Mid-Year Book Freak Out

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Original: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03gz6k0IB-Y // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Wh0rPGfRg&t=6s

Please let’s not talk about how I’ve been absent for half a year, okay, thank you.

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017.
To Kill a Mockingbird. Man, does this one even need an explanation?

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.
Haven’t been reading much in terms of series (I’m saving all my fantasy for July & August), but The Hammer of Thor was really, really good. It was also my first ever book with a genderfluid character, which I loved immensely. Can’t wait for the last book this fall

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.
The two Trials of Apollo books that came out so far, other than that – I don’t even know, I’ve mostly been reading classics this year, with an occasional contemporary novel that came up in one of my games on LiveLib.

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.
The Ship of the Dead. Riordan all the way!

5. Biggest disappointment.
I’ve got two books that were huge disappointments. First is The Catcher in the Rye. For whatever reason I had quite high expectations for this one and it turned out to be TERRIBLE. One of the worst books of the year.

The second one is Watchmen – I know, right??? It’s basically a staple, a must-read for all comics/graphic novel lovers, and yet, and yet, I just felt so detached. The characters were boring, some I downright hated, like Nite Owl II (but Rorschach was great and Dr. Manhattan was cool up until the very end.. ugh). There was just too much packed in those 400+ A4 pages. Too much.

6. Biggest surprise.
The Yellow Wallpaper. It’s tiny. Go read it.

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)
That’s a hard one. I read a lot of stuff by new authors, a lot of which I really enjoyed, but I only read one novel by each, or a couple of short stories, so can I really count that? Maybe next thing by them I read I hate completely, you know? Anyways!

Truman Capote – I’ve read three autobiographical short stories and his writing is BEAUTIFUL, I’m so excited to read more.

Thomas Hardy – that one needs a looong explanation and I’m not really feeling it, but I plan on reading at least one more novel of his this summer, so maybe then.

And I would also love to read more Margaret Atwood and Maya Angelou, absolutely.

8. Newest fictional crush.
I rarely ever have book crushes, so my new ones are all old ones re-introduced through new books of the series they are parts of, if that makes sense. For example, Bigby Wolf (*What a Man by Linda Lyndell starts playing*) and Sam Vimes (*the song gets ten times louder*). I just love decent men, what can I say?

9. Newest favourite character.
Atticus Finch. See #1

10. Book that made you cry.
All The Light We Cannot See made me cry a rIVER. Also No Matter the Wreckage was beautiful, Mrs. Ribeiro always makes me tear up, no matter if I read it or listen to it.

11. Book that made you happy.
… And this is me realizing I read a lot of angsty stuff this year. So I guess we’re back to Rick Riordan. Oh, and Oh, boy! It was so so so lovely.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year.
So far this year I’ve seen Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman, and all three of them were amazing and technically count, right? If they don’t, A Monster Calls was beautiful, if a tad bit boring. But I loved the animated parts to bits, they were gorgeous.

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year.
I’m still shit at writing reviews, but I’ve actually been writing them! In Russian though, on LiveLib. Here they are. All of them are bad. You’ve been warned.

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)
It might actually be A Little Life – I absolutely adore the gorgeous simplicity of this cover.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?
I’ve actually been keeping up with my Top 17 Books to Read in 2017 list! So far I have eight left: The Nightingale, Vanity Fair, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Beloved, Brideshead Revisited, A Room of One’s Own, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents. I think I’m doing quite well, all things considered.

Best of 2016

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I wasn’t planning on writing anything this year, but in the end decided to compile a quick list, just for myself, with no explanations. It was quite a nice year for me media-wise, with comic books, Hamilton and MCU dominating most of it. Also it’s so easy to forget by the end of the year all the things you loved at the beginning of it, jeez.

Books

10 // The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

9 // The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

8 // The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

// Fables (vol.1-4) by Bill Willingham

6 // Au bonheur des ogres by Daniel Pennac

5 // A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

4 // Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

3 // Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

2 // Preacher by Garth Ennis

1 // Hawkeye by Matt Fraction

Music

16 // Little Mix

15 // Gabrielle Aplin

14 // Lauren Aquilina

13 // One Direction

12 // BTS

11 // Hedley

10 // TWICE

9 // The 1975

8 // Florence + The Machine

7 // Sara Bareilles

6 // All Time Low

5 // Panic! at the Disco

4 // Halsey

3 // New Politics

2 // Daughter

1 // Hamilton

Movies / TV

1 // Marvel Cinematic Universe (all movies + Daredevil, Agent Carter s1)

2 // Moana

3 // Deadpool

4 // Pride and Prejudice (1995 mini-series)

5 // Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

6 // Star Trek Beyond

7 // Arrival

8 // Clueless

9 // Monty Python and the Holy Grail

10 // Teen Wolf (but it’s No. 1 in my heart forever and ever and ever okay)

T5W: Rainy Day Reads

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This is actually one of last April’s topics, but I never did it, and also today’s one (favorite first sentences) is not something I’m particularly interested in doing, since I’ve read most of the books in Russian, and besides, the only first sentence that stands out to me is “It is a truth universally acknowledged…”, because I’m THAT cliché. Also the weather here is crap. It’s my blog, after all, so Imma do what I want! (But please leave links to your posts with today’s actual topic below, I would love to check them all out!)

Please don’t try to make sense of my associative chains. There is none. I’m a Gemini.

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I read this book two years ago, so all I can remember is that they were always wet. I’m not kidding.
  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. First of all, look at that beautiful title. Do you really need to know anything else about it to read it? Because I didn’t. And I just read it. And it was lovely. And sad, which is why it’s a rainy book.
  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s dark blue. It’s about water (sort of). It’s slightly creepy.
  1. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. I could go with any of Murakami novels (or non-fictions, I think Underground is a really good rainy read), but this is one of my favorites, and also the one I would probably recommend to someone who wants to start reading Murakami and is not afraid of a little challenge (and if you want to play it safe – go for Norwegian Wood).
  1. The Book Thief. Because if the rain is loud enough, there’s a good chance no one will hear you cry.