Two Books I Loved This Year, One I Wish I Could Unread & My Winter Reading List


Books / Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

So, I got to thinking that it’s been a little while since I’ve put up a blog post about books.

And that’s why I’ve gifted you all a blog post with the longest title possible about all things books.

It is absolutely no secret that I enjoy reading. In fact, there are many nights I’d prefer a book to actual human contact. Hashtag savage.

Things like work and Rory and Instagram get in the way and unfortunately, I don’t get to indulge in a good book as much as I would actually like.

It’s rubbish, I know.

So, here are two books I read this year and absolutely loved.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

This book was effed up. Like, really really effed up.

Bittersweet is a novel about a young girl, Mabel who, while at a prestigious school, unexpectedly finds herself friends with her rich and privileged roommate, Ev.

Ev invites Mabel to join her to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage located on her family’s Vermont estate.

Mabel finally has found a sense of belonging with Ev’s family and privileged lifestyle. But things get a little shaky after a family member invokes Mabel’s interest in digging into family secrets. She finds more secrets than she can keep up with.

This book kept me on my toes until the very end and was extremely entertaining. The secrets that are unfolded are absolutely insane and it makes this book so addictive.

Not going to lie… my Webster’s Dictionary app on my phone came in handy as there were many words I was unfamiliar with.

If you like your books to be suspenseful and cinematic, check this one out.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

So obviously, I enjoy books that are 1) technically considered Young Adult literature and 2) books that seem to explore topics that are difficult and controversial.

The Way I Used to Be is a novel about a girl, Eden, who is raped in her own home by her brother’s best friend.

Eden’s once simple life has suddenly capsized and become beyond difficult. This novel explores the aftermath of Eden’s assault.

Instead of telling someone, she buries her truth and pain.

The novel follows Eden through high school and shows how Eden’s relationships, friendships, first love and heartache have been affected by the truth she had hidden away.

I won’t go into too much detail so to not give any spoilers away but I will say that I loved this book. It is so well written and almost pull you into Eden’s darkness and pain.

When I finished this book, I felt somewhat lost because I have been enthralled in Eden’s world and I wasn’t ready to leave.

And then, the book I’d like to unread:

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

I have never read Alice Hoffman before this novel, so maybe I didn’t know what I was getting into.

Growing up, I LOVED the movie Practical Magic. I actually never even knew it was a book before this prequel came out.

I was super shocked to find a copy at the library and I snatched that baby up.

The Rules of Magic follow the lives of three siblings whose parents have worked tirelessly to shield their children from their true identity and true magical potential.

The book started out how I expected but quickly went from a fun and fast-paced book to dark and dreary.

I only finished this book because I was convinced things would get better. There was so much hype around this book… surely for a reason. Well, I was wrong.

The Rules of Magic ended up being a slow and depressing read.

I don’t expect books to tie up every loose end with a pretty bow and a happy ending but it seemed as if the author tried to find the most ominous destiny for every loose end in this novel.

My Winter Reading List

Winter seems to be a good time to stay inside, avoid getting the flu or hypothermia and read a nice book with a cup of coffee.

I’m hoping to take advantage of my days off and (more importantly) Rory’s nap time by diving into several sexy books.

For my birthday, I was gifted several Barnes and Noble gift cards and was able to snag some books I hope to dive into this winter.

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

First off, the fact that this book was in the YA section AND a National Book Award Finalist pretty much meant that it was coming home with me.

Apparently, it was made into a movie… missed that detail but oh well, books are always better anyway.

This book is about high schooler Sutter Keely. Sutter is the life of the party with no plans for college or prosperous future.

One morning he wakes up on a random lawn and meets Aimee. Aimee is a social disaster and needs help. It’s up to Sutter to show Aimee how to have a good time.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Yeah… I know… this one is old but with the star-packed movie adaptation that just came out, I’m dying to actually read it.

I don’t really think an explanation is necessary… there was a murder on the Orient Express. Lolz duh

By Your Side by Kasie West

Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library all weekend with trouble-maker Dax Miller. As the weekend goes on, Autumn starts to realize there is more to Dax than what she originally thought.

Honestly, just that first line gave me some major Breakfast Club vibes and I’m all about that life. I’ll keep ya’ll updated.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

Frankie is not the kind of girl to take “no” for an answer especially after being turned away from her boyfriend’s all-male secret society. This is a story about how Frankie got to be the sharp-tongued spitfire that she is.

I’m attracted to books that are geared to young adults and I also love a good girl power book so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

I’d love to hear about the books on your winter reading list. Comment below and let me know.

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  • Ooo Bittersweet sounds totally up my alley. Thanks for the recommendations!

  • These are good reviews! Bittersweet sounds like the one I would be most likely to read. I can totally relate to having read a book that falls flat for you though – it’s no fun when you keep holding out hope and it still disappoints in the end!

  • These were great reviews, and some new books to add to my list. Bittersweet sounds good!

  • What a fun end of year post!

  • I think Murder on the Orient Express has to be on my winter reading list, too! I love books that have depressing endings, for some reason, so the The Rules of Magic sounds like something I would love to read! I also want to add The Way I Used to Be to my list. It sounds heartbreaking and amazing!

  • I loveloveloved reading your reviews! Bittersweet sounds fantastic! And Murder on the Orient Express would be fun to read, too.