I knew it had been a while since I’d posted but, as ever, time has flown and I didn’t know quite how long it had been. In all the time that I haven’t been posting, however, I have been reading. So much so that on 21 November, I finished my GoodReads challenge for the year. I set it at 52 books simply because I wanted to have read an average of one book a week by the end of the year. There was a time earlier in the year when I was wading through the Discovery of Witches trilogy when I was sure that this year would be a bust so I’m excessively pleased about not only meeting but exceeding my 2017 goal!
Going into the last five weeks or so of 2017, I wanted to pick out some books that I thought were likely to be top reads of the year. At first, I sorted my ‘To Read’ shelf on GoodReads by highest average rating to see what I had lingering on my shelves and then picked a couple of those as hopefully ones that will be contenders for favourite of the year. And then I looked at the books that I’ve bought or received this year that I was so excited to get hold of and then have just left sat on my shelves and picked a couple of those. I don’t know if I’ll read all of these but I had fun putting the list together so I’m not sure the reading even really matters.
I enjoyed the first book in this series well enough but then I loved the second one and meant to rattle straight into the third one. I got a bit annoyed with Maas following Tower of Dawn but I really want to get back into the Court of Thorns and Roses series before I forget what’s going on. There’s the added fact that I’ve borrowed this from someone at work and she keeps asking me about it in the way that someone who only has 1 or 2 unread books on their shelves really can…
2. The Unseen World by Liz Moore
I’ve only seen glowing reviews of The Unseen World and I was really looking forward to reading it when I got it and then I sort of forgot and left it sat in a pile. I want to pick it up before I completely forget why I was even so desperate to get hold of it!
3. The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
The blurb makes this book sound bloody brilliant: “Every seven years something goes missing in the remote town of Sterling: people’s reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realises that her mother may be to blame for the curse. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden – and one young woman’s desire to uncover the truth may not be enough to save Sterling from the past”. I bought this when I was in Waterstones with Hanna a couple of months ago and I thought I’d get straight to it and here we are in late November and I still haven’t read it.
Robin Hobb is such a well regarded fantasy author that I’ve been a little bit wary of starting the first instalment of the Farseer trilogy in case I got sucked into the whole world and ended up having to buy all of them. BUT ever since visiting Trakai Castle in Lithuania earlier in November, I’ve really fancied a medieval style fantasy and I’ve had this one for years.
5. United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
Hanna bought me this for my birthday and it’s literally been on the top of my physical To Read pile ever since. We visited a few museums in Lithuania that had some fascinating exhibits on World War II in Eastern Europe and I’ve been looking longingly at this since we got back a couple of weeks ago. I know that the connection is a loose one but who knows how these things work?!
Honourable mentions to the books that ever so nearly made the cut and might yet muscle their way into my reading year: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry; Long Lankin by Lindsay Barraclough; We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
What are your priorities for what’s left of 2017? Any books that you’ve been meaning to pick up all year and just haven’t got round to?