My Year in Books 2017

It’s the time of year for lists and reflection, and I would be amiss if I didn’t reflect upon what I read this year, and if I didn’t share my favourite reads of 2017! I read a lot this year – about 80 books (because I am sure I missed recording a few on Goodreads here and there!), which amounted to a whopping 32,601 pages. And that’s not even counting all the reading I did for school (which, by the way, is something I would prefer to not reflect upon).

Anyways, Goodreads put together this super neat feature called “My Year in Books”, and I thought it would be awesome to combine some of the things I learned from it with my yearly Top 10 Books post! I have attached photos of “My Year in Books” below my Top 10 of 2017 post for this of you who are interested in viewing it – including a fabulous collage of all the books I read this year!

My Top 10 Books for 2017 are:

  1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas (May 2, 2017)
  2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
  3. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (March 28, 2017)
  4. A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab (February 21, 2017)
  5. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (September 5, 2017)
  6. Windwitch by Susan Dennard (January 10, 2017)
  7. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (September 5, 2017)
  8. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (October 3, 2017)
  9. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (March 14, 2017)
  10. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (August 29, 2017)

*Please note that this list only includes books that were published on or after January 1, 2017 in Canada that I have personally read. Therefore, some books you regarded as being one of your favourite books of 2017 may be omitted from this list. If this is the case, please refrain from negativity – instead, I ask you to comment and share the omitted book with me so I have to opportunity to read it myself! Thank-you!  

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

“Conquer your fear, and you can conquer the world” – Jay Kristoff, Godsgrave (p.144).

Godsgrave is the second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff. Released in North America on September 5th, 2017, Godsgrave has already received a plethora of stellar reviews, with editorial reviewers raving about this original piece of literature, calling it “sexier, grittier, bloodier and fiercer” than its predecessor. And I have to agree – fans of Nevernight will adore this second installment, even as Kristoff effectively rips their hearts to pieces.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family. Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she’s told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia’s suspicions about the Red Church’s true motives begin to grow. When it’s announced that Scaeva will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end him. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between love and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

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October 2017 TBR

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram or Twitter, you’ll know that I have a moderately successful reading month in September – I managed to read about half of my TBR list (plus a couple books that weren’t initially on it), and with everything going on, I am pretty proud of that! I’ve still got quite a stack of books to work through, but I’ll get there one day … right?

So, what will I be reading this month?

I am going to try and be realistic with myself this month – with my educational journey as a Teacher Candidate now well underway, I now know my time to read will be limited, so I am under no illusions of believing I will actually be able to finish every book on the below list – once again, even half would be an accomplishment!

  1. The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May (June 13, 2017)
  2. The Changeling’s Journey by Christine Spoors (July 31, 2017)
  3. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo (August 29, 2017)
  4. Godsgrave: Book Two Of The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff (September 5, 2017)
  5. Fireblood by Elly Blake (September 12, 2017)
  6. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (September 26, 2017)
  7. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (September 26, 2017)
  8. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli (October 3, 2017)
  9. Shadowblack by Sebastien de Castell (October 5, 2017)
  10. Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson (October 10, 2017)

  11. What are you reading this month?

August 2017 FairyLoot Unboxing

FairyLoot is a monthly book subscription box that specializes in Young Adult Fantasy books, based out of London, England. Recent themes include Tricksters (July 2017), Elementalists (June 2017)Warriors and Legends (May 2017). Every month they have a different theme and select an exciting newly released fantasy novel, in addition to 4-6 hand selected goodies – like book inspired teas, candles, bookmarks, tote bags, and more!

So, how can you get a FairyLoot box of your own (because once you see the awesome books and all the awesome loot in them, I know you’ll want one too)? For more information, check out FairyLoot’s website!

And, if you decide to subscribe? Check out my FairyLoot Page for current discount codes for 3 and 6 month subscriptions!

So now, on to the exciting part – the unboxing! August 2017’s FairyLoot box was all about “Otherworlds” – this box celebrates other fictional worlds, or fictional worlds within the normal world. If you’re a fan of A Court of Mist and FuryLord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Peter Pan then you are going to love this box! There’s a TON of fantastic items, including some really awesome bonus items. Some of these items have never been included in a FairyLoot box before! (Warning: Spoilers for box contents past this point!)

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Back to School Book List

Hey Bookworms! For those of you who have been following my reading journey on my Bookstagram, you’ll know that I have a relatively successful reading month in August – in fact, I nearly completely my entire TBR List! Of course, that was before I made a trip to The Book Outlet for some older, and found myself drowning in late August/early September releases that I just couldn’t pass up.

So, what will I be reading this month?

I am going to try and be realistic with myself this month – with a new apartment to unpack, and a brand new educational journey, I am not sure how much time I’ll have to read, so I am under no illusions of believing I will actually be able to finish every book on the below list – even half would be an accomplishment!

In addition, this month, since I will be tackling some older releases I picked up at The Book Outlet (2014 and earlier), I’ve split my reading list into two groups – The Old and The New!

The Old:

  1. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (May 22, 2012)
  2. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (May 28, 2013)
  3. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (October 7, 2014)
  4. Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes (July 15, 2014)

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The New:

  1. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke (May 22, 2016)
  2. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller (August 29th, 2017)
  3. Godsgrave: Book Two Of The Nevernight Chronicle by Jay Kristoff (September 5, 2017)
  4. Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas (September 6th, 2017)
  5. Fireblood by Elly Blake (September 12, 2017)
  6. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (September 19, 2017)
  7. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (September 26th, 2017)