10 Books that Surprised me in 2017 | The Best of 2017

Since the year is almost over, it’s time to recap all the books I’ve read in 2017. I’ve read so many amazing books this year it’s hard to create a top 10, but I’m going to try anyway. These books are not only books that surprised me (in a good way) but also books I loved so much I’d reread them right this second if I had all the time in the world (which I don’t).

All of these I’ve rated at least 4 stars and I have loved them to pieces! These books will count down to my favourite book of this year (why am I doing this to myself???). So before I start rambling too much about how much I love these books, let’s go on to the list!

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10 Books that Disappointed me in 2017

I’ve read a lot of books this year, some of them really hyped by the bookish community and others not so much. A lot of the hyped books I really enjoyed but others really disappointed me and didn’t live up to the hype. So in this post, I’m going to give you my top 10 books that disappointed me in 2017!

Just a note, none of these books are bad (well… except one), they were usually not how I expected them to be or I couldn’t connect to the story. I rated most of them 3 stars, which is mediocre, but not bad. So if you love these books, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! I’m happy you do!

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8 Characters Who’d Make Amazing Bloggers

I don’t know how to introduce this post so let’s get into it right away! Not all characters are from books, there are also a few characters from tv series in this list.

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BLOG NAME: Lit & Coffee at Luke’s
TYPE: Bookish

OF COURSE do I not only want to be her best friend (let’s ditch Lane sorry not sorry and be besties?), but I would devour her bookish blog. Rory is 100% book nerd and super smart. I think she would make amazing pieces discussing political and socialistic influences on books and write inspiring posts about being kind (because come on, Rory is the nicest girl ever!) and damn she’s funny too.

 

Frances from Radio Silence by Alice Oseman.25322449

BLOG NAME: Toulouse FM
TYPE: Art/Life

Frances is an artist, a nerd and is under a lot of pressure from school. I can completely imagine her as a late-night blogger and rambler, posting amazing artwork and fanart. She’s also obsessed with a podcast so she’d be talking about that A LOT.

(did anyone catch that reference in the blog name?)

 

 

Steffi from A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sa30981706ra Bernard.

BLOG NAME: Still Waters
TYPE: Life

I think she could write pages and pages about all the things she wished she said but didn’t. Just about life in general and about her selective muteness and extreme social anxiety. She’d be very relatable!

 

 

 

Cat from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.9781447263227fangirl

BLOG NAME: Cat Snow and the vampire’s quill
TYPE: Writing/Bookish.

Cat is a fangirl, completely 100% fangirl. Besides her obviously time-consuming fanfiction writing, she would have a great book blog discussing (of course) Simon Snow but also other books and talk about literature in general. She would share writing tips and excerpt from stories she wrote. I think she’d be very irregular in posting but you can alway count on her love for fanfiction.

 

 

 

Molly from The Upside of Unrequited bcover-reveal-the-upside-of-unrequited-largey Becky Albertalli (not out yet).

BLOG NAME: Molly’s Craft Corner
TYPE: DIY.

Molly is obsessed with pinterest, loves being creative and is quirky, so she would run a (very successful) DIY blog. She would share the best tips and tricks, make moodboards and share inspiration.

 

 

Kara Zor-El from Supergirl. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor supergirl cbs

BLOG NAME: Otherworldly Honest
TYPE: current events.

If she had the time (besides being supergirl and having a job as a reporter), she would have a blog about current events. And then not the boring kind, it would be honest and inspiring. Emancipation and feminism would be returning topics. Her need for the truth and justice would make her an amazing writer.

 

 

Charlie from The Perks of Being A WallflowerAfbeeldingsresultaat voor the perks of by Stephen Chbosky.

BLOG NAME: The Wallflower Writes 
TYPE: Life/Writing/Music.

I know, a boy (whoooh), boy bloggers are rare, but Charlie would make a great one! He would talk about his life, would make amazing and smart posts about being a teenager and talk about his writing. Occasionally he would share digital mix-tapes and talk about music. He also devours books, which would make him a great book blogger, but I don’t really think that’s for him.

 

Oskar from Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by 4588Jonathan Safran Foer.

BLOG NAME: The Amateur Everything
TYPE: Travel.

Not only would I be jumping up and down like a rabbit on drugs if I could meet the 18-ish-year-old Oskar (because he’s one of my favourite characters), he would also be a great travel blogger. He could show all the hot-spots in New York and talk forever about all the interesting things in life. His blog would be inspiring and artistic, with cool pictures (of course taken with his grandfather’s camera).

 

Who did I miss? I tried to avoid all the obvious choices such as Penny from Girl Online and Watson from Sherlock Holmes, but I think I succeeded quite nicely. I tried to get to 10 but I couldn’t think of more than 8, it’s still a lot though 🙂

I had so much fun coming up with these blog names and thinking of what the characters would write about! Who’s blog would you follow?

What type of blog would your favourite character run?

Top Ten Tuesday | 2016 releases I really was planning to read in 2016 *nods convincingly*

Since I started blogging in the summer I discovered the world of new releases, I never read any new books before. So of course my TBR suddenly exploded with new books to read. And some of those I never got around to reading them. Either because new books are relatively expensive (and usually not on sale) or just because I never got around to reading them. Here’s a short list of books I was planning on reading, but never did.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly returning meme by the Broke and the Bookish.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I loved the Lunar Chronicles and I’m currently reading (or actually listening to) Stars Above, and I love it so much. I can’t wait to read this book.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

After I devoured Everything, Everything, I just need more Nicola Yoon!

