Top Five Books I Meant to Read in 2017 (and Might in 2018, Maybe)

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

I still have some books to get to on my last TBR list of shame from 2017, but here I’m mostly going to talk about some other books I’ve had on the pile for a while that I’d like to get around to in 2018! This post is for top ten Tuesday over at The Broke and the Bookish, which is soon to move to a new blog, so pay your respects to the awesome creators of this meme while you can.

Without further ado…

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust

You can find this one on my winter TBR, which I’m proud to say I’m doing well with—I’ve read the books on it that I already have except this one.

This is a companion book to His Dark Materials, which I reread last fall to get hyped for this release. (His Dark Materials is a sweet middle grade fantasy trilogy that you should definitely check out if you haven’t.) But the thing is, that trilogy was a childhood favourite of mine, so I’m nervous about reading this book because I don’t know if it’ll live up to my nostalgia for those novels? (Especially after the atrocity that was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Shudder.) Still, I really do have to get it done before I stumble across one billion reviews that’ll muddle my opinion before I even start.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

MistbornBasically everyone in the BookTube community is so hyped about this author’s books, so I picked up this one last year as an entry point, as I’ve heard this is one of his best series? (There are so many, sheesh.) This book is…I don’t know. High fantasy with magic based on metals? I hear he has cool magic systems and everyone is just very excited. Sanderson is fantasy and not really YA, but I’ve heard this one is pretty YA-reader friendly.

I was reminded of this book the other day when I was watching a favourite Magic: the Gathering streamer on Twitch and this author dropped in. I mean, if we both like this one really niche thing, I’ll probably like his books, right? Plus it’d be good to know what everyone is talking about going forward.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

IlluminaeSpeaking of hype, this sci-fi novel is one of the very loved books of the past couple of years in the YA reviewing community, although I haven’t investigated opinions of its sequel yet too much (for obvious reasons).

This book is probably one I’d really like—told not in regular narrative, but in redacted government documents, transcripts, and other mediums. It’s some kind of futuristic space opera and probably also has a romance? Anyway, I’ve been meaning to get to it for a long time, but although I know it’s a fast read because of its use of different forms, it looked too long for what was The Year of Short Books, so I’m hoping to get to it for The Year of Longer Books and Less Ridiculous Reading Goals.

The Starlit Wood, ed. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

The Starlit WoodSpeaking of books that were too long for last year’s marathon, here’s the anthology I didn’t get to that I was actually the most excited about. (I have not had good luck with YA anthologies.)

This is an anthology of retold fairy tales that gathered a lot of critical acclaim and, although it’s not YA-targeted, contains some well-known YA authors (Seanan McGuire and Garth Nix, among others). This came out a couple of years ago and I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, but it’s always so easy to let new releases overwhelm any intentions of catching up with something big on the backlist. Still, I hope this one makes the reading chair in 2018.

Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Girl Mans UpI mine a lot of the books I put on my TBR from other reviewers’ favourites, upcoming books with hype, authors I’m keeping an eye on (either because I like their books or am going to second chance them), or just recommendations from friends. That’s already a lot of books, so it’s pretty rare that I come across something on a table in the Indigo that I haven’t heard of but would be interested in reading. This, though, was one of those books, and the author happens to be from my area, so I picked up a signed copy.

This book is about a Canadian teen girl struggling with her gender identity and sexuality vs. a lot of people who want to impose expectations on her, and I don’t know why I hadn’t heard of it but Canadian books don’t seem to get a huge amount of press. In any case, I really want to make an effort to root out more Canadian YA so that I can find some gems to recommend (Fate of Flames and Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined from last year were both…eh), so I want to kick it off with this one in 2018.

What reads do you need to catch up on in 2018? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll speak to you again soon!

4 thoughts on “Top Five Books I Meant to Read in 2017 (and Might in 2018, Maybe)

  1. Susan says:

    Sanderson is great. He’s such a world-building master! I don’t even really like high fantasy or whatever genre Mistborn falls into, but I’ve enjoyed all the Mistborn books that I’ve read. The books are intimidating because they’re so thick — they’re worth it, though. Enjoy.

    Happy TTT!


    • dictura says:

      I’ll have to get into his work soon! I’m hearing only good things. And a happy (belated) Top Ten Tuesday to you, too!

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