It's never too late in the year to start up a new series. Top 5 Wednesdays is a series that was started in this Goodreads group , which you're always welcome to join with or scope out. This week's topic is the five best books of 2017, which I'm interpreting as books I read in 2017 and not so much books that were published in 2017.
For context, at this point I've read 53 books.
#1: Carol/The Price of Salt
Listen, I love this book. This book has my soul.
A little less than the movie does, because every time I rewatch Carol, my heart skips beats and I just want to cry and cry. It's known to pull me out of moments where I'm so numb I wouldn't recognise happiness even if it slapped me in the face.
First time I read this book was last year, 2016 and I didn't quite enjoy it that much. Maybe because I was younger and a lot more into YA books, rather than adult. Rereading it this year made me realise just how much went over my head the first time and how much passion and love there actually is.
Therese has found her way into my heart and every time, it surprises me just how much I relate to her.
There's a couple of scenes towards the end where the story just tugs at my heartstrings and knots them up and honestly, it's going to be a yearly reread book, I can tell. It's quite christmassy in a way, even if it doesn't have that happy go lucky mood that a lot of those books have.
In a way, I feel the melancholy, sad feeling works better for my types of winter months, so I'm glad to be adding it to my life.
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Patricia Highsmith, Carol
average rating (gr): 3.9 // my rating: 5
published in 1954, 311 pages
Based on a true story plucked from Highsmith's own life, Carol tells the riveting drama of Therese Belivet, a stage designer trapped in a department-store day job, whose routine is forever shattered by a gorgeous epiphany―the appearance of Carol Aird, a customer who comes in to buy her daughter a Christmas toy. Therese begins to gravitate toward the alluring suburban housewife, who is trapped in a marriage as stultifying as Therese's job. They fall in love and set out across the United States, ensnared by society's confines and the imminent disapproval of others, yet propelled by their infatuation.
#2 The Secret History
Full disclosure, I have a love-hate relationship with Donna Tartt. I like her writing and the way she writes, the stories she thinks off. I'm currently listening to the Goldfinch and have the Little Friend backed up and ready to listen to, maybe in 2018, who knows.
Thing is, her books are confusing in a way. I enjoy reading them and they suck me up into the story, but she always loses me along the way at some point. I continue on reading, and enjoy it, it's just that I'm not sure where the story is going or what the hell is happening.
She has this beauty in her writing though and it's that that made me like this chunk of a book a lot more. I didn't go for five stars on this book, because the chapters in the end were so long but needless to say, I enjoyed it enough to put it on this list.
It's a bit of a double sided feeling on this one, because it's not the best book out there. It's not the best book overall that I've read this year, but I enjoyed it, quite a lot in fact.
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Donna Tartt, the secret history
average rating (gr): 4.08 // my rating: 4
published in 1992, 621 pages
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
Which you might or might not see on the picture, this book has been through things. I've had it for seven years now and I think that i've read it at least as many times. This book is so tabbed up.
But, in the end, the content still counts and Laurie Halse Anderson's writing is so good. It's so easy for me to place myself into Lia and Cassie's shoes and, god. I love this book.
This book has my soul. My reading year has been very méh, so this one is def among the top books of the year for me.
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Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls
average rating (gr): 3.98 // my rating: 5
published in 2009, 278 pages
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.
#4 We Are Okay
This year I mainly started reading this book because it'd been a while since I'd read a story with queer women. Shallow, maybe, but I was getting fed up with reading just novels about straight people and gay boys.
I maybe didn't expect to love it this much? I also read 'Everything Leads to You' by Nina Lacour earlier this year, and I don't specifically remember loving it that much. In fact, I had a bit of difficulty remembering what it was quite about.
This one though, it tugged at my heartstrings. I read this in the speak of summer and I kinda want to reread it now and fall in love with it all over again now it's winter and maybe
the season will fit the text better. There's still a couple of days to the year, maybe if I can find the time, I actually will! The characters are so lovely and their struggles so incredibly real. The story with the grandpa was really entertaining and I liked reading about it, even though for me it really took the backstage over the main characters and their relationship.
Also Marin's struggles felt so real and honest to me that. Yeah. I couldn't not love it. This just. This book has my heart.
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nina lacour, we are okay
average rating (gr): 4.01 // my rating: 5
published in 2017, 256 pages
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
Okay, Lolita and I have got history. A good friend recommended me this book a while ago and I wanted to go ahead and read it. I read about half of it in a couple of weeks and then put it aside for months. Literal months. I started this in May of 2016 and just finished this in Oktober 2017.
There were moments that I loved the book, that I just wanted to keep reading and keep reading and get into it. Other moments I didn't make it half a page before putting it down and picking up another one.
All in all, I liked it. The last hundred-ish pages I just flew through and in fact, I ended up finishing the last half within the week. It's just. It's good. I don't think that there's a lot more to say about this.
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Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
average rating (gr): 3.88 // my rating: 4
published in 1955, 361 pages