2017 | Half Year Recap

Yikes, where has the year gone?  Looking back on the first half of 2017, I’m excited to see that every book I read made a difference to my taste and opinions, and that I never have to stop growing and learning even when my interests change over time.  Here’s my recap of the first half of 2017.

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Five Star Books Recap with Three Word Reviews

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – goofy, sweet, heartbreaking
My Review | Add on Goodreads

Speaking Out: a 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls by Tara Moss – empowering, informative, important
My Review | Add on Goodreads

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out edited by Susan Kuklin – raises own voices
My Review | Add on Goodreads

Kabuki graphic novel series by David W. Mack – beautiful, transcended genre
My Review | Add on Goodreads

The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss – shattering, educating, brave
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The Camera My Mother Gave Me by Susanna Kaysen – raw, taboo breaking
My Review | Add on Goodreads

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation edited by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman – eyeopening, moving, refreshing
My Review | Add on Goodreads

A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman – uplifting representation, beautiful
My Review | Add on Goodreads

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – confronting, lingering impact
My Review | Add on Goodreads

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney – mythbusting, gorgeous art
My Review | Add on Goodreads

All the Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket – smart, gripping, hilarious
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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – couldn’t put down
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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – adorable, diverse, favourite
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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – strong voice, compelling
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Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris – laugh out loud
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Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh – heartbreaking, feminist masterpiece
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Currently Reading

c2a2a6193846ff4dd5cb7d07658aa6b7The Reader by Bernhard Schlink

  • Progress: 23%  (audiobook)
  • I assumed the plot revolved around the romance between Michael and Hanna, so I was surprised when their affair started and ended very early in the story.  I’m intrigued by the moral questions that are starting to emerge. 
  • I’m finding that the narrative voice keeps me at arm’s length emotionally.  I wonder if this is a deliberate choice to encourage readers to think analytically about the themes.  

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Release by Patrick Ness

  • Progress: 80%
  • Initially, I was disappointed by how much weaker this writing and plotting is compared to A Monster Calls.  I admit I had pretty high expectations following that book.
  • The fantasy element in the parallel plot doesn’t resonate with me at all.  I wish it was cut out completely, because Adam’s story would be more powerful if it stood alone.
  • I can’t help comparing Adam Thorn to other gay characters in YA that I found better developed.  Maybe this is because I’m not a big fan of books that take place in a single day.

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9780099588115The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter

  • Progress: 22%
  • I’m in love with this sumptuous writing.  I’m reading super slowly because every sentence needs to be savoured.
  • I’m both excited and shocked by how bloodthirsty and creepy this book is.  The building tension is crafted word by word.
  • This book is loaded with motifs you could interpret through a gender theory analysis.  The closer I look, the more meaning I discover!

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Looking Forward to Reading…

when-dimple-met-rishi-9781481478687_hr-201x300When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
RELEASE DATE
: May 30, 2017
GENRE
: Young Adult Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 380
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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?


9781743313633Storm and Grace by Kathryn Heyman

PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
RELEASE DATE
: February 1, 2017
GENRE
: Adult Fiction, Psychological Thriller
PAGE COUNT
: 380
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World-famous freediver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the city to follow him to his idyllic Pacific island. There he teaches Grace the ways of the deep, and she learns to sink to unimaginable depths on one single breath. As their world narrows to the two of them, she learns, too, the exquisite pleasures of her body – but also that Storm hides as many secrets as the sea.


33385229They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
(a.k.a. my most anticipated new release of 2017)

PUBLISHER: HarperTeen
RELEASE DATE
: September 5, 2017
GENRE
: Young Adult, Speculative Fiction
PAGE COUNT
: 384
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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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  • What are your reading highlights and lowlights of 2017 so far?
  • What new releases are you anticipating in the second half of 2017?
  • What attracts you to your next read, and where do you go for recommendations?
  • Would you be interested in seeing more regular recap posts on this blog?

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5 thoughts on “2017 | Half Year Recap

  1. Marie says:

    Your posts layouts are really pretty, Paige 🙂
    I’m sorry to hear you’re not too fond of Release at the moment – maybe once you’re done with it you’ll end up loving it more? I don’t know ahah. I understand your feelings though, characters that aren’t enough developed are always a bit frustrating.
    I can’t wait for you to read When Dimple Met Rishi, this book is sooo adorable 🙂

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