10 Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017
So many of us find joy in adding to our library, in cultivating the next crop of exciting reads, but with only so many hours in the day, and only so many days in a year, we’re bound to find some books lingering on our To Be Read piles as we transition into a new year.
The team over at The Broke and The Bookish set a prompt for today highlighting the ten books we meant to read in 2017 but will definitely make the cut in 2018. These are my picks for books that I feel need to get moved to the the top of my current TBR stack.
The Changeling, Victor Lavalle
June 13, 2017
I received this book as a promotional partner with Random House, selecting this one from a list as I was intrigued by the idea of story described as both like a Grimm’s fairy tale and like Murakami. That felt like a strange world that I was eager to step into, and I look forward to falling down the rabbit hole this year.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne
August 22, 2017
I LOVE Book of the Month and am always so excited to use this subscription in particular to branch out into other genres and discover new (or new to me) authors, but I often select two or three books each month, and fail to find the time to add them into my rotation. This was a Liberty Hardy selection, making it pretty much a guarantee that I’ll enjoy it, and then John Boyne’s book was voted the best of 2017 by Book of the Month readers, making me feel extra guilty for not reading it sooner.
The Animators, Kayla Rae Whitaker
January 21, 2017
Another BOTM selection that didn’t make it off the shelf last year, despite all the great reviews I had read. Seriously, so many people loved this book that I feel like I’m way late to the party on this one. This year I look forward to finally meeting Sharon and Mel and learning more about their creative world and how they navigate their blending of friendship and co-creation.
Since We Fell, Dennis Lehane
May 9, 2017
I’ve never read a Lehane book, so when it was one of the BOTM choices I felt like this was a good time to tackle one of his publications. Early on there were some extremely mixed reviews, and enough consistent reviews about problems with the pacing of the book that I was hesitant to dive in. There’s something about the book that makes me want to give it a try regardless, and in an effort to broaden my reading a bit this year, this feels like a good place to start.
The Diviners, Libba Bray
September 18, 2012
This is not a 2017 publication, but at one point in 2017 I swore that I would finally move this one off my TBR shelves and into my hands. This is the first book in a popular trilogy, so I think some hesitation comes from the possible investment to come if I love this book. If I know there are more books are available I usually binge hard if it’s a good story. It’s also a fairly thick tome, a common factor in this particular stack, and that the longer books weren’t getting read last year probably has a lot to do with the too high reading goal I had set for myself. Given that this is year’s reading goals have nothing to do with the amount of books read I feel better finally prioritizing this one.
Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
September 7, 2017
Consistently voted one of the best books of 2017 I’m looking forward to finally being able to talk to other people about this book that they loved so much. I blame a late fall/December reading hiatus/slump for why this one got bumped to 2018.
The Disappearances, Emily Bain Murphy
July 4, 2017
This book felt like it was tailor made for my sensibilities with its blend of Shakespeare, mystery, and magic, so there’s no good reason why I didn’t end up reading it last year. I’ll have a hermit day soon and likely devour the entire book in one day.
Borne, Jeff VanderMeer
April 25, 2017
I loved Annihilation and enjoyed falling deeper into the world in Authority, but never finished Acceptance. I can only blame this on the mood I was in while reading the last book in the trilogy on an airplane, and wanting further entertainment for the rest of my flight I moved on to something else and never looked back. Borne sounded interesting and I was ready to return to VanderMeer’s style. I snagged a signed copy on a random trip to Strand Books and felt like this was my sign to get reading…
I’ll make it happen in 2018.
There Is No Good Card for This: What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love, Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell
January 17, 2017
Some people may be familiar with the amazing cards that Emily McDowell makes, this one is my favorite. I was introduced to her work not too long after I had cancer, and boy did I wish that I had received her cards instead of some of the other awkward words of encouragement I received. I never faulted anyone who said the wrong thing, or who couldn’t say anything meaningful at all because it’s HARD to know what to say when someone has cancer, or when someone dies, and we’re all generally doing the best we can.
But given that my own experiences haven’t made me all that better at expressing myself in the wake of other’s people’s difficult moments I want to up my emotional and social smarts with a book from a creative wizard and a doctor who specials in empathy. I’ve yet to read this one mostly because I generally read non-fiction in small chunks, unlike a novel where I can sit down and read all the way through, but it’s time to start peppering this one in.
Wish You Were Here, Renee Carlino
August 15, 2017
I don’t read a lot of contemporaries and I definitely don’t read a lot of romance-centric books, but I was blown away by Swear on This Life, and when I saw that Carlino had a new book coming out on my birthday it sounded like a sweet little gift to myself. But given that I have to be in the right mood for this genre I haven’t found the right day to settle down with this book. However, winter always brings more reading as I spend more time bundled up indoors and I have a feeling I’ll be ready to enjoy this love story soon.
What books from last year are you looking forward to finally reading in 2018?