2017 is almost over, and that means it's time to round up the best YA books of the year! Here are my selections. As always, please note that I have not read every YA book released in 2017--that would be impossible even for me, haha--and that this is all a matter of opinion. I will see you again in 2018. Tell me in the comments what your favorite books of 2017 are!
As this very difficult year comes to a close, it's time to review the TV shows and movies that came out! Here are my thoughts on the ones that I viewed from 2017. There are a lot of them--I've gotten more involved in TV and movies since 2015, when I last did this kind of post. (Major spoilers are marked and hidden.)
*Long post ahoy*
Supergirl Season 2, Part 2 (TV-PG)
I've been a reluctant viewer of Supergirl ever since the show started. To me, it's always seemed clunky--I'm especially bothered by their excessive focus on Supergirl being a girl and by Kara's lack of journalistic skills. I also honestly don't like any of the characters, except for Lena Luthor. Martian Manhunter is one of my fave DC heroes, so I'm really saddened by my dislike for him in this show. Ultimately, this season of Supergirl, with all its focus on Mon-El, just didn't click with me. I ended up deciding not to continue watching Supergirl. A clear thumbs down for me. I didn't really enjoy any of the episodes.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today, we're sharing our Top Ten Books I Want My Children To Read. Enjoy!
1) The LDS scripture quad. Now some of this I probably wouldn't want them to read until they're older (Old Testament, I'm looking at you), but I do want my future kids to be familiar with the scriptures, and to one day read them in their entirety.
2) J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Uh, duh.
3) Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games Trilogy. I think this one is important enough to share with my kids.
4) C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. This is really the classic of children's fantasy, and I'd want my kids to at least read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, if not the entire series.
5) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. If we're doing the classic of children's fantasy, we have to do the classic of children's sci-fi as well. Plus, this presents a fantastic female character for them to look up to, which is an important thing for both boys and girls.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Halloween freebie (Happy Halloween!). I've been working hard at this one, and I'm happy to present, today, my Top Ten YA Horror Novels! Plenty of chills and thrills below. So check it out!
1) Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This is an oft-recommended YA horror novel, and for good reason. Blake's tale of a teen ghost hunter facing a haunting like no other alongside his brand new (not always welcome) friends is both well-written and engaging. It's definitely reminiscent of Supernatural.
2) The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco. I've mentioned before that Chupeco is one of the most oddly brilliant writers I've read. This is well-shown in her most famous book, a YA horror about a Japanese-American boy with a murderous ghost attached to him. It's reminiscent of The Ring, but a little more cultural and less gory.
3) Shutter by Courtney Alameda. This book also features monster hunters; in this case, a tough-but-tragic teen girl who captures ghosts on film with the help of her trusty teammates, all part of a long legacy of hunters. It's intriguing, engaging, and at times, heartbreaking.
Hey, friends! It's time for a life update as told through a series of "-ing" verbs. Enjoy!
Eating: baked potatoes and penne, basically every day
Wearing: a navy and white striped dress and white, knee-length compression socks
Smelling: that my room is a bit cleaner now
Reading: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows
Writing: nothing other than the usual
Editing: THE PROPHECY KEEPER
Making: fun of my younger self
Listening: to awesome new songs like "Young and Menace" by Fall Out Boy
Watching: nothing ATM, but I'm super looking forward to the next season of Stranger Things!
Today I'm doing the Netflix Book Tag, as found here on Ana Loves, where I share book recommendations based off of common Netflix categories! Check it out.
Recently Watched: The last book you finished reading
A few hours ago, I finished The Bad Seed by William March. It's a classic thriller that I saw referenced a few places, so I figured I'd read it myself. It was pretty decent. A little fancier/more old-fashioned on the language than I expected, but an interesting read. However, the last book I read that I would recommend is Shutter by Courtney Alameda. It's a YA horror novel with a really intriguing central concept and some tough characters.
Top Picks: A book recommended to you based on your favorite reads
Apparently, no bookish blog post by me is complete without a mention of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles. I read so much and so widely, at least in the YA sector, that it's hard to recommend anything to me that isn't already on my list, but a friend of mine originally recommended this YA sci-fi fairytale retelling. I'm really glad that she did.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today I'm going into the archives and next up is the Top Ten Books Outside My Comfort Zone. Now, I've already posted my Top Ten YA Historical Fiction Novels, which is one of my non-comfort areas, and my Top Ten Book Club Reads, which include many books I never would've chosen on my own. So today I thought I'd post my Top Ten Adult Novels. I don't read (modern) adult novels nearly as much as I do YA, but ever since the Cormoran Strike books were revealed to be by J.K. Rowling, I have started reading some. Here are my favorites!
1) Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb. This adult contemporary is a really thought-provoking, beautiful, and sometimes humorous story about a woman confronting her family issues in the wake of weight-loss surgery. I've recommended it on my social media in the past.
2) World War Z by Max Brooks. Y'all know that I'm a big fan of nontraditional formats (and of fantasy/sci-fi stuff), and even though zombies aren't my thing, I totally loved this adult zombie apocalypse tale! The formatting got me.
