1/16/18

Top 10 Books I Meant to Read in 2017

A new year, and a new Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl!  I totally meant to post last week, but forgot.  This week's topic is new year's resolutions, but I shared a post on that last week.  SO, I thought I write about last week's topic this week, because I like to break the rules.  So, here goes...ten books that I totally meant to read last year.

1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
2. The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch
3. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
These three books are on my list of 18 books that I plan to read in 2018 because all three are books that I can't BELIEVE I didn't read in 2017.

4. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
5. Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
6. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
These four books are the last ones from my 17 books to read in 2017 list that I didn't quite get to.

8. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
9. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
10. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
These three books were purchased in 2017 and I'm dying to read all three.  Not sure why they didn't make it to my nightstand just yet, but they will be soon!

How about you?  Do you have trouble posting the right Top Ten Tuesday topic on the right week?  Which books are your top priorities for 2018 because you didn't get to them last year?  Let me know in the comments below, and leave me a link to your post and I'll stop by.

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1/12/18

Anticipated Releases of 2016 and 2017

Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat recently shared her anticipated releases of 2018 and, at the end of the post, she looked back at her anticipated releases from last year, to see if she had read them all.  It's funny how we're always so excited for upcoming new releases, but when they actually are released, they end up sitting on our shelves for months and months.

I actually only listed new releases in my bullet journal for 2017, so I thought I'd recap two years, and start with my list of anticipated 2016 releases...

1. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (February 2) -- read it in 2016
2. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (March 8) -- read it, but not 'til 2017
3. When We Collided by Emery Lord (April 5) -- read it in 2016
4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (May 3) -- read it in 2016
5. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (May 3) -- read it in 2016
6. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (August 2) -- read it in 2016
7. Throne of Glass #5 by Sarah J. Maas (September 6) -- read it, but not 'til 2017
8. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (September 22) -- read it in 2016
9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (September 27) -- haven't read it yet, but was actually published in 2017
10. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (November 8) -- read it in 2017, but since it was released right at the end of 2016, I read it almost right away

NOT BAD!  Only one of these books remains unread, and the publication date was pushed back, so it was published in 2016.  All but two books I read the year I purchased them, which is also awesome.

1. Wires and Nerve (January 31) -- read it in 2017
2. A Conjuring of Light (February 21) -- read it in 2017
3. Strange the Dreamer (March 28) -- haven't read it yet
4. Always and Forever, Lara Jean (May 2) -- read it in 2017
5. A Court of Wings and Ruin (May 2) -- read it in 2017
6. The Best of Adam Sharp (May 2) -- read it in 2017
7. The Names They Gave Us (May 16) -- read it in 2017
8. Lord of Shadows (May 23) -- read it in 2017
9. Once and For All (June 6) -- haven't read it yet
10. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (June 6) -- read it in 2017
11. Tower of Dawn (September 5) -- read it in 2017
12. Language of Thorns (September 26) -- haven't read it yet
13. Warcross (October 3) -- read it in 2017
14. Top Ten (October 3) -- read it in 2017
15. Ringer (October 3) -- DNFed in 2017
16. Without Merit (October 23) -- read it in 2017
17. The Glass Spare (October 24) -- DNFed in 2017, but also received a copy in my Owlcrate, so I may give this book a second chance
18. Renegades (November 7) -- haven't read it yet

ALSO NOT BAD!  Only four books that I haven't read, one of which I didn't even buy so it counts less.  All three will definitely be read in 2018, as I have a buddy read planned for one and the other two are on my list of 18 books to read it 2018.

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1/10/18

Someone In The Way - Rachel Del

I read and reviewed Rachel's other book, How To Be Someone Else, and really enjoyed it.  I went into this one expecting a similar, sweet contemporary, but instead found a book that had a lot more hard-hitting issues than HTBSE.

I was completely captivated by the story from the first page, and found myself inhaling almost half of the book in one day, scarcely able to put it down.  I loved the imperfect, battered characters who had each suffered greatly, and found myself rooting for them to rise above their pasts.  There was an element of mystery pervading that story influenced my need to keep flipping pages, anxious to find out what these deep dark secrets were, tormenting these characters.

My only complaint with this book is that I felt we could have dug deeper into the characters as, although some characters had a past, the story didn't dig deep into the characters as much as it could have.  The potential was there for truly exceptional and memorable characters, but the book didn't quite get there for me.

BUT, with that being said, at the end of the book, in the acknowledgments, Rachel alludes to the fact that one character's story isn't over yet -- and I hope this means that there's more coming for this character's story.  In that case, I may get my wish to delve deeper into what makes these characters tick!

If you're looking for a contemporary book that is completely unputdownable, with an excellent, captivating story, look no further than Someone in the Way.  With each book, Rachel surpasses her previous work, and I'm already looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

Note: An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author, but all thoughts in this review are my own.

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1/8/18

Reading Resolutions 2018

1. Have less physical books on my TBR on December 31 than I do now.
I made it to less than 100 physical books on my TBR by the end of the year, but I got some books for Christmas, and made a visit to my favourite used bookstore in Victoria, and my TBR currently sits at 111 books.  While I'd love to have 75 books on my TBR (or, honestly, only 50), I don't want to assign myself an actual goal.  This goal is still measurable, which is what I wanted last year when I set a specific number, but it feels less constraining than last year's goal.

