2017 was the first year in a long time where my reading levels drastically improved. It’s been the first year that I actively changed my reading habits and implemented reading time into my rarely busy schedule of being a twenty one year old, which is something I hadn’t done for years!
As much as I did read this month, there’s always going to be those books that I’m kicking myself for not making the time to pick up. Some are new releases, some are old. I don’t want to say I regret not reading them, because I don’t! I know I’ll pick these novels up in the near future, so I don’t feel horrible about giving them a miss in the past.
I’ve twisted Top Ten Tuesday to fit my needs, but as always TTT is hosted by Broke&Bookish and you can find more information on her blog! Including dates and all the prompts!
The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I read The Wrath & The Dawn early this year and I really enjoyed it. I’ve never read anything in an Arabian setting before and I treasured almost every moment. As much as this year has been about diversity among books, it was also the year for retellings, and this was one of the few I couldn’t put down – SO YES, I am disappointed, that after loving the first book in a duology, I never finished the sequel???. w h y d o I a l w a y s d o t h i s?
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
I was fortunate to be invited to the Bloomsbury blogger event in August and Samantha Shannon was there in the flesh to give us juicy information on all things TBS. Leading up to the event I kept telling myself that I needed to read her series in a futile attempt to not look like an absolute fraud when I asked her to sign all her books for me. As you might have guessed, I made it one chapter in before I settled with another book I was reading and ended up looking like the fraud I was afraid of becoming.
Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder
If there’s one thing I want you to take from this post, it’s that I’m a diehard fan for Maria, who conveniently enough, also happens to be the LOVE OF MY LIFE. Now that that’s out there, let me be the first to tell you how ashamed I am to admit I haven’t read her 2017 release, Dawn Study. I will forever blame the publishers for this, who decided to publish my unofficial wife’s book in hardback format and allow it to be vandalised with the faces of Australian fans. As much as I love the idea, it was not a purchase I was willing to make. It was just easier on my heart to wait until someone would take the hint and buy me a gorgeous edition of it.
Wonder by R J Palacio
I really wanted to pick this up before deciding to go and see the movie – because obviously the books are always better and I wanted to experience that first. But sadly I just couldn’t get into the novel, and never went to the movies to see it. However, I’ve heard so many amazing reviews and comments from customers and friends so I can’t wait to pick it up this year and fall in love with it like so many others do.
Also!!!!!!! I heard that the book is really accurate illness-wise, which I’m sure a lot of people appreciate, including me!
This Savage Song by V E Schwab
UUUUU, this is mainly on here because Sarah will literally disown me if I don’t read this book! I don’t really know too much about it but I already own the sequel!
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This again is just one of those books that everyone has read and love, love, loved and I haven’t. Also, I thought this book had dragons??????????? And it doesn’t, which is disappointing but oh well!
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
This gorgeous duoloy has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I don’t even know what it’s about? I’ve seen a lot of my friends read it and enjoy it, and because I buy books for no reason, these have ended up on my never ending TBR.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
As song as this book arrived at my work, I knew I had to read it! It follows boy who keeps reliving his life and always dies at the same point, except….one day he doesn’t. I was really intrigued by it, so hopefully I can pick it up this year.
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Late last year I borrowed the audio book of The Raven Boys and ended up rated in a four stars, which means I thoroughly enjoyed it, so I can’t wait to tuck into the rest of the series which I some how own all in glorious hardback editions From what I’ve heard the series gets better, so I’m actually kind of excited so YAY.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hopefully I’ve gotten the title right, but back in 2015/16 I read the first two of this series with in days (and even some how made an eleven minute long video about how much I need the third book in the series which wasn’t coming out for another year, which has now been deleted from the dark interwebs.)
Apparently, I didn’t need it that bad, three years later and I still haven’t read it! PLUS a book about Noah Shaw just came out and I was kind of in love with Noah soooooooooooooo
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
This again was just one of those books I received at the Bloomsbury Blogger Night and one I was really intrigued by. It’s written in a prose format and I believe follows a boy who has a relative/friend who is in prison? Don’t quote me though! It is one that’s absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing on my shelf.
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Why did I buy so many fantasy novels this year that I never ended up reading? I grabbed a copy of this when I was in Sydney at the very start of the year in 2017! And somehow, I don’t know how, I never read it.
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
This cute YA novel was released last last year and was even opted as a runner for one of our BoTM over at The YA Room. It has a lot to do with DNA manipulation which I was obsessesed with during my high school days when I was adamant that YES MUM, the X Men ARE REAL. (I still haven’t been proven wrong soooo). Hoping to pick it up this year though, I know quite a few of my close friends really liked it, and at the time I bought it I really wanted to read it!
I Crawl Through It by A S King
Ok. I met A.S.King last year at Reading Matters and her book launch and I’m absolutely in love with her. She’s so kind hearted and just positively real. She gave me a cute little goat statue because I was the first person she’d signed to since being in Melbourne and her books are amazing. I really want to support her this year by reading all her books FINALLY, which is something I was working towards last year and never got around to.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Jennifer Niven was kind enough to come to Australia for the public day of Reading Matters and talk about her writing process as well as a lot of other things. And, even though I’ve already been SPOILED for the ending, I’m still going to read this.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I read Warcross late last year and I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I really liked the aspects of the virtual reality and I really wanted that to be explored more, and I know that Ready Player One focuses heavily on the world building and development, so I really want to read it! I was hoping to pick it up in October, but because it’s on this list, I guess I never did.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
SO I feel like everyone knows about this book because of Sarah from Sarah Without A H and naturally when I found a copy of it for six dollars at a book grocer I bought it! And now it just collects dust and looks pretty on my shelf! Ahhh, to be a book, that would be the life.
What are two books you wish you read last year? I’d love to know in the comments down below. If you’ve decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday, don’t forget to link me so I can check them out.