A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray

I really want to read this book in order to complete this absolutely stunning trilogy (that is also very good)!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne 

I heard so many good and bad things about this that I need to know what my opinion is. Luckily, I won’t have to buy this book because my brother got it for Christmas (so I can now go steal it).

United as One by Pittacus Lore

I was planning on reading the entire series but quit after the one-but-last one because they didn’t have the last two at the library.

This Savage Song by V.E. Schwab

After I heard about this book, I just needed to read a V.E. Schwab book! It sounds so good!

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

More Morgan Matson, yes please!

I realize that there are only 7 books on this list, but these are all the books I was planning to read in 2016 that also came out in 2016. Have you read any of these books? Which of these should I really have read?

Top 10 Tuesday | The Best Books of 2016

The theme of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is “Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)”. Top Ten Tuesday is a returning meme by The Broke & The Bookish. Here are my best reads of 2016! (these are all books I rated 4+ stars)

10. Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird #2) by Claudia Gray

9. Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

8. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

7. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

6. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

4. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

3. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

2. The Martian by Andy Weir

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

(bonus: Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan)

What’s your favourite book of 2016?

Top 10 Tuesday | Ten Presents I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving me under my tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish and this week’s topic is Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree. But because I’ve already done a “Books on my wishlist” post I will be doing instead: Ten (Bookish) Presents I wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Me Under My Tree.

I am combining this something I saw over at Maya’s blog Book Dragon 1017, which is how your dream Loot crate would look like. I don’t know think whatever I picked is something that would be in a Loot Crate, but it’s just for fun anyway. So, my crate would include a combination of several of the items below:

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  1. This Diagon Alley print with Harry and Hagrid by Ape Meets Girl from Society6. Link here.
  2. This shirt I fell in love with, with the text Then I defy you, stars! from Romeo and Juliet. The shirt is designed by Camille from Requiem For An English Major, and is sold on Etsy. Link Here.
  3. This o so pretty tote from Evie Seo on Society6. The text says “I spent my life folded between the pages of books.”. Link here.
  4. This cute mug from katiepaints from Redbubble with the Lunar Chronicles text Even in the future the story begins with once upon a time. Link here.
  5. A Ravenclaw notebook to express how proud I am of my house 🙂 . This notebook is designed by Stella Bookish Art and is sold on Society6. Link here.
  6. This bookmark from Ink and Wonder with a Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children text: We were like astronauts floating through a starless universe. Link here.
  7. A skin for my laptop (because it’s so boring and black!) with one of my favourite quotes on it: We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars. by Oscar Wilde. This skin is designed by Evie Seo and is also available for iPads and Macbooks. Link here.
  8. A pretty phone case (I don’t own an iPhone, but luckily it’s also available for iPods!) with a William Shakespeare quote on it: We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. It is designed by Stella Bookish Art and is available on Society 6. Link here.
  9. More hand lettering handbooks! The one pictured is from Paperfuel and it is the one I bought this weekend and I am absolutely in love with it. This one is sadly only available in Dutch. Link here.
  10. (not pictured) Gift cards! For websites such as society6, redbubble, amazon, book selling websites or physical stores!

I guess you could say I love things with quotes on them 🙂

What is on the top of your wishlist?

ps. If someone has experience with having a Society6 store, can you please contact me, I’m having difficulties setting up a store. Yes you heard that correctly, I’m setting up my own store!

Top Ten Tuesday | Early 2017 releases

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly returning meme by The Broke and the Bookish, and this week’s theme is “Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To For The First Half Of 2017”

I don’t know about you, but I don’t really follow new releases closely, so I’ve been scouring the internet and have found some:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so good and the blurb of this book sounds amazing as well so I just need to read it. Goodreads

Out on March 28th.

 

 

 

 

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Wayfarer is the second book in a trilogy, the first book is called Passenger, and it is about timetravel and it has amazing characters. Goodreads

Out on January 3rd.

 

 

 

 

Empress of A Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

I’ve never read anything by this author, but the cover, the blurb and the amazing reviews have gotten me really interested! It’s also sci-fi, which is a genre I would like to explore more. Goodreads

Out on February 7th.

 

 

 

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Even though Glass Sword was a little disappointing and annoying at times, I look forward to continuing with this series. The first book in the series is Glass Sword. Goodreads

Out on February 7th.

 

 

 

Well.. that was all I could think of and find. I’ve got a lot of 2016 (and earlier) releases to catch up with. There are also some books coming out that I read as an ARC and really enjoyed. So I can’t wait for them to come out so I can discuss it with you!

The One Memory of Flora Banks (goodreads) and Hold Back The Stars (goodreads) you can now win in my giveaway! They were 4 (in hindsight I should have given it 4.5 stars) or 5 star reads for me so I can’t wait for the rest of the world to read them.

Someone else’s Summer is the perfect summer read, it comes out in May. Goodreads

Zenn Diagram is a cute contemporary, which will probably steal your heart. Goodreads

I realize that I only have 8 books, it’s a top 8 then?

What is on your anticipated releases list of 2017?