2017 READS

Books I've read in 2017

Hello friends and welcome to MALOREADS.

It's late December and time to take a look back at my 2017 reading.
I have read 19 books in total - missing my goal by one freaking book. No big deal.

The books all link to their Goodreads page for easy addition to your TBR list.
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▲ The Selection by Kiera Cass ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
 Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe ⭐︎
▲ Lord of the Flies by William Golding ⭐︎⭐︎
▲ I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman by Nora Ephron ⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Wildflower by Drew Barrymore ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Lipsticks, Love & Lies by Katie Price ⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Reborn by Katie Price ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Bloom: Navigating Life and Style by Estée Lalonde ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso ⭐︎
▲ Dead: The Ugly Beginning by T.W. Brown ⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" by Lena Dunham ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
▲ Columbine by Dave Cullen ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
L'Amour dans le sang by Charlotte Valandrey ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎

I've just noticed half my reads were autobiographies.
I like them - I'm so curious and interested in other people's lives, but in a good way.

Let's start with the negative reviews - because we have to.
The worst this year was Robinson Crusoe, definitely - first time in a long time I wanted to punch a character in the face. 
Could have stopped reading but hate to leave a book unfinished. It was very, very painful.
Not my kind of adventure novel, and Crusoe is now my second least favourite character after Holden Caulfield.

I had some high expectations for some books and three left me really disappointed.
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore, #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and Dead: The Ugly Beginning by T.W. Brown. 

I liked Drew's book but expected more and better. 
Drew definitely had a traumatic childhood, however the first thing I said when I finished the book was "That's it?".
The writing was ok but I was a bit bored.

#GIRLBOSS was supposed to be the bomb. I'd read so many good reviews before purchasing the book.
Turns out it was disappointing. Don't get me wrong, her story is inspiring but it was all bragging and bragging.
And that's a bit irritating.
That said, I will probably give it another chance and re-read it.

I thought I was going to love Dead: The Ugly Beginning because I'm so easy to please with any zombie material.
But this one gave me a headache - too many characters and stories to follow in one book.
I was lost and couldn't say who was who anymore.

Despite these few disappointing notes, I liked most of the books I've read this year.

Let me first recommend Why Not Me? by comedian Mindy Kaling.
Her first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, was such a fun read and I knew the second would be just as great.
I love Mindy's humour and think she's a great body-image role model.

Love Letters to the Dead was an emotional read - one I could relate to at some points.
Teenager Laurel starts writing letters to famous dead people (Kurt Cobain, River Phoenix...) after her sister died.

I also enjoyed reading Bloom: Navigating Life and Style - love Estée - and Columbine - so poignant, had me in tears.

And the gold medal goes to Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea. Still haunting me to this day. 
I never cared that much about North Korea until I read this book.
It's interesting, captivating and definitely eye-opening.
Highly recommend this one - a five stars and beyond read!

What books have you read this year?
Any recommendations?