It’s 2018. Wow, it feels weird to say that. Last year I did a post of 6 books to read in 2017, and according to magical blog stats, you liked it! Since I didn’t get around to much book reviewing or book blogging in 2017, I thought I’d do a similar post for 2018. I read 45 books last year, and these were some of my favorites!
PANIC by Lauren Oliver Read for fun. This book is perfect for YA fans who want an easy read. I love Lauren Oliver’s one-word titles and most of her writing, even as I’ve started to read less and less YA. When I started, this seemed like an exact rip-off of The Hunger Games, but it became increasingly different as the book went on. It’s not something I’d re-read, but it’s a page-turner that I swallowed in about two sittings. 4.5/5 Wagging Tails
A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE by Brittany Cavallaro Read for fun. I usually deeply dislike Sherlock Holmes retellings (including BBC’s Sherlock), so the degree to which I enjoyed this book was kind of a shock to me. I enjoyed the female Holmes, and the fact that she and Jamie Watson were descended from original Holmes and Watson which I think gave the author more free reign to experiment with the characters and develop them into something all her own. The mystery was pretty solid, but I was annoyed that Jamie was short for James, who, in the original series, was a Moriarty. 4.5/5 Wagging Tails
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM by J.K. Rowling Read for fun and for my 8-year-old self. Where, oh where, would this list be if I didn’t include a brand-new Harry Potter book?! I LOVED this book so much more than The Cursed Child (which we do not speak of on this blog), mostly because Rowling actually wrote this one herself. I recognized a ton of the quirks in her writing that were present throughout the Harry Potter series. Even though this was her first script, it felt as if I was reading a real story. Newt and his niffler are definitely the stars of the show. Go read this. 5/5 Wagging Tails
RHINOCEROS by Eugène Ionesco Read for school. This is such a fun, absurdist read. It’s super short and you don’t know what’s going on sometimes, but that’s half the fun! If you want to start off your 2018 reading about people randomly catching rhinoceritis, this one’s for you. 5/5 Wagging Tails
MEDEA by Euripides Read for school. I LOVE THIS PLAY. It’s essentially a Greek Macbeth, if Shakespeare had only focused on Lady Macbeth. Medea essentially gets upset when her husband dishonors her, proceeds to get revenge Greek-hero style (except everyone hates her because she’s a woman), and goes slightly insane. Oh, and there are dragons. Need I say more? 5/5 Wagging Tails
MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg Read for fun. RBG! RBG! I love her so so much, and this book just made me love her more. It’s less a memoir and more a collection of important writings from her personal life and her career. She says so much about being a short, minority woman in a world that wanted to exclude women from everything, and it’s incredible how much she as a person did to advance the rights of all American women. A must-read for any feminist, liberal, or American. 5/5 Wagging Tails
What were your favorite books of 2017?
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