Thursday, May 19, 2016

Six favourites for six years.

So this is my sixth year of being a book blogger, and whereas last year I was all the terror at having five years under my proverbial belt, I have transformed into someone cool, calm and collected.

Right about now the hysterical, disbelieving laughter can set in.


But I digress. Six years. Many reviews written and many more books read. Over these six years I have discovered more new favourites than at any other point during my life, and I thought it might be interesting for me to look over my shelf, scout through my reviews, and see which are the six definitive favourites. As I write this, I still have no idea what they'll be, except for last year's read which I actually remember, and I'm both daunted- what if I have NO FAVOURITES AT ALL- and excited- I get to relive the favourites! and take pretty pictures!- so, without further ado, let me go back in time and show you my all time favourite reads through six years of blogging.



2010

There were so few books to choose from, in my first year, since it was only in the last couple of months that I started blogging and recording the books I had read in my goodreads account. Pride and Prejudice was, apparently, something I only read six years ago! I enjoyed it so much, and went through the whole Darcy is a horrible mess I loathe him thing. Just like Lizzie. 
Featuring other favourites from 2010- the runner up was The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I cried. Which never happens in books.

2011
No matter how much I might adore Dodie Smith's incredible I Capture the Castle, this was the summer I read My Family and Other Animals and I have never read a book I loved quite so much. This is actually my all time favourite book. 

2012
My runner up for this year was Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan (which I always talk about because KAMI), but I've actually artified my copy. So it isn't featured. I'm not quite sure why I chose Catching Fire over His Dark Materials, since I love them with all my heart- I think it had more of a solid impact on me at the time, even if I might prefer the former these days. It's my favourite out of all the Hunger Games books- I read them all between January-February '12- and it could be because of the setting (something really captivated me about the island) or because of Finnick, who happens to be my favourite character in the series.

2013

Possibly the hardest choice, because the four books pictured below are some of my all time favourites and it feels slightly impossibly to say I like one most of all. I do. But still. The whole Fairyland series is one of my all time favourite series of ever, and although I adore the first book with every inch of my person, The Princess Bride means so, so much to me, so- as a singular book- it wins out.

2014

The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (and how I adore those long titles) might just be my favourite book in the Fairyland series, because although it does severely lack two of the major side characters, September goes through such a struggle and yet she's still gorgeous and lovely and the ending was ruining and fabulous. Wandering Son is another intent favourite, because although the series has started moving in a direction I'm not wholly invested in, the first volume... it was just stunning.

2015

So, when I read Dumplin' late last year, I finished it and knew that it was the best book I had read that whole year. And that was so exciting and wonderful and... a couple weeks later I read a book called Kitchen that had been on my tbr for years and it was incredible and became one of my favourite books of all time, let alone just in that year. 

2016?
Well, I've read four five star books this year, and my favourite so far is Ash which, I believe, is also going to grow to become an all time favourite. But we'll see what else the year brings out.

22 comments:

  1. Oh man. You've been around the block! This is going to me by fifth year. I can hardly believe it myself. Lol. But oh, congratulations, Romi! I'm so glad we found each other. :)

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    1. You're making me feel quite terribly old and wise, Joy! You're only a year younger than me, in the blogging world! That's not so much difference! *laughs* But thank you! There have been ups and downs, for sure, but I'm glad I started blogging and sharing my love for books. I've met awesome people and discovered amazing books. Very much worth it. xx

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  2. It's crazy how time flies! I see you've featured Howl's Moving Castle, which was one of my favourite books growing up. I love the movie by Hayao Miyazaki too.

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    1. Right? It definitely doesn't feel like this is my 6th year. I can't really imagine how I was when I started out- apart from excitable and full to brimming with passion for this nw endeavour- and I feel a little less excitable, but just as in love with discovering new books.

      Howls Moving Castle- the book, the series, the manga and the film (I've quite the passion for it, clearly! *laughs*)- is one of my all time favourites! The story is just magical, and the film. *sighs forever* Gorgeous.
      xx

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  3. I remember how much you loved Dumplin. I still need to read that. This was a good post... I love how you went through the years and picked your favorite books from that year.

