Have I told you how much I despise composing wrap-up posts? No, well I do. These things are work which is probably why I haven't done one since March! I love reading them but composing them, ugh, they are far too much work for my lazy self. Fortunately I had a snow day yesterday and had some time to get my act together.
Somehow I managed to finish up 72 books which was just three books shy of my original goal. I guess that isn't too bad since I hit a slump in October that lasted through December. I read a good mix of genres thanks to audiobooks but mostly stuck to my horror roots in the latter half of the year.
- I read 59 new to me authors! That's not too shabby.
- I had 8 five star reads! Also not too shabby taking into consideration what a grouch I am.
- 33 earned four stars
- 21 earned three stars
- 5 earned two stars
- 0 earned one star because I learned to DNF!
- 5 of them were DNF's
- My biggest disappointment would have to be The Bird Eater because I wanted to love so damn bad and I just couldn't.
The Best of the Best of My 2017 Reads
(click on cover to read my full review)
Bones Would Rain from the Sky
This is a book about our relationships with dogs. There are beautiful insights about animal and human behavior inside the pages and it basically comes to down to treating those you love with kindness, empathy and sharing all of your love in order to strengthen your relationship. That’s advice the world needs to hear. This book will be a yearly reread for me, for sure.
Garden of Fiends
Puss In Prada
This novella was such a cute and surprising little romance about a finicky cat man and his ex-lover. I picked it up somewhere as freebie and honestly wasn't expecting all that much. It has a spiteful witch, magic and a feisty little cat man. What's not to love?
The Lesser Dead
My friend Char @ Char's Horror Corner loved this book and she and I have very similar taste. I listened on audio and it was everything she said it would be. Sarcastic, imaginative, gross and so much bloodsucking fun. Honestly, how can you resist a book whose hero is named Joey Peacock?
I read this book for a book tour hosted by Confessions of a Reviewer. I don't participate in book tours often and only agree to do so after I research the author's previous work because I am truly greedy with my spare time and don't want to be forced into finishing a dud. This book was anything but a dud. It is gutting. If you like horror and are up for a grief drenched read, you must read it.
We Have Always Lived In the Castle
This was a re-listen for the Goodreads Horror Aficionados monthly group read. Merricat and her creepy old house and deep dark secrets were just as riveting the second time around. If you haven't read this classic yet it is a MUST.
This is one of those books I'd been wanting to read for ages. I saw the movie as a kid and only had very fuzzy memories lingering around the edges of it being super creepy and maybe giving me a nightmare or two. I was a little worried it would be too old fashioned, slow and, dare I say it, boring because I'd read a few oldies prior to this (I'm looking at you Audrey Rose) and they didn't live up to the hype or my vague memories of scariness. This one, though, this one wasn't any of those things.It was fantastic!
The Wife Between Us
I won this book from Bookish First after writing a mini review of the excerpt. Weird concept, I know, but I won a genuine book and it was amazing so you will hear no more complaints from me! It's rife with secrets and lies and deceptions and the women were actually sympathetic instead of being complete and total hot messes. I've noticed now that many people dislike it but I ♥ it and nothing I hear will change my mind!
The 4 Stars
The Smack in the Middle 3's
The 2 Star's
Now it's back to hibernating!