calendar girls: favorite book of the year released in 2017

happy monday my lovely bookoholics! ❤ how are you all doing? it’s the last month of this year and i have to say, that this topic will ruin me. 😀 i have read so many great books this year, all 2017 releases, that affected me so much, that i loved so much, that broke me, brought me tears, made me happy and made me think. i can’t possibly just pick one, can i?? that’s like choosing your favorite child, or in my case my favorite pet. i can’t. i will cry. they are all different but they are all great. i can’t pick my favorite book of 2017 yet. please someone help me *takes a deep breath and tries to calm herself*

– one hour later –

ok, i looked at my stats. i have 8 five star books that were published in 2017. five books are ya-contemporary. one book is fiction/mystery and two books are fantasy. i won’t include the fantasy books, because these are sequels. just accept that and go with me here. that makes six books to choose from. and i don’t knooooooow. help me!

 

– one more hour later –
(let’s do an introduction first)

 

calendargirls

 

calendar girls is a monthly blog event, that was created by melanie and flavia. this book group was inspired by the 1961 song “calendar girl” by neil sedaka and is supposed to motivate bookish discussions among bloggers. every month a theme is chosen by all participants and you are supposed to pick a book that in your opinion fits that theme perfectly. on the first monday in the month you publish your pick and the reasons why you think this book is the best in the chosen category. the hostess’ collect all picks and every third sunday of the month the picks are discussed on twitter with the hashtag #CGBChat at 8pm EST.

if you want to know more about the calendar girls, head over to melanie’s and flavia’s blogs. 🙂

“December, You’re the present ‘neath my Christmas tree.”

the theme for october is: YOUR FAVORITE BOOK OF 2017

 

– again one hour later –

 

ok, before i start rambling again, let me just show you all of the books, that were released in 2017 and were my favorite this year:

 

 

all of these books got a five star rating from me. i loved them all. they just spoke to me. they got me and made me feel something. (you see, i am rambling)

  •  “autoboyography” by christina lauren is about bisexual tanner and sebastian who grows up in a mormon family. it’s their story and i learned so much reading this book.
  • “words in deep blue” by cath crowley is about rachel who lost her brother and moves back to her old town and meets her old best friend henry. this book broke me. it hit me so hard and i was a sobbing mess.
  • “the hate you give” by angie thomas is about starr, who witnesses a brutal crime and needs to decide if she’s going to fight against it or not. i think everybody knows this book by now and how emotional it is.
  • “180 seconds” by jessica park was a complete surprise that i read recently. it’s about allison who went through a lot in the past and build up walls around her. after meeting esben and having a life-changing 180 seconds in her life, she starts to break down these walls. this book made me cry so much.
  • “starfish” by akemi dawn bowman is about kiko who can’t take her family anymore. she wants to get into her favorite school just to start a new life. it’s not that easy though. but she gets help from her old best friends jamie.
  • “watching glass shatter” by james j. cudney is the only fiction novel on my favorites list. i probably don’t have to say how much i loved jay’s debut novel. it’s a family drama, that is beautifully written, has you on edge and let’s you feel all the feels.

 

– another hour in which i think about all these books –

 

so now please tell me, which one of those i should choose? i don’t know!!! but i guess i have to. i will do it. yes i am. i am going with the book, that let me walk around a week after reading it, still not understanding all my feelings. why affected me so much. that book, that i wanted to pick up immediately after reading it and reread it again. that book, that made me cry so much. that book that made me tab the s*** out of it. that book that came at the exact right time. and that book is:

 

wordsindeepblue

 

words in deep blue” by cath crowley

this book was a complete surprise, affected me in ways i didn’t even know a book could and i will definitely pick it up again very soon. actually i want to start rereading it right now! so i guess, it was a good choice! 😀

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goodreads synopsis:

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city – and to the bookshop – to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

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to all the other books. i love you too. in a different way, because you all are perfect and special. i just had to choose one, which i am still mad about! 😀

 

this was hard guys. so hard. i’m out of words. please forgive my rambling. but try to pick your favorite, after reading 122 books this year… 😀

calendar girls: best end of a series

hello lovely bookoholics! ❤ i can’t believe this is the third month i am participating in the calendar girls pick of the month. time just flies and flies and flies. crazy. but here we go. this post could be a little repetitive but what can i say. read on to find out more. 😀

 

calendargirls

 

calendar girls is a monthly blog event, that was created by melanie and flavia. this book group was inspired by the 1961 song “calendar girl” by neil sedaka and is supposed to motivate bookish discussions among bloggers. every month a theme is chosen by all participants and you are supposed to pick a book that in your opinion fits that theme perfectly. on the first monday in the month you publish your pick and the reasons why you think this book is the best in the chosen category. the hostess’ collect all picks and every third sunday of the month the picks are discussed on twitter with the hashtag #CGBChat at 8pm EST.

if you want to know more about the calendar girls, head over to melanie’s and flavia’s blogs. 🙂

 

“November, I’ll give thanks that you belong to me.”

the theme for october is: BEST END OF A SERIES

 

soooo, let me explain. i have been a big reader since last year. i have read more books in the past year and a half than i have read my whole life. and i am 32… yeah, i wasn’t a big reader before. so of course i had to catch up on some stuff. i found out, that i like reading series, when they are fully published and then i can binge read them. i don’t like waiting. (i am talking to you mister jay kristoff. where is “obsidio” and the third book in the nevernight chronicle?). this waiting makes me impatient. i hate being impatient! 😀 but i have managed to read a few series in the last monts.

i could mention the reckoners trilogy by brandon sanderson, but “calamity” wasn’t my favorite. i could mention “mockingjay” by suzanne collins, but don’t even get my started on everything that happened there in the end. i could mention “a conjuring of light” by v.e. schwab. i loved the whole “shades of magic” trilogy, but i don’t think, that it was the best book in the series. i could mention “always and forever” by jenny han, because i really enjoyed the “to all the boys i’ve loved before” series. but it wasn’t the best end to a series. you all know my thoughts on crooked kingdom” by leigh bardugo, which was good, but not the book i expected. so now what? i don’t have that many series left, that i have read entirely. and there is just one book, that i loved completely. one that i read in one sitting. one that made me cry and let me feel all the feels. one that was perfectly done. that i definitely liked a little bit more than the first book in the series. so there is nothing left for me, than to pick this book:

 

 

OurDarkDuet

our dark duet” by v.e. schwab

 

yes, you are reading right. i am picking the same book as last month. 😀 there is just no other way for me to pick a different one, because i think “our dark duet” was the best conclusion to a story, there could be. i know, that this is just a duology, but i count it as a series and for me, this is just the best ending in a series. i loved this book so much. the characters, the action, the plot, everything was perfect to me and i will always look back at it as my favorite duology. thank you very much, miss schwab 😀

 

 

i know, that i picked the same book as last month, but what can you do? 😀 i want to be honest with you! 😀 and i am working on finishing so many more series, that maybe in the future my pick will be different! 🙂 please let me know your pick? what is the best end of a series for you?