It’s February So Obviously It’s Time To Share My Favourite Books of 2017

Uhh better late than never? 2017 was a strange year honestly. While making this list I noticed books I couldn’t even remember having read in 2017. I thought it was longer ago?? Was 2017 even real *X-Files theme starts playing*

My Favourite Books of 2017 In No Order

Queens of Queek

When I first found out about Queens of Geek I expected to love it, but I had no idea how much I would love it and how relatable it would be. Queens of Geek was everything I wanted: two dynamic female leads, great bisexuality and anxiety rep, friendship, friends supporting each other no matter what, friends helping each other through anxiety, the exciting setting of a comic con, geekiness, calling out abusive relationships for what they are, healthy romantic relationships, lots of cuteness, the CUTEST date at an arcade, Taylor not being magically overcoming her anxiety through the power of love but trying to step outside of her comfort zone which has honestly been such an inspiration to me and just… So much more? Just a fun, important read full with positive rep and messages. Read my full review here.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

You know when you read the summary of a book and know it’s perfect for you and you need it in your life now? That was me with The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, except I was on a book buying ban as I was saving up for Manchester and thus had to wait until the holidays to get it as a gift. I haven’t had the time yet to review it yet, but guys. I was wrong.I didn’t know perfect The Gentleman’s Guide was and how much I needed it. Despite having super high expectations it managed to exceede them and make me love it so much more than I had expected and I had expected to love it A LOT. I mean: a bisexual lead, a road trip and it’s historical? SIGN ME UP. Yet I got so much more
than I expected and just dsgjhsf I can’t wait to review this one

The Hate U Give

Okay so I never reviewed this one as I felt like everything had already been said? I just had nothing new to add, but if you haven’t picked up The Hate U Give yet, please do so. It’s such an important read, so well written, Starr is an amazing lead, one of the greatest family dynamics in YA, friends standing up to their racist friend and supporting each other, a healthy romance… Just read it. There’s a reason it continues to be #1 at the best seller’s list.

 

Take Me With You

How do I even start or do these beautiful poems justice? Once I finished Take Me With You I immediately read it again and I know that I will do so many more times (especially once I get a physical copy). Gibson manages to transition from beautiful and heartbreaking to funny without it being tactless or ruining the heartbreaking lines. Take Me With You made me feel all the things and I can’t even pick a favourite line as I pretty much marked everything on my Kindle app. If you love LGBTQ+ poetry, especially spoken word, then I 100% recommend it. If you don’t, I still recommend it. Read my review here

What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

Despite this being the third book of the trilogy (I didn’t know this when picking it up at a bookstore at the airport) I absolutely loved it. I had a lot of feelings when I finished this one and I couldn’t wait to review it, but alas, I didn’t have the time and I’m afraid I’ve forgotten a lot about it now? Lottie is an ICON though. She’s a great main character and SUCH an inspiration. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? made me want to get up and do something to fight the patriarchy. Maybe not as extreme as Lottie, but damn I loved her.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy

Why did I wait so long to pick this up? I had a feeling I would like this, and yet. I kept picking up different books at the bookstore. Though only picking this up now meant I could read the entire trilogy in one year – #noregrets. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a fun and charming trilogy. I adore Lara Jean apparently a lot of people find her annoying but? I really don’t see why. This also has one of the best families in YA and the cutest romance (where can I get my own Peter). Basically: IT’S FUN READ IT. No review yet because I wanted to review the entire trilogy in one post and haven’t gotten around to it yet rip

The Upside of Unrequited

Considering I read this twice this year, I think you can tell I loved this one. I would’ve loved to reread everything on this list, but when I found out I missed Simon vs Homo Sapiens Agenda cameos and references I just HAD to reread it (I felt so stupid when I reread it – HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THOSE). Anway: Molly is a sweetheart and such a relatable protagonist, cute sisters relationship, cute family dynamics overal, a very diverse cast, cute healthy romance, the message that you’re never ‘too old’ for anything and there’s nothing wrong with you if you’ve never dated, a big gay wedding – basically a gem

Heroine Complex

SUCH an underrated gem?? Basically it’s the first in a series about Asian female superheroes like what more do you want. It’s just such a fun read with comic book vibes, women kicking ass, female friendship, healthy romantic relationship, great character growth, humour and just a whole lot of comic book silliness. If you love superheroes and want to see more female and/or Asian superheroes than this is the book for you. Do keep in mind that this is an adult book and there are some sex scenes in it – there aren’t that many and as someone who doesn’t enjoy those: I easily skipped them. Please give this gem a try

