12.30.2017

A Year Of Reading | 2017 Book Wrap-Up




2017 is so far my best year of reading (based on my Goodreads record) because I read 60 books this year than last year. I only read 26 books last year, which was disappointing because I know I could read more than that. Earlier this year, I only set 40 books for my Goodreads reading challenge but when I reached 40 on May, I re-set my goal to 60 books. It's better than last year, I'm thankful for that. However, I can't help but think that I could've done better when SPM ended but as soon as SPM ended, I end up in a critical reading slump. The I-can't-even-read-one-single-chapter reading slump. It sucks.

Currently reading: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (but I'm so freaking slow reading this book)

This year, I mostly read contemporary young adult (YA) books. There were some that pretty life changing to me but most of them are just average and maybe a couple of them weren't for me. I did read books from other genres and thankfully all of them were good but I'm planning to read more books out from YA contemporary. And I think almost all of the books I read this year were released before 2017. I haven't read a lot of books released in 2017 *sobs* but I'll do soon. I also finished 4 great book series and I absolutely love them all. So here are some books that I totally love in 2017.


YA CONTEMPORARY BOOKS THAT I LOVE:


Tell Me Three Things - Julie Buxbaum

Summary: Jessie is new in Los Angeles. It's been barely two years after her mother's death and when her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country with her stepfamily. One day, she received an email from someone who calls himself Somebody/Nobody (SN for short) and in a leap of faith, SN becomes Jessie's closest ally. In this book, we see Jessie adapting her new life with new people in her life and in the meantime trying to get to know who SN is.

Rating: 4.5/5

Reviews: not my review




Saints and Misfits - S.K. Ali

Summary: How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them? Janna Yusuf is a Muslim Arab Indian-American hijabi teen girl, a Flannery O'Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer and sometime graphic novelist. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be; a saint, a misfit or a monster. She's also dealing with meeting a monster who is parading around as a saint. In the same time, Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks.

Rating:
4.5/5

Reviews: My review | Other fav review


HISTORICAL FICTION FAVS OF 2017:


Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Summary: “War is catastrophe. It breaks families in irretrievable pieces. But those who are gone are not necessarily lost.” World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety. Click to watch the book trailer.

Rating: 5/5

Reviews: My review (not really, just a rant) | Other fav review



My Lady Jane - Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

Summary: King Edward, the King of England is dying at 16 and names his cousin, Lady Jane as his heir and mandates her to marry Gifford (G) Dudley, the second son of a powerful duke. Jane, a book lover and G, who spends his daytime as a horse and being popular to women during the night, are both not interested in getting married. However, they find themselves married to each other and that they are pawns in a plot to make Jane the Queen of England. There is also someone else who's after Edward's throne, which is the worst. 

Rating: 4.8/5

Reviews: My review (I was just ranting) | Other fav review




FAV INSPIRATIONAL NON-FICTION BOOKS:

Arkitek Jalanan - Teme Abdullah

Summary: "Ia kekal dongeng... jika engkau tidak mula berjalan" Menceritakan kisah perjuangan Teme dan Ahmad untuk menjadi dua pelajar Malaysia pertama yang mendapatkan keputusan First Class Honours yang bukan mudah untuk didapatkan. Mereka menghadapi pelbagai krisis untuk mendapatkan kejayaan tetapi mereka sentiasa mencari jalan untuk meneruskan perjalanan mereka dalam mencapai impian mereka.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review (not mine): review





A Work In Progress - Connor Franta

Summary: Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don't be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

Rating: 4.8/5

Reviews: My review | Other review



BOOK SERIES I FELL IN LOVE WITH:

The Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater


Summary: Since she was born, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But she is drawn to Gansey, who is on a quest and encompassed 3 other Raven Boys; Adam, Ronan and Noah. Now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

Series overall rating: 4.8/5

Reviews: The Raven Boys (mine) | Other people's overall review

My 2 cents for this series: I totally started this series very late but better late than never, right? I finished reading this series a few months ago and until this day, my heart still aches when I think about the characters in this book. Throughout this series, I felt like I was with them during the good and hard times, the hunt for Glendower and I still miss the characters a lot. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han




Summary: Lara Jean's love life turns into a wreak havoc when her little sister sends a bunch of the letters that she wrote off to her crush and former crushes. We see as she grows up, falls in love and making the right decision about her future and the person she loves.

Series overall rating: 4.8/5

Reviews (not mine): Book 1 | Book 2Book 3


Other books that worth mentioned but don't fit in any category here: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones (4.6/5), Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker (4.5/5)


As you can see, my reading journey this year is better than the last few years and I'm so grateful to be given the opportunity to read tons of book. I'm aiming to be a little better next year and lets hope I'll succeed on doing so. I hope you do too.

Look the stars. Aim. Ignite.  -Geekerella, Ashley Poston

Love,
Nabila. xo

11 comments

  1. this year i read the light between ocean and im a slow reader too coz i need to take a feel when i read a novel. but that novel.. make my cry :'(

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    1. I heard a lot of good things about that book too, that book is on my to be read list, I will read it soon. have you watch the movie?

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  2. i dont read much this year :( will read more next year!! hehe

    https://syemasaid.blogspot.my/

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  3. Amazing reading you got there, Afifah! :)
    Agreed with you To All The Boys I've Loved Before series is the best and also Anna the French Kiss too(psst; I think you got the author last name wrong there. :))

    Definitely looking forward to read Saints and Misfits (reading your review makes me even more eager to read it soon) also Juniper Lemon's happiness Index. :)

    Happy New Year, Afifah :)

    Fatina | theinfinitywords.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for pointing out my mistake, will fix that :) yes, I love those 2 books so much, so excited to know your opinion on them.

      Happy new year to you, kak fatina :)

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  4. Henny Han is my faves..! Happy new year to you.. :D

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    1. Yeah she's one of my favorite authors too! :) Happy new year to you too.

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  5. hello friend.. happy new year yaaa.. ;)

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  6. Congrats on your reading challenge! Banyak oooo 60 buku!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

    Siqah tak suka The Hate You Give. Read it because of high rating on Goodreads. Dan hmmm not my cup of tea, I guess.

    Saints and Misfits, Tell Me Three Things, Jenny Han - all on my to be read list since last year. Akan dibaca tahun ni, harapnya lah :D

    Arkitek Jalanan best sangat! I love his writing and drawing. Awesome! πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. excited nak tahu pendapat kak siqah pasal 3 buku tu hehe.

      Teme's writing is so good, dah ulang 2 kali baca pun tak bosan lagi.

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