2017 Roundup

Happy 2018! I hope the new year is going well for everyone. One of my resolutions this year is to become more active on this blog, so I am actually planning on posting every week–let’s see how well this turns out!

*Please note: This blog post was written a while ago. My thoughts, opinions, and writing skills have changed since then. Any posts written before 2020 should be assumed to not fully reflect my current thoughts, opinions, and writing capabilities unless otherwise stated. If you would like clarification on my thoughts/opinions about any specific points mentioned in this post, feel free to reach out to me.*

Happy 2018! I hope the new year is going well for everyone. One of my resolutions this year is to become more active on this blog, so I am actually planning on posting every week–let’s see how well this turns out!

I decided to do another roundup for the past year. I definitely did not read as much as I wanted to, which is something I really want to improve on this year. I read 33/50 books for my Goodreads reading challenge–speaking of, if you’d like to follow me on Goodreads, you can find me here! I did a roundup for 2016 also, but I am doing things a bit differently this year. I did not keep track of rereads. I also am using my Goodreads ratings, so there will be no half ratings. Let’s get into it!

Books read: 33

1. Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh: Although I prefer the The Wrath and the Dawn series, this was a great twist on a common trope and I’m excited for the story to continue! 4/5

2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: I feel like this book is a bit overrated, although it was still a good read 4/5

3. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard: Short and to the point, and I really liked seeing Coriane’s point of view 5/5

4. Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard: I LOVE Farley and Shade’s relationship–I wish we got to see them together for longer 4/5

5. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard: I counted this and the two novellas as three separate books. My overall rating is 5/5

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Although I started off skeptical of the common tropes and similarities to The Selection, this quickly grew on me 5/5

7. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard: Not as bad as everyone says, I liked seeing the developing relationships 5/5

8. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard: There’s one thing I have to say: MARECAL 5/5

9. Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman: This story has been told before, and better. This book was a hard one for me to get through 3/5

10. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng: A cute story that I actually ended up really liking! 4/5

11. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: Sometimes interesting and poignant, sometimes a bit boring and “seen before” 3/5

12. Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell: I have a full review of this up! Great for those who love romance, but beware of some cheesiness 3/5

13. Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz: I ADORED this novel. It was addicting and fun and I loved it–it has made me a bit more interested in Hamilton (which I don’t know much about) 5/5

14. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: A cute and classic children’s story with a beautiful message 4/5

15. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: Everyone needs to read this. It’s not your ordinary WWII historical fiction book. The language and plot is so beautiful, and I recommend it to anyone 5/5

16. Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner: I really enjoyed this book. It has all the YA elements I love, as well as unique stories and characters, a sense of mystery, and a tearjerking ending 5/5

17. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George: I thought I would love this story, but I was a bit disappointed with this read, and it took me a long time to get through 3/5

18. Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han: The unneeded but definitely wanted third book to the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, I loved seeing more of LJ and Peter and how they navigate their relationship. Add the Covey family, a wedding, college, a trip to NYC, and Jenny’s unforgettable writing, and you’ve got my perfect YA novel! 5/5

19. How to Write Good by Ryan Higa: An entertaining and at times poignant autobiography with a great lesson 5/5

20. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: The racial conflicts this classic details is so nuanced and I greatly enjoyed this read 4/5

21. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: I wasn’t too keen on this story until the very ending, but will continue the series 4/5

22. After You by Jojo Moyes: A disappointing sequel in my opinion, although it did not live up to Me Before You it does have many things to offer in terms of a story of personal growth. I think it would have more merit if it was a standalone, but because it is put in comparison to the first in the soon-to-be trilogy, it was a disappointment 4/5

23. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: This was a cute story that grew on me 5/5

24. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: A little too quirky, like it was trying really hard and I hate that about books. Nevertheless, the relationships that are explored in the series appealed to me by the end 3/5

25. Geekerella by Ashley Poston: An amazing retelling, that was unique and did not feel overused. I loved every second of this book 5/5

26. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling: I love this whole story/movie and every character is so endearing. I was actually able to see a prescreening of the movie in 2016 and I might blog about that experience one day 5/5

27. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger: A classic I ended up loving. (Currently listening to Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, in fact, as it just came up on my playlist) 4/5

28. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck: I did not really care for this story. The writing, plot, and story did not appeal to me, though it may others 3/5

29. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen: This is one of the few books where I prefer the movie. Perhaps this may have appealed to me back in elementary/middle school, but now it just felt too immaturely written 3/5

30. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton: I didn’t enjoy this book, perhaps more because of the contents in the plot than the actual writing. I was on edge the whole time because of what was going on between Ethan and Mattie, and I early on also predicted what would happen to them at the climax 3/5

31. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: At times boring, I enjoyed the twist at the end and can sometimes relate, as an ABC myself (though my identity with it is not as in turmoil as the characters in the story) 4/5

32. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: Sorry, but I didn’t like this novel. The characters irked me for some reason, and the writing was not exceptional 3/5

33. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: I enjoyed this a LOT more than Nicola Yoon’s first novel, and I was really hooked on this story. Just goes to show all authors deserve second chances, and you can’t always base your opinion on them from just one book! 4/5

So that’s it for the roundup! I like doing this because it lets me reflect on my last year of reading, and I hope it can also help you all discover some new reads or offer my opinion before you decide to read something. Have you guys read any of these books and what were your thoughts? Leave them in the comments below as well as any requests for full reviews of any of these books!

Merry Readings,

April

Author: april | lostinthebookstacks

hello! i'm april (she/her), an asian american reader who’s passionate about words and scallion pancakes.

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