2. Have less ebooks on my TBR on December 31 than I do now.
I was SO GOOD last year and didn't buy many ebooks at all.  Since Christmas, there have been some good sales, and I've added SEVEN books to my TBR!  Although I'm excited about all of them, I am going to make a conscious effort every now and then to pick up my ereader instead of a physical book.

3. End the year with no 2017 or earlier ARCs.
I've been really, really good at reading and catching up with my ARCs, and I currently only have one expired ARC.  I plan to read that one, and to stay current with ARCs this year, a very manageable task.

3. Finish 10 series.
Last year, I shared a post outlining the ten series that I plan to read.  This year, I'm not setting any goals with regard to the series I plan to conquer (although, if you read my 18 books to read in 2018 list, you'll see that reading all of those books will result in __ of the ten series).  I might read some old ones, or start and finish some new ones, we'll see!

4. Blog whenever I feel like it.
No pressure this year.  None at all.  I'm going to go where the wind blows me.

5. Participate in three online events.
Same goal as last year, which I totally exceeded, but I'm still going to keep it at the same for this year.  I have a few things from previous years that I'd like to participate in again, if they're happening, and I'm also equally open to participating in something brand new.  Again, let's see where the wind blows.

Do you make reading resolutions?  If so, what are your resolutions for the coming year?  If not, do you have a different method of setting your intentions for the coming year?  Let me know in the comments below, and a very happy new year to you!

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1/3/18

18 Books to Read in 2018

I originally came up with this idea after seeing several BookTubers post lists of 16 books that they wanted to read in 2016.  My first year, I read nine of 16 books, and last year I read 13 of the 17 books I'd planned to read.  This year's list is VERY ambitious, as quite a few of the books are lengthy ones, with a whopping grand page total of 10,093 when I combine all of the books on this list!  But hey, new year, fresh start -- LET'S DO THIS!

1. Lonesome Dove
My husband has been recommending this book to me since we first met 13 years ago.  I keep telling him that I will read it one day.  One day has come.  I feel like this will be a good summer read, and will give me the same sense of satisfaction that Shantaram did.

2. Alias Grace
If I read only one book off this list, it'll be this one.  I have the miniseries PVRed, and I've heard nothing but amazing things, but I want to read the book first.

3. The Way of Kings
I'll either read this one, or the rest of the Mistborn series, or both.  I'd like to finish the Mistborn trilogy before diving into another of Sanderson's series, so we'll see if I get to this one.

4. A Little Life
This book has been calling my name from the shelf since I bought it in late January 2017, so I know I will read it soon.

5. The Golem and the Jinni
This book was a gift from my secret sister last year, and when I posted it on Twitter, I had two or three people comment about how much they loved it!  I shared an Instagram picture of these 18 books, and the first comment on the picture was about this book.  I feel like it's one of those books that flew under the radar, but those who read it absolutely loved it.

6. Strange the Dreamer
This is one book that I wished I'd found the time to read in 2017, so I will make it a priority in 2018.

7. Bedtime Story
This book is one from my 2016 list, but I read Rob's latest book, Black Feathers, in 2017 and LOVED it.  This is the only book of his that I haven't yet read.

8. Wild Beauty
I've been wanting to read this since I received it in my Owlcrate, and it's gonna happen SOON.

9. Once and For All
This is the second one of my 2017 releases that I can't BELIEVE I didn't read in 2017.  Definitely at the top of my summer 2018 reading list!

10. A Dance of Dragons
Apparently, the last season of Game of Thrones isn't going to be out until 2019, so I think I can tide myself over with this book.  I read A Feast for Crows in 2016, and really didn't like it, so hopefully that experience will be a distant memory by the time I get to this one.

11. Vicious
I recently purchased this book, and I can't WAIT for more of Victoria's writing!!!

12. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth
I've decided to include a non-fiction book on this year's list.  I'm not much of a non-fiction reader, but this one has intrigued me for years so it's time to give it a shot.

13. Velveteen
Lauren @ Lose Time Reading sent me this book when she was my secret santa YEARS ago, and yet it has sat unread on my shelves.  Definitely plan on picking this one up during the fall, since it looks ghostly and creepy.

14. The Sea of Tranquility
I originally thought it would be a fun goal to read or DNF all of the books on my "set-aside" shelf on Goodreads, but that seems a bit too ambitious.  So this is one of those books, and we'll see how many others I get to.

15. I Shall Be Near to You
I have quite a few books on my TBR that my husband bought me, but I still haven't read.  This is one of those books.  Ideally, I'd love to read all of the books that were gifted to me over the years, but we'll start small and see how that goes.

16. The Revolution of Marina M.
The third and final book of the "books I regret not reading in 2017" selections.  I will absotively, posolutely be reading this book in 2018 because I love Janet's reading SO SO SO MUCH.

17. The Prisoner of Heaven
The Shadow of the Wind is one of my all-time favourite books, and I finally picked up The Angel's Game in 2017.  While it wasn't quite as amazing as TSotW, I fell in love with his writing all over again, and I'm eager to complete the series.

18. Just Ella
There are so many long, dense books on this list, so I thought I'd round it out with a middle grade selection, and this one looks fairytale-eseque and perfect.

Have you read any of the books on my list?  Any that I should prioritize in 2018?  What are you planning to read in 2018?  Let me know in the comments below!

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