The year is ending, & WE’VE SURVIVED. But in even better news, I actually completed my sister’s 52 book challenge! (She ended up reading 56 books this year, but whatever, it’s not a race.) So before I jump right in to another 52 book challenge for 2018, I want to take a moment to review the highlights (and low lights) of this year’s titles.
Here are my 2017 Book Awards!
Weirdest Book I Read This Year
Without a doubt, this award goes to Mort(e) by Robert Repino. When super-smart ants take over the world, they release an intelligence serum into the environment that causes all animals to achieve the same IQs as humans (as well as grow to human size).
If you think your precious lap dog would still be as happy to see you under this scenario as they are now, think again. The animals join the ants in eradicating humankind–that is, until a strange disease begins to spread among the animals. A disease that resembles religion.
While I did enjoy this book, omniscient tank-sized ants & all, the whole time I just kept thinking, “What AM I reading?!” If you’re looking for something different, check out Mort(e).
Book I Didn’t Expect To Enjoy But Totally Did
I give this award to A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. I don’t math well, & it’s been a long time since I sat in a science class. Nevertheless, this book is easily one of my favorites of everything I’ve read this year.
Hawking writes for the Every Man yet still discusses topics such as space-time & naked singularities, & it is not long before you feel you’re expert enough on the subject to go tête-à-tête with Dr. Who. Hawking makes you think that maybe, just maybe, you COULD understand quantum mechanics…you know, if you really wanted to.
Yes, it’s a smarty-pants book, but it’s a really, really fun read, & I highly recommend it no matter what grade you got on your science final.
Book I Expected To Enjoy But Totally Didn’t
I’m such a huge fan of classic literature, so I completely expected to love Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. As it turned out, I really sorta hated it. You can read my full review of the book here if you’re interested, but basically I have two main problems with it:
- Only about 20% of this super long book is actually about the characters that move the plot. The rest is inconsequential side characters & architecture lectures.
- Even trying to keep in mind the age in which this book was written (published in 1831), Esmeralda is just too stupid to be a sympathetic character in any sense of the word. I know that sounds harsh. It’s really not. But at least she has pretty little feet.
Read this book if you’re interested in Paris or in finding out how the story ACTUALLY ends (so much death), but otherwise, stick with the Disney cartoon.
Book I’m Most Likely To Re-Read In The Future
For the record, I do not re-read books (in general, I hate doing anything over again, whether it’s watching a movie twice or repeating a story I’ve already told). So when I say that I will definitely re-read The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, it’s a big deal. I loved this little book. Like I want to gush about it to strangers & embarrass myself in public, I loved it so much.
The Halloween Tree is about nine friends who go out for a night of trick-or-treating, but when one of them is swept away, the rest join the mysterious Mr. Moundshroud on a journey through time to learn the origins of Halloween & save their friend.
You can read my full review here, but the main takeaway: you should read this book. Read it now.
Favorite Book Review
My most successful book review of the year (based on number of views) was easily the one I did on Stephen King’s IT. Of course, interest was already high on the subject thanks to the film adaptation that came out this October (which I liked).
But since that’s the whole reason I read this behemoth of a book in the first place, so I’ll take it.
This review is also my favorite of all I’ve done this year because I had SO MANY THOUGHTS about this book (both good & bad), so there was a lot to talk about & a lot to share with anyone whose only knowledge of the story was going to come from the film.
You can read my full review here. The gist of it?
Favorite Book of 2017
This is always the hardest pick for any reader, & I read so many awesome books this year that it seems a little unfair just to single out one. But I’m gonna do it anyways.
My favorite book that I read this year was The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. When you begin referring to an author by a special nickname (in this case, “My Girl Es-Jack”), & your family and friends immediately know who you’re talking about, then you realize that author has truly set up shop in your heart.
You can read my full review of this book (in fact all of My Girl Es-Jack’s books) in this post. They are very, very good.
And so this year, and this post, has come to an end. I want to thank every single person who has taken the time to read my posts. Your support means a ton. Thanks also to all my Twitter & Instagram friends who are so encouraging of me & my blogging efforts. I heart you all, so let’s keep this party going! Bring on the books, 2018!
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