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Christina’s Favorites of 2017!!

2017

2017…oof, what a year. Let’s just leave it at that, kay? Now to focus back on books! Many books have been read by us as a collective this year. Between the three of us, we have read…105 books!!! Here we are to share with you some of our favorites from this past year!! These are not in any specific order for any of us, just as a heads up!

Christina 

  1. I’m going to cheat a little with my first book and go with the Six of Crows duology. These were the first two books that I read this past year and I was so glad that I finally got around to this duology!! This was a fantastic duology filled with a fast-paced plot, incredibly dynamic characters and a fascinatingly immersive world. I loved it!!
  2. My second pick is going to be none other than Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Another one of the first books that I’ve read this year and this is definitely the book that has had the most last impact. A debut author and I am hoping to definitely see more from Yaa Gyasi. This was a most beautiful multigenerational book following two Ghanian sisters. This book explored blackness in such a unique way through the most beautiful storytelling.
  3. My third book is in similar vein with my second book, and that is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas…another beautiful book written by a debut author!! This was a moving YA book inspired by the “Black Lives Matter” movement. This was a difficult book to read as it tells the BLM story from the perspective of a young black girl, which just makes it even more heartbreaking. This is such an important book and I believe that EVERYONE should read this book…and ASAP.
  4. My fourth pick came to me at quite the surprise when I read it earlier in the year. And that is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Now, Cassandra Clare’s books have been my longtime guilty pleasure reads, as they are slightly ridiculous and just pack full of YA tropes. However, her newest trilogy (The Dark Artifices) is beyond anything that I had expected to read from Cassandra Clare. It is evident that her writing and storytelling have become so much more sophisticated and I believe Cassandra Clare to be a YA author that believes in not sugar-coating books for a younger audience. She used this book as an opportunity to address some real world issues and I applaud her for doing so.
  5. My fifth and final pick for this list is going to be none other than Turtles All The Way Down by John Green. As someone with OCD, I have always appreciated John Green’s openness and his candor about his own experiences with OCD. It has always given me something to relate to and connect with in media, since I have not seen OCD represented either accurately or respectively. What this meant for this book was a most painful, heartbreaking and accurate portrayal of OCD. This was a difficult book for me to read, but I am so glad that it exists in the world and I am incredibly grateful to John Green for being continuously open and raising awareness on this issue.

I like to think that I had a pretty good reading year and I hope y’all did too!!! 🙂

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LoS

Lord of Shadows (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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Oh my goodness, y’all!!! This book!!! I can’t even begin to explain howlord of shadows much I loved this book and how much I want to read it again and AGAIN!!! Cassandra Clare is an actual QUEEN when it comes to writing fantasy and not only that, she is a definite voice for a new generation!! And I am not even exaggerating!

So, as this is a sequel in the trilogy AND a continuation of the overall Shadowhunters Chronicles, there really isn’t much I can say that aren’t spoiler-y. I will say, I have to thank Cassandra Clare for taking some major risks with this book. I always feel that YA authors have an incredible responsibility with their books, as they have the ability to form not only young minds, but opinions and values of those young minds. With that being said, I think Cassandra Clare did an amazing and respectful job addressing some important issues around trans representation, how autism is represented in books and empowerment of young women.

While Cassandra Clare and her books have definitely become guilty pleasure reads for myself, I definitely have to give it up for Cassandra Clare for sustaining this incredible world and for creating this incredibly sophisticated piece of work! 🙂 I obviously loved it – I am super bummed to have to wait so long for the next one, but I will definitely keep reading Cassandra Clare and ALL of her books. If you haven’t read this yet, now’s the time to go! 🙂 For the rest of you, read on and discuss! 😀

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Shadowhunter Academy

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I have been in the biggest reading slump EVER!! This has been quite nice for that, though. shadowhunter academyThere are 10 novellas in this bind up and I’ve been reading each one in a sitting each, on average. I’ve also been trying to read other books on the side, so hoping that this breaks my reading slump!

This is a collection of 10 short stories chronicling Simon at the Shadowhunter Academy as he begins his journey to Ascend into becoming a Shadowhunter. Simon was definitely one of my favorite characters in The Mortal Instruments series, so I was really excited to get my hands on these stories to get more Simon in my life! I am going to do mini reviews of each short story – spoilers ahead! 

Now that I’ve finished the whole bind-up, I highly recommend reading this before you pick up Lady Midnight! I haven’t gotten to Lady Midnight quite yet, but I can tell that there is a lot of context building done in these stories that will help make that book even better!!

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CoLS

City of Lost Souls (#5) by Cassandra Clare
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Now that I’ve finished reading The Infernal Devices trilogy, I am definitely having more funcity of lost souls reading The Mortal Instruments series. If you didn’t enjoy TMI series, then I definitely recommend picking up TID trilogy. It’s better written, has less YA tropes, and is so much more fun to read. That being said, I’m too far into The Mortal Instruments series so I need to finish it now.

This 5th installment was definitely the slowest of the series and also my least favorite cover, haha!! This book reinforces how much I don’t like Clary as a protagonist and how much I cannot stand Jace/Clary’s relationship, but I am loving the side characters and the story lines that come with them. There has been a pattern with these books where the main conflict was majorly built up to, but then resolved very quickly. I will say that in this one, the main conflict played out for a while, which made the slowness of the book worth it. I am also going to include some of my theories for the last book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire, at the end of this post. Now, for spoilery stuff!!!

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Glorious Finish to TID!!

Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare
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Okay, now THAT is how you finish a trilogy!! Way to go, Cassandra Clare!! Why can’t The clockwork princessMortal Instruments series be like THIS BOOK?! This book gave me all the feels, kept me guessing, and left me theorizing about the rest of The Mortal Instruments series!! I cannot wait to see how certain pieces from this book fit into the rest of The Mortal Instruments series.

I was definitely between a 4.5 and a 5 with my rating of this book – and finally settled on a 4.5. This book was absolutely wonderful, but there were just some pieces of this book that felt like were just filler pieces and, again, the main conflict of the book felt too easily solved. I’ll get into it more in the spoiler portion of my review, but I was a little disappointed that after all the build-up it seemed to just resolve itself and end. So, now to head into the spoiler portion of the review! 🙂

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Team Jem 5Ever

Clockwork Prince (#2) by Cassandra Clare
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clockwork princeIf you’re reading the title of this blog post and are hating me a little bit, no worries…I hate me a little bit too…haha!!! 😛 I have officially been sucked into Cassandra Clares’ world and I don’t hate it – I am actually quite enjoying it. I still stand by this trilogy being way better than The Mortal Instruments series. Like way better!! I am super bummed that The Mortal Instruments series barely even holds a candle to The Infernal Devices trilogy – which bums me out as I continue to finish out that series too. Anyways, I had such a fun time reading this second installment and had to pick up the third book right away (which I’m making my way through right now). Now, for spoilers…

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Christina’s November TBR

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Happy November, y’all!!

October was a pretty good reading month! I am finding that Fall time is definitely my time to read – especially as the year is winding down. I love reading as the weather cools down outside, wrapped up in a blanket, and with a warm cup of coffee. Fall just screams “READ!” to me – and I love it 🙂

Currently reading: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

November TBR:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: Jenny Lawson

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

So, another ambitious TBR – but after my successful reading month in October, I am so much more hopeful to keep up my reading stride in November! 🙂

What is on your November TBR list?? Happy reading!

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