2017 Year in Book Review Tag, apologies, and belated Christmas wishes.

Hi, my lovely bookworms! ♥

I’ve missed you so much.


I want to start this post by apologizing for my unplanned and unannounced hiatus from the blog. I didn’t realize December was going to be such a busy month for me and the time I usually set aside to work on Books & Love was suddenly filled with tons of other things I could not postpone.

I want to formally apologize to the lovely Swetlana over at The Caffeinated Bookworm. I was so excited to complete all of her 12 Days of Blogmas prompts but was unable to do more than Day 1.

I do hope to make it up to you this upcoming year. Although I have not been active with my posting, I have not been idle. During the break, I took the opportunity to come up with a new posting schedule, complete with awesome new content I can’t wait to share with you guys!

Merry Christmas…

That being said, I hope all of you had wonderful holidays, filled with many blessings and spent with loved ones. Did Santa leave you any books under the Christmas tree?

For my first post back, I’d figured I’d do something fun and do the 2017 Year in Book Review Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Emma over at Thoughts of a Brown Eyed Girl.  I suggest you go check her out, her blog is amazing.

1. First Ever Female Doctor Who: favorite female protagonist.


Ok, so this may come as no surprise to some of you, but my favorite female protagonist this year has got to be Feyre Archeron from the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. Maas really does know how to write strong , independent, relatable female characters and I’m anxious to see what other projects she’ll come up with. Aelin from the ToG series is another kickass heroine and also a favorite of mine, but it is Feyre and her ability to rise from loss, trauma, depression and abusive relationships that resonates with me most.

2. GCC Cuts Ties with Qatar: an author you cut ties with.


I really can’t think of any authors I wouldn’t pick up a book from again. It just seems like such a drastic and dramatic thing to do. However, if I DNF a series by a certain author then I will think twice about starting any other work by them for a while. For instance, I read The Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines a while back and loved them. They are the perfect light, romantic, girly, chill summer read. So when I came across her paranormal romance trilogy Existence I didn’t hesitate in buying it. What. A. Disappointment. Now I see other books by her around on Goodreads, with great ratings and reviews that sing them praises but still I think long and hard before deciding  to read it. Even so, I recognize Gline’s amazing talent for writing hot, steamy romances and I don’t think I’ll ever stop appreciating her as a writer.

Also, Victoria Aveyard: has she ever heard of chemistry between two characters? I’ll read her other books when she does. ( #teammaven because Cal is the dullest character I’ve ever read.)

3. La La Land Oscar Mix-Up: a book that surprised you.

darkness mine

Probably This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis because THAT ENDING. It was definitely a wtf-did-I-just-read kind of ending.

You can read my review here.

4. Hurricanes and Earthquakes: a book that rocked your world.


Quests for Glory (School for Good and Evil #4) by Soman Chainani. I had no idea Chainani was thinking of continuing the series until right before the fourth book’s release. It was the best kind of news! Going back into the SGE world was like coming back home after a long trip. Spending more time with the SGE squad, seeing them grow into newer and better versions of themselves when I thought I had read the last of their stories was unreal. Definitely rocked my world. You can read my review here.

5. Louvre Abu Dhabi: favorite book cover art.


I’m not proud to say this but I probably would not have read this book if it weren’t for the cover. You can read my review here.

6. Da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi Sells for $450m: a take-my-money book.

Shiver and any other book by Maggie Stiefvater. She has become an auto-buy author for me and every book by her is worth every penny.

7. Total Eclipse: a sequel that overshadows the first book.


War and Wind (Tides #2) by Alex Lidell. Everyone kept telling me how this book was so much better than its predecessor and they were so right! I can’t wait for Tides #3.

8. Muslim Ban: favorite diverse read.


I remember reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alice Sáenz back in ninth grade and loving it. I reread it at the beginning of this year, now older and wiser (lol) and can say I wish this book could be read by every vulnerable and confused teenager trying to define their sexuality and find themselves.

9. Italy Doesn’t Qualify for World Cup: most disappointing book.


Probably The Merciless by Danielle Vega. It had been on my TBR for ages when I finally decided to buy it – a physical copy, of course, because the cover is gorgeous…and the only interesting and captivating thing about this book. The worst part is that it had so much potential!!!

10. Prince Harry Engaged: favorite ship.


This prompt annoys me for two reasons. First, I can’t choose a favorite ship. That’s like asking me to choose a favorite book or a favorite literary character… it’s an impossible task. Second, if there are two people , literary or otherwise, that I do NOT ship, those are Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Lol.

For this year’s favorite ship, though, I’ll go with Feyre and Rhys ❤ .

11. Star Wars the Last Jedi: most anticipated book.

I’m starting to sound like a broken record with the whole ACOTAR series babble going on in this tag but my most anticipated book of 2017 was ACOWAR. Maybe Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han, too. They did not disappoint.

My 2018 most anticipated releases are Restore Me by Tehereh Mafi , Cruel Prince by Holly Black, and (yup, you guessed it!) A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas.

What about you? Which books are you most looking forward to in 2018?

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2 thoughts on “2017 Year in Book Review Tag, apologies, and belated Christmas wishes.

  1. Yay! This is so fabulous, lovely, I absolutely adored your answers!! Thank you so much for those kind little words and the shout-out to my blog, I really appreciate it. 😊😊 And, I’m so glad that This Darkness Mine surprised you; I’ve been seeing a lot of negative reviews for it on GR, but I’m still excited to read it.

    Hope you had fun! ❤️

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