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?

calendar girls: best paranormal novel

hello lovely bookoholics! ❤ this is my second post for the calender girls. whoooop whooop! i am so excited. you should join us, because there are great picks every month! 🙂

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. 🙂

 

“October, Romeo and Juliet on Halloween.”

the theme for october is: BEST PARANORMAL NOVEL

 

now here is the thing. as it turns out, i do not read many paranormal books. like none at all, haha. which is also new to me. but i went through a lot of lists and there were books, that i have never heard of. since i was never a huge fantasty reader and just started this year with this genre, i am not surprised, that i haven’t gotten to many paranormal novels. BUT, yes, i found a fantasy book, that was also shelved as paranormal. win win, because i have read this novel and i loved it so much. i am talking about “this savage song” by v.e. schwab. but i am not going to pick that one, because there is one, that i loved even more. and that’s this one, which is my pick for the month:

 

OurDarkDuet

our dark duet” by v.e. schwab

 

 

after reading “this savage song” i preordered “our dark duet” immediately. i loved the first book, but i had some minor issues with it. but i was looking forward to the sequel of this duology. so, when “our dark duet” came, i sat down and read it in one sitting. yes, i read this book straight with no breaks. i loved it. i loved everything about it.

the plot went into a direction, that i didn’t expect and there was so much action, that i couldn’t put down the book. then there were the characters, that i started to love in “this savage song”. there were twists and turns, there were revelations, there were feelings and all in all i just loved this book so much. the end hit me right in the heart and i didn’t know what to do with myself after reading this book, but it was a perfect conclusion to the duology.

i am so glad, that i could pick this book for this month, because it is one of my favorite duologies, so yeah, that’s why i pick this. 🙂

 

 

 

that’s it guys. unfortunately i don’t have many other books to talk about, because well, it seems i don’t read many paranormal books. let me know, if you read paranormal novels and what your favorites are! 🙂

calendar girls: best contemporary novel

hello lovely bookoholics! ❤ recently i joined the calender girls. whoooop whooop! now you may ask: “what are the calendar girls?”. of course i will give you an introduction:

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. 🙂

 

“september, i light the candles at your sweet sixteen.”

the theme for september is: BEST CONTEMPORARY NOVEL

 

now, as you may know me, i loooooove my contemporaries, especially ya-romance contemporaries. i just get lost in them. and i have a few, that are my favorites, but i just can’t pick them all. there will be some picks down below, but as for my pick of the month and best contemporary novel, i will choose a fiction book i have read recently and that kind of broke and warmed my heart at the same time. my pick is:

 

AManCalledOve

a man called ove” by fredrik backman

you may ask: why alex? why are you picking this, when there are so many ya books that you love? the answer to this is very easy: “a man called ove” is phenomenal. i didn’t know what to expect, when i started it. i picked it up, because a friend of mine watched the movie adaptation and he thought it was a great movie. and since i prefer books, i picked it up. i read it in one sitting. there was no way i could put down that book.

“a man called ove” is about an old, grumpy man, that’s our ove. he isn’t nice to people, he is grumpy all the time and he wants to be left alone. there is a reason, why ove is living this life. and this reason is revealed throughout the book. the chapters jump from past to present and you slowly realize, why ove is person he is. you get to know his story. at the same time in the present, he gets to know the new neighbors, who change his life, because they won’t leave ove alone. he has no chance to escape but it’s not a bad thing and at the end of the book you will know why.

this is a beautiful book about relationships and friendships with a phenomenal cast of characters. the story is heartbreaking and wonderful at the same time. i cried so much during this book! it warmed my heart, it broke it, like a lot of times. this book is just so emotional and absolutely nothing that i expected. it’s definitely one of my favorite books and i will always recommend it to contemporary lovers, because it is just so amazing! ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

since i am also a sucker for ya contemporary romances or ya contemporaries in general, here are some of my favorites, which won’t surprise anyone, because i already talked about them a lot 😀

 

thefaultinourstars

“the fault in our stars” by john green is by far my favorite ya contemporary. still, after so many years, i love this book. it breaks me everytime. i love the characters, i love the story, i love the writing, i love the quotes, i love everything about this! ❤

 

thesunisalsoastar

“the sun is also a star” by nicola yoon became one of my favorites this year, because it is a wonderful story, that takes place throughout a day. the characters are diverse and beautiful, the writing is great and in the end you will cry. loved it! ❤

 

theperks

“the perks of being a wallflower” by stephen chbosky is a favorite since many years. i loved the book so much and i also enjoyed the movie, which soundtrack is still as a playlist on my phone. it’s a wonderful story about growing up and charlie as a character will warm his way into your heart! ❤

 

fangirl

“fangirl” by rainbow rowell is my favorite because of levi. ok, not just because of levi, i love this book in general. i really could related to cath, i loved the development of the characters and the romance is just so cute. i would love to read more about those characters and i will definitely be rereading this soon! 🙂 ❤

 

alaska

“looking for alaska” by john green took me by surprise. i knew i would love it, because it’s john green and i think if you once love john green, then your love stays throughout all books by him. i knew nothing about this book, when i started it. i read it one night in one sitting and i was heartbroken. i cried like a baby and i wasn’t able to formulate my thoughts about this for a while. the story and characters stuck with me and wouldn’t let me go. it’s definitely one of my favorites. ❤

 

 

that’s it guys. that were some of my favorite contemporaries and my pick of the month for september. i am excited to find out the other picks from the girls and discuss with them. if you want to join, please do. and now, let me know what you think is the best contemporary novel! 🙂