Wrapping It Up: TV Shows I Watched in February 2021

Am I ever going to watch anything other than the OC? At this point it seems unlikely. This post might end up being very short. I am absolutely loving the OC, it is exactly what I need in my life. It is easy to watch, melodramatic and has engaging characters!

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Wanderlust

I did eventually watch something other than the OC. I basically wanted to watch this show because I love Toni Collette, that’s basically it. Also, it has a guy from Waterloo Road in it, and sometimes that is enough. I am enjoying the show, it is an interesting premise. I will have to see how it turns out. It might take me a while to watch it cause I am basically always watching the OC.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown

I am hoping that this show will fill in the hole left in my heart by The Great British Bake Off. Basically, it might be sad that GBBO is no longer on Netflix, so I have decided to watch this as it has Nadiya Hussian. Hopefully, it will become a new comfort show. I am enjoying it, but I am also very early days.

Trying to Relax

Trying to relax is hard for me. Relaxing is hard for me, but somehow even trying to relax is hard. I like being productive, I like getting stuff done, I like achieving my goals. However, my whole life should not be me achieving things. I really need to relax – man am I tired at the moment. Productivity colure has ruined my ability to relax. Even in a global pandemic when I have more time, I still cannot relax. Why am I like this? I blame society – but maybe that is just me not wanting to blame myself.

Wrapping It Up: Films I Watched January 2021

Expect a lot of horror this month as that’s what the university module I am taking is about.

Spree

I don’t think I liked this film… I think. I’m still not fully sure how I feel about it. It was not the worst thing I have ever watched and the message was interesting (if a bit obvious). I think it was just a middle of the road horror film.

The Bad Seed

I had to watch this film for university and it was not amazing. It is obviously an old, overly-dramatic film and I can’t hold that against it. But alongside the almost unbearable acting and dramatic moments, the overall message of the film was problematic – you cannot change your familial destiny etc.

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American Psycho

I read this book ages ago and have never watched the film, even though the film is more iconic than the book. I thought now was the right time to finally get to it, and I enjoyed it but I definitely think it is one of those stories that cannot affect you the same way twice. I remembered quite a bit about the book which was nice as it meant I remembered scenes (it is a very accurate adaption), but this also meant that it was unable to shock me. Also, the unease over whether he is actually doing the actions if much more affective in the book as it is from his perspective. I still think that this book is one of the best and accurate film adaptations I have ever seen, but film and literature are just different mediums.

The Innocents

I also watched this for university. It was good, but not my favourite adaption of Turn of the Screw.

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Don’t Look Now

Apparently I basically only watched horror films this month, most of which were for university. Not a big month for films for me. I absolutely loved this film, and the short story, it might be one of my favourites. I love a film that makes you think and the filmography of this film really makes you question everything. A classic for a reason.

The Exorcist

I can now say I have watched The Exorcist which is quite cool, but other than that I didn’t particularly enjoy this film. It was okay but it somehow felt even more conservative than the book.

I’m Thinking Of Ending Things: Film Vs. Book… Only Slightly Later Than Planned

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I have to say the only reason I knew about this book was because the film came out. But when I hear that there is a really weird horror film that’s based on a book I have to pick up the book first. I listened to the audiobook and absolutely loved it, it is one of my favourite books of the year.

My thoughts on the film were all over the place, so here are my thoughts when watching the film, as they happened:

