I managed to put together a list of 10 favourite books, even though I didn’t read that many sensational books in 2017. There were a few that blew me away, but overall I read average or not very good books, which is sad but that’s the thing with books- you never know until you read them.
All I can hope is that in 2018 I will manage to find more books that will make my heart stop and make me fall in love with reading all over again.
1. ”I’ll Meet You There” by Heather Demetrios
This was, I believe, the first contemporary I read in 2017 and I remember staying up all night to finish this, only to fall asleep crying. This novel was a great surprise to me and I enjoyed it immensely. The emotional roller coaster was too much to handle at times, but was so worth it. The story and the characters (their problems/lives) were well written, realistic and something so much more than what we usually see in contemporary books.
2. ”Gemina” by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
The Illuminae Files is now on my list of favourite sci-fi trilogies. The first book made it to my favourites of 2016 post, and I am fervently waiting for the third book to come out. These books are so full of action and drama that they truly deserve to be called a space opera. The second book, for me, was so much better than the first. I liked the characters at the centre of everything a lot more, and have to admit to ugly crying while reading the second half of the novel. These books also deserve to be admired for their unique format and the covers (just look at the beauty of it).
3. ”Mees, kes teadis ussisõnu” by Andrus Kivirähk
Andrus Kivirähk is one of my favourites and his books never fail to amaze me even a little bit. The thought that goes into everything and the imagination it takes to make pieces like this is impressive. This novel made me laugh, but it also made me sad which hasn’t happened a lot while reading his books. The novel takes an interesting turn talking about Estonians and our ancestry. The magic he has mixed into the story, and the metaphors that come through truly make the novel shine.
4. ”Raudrästiku aeg” by Indrek Hargla
”Raudrästiku aeg” surprised me with how great it was. I had read one of Hargla’s books before and did not like it at all, so I went into this book really cautious. The reality- I finished it in a couple sittings and recommended it to a lot of my friends. This is a really good mystery book, the story is all over the place but also makes so much sense. There were a lot of great elements to the story and it is definitely one of the most interesting historical novels I’ve read in a while.
5. ”American Gods” by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is unquestionably one of my favourite authors of all time. Picking this book up was such a thrill and reading it even more so. I can’t even put into words how good this novel was and how blown away I was once I had finished it. The story is slow and not too action packed actually, but there is still so much going on- stories inside stories, everything vivid and gripping, once you are done you will feel emotionally drained MARK MY WORDS.
6. ”Coraline” by Neil Gaiman
The two versions of ”Coraline” in my life: ”Coraline” – my favourite movie and ”Coraline” – one of the coolest books ever. This story will always have a special place in my heart, and is one that I will be more than happy to introduce to my children when the time comes. Weird and disturbing tales have always been my cup of tea and this just has to be one of the greatest. It may be short, but the story within is bigger than anything and it either makes you scared or amazed (there are only two extremes as far as I’ve noticed).
7. ”Crooked Kingdom” by Leigh Bardugo
The sequel to ”Six of Crows” was absolutely amazing and better than the first book. The story progressed in interesting ways, the characters were better and their development was beautiful. I felt much more invested in everything that happened and loved how many details there were. The ending was unexpected and, if you’re asking me, UNNECESSARY..but it’s okay, it’s okay (sobs). Definitely want to read the Grisha trilogy now just to get lost in that world again.
8. ”Armastuskirju teatrile” by Jim Ashilevi
I like listening to a podcast called ”Popkulturistid” and Jim Ashilevi is 1/2 of the team. I like the way he talks and looks at things and therefore, knowing that he is an author (amongst many other things) I wanted to read something by him. I saw this book and the premise sounded good and interesting, I picked it up and absolutely loved it. It was an honest and raw book, I got to laugh a lot and also got to take a lot from the book. I feel like this book was somehow a gateway to a world I’ve never seen or thought of before, something definitely changed after this book.
9. ”Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli
The second contemporary book on this list, ”Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” , is a book that is so funny it hurts, it’s relatable and paints a nice picture of a very great family and group of friends. I felt so warm and nice while reading this, it just gives you all sorts of cutesy feels. Even though I have decided to cut YA Literature out of my life, because I seriously don’t see any redeeming qualities to it anymore, I have to admit this book is an exception. It is seriously good, give it a try.
10. ”The Girl in 6E” by A. R. Torre
This was the first thriller I’ve ever read and it definitely opened a door I do not want to close any time soon. ”The Girl in 6E” did at times surprise me with the detailed descriptions of certain situations, but it did help paint a very grotesque and intimate picture in my head and made the story that much better. I turned page after page, everything was really fast-paced and before I knew it I was done with the book. The author did a really great job doing research for this book and wrote a great novel with characters one wouldn’t expect to see in any book.
I took things very slow in 2017 and didn’t push myself to do anything. I felt like I needed to take some time to realise why I am doing what I am doing, I fell away from the blog and read when I felt like it…which is exactly what you should do.
Unfortunately the reading community on the internet has to some extent turned into a competitive one, where numbers matter and everything needs to be recorded. It started getting to me sadly and I didn’t feel as happy reading as I used to. I think I have now found my mojo again and want to end this post by saying: Do what you want, take time off if you need to, just focus on doing your own thing. Reading is a very personal experience and that’s the way it should remain.
I will try to get back to my blog in 2018 and post some great content for everyone to read, I will read passionately and do it on my own terms. Have a great year guys!