Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and Totally Plan to get to in 2018!!)

It’s time for my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2018! And it’s also the last of the TTTs on the Broke and the Bookish for a while.  Next week, things will be moving over to That Artsy Reader Girl, so start checking over there for more great prompts and blog responses.

Without further ado, here are ten books I wish I had gotten around to reading in the year 2017. Maybe these books will have better luck in 2018.

  1. Sourdough by Robin Sloan
  2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  3. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  4. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  5. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  6. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  7. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  8. Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  9. The Idiot by Elif Batuman
  10. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by [Reid, Taylor Jenkins]The Lying Game: A Novel by [Ware, Ruth]A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by [Towles, Amor]Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel by [Khong, Rachel]The Idiot by [Batuman, Elif]

What books did you mean to read last year but are finally going to get to this year?

January TBR

I’m usually not one for TBRs.  I am a huge mood reader.  But, I’m willing to give it a try, because there are a lot of books I really want to get through in the next couple of months.

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.  For my Classics Goal.

Vulgar Favors by Maureen Orth.  I’d love to finish this before the new American Crime Story comes out this month all about the assassination of Versace.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris.  I have started this interesting and different graphic novel already, and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.  Getting to this because it made the Tournament of Books Short List.

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich.  See above.

And finally, I’m going to start Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace.  I have no dreams of finishing this month, but it’s a book I’d like to finish by the end of the year.

What are everyone else’s plans for the month?  Got any good reads in line?

Fall Reading List

This is my version of this week’s Top Ten (or Twelve) Tuesday, which is the Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR.

I really enjoyed putting together my Summer Reading List (even though I didn’t quite finish it), because it got me reading books I wouldn’t normally think about.  I used to love reading classics, and I’ve had reading jags where I only read non-fiction, but I hadn’t been doing much of either until I created my Summer Reading List.  I got out of my comfort zone  little, which was wonderful!  So wonderful, in fact, that I decided to create another list for the Fall.  Fall, my favorite season, creates a different mood for reading than Summer, so I decided to forgo the forgotten books on my Summer list for now and create a new list of completely Fall reads.  Same categories, same goals, to read three of the four in each category.  Here’s the list I’ve come up with to start my Fall reading:

 

Non-Fiction

  1. Southern Daughter by Darden Asbury Pyron.  A biography on Margaret Mitchell, the author of one of my favorite books.
  2. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.  I actually know nothing about Amy Scumer, but I’ve heard fantastic things about this memoir.
  3. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahari.  Sounds different and interesting.
  4. Charlotte Bronte by Claire Harmon.  A bio on one of my favorite authors? Yes, please!

 

Classics

  1. Emma by Jane Austen.  This will be a buddy read with a friend of mine, just started this weekend.
  2. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen.  I really want to participate in some way in the Austenatious Book Club, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to work out for me unless I jump in on this now.  Two Jane Austens?  I’m not sure, but I’ll try…
  3. Dracula by Bram Stoker.  What better way to spend Halloween than reading this?
  4. Bleak House by Charles Dickens.  This just feels like it may be a fall or winter read.  We’ll see how it goes.

 

Fiction Outside My Comfort Zone

  1. Hag Seed by Margaret Atwood.  So looking forward to this!
  2. Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee.  It sounds kind of creepy and cool, and I’ve been hearing great, great things.
  3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  Sounds like it’s going to be a big hit.
  4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.  This feels like the perfect Fall book.

 

 

Other Goals for Fall

  1. Read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  The second Illustrated edition comes out next week, so of course that requires some rereading!
  2. Read (Listen) to two audiobooks.  I was pretty big on audiobooks last year, but since I got a new job and my commute time has been cut in half, there just doesn’t seem to be as much audiobook listening time for me, and I want to find ways to re-incorporate it into my life.
  3. Read two Book of the Month Club picks.  My gift subscription has ended, but I loved my time as a BOTM Member, so much so that I’m considering getting a new subscription for myself.  Nevertheless, I intend to keep an eye on the monthly picks when they’re released so I can add to my TBR.

 

What are everyone else’s goals for the Fall?