27 January 2017

Books I really want to get to in 2017

According to Goodreads I currently have 35 unread books sitting on my shelf at home. Out of the 35 there are some that I'm more excited to read than others, including a few that I have been meaning to get to for years. Today I thought I'd make a list of the books I absolutely, definitely, 100% will read in 2017.

The Handmaid's Tale 

The Handmaid's Tale. A cautionary tale set in a dystopian society in the not so distant future, where women have been stripped of all their rights and the most fertile are forced to reproduce for wealthy families. This has been on my radar for the longest time, but given recent events across the pond it feels even more important to read it as soon as possible. Oxford Student says this should have been my first read of 2017 - I opted for something a little brighter, but I will definitely be reading this very soon.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. If you've been following the blog for a while you will have seen me mention this book before. It was recently adapted for a BBC television series - I didn't watch but it definitely brought the novel to my attention. It's a chunky book at over 1000 pages but I have been wanting to challenge myself to finish a really long book for a while - since this one involves magicians and history, I thought that I couldn't go too wrong!

The Many Selves of Katherine North
The Many Selves of Katherine North. This was only released last year but I was intrigued when I read the synopsis, and I'm hoping to get to it soon just for that reason. The main character Kit is a phenomenaut, which means that she has the ability to project her consciousness into the bodies of animals. Some books you see across nearly every book blog but I haven't seen that much about this one so far, though it has a 3.75 star rating on Goodreads and some good reviews. I'll report back!

Memoirs of a Geisha 

Memoirs of a Geisha. Now this has been on my list for yonks - back when I started using Goodreads in about 2011/2012 it was one of the first books I added to my TBR list and shamefully I have only just picked up a copy in January, using some of my Christmas book money. I'm so excited to read this! I love getting lost in a good historical fiction and as this is a time period and culture that I don't know much about I think it will be really interesting too.

The Comet Seekers 
 The Comet Seekers. Another one that was only released last year! The Comet Seekers has been described as One Day meets The Time Traveler's Wife - I think that would have convinced me enough on its own but the story sounds so lovely too. Like One Day we meet the two main characters only on one day of the year, when a comet crosses their skies. I'll definitely be reading this one soon.

Bonus book...

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front. Unlike the books above, I don't yet own a copy of All Quiet on the Western Front, but it has been on my list for ages. I feel like I should read it in November when it will be particularly poignant, but so far November has passed by without me picking up a copy. 2017 will be the year!

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