Least Favorite Books of 2016

It always makes me a little bit sad when I take time to read a book, and I end up not liking it. It feels like it was a waste of time. Time that you could’ve used reading a great book. Or something interesting and mind-blowing. Even though it makes me sad, I’m still happy that I took the time to judge the book for myself.

One of the biggest lesson I’ve learned in 2016, is that just because everyone says something is good, doesn’t mean that I should think so too. When I first started watching BookTube videos I felt like I had to agree with everyone, because they have read many more books than I have. So, that obviously means they know more about books that I do, Right? But as I started reading more, and found that my opinion often differs from a lot of people, I finally started realising that I don’t have to like a book/series just because everyone else does.

So, today I will be looking at some books I read in 2016 that everybody seemed to absolutely love, but I just couldn’t get into. So here, in no particular order, are my Top 10 least favourite books of 2016:

  1. Throne of Glass {Sarah J. Maas}
  2. The Selection {Kiera Cass}
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower {Stephan Chbosky}
  4. The Night Circus {Erin Morgernstern}
  5. Just One Day {Gayle Forman}
  6. Eleanor & Park {Rainbow Rowell}
  7. The Girl on the Train {Paula Hawkins}
  8. Looking for Alaska {John Green}
  9. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children {Ranson Riggs}
  10. The Girl in 6E {A.R Torre}

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Favorite Books of 2016

2016 was a very good reading year for me. Never before have I read 86 books in one year. Honestly, before 2016 it would’ve been a miracle if I’d read maybe 10 books. I am so happy with the number of books that I read but I’m also very happy with the books I’ve read.

Of course, there were some books that I didn’t enjoy as much, or some that I actually really hated and ended up not even finishing. But there were also some books that were so good. Books that completely blew my mind. And books that took me out of my comfort-zone and actually taught me something. And today I’ll be listing those books. Here are my Top 10 Favorite books of 2016 (In no particular order):

  1. If I was Your Girl  {Meredith Russo}
  2. The Goal {Elle Kennedy}
  3. Anna and the French Kiss Series {Stephanie Perkins}
  4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender {Leslye Walton}
  5. Every Heart a Doorway {Seanan McGuire}
  6. The Kiss of Deception {Mary E. Pearson}
  7. All the Light We Cannot See {Anthony Doerr}
  8. Me Before You {Jojo Moyes}
  9. Winter {Marissa Meyer}
  10. Vicious {V.E Shwab}

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Discussion: My Reading Challenge Troubles

I recently had to lower my GoodReads Reading Challenge Goal (and my expectations). I started this year strong, easily reading 10+ books a month. So, I set my Reading Goal for 2016 to 100 Books. But then I hit serious reading slump in July and things only got worse from there on. I struggled to read 5 books a month, and some months I ended up reading only one or two books.

At the end of the month when my Books-Read count was low, I genuinely would be so disappointed in myself. And just to make matters worse, I had my GoodReads Reading Challenge Tracker right there to tell me how very far behind schedule I am. Eventually I was 7 books behind schedule with only 2 months to go until the end of the year. I knew there was no way that I could read 20+ books in 2 months. (I haven’t been able to finish more than 5 for the past few months.) So, after getting real with myself and swallowing my pride, I lowered my Goal to 85 books. Which is waaaaay more realistic.

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This all made me think of how ridiculous it is to put so much pressure on yourself to read as many books as possible. Before lowering my Reading Goal, I was flying through books, just so that I can keep up with my reading schedule. I didn’t allow myself time to really process about the book I just read. And that sucked! The reason I started my blog was to really focus on what I’m reading and to have discussions with other people reading the same books. That never happened, because I was constantly racing onto a new book.

I am always amazed when I see that someone has read 10, 15 or even 20 books in a month. I used to want to do that too. But I’ve realized that we as readers are so very different. So I’ll do things my own way from now on, and I’ll see how that goes.

