Monday, January 8, 2018

Top Ten Books Published in 2017 I Wish I'd Read by Now

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic is "Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To." I've been pretty disciplined with my reading lately — I started off 2017 pursuing my goal of reading whatever I wanted, and then halfway through the year I kind of freaked out and started marching my way through the classics and bestsellers I felt like I should have read by now. Of my Spring TBR, Summer TBR, and Fall TBR, I got through all but four books, one of which I'm reading now and one that I chose to abandon. While I was clearing out my backlog, though, certain new releases kept popping up that I wish I'd taken the time to read when they came out. Here are the ones I most wish I'd read in 2017.

1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
I keep seeing this on everyone's lists of books they loved in 2017, and it has a 4.33 rating on Goodreads after more than 54,000 ratings, so it's clearly resonated with a lot of people.

2. The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
I'm always interested in books that challenge me, and the blurb on this one — that the author was staunchly anti-death penalty until she started working on a specific murder case — fascinated me. I like that's a combination of a true crime mystery and a memoir.

3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
This seems to be the most polarizing book of the year, and I want to know which side I'm on! I recommended it to a friend who was looking for his next Audible read because I'd read about the audio version using over 100 different voices, and he still isn't sure if he loves it or hates it but is already listening to it for a second time.

4. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
I honestly know very little about this book except it keeps getting high ratings from people I trust, so I'm interested to check it out.

5. Reading People by Anne Bogel
I read Bogel's blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, religiously and listen to her podcast, What Should I Read Next?, so I've heard about her new book constantly, but I didn't make it a priority to read last year.

6. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
YA fantasy isn't one of my favorite genres, but it seemed like everyone was losing their mind over this book when it came out last year, and it still has a 4.39 rating on Goodreads almost a year and 21,000+ ratings later.

7. This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
This is one that Anne Bogel has recommended many times, and although she has declined to spoil what the "family secret" in the book was, I read about it elsewhere and now am even more interested in reading this.

8. Warcross by Marie Lu
This has been described as a more diverse Ready Player One, which I am all about.

9. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This is another one that everyone seems to be raving about. I really need to make it a priority to get my hands on this one.

10. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
I already have a hold on the audiobook for this one, which I've heard is well narrated by the author and a fairly quick "read."

Which books did you wish you'd read in 2017?

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