My 2017 Favorites!

 Favorite Books Read in 2017:

This list was hard to put together but here they are, my favorite books of 2017 (in chronological order): 

 


 Now, beyond the books, I’ve watched lots of lovely movies this year and so this was a pretty hard list to make.

I’m putting these in chronological order because other than a vague top 5, it’s really hard for me to choose the best ones because I enjoyed them or rated them this or that way for different reasons.  (I mostly rate them based on much I enjoyed them, though).

 

Favorite Movies Watched in 2017 (for the first time):

 

  • Rogue One – A Star Wars Story
  • Hidden Figures
  • A Silent Voice
  • Your Name 
  • Wonder Woman
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Blackfish
  • Secretariat
  • Spiderman: Homecoming
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • Black Swan
  • Dofus: Book I Julith
  • IT
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Star Wars Episode VI: Empire Strikes Back
  • Porco Rosso
  • Thor: Ragnarok 
  • Atomic Blonde
  • Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Gifted

 

Reviews: Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows & Empire of Storms [SPOILERS]

Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows & Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas 

 

It’s been difficult for me to write reviews lately and since I’ve loved all the books in this series, I thought it would be pointless to make different posts saying the same thing, so I decided to compile these reviews into a single post as you can see. 

There will be SPOILERS in this post, you are warned. 

Continue reading “Reviews: Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows & Empire of Storms [SPOILERS]”

September Wrap Up

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This was a hectic first month of the semester for me and I’m not looking forward to continuing all that much, to be honest. I started uni classes and driving classes and I have so much homework, and barely any time to eat a proper lunch. I’m so glad September’s over, and I’m so glad I still managed to post so much. I hope I can keep that up. If only I could skip October and all the tests and assignments I have to do… Oh well, better get started with the wrap-up!

 

Books Read: 

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I was on a book ban but I ordered Tower of Dawn because I can’t stop thinking about Rowaelin, Elide and Lochan, Manon and Dorian, and Aedion and Lysandra! THEY’RE ALL SO PRECIOUS, ESPECIALLY ABRAXOS! I read these four TOG books on my first week of classes. I had sooo much time that week, every teacher canceled at least one class and there one or two days when I didn’t have classes at all!

The Midnight Sea wasn’t as good as I expected but it was definitely entertaining and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. 

  1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
  2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars (2nd favorite)
  3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars (favorite)
  5. The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross – 3.5-4 stars

 

Reviews & Some Other Posts: 

 

Here’s a list of some of the movies I watched this month (for the first time) that I really enjoyed and strongly recommend: 

  • The Innocents – 4 stars
  • Kong: Skull Island – 3.5 stars
  • The Empire Strikes Back – 3.5 stars
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – 4.5 stars  (one of my favorites of all the movies I watched this month; I would just like to thank god for Charlie Hunnam)
  • IT – 4 stars

Unpopular opinion of the month: I really disliked Baby Driver and it was painful to finish, and I don’t see what all the hype is about.

 

Summer : To Be Read

I’m super excited it’s finally summer! I love the summer holidays because I get almost three months vacation from classes to do everything I didn’t have free time to do before which includes, of course: 

  •  to finally get around to reading the unread books on my shelves; hopefully, before I buy more books

I’ve listed 15 books in my TBR list for this summer, which I most likely will stray from. Still, I’ll probably read most of these and I don’t want to force myself to read either – so if I don’t read those books, then I don’t, and it’s fine. 

I’ve been meaning to read this series since I they first arrived December last year and I’m finally getting around to it! (Hopefully soon, because Tower of Dawn is coming out this year in September(?)and I’m excited about it!)

I’m also looking forward to reading the books I bought this past month [ Book Haul May 2017 ], namely,

  1. Kinslayer – Jay Kristoff
  2. Endsinger – Jay Kristoff
  3. Traitor to the Throne – Alwyn Hamilton
  4. Spice & Wolf: Light Novel Vol. 2 – Isuna Hasekura
  5. Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

Now, from my unread books that have been on my shelves for quite some time: 

  1. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
  2. Blind Widow, Sleeping Woman – Haruki Murakami
  3. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  4. Revealed – P.C. Cast

I’ve started all of these but I put them on-hold for some reason at the time, so I’d really like to finish them. (Fun fact: I was a huge fan of The House of Night series when I was younger, but as I got older and started reading them in English, I realized that they’re not that good.  Since I own this one I thought I should read it – though, I’m not particularly interested in finishing the series. I’m surprised it managed to get this many books though. Revealed is the 11th book in the series.)

Book Order ! (Nov 20)

Hi, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! This week was a bit hard for me, dealing with a few assignments and other uni stuff so I wasn’t really able to post as much as I wanted.

I ordered some books on the 20th and I wanted to share them with you. It’s my dad’s Christmas gift for me.

 

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

  • Crown of Midnight  (Throne of Glass #2)
  • Heir of Fire  (Throne of Glass #3)
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)
  • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

(And after I get these I’ll have all of Sarah J. Maas’ books)

Throne of Glass Synopses: 

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

 

Spice and Wolf: Novel Vol 1. by Isuna Hasekura

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Synopse: The life of a traveling merchant is a lonely one, a fact with which Kraft Lawrence is well acquainted. Wandering from town to town with just his horse, cart, and whatever wares have come his way, the peddler has pretty well settled into his routine-that is, until the night Lawrence finds a wolf goddess asleep in his cart. Taking the form of a fetching girl with wolf ears and a tail, Holo has wearied of tending to harvests in the countryside and strikes up a bargain with the merchant to lend him the cunning of “Holo the Wisewolf” to increase his profits in exchange for taking her along on his travels. What kind of businessman could turn down such an offer? Lawrence soon learns, though, that having an ancient goddess as a traveling companion can be a bit of a mixed blessing. Will this wolf girl turn out to be too wild to tame? 

Vicious by V.E.Schwab  (Vicious #1)

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Synopse: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #1)

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Synopse:  Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. .

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)

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Synopse: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

I’m sooo excited to read these books. I heard great things about all of them and though I’m already familiar with the plot (and spoilers) of some I’m nevertheless looking forward to reading them.