Merry Christmas everyone.
Teaching my nerves to be under control and failing because it is exactly 2 days until the celebration of the year. It’s officially the time to revisit the past year filled with happiness and despair, laughter and sadness, success and failure and so much more. A time to celebrate the gift of life with family and friends exchanging presents and spreading the love. The lovely Emma from Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl tagged me to do the 2017 Year in Book Review tag which fits perfectly well with my nostalgic state of mind. Emma is a wonderful person and you have to check out her blog posts she has brilliantly written.
- First Ever Female Doctor Who: favorite female protagonist.
It is seldom that we come across a fictional heroine that reassures the faith in ourselves. She becomes an inspirational figure in an otherwise grey world. For me, it has been a young girl unaware of her self-worth who never failed to assert herself against autonomy, Jane Eyre. I re-read this book in 2017 so undoubtedly I am going with Jane for this prompt.
- GCC Cuts Ties with Qatar: an author you cut ties with.
Well, let’s just say it’s going to be a while before I pick anything written by John Green. This year Turtles go down was released and going by the reviews of many trusted sources this book didn’t appeal to me. So, shifting this from my want-to-read to postpone-reads shelf before I find someone who really recommends it to me.
- La La Land Oscar Mix-Up: a book that surprised you.
Murder mysteries are the ones you read in one sitting and wonder who the murderer is. Right? Well, Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Gracia Marquez is definitely a book that surprised me as it was storytelling disguised as a murder mystery.
- Hurricanes and Earthquakes: a book that rocked your world.
This year belongs to the Game of Thrones Season 7. Every Monday made me anxious as to what is going to happen next while the season was airing. Normally I read before I watch but it was the opposite with this one. I devoured the episodes before digging into the books. So, Book 1 of A Song Of Ice and Fire series rocked my world and adding the rest to my BTB checklist.
- Louvre Abu Dhabi: favorite book cover art.
Let me show you a book which is totally a cover buy and at the top of my TBR stack for 2018.
- Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sells for $450m: a take-my-money book.
I want to shout A Song Of Ice and Fire Series because I started my year with owning the boxed set on a visit to the book fair. It was a total steal and it made my shelf look a little richer in terms of genres.
- Total Eclipse: a sequel that overshadows the first book.
Oh my! I haven’t read any sequel this year. Well, let’s see I started Clash of the Kings which is the Book 2 of the ASOIAF series but left it midway so let’s hope this counts. I’m also anticipating it is going to be the sequel overshadowing its prequel.
- Muslim Ban: favorite diverse read.
I hear the word “ban” and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury comes into my mind. The book was so thought-provoking that I failed to understand why it was banned in the first place.
- Italy Doesn’t Qualify for World Cup: most disappointing book.
Chinua Achebe’s Thing Fall Apart. Not that the story or the writing disappointed me but because of the violence and killings I did not want to continue reading the book.
- Prince Harry Engaged: favorite ship.
Jon Snow and Ygritte. I binge watched the Game Of Thrones TV series this year and Ygritte and Jon’s chemistry swooned me completely. I am looking forward to reading their sections in the books. I really hope I end up liking them all the more because according to the people the TV show has deviated from the books.
- Star Wars the Last Jedi: most anticipated book.
Ever since I joined Bookstagram, I have met people who just can’t stop recommending Leigh Bardugo so Wonder Woman: Warbringer was one of the most anticipated books of 2017 for me. I haven’t had time to read it but this has gone into my Beat the Backlist shelf for the next year.
I am not tagging anyone because I know it needs a lot of time in planning and writing posts so just link back to this post if you find time to do this tag.
Happy Nostalgic reading!