Best of 2017


I was contemplating not making a list of my favorites this year, but a) I looooove lists and b) I enjoy looking back at them, so here we go.

Favorite books of 2017, in chronological order because I can’t be arsed to pick favorites among my favorites. All of these are novels, unless stated otherwise.

  • A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote (three short stories)
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)
  • Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest (poetry; available on Spotify)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (short story)
  • Thud! by Terry Pratchett
  • Çalıkuşu by Reşat Nuri Güntekin
  • No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay (poetry, also the only 2017 book that made it to my Favorites shelf on Goodreads)
  • The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (play)
  • Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

Favorite albums, in no order, mostly, except for the first 5.

  • Lea Michele – Places
  • Hey Violet – From the Outside
  • All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
  • Sarah Close – Caught Up
  • Taylor Swift – Reputation
  • Betty Who – The Valley
  • Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
  • John Mayer – The Search for Everything
  • Paramore – After Laughter
  • Imagine Dragons – Evolve
  • P!nk – Beautiful Trauma
  • The Maine – Lovely Little Lonely
  • Ed Sheeran – Divide
  • Harry Styles – Harry Styles

Movies & TV, once again, in no order because it’s not like there’s a lot to begin with.

  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Rick and Morty
  • Star Trek: Discovery (also a general shout-out to Bryan Fuller)
  • Stranger Things
  • Doctor Who
  • Marvel’s The Punisher
  • Wonder Woman
  • Logan
  • La La Land
  • Atomic Blonde

Mid-Year Book Freak Out


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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.

2017 Reading Plans


I have a list of 58 classics I want to read in 2017. I will probably add a few titles to that list over the course of the year, so basically it means an average of 5 classics per month. And while some of them are essays and plays, some are huge, like Vanity Fair and The Forsyte Saga. I’ll probably do a quick check mid-year to see how things go, because to be honest, I’m not feeling very optimistic at the moment.

Also I want to read as much feminist literature as I can get my hands on. Some of the titles are already on my list, but contemporary ones are not. There’s also the fact that many of them I simply can’t get here, because I live in the most useless country in the world, ugh.

Anyway, here’s the list:

1. J. Milton, Paradise Lost
2. C. Dickens, Great Expectations
3. W.M. Thackeray, Vanity Fair Continue reading