Being on Instagram and Goodreads, I see a lot of books being raved about. Sometimes I’m scrolling through Instagram, and I notice that I’ve seen the same book about 5 times in a row. In a month, I might see the same book 20 times. A lot of these books are incredibly popular with readers, and I have yet to read any of them. I thought about some of the books I see a lot, and thought I would share what hyped books I haven’t read yet, and if I’m willing to do so. Continue reading
In 2018, I decided I wanted to keep a bullet journal. I’ve tried to keep one back a year and a half ago, but it never stuck. I didn’t have the right journal, nor did I have a clear idea of how I wanted to format my journal. However, a few weeks ago, Jamie Paige created a video about her bullet journal, and I was hooked again. From there, I found Amanda Rach Lee’s YouTube page, and I was blown away by how excited I was about owning a journal. Continue reading
My first read of 2018 was This is Happy by Camilla Gibb. I had this book on my first day as an intern at Penguin Random House Canada a year ago, and only got around to reading it now. Prior to working at PRHC, I never heard of Camilla Gibb, but her memoir set on my work desk asking to be read. After thinking about what books I wanted to read in 2018, I decided I wanted to read Gibb’s book first.
I’m excited for 2018 because I get to start another year of reading. After seeing how my reading went last year, I decided I want to scale back on how much I read. I definitely don’t want to force myself to read a large number of books just to say that I can. If I naturally get to a large amount of books read, then I’ll be happy. However, I want to read just one book a week to really enjoy what I’m reading, and fully grasping the story I have in front of me.
Another year has started, which means another year of books to read! I always have a difficult time picking books to read because I own over 100 books I haven’t read yet. Yup, that’s right, over 100. In a reading year, I read a lot of books I haven’t read yet, but I also reread books too. So, adding that into consideration, it becomes very hard for me to choose what books I feel like reading month to month.
The year is finally over, and with that, I accumulated a lot of new favourite books. In 2017, I intended to read 60 books, but that didn’t happen. For many months, I felt like I was rushing through books, and picking books I didn’t want to read, just to meet my goal. It was frustrating reading books only to get to a large number of books read. That’s why I changed it to 52 books closer to the end of the year. Although I did feel rushed with a lot of the books I read, I still found many books that I loved. Here are my 10 favourite books of 2017:
1. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
I loved this collection of poems. It felt very personal, and intelligently thought out. Every poem was meaningful, and moved me greatly. If you want a more in depth review of this book, I have a review here.
2. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
When I first started reading this book, I didn’t think I would love it as much as I did. The book really develops the world, and science, behind the plot brilliantly. Its plot was captivating, which kept me glued to my book for hours. I didn’t want to put it down. Every part of the book was amazing, and I know for sure I’ll reread this book many times in the future.
3. Books For Living by Will Schwelbe
I love to read, and what’s better than reading a book about reading? The whole premise of the book centres around the lessons we learn from reading. Every chapter is about a book that changed the life of Schwelbe, and just how important reading is in someone’s everyday life. As an avid reader, I felt this book really demonstrated the power books can have on people’s lives.
4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
I haven’t read many historical fiction books in my life, but this one wants me to read more. This books was amazing from start to finish. I became attached to the two main characters, and loved following their story develop throughout the years. Although the story takes place in WWII, it showed the resilience of people during this horrific time.
5. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
I think this was one of the more creative books I’ve read this year. The story weaved together Dominican culture, magical realism, and nerd culture. It was hilarious to read, and just an overall delightful read. I really want to read more books by Díaz, because the way he writes is so unique and fresh.
6. Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson
I would probably say this was my favourite book of 2017. I loved Mara Wilson growing up, and once I discovered she had a book, and a twitter, I was super excited. While reading the book, I felt like I was talking to a friend describing their life story to me. There were also parts of the book I related to a lot, and made me feel less alone in the world. This book has a special place in my heart, and will stick with me forever.
7. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I love Mindy Kaling in general, so reading one of her books is almost instantly going to become a favourite. I found this book a bit more enjoyable compared to her first book. I felt she was a lot more personal and relaxed while writing this book. I also laughed a lot more with this book.
8. Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Although it didn’t end up winning the Scotiabank Giller Prize, it’s still one of my favourites of the year. I would say this story is closely similar to Oscar Wao, but centres around First Nations people in Canada. The novel is absolutely hilarious, yet also brings important topics about the treatment of First Nations people to the forefront.
9. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
I think Atwood created a dystopian world that can really strike fear into anyone. The novel left me shocked and fearful of the society she created with Gilead. Atwood writes many classic Canadian literature, and I feel like I need to read more of her work in the upcoming years. Her writing is enviable, and creative.
10. Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
I follow Sarah Anderson on Instagram, so naturally I was going to love this book. Her comics are very relatable, and really funny. I laughed a lot with this book. I love having this book to look back on some of my favourite comics when I feel like having a good laugh.
Those are all of my favourite books of 2017. Although this year felt like a rushed reading year, I definitely found a lot of new favourite authors and books. I know that 2018 will probably bring me a lot of other books that I’ll love, and rave about. What were some of your favourite books in 2017?
November is gone, and with it, I accumulated a bunch of favourites. I thought to myself, why not make posts about my new favourite things? People on YouTube do them all the time, and I love watching them. They’re quite addicting. So from now on, I’m thinking of doing monthly favourites, or seasonal favourites based on what I really enjoyed.