  • Knowing the ending when watching the film is a bit weird
  • Narration a bit different – glad the film had narration though
  • Don’t get the weird phone calls in the film so early
  • You see an old man and have this undercut stuff – the plot and structure is a bit different
  • Obvs in book you get a sense of Jake that is a bit different
  • Both characters different in a narrative of thoughts than an active film narrative
  • Love the tone of voice in narration – slightly different to her speaking voice and it reminds me of the audiobook
  • Loved the interrupted narration in the film
  • Weird road trip film rather than weird in the head film
  • Found it weird that the how they met scene was not at the beginning of the film
  • The film seems to hint about what is happening a bit earlier on – including memory type stuff in the film even though an old man
  • Don’t remember anything about poetry in the book – white a lot about literature etc and academia – maybe should have included the uni setting etc at the beginning, she does mention an essay she is writing but
  • Suicide talk and everything wanting to live
  • Don’t get a proper sense of Jake being really clever and the main character not being a full person – works better in the book as we never get a sense of her but it works cause of the narration etc
  • Toni Collette should be in all weird horror films
  • Film not as engaging but I do know the ending so…
  • Her wearing his old clothes make it work
  • Something about her weird outfit that really works
  • An amazing cast
  • Reminds me of the house I grew up in – then mentions grew up in an apartment
  • Using the fear if meeting a partners parents when you want to break up with them to distract you from what is happening
  • The basement
  • Toni Collette wonderful – steals every scene
  • Is she an artist in the book – I remember the weird painting in the book, but wasn’t that the mum?
  • Attempt to express how I feel at the time – what the film is doing really
  • The accents in the film adds to the weirdness of it all – talking about the art with the parents works so well
  • Love her weird laugh and the mother acting strangly – although I don’t think this was as obvious in the book, it was weird but in a weirder way
  • The mother who is too much and the sexist dad who says weird things
  • The parents every so often repeats themselves when speaking – kind of like remembering something you can’t remember
  • Jake starts acting weirder earlier on
  • Telling the story of how they met – wish I could have had more of that
  • Jake is clever than anyone else – it’s kind of him not remembering it all, but he is aware of all of the details
  • Discrepancies in the story are not established – weirdness linked to her more than in book – ie. She is overly comfortable in the weird situation – a difference in her narration and her acting which works really well
  • The lack of music is really good as it feels strange which works
  • Feels like longer idea also in the book I think – a sense of weirdness about her relationship with Jake
  • Don’t feel as connected to the main character in the film – the film does something different with her, but maybe it needed to as film is a different medium
  • The main character changes outfit – I remember the mum doing this in the book – maybe she also does this in the film I forgot to pay attention.
  • The picture looking like her – this happens much later on in the book than the film. I really liked how the book takes forever to get into it – I think this works better when reading it as it adds to the strangeness

Wrapping It Up: TV Shows I Watched January 2021

I’m a bit lost at the moment, I don’t really know what exactly I want to watch.

Line of Duty

I have heard so much about this show but somehow I have never got into it. I tried once before but never finished the first ep and this time around I also did not finish the first episode. I am sure its great, maybe it is just a show that takes a while to get into.

Dawson’s Creek

This show is both younger than I expected and more problematic than I expected – why does every teen TV show include a student teacher relationship? After watching one episode I am a bit confused about the tone and vibe of the show. It includes the inappropriate relationship but it also includes the characters refusing to drink – its just all over the place.

Homeland

Another show I have tried during this month. I found this one more engaging that the others I tried, but I am still not fully invested in the story. It might take a couple more episodes.

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The Big C

This is a show that I have been able to watch more than just a couple of episodes of. I am actually making progress with it, who’d of thought I could do this with a TV show – not me at the moment. This show reminds me of the humour of a lot of similar shows from the same time – for example, The United States of Tara and even Desperate Housewives (although very different). I love the dry humour mixed with a lot of heart. I will say I am starting to find the constant changes of characters a bit much – I get that it is more realistic, but the show does not feel amazingly coherent anyway. Season 3 gets even weirder – I loved season 2, but the show as a whole I have mixed opinions on.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

This show came back this month and I still don’t fully know how I feel about it. I have a whole post about how I felt about last season – click here to read. Some of the song choices are very interesting and it is quite cheesy, but let’s be honest I am probably gonna continue watching.

Superstore

Superstore is now on Netflix so it is the perfect time to catch up on it. It is an easy to watch show, but like everything else at the moment I am not completely drawn in just yet.

