Best and Worst

The best and the worst of the year.  These are the posts most people love to read, because ~drama~.  Here are my lists (for the record, I don’t include re-reads on my list of best or worst, and pick the best of a series if I read more than one):

Best (ranking approximate):

7. Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane 

6. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

3. Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 

2. Warcross by Marie Lu 

1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia


My best books will never all have 5 star ratings and 5 star books will often not appear on my list.  Why? Because my rating system is a mess and my favourites are more about my feeling and less about technical things.  I remove stars for things like major inconsistencies (*coughwarcrosscough*) but I still love them. 

Worst (rank definitive, novels only):

3. (Tie) The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern, EVE: The awakening by Jenna Moreci, Nerve by Jeanne Ryan, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson and Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

2. The Viral Storm: The dawn of a new pandemic age by Nathan Wolf

1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

By novels only, I mean there were a handful of graphic novels I read for whatever reason that I don’t want to think about or list again. The 5 way tie I could not break because each book had something I absolutely loved about the book, but there was at least one thing that made them a 2 or 2.5 star read.  


Book’s I’ve read because of Booktube #5

list1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia     4.5 Stars

2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Addieh     4.5 Stars

3. Mooncop by Tom Gould     3 Stars

4. Scythe by Neal Shusterman     4 Stars

5. Lumberjanes (Vol 1 and 2) by Noelle Stevenson     3.5 Stars

6. Warcross by Marie Lu     4.5 Stars

Most Anticipated of 2017: Did I read them?

Here were the 6 books I was anticipating and whether or not I got to them (in the order they were listed in my original post found here):

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder – I’ve owned this for about 6 months have have not read it…..

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Have also owned for months and have yet to read….This is going so well, hahaha

Firebrand by Kristen Britain – Have attempted to obtain from the library, but no dice.  Hardcover is 40$ so I’m waiting for the soft cover (which also matches my set). 0/3 so far…

Third Illuminae book [aka Obsidio] by Kaufman and Kristoff – was  not released, is on my 2018 list.

A Spy’s Guide to Tortall by Tamora Pierce – I READ THIS ONE! And actually have 2 copies of it….

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Have bought and read this one!  Was going to reread but I’ll do that in 2018. 

Grand total: 2/5.  Very bad of me, especially since I own 2 of the unread ones!  Oh the life of a reader!

Another 20 books gone

Books read: 

46. Relic By Preston and Child     4/5 Stars

47. Armada by Ernest Cline     4/5 Star

48. Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton     4/5 Stars

49. Onepunch-Man #1 by ONE, Yusuke Murata      DNF’ed

50. Arata: The Legend, Volume #1 by Yuu Watase     DNF’ed

51. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

52. Saga, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

53. Reliquary by Preston and Child     4.5/5 Stars

54. Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia     4.5/5 Stars

55. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie     5/5 Stars

56. Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

57. Saga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

58. Still Life with Crows by Preston and Child (Scott Brick)     4/5 Stars

59. Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

60. Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars 

61. Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples     4/5 Stars

62. Scythe by Neal Shusterman     4/5 Stars

63. Mooncop by Tom Gauld     3.5/5 Stars

64. Soppy by Philippa Rice     3.5/5 Stars

65. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson     2.5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 4.0

Audiobooks: 1(ish)

Re-reads: 0

Indy/self-published: possibly a few of the graphic novels

TBR Shelf: 0

DNF’ed: 2 (not counted in ratings)


Quite a few graphic novels on this list, however several bigger adult books too.  Plus another contender for the top 5 books of the year.  Overall, there were good ratings all around on this list, but that also means many of the books don’t stand out from the rest. 

At this point I have bought more unread books and haven’t really wanted to read any of the previous unread books on my shelves at present (but I still want to read them and not give them away) so I doubt I will accomplish the goal I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year.  I was doing so well, too!  But I have manged to read half of the books I started the year with that were unread and I am happy about that.  

With this group of reads I finally bumped my GoodReads goal up to a realistic yet slightly challenging new goal of 75 books.  At the time I did that I was on track to accomplish this goal, however with my current slow-down and the expected slowdown that comes every year at Christmas this goal will be a challenge, but not an impossible one.  Especially if I finish off the last few volumes of Death Note, which are sitting on my kitchen table waiting for me.  

Fifteen more….