I know it’s a bit early for new year’s resolutions, but I’m going to start 2017 off with a much lower Reading Goal, to allow myself more time to write book reviews, discuss books and just to really enjoy what I’m reading.

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I’m Back!!

copy-of-springHey there everyone! It’s November and I’m finally back after my (unintentional) Blogging Break! In this post, I’ll tell you exactly why I haven’t been blogging since October 5th. That’s like more than 4 week! It’s crazy but I’m glad to finally be back. So, here’s what I’ve been up to.

My mum travels for work a couple of times a year, and this year she went to Paris and Madrid. I was lucky enough to be invited to join my mum on her trip to Madrid, Spain. From October 14th to October 22nd. Thanks, Mum!! I feel I should just mention that this was my very first International trip ever! I have never left South Africa before this trip. The trip was arranged on such sort notice so, I wasn’t given much notice to sort out my Visa and all that jazz, so I was stressing about getting my Visa on time. And not blogging.

After some documentation troubles and lots and lots of stress, I finally got my Visa and was on my way to Madrid. Via Dubai.

I had planned to catch up on some reading, because by this point I had not even finished one book for the whole month of October. So, I chose some books to read on both my 7+ hour flights. I ended up not even reading one book. NOT ONE! Instead of reading, I watched movies, I tried to catch up on some sleep, I played games. Yes, I’m ashamed to say that… But this is a safe space, and I’m sure you’ll understand. Right?

So, fast forward +-22 hours of travel time and I’m in Madrid, ready to start my week-long holiday. I spent the whole week sightseeing like a proper tourist. Some of the sights I saw was the Palacio Real, Temple de Debod, Parque de Retiro, Casa de Campo. I even took a cable car ride over Madrid and it was breath-taking.

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I did a Food Tour with Devour Madrid Food Tour to see how the locals eat, and we had the nicest tour guide, Sanne.

I ate A LOT! From Churros and hot chocolate, to 8 different types of olives to proper Pub tapas and Vermouth, I tried it all. And it was magical. I enjoy eating, so this was a real treat for me!

After my week in Madrid (that went by way too fast), I returned home to my boyfriend, ready to get back on the blogging train and catch up on some reading. Only to find out our internet is down. 🙁 Noooo!! Thanks a bunch Telkom! After more than a week they finally fixed the internet, and here I am. Ready to blog my heart out! I’ve even finished 2 books already and started another 1.

I have so many new things planned for my blog! I’m going to start doing bi-monthly bookish discussions. I’m adding some new memes, and I’m starting my Monthly Wrap-Ups and TBR posts. I also want to do some more Book Tags and Book Reviews.

It’s so good to be back, and I promise you’ll be seeing a lot more of me here. 🙂 And I hope to see you here more often too! 🙂

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Currently Reading Update #1

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Currently Reading:

It’s the first week of September and I am falling behind on my reading. I try to read whenever I get a chance, but I’m finding less and less time to do so. I decided to start of September by reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and then also to (finally) start The Mortal Instruments series.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:

Author: J.K Rowling

Pages: 327

Progress: 77%

So at the end of August I finally got around to buying myself a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I was so excited to finally read some more Harry Potter magic. I am almost done with the book, but I must admit that I am the tiniest bit disappointed in the book. Don’t get met wrong, I’m still going to give it a 3.5 or 4 star rating, but this book is just not meeting my expectations. Honestly though, I had such high expectations, that no new Harry Potter book could live up to.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been getting a number of mixed reviews and an surprising amount of those reviews are not that great.

City of Bones:

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages: 485

Progress: 11%

Everywhere I look people mention this series and the reviews are always great. So finally I’m getting my shit together and I’m jumping onto the band wagon. If all goes well I’ll read the whole series this month. This series has been on my TBR list for quite some time now. I started reading City of bones today, and so far my thoughts are “meh… It’s pretty good”. This is the first YA Paranormal book that I’m reading, so I hope it doesn’t spoil me for future YA Paranormal books. I’ll probably have more to say about the book after reading some more.

 

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