Before today's post, I wanted to let y'all know that I'm changing my posting schedule. This will be my last Saturday post! (At least for now.) I've posted a lot of what I want to say here, and I don't have a lot of new ideas, so posting two-sometimes-three times a week is a bit too much. Instead, I'm gonna switch to posting two times every week, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday posts will be "Waiting On" or Wordy Wednesdays; Tuesdays will be Top Ten Tuesdays some weeks, and the rest of the time, my own original posts. Let me know if there are any posts or topics you'd like to see from me, check out my Recommended Posts page, and we shall move on to the Hamilton Book Tag as seen here, where I pick books for prompts based off of various songs from the fantastic Broadway musical Hamilton!
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a Throwback Freebie, so I thought I'd go back to before I was sharing my best YA books of the year on here and share my choices for the Top Ten Best YA Books of 2012. There were a lot of great releases in 2012, from a lot of my favorite series, so this was a hard list for me to narrow down!
1) Unwholly by Neal Shusterman. This is the second book in the Unwind Dystology, which, as y'all know by now, is one of my top favorite YA sci-fi dystopian series, about a world where unruly teenagers are subject to "unwinding," a process in which their bodies are taken apart to use for organ donation. It's very well-written, with thorough and fascinating worldbuilding.
2) Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I recommend The Lunar Chronicles very often here, for many different reasons, and as it turns out, the first book of this YA sci-fi fairytale retelling came out in 2012! If you haven't read it yet, do.
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is our Top Ten Hidden Gems in ______ Genre. I'm feeling like Fantasy, so here are ten YA fantasy novels that I think deserve more attention.
1) Victoria Schwab's Monsters of Verity. This strange YA fantasy duology takes place in a world where violent acts breed monsters. It follows two teens with powerful parents who rule a divided town overrun by these monsters. It's an unassuming story, more character than plot driven, but absolutely beautiful. Victoria Schwab is definitely an author to keep your eye on when it comes to fantasy. Her Archived trilogy is another great YA fantasy that deserves more attention.
2) Jodi Meadows's Newsoul Trilogy. This lush and gorgeous YA fantasy takes place in a world where every person has been reincarnated into new bodies multiple times over--except for the main character, who is new. It has a strong romantic aspect and dragons and phoenixes, and I highly recommend that you read it. It deserves so much love!
It's been a while since I've done this, but I figured a good filler post while I'm busy at MayoClinic would be to share, once again, the top 25 most played songs in my music library compared to the current top 25 songs on the iTunes chart. Any songs with explicit content are marked with a red "E." Check it out!
Top 25 Songs on My iPod
1) "River" Bishop Briggs
2) "Save the World/Don't You Worry, Child" Pentatonix
3) "The Avengers" Alan Silvestri, from The Avengers
4) "Centuries" Fall Out Boy
5) "So Tied Up" Cold War Kids, feat. Bishop Briggs
6) "Human" Rag'n'Bone Man
7) "Moonlight" The Piano Guys
8) "River Lea" Adele
9) "Michael Meets Mozart" The Piano Guys
10) "Uncharted" The Piano Guys
11) "The Fire" Bishop Briggs
12) "Rolling in the Deep" The Piano Guys
13) "Beethoven's 5 Secrets" The Piano Guys
14) "Don't You Worry, Child" The Piano Guys, feat. Shweta Subram
15) "Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)" AWOLNATION
16) "Wherever I Go" OneRepublic
17) "Story of My Life" The Piano Guys
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today, I'm going into the archives to share my Top Ten YA Novels About Tough Issues. These issues include abuse, sexual assault, and other forms of violence, so be aware that these recommended books may be triggering for sensitive readers.
1) Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala. While most people know about physical and sexual abuse, the issue of emotional abuse gets much less attention. This is despite the fact that emotional abuse is at the core of all abusive relationships and tends to have the greatest long-term impact of any kind of abuse. Holly Cupala's YA contemporary does a great job of portraying the brutality of this form of abuse in a romantic relationship. It also addresses other difficult issues like homelessness and teen runaways.
2) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kieley. This continues to be my favorite YA novel about race and police brutality, just because it's so emotionally powerful. It is a fantastic book.
It has now been five years since I started this blog. Can you believe it?
Here are the best posts of the past year for you to enjoy! You can check out the best posts from the other four years of this blog in the Posts of the Year Roundups linked on my Recommended Posts page. Thanks for being here, and let me know if you have any thoughts or critique about my blog. I will see you again on Tuesday!
Today, I think it's time for another Taking Stock of My Life post, in which I share the current state of my existence through a series of -ing verbs. Check it out!
Eating: plain cheese quesadillas on organic tortillas
Drinking: water, but as usual, not nearly enough of it
Wearing: A cute sundress in black with a peachy-brown flower print
Smelling: the wonderfully stale air of my room
Reading: Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor
Writing: just blog posts and diary entries right now
Editing: old blog posts, mostly
Listening: to Bishop Briggs and the Piano Guys
Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Over the weekend, I reread Renee Ahdieh's The Wrath and the Dawn duology for the third time (so good). So today, I thought I'd go into the Top Ten archives and share the Top Ten Books/Series I Want to Reread! For even more books that I hope to reread soon, check out this Goodreads shelf.
1) J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter. Always.
2) Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns. This is a top favorite trilogy of mine, and I need to give it another read.
3) Lauren DeStefano's The Chemical Garden. I remember this being a pretty brilliant dystopian trilogy, and I'd like to give it another go to see what I think now that I'm older.
4) OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. I read this book before I was diagnosed with OCD, and I thought it was pretty great. I'd love to see what I think now!
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, working towards my MLIS degree. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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