There are several titles I’ve added to my 2017 TBR to reach my goal of 40 books this year which I am DYING to read.
Sure, a to be read list naturally brings with it a sense of excitement – 90% of the time when I add a book it’s because I’m intrigued, not because I want to read it as homework – but a high portion has me bouncing up and down wanting to devour them immediately.
One thing I want to focus on is trying to diversify my reading tastes not just in genre but with authors, looking to ownvoices stories for a truthful view into many worlds and to support them in any way I can.
A lot of the books on this list release in 2017, and I’m sure most of you will already have heard of and be anticipating many of them (if not already read through an ARC) but I wanted to make a recommended post of books I am DEFINITELY going to read this year.
The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
My reaction to this book went thus:
“Oh that’s a pretty cover – like – DAMN pretty. Let’s see what it’s about.”
*reads the blurb*
“…..WHEN CAN I READ?”
Two teenage spies, Nice and Bad, trying to gain the same girl asset?
It seems wrong to call this simply a gay James Bond, because I have a high suspicion it’s going to be miles better and way more engaging with a lot more heart, but I absolutely adore spies, it’s a genre I love to watch and read, so I’ll be buying this probably the day it comes out and proudly wafting it around the streets as I exit Waterstones.
Also, Cale Dietrich is a delight.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I know many people read the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series and loved it, and I loved the first book – until Akiva came in and ruined it for me. BUT – I love Laini Taylor’s writing style and the concept of this book – a town called Weep could sell this to me alone – has already sealed my pre-order status on this. I want the pretty hardcover with the cool story inside it.
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Anyone who knows me again knows I adore this man and his writing. Much like Schwab I get swept away with his text and his characters, of which there’s so much heart – something I’m so happy to see in novels scribed by men. That he’s writing a Norse book? I’m incredibly excited about it. I know he’s used this sort of mythology before in his own work, and as a practicing witch with a strong connection to Freya, I am itching to read his interpretation and representation of the Norse gods and their stories. Far too many times mythology books try to do a Lord of the Rings and go all heavy-texty – showing influences from the masters of fantasy but not quite reaching the quality – but I rarely find Gaiman does the same. Here’s hoping!
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
WITCHES! Latin America! As a witch myself, this is definitely high on my TBR simply because I am fascinated to read such a complicated story, it has a BI CHARACTER (be still my heart) and I was gutted I couldn’t read it last year. I saw it in Waterstones and it looked so damn pretty. I know there have been some mixed reactions but I do want to get lost with this story.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
I admit, I was never a huge Star Wars fan growing up. My love of science fiction paled in comparison to my love of fantasy, and I was – still am – a Lord of the Rings nerd over Star Wars. But as I grew older I appreciated just how groundbreaking Star Wars actually was, with its strong female protagonist and how it redefined what it was to be a woman in a story. I also grew to appreciate Carrie Fisher, who, with the release of Force Awakens, reignited the spirit of the whole saga. I regret now that I didn’t engage more with her work in the past and didn’t even know of her writing credits, but that’s what loss does. The world certainly became a lot dimmer when she left it. It proves just how valuable people like Carrie are, and to listen to them. Be like them: brave and unapologetically human. I’ve never read anything from Carrie Fisher before, so I’ll start here.
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
The moment I read this concept and the words “hot graffiti artist” I was sold. It centers on Caribbean Legend, which is something I have unfortunately not delved into before, and the fact the spirits inject magic into paintings, oh my God what a great device. I can’t wait!
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
So this story involves a con gone wrong, a jailbreak of sorts, and is set around a nightclub in Boston in 1919. Again, this has come highly recommended. Again with illusions and magic through the mode of art, which seems to be a theme I didn’t know I liked, the addition of two girls on opposite ends just serves to makes this book tantalizingly, irresistibly interesting.
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
OK so Ginger is a Medium and she’s also a soldier. Let that sink in. I adore paranormal, I spent 10 years writing a paranormal book, but this book seems to keep eluding me. I can’t find copies of it ANYWHERE which is really annoying, so if you know of any or have one to sell, send it my way please! ❤
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Another book which crept up on me and then exploded into being – I’ve heard nothing but good things about this and on reading what it’s about, it secured a high spot on my TBR for 2017. As WW2 history has always been something I devoured, whether studying the psychology of that time or simply the poetry of the soldiers at war, the fact this involves such a setting is as much intriguing as it is understandably going to be heart-wrenching.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I keep hearing about this book not just because of the hype, but also because it was a PitchWars entry and subsequently seems to be pretty damn popular. It sounds fascinating and, admittedly, a bit trippy to me. So of course I have to read it. Like a fantasy Jumanji except – hopefully – better! I’ve heard it’s a romping good story.
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Everyone knows by now that I would read a receipt if Victoria Scwab wrote it. This book concludes the Shades of Magic trilogy and I am desperately sad about it, because I don’t want it to end. I adore each and every character, even Holland, though I truly only became engrossed in the second book. I will go back and re-read the first book after everything has done and dusted, because this series really is a lesson in how to create a fantasy world and characters to love. I can’t name a character I don’t like in this series, apart from maybe the Twins who ruled White London. They were sonsobitches.
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
Again, Victoria Schwab comes in with her novels and makes me go “damnit” because I always get major book hangover when I finish. I devour them so fast, and I always want to read the next one (I’m running out of “next ones”) but here we have the delightful August, who I absolutely adored in This Savage Song, the first book in this monster duology. August is a monster, but a good one, and Kate is the daughter of a fierce monster hunter. The dynamic between him and Kate felt extremely natural despite how opposite they are to each other and I can’t wait to read where they end up.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Comic convention? Check. Three girl friends? Check. Love story? Check. I adore stories which revolve around a limited time period, so we know when the story’s due to end. It delivers a sense of urgency. With this injection of girl geekery and girls basically falling in love around that geekery, I can’t quite tell you how excited I am to read this. It sounds fresh and original, and THE COVER is amazing. Another high TICK on my TBR.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This will be undoubtedly a bestseller, smash hit, wonderful book, because it features not only an ownvoices writer, but also includes inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m SO keen to read this. Young people going up against the establishment is one thing, having it being centered on such a relevant and heartbreaking movement is quite another. I’m probably going to cry. The reviews so far have been amazing. I can’t wait to get immersed in this.
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus
A teen whodunnit. Unereliable narrators. Written by a PitchWars mentor. I mean come on. I adore mysteries, having grown up on Famous 5, Sherlock Holmes, and countless other mystery books I can’t remember because I was 7. I have a feeling this will probably sit on my favourites shelf for a loooong time.
SO THAT’S IT!
What books are on your MUST READ list this year?