yes, hi, hello, my last post was in february and it’s now the end of may and we will just gloss over that. due to a recent unhinged endeavor, i remembered that i like writing book blog posts, and i thought why not come back and probably dip out for three months again. you love to see it.
so today, we are ranking all of the books I read this year. i know these are probably more fun in a video format but i also don’t care. also this is very romance heavy because i am going through it. look away!! i am also not including rereads here because i don’t feel like it. i make the rules here! SO. let’s talk about unhinged categories! the books within categories are in no particular order.
first category is naturally the trash category and these were books that deserve no rights. very unpleasing for my vibes. would not recommend. would chuck into the garbage can and would not think twice about it.
- To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara – no doubt in my fragile mind that this is the single worst thing i read this year. has no business being called a novel. truly we were pranked. the people who loved it IF those exist, they straight up lied. more on that in my review.
- Pond by Claire Louise Bennet – you know i love a pretentious girlie but i cannot STAND a girlie that makes zero sense. like if you love reading a dictionary, this is great for you. otherwise, it’s just not the vibe.
next category is the ‘it’s a book’ category. these are definitely books. that exist. that i read. that elicit not a single thought. none. they just are there.
- Twisted Love by Ana Huang – i am not sure what my romance girlies see in this one but good for them! this was just not good for me. i disliked the main lead but i also liked some of the dynamic in the first part of the novel. ultimately, the plot is just completely stupid and me and my single brain cell working in overtime could not take it.
- The Employees by Olga Ravn – sorry to my friends who love this, but you could not convince me in a million years that this book is doing anything novel in exploring the idea of what it means to be human. like nothing new or fresh or interesting. sorry.
this category is very like good for you! you did a decent job! good book! well done! did it blow my mind? no, but it was fun and i am glad i read it.
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie – i liked this, but i think it’s just very slow and i did not get invested in it until the last part. and it doesn’t do much in terms of exciting worldbuilding or anything, but i do really enjoy the characters and i am glad i finally read it.
- In the Jaws of Life by Dubravka Ugresic – i also enjoyed this! i think it did interesting things, but the more time i spend away from it, the more forgettable i am finding it. but it was interesting. i talked a bit more about it here.
- Heartstopper by Alice Oseman – these were really cute and i am glad that i read them! i don’t think i am the target audience since they do read kind of juvenile and patronising, but that’s not the book’s fault. but they did bring a great serotonin boost and i am glad that i can now partake in the excitement for this series since it’s charming.
- Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson – i wanted a fast-paced thriller and i got it. did not love it, but it was fun to read and it kept me engaged when i literally could not read anything else.
- Vladimir by Julia May Jones – the more time i spend away from this the less i like it, but i do think it did some interesting things, it’s just that i wish it went darker and dug a little deeper. but enjoyable! a romp! i talked more about it on my instagram, so you can follow me there and check it out!
these are books i thought were great. i would recommend them wholeheartedly, feel truly blessed that i have read them. also this is a singularly romance category. we love to see it.
- Bombshell by Sarah MacLean – thought it was incredibly entertaining, i love the way sarah writes historical romance and i loved all the characters a lot, and the overall vibe and i cannot wait for the rest of the series.
- Marriage for One by Ella Maise – this is a really slow burn marriage of convenience where the guy falls first and that’s just my kryptonite so sue me. it was cringe in certain parts but so am i so who am i to judge.
- The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean – truly love everything this woman writes. this is like a marriage in trouble romance and i really loved it. well done.
this is basically my favorite reads of the year. truly amazing, loved reading them.
- My Husband by Rumena Buzarovska – exactly my kind of short story collection. explores tense relationships in sparse language and it’s great. i loved it.
- The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin – loved this finale. loved this series. well done bestie.
- Love Me More Than Anything in the World by Mira Furlan – loved her memoir. really the book that kept me the most engaged this whole year.
- The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka – other than the book i will talk about next, this is my favorite of the year and the only full five star. tender and heartbreaking and so interesting narratively. loved loved loved it.
in case you missed it, i love Brood by Jackie Polzin, it’s my whole personality. so this is the category for books that sparked the same level of obsession even if they weren’t as good as the chicken book.
- The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake – a zero brain cell book, just pure unfiltered unhinged vibes. wholeheartedly recommend.
That’s all I read this year (except like 10 rereads)! Let me know your favorite book of the year so far! AND READ THE ATLAS SIX!
In the meantime, happy reading
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