This summer, I took on the rather daunting goal of reading the Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, at least the first two series. I never really intended or wanted to read them but they just get so much hype on Booktube that I just felt like I should read them so that I could understand what people were talking about. It was a rollercoaster of a journey to say the least. I read them in publication order so the two series kinda intertwined for me and just felt like a giant 9-book series. Still, I shall review them separately because I had very different feelings for each of the series.
The Girl on the Train is about an alcoholic woman who witnesses something out of the window of a train and finds herself entangled in a mysterious web of lies and deceit, not exactly unwillingly. It’s based on a supposed best-selling novel but if you saw my post about my Most Disappointing Books of 2016, you’ll know that I didn’t really think much of the book. I wasn’t really planning on watching this movie after I missed it in the theaters but then I saw Luke Evans in Beauty and the Beast and I just had to see more of his work. So that was basically my sole reason for watching this movie haha.
So I know that this is incredibly outdated because the whole Hunger Games phenomenon has kinda died down already but I figure, now’s the best time to be as objective as I can without the influence of the hype right? Plus, I recently reread the series again so my points are quite fresh in my mind. There will be spoilers ahead but honestly, if you haven’t read the books or at least seen the movies, what have you been doing?
Today I bring you my review of the Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Basically, it boils down to three words: Vastly Fabulous Delight.
All the Wrong Questions (ATWQ) is the prequel series of sorts to A Series of Unfortunate Events (ASOUE), both by Lemony Snicket. I read this series in the hopes of uncovering more about V.F.D. and the bigger mystery that was only briefly touched upon in ASOUE, and in that respect, I was kinda disappointed.
Today I’m going to be doing a series review of one of my favorite book series as a child: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The first time I read the series was probably when I was between the ages of 10-14? So now, 10 years later, I decided to reread the series to see what kind of new insights I might glean the second time around and with much older eyes. This post might contain spoilers.
Today I am here with the last of my 2016 round-up posts. So in 2015, I started watching Booktube a lot and it’s where I get a lot of my book recommendations. My favorite videos to watch are everyone’s year-end videos of their favorite books of the year and there are a lot of them. So what I decided to do, because I like to be unnecessarily complicated, is to create an excel algorithm that could tell me definitively what were the top books of the year. The algorithm is pretty complicated but it takes into account ranking (if booktubers had ranked their favorites), and it even takes into account whether booktubers ranked their favorites or not.
This list is great if you’re new to Booktube and want to know what books are popular right now, but you don’t have the time to watch all those videos. This list is based on the following 30 booktubers (because I can’t include everyone):
polandbananasBOOKS, Katytastic, abookutopia, shoutame, jessethereader, Tashapolis, HardbackHoarder, PeruseProject, padfootandprongs07, Piera Forde, emmmabooks, Between Chapters, BookswithEmilyFox, Bookables, Hailey in Bookland, BangadyBangz, Riley Marie, Thoughts on Tomes, Kassidy Voinche, carolinethereader, A Clockwork Reader, sarawithoutanH, WhyMermaids, ChapterStackss, Super Space Chick, Kellys Bookspill, ForTheLoveOfBooks, InsaneReader, gracewithabookinherface, and brandonthebookaddict.
Consider this a booktuber recommendation list too. Collectively, they read a lot of YA so this list will comprise mostly of YA books. But anyway, without further ado, here is the list!