TTT: Best Books of 2017

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I haven’t done these in a while, but it was the perfect time to get back to Top Ten Tuesdays! I’ve had to reflect on the books I’ve read this year, because lately I’ve been reading meh books. Might be because I’m on a reading funk, and I really just need to get back out of it. In any case, the audiobooks I’ve listened to so far haven’t been hitting it out of the ballpark either.

However! I do have a current top ten list, and save for maybe one or two, there isn’t much of a change!

Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

Monstress, Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – I am loving this world and this series so far, and for me, the second volume knocked it out of the ballpark as well. Loved the first, the second was just as strong, and I cannot wait for the next volume! Maybe it’ll be up by this upcoming BookCon ūüėÄ (review)

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab – WHY WOULDN’T THIS BE IN MY TOP TEN. I cried, I laughed, I squeed. It was just such a great end to a trilogy, and I’m SO STOKED that Schwab’s got more in sights in this world! (review)

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs – Mercy and Adam POVs always make me happy. And this book started off with chocolate, so that made me doubly happy. (review)

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher – I loved Carrie Fisher’s voice, and the fact that she narrates this memoir on top of it was fantabulous.

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – THIS HURT ME SO MUCH. But the rewards at the end was absolutely worth the pain and agony. Also, I ship Liraz and Ziri so hard it’s not even funny. (review)

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier – Pretty much defines my life with my siblings. This was a book I picked up because I’d assigned it to my kids, but holy hell, I didn’t think I’d enjoy it as much. (review)

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – This was one of my favorites because I totally have a girly-crush on Elias which is a little strange, considering how old these characters are, but my brain is that of a 20-year-old so we’ll pretend that’s what I am. Okay, I also really adored the gladiator-like competition in this book. And the fact that you have strong female characters that knock it out of the ballpark. (review)

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 5 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie – For the most part, I am on a roller coaster effect with this series. It’s really good, and I absolutely love the artwork, but the fifth one was by far my favorite.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – One of my dark horses on this list. I was really impressed by the magical system in this book, and I got into the characters very quickly. I should catch up to this series, but considering it’s a planned 7 (or 8?) book series, I have some time. (review)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – I haven’t read much from NetGalley lately, but this was something I’d picked up last year and ended up reading and finishing in January of 2017. It was definitely my favorite of the NetGalley books I’ve read this year, and for good reason! (review)

How about you? What books made your top ten of 2017?

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Wrap Up: November 2017

We’re almost halfway through December but this wrap-up still totally counts, right?

I’m making it count.

You’d think it being November that the main reason I disappeared was because I participated in NaNoWriMo. While that was the case, frankly, I didn’t even finish¬†that. Too much baking had to get done over the month, and clearly there was also the matter of report cards to deal with. Sigh. Is it July yet?

This will be a pretty short wrap-up, looks like.

Books Read

Been on a rut lately, and I’ve yet to get out of it. I am reading something that might possibly get me out, though finding the time to read is another matter entirely.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux || Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey || Superman: The High-Flying History of the Man of Steel by Larry Tye

Currently Reading

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling || The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden || Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza || Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Writing

No. Go away.

Movies and TV

I’ve done a TV binge for the most part. Mostly of baking and sweets stuff. Don’t think I’ll continue on with¬†Zumbo’s Just Desserts¬†though. It’s a little over the top and my mouth aches from all the overly-sweet pastries I’m staring at. Finished the second season of¬†Stranger Things, and omgaaaaah. So. GOOD.

Also watched a lovely French film called¬†Peau¬†d’Ane (1970). I totally recommend it. And you can actually listen to a podcast review of the movie in Meg and my¬†Fableulous Retellings blog.

Titan A.E. || The Prince of Egypt || Peau d’Ane || Monty Python and the Holy Grail || iZombie season 3 || Stranger Things season 2 || Zumbo’s Just Desserts season 1 || The Great British Baking Show season 3

Video Games

The Wolf Among Us – Because for research purposes. Um. No, really, though, I played this for the Fableulous Retellings Podcast, and no regrets!

Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze – Totally found this gem on my Android and already finished the first two episodes. When’s the next one being released?! Seriously, love everything Miss Fisher. So long as the series also has a Jack Robinson. And a Dot. And a Mac. Yep.

I’ve also been playing random apps on my phone, but I won’t go crazy describing which. Suffice to say I tend to get sidetracked a lot…

Fooding

As I said, a lot of baking happened. I baked for my school voldies, I baked for two sets of Thanksgiving dinners, I baked for school staff. I also ate random foods and cooked random foods. Too much, I tell ya. Too much.

Sliced fruits over a sugar cookie || Cheese ravioli with homemade marinara sauce || Lychee mochi and lychee-infused gelatin || Apple cupcakes || Apple scones || Assorted Japanese cookies || Mashed potatoes || Pecan pie

I really need to get back to book-inspired baking at some point.

Okay, now I’m hungry. Running off!

Wrap Up: October 2017

Bogged. Down. So. Much.

There’s something about the last three months of the year that makes them the busiest months for most people. I’m definitely one of those people, what with work, birthday and holiday bakes, and other overall antics I get up to in the upcoming months. Busyness is not necessarily a bad thing, but mahgoh, can I just sit down for a day and binge-watch¬†Stranger Things or something? (Answer: NOPE).

Books Read

Yeaaah. I’ve more or less taken a ton of pictures of books, but did I really read much this month? Nope. I might have gotten through two audiobooks and one graphic novel, that’s just about it. Maybe it’s a reading funk, or lack of time, maybe both.

Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott || Wonder Woman: Who Is Wonder Woman? by Allan Heinberg || Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale

Currently Reading

*snort* On top of a reading funk, I’ve clearly also got reading ADD, because I’ve picked up a couple books and audiobooks and switched to a different one altogether. I find that even audiobooks haven’t been as riveting lately, which is probably why I’ve been ping-ponging between Empress and Burning.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch || Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza || The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas || Asylum by Madeleine Roux

Writing

Whoever thought it was a good idea for me to join up NaNoWriMo… *shudders*

And yet here we are.

Movies and TV

Most of these are pretty much rewatches. Other than a random episode of¬†The Office and quite possibly¬†It (not pictured), I haven’t seen anything new besides¬†the most recent season of¬†Stranger Things.

Today’s Special || No Reservations || Miss Congeniality || Much Ado About Nothing || iZombie Season 2 || Leverage || The Office Season 1 || Stranger Things Season 2

Video Games

Hahahahaha–what’s that?! *sobs inwardly*

I miss playing video games…

Fooding

October was a baking month for me, largely because both my siblings are October babies and there were a lot of apples to bake away. There are still a lot of apples to bake, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

I’ll probably write about a few of these at some point. Or not.

Meat pie || Dark chocolate and matcha cake shaped like an Oreo || Texas Roadhouse nummyness || Bibimbap in a hot stone bowl || Sliced mango (for mango puree) || Unicorn-themed mango mirror glaze cake || Apple bread || Apple Danish

Miscellany

Paint Night #2 came off rather well! That said, I thought drawing the dragon was much harder than having to create a scenery. Mostly because it’s so specific, and outlining was kind of a bitch to do. That said, I had fun!

My sister ended up getting a surprise party during the month, and with my bestie in tow, we ended up throwing her a unicorn-themed party. Balloons and cake and unicorn horns in all. Needless to say she was definitely surprised.

My friend and I met Tamora Pierce!!!!!!! Yes. Extra exclamation points considering how exciting this is because um, Pierce is ONLY my favorite author EVER. So. Yeah. I MET TAMORA PIERCE!!!!!!!

Nerdy News

I’m so behind on¬†The Walking Dead¬†at this point, but I’ll so read this new series by Robert Kirkman. Looks like another post-apocalyptic piece, though.

Honestly, I’m not sure how well it’ll translate to the stage when a lot of the beauty of¬†Pushing Daisies¬†was through quirky art direction and fantastic use of a film editing room. Buuuuut…I’d so watch the eff out of a possible musical. Caveat: Kristin Chenoweth STILL has to play Olive.

Life is like a hurricane… *hums* Oh, uh, I just like that Doctor-Donna are back together again! XD

Err…I don’t understand what their purpose is in rebooting a Nancy Drew series when it’s…not really about Nancy Drew but the author of the series?

I’m still a little upset that one of the most interesting subplots of¬†Mass Effect: Andromeda¬†is being turned into a tie-in novel. I mean, yeah, I like reading books, but dammit, I want to SEE the drells and quarians in action, not read about them! Friggin’…okay, let me not go there again with an¬†ME:A¬†rant.

With¬†Game of Thrones¬†ending next year, I cannot wait to drop myself into the¬†Kingkiller Chronicles¬†universe. That said, whyyyyy do these people insist on working on series that aren’t finished?!

Book Traveling Thursdays: The Little Prince

Book Traveling Thursday¬†is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is:¬†‚ÄúA Book You Recently Read That Was Translated From Another Language.‚ÄĚ

This was a bit harder for me to find. I don’t typically read translated works because I often take issue with full-book translations, however, I’m not opposed to foreign stories. Fairy tales tend to be the best translated stories ever. But anyway, one of the most recent translations I’ve read is my best friend’s favorite book ever:¬†The Little Prince. Or, really¬†Le Petit Prince.

Original Cover

This story is undoubtedly a classic, and the original French was first published in 1943.

US Covers

There are a couple more editions in the US, including a special anniversary release, but these were definitely some of my favorites of the US covers.

Favorite Covers

Most of the translations pretty much stick to the illustrations within the original book, but I love the color and look of the Romanian version, and the artwork in the Russian version is so pretty!

Least Favorite Cover

Too much happening in this Spanish version of The Little Prince.

Book Traveling Thursdays: Uprooted

Wheee October is here! And that means the return of SWEATER WEATHER! Yaaaas. Seriously my favorite season, and mostly because it’s cool without being extremely cold, and also the foliage. So. Orange. And warm. And lovely!

I’ve been in a bit of a book slump the past week or two, so I haven’t brought myself to review any of the books I’ve read. Scratch that, “listened to,” because let’s be honest, I’ve had more audiobook listens than I’ve cracked open a page. I need to remedy that, I really do.

But this isn’t about book reviews, it’s about book covers!

Book Traveling Thursday¬†is a book meme that involves book covers from different parts of the world. Rules include picking a book according to the theme and then posting the original covers, covers from your country, your favorite covers, and your least favorite covers. This week, the theme is in commemoration of Johnny Appleseed: “A Book That Originally Had Flowers or Foliage on the Cover.”

Uprooted by Naomi Novik fits the bill! The original cover is lovely, really, and considering the story’s antagonist is practically the Woods, it makes sense that there’d be foliage in the cover! In this case, a lovely rose and a snaking of vines and roots. And the evil, evil tree.

Original Cover

And since the US cover is mainly the original, I wanted to highlight the UK covers as well because holy crap, I love them a little bit more than the original cover (and I already think the original cover is beautiful).

UK Covers

Favorite Covers

There are two on this, because I am absolutely in love with the Hungarian and I think the Slovenian is really cute, too.

Least Favorite Cover

I will admit this is pretty eerie, but I’m still not a fan of full-on face for a cover.

What do you think of these covers? Do you have a favorite?