Hello everyone! It is officially that time of the year! My first ever end-of-the-year reading wrap-up! How exciting!
I have seen a lot of book bloggers do this differently but I have chosen to rate every single book that I read this year – there are only 26, don’t worry! #1 is the best book and #26 is the worst book – I will include my ratings and a brief comment on them. And yes, I will try to not be too enthusiastic or mean.
Disclaimer: I am rating these based on what I remember, if I would recommend them, and if I would re-reader them – not the actual ratings that I gave them after I finished each book.
#26 It by Alexa Chung
Basically one of the most over-rated books I have ever read. I get that Alexa Chung is a well-beloved model but did she really have to be so lazy when she got the chance to write a book?? Ungrateful? I think so!
#25 Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Harper Lee didn’t want this released and I agree – JUST READ TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD! PLEASE!
#24 Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
First book sent for review – one of my biggest disappointments of the year. I have ranted about it enough so just read my review if you enjoy that.
#23 Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
I LOVED the idea of this but boy oh boy was I disappointed. I JUST DON’T GET THE HYPE! If you are in the mood for reading a “poem” that is one to five words, Rupi Kaur is the one for you.
#22 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Did the synopsis sound amazing to me? Yes. Did I struggle getting through it at some points and hated the ending? Yes.
#21 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
I understand the hype around this (kind of) but honestly, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Sorry Owen!
#20 The Sellout by Paul Beatty
My first ever time reading a Man Booker Prize book! Did I love it at times and hate it at times? Yes. However, I have respect for it in the sense that it won that prize but admittedly, it was not as good as I had hoped it would be.
#19 Eat, Pray, Love: One Women’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
I struggled so much with this book, it’s embarrassing. I loved like the first part but then it just died down from there. I started reading it in my senior year of high school and finished it during my first year of university. Does that sum it up? I think so.
#18 Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
A childhood favourite of mine! I picked this up at my brother’s Scholastic Book Fair and it did not disappoint. I still love it to this day!
#17 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Ooo a controversial one! I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would but I do understand why it is such a classic. I am still tempted to re-read after having watched the movie that was released this year but who knows if I will any time soon. The ending is just such a disappointment!
#16 Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Yes I read it, I finally did it. Did I enjoy it more than I thought I would? Yes. Am I embarrassed by that fact? No, especially seeing as I was highly encouraged by my publishing class to read it – seeing as it is such a classic and powerful book in the publishing industry.
#15 Scott Pilgrim: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life by Bryan Lee O’Malley
My first graphic novel! I didn’t love the experience but I do love the movie so it was fun to read it in the form of a comic.
#14 Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler! Good ol’ Leslie Knope. I listened to this as an audiobook and I think that made it even more special. I laughed on public transport and I grew to love her even more as both a person and an actress. What more could I ask for from this autobiography?
#13 We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
I got this book during this past summer and honestly, I loved the cover more than the story. It was still really good but definitely didn’t live up to the release hype it got. Still worth a read though!
#12 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
I first read this in high school and then re-read it this year for my creative writing course. My love for it has only grown and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to read more classics but tends to feel intimidated by them.
#11 Chasing Charlie by Linda McLaughlan
This was my second book sent for review this year and it was so good! It was definitely better than I expected and I hope that McLaughlan continues as an author.
#10 We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book was my first time reading E. Lockhart and I absolutely love it. If you want to read a book of her’s, definitely choose this one. It is the perfect example of a successful young adult mystery/thriller/whatever this shocking story is.
#9 My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
My boyfriend surprised me with this book after he saw me fangirling over the window display at my local Waterstones. I loved it so much and couldn’t even put it down. Thankfully for me, I got to read almost all of it during my journey home.
#8 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I finally did it! I read City of Bones after having it on my shelf for like three or four years. I loved it and couldn’t control myself when I found the entire series on sell at The Works for only fifteen pounds! I really can’t wait to read it in 2018.
#7 Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I listened to the audiobook for this during my travels this past summer and OMG it was amazing! I have recommended it to so many people already and none of them didn’t love it. Highly, HIGHLY recommend it!
#6 Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The book release of the year! I had such high hopes and expectations for this book. I flew through it in less than a week and have to say that it is definitely one of my favourite John Green books ever. I really thought that it would be higher in my ranking but I just couldn’t do it – IT IS STILL SO GOOD THOUGH! READ IT! JUST DO IT!
#5 The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Oh Becky Albertalli, I love you so much. As much as I loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, this book was just perfect to me and I couldn’t stop reading it. I can’t talk about it enough and honestly, if you love young adult books and haven’t read any of Albertalli’s yet… what are you doing?
#4 Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins
Alright guys, I have loved Lily Collins for years. She is in some of my favourite movies and I fangirl every time she comes out with a new one. So you can imagine my reaction when I found out that she got this book contract. This book was even better than I expected, which is saying something seeing as I had such high hopes. It is an incredibly important and much-needed book in this day of age – I just love it so much!
Now on to the top three! How exciting!
#3 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Oh Rainbow Rowell, I love you so much. This was the second book that I have read by her and I am already reading a third. Her writing is just so easy and full of love. Her characters are addictive and as long as her books look, there is never enough. I HIGHLY recommend this one, especially for girls in university.
#2 A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
This book was one that truly shows my lack of self-control when it comes to buying books. The cover is stunning, the book blurb is intriguing, and I found a signed copy. How could I say no?! I already have a review typed up for this one and plan on posting it on Tuesday so be on the lookout for it! It is hand’s-down one of the most unique books that I have ever read and my love for it is enourmous.
And now drum roll please! My number one book of the year is….
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak!
Is anyone who has read this book before surprised? Probably not. This is one of those few books that I will never forget and truly believe that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime. It is unlike anything else out there and just a beautiful, magnificent, incredible piece of work. JUST READ IT! PLEASE! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!
And that’s it guys! 2017 is done and dusted – I beat my first ever Goodreads Reading Challenge and read so many incredible books. Now bring it on 2018! I have high hopes for you!