So as many of you know, this was the first year in YEARS that I’ve actually been able to get back into reading. I had to take a seven-year hiatus due to school, work, and other personal responsibilities, but I’m so so happy that I’m able to be back in the world of books.
The problem (a problem?) with taking a reading hiatus is that when you rejoin the book world, there are A LOT of books to catch up on. Not only that, but 2017 (July in particular) has brought us so many new releases that it’s getting a bit overwhelming.
I know that reading all of the books I want to is going to be a near-impossible feat, but here are the books I want to (and will be shocked if I don’t) get to by the end of 2017 (these are in no particular order).
Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I just got these two books in the mail and I’m so excited to read them. These books have been super hyped up for me and I can’t wait to check them out!
A Court of Thornes and Roses (maybe the entire trilogy) by Sarah J. Maas
So, I’ve heard super mixed things about this author, but many people love this trilogy, especially the second book in the trilogy. I see a lot talk about this book trilogy on Bookstagram and BookTube and I feel like I’m missing out.
Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Another duology that has been super hyped up. Also, the books are just stunning (covers and sprayed pages). They seem like books that are right up my alley and I can’t wait to check them out. I may read the Grisha trilogy this year, but I’m not sure.
More Happy Than Not, History is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera.
I’ve heard nothing but good things about Adams work and I’m super excited to check them out. I know these books are going to break my heart, but I’m okay with that. I just got out of a nasty funk brought on by my mental health so I’m finally in a good place to check out these books.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I read the book and watched the movie back in high school and did not enjoy it as much as I was expecting to. I’m not sure if it was the hype or if I just in the wrong mindset for it, but I want to revisit this book and movie and see if my opinions have changed.
Ready Player One by Ernst Cline
I’ve heard amazing things about this book. My boyfriend has already read it and recommends it. Also there is a movie for this book coming out for it next March and Marie Lu’s new book looks like it has a similar concept.
The Raven Boys (maybe the entire Raven Cycle series) by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve heard so many great things about this series and I can’t wait to finally dive in. I have the first book and I really want to read all four. I’ve heard Maggie’s writing isn’t for everybody. The concept behind the books seems amazing though and I can’t wait to check them out.
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while and really want to get to it. I didn’t love Truthwitch when I first read it, not sure if I was in the wrong mood (I read it close to exam season) or if it was just overhyped, but I want to give Truthwitch a reread and get into Windwitch. I want to give this series a fair chance before officially writing it off.
One of Us is By Lying by Karen McManus
The concept behind this book sounds amazing and I just got my copy in the mail. From what I understand, this is a thriller Breakfast Club. Five students are in detention and one of the students is killed. The death is deemed a murder and all four students are suspects because the student that was killed was a gossip blogger who had dirt on all the students. Ah, I can’t wait to read this one.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood
I’ve had this book for a while and I really want to read it. The Hulu series has been getting great reviews and the concept behind the book sounds fantastic. I just need to sit down and read it.
School for Good and Evil (books 1 – 3) by Soman Chainani
This is a middle-grade fantasy series that plays on the fairytale tropes we already know. I have the first two books and I really want to read all three by the time the fourth book is released.
Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke
I bought this book on a whim because the cover is stunning. I really don’t know what it’s about, other than one character is the hero, one is the villain, and one is a liar. I’ve had this one sitting on my shelf for a while and I’m super excited to finally sit down and dive in.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
This book isn’t even out yet, but I already know I want to read it ASAP. The concept sounds interesting, I absolutely love the circus and carnival themed books. I love fantasy and magic and as so excited for this book to come out. I think I will be getting this book in one of my July subscription boxes, but if I don’t, I will be purchasing and reading this one ASAP.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
Another book that isn’t even out yet, but the concept sounds fantastic. Basically, this is a choose your own adventure story, excited there is a “right” ending. The different paths turn the story into different genres (contemporary, thriller, sci-fi, etc.) and the reader needs (or should, you don’t need to do anything) to read all five paths to figure out which one is the real path Jane took. Ah, I’m obsessed with this one and I can’t wait to finally get my hands on it.
So those were the 25 books I want to read by the end of the year. By no means is this list exhaustive. Hell, my GoodReads TBR shelf has almost 300 books on it. These are 25 books I think I can realistically read by the end of 2017, especially since I know this upcoming fall semester is going to be extremely busy and I won’t be able to ready nearly as much as I am this summer.
What books do you want to read by the end of 2017? Let me know down in the comments below!