2017 TBR – Books I NEED to Read!!

We all love a good list, don’t we? Well here’s one of all the books I absolutely MUST get to in 2017. Or else.

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1. Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raash

I read a few chapters of this one nearly a couple of years ago and I remember liking what I read so I really don’t know why I put it down. Silly me.

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2. Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

I started Neverwhere for a readathon back in the summer and really enjoyed what I had read but (yes, you guessed it) I just lost interest interest for some reason. I am still excited for this story though and I really want to read some other books from Gaiman too so I need to get this one finished ASAP.

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3. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

This is probably the book I’m most excited for that’s on this list. And it’s definitely the small font and amount of pages that’s been putting me off. Because this definitely sounds the perfect kind of fantasy for me. I just need to get on with it. Maybe I’ll read it when the next Tome Topple comes around for motivation because clearly I need that!

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4. The Manifesto On How to be Interesting – Holly Bourne

Another one I’ve sort of just gone off reading. That being said, I do really want to get to Bourne’s Spinster Club trilogy which is probably why I haven’t gotten around to this one yet. But I’m not letting myself read the trilogy until I’ve finished this one so that’s a pretty good incentive I think.

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5. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson

I don’t know why I’ve been putting this one off. In fact, it annoys me that I have. I’ve only heard great things about this one but I definitely want to be in the right kind of mood for it. I’ve heard it tugs at various heartstrings so I’ll read it when I’m prepared.

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6. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

I’ve been in the middle of this one for nearly two years now so it really needs to get read. I did enjoy myself whilst reading it but it was dragging a bit and it’s a 500-ish page book so I just lost interest in continuing. But I do want to give this one more go. I plan to start from where I left off so I’ve probably forgotten most of what’s happened up to that point but, ah well, I think I’m just going to skim read the rest of this anyway.

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7. Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

This is probably the oldest book on this list that’s been sitting on my shelves. I bought this just when I started discovering the online book world so it was definitely an on-the-spot purchase. I just need to read at least 50 pages to determine whether or not I should keep it. Hopefully I’ll like it, but it’s really not something I’d usually read. Either way, I’m looking forward to taking it off my TBR shelf.

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8. Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

I’ve heard only good things about Ready Player One so I really need to jump on the bandwagon. I think it’s just the tiny print that’s putting me off. I’m sure I’ll enjoy all the pop-culture references and video game aspects though so I am really looking forward to finally getting around to this one.

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9. Proxy – Alex London

I’m not the hugest fan of dystopian anymore (as I was when I bought this) but I have heard really great things. I’m hoping it’ll be an actiony fast-paced read that I can devour in hours.

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10. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon

I really want to start this series considering the 3rd one is coming out so soon. I’ve been put off a little by some reviews that say it’s quite info-dumpy but I am still intrigued. Especially since this is by a young UK author.

That’s all the books I, without a shadow of a doubt, absolutely MUST READ in 2017. Are there any books that have been on your TBR shelves for so long that you’ve decided to create a list to convince you to read them? Do let me know! Also, let me know if you’ve read any of these and loved them to help motivate me. Thanks bookish friends!!

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My Bookish New Years’ Resolutions 2017

Aaaaand I’m back! *Pauses for cheers*

Well it’s certainly been a while, hasn’t it? I fell out of love with blogging but I feel like I want to start it all back up again. At least, that’s number 5 on my list of bookish resolutions, so here we go!heart divider

1. First up: the Goodreads Challenge. Since I read 73 books last year out of the 50  I anticipated, I am planning on (hopefully!) getting to 75 books for this reading year. It was tough enough to read those 73 so this will be a pretty difficult challenge for me but I’ve been reading quite a bit since I started working in London (the only good thing about commuting). So if I read between 6 and 7 books a month (and not the erratic 16 books I read in December), I’ll be well on my way to completing this challenge.

2. I’d also like to broaden my tastes a little this year. I have read next to no classics and I’d like to change this. So I’m starting off easy and planning to read 5 classics this year in total. I’m hoping to read:

  1. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (counting these as 1 classic on my list – it’s kind of cheating otherwise!)
  2. 1984 – George Orwell
  3. The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  4. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  5. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

And next year I want to read classics written only by women since this list I’ve only just realised is all men! Definitely didn’t plan on that one, but these are the classics I’m most excited for at the mo.

3. I have a ton of contemporaries that I own, too, so I’d like to try to focus on reading those. I have 8 I’d like to read this year:

  1. Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
  2. The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner
  3. You Know Me Well – David Levithan & Nina LaCour
  4. Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson
  5. I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
  6. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  7. The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
  8. The Manifesto On How to Be Interesting – Holly Bourne

I’m not the hugest fan of contemporaries. I have to be really in the mood for one so I won’t be too disappointed if I don’t manage to read all of these. I’d rather wait to be in the mood for something than read it because I feel like I need to cross it off my TBR. So we’ll see for this one.

4. I really want to finish reading 10 series this year. Given that I’ve only got 1 more book to read for 6 of the series I want to finish, I’d say I’ve got this one in the bag. The series I definitely want to finish are:

  1. The Winner’s Trilogy – Marie Rutkoski (1 book)
  2. The Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy – Melinda Salisbury (1 book)
  3. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling (I’ve actually already read them all but this is the first time I’ve read them all in chronological order!) (2 books)
  4. Penryn and the End of Days trilogy – Susan Ee (1 book)
  5. ACOTAR – Sarah J. Maas (1 book)
  6. Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas (1 book)
  7. The Girl At Midnight trilogy – Melissa Grey (1 book)
  8. Shadowmagic trilogy – John Lenehan (2 books)

And I’m not sure which other series I’ll actually finish this year, but these are the maybe’s:

  1. The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater (3 books)
  2. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis (5 books)
  3. The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer (3 books)
  4. The Young Elites – Marie Lu (2 books)
  5. Legend – Marie Lu (2 books)
  6. The Reckoners – Brandon Sanderson (3 books)
  7. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman (3 books)

5. This resolution is probably going to be most challenging for me: Up my bookish social-media-ing game. I don’t want to be too unrealistic and set myself up just to fail so I’m going to say 1 blog post a week on here and 3 bookstagram pics a week. That’s seems doable-ish, right? I mean, I have already failed for the first week but I’m still going to try!

Well that’s it for my bookish resolutions, what are some of yours?
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