Hemlock Grove

I continue to not know what to watch. I really liked the beginning of the first episode, but in classic horror fashion this is not the focus throughout the show – what happens is also problematic. I am not fully sure how I feel about it yet. I thought that the show would be a more traditional horror series, but it is more like the supernatural series from its era.

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WandaVision

This show is a really interesting concept and I think it is really clever, but for whatever reason I am not particularly gravitating towards watching it – which is weird cause I think it is really cool. As it goes on I am enjoying it more and more though, it is definitely a great show to watch.

The O.C.

I tried watching this show a while ago but struggled to get into it. This time around however I am really enjoying it. I think it the easy to watch teen show that I needed in my film.

I Mainly Watch Shit Films so Here are the Few Non-Shit Films I Watched: My Favourite Films of 2020

In planning this post I came to the shocking conclusion that I don’t watch many films that I really enjoy. Maybe I am more of a book and TV person, or maybe I just watch a lot of shit films. Anywhere here are the very few films that have made my favourite films of the year list.

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Annihilation

This film was crazy, it is everything I love in a weird sf film. There’s mystery and intrigue, but also strong female characters and complex character dynamics. I thought I would love it as I really loved Ex Machina, however, it took me years and years to get round to watching this film. However, it is a fantastic film with a fantastic cast that is fantastically weird.

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Midsommar

Another film that I took a long time to watch – I just put off watching good things apparently. Although in this case it is also because this film is like 2.5 hours long and I love a shorter film. I did not enjoy it as much as Hereditary, which is one of my all time favourites. But it is still a fantastic horror film that brings back the folk horror tradition.

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Little Women

Florence Pugh is also in this film, maybe I should just watch Florence Pugh films for the rest of my life – I would probably have a great time. I think it is probably hard to watch this film and not feel something, I loved all the characters and really cared about their lives – something I didn’t feel when reading the book.

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Knives Out

I love a whodunnit and this is a great one. It subverts tropes in a new way. I loved the plot but I also loved watching this awful family try and maintain their power. The ending of this film is just iconic, but so are a lot of the shots and images from this film. Definitely a must watch.

Wrapping It Up: Books I Read in January 2021

I am hoping that this year I can continue my previous successful in reading.

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

It was not the best start to this reading year, I did not love this book. Part of this was definitely because I thought it would be something slightly different. I love a classic Agatha Christie style mystery and I thought that this book would promise it, as it focuses on a mysterious death and a house. It wasn’t quite that type of mystery. Also, I thought that there would be more mystery surrounding why she was offered the money – but while she was not related to Mrs Westaway and the name being the same was creepy, it wasn’t as mysterious as I wanted it to be. The book was not awful I just had high expectations and it was not quite the book I thought it would be.

The F*ck It Diet by Caroline Dooner

This is an important book to read. I found it informative. However, I am not 100% sure if I agree with it all and it was a tad bit repetitive. But, if you think that this book will be useful for you then definitely pick it up.

Nothing Like I Imagined by Mindy Kaling

I love Mindy Kaling and this book is a great collection of essays about her life. If you like her sense of humour then this is definitely for you.

Sapiens: A Graphic History by David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave

This is a really informative book that makes you think about life and humanity – while also being fun. It was also nice to see that effort had been made to convert the dialogue into a graphic novel. I am glad I was gifted it (it is such a good gift book), especially in the graphic novel edition – it definitely meant that I picked it up quicker. I reckon it would have taken me a very long time to read the full book.

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Bunny by Mona Awad

I listened to the audiobook for this book and because I listened to it at the gym, it now makes me miss the gym. This kinda leads to my thoughts about the book as while I did enjoy it, it was not the most memorable. It does feel weird to call this book unmemorable as it has a very unique plot that is definetly memorable. But, what I mean by unmemorable is that it is a book I forget I read, not a book I will forget the plot of. The book includes a lot of stuff that I love – it is dark academia etc – but it is not my favourite one I have read, perhaps this is due to the fantastical element, I don’t know. I really appreciated how it was told and everything, but for whatever reason it did not fully click with me.

