Hello everyone, I hope this year has treated you well!
This year started off pretty good, but after a painful ear infection and then a subsequent stomach bug, illness has hindered some of the progress I expected to make. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that as of 12/02/17, I am 10% through my reading challenge of reading 100 books in 2017. And according to Goodreads, 1 book behind schedule.
Books I’ve Read so Far (In Chronological Order)
- The Girl with All the Gifts (M. R. Carey)
- The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
- Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide (Tory Young)
- The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)
- Lord of the Flies (William Golding)
- Suite Secrets (Kristina Royer)
- The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
- The Elite (Kiera Cass)
- 7 Best Things Smart Teenagers Do (John C. Friel, Linda D. Friel)
- A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)
All in all, not bad for the first month or so of the new year!
My Favourite Book so Far
Without a doubt, the best book I’ve read so far has to be The Girl with All the Gifts; it was simply stunning. I’m so glad that this was the first read I kick-started 2017 with. The first third of the book is perfection, the middle part is a little slow (which the film actually changed for the better, in my opinion) but the ending blows everything out of the sky. It’s one of the best endings to any book I’ve ever read. You can read my full review here.
The film adaptation had some brilliant elements to it and did capture the essence of the book, but likewise, there were some parts that I thought were less successful. I might even do a book-to-film comparison sometime. But if you haven’t already, go ahead and check out the novel! It’s not at all another attempt to get on board the zombie-bandwagon. There’s also a prequel coming out in March too: The Boy on the Bridge.
Look how nicely the covers match! It’s like they were meant to be…
My Least Favourite Book so Far
Although I gave Suite Secrets the lowest review (you can find out why here) my least favourite book I’ve read so far in 2017 is actually The Scorpio Races, simply because it was far more difficult to get through. It’s such a shame because the writing is incredibly beautiful, but the plot and characterisation are painfully slow. A fear years ago I tried to read Shiver by the same author and I was about halfway yet I still couldn’t get into the story. Perhaps I’m just badly-suited to her writing style, I’m not sure. I will try to read another book of the author’s though, because she is a good writer, but perhaps a less successful storyteller. I’ve heard good things about The Raven Boys so I might try that next!
The Book I was Most Excited to Read
I was a bit behind the craze when I read this, but I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie starring Emily Blunt (and the trailer looked awesome, too). The book was brilliant, but I wasn’t as blown away by the ending as I wanted to be. I found it predictable, you can read the full review here. However, the novel was still enjoyable and the first 75% was beautifully written, full of suspense and mystery. I really love the author’s writing style, and I hope to read more from her in the future. The film felt completely different from the book in my opinion, I thought that the tone was inconsistent and the twist was even less satisfying on the screen, but I’d still recommend it for some great acting and for the thriller elements.
The Book I was Least Excited to Read
As you might be aware from last week’s post, Why “The Elite” is far superior to “The Selection”, I really disliked the first book. In fact, the only thing I liked was the cover. However, for the sake of the popular interest in the series and with rumours of a film release, I wanted to see if the series gets any better. And boy, yes it did! The Elite was by no means perfect, but like Divergent, it was simply so enjoyable! I actually cared about the characters and the series seemed to delve beyond its superficial surface of princesses and fancy dresses into an underground look at the resistance, at a corrupted society, at what it means to love someone. I still detest the love triangle, it’s wholly unnecessary. I mean, would you rather date the Prince who is actually a nice guy, and can give you and your family a better future, or a guy far inferior to you socially who seems sketchy and put another girl before you when you needed him the most? At this point, I’m torn about getting stuck into the third book because I don’t want the brilliance of The Elite to return to the same style of the weaker first instalment, The Selection.
I am currently reading, and hope to shortly finish, these beautiful books:
That’s all for this week, folks! Best of luck with your own reading progress!
Which books are you guys currently reading? Any favourite reads or any that you’re struggling to finish?