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    1. I loved it a lot, didn't I? And then I didn't even review Kitchen, which took over as the favourite! Although I tend to do that, not review the books that really mean so much to me, not unless they're review copies. Half the time, I just keep that experience quietly to myself.

      Thanks, Angela! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Were there any you've read and enjoyed, too?
      xx

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  4. Oh my! You've been around for six years?! Wow, wow, wow, congrats! I wonder, how could you pick just one book from all of these years?! Like. . .I wouldn't be able to do so! Last year I read so many good books that telling me to pick just one would be like a sin or something! But anyway, you have magic powers, and you managed to do it so, that's awesome! Catching Fire, tho. I think we all know that you loved that book because of Finnick. I mean, I did too *cough*

    Anyway, congrats on your six years of blogging! Glad to be part of the last one!

    ~L. ♥

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    1. Yup! This is my sisth year, and befor I know it I'll be celebrating my blogversary in November. *sighs* such a long time to be doing this *laughs* It's a little unbelievable, really. Oh, but thank you! Both for the congratulations and for saying I have magic powers. Which I'll definitely say is true.
      *continues to laugh* Oh, but I never talk about Catching Fire and my love for Finnick on my blog! Occasionally in comments, but never here! It must've just been a good guess on your behalf.

      xx

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  5. Congrats on six years! Those look like some good choices. :) I think my favorite this year so far was A Gathering of Shadows (I LOVE that series), but Dumplin is on my TBR!

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    1. Aaw, thanks, Vlora! And it's good to see you!
      I haven't read that yet, although I have it on my tbr and know I'll get to it soon, since there've been SO MANY AMAZING REVIEWS. And it also sounds just like something I would adore, so there's that, too. Oh, yay! I hope you read Dumplin'! I'd love to hear your thoughts because I enjoyed it so much and felt SO MUCH for it, but quite a few people weren't a fan of Willowdean, the protagonist. Let me know! xx

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  6. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favorite books. :) And I see one of the Ouran manga volumes in your 2015 photo; I caved in a while back and bought the box set of them from Amazon after my cousin introduced me to the anime, which I LOVED! I just need to find the time to binge read them because I'm sure once I start, I won't be able to stop, lol.

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    1. Ah, thanks so much, Lee! Ooh, I adored P&P, so much. *sighs* I really should do a reread this year.
      Yes! I read the series in 2014, finishing in January '15, and it was so splendid. I actually started with the anime, too! Which I adore to this day! Although... I cherish the manga and think I actually like the way the plot-arc moves in the manga more, although both will forever hold a very special place in my heart. I hope you read it soon! It's so fabulous and you're right- once you start, it's difficult to stop. xx

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  7. Oh wow, congratulations on 6 years! :D
    I read Pride and Prejudice a long time ago and enjoyed it. I always love the different movie and TV adaptations that are made too. I think I might have to reread it at some point.

    I think Catching Fire might be my favourite Hunger Games book too although it's hard to choose as I love the whole series so much.

    I also keep hearing great things about Dumpin'! I definitely need to try and read that soon.

    I hope the rest of the year has great books in store for you! :D

    -- Nicola Reads YA

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    1. Aah, thanks so much, Nicola!
      Oh, me too. Writing about it, I feel as if I really do need to do another read of it, too! It was such an enjoyable, interesting read, and *sighs* for the adaptations. I love the movie to pieces (perfect casting) and the TV series is quite lovely.

      My main reason, besides the fact that it just feels so much more enjoyable/special to me, for loving Catching Fire the most is that we meet Finnick (who quickly became my favourite character) and we get some really great character development all around.

      Ooh, do! Dumplin' was hugely enjoyable for me. Another one I should reread, just to remember how amazing it was for me.

