Welp, another year has gone by and I did a pretty crappy job keeping up this blog. I’m really sorry about that bookworms, and one of my resolutions for this coming year is to be more present on here, posting more reviews, and reading more because I did a pretty crappy job at that too.
I only managed to read thirty books out of my fifty book goal this year. I made it halfway at least so I’m happy with that, and I know having a goal for what to read each year isn’t necessary, but I always feel like such a failure when I don’t reach my goal. I plan on hitting fifty next year, and making sure to read more too. I think I’ve finally gotten out of this reading slump!
And here’s a Review Round-Up: New Year’s Edition. It turns out there are only three books on this list (I finished Now I Rise in October and Watership Down in December, so yeah, once again, I suck), but here’s what I read regardless!
Publication: March 14th 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 363 pages
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤
One of my all time favourite reads of 2017 which seemed to slip under the radar of a lot of blogs. A Psalm for Lost Girls follows Callie de Costa who is reeling after her sister Tess’ sudden death from an undiagnosed heart condition. As she tries to understand her grief, her mom and town have other ideas to keep Tess alive, by canonizing her as a saint. Alive Tess claimed to hear voices from angels and ended up saving a few lives of the people who crossed her death. After her death, a girl who went missing was found alive at one of her shrines. While her mom and the town work hard towards Tess canonization, Callie works to show the miracle was actuslly just a coincidence, and tries to solve the mystery of who took the missing girl. It’s an excellent look at the complications of grief, being a teenager, and losing your faith. It’s a book I wish I had as a teenager.
Publication: June 27th 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 471 pages
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Historical Fiction
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤
In the second book of the Conquerors Saga we’re back following Lada and Radu on their own destinations and paths in life. Lada continues to fight for her right to the throne of Wallachia all the while fighting against the bias of her gender by those who oppose her. Radu still fights for Mehmed on the off chance hope that he will someday return his unrequited love, willing to betray new friends he meets along the way. It’s a fantastic follow-up to the first book and will leave reader’s begging for the next book coming out in 2018!
Publication: November 1972
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 478 pages
Source: Aunty Meme’s Curio Shop
Genre: Fiction, Children, Fantasy, Classic
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤
A literary classic Watership Down follows a group of rabbits who go on a quest to build a new warren after being foretold by a seer rabbit named Fiver of imminent doom coming to their current warren. It’s a fast paced book filled with action, emotion, and the horrors of wild life. It’s a book that will be on my favourites list for a long time, and one all animal book lovers must read.