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?

Top Ten Tuesday 

Top Ten Tuesday is here! I always love the first few of the year. Recapping the previous year, looking back on what you missed, and looking forward to the year ahead. This week: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read but Didn’t Get to. 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple

The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 

The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Any other books I need to add to this list?

Top Ten Coffee Table Books

It’s time to start the holiday season, and what better way to begin than a gift-themed Top Ten Tuesday?  This week’s topic was a bit of a freebie, and I decided to go with those awesome coffee table books that you love to receive, but never seem to want to shell out the dough for your own coffee table.

  1. Guinness World Records.  Every year there is a new edition, and it’s a great book for children, or for an adult who love weird, interesting topics.
  2. The Godfather Notebook. For lovers of both the book and the movie, a perfect edition to the living room.
  3. The Making of Outlander.  This one will never get old.
  4. The Humans of New York. For lovers of the website. 
  5. The World Atlas of Coffee. For coffee addicts like me. 
  6. 1000 Record Covers. For the music enthusiast. 
  7. Alexander Hamilton: The Illustrated Biography. For those who haven’t gotten enough of Hamilton. 
  8. National Geograpic Rarely Seen. For lovers of the magazine. 
  9. Vintage Cocktails. For those who love a good drink. 
  10. Elements of Style. For the interior designer. 

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:



  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!



  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?

Top Ten Books I’d Buy Right Now If Someone Gave Me A Loaded Gift Card

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday seems so fantastic, especially since I’ve got so many books I’m dying to get my hands on!  Let’s get to the list:

1. The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee.  I’m a big fan of Coetzee, so I was really surprised to see his name on the Man Booker long list.  I didn’t know he had a new book!  Too bad it’s not available in the U.S. until February…

The Schooldays of Jesus

2. The Sellout by Paul Beatty. This is one I’ve been wanting for a while.  Seeing it on the Man Booker just reminded me of it.

The Sellout

3.  The Girls by Emma Cline.  There’s a lot of hype around this one.  I’m curious.

The Girls

4.  Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.  Again, have to see what everyone’s so excited about.

Truly Madly Guilty

5.  Hystopia by David Means.  Sounds really, really cool.


6.  His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.  Yet another Man Booker nominee that I’m really excited about.

His Bloody Project

7.  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.  It’s all the rage right now.


8.  The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  I’ve got a lot of Persephone Books on my wishlist.  This is one of my top picks.

The Making of a Marchioness

9.  The Road to Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson.  I’ve been really excited about this book since it came out, I’m just waiting for the right time.

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain

10.  You and Me, Always AND Solo by Jill Mansell.  I’ve always got the newest U.S. Edition on my pre-order list, but I still haven’t gotten around to buying the latest one.

You and Me, Always                      Solo

What books are you just itching to buy?  I want to know!

Top Ten Books Set Outside the US

I’m back with some Top Ten Tuesday!  For this one, I completely blanked.  I’m not sure if it’s because I just couldn’t think of any, I haven’t read many books set outside the U.S., or if I just haven’t read many good ones.  I’m going with the first, though, because I KNOW there’s books I’ve read that I’m just not thinking of.

  1. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  4. The One You Really Want by Jill Mansell
  5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  6. The Diary of Anne Frank
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  9. Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Top Ten Tuesday

Another Tuesday, another list from The Broke and the Bookish.  I really like the theme this week.  It really got me thinking about all the books that I love that don’t come up as often as others.a

Ten Books I Really Love but Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough