too long about it. This book was a perfect mixture of magic and romance. 

3. Sinner

“I tried to think of what an actual human would say in this situation. I asked, “Are you okay?” Sofia began to cry, which was exactly why I generally tried to avoid being a human.”

I've mentioned how excited I was for this book to come out. I didn't think she was ever going to write this book and then she did and I was over the moon. I wanted to go get it the day it came out, we had actually gone to the beach that day and stopped by the book store the day it released. Unfortunately, I'm Canadian and sometimes new releases aren't in bookstores on release day so I had to wait. I did get it the next day and I remember lying in bed on my stomach reading it because my back was completely sunburnt. Good times.

2. The Sea of Tranquility

“I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.”

This book really wrecked my soul. This is a romance novel, but it isn't just that. It's about life and death and grief. It leaves off kind of on a cliffhanger in that you don't really know if they end up together. It seems like they might, but we don't really know. If I could choose one book to have a sequel it would be this one. 

1. The Outsiders

“I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it, he meant you're gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything's new, dawn. It's just when you get used to everything that it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep that way, it's a good way to be.”

This is one of my favourite books of all time. I remember I had to read this for school, I had read the first two chapters in school and I liked it enough. Then that night when I went home I decided to get ahead on readings, so I started reading it and then I didn't stop until I had finished it. This is just such an amazing book. If you haven't read this one yet, I think it's a pretty essential read.

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