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

This was not what I expected, but I still really loved it. I don’t know why I expected it to be more of a traditional horror story, I have read both of this authors other books and they too are focused on the inside of a characters mind and are proper isolated stories. I do love her books but they are a bit tough if you don’t wont to be inside the head of a lonely person, who’s entire life is lived in her mind.

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The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

2020 has changed me, not only do I read a lot of romance now, I also read historical romance – this is a genre that I previously thought was just not for me. I probably won’t read every historical romance ever but when I feel like it I will pick one up. The ebook was cheap and I really enjoyed the show, not enough to read the first one though. And I am so glad I read this book, I loved the dynamic between the characters – I loved their competition and protectiveness. I think they might be one of my favourite couples I have read about. After reading this and The Hating Game I have come to the conclusion that I just like enemies to lovers romances.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

I read this for university and I really enjoyed it, until it started to be overly sexual. I found that it cheapened it a bit as it is such an obvious and easy way to make the reader uncomfortable – something smarter would have been much more effective. I did enjoy this much more than I thought I would though, for some reason I thought it would be a really dry book.

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman

The ebook was £1 so I picked this up on a whim and I think I made a mistake. Picking it up was not the mistake, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and want to continue the series but the rest of it is way more expensive and I am cheap. It was such a cute and engaging story. At first I found the time jumps etc confusing but once I was in the story I was in the story and I ended up finishing this in just one sitting.

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A Promised Land by Barack Obama

This is a big book and in some ways it felt long. Although, the length is obviously very Barack Obama – he takes care and thinks properly about what he wants to say. I really enjoyed this book and I loved some of the detail he gave into his political decisions – I especially enjoyed it as I was so young when he became president that I was never really interested or aware of American politics. I will say I wanted a bit more about his early life or life outside of politics, but that might just not be what this book was trying to do – that was a me problem not a problem of the book.

Home Before Dark by Riley Sagar

I really enjoyed Lock Every Door by Riley Sagar but this one was not my favourite. It is a weird mix of a ghost story and a thriller that I just didn’t find engaging enough as either genre. A lot of the book tells the past by including a book within a book and I didn’t particularly enjoy those parts. There were some shocks at the end but I think in general this type of thriller rarely does it for me and I need to accept that.

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A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir

Reading a final book in a series is always slightly scary, but this was a really good conclusion. I do think my reading tastes have changed slightly since I first read the series, so I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I still really enjoyed it but I was aware it was a young adult book and when I first started the series I remember thinking it felt more adult than young adult. When reading it reminded me of how much I loved the first book (that one is certainly my favourite), I loved the school and the spying etc. I think battles are not my favourite thing in a fantasy and this book had a lot of them.

An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

I did not think I would continue with the series but here we are. This one was not as good as the second one for me – the tropes were not my favourite and the story gets a bit more ridiculous. I also strongly want Benedict to explore his sexuality in the TV show as they kept hinting at it. It was still a fun book though and I will probably (read: almost definitely) read more from Julia Quinn.

The Shining by Stephen King

Another book I read for university and I have thoughts. Last time I read this book I don’t think it annoyed me as much as it did this time. There are a couple of weird scenes, like the scene where Jack feels up Wendy when she is emotional. A bigger thing that annoyed me was the idea that it was the Overlook Hotel that made Jack crazy, I think that, in some ways, rationalises abuse.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I was listening to this audibook for a long time, like a real long time and I was a bit disappointed. I don’t think there was any pay off for just how long I was listening. Nothing really happens, or more accurately what does happen is super underwhelming. Also, for a book with so many characters, there should have been multiple narrators in the audiobook.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

I don’t think self-help books are for me, I’m not the biggest fan of the preachy tone. I did find some it it thought provoking but it general I wasn’t overly impressed. This book was a gift, I know rude, and I definitely wouldn’t have picked it up myself.

