Top 5 Books for 2018

So, I don’t think I’ll be able to squeeze in any other books this year, so I’ve decided to list my top 5 books I read this year. Out of the 32 books I read I really read some good ones, so this was a little hard for some of the list!

#5 

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Dystopia is my favorite genre and this book did not disappoint!

Blurb:

Post-apocalypse; Penelope Evans is eighteen, living in the Colony along with her family and other survivors. She finishes a day in the laboratory when her identification card begins flashing. This flash starts an upheaval of events leading further from her normality and towards the epic truth.

James Garak is attending the Academy where he works on achieving a higher rank. Nobody ever expects Penelope and James’ relationship to last long. A year later, they’re still together.

But when they are forced to run, Penelope’s world turns upside down as she discovers the truth that changes her life forever.

With lives at stake and guards on their trail, will they make it to safety? Will the dishonest lies behind the island’s bureaucracy shatter her existence or give her the drive to find a sister she never knew existed?

#4

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This is actually the first cyber punk book I’ve ever read. 2019 I will start off with the sequel. I’m still looking forward to reading Ready Player One. 

Blurb: The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire. 

#3

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This paranormal thriller had me on the edge of my seat and I loved the MC!

Blurb: There weren’t any second chances for the undead at least not by Phoenyx’s standards. Especially not after having the audacity to try and take her out. That was the biggest no-no of all. When that happened, you paid with your life––or un-life, so to speak. 

As a child, Jane heard voices. Felt what others could feel. She was witness to the things that went bump in the night and could tell a person’s deepest, darkest thoughts with only a touch. Until tragedy changed her life completely, thrusting her into the care of Hutton Grimshaw.

As, an esteemed chair member of The Order of the Flame, Hutton does what he must. Training young Jane to be the one thing the shadows feared. Now, at the age of twenty-five, she is known as Phoenyx, the world’s deadliest supernatural assassin. 

The hard and fast rules change when she finds Judas, a vampire, suffering in a back alley with no memory of who he is, or why he’s becoming more and more human every day. With a price on her head and the survival of humanity at stake, Phoenyx finds herself . . . Changing. Her true nature is slowly beginning to reveal itself and mysteriously, Hutton is the only one who seems to know why. 

After years of taking down the supernatural beings that plague her hometown of Crystal Haven, Phoenyx finds herself teetering on the fine line between good and evil. While her attraction to Judas begins to consume her, growing like a fire out of control, one thing becomes undeniably clear . . . 

If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.

#2

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This was the book that my hubby got me last Christmas! It’s a classic vampire novel, predating Dracula and I couldn’t have loved it more! ❤

Blurb: Okay, so there is really not a blurb for this book. IDK why maybe because it is originally French or just so old it doesn’t have one, but I’m going to make one up if you are interested in this read!

Laura is a young woman living with her father in their old almost run down stone castle. Everything is going normal and steady until one day a carriage is over thrown near their home and Carmilla a survivor from the carriage is taken out and needs a place to stay until she gets better. 

With Carmilla comes a new life to the castle. A new life filled with darkness and light. Laura finds in Carmilla a friend and confident, but at times Carmilla becomes more friendly than Laura knows what to do with like strange kisses and caresses. 

Once Laura starts to become ill like her late cousin before her, her father knows something is amiss and is racing with time to find out what is ailing his daughter. 

#1

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Hands down Eleanor and Park was my favorite read of the year. I cannot believe I haven’t gotten around to more Rowell books! I’m certainly putting more of her books on my TBR list this year. It’s no surprise that this book was listed as the most popular book on my goodreads in review list. 

Blurb:  

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Now for Something Completely Different

I decided to do something different today, although I’ve seen some other bloggers do it too, sorry I can’t remember everyone by name, but you know who you are. Anyway, I’m going to post the top 5 songs I can’t get out of my head! Maybe you will find a new favorite, or think I have terrible taste in music haha. Either way something different. What’s a song you can’t get out of your head?

5.) Sir Sly- High  I love Sir Sly’s videos they actually showcase the whole band.

https://youtu.be/qIOaU7Sm-ZE

4.) OK another Sir Sly song- & Run

https://youtu.be/jdoR7E7b4Mo

3.) Miike Snow- Genghis Khan This is also a great video

https://youtu.be/P_SlAzsXa7E

2.) Robert DeLong- Blue

 https://youtu.be/_GGWt7EwzG8

1.) Sia- Elastic Heart  I know some people found the video weird, but it doesn’t bother me, it’s not my favorite video, but I love this song.

 https://youtu.be/KWZGAExj-es

Top 5 Disapointing Books of 2017

I feel bad making this list, but feel like I should. These are books I just really didn’t like. I’m sure a lot of people won’t agree with these because most of them are well-liked books but just didn’t work for me…

#5

Anna Karenina, because it is taking me sooo long to get through. The classics are really getting to me lately. I’m thinking I stick to only one a year. I think this book might actually be good, but it’s hard to sludge through all the side conversations and ramblings. I might actually cheat and just find the movie to finish this story. Maybe if it wasn’t about 900 pages it would be an easier read. 

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#4

Ember in the Ashes, because I wanted to like this book soo much and I almost did. 😦

ember

 

#3

American Gods. I liked this book until I didn’t. I got so frustrated in the loss of plot I quit reading it. It also had just enough of too weird I wasn’t sad to DNF. 

american gods

 

#2

The Circle. I love this kind of dystopian feel and the writing was pretty good, but it just wasn’t executed well and I didn’t really care for Mae. Also, the love scenes were kind of awkward. I finished this book, but it had a very unsatisfying ending. I feel like maybe the author went for a 1984 type ending, but it didn’t hit an emotional punch like 1984 did. Maybe that was what was really missing in this book besides a soggy MC was lack of emotions. 

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#1

Sharp Objects. I already did a blog over this one recently so I won’t say much about this book except the only reason I feel like people like it is because it’s at least something different. Very overhyped.

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