My Year in Books 2017

It's not quite the end of the year yet, but I'm calling it as far as reading goes. The remainder of 2017 will be filled with family, packing, moving, and unpacking, so I don't have high hopes for finishing any more books. 

I knew when I set my goal of 75 books that I was being ambitious. Would I be me if I hadn't chosen a lofty goal? that's a discussion for my therapist, not my blog. Regardless, set the goal I did, and fail to meet it I also did. I should be disappointed, but I'm really not. I read some truly fantastic books, and re-read some perennial favourites. It was a delightful reading year, as my Goodreads score will tell you: 4.6 stars on average for the books I read this year. How can I complain about that? 

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Traditions, Control, and Harry Potter.

Traditions, Control, and Harry Potter.

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with traditions. If we did anything more than one year in a row, in my mind, it was cemented as being a tradition, and therefore was unbreakable and unmissable. I couldn't reconcile changes to traditions in my own mind, and my desire for strict rigidity was entirely unsustainable. My mother would have to stop me from rearranging the ornaments on the tree "until it looked like last year", and she calmly handled my meltdown when we moved to Edmonton and no longer had a mantle to hang our stockings on. At Halloween, I would insist on roasting pumpkin seeds before trick-or-treating because there was one time (when I was, perhaps, four) that my mother had done this, and it stuck in my mind. 

Not content with just current family traditions, I also spent a lot of time researching the traditions of different cultures around the world to see how other people lived. I collected recipes for holiday meals around the world and failed spectacularly on more than one occasion when I attempted to recreate them. I quizzed my friends on what their families did over the holidays and compared their traditions to our own, just to make sure that we weren't that weird family that did weird things at the holidays--or, worse, that boring family that didn't do anything at all. 

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Three Dark Crowns & One Dark Throne (Book Review)

Three Dark Crowns & One Dark Throne (Book Review)

It's taken me forever to review Three Dark Crowns and One Dark Throne because I keep turning them around in my head. They're maddening because the story never takes the path that you expect, but they were also fantastic reads, even if you aren't normally a YA reader. 

The very quick gist of the story is that each queen of Fennbirn island will bear triplets, and those triplets will compete with each other to the death to become the next queen. Throw elemental magic into the mix and the story becomes even more complex. Since the books deserve their own review, I'll leave the plot at that for now. Four books are planned for the series, with the final two being released in 2018 and 2019. 

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