Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward To For The First Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week's topic is books we're looking forward to for the first half of 2017. This usually means news books that are coming out during that time, but I honestly haven't been paying attention because I'm so wrapped up on what I want to read in the near future and the books I've been wanting to read and haven't gotten to. I mostly can't even think about the books that haven't been published yet that I might want to read.

However, I do have things I plan to read in the first half of 2017. I'm participating in the Classic Book a Month Challenge, and I'm also planning to do a TBR Pile Challenge again. There are also some other books I've been wanting to read and I don't see myself getting to them in the next few weeks. So let's see what I'm most interested in reading in the first half of 2017!

1. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
This will be published in January and is the only book on this list that hasn't been published yet. I don't even know what it's about and it doesn't matter because I'll read anything that Chris Bohjalian writes.

2. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I've wanted to read this for years and it was on my TBR Pile Challenge at least once and I didn't get to it, but now it's on the Classic Book a Month Challenge and I'm determined to read it this April.

3. The Painter by Peter Heller
I loved his novel The Dog Stars but have been wary of reading another of his books out of fear that it won't compare. But a coworker read this one and loved it.

4. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
Similarly, I loved The Snow Child but hadn't heard much about this one so I wondered if maybe it wasn't as good. Recently though I've a few reports that it is, in fact, excellent.

5. A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
Again I've avoided reading something that sounds really good because it is long. I'm going to try and tackle it this winter. Somehow I think I have more time in the winter.

6. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
This nonfiction book was already a big deal before the election, but now even more people are reading it to try and understand the people who voted for He Who Shall Not Be Named. I've wanted to read it ever since I heard about it but since I have to pace myself with nonfiction I still haven't gotten to it.

7. Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson
Ok, I lied. This comes out in January also. So there's two on my list to be published in 2017. The Kind Worth Killing was so good!

8. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
A classic that I haven't read, this title keeps popping up recently. I've been reading a lot of articles about race and this sounds like a must-read for understanding racial issues in the U.S.

9. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
This is the May pick for the Classic Book a Month Challenge and is also about race in America. I don't know much about it though of course I've heard of it. I'm very interested to read a play that isn't by Shakespeare.

10. In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins
There are a number of romance authors I want to read more of - Sarah MacLean, Courtney Milan, Beverly Jenkins - but I'm not sure what I'll read next from each of them. I know the next Kristan Higgins book I want to read though, because it's next in the Blue Heron series that I've been enjoying.

Hopefully I'll use this list to guide me this winter and spring so I don't have to put any of these books on my list for the second half of 2017!

1 comment:

Girl About Library said...

A Little Life is on my TBR for 2017, too. I need an 800 page book for a challenge, and this book immediately came to mind. I hope you enjoy it, and makes it worth all of those pages!