Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Best In Books | October 2016


Best in Books is a monthly feature created by BookTuber Hope Ortego
A playlist of her Best In Books videos can be found HERE.
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Welcome to my Best in Books for October! Best In Books was created by my friend Hope and she was kind enough to let me join in on her feature (because she's awesome that way). Her BookTube channel is linked above and I hope you'll check her out. Now on to all the best bookishness in October...

Hannah from The Deal
Hannah was a new adult main character that I could really get behind. She was intelligent, strong, determined and could be a total smart-ass with Garrett, taking him down a notch or three when he needed it. I loved that Hannah was no shrinking violet, swooning in the wake of the sexy jock. Quite the opposite, she totally gave him grief which led to some awesome banter. She also proved to be truly selfless even when it broke her heart to do it. 

Rhysand from A Court of Mist and Fury
This month's best male character was a total no-brainer so pardon me while I gush. After reading ACOTAR I was intrigued by Rhys but after reading ACOMAF I am in awe. This is a character who is so selfless and so dedicated to his people that is willing to do literally anything to ensure their care and protection. He is able to see the big picture and plan and strategize over the long term, but is still able to live in the moment and appreciate what is around him. I love his loyalty to his friends and his wit. And his care and concern and love for Feyre was what truly did me in. He saw her when those around her didn't. And he saw in her what she didn't even see in herself. The third book doesn't come out until May 2017 but I need more Rhys in my life now.

Furiously Happy
I listened to the audio version of Furiously Happy last month (recommended by Grace at Rebel Mommy Book Blog) and it truly has to be one of the funniest things I've ever read/heard. I'm not even sure I can pick a specific line or passage because every line from Jenny Lawson had me howling. Plus, taken out of context, they might just sound weird. Although, to be honest, even in context a lot of it was weird. :) But here's just one little snippet:

"AWESOME. In fact, I’m starting a whole movement right now. The FURIOUSLY HAPPY movement. And it’s going to be awesome because first of all, we’re all going to be VEHEMENTLY happy, and secondly because it will freak the shit out of everyone that hates you because those assholes don’t want to see you even vaguely amused, much less furiously happy, and it will make their world turn a little sideways and will probably scare the shit out of them. Which will make you even more happy. Legitimately. Then the world tips in our favor. Us: 1. Assholes: 8,000,000. That score doesn’t look as satisfying as it should because they have a bit of a head start. Except you know what? Fuck that. We’re starting from scratch. Us: 1. Assholes: 0.” 


From Feyre in A Court of Mist and Fury

“He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”

And...

“I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.” 

I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”

There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”
it rode in on

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Loved it! Absolutely loved it! I remember when this one was *everywhere* last year I was only mildly interested. But last month I was browsing Overdrive for a new audio book and decided to download this one. And then proceeded to fall completely in love with Simon. This was charming and adorable and so precious. The narration was perfection and I know I'll also be picking up a physical copy because I want to revisit Simon and Blue again and again.

A Court of Mist and Fury

I don't want to get too carried away since my full review is coming in just a couple days, but suffice it to say that this book blew everything else out of the water this month. And there's no doubt ACOMAF will be among my favorites of the year. I think we've all read trilogies where the second book is the weak link, the filler, the break between the big introduction and the big finale. Well, Sarah J. Maas is having none of that because, if anything, ACOMAF is even stronger than ACOTAR. I felt like I was living in this book and my emotions were all over the place while reading it. By the end I was emotionally drained, utterly devastated, and totally in love with the main characters (all six of them). A Court of Mist and Fury was epic!
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Now it's your turn: What was the best book you read in October? 

19 comments:

  1. Ugh, both ACOMF and Simon Vs have be in a ball of goo I swear. I am so in love with Rhys, and I agree about being emotionally drained!

    I've heard great things about the audiobook for Furiously Happy!

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    1. Yes! Simon made me into a puddle of happiness and ACOMAF about did me in. And Rhys! ♥♥♥

      I almost *never* read non-fic but Furiously Happy is so worth it.

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  2. I love love love love Hannah!

    Can't wait to read Furiously Happy, I've heard it's so funny!


    My October Recap!

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    1. Furiously Happy is so worth the listen (or read).
      And I loved Hannah and Garrett! Can't wait to continue with the series.

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  3. Hannah! Hannah! Hannah! #TeamHannah all the way ♥♥♥

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  4. Glad you loved Simon!! So adorable and I loved the audio too. I loved Hannah so much. And Furiously Happy was so much fun and I am so glad you enjoyed it too!!

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    1. I am so glad I went the audio route for Simon. It was just perfection.
      And with Furiously Happy, sometimes my husband was in the car with me and he was enjoying it so much he would end up requesting it every time we drove somewhere! LOL

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  5. Oh, I'm glad you read and loved Simon Vs. It's a favorite of mine. I read a copy from the library and I now own a paperback copy because it's amazing. I got Furiously Happy a couple weeks ago when I met Jenny Lawson so I need read that soon.

    -Lauren

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    1. Same here, Lauren! I downloaded the audio version of Simon from the library and loved it so much I'll be buying a physical copy.
      How awesome that you got to meet Jenny Lawson! I hope you'll enjoy Furiously Happy!

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  6. I enjoyed how Hannah gave Garrett a run for his money! I still need to read A Court of Mist and Fury. :)

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    1. Same here, Jess! She was not some cutsey girl who swooned over Garrett... well, not on the outside anyway. LOL
      And yes you definitely need to read A Court of Mist and Fury!! :)

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  7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is definitely one of the best books I've ever read - so adorable, funny and awwww just pure perfection. Read it last year, but already reread it since then once... or maybe twice. #noregrets

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. Yay! So glad you loved it too! And I know I'll be re-reading it again and again. :)

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  8. RHYS! Yes he is my all time favorite book boyfriend (at least right now:) and I was actually really surprised by the big reveal in book 2! I did expect him to have a soft side, but I don't think I was ever expecting him to be a good guy that was willing to let others believe the worst of him just so he could protect his people. It's such a selfless act! I love the idea of his city too and the ending just about broke my heart.
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

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    1. Rhys is ultimate book boyfriend material!!! I mean, right after Daemon Black, but that goes without saying, right? :) He just surprised me again and again with how much he loved and cared for Feyre. Knowing what he knew but didn't tell her, and seeing all that he did for her... oh my heart! When it all came to light my heart was hurting for him so badly. He was always so willing to sacrifice. Swoon!

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  9. I need to read ALL of these!! What is wrong with me!? October was a good reading month for me too, I read SO many good books. Scythe was my fav, but Flashfall was also REALLY good, as was Feed and Corruption. But I have and need to read ACOMAF, Simon Versus, and Furiously Happy. In fact, reading your quotes from ACOMAF, I need to read it NOWWW. Thanks for sharing!! Hope November goes just as well for yoU!

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    1. I haven't read Feed but my husband read the trilogy a year or so ago and enjoyed it. At the time he was like, "I want to read something with zombies" and that's what I found for him. :) Glad that one was a hit for you and I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the series! I think you will LOVE Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda! And yes you must read ACOMAF!!

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  10. I haven't read ACOMAF as I've mentioned twice already but I already know he's going to be my favorite male character he was last year!

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