The Hunting Party by Lucy Folely

Another slightly underwhelming book. I don’t have lots to say about this one to be honest. It just wasn’t as good or as engaging as The Guest List and considering how similar the books are there are always gonna be comparisons.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I am actually getting around to rereading some of my faves. This book made it onto my best books of 2018 list and I loved it just as much this time! It is such a masterful novel about complex people. I cannot wait to read her next novel!

Slade House by David Mitchell

This was a wonderfully creepy book about a weird house. I kind of wish it was longer, although it’s short length does leaves you wanting more which is affective. I loved the structure of having lots of interrelated stories, that is one of my favourite things.

My Favourite TV Shows I Watched In 2020

I used to watch a lot of TV and I mean a lot. This year I have not binged watched a multi-season show and that seems insane to me. This last is, hence, shorter than a list would have been over the last few years. This list is in no particular order.

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Queens Gambit

I was not expecting to love this show as much as I did, but it was amazing. Who knew there could be so much engaging TV that simply focuses on a game of chess – particularly who knew so much sexual tension could be built over a game of chess. This show has everything from amazing acting, to beautiful outfits, to intriguing character dynamics.

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The Crown

I had been sleeping on The Crown. I ignored it for many years but this year I finally got round to watching it. I loved the third season so much that the few months after it were basically in anticipation of the fourth season. I love the exploration of politics – more than the stuff on the royal family, which is probably weird tbh. But I did find myself becoming obsessed with the royals drama. Such a fantastic show. While the older actors are well-known, it is the younger ones which really steal the show for me.

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The Haunting of Bly Manor

I really had a moment with horror this year and this was my favourite horror show I watched. I liked it more than The Haunting of Hill House, which seems to be an unpopular opinion. I had previously read the book The Turn of the Screw so was excited to see it adapted and expanded, it did not disappoint.

Killing Eve

A classic show. I can’t say anything about it that has not already been said. Simply fantastic.

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Schitt’s Creek

My favourite sit-com ended this year. Click here to read my review of the final ep, and while you’re at it read my other posts about Schitt’s Creek – there’s a lot of them. This was the year that Schitt’s Creek finally got the love it deserves, but I have loved it solidly for many many years.

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Normal People

I loved a lot of shows that everyone loved apparently. This show was talked about a lot, but obviously it was warranted. I loved the book and similarly loved the show. The central relationship is so engaging and the actors were just phenomenal.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Good Girls – this is one of my fave easy-to-watch shows, I love all the characters.
  • Little Fires Everywhere – this show was a wild ride, a wild wide that I loved.
  • Hollywood – I really enjoyed this show, it was by no means perfect but it was really fun to watch. Click here to read my whole post on the show.

2021 Reading Goals

My reading goals for this year are quite simple, they are:

  • Read 100 books – I did this last year, but I will be a bit busier this year so hopefully I can do it again.
  • Read more horror, and find what horror I like – I really like horror, but I do not read enough of it. This year I want to work out what it is I like within the genre and not feel so lost by it. I will probably achieve this numerically as I am doing a horror module at uni this year, but I want this to expand into my
  • Be more selective with the thrillers I read – last year I read way more thrillers that I normally do, but I didn’t love many of them. I think I managed to work out what I like within the genre, but I am not so sure.
  • Try and get back into fantasy/ try and get into adult fantasy – young adult fantasy is rarely something I love anymore, but I do love the genre and I want to get back into it. Hopefully this year I can bite the bullet and start reading one of the very many, and very big, adult fantasy series
  • Read more romance that I love – I do like romance, but I kinda stopped reading it for a while. This year I want to both be slightly more selective with what I read and just read more of what I love
  • Reread some of my favourites – I keep thinking that I want to reread some of my favourite books, but I never do. Some part of me feels like it is unproductive and that I should read the books I haven’t read yet. This year I want to stop that thinking and take some time to reread a fave, I am thinking perhaps once a month.

