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Favorite Books of 2017!

As 2017 is coming to a close, it’s time to summarize it. And what’s a better way to summarize a year than by summarizing the books you read?

I’ll admit, for me, 2017 wasn’t the best reading year. Dealing with a lot of personal issues, I didn’t read as much as I would like to, and I didn’t like as many books as I would have liked.

So I’m not gonna present to you my top 17 favorite books of the year, as much as I would like to, I’ll just give you a little peak into what my reading year has been like with these next four books.

4. The Last Star by Rick Yancey

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The Last Star must be the most YA book I read this year, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t make a big impact on me. I’ve been reading The Fifth Wave trilogy since it first came out in Israel – I think back in 2014. I read it with one of my best friends and it became a book I absolutely loved and would not stop thinking about. So when I finally got my hands on the last book in the trilogy (unfortunately translated to hebrew), I got into reading it the second I arrived back home. And boy o’ boy was this book good. It was so action packed, while also being packed with conspiracies and theories. I will admit, I’ve been theorizing about this book ever since it was announced. The book left me thinking every night before bed, and made me wonder about so many things in the series that I didn’t imagine would ever happen. And, of course, this book made me cry. A lot.

I award this book The Most Action Packed Book of the Year award.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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The Hate U Give, or, THUG, is definitely a must read for anybody. In the year of 2017, with everything that’s been happening in the world, especially in the United States and the Black Lives Matter movement, this book was very important. It tells the story of Starr, who witnesses her best friend being killed by a cop. I believe you can imagine where that leads. To be quite honest, most I remember from the book was sitting for three days straight and not putting my kindle down for a second and crying so much and feeling so very proud of Starr by the end of the book. I think this book has changed me and the way I see racism and many political issues, and I hope this book doesn’t get dismissed in the next year, as it is very relevant always.

I award this book The Most Important Book of the Year award.

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

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(While I am recommending this book, I should say it is not for younger audience at all. This is a very difficult book to read and can be a bit tough to younger readers.) 

Where do I even begin with this book? The Road was probably the last book I read this year and boy did it know how to do its job. At the beginning I was positive I was not gonna like it. It was moving very slow and taking its time progressing, but by the end I was so invested in the story, in the father and son and the harsh, harsh luck the world has brought on them. It’s been about a week since I finished it and it has not left my mind since then. The ending of it brought me to tears so quickly, and I still tear up thinking of it.

I award this book The Most Depressing Book of the (life) Year award.

 

1. Blood Brothers by Ernst Haffner

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As I am writing this post, my grandmother is sitting next to me. I was looking for a picture of the cover and I remembered how much I loved it when I read it and I just started mumbling “oh god, I love this book so much. I love it so much.” over and over again, because that’s basically what I have to say about this book. I just love it, so, so much. The characters, Willi and Ludwig, are written so realistically you just can’t help but feel for them and hurt with them. The story isn’t too complex, but it does put the characters at many crossroads. You have to think a lot while reading this book. Again, I say, I just love this book. Once you read Blood Brothers, you will never get a break from thinking about it.

I award this book The Best Book of the Year award. 

 

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Life update

Life Update: Mom’s Art Gallery 

“it’s been 84 years,” she said in the famous movie Titanic. That’s how I feel about my mom’s art gallery exhibition. 

“Maybe Tomorrow I Will Be Pretty” is a poem by Leah Goldberg, a known Israeli poet. My mom has taken the poem very much to her art and created an art exhibit all about it. 

She started working on this back at the end of 2014. She’s created about 60 creations for her exhibit so far. 

The exhibit, called “Maybe Tomorrow I Will Be” will open on January 6th 2018. 

Review

Review – The Road by Cormac McCarthy

It’s taken me a few hours to recover, but I finally feel recovered enough to actually write a review.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is a book that knows how to hit you right in the feels. The book follows a father and his son as they walk through desolate America from north to south.