      Thanks so much! I'm sure I've got lots of brilliant books forthcoming! x

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  8. What a fun idea to show your favourite books over 6 years of blogging. Congrats on the 6 years! That's a long time to have been blogging.
    I don't think I have read any of these books you listed, except for the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games made a big impact on my reading when I read it and I started reading more dystopia after that and now I am at a point where I rarely read that genre anymore. That's interesting that when you read Dumpling you knew it was going to be one of your favourites. Like you could just read on my post I rarely give out 5 stars, so I usually know when I found one of my favourite reads of the year when I find a 5 star.
    I hope this year has many more amazing books for you!

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    1. I was really keen on the idea, and it was fun (and interesting) to pull up my past years in books and see what my favourites were. I considered doing the same thing with my least favourite books, but *laughs* I doubt I own any of them still, so it would be without pictures. *laughs*

      Yes, that's the same with me! Dystopia became my favourite genre and I went all out reading it, but then everything seemed really similar and I struggled to find distinct plots, and now I hardly read it at all.

      That's so right! When I was about... a third or halfway through Dumplin', I just knew it would be a favourite. And that was such a wonderful feeling. I love it when that happens.

      Thank you, Lola! You, too! xx

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  9. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! That's amazing that you've stuck with it for so long, and here's to many more years! The only ones I've read of your favourites are Pride and Prejudice and Catching Fire so far. I've heard so many good things about Dumplin', and hopefully one day I will get to it! I hope you'll come across many more five-star books this year!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cilla! It's definitely something I'm amazed at, since I didn't have any kind of thoughts towards how long I'd stick with it, once I started- and even now I don't know how long it's going to last. Only, it just keeps on lasting! *laughs*

      Pride and Prejudice and Catching Fire. Maybe I should dedicate next year to rereading my old favourites, since I want to reread so many of these already!

      I hope you enjoy Dumplin' a lot, when you get to it! It was really beautiful.

      Thank you! Me, too! Although I'm sure I've got some good books coming. xx

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  10. Congratulations on the six years! I am going to admit though, I have only read 2 books from this list. The first in Pride and Prejudice which is a book that everyone seems to love but I'm sorry - I really couldn't stand that book. All the main characters were pretentious and annoying and the plot kind of didn't make any sense >< It just wasn't realistic and I couldn't appreciate it. On the other hand, I loved Catching Fire. I'm not a big HG fan... the only book I really like was the second one, which I LOVED. There's just something about it which made it so creative, emotional and well written.

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    1. Thanks so much, Olivia-Savannah! Ah, that's okay! We all read and love different books. I can't agree with your thoughts on Pride and Prejudice, since it's one of my very favourites and I actually didn't struggle with those factors at all.
      It's interesting that some people really loved CF and some felt like it was little more than a filler. I wonder why there's that distinction, although I suppose that's just it. Some of us will like some books, others won't. xx

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  11. WOW, look at all those spam comments. Jesus.

    Okay, so. I have only read two books out of every one that you mentioned. Catching Fire, and Wandering Son. But that's okay, because you've never read any of the books that I mention in posts like these so ;D

    I should probably get onto some of them, though. Like Poison, which looks AWESOME. And Unspoken, which you have recommended to me in a post earlier this year. And also Howl's Moving Castle because it's one of my favourite movies of all time, and I should probably read the source material.

    OH. I have also read Ash, but you know I didn't particularly love that one, haha XD I kind of want to do a post like this! Although it would be SO HARD to pick just one book for every year *wails*

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    1. *dancing hands* I KNOWWWWWW. That same spammer comments multiple times a week now ON THIS POST and I just *wails*

      And Wandering Son you read BECAUSE OF ME *endless cheering for myself because I deserve it let's be real here* But you know I WILL read those other books. It's a work in progress, catching up with all the things we each love. A WIP.

      Yes! I'd love for you to read Poison, and you must meet Kami because she is pretty much my first bookish crush. And you *shoud* read HMC because it's gorgeous, but try to separate it from the movie because it's really, really different. Most of the characters are different- like Markl has a different name and is around 20. So remember that. *laughs*

      Please DO do a post like this! It's difficult picking and choosing, but so enjoyable and worth it and ORGANISING. CHIARA. ORGANISING. I will now go and bug you into doing a post like this. xx

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