From Magical Reads to Non-Fiction: My Favourite Books I Read in 2020

What a crazy year? It feels weird to do end of year posts as this year has felt like seven years in one. But here are my favourite books that I have read over this past year. Unlike other years where I have ranked the list, I am not going to do this this year as that feels really hard and again this year has been so long that comparing them feels weird. This list also feels quite short as I read a lot of three and four star books this year. This is an exclusive list of the books that really clicked with me and have stayed with me – this for me is what makes a favourite book.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morganstern

This year has felt so long that I forgot that I read this book this year. In fact, when asked my favourite book of the year for another context, I didn’t even consider this one because it honestly feels like I read it a lifetime ago. In fairness it was the second book I read this year, but still.

This is a fantastically lyrical book that basically includes every single thing I like in a book. It focuses on characters, it cleverly connects multiple elements of a story, it reads like a fairy tale, it is amount the magic of storytelling, and it is a campus book. That’s a lot for a book to do and it does it so well. I have a whole review of this book, a review that is wrote much more eloquently than this. Check that out here.

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Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi translated by Geoffrey Trousselot

This book is the most hopeful book about love. It is so gorgeous, it honestly fills my heart right up. I read it at the start of the pandemic and it really got to me. I truly believe that this is a book for everyone: whether you like sf, whether you like literary fiction. No matter what you like pick up this book.

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Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Another book I have a whole review for – check that out here. When I read this I just had to write a review, and I think that says a lot about the impact that it had on me. I loved the narrative structure and the story it revealed. It’s quite a short book so I don’t have a lot to say about it. But I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing and I can’t imagine I wont love a book by her – I except her next book will be on my 2021 list.

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Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

When I thought of what was my favourite book this year, this is the book I initially thought of. While I now don’t think that it is my top top (I might I honestly can’t say what my top top is), I do think that this book has had staying power partly because it surprised me so much. I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, so how much I loved this book surprised me.

Her writing style is fantastic, it has moments that are incredibly sad, but other moments are insanely funny. It’s extraordinarily personal in all senses of the word. She reveals all, whether that be in relation to horrible events she has survived or just her strong emotional connection to The Hunger Games. My favourite chapters were the ones focused on TV, literature, music and culture – you should pick up this book for its chapter on Fifty Shades of Grey and fairy tales (yes, both of them) alone.

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid

This is by far the best audiobook I have ever read – it does something really quite special, something so special I don’t want to spoil it. But saying that I don’t think it was just the audiobook I loved, the story itself was fantastic. It completely drew me in, I was unable to take a break from it – I read it all in one day. Such an intriguing story.

I have an upcoming post where I documents my thoughts on the film in comparison to the book – so be sure to check that out if you want. I did not enjoy the film as much as the book, which I honestly loved so much.

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Sisters by Daisy Johnson

When I want to read a horror novel, this is basically what I want. When reading this book I got to a point where I basically could not stop reading, it was so engaging and so weird. This book does not rely on shock and trauma to make you scared, instead it creates a weird atmosphere that confuses you but keeps you engaged. As soon as I finished this book I knew it had to be on this list.

Special mentions:

  • The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel – I am still not sure what I want to rate this book. It has gone from a three to a four to a five. At first it was not what I expected it to be, but I really did love it and it has stayed with me since I read it months ago.
  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRou by V.E. Schwab – this is another book that I was initially slightly disappointed by. But this is only because I went in with such high hopes. I did love this book though so it has to be a special mention.
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler – this was nearly on the list, but I just was not quite sure about it. It was my favourite book I read for university this year and I did love it, but is it a favourite I am not quite sure.
  • Artful by Ali Smith – this book was on the list until the very last second and perhaps it does deserve a place on it. I read this for my dissertation and loved how it blurred the line between fiction and non-fiction. But for whatever reason I am unsure about its place on this list.
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – this has been my favourite romance of the year. So fun and engaging. Loved the character dynamics and the relationship – I knew from the beginning I was going to love this book.