I HAVE NO TIME.
I am unable to tell whether I just feel like I have no time, or I actually don’t. Just kidding, I totally am able to tell. Mainly the decision depends on whether you think that “reading” and “staying up to date with approximately one dozen podcasts” and “watching ghost hunting videos on YouTube” are actually things that can fill up my time in a way unavoidable enough that I can call myself busy.
I think the answer to that is obvious. I’m clearly busy as hell.
I’ve just been…in a bit of a blogging slump I guess? I just don’t feel like I want to write or have anything to write, and if I did or were I to then it would have to be for the seven to nine page paper I have due on Tuesday.
I just cranked out two (2) pages of bullet-point outline on it, though, so who’s really not prioritizing correctly???
Me. Still me.
Anyway. I’ve decided the only reasonable thing (jk, the only reasonable thing is to continue taking this unplanned blog hiatus in order to write that paper, BUT I REFUSE) is to write a post that can be as long or as short as I want.
It will probably be long. When have I ever been concise.
Lately, I’ve gotten surprisingly into talking about books I like. I say “surprisingly” for several reasons.
- I have founded my personal brand on negativity.
- I love writing negative reviews.
- Writing reviews of books I love has always been the hardest worst thing in the world and I hate it and I’m bad at it.
But also in the last few months…I’ve gotten really sick of disliking books???
Oddly enough, I used to not mind it. 2.7 average rating for 2017 just rolled off the ol’ back while it was happening, but then seeing that decimal threw me off.
I want to like books again.
Also I only ever talk about the same handful of recommendations all the time, so I want to give recommendations for the amazin’ books I nevereverever talk about through no fault of their own.
These will all be pre-2018 reads, and probably mostly pre-2017. If you want yearly five star wrap-ups, here they are!!
2018 (so far) | 2017 | 2016
everything Jane Austen has ever written
Okay. Specifically Persuasion and Northanger Abbey and Pride & Prejudice. Not so much Sense & Sensibility or the ones I haven’t read yet. But still. This blog is like one bad day away from becoming a Jane Austen fan account.
The Great Gatsby
WE GET IT, EMMA. YOU LIKE DAISY AND THINKS SHE GETS A BAD RAP. Shut up about it for a second. God.
I’ll Give You the Sun
This one is weird, because, like, I could talk about it every day and it wouldn’t be enough? Because it’s the greatest contemporary of all time? But I have a sneaking suspicion that I talk about I’ll Give You the Sun pretty much on the reg.
Ready Player One
Considering my review of this is 64.5 percent me complaining, it’s wild that I talk about this book so much. I’m going to call it impressive, actually.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
This doesn’t even bear mentioning. I am actively thinking about this book constantly, and everything I think is immediately posted on this blog without filtering.
Okay, “love.” These are five star ratings, after all.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
I don’t know if it’s that I don’t talk about this series so much as I could never in a million years talk about this series enough, even if I talked about it every day for the rest of my life.
The Mysterious Benedict Society
I’ve been talking about this more lately as I continue to berate all of you about how much I love middle grade, but: I LOVE THIS SERIES. I LOVE MIDDLE GRADE. Catch me and May rereading this, coming to blogs near you soon.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close & Everything is Illuminated
Non-young adult literary fiction doesn’t seem to fit the incredibly specific #self-brand I have set here. BUT MAN OH MAN DO I LOVE IT.
everything Roald Dahl has ever written
I love children’s books. I love weird books. I love illustrations. I don’t know what else I have to say.
Speaking of amazing contemporaries I could never ever ever talk about enough. (This is a reference to much, much earlier when we were talking about that.) (And by “we were” I mean “I was.”) (And by “talking” I mean writing.) (Cool cool cool.)
All the Light We Cannot See
I used to think my literal favorite genre was historical fiction because of this book, and then I realized oh wait no I actually just only like this book a whole lot.
A ragtag couple of diverse pals who are also villains and this is also a graphic novel with the cutest art ever and also fairytale-y? (Insert me kissing my fingers like a proud Italian chef.)
East of Eden
I love John Steinbeck, but I especially super super super love this book. So much.
The Princess Bride
Fairytale-y! Funny! Full of lies and fictions and romance and swordfights and mysterious men in black and arranged marriages and SO MUCH MORE. Hell yeah.
I want to reread this book so badly? I should reread this book immediately. As in now. #ProcrastinationNation