This book will leave you guessing. All through the book you wonder what happened that led our main characters to the trail they are now following. What are their names? What happened to the little boy’s mom? What awaits them down in the south? You turn page after page in wonder and awe and you know you may never find out.

McCarthy’s writing is also something to talk about. Short sentences, short dialogues, sometimes long paragraphs that take you to the edge of your seat as they follow the father’s thoughts through what he is processing.

All the while, I did find the book a bit slow for my taste, but very intriguing. I was so in the book that by the time I finished it I was crying my eyes out, angry at where this book has taken me.

While I talk very highly of this book, I should warn that this book is not for everyone, especially not young audience. The visions in the book are very vivid, sometimes enough to scare a grown person. I would recommend not reading the book before the age of 18, as it is a very tough read.

Over all, this book did the job. The author definitely knew what he was doing.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

Life update · Recommendations

Sick Days Book Recommendations

For the past few days I’ve been laying in my grandma’s guest room, barely able to move a muscle, super-dead sick.

I caught the flu, and I am too far from home to go back, so I had to settle for going to my grandma (which is super fun, I promise.)

But what do you do when you’re dead sick and not at home? Well, you read.

So here are five books I think would be great for anybody who’s too sick to get out to the sun and breathe some fresh air, or basically, to anyone who is in my current condition.

1. Any Brandon Sanderson Book

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For the picture I did go with the Mistborn Trilogy, as it is my favorite series Sanderson has written so far, but I think any Brandon Sanderson would be good for someone who feels to sick to do anything. His books are so good you devour them, and they can make you feel better in any situation. Even when you’re laying in bed with a box of tissues beside you!

2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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This book is one of my favorites, as you all know. But I think it’s really good for a sick day because it is so easy to read. It is quick paced, and I’ll be honest, you don’t have to give much thought for the first book. You can read it very quickly and without even noticing, you’re already healthy and done with the whole trilogy.

3. The Martian by Andy Weir

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I love The Martian. Everyone who knows me, knows it’s my all time favorite book. I’ll admit, you do need to be a little sober for this book, so if you’re way too sick to concentrate on the science sad this book might not be the best for you, but on the other hand, it is so funny and thrilling, you can be in any condition and still enjoy the book.

4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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The reason I think this book is good for a sick day is because it is super hard to get into this book. You need to take time when you read this book, and really get into it. You need to give it a chance. And when is a better time to take time to get into a book than when you’re dead sick and have nothing else to do?

5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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When I’m sick, it tends to also make me sad. And Fangirl is the happiest book I know. It warms your heart, and it makes you happy. You can be sick, but you just can’t be sad while reading this book.

 

These are some books I think are super fun to read when you’re sick like I am this week. I hope you guys take time and try reading these. And I hope, if any of you are sick, that you’ll get well soon!

 

Review

Book Review – Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Finally. I finally finished a f***ing book.

I have been in the biggest reading slump for over three months now, and I finally managed to finish a book.

And not just any book. An E. Lockhart book.

E. Lockhart is always fun. Her books are so weird and intense, the second you pick one up, you don’t put it down until you finish it. And thank god they’re short as well. It always takes me between 2-4 days to read an E. Lockhart book. They’re fast paced, and even if they’re not, they’re so intriguing you just have to keep turning the pages (until there are no more pages to turn)…

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I’ll admit – I only read We Were Liars before, and I read it in 4 days sitting on the couch and turning pages like crazy, needing to understand what’s going on. But Genuine Fraud book was so much better. It’s an E. Lockhart book, so I won’t summarize it, because, well… E. Lockhart. But I will tell you, this book will make you fly through it. It is also so short you can read it in one sitting.

So yeah, I flew through it without even taking a break to pee. It was thrilling, fast paced, interesting, everything you need to pull you out of a reading slump, basically.

I highly recommend it to anybody who’s thinking that they’re never gonna finish a book again in their life because maybe they’re just not readers anymore. I promise you, this book will save you.

I give Genuine Fraud 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Off to the next book (now I believe I can read books again)- Starflight!