Don’t Call It A Comeback!

Oh Hello! It’s me, The Abominable Book Girl (read as Isatta)! I know, you have missed me so very much and you are so happy to see me return. I know this because I can read your mind.

Okay, maybe I can’t but I just have a lot of wishful thoughts and I think i’s fair for that to be one of them. Usually, my Mondays are saved for my man crushes but since this is my first day back,

I will be spending it discussing my Top 5 Favorite Books and the Top 5 Books I Want Dead ( Don’t correct me. Books can die.) that i read this year.


TOP 5 BOOKS I LOVED

 

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This was my first Mindy McGinnis book and I absolutely loved it! I was hooked from the very first page. I found the themes of mental illness and vengeance very relatable as these are both things I am constantly struggling with. It was a very emotional book that ended up being very therapeutic for me. It taught me quite a bit about myself and my interactions with myself and other women.

 

 

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My second favorite book of 2017 was Forbidden. Thanks to Ms. Tabitha Suzuma, I could not pick up a single book that could possibly have a bad ending. This was a very emotional and different book for me to read. I refuse to tell anyone what it is about because I feel like this is a book everyone should go into blind. I loved the writing and I loved how this book made me think. it also completely shattered my soul and heart.

 

 

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Illuminae is not the most fascinating book I have ever read and it is not the most flawless book either. The presentation of the book in addition to the strong plot and memorable characters is what made this book so fantastic. I am often the first person to gripe about science fiction but this book shut me right on up.

 

 

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To know me is to know how much I preach about how boring Nonfiction can be. I volunteered to read this work of nonfiction via Netgalley last year and I swear it was like top 10 in the best decisions I made last year. This book is filled with amazing native women and their accomplishments. It also explores a forgotten or often quiet history of powerful women. Everyone should read this book!

 

 

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Is it actually possible to choose which Beverly Jenkins book is my favorite? Is it possible to choose if you prefer to keep your spinal cord or your brain? These are all impossible questions to answer. I chose this book because it was my first memorable introduction to the word Slayer. It has been a great ride ever since!


TOP 5 BOOKS THAT NEED TO DIE
This list is in no particular order because I hate all these books.

 

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We always remember the moments that lead up to terrible decisions. I remember the moments that led to me choosing to read this book. There I was, speaking to my godmother. We decided we would buddy read this book because I loved a book of Eric Jerome Dickey’s I read in middle school. I will never not regret that decision.

 

 

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Unfortunately, I have no idea why I picked up this book. Wait, I lied. I was on my New Adult Romance kick! This book had a dull plot line with terribly predictable characters. The main female character annoyed me to no end and this “love story” was tragic.

 

 

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I don’t care what anyone has to say to praise this book. I hated it. I guess my expectations were super high. I was expecting something epic and just re-read a sweet valley junior high book. I actually loved that series, but Becky Albertalli is not Francine Pascal. I have many more thoughts and rants on why this book was atrocious but i think it’s safer to end it there.

 

 

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I had all these hopes and expectations for this book. I still have a bit of hope because there were sparks in this book of good plots bubbling underneath the surface. Unfortunately, I felt like Renee Ahdieh did not quite get a strong hold of a strong plot. I thought the romance was forced and the book had serious pacing issues. The book seemed to go from super slow to super fast.

 

 

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This last one was a debate for me because toward the end of the series (Yes, I read the whole thing because it’s Tijan.) it gets better. The first book was horrible. I am actually laughing as I type. I also laughed when I read the first book. I could not understand why I was told to check out this series because it was absolutely awful! How did we go from hate to sudden, random make out sessions? Who does these things?!?! I am so glad the series gets better because goodness knows this was comedy I never asked to read.

Thus concludes my list of books that made me feel strongly in 2017. I hope you enjoyed this list and I haven’t said it already. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

QUESTION FOR THE MASSES: What were your favorite or least favorite books of 2017?

Ciao Book THOTS

 

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Happy Birthday Ella Maise!

About 3 months ago, I happened into the world of New Adult Romance through Punk 57. After reading such a magnificent piece of work, and getting over my initial shock of realizing it was not a YA Fiction, I vowed to explore this genre more and find more books like Punk 57. 21 books later (Okay, more like 50 something books later), I have come to many realizations, the main ones being Punk 57 is more or less a one of a kind and quite a few New Adult authors enjoy pseudo-abusive men. I’m not judging.

I just found very little material that didn’t star a semi-abusive alpha male. This is the reason for the following letter. Ella Maise was the first author I read that had males with alpha personalities who inflicted absolutely no emotional, physical or mental abuse. Yeah, I know, I was shocked too. Without further ado, this is my open letter to Ella Maise and all authors like her. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Ella Maise!”

First Book-ish Rant

New York Times Best Seller? I’m not buying it.

The New York Times Best Sellers list is probably one of the most well known lists and most shopped list in the world (forgive me, I live in America so my spectrum may be small and misguided). Often times, people will ask/tell me “Have you read (insert book name here)? It’s supposed to be really good it’s on The New York Times Best Sellers list.” I have also had cases when I overhear people (I already told y’all I’m nosy.) saying “Oh this book is good because it was on The New York Times Best Sellers list.” These aforementioned people now irritate my entire soul.

CONFESSION
I must confess that there were about 3 years in my life, where I could only buy a couple books at the end of every year and I did so by perusing NYTBS list. I did this because:
1. Broke was life.
2. I was reading significantly less, so my hand was not on the book pulse.
3. I did not actually know HOW to adequately use my Goodreads.
I used to get so excited about my book choices and would wait impatiently for them to arrive, but the end-result would ALWAYS be the same. Out of 2 books, I would hate 1 book and love the other. If I got more than 2 books I would only love 1 of the books I bought. For some reason though, I continued to do this for 3 years.
REALIZATION
At some point, I came to the realization that TNYTBS list is ONLY about how many people have bought this book.
It literally means NOTHING ELSE. Before you ask what I thought it meant, I don’t know! I just know I read one book that was getting rave reviews (something else I no longer care about), it’s called All the Light We Can Not See. Everyone was going crazy talking about how great it is in the reviews and I believe it was number 2 on the list. Imagine my disappointment when I read this dang book and felt nothing. I literally put it down and thought to myself
Then, I finally got an epiphany! I need to stop shopping on that list because I don’t actually care to buy a book JUST BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE BOUGHT IT. The reason this list and those who pump this list irk my soul now is because it isn’t actually indicative of anything other than consumer patterns. There are books that a slew of people will say are bad and so many people will go and buy it just to see how bad it is, and because of this BOOM Best Seller. There are also some books that are good and words gets around and BOOM Best Seller. I am not telling anyone what to do with their pocket change. I just had to get this off my chest because I want those who haven’t reached my realization to get to it sooner than later. We make that list, it doesn’t make us. So why are we breaking our necks to buy books because it’s on the 2017 NYTBS List?

All Opinions are welcome on this rant/subject

Ciao Book THOTS!

 

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