Six of Crows Duology

Sooo I finally picked up Six of Crows in 2017 as I knew it would take me forever to finish The Grisha Trilogy and I’d be 89 years old before I’d finally get to Six of Crows. I’m so glad I made that decision because it definitely lived up to its hype. I’m sure you’ve heard all about Six of Crows as it’s one of the most popular series in the book blogging community, but I know I’m not the only one late to the party (Marie I’m looking at you 😜) so join the party/the hype train/the crew, because Six of Crows is one of the best fantasies I’ve read in a while and it put me in such a slum. It’s just so well thought out, the characters are all fleshed out, their dynamics are so much fun to read, well-developed relationships (both platonic and romantic), great action… Honestly it has everything a great fantasy should aspire to have

Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith

This was such a lovely surprise! Usually when books are marketed as similar as Harry Potter I’m a bit wary but Ewan Pendle and The White Wraith is really like Harry Potter, but it’s not a rip off. Are there similarities? Yes, but I think it’s easy to find similarities with books taking place in magic boarding schools. Ewan’s world is well developed and magical all on its own. To quote my own review: You know how when a book is really good you forget you’re actually reading something, and you’re not actually there? That was me with Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith. This book just filled me with joy and warm fuzzy feelings and I can’t wait for the sequel. Read my review here

Chasing Eveline

Chasing Eveline was SUCH a refreshing read I still can’t get over it. While there are a few small unrealistic elements, overall it was incredibly realistic which I absolutely loved. Don’t get me wrong, I love my unrealistic contemporaries. Hell, I know my current  WIP isn’t always super realistic – and that can be fun! (though there’s a limit) But Chasing Eveline? It dealt with Ivy’s mom having left her so well. Ivy’s pain and trying to hold on to her mom felt so real. It was also nice to see her relationship with her dad getting a lot of attention, a great friendship between her and a boy without any romantic feelings, a realistically built up romance which I want to say so much more about but alas

Read my review here

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor

This was my first read of 2017 if you don’t count comics so I don’t remember it that well, but The Hammer of Thor made me fall in love with Magnus Chase, which was a relief considering I was a bit disappointed in The Sword of Summer. The characters felt more developed and unlike with the previous installment I was never bored. It was just plain fun like I’m used to with Rick Riordan’s books. Also Alex Fierro (who’s genderfluid!!) aka the love of my life was introduced.

And those are – finally! – my favourite books of 2017! Obviously I’d recommend them all in a heartbeat, so if you haven’t yet, please consider picking them up!

Have you read any of these? If so, are they also among your favourites? What were some of your favourites of 2017? Let me know in the comments!

What Do You Mean We’re Halfway Through 2017

It’s time to freak out again over the fact that time flies by so fast and what better way to do that than to freak out over books? We’re already past the halfway point, but oh well! Thank you Shouni for tagging me  for the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag! If you haven’t yet, go check out her blog.

1. BEST BOOKS YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017?

I’m lazy and don’t have a picture of The Hate U Give #rip

2. BEST SEQUEL OF 2017 SO FAR

3. NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET, BUT YOU WANT TO

Ummm so many?? CAN 2017 EITHER STOP PUBLISHING SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS OR GIVE THEM ALL TO ME FOR FREE THANKS

To name a few: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Not Your Sidekick, Want, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, Heroine Worship and so many others it’s not funny

4. MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2017?

Though I’m really excited for the third Magnus Chase book!

5. BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

It’s Not Like It’s a Secret. I have SUCH mixed feelings towards this book, but I can’t say I loved it and I’m definitely disappointed. It had a lot of potential but alas. Read my review here

6. BIGGEST SURPRISE

I’m surprised that I didn’t enjoy The Dark Prophecy as much as I thought I would. I absolutely loved The Hidden Oracle, and while I did enjoy the The Dark Prophecy, I didn’t love it which was definitely a surprise. You can read my review here.

good surprise was Heroine Complex. While I was really excited when I picked it up and had high expectations, I wasn’t sure if I’d actually love it once I started. Thankfully my initial expectations and excitement were met and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to read the sequel. You can read my review here.

7. FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR AUTHOR TO YOU)

I’d definitely read anything Jen Wilde and Angie Thomas write. I also fell in love with Jenny Han’s writing, though I’m not sure if I’d actually pick up everything she’s written, since The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy just doesn’t appeal to me

8. NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

I don’t think I really have one? Unless it counts that I now love Gilbert Blythe even more than I did last year when I first read Anne of Green Gables. I did love a lot of the new characters I encountered, just wouldn’t call anyone of them a crush I think.

9. NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Alex Fierro from Magnus Chase and Taylor from Queens of Geek. While there are many new favourites, I’m going to limit myself to these two.

10. BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY 

The Hate U Give

11. A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Ps. I Still Love You. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ THIS

12. FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATION YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR

Uh do comics count? Cause in that case like Shouni I’ll choose Wonder Woman as well. I don’t recall having seen a book adaptation this year? But it’s okay cause I’ll gladly choose Wonder Woman. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?? IT’S AMAZING*

* I started writing this post weeks ago so by now I assume you’ve all seen it already if not let me drag you to the cinema right now

13. FAVORITE REVIEW YOU’VE WRITTEN THIS YEAR? 

My review for Queens of Geek! I absolutely loved writing it

14. MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT OR RECEIVED THIS YEAR?

The Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone Hufflepuff edition that I got for my birthday it’s so beautiful omg. Does anyone know if they’ll re-release the other books in the House editions as well?

15. WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

Since this is a pretty popular tag this time of the year, I won’t be tagging anyone in specific. If you want to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

What’s your favourite book of the year? And the prettiest one you got? Let me know in the comments!

The Weekly Hufflepuff #50

I usually try to avoid posting multiple times a day, but I couldn’t post my wrap up yesterday and I had already scheduled today’s post so *shrug*

I finished The Upside of Unrequited (which was ADORABLE and SO MUCH FUN) and also finally, after years of being on my tbr, I got a copy of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and finished it. And now I’m regretting not getting the sequels

I’m really behind on reviews, but hopefully I’ll get to them this week

Last week was so busy – I barely had any time for myself and I’m quite amazed that I managed to post on here three times? I didn’t write at all though rip.

On Monday I met up with my friend from uni who I’ve mentioned before by calling her Batman (that’s what she’s called in my phone – I’m Robin in hers). We went to a few different places in the city where we took lots of photos and just had fun.

When an old lady offers to take a picture of the both of you and this happens

After that I had to go to work and the next day I met up with another friend and ate Italian (and she recruited me as her personal photographer as well haha).

On Wednesday I FINALLY got to see the two giant pandas at Ouwehands Dierenpark (a Dutch zoo). The giant panda has been my favourite animal ever since I was small (which may come as a surprise to some of you who know about my pug obsession haha) so you can imagine my excitement when I learned two of them would be coming and staying here for the next ten years.

On Thursday I managed to write quite a few blogposts before I was off for work – it was our last Thursday together which we only found out that day. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a Blikopener at the Stedelijk Museum: Blikopeners is a group of teenagers (unless the 19 year olds like me turn 20 during the year haha) who help make the museum more accessible for youth by giving feedback, tours, help organise workshops and events etc. Every year they pick a new group though and the old groups become alumni. Meaning you can still give tours, help/organise workshops and events and such, but you’re not at the museum every week anymore and it’s not the entire group together anymore. We were supposed to have one Thursday left, but since our boss is sick and no one can fill in for her it was cancelled.

Which brings me to Friday, which was the selection day for the new group. Pretty much everyone who had filled in the form, didn’t live too far away from Amsterdam and wasn’t too old got invited and were divided into groups and us Blikopeners observed them, asked and answered questions and set them to work so they could show what they’re capable of. By the end of the night we all picked our favourites from our group (which was so difficult!! I got attached to all of them and since I’m 20 and thus older than all of them I kind of saw them as my younger siblings or something haha) and then… It was kind of over? We still had our group outing on Sunday, but it still felt so weird to basically pick our own replacement even though most of us will continue to work there.

So on Sunday we had what was probably our last outing with the entire group (I’m skipping Saturday because I was exhausted from the previous day which had been so busy and hectic so I just watched Disney’s The Lodge all day haha) and oh my gosh I could cry once we all said our goodbyes (most of them at trainstations which is so cliché but also I lowkey loved it haha). It felt SO weird. We had all grown so close over the year and I know I’ll definitely see some of them soon since we’re in the same workgroups, but we’ll most likely never be complete again and it definitely felt like an ending. It was a really fun outing though. First we had a picknick and caught up with our old boss who was also able to come (sadly our new boss couldn’t join us) and then we took the train to The Hague were we went to The Parade which is cultural festival full with performances were our ex-intern (meaning she assisted our old boss) who even after she left was still really involved (so it felt like she never really left haha) works so she took care of everything – tickets for performances, the carousel, food… It was so sweet of her. While the performances weren’t really my thing, I still had a lot of fun just being there with everyone (that sounded so cheesy omg)


That might have been the longest personal section I’ve ever done haha, but I really wanted to talk about it because being a Blikopener meant a lot to me – I’m thinking of writing a separate post about the past year as well, but we’ll see. I’ve thought of writing lots of posts that I still haven’t written yet rip

OH AND IN MY PERSONAL SECTION I USUALLY FREAK OUT ABOUT MY TV SHOWS SOOOO…. FEMALE DOCTOR ANYONE?!

Let’s skip the writing section shall we hahaha

Aaaand that’s a wrap! I feel like I’m really getting into the whole blogging thing again (though I should be careful with that because I feel like every time I said that this past year I disappeared again lmao) Anyway, how was your week? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT OUR FIRST FEMALE DOCTOR? Also does anyone have a petition to get Pearl to stay cause as excited I am about 13 I’m so not ready to say goodbye to Bill yet

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