Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Top Ten Best Books Of 2016

Why, hello there! It's been a while, hasn't it?

While I've been trudging along with deadlines, catching up on reading and just overall dealing with life, the blog here (and especially Top Ten Tuesday) ended up being a bit neglected. I've been doing some blogging 'soul searching' lately and 2017 will bring along some changes, which hopefully will result in more ramblings by yours truly around these parts.

So, I thought that there would be no better topic for me to return to Top Ten than choosing my favorite books of the year. 2016 might have been an absolute pain in the ass, but it did bring along quite a few amazing books, so not everything is lost!

As always, I'm not 100% sure these are in order of preference, because every time I try to organize these lists I feel like the few remaining brain cells I still have at full capacity throw their little hands up in the air and chastise me for my torture of them. For the sake of my collapsing brain then, here are, probably in no order, my favorite reads of 2016!

1. 'A Court of Mist and Fury', by Sarah J. Maas

[Review]    {Goodreads}

As much as I've become 'unenchanted' with the 'Throne of Glass' series (I just could not ignore the level of problematic relationships and representation going on), ACOTAR still manages to hook me, and this second installment had me entranced from the first page to the last. While I understand some people also find it problematic, in my opinion it does present itself as a matter of point of view, and I was satisfied with the explanation provided.

Let's see if by the end of the trilogy that will still be the case!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

'Star Wars: Catalyst', by James Luceno

Title: Star Wars: Catalyst
Author(s): James Luceno
Release Date: 17th November 2016
Publisher: Century
Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.