Books read:

31. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire     5/5 Stars

32. Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle     4/5 Stars

33. I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong (Charlie Anson)    3.5/5 Stars

34. The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (Scott Brick)     4.5/5 Stars

35. Abhorsen by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4/5 Stars

36. Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Woman by Loryn Brantz (NetGalley)     3/5 Stars

37. Breaking Up is Hard to Do … But You Could’ve Done Better by Hilary Campbell (NetGalley)     2/5 Stars

38. If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men by Matthew Inman (NetGalley)     2.5/5 Stars

39. Heart and Brain: Body Language: An Awkward Yeti Collection by The Awkward Yeti (NetGalley)     4/5 Stars

40. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (various narrators)     4.5/5 Stars

41. Lies We Tell Your Kids by Steve Hoover     2.5/5 Stars

42. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh     4.5/5 Stars

43. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg     3/5 Stars

44. Brimstone By Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Scott Brick)     5/5 Stars

45. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child  (Jonathan Marosz)    5/5 Stars

Average Rating: 3.8

Audiobooks: 5.25

Re-reads: 0

Indy/self-published: possibly a few, up to 5 of them are from smaller publishers

Reviewed on Blog: 0

Bookshelf TBR: 4


So this post is so delayed that my ‘next ten’ was almost 20 by the time I got around to this so I split the difference and made it 15.  

These books were a mixed lot.  At the start of this list, I really really loved Down Among the Sticks and Bones and have bought a copy and will be re-reading before the year is done.  But I was also browsing NetGalley and read several comic books, most of which were ‘meh’.  I was feeling sad that I hadn’t really found any new favourites yet this year but boy did that change with the last handful of books.  I thought I was going to be hard pressed to have a top 3 or 5 books this year about a month ago but at this point I’ll have no trouble with finding books, it’ll just be hard to order them from most favourite to not as most favourite. 

4 more TBR bookshelf books were read in this bunch!  I’m really proud of the concerted effort I have made in knocking down my physical TBR pile on my bookshelf.  However, I gained 2 more books from a friend and bough one more and thus I’m still basically where I started, with 11 unread books still on my shelf.  This goal is starting to feel like an epic saga, with a slow start, a push forward then losing ground followed by more progress and lost ground.  Yet despite being more or less where I started at the beginning of the year, the average ‘wait time’ for the TBR books on my shelf has been reduced (I think… now I need to calculate that…).  What’s more is that despite all this gaining and losing ground, I have now read 6 of my original 12 and gotten rid if one of the others, so if I never get to 6 or less by the end of the year, at least I have done that.  Honestly, that makes me very happy.  Also, I discovered a few unexpected surprises on my shelf which is another bonus to this challenge. 

I’ve officially crossed my randomly picked number between 30 and 50 for my Goodreads yearly book goal and rapidly closing in on 50 books this year.  I’m doing way better at this point in time then this point in time last year and am so happy and proud of my reading so far.  Now I am reassessing and considering coming up with another goal to hit but really, I’m reading tonnes and enjoying myself which is the real goal here.  

Books I’ve read that are older than me #1

So this was going to be a one-time post, until I saw the number of books I have read that are older than me!  I was honestly surprised there were so many, and not all of them were because of class or were read as a child. 

1955     The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

1964     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

1980     The Clan of the Cavebear by Jean M. Auel

1970     The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

1983     Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

1985     Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

1990     Oh the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

1980     The Twits by Roald Dahl

1949     1984 by George Orwell

1988     Matilda by Roald Dahl

What books have you read that are older then you?  What was your most recently read older-than-you book?











Books that I almost DNF’ed

I almost never DNF a book as I talked about in a past post, though there are a handful of cases of this occurring (and there are a few on this list I want to attempt again).  But there are sometime just books that you really, really want to DNF but end up pushing through.  These are a few examples:

1. Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel – this is my mother’s favourite series and she got me to read them (a bit too young at the time, I might add).  This particular one was going in a direction I didn’t like (at the time, woudl have loved it now) so I got mad and refused to keep reading.  One year later I wanted to know how it ended so I picked it back up and finished it. 

2. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer (I think, could have been a different book) – this was a kids book, I think fictional, about the real life events that did actually follow the real life events closely.  This was one of the first times I had read about a death and didn’t know the story going into it.  Yeah, I was mad at the book. 

3. Shades of Doon by Corp and Langdon – I was bored

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Also bored and annoyed that this was basically plagiarism but got published.

5. Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane – I was bored, I realized I hate time paradoxes and it was a rough time in life.  But I finished it months later!

6. Sega by Conor Kostick – this one didn’t live up to the first book.

Bonus: While The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks took me years to finish, I never considered DNF’ing it, I just didn’t have the time at the time and wasn’t int he mood for a long time.