Hi, everyone! So, this post is going to be a blend of what I’m currently reading, books that I read & loved in 2017, and as this will be my last post on the blog for the year (!!!), a sort of a wrap-up of 2017 as well. Apologies in advance for the SUPER-long post.
My favorite books of 2017…
CRUEL BEAUTY / CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge.
I am in love with Rosamund Hodge’s worlds. They’re just…beautiful. Fairy tale-reminiscent and so well-written, with wit, and humor, and clever characters, I almost literally devoured both of these books, and cannot wait to read her BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE duology. If you’re a fan of beautiful writing, myths, and fairy tales…I CANNOT recommend these books enough. At this point, I’d read anything Rosamund Hodge publishes.
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones.
This book was just beautiful. Gorgeously-written, cleverly-plotted…I loved every moment (and I am equally as excited for the sequel, SHADOWSONG. I mean, have you seen that cover?!) A retelling of Labyrinth—which, admittedly, I have not seen—this book entranced me from page one. I literally read it one or two sittings.
BEREN AND LUTHIEN by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Beren and Luthien’s story was always my favorite part of The Silmarillion (…seriously, someone needs to adapt that to screen ASAP), so I always knew I’d love this one. Coupled with Alan Lee’s always-gorgeous illustrations…and yes, I loved every moment of this.
LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare.
I’m a bit late to this one… I know! But falling back into Cassandra Clare’s writing/worlds is just so easy. The characters were amazing, the writing—as usual—flawless, and I absolutely adored the parts which were set in the Fae world. Seriously. I could read an ENTIRE book based on that, honestly. (Also? CLIFFHANGER. I was totally not expecting LORD OF SHADOWS to end how/when it did…and oh my gosh, QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS cannot come soon enough. And can I just add that all the titles in this series are so beautiful?!)
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi.
I’ve sort of raved about this book before, but I’m going to again…because it was just spectacular. If I had to whittle down my absolute favorite of 2017, it would probably be this one because of the spell-binding plot and just GLORIOUS writing. Admittedly, I still have not yet read A CROWN OF WISHES, but it’s high up on my to-be-read list for next year. Also…you just know I’m a sucker for myths & legends.
What I’m currently reading/what I plan on reading soon…
WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER by Leigh Bardugo.
STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor.
THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon.
I’m SO excited for all these reads! Laini Taylor is one of my favorite authors—DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE is incredible; it literally took my breath away. Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season is such a uniquely well-written series…and I’m so excited to read the third in the series. (And have you heard about her new fantasy series!? It. Sounds. Amazing.) And WONDER WOMAN! Amazons! So far, I’m absolutely LOVING this book; I also have THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS to read, which looks equally as lovely.
And this is a bit different, but as photography is a hobby of mine:
Favorite photos I’ve taken this year…
December supermoon! I had to take it quickly between passing clouds, but I’m so pleased with what I ended up with. (I’m incredibly grateful that the supermoon was when it was because the next day it was utterly POURING rain.) I love, love, love this shot of the moon!
This was taken at Hobbiton! (Actually one of the BEST experience I’ve ever had… It was a nerd’s dream come true, I swear.) I shared another shot of this same butterfly back in April, so this time I chose the butterfly from another angle. Everything in the Hobbiton grounds was immaculately kept; the flowers, the hobbit-houses… I loved every moment of it.
This was the year I’ve been dabbling with astrophotography (my nerdy little heart loves the stars/galaxy/universe), and I jump at the chance to take a snapshot of that beauty. I’m still so new at it…but I love these takes! (From my backyard!)
P.S. Did anyone see the Gemind meteor showers mid-December? I didn’t take any pictures…but saw at least nine shooting stars, and oh my gosh, I’ve never seen anything so magical before. (I literally stayed out there for hours watching.)
Aaaaand last photo…
This was in NZ, early this year. I think I’ve shared this one before, but I’m super-proud of the way it came out, so here it is again. The roaring, crashing Dawson Falls in Mount Taranaki. If you ever get the chance to go there… DO. It was downright magical. Vibrant-green moss covered everything, and honestly, the forests looked like they’d come right out of a fairy-tale.
What I blogged about this year…
September: It’s Spring! + Writing Burn-Out
December: Looking Back At NaNoWriMo… | Hades & Persephone: The Queen of Life and Death (& Why I Love Her) | 2017 Writing Goals… How did I go? (+ What I Hope to Accomplish in 2018!) | Current Reads, My Favorite Books of 2017, & 2017 Wrap Up
Sooo…. That’s all for this year! And bring on 2018! 💪💪💪
Now it’s your turn! What has been your favorite read of 2017? Have you read any of my favorites (or my current reads/2018 to-be-read?) Here’s to an AWESOME 2018!
Merry Christmas/happy holidays/Happy New Year, everyone!!!
Currently reading: …See above!
Currently listening to: “Never Give Up on Your Dreams” by Two Steps From Hell (from Unleashed.)