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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I meant to read in 2017

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish.

I should rename this topic ‘Ten times I was a bad book blogger’, because the majority of the books on this list are ones that I was sent by publishers and actually should have read. I’m not sure why I’ve gotten into the bad habit of procrastinating ARCs, but I think a big part of it is that I get worried in case I don’t like the book. I know, the whole point of being a book blogger is to express your opinion… But when we’re talking about hotly anticipated titles, that kind of scares me!

I’ve decided that I’m going to change my ways in 2018, though. This is the year in which I’m not only going to catch up on all my backlist ARCs, but I’m not going to skip any going forward, either. To put it politely, I’m going to read the shit out of 2018, and I’m going to start with these ten books.

10) Birdy by Jess Vallance

Birdy by Jess Vallance

I mentioned Jess on last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, so Birdy was at the forefront of my mind when it came to choosing this week’s titles.

9) The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

The Square Root of Summer was one of the #SundayYA book club picks, and it was the first (and potentially only?) that I missed. If any of the #SundayYA gang are reading this and can let me know if there’s been a book club since, I’d be eternally grateful – I’d managed to participate in all of them until this summer, when the great reading slump smacked me in the face.

8) Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

I’m dubious about Turtles All The Way Down, because when it comes to John Green’s books I either a) absolutely love them or b) want to throw them out of the window of a moving vehicle. I’ve heard good things about Turtles, but I’d heard good things about The Fault in Our Stars, and that made me want to tear my fucking hair out.

7) They Both Die at the Endby Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I borrowed my boyfriend’s copy of They Both Die at the End so that I could take it to university and read it during my downtime. Turns out, I was far too busy doing extra reading for the course… So I still have my boyfriend’s copy, unread in one of the many bags of books that I moved back from uni over Christmas. I have to read it sooner rather than later, because I need to give it back to him!

6) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I’ve been putting off The Upside of Unrequited because Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favourite books OF ALL TIME and I didn’t think anything would be able to live up to it. However, a lot of people have told me that Upside is just as good, if not better. I’m going to be brave and get this read before Leah on the Offbeat is released in April.

5) Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I struggle to read fantasy novels, which is why I’ve yet to read any of Laini Taylor’s novels. I liked Lips Touch: Three Times – a collection of three short stories centred around kisses – but I didn’t love it, and Strange the Dreamer is a long book and a big commitment.

4) Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

I don’t feel as guilty for not reading Here We Are Now yet, because it was an unsolicited ARC. However, it sounds ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, and it’s also pretty short, so I don’t have any excuses for not reading this one.

3) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval is similar to Strange the Dreamer, in that fantasy books scare me. Plus this was so over-hyped that I feel it’s impossible not to like, and that scares me more than anything else. I was hoping that the hype would die down so that I could get to this one pretty quickly, but with sequel Legendary releasing in May, it doesn’t look as though people are going to stop talking about Caraval anytime soon.

2) If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

This debut novel was one of my most highly anticipated books of last year. It sounds like it’s going to become one of my favourite books, but it also feels like a book that I need to be in the perfect mood to read. I don’t want to judge it harshly because I pick it up when I’m not in the right head space for it, so I’m just going to keep putting this off until then.

1) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was THE hottest YA debut of last year. The only reason I haven’t read it is because of the insane amount of hype that surrounded it, but with the movie adaptation currently being filmed this book is just going to get even bigger in 2018. My boyfriend and I have been considering buddy reading it, so hopefully I’ll be getting to this one within the next couple of months.

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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Which books do you think you should have read last year?

  • Lena

    Strange the Dreamer is just simply amazing. For me it’s the best book of 2017 so I really hope you’ll like it if you ever get to it!

    Check out my TTT:

    • That is extremely high praise! I think I’m going to try to get it read next month – if I keep putting it off I’m never going to get around to it, and I feel like I’m missing out because everyone seems to love Laini’s writing.

  • Great list! The Hate You Give made it to my list too 😛
    And I am not sure if that you haven’t liked The Fault in Our Stars then if you would like Turtles. TFIOS was my favourite of John Green but now Turtles is. But I do hope that you give it a chance.

    My TTT:

    • Looking For Alaska is my all time favourite, but I enjoyed Paper Towns quite a lot too. It seems like people either love those two or love Turtles and TFIOS… Fingers crossed I’ll enjoy it!

  • THUG and They Both Die At The End are two of my favorites. THUG doesn’t need any explanation and TBDATE made me a crying mess but I loved it for that, haha. I hope you enjoy them once you get around to reading those!

    • Books that make you a crying mess are the best kind! I really want to read History Is All You Left Me too – my boyfriend said he might lend me his copy, if I ever return They Both Die at the End… 😛

      • I haven’t read that one yet but.. I vote for: Never return that copy and buy History Is All You Left Me yourself! Haha. 😀

        • You are such a bad influence – I’m definitely doing this!

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    I need to read The Hate You Give as well. I also got Dear Martin for Christmas and managed to read it while off on vacation. It was good and really has me in the mood to pull THUG out. I also snatched Strange the Dreamer for $1.99 shortly after Christmas for my Kindle. I have no idea what it’s about but that cover of Birdy is AWESOME!

    • Ooh, Strange the Dreamer for that price is such a steal! I also want to read Dear Martin, but I haven’t managed to get hold of a copy yet – hopefully I’ll be able to find one soon.

  • The Square Root of Summer looks really good. I’ll have to keep that in mind for, well, Summer!!! Also, Turtles is one I failed at reading too. I hope I can read it soon!

    • If I don’t have time to read it in the next couple of months, I’m definitely going to be putting Square Root on my summer TBR!

  • shootingstarsmag

    Oh, so many books on here that I also need to read and I own them and everything: The Hate U Give, Turtles All the Way Down, Strange the Dreamer, They Both Die at the End. I don’t own The Upside of Unrequited but I do want to read that one. I need to re-read Simon before the movie and Leah on the Offbeat comes out, so maybe I’ll just read those two back to back or something.


    • I got a copy of The Upside of Unrequited in my Owlcrate subscription box and I squealed with excitement because I was so pumped to get my hands on it, so I really don’t know why I keep putting it off! Definitely going to reread Simon before the movie releases, though: I am so excited to see him up on the big screen.

  • literaryfeline

    I hope you do get a chance to read The Hate U Give this year. It was one of my favorites from this past year. I understand about hype making you hesitate though. It’s kept me from reading a few books I was interested in as well. Caraval didn’t make my list, but I do want to read it. They Both Die At the End is on my wish list. One of these days. 🙂 I wish you a great year in reading, and hope you enjoy all of these.

    • I hope you have a great reading year too! Fingers crossed we’ll both find the time to read Caraval and They Both Die At The End during 2018.

  • Great list!! Turtles All the Way Down, They Both Die at the End, and They Hate U Give were three books that I wanted to read this year too! My TBR definitely hates me. Lol. And I can totally understand what you mean about Caraval. I’m not sure if it COMPLETELY deserved all the major hype it got, but I thought it was a super fun and cute read.

    • Thank you! They were three of the biggest releases, but I genuinely believed I was the only person who had been procrastinating reading them. These comments are making me feel like I’m not as bad at book blogging as I thought.
      My TBR is out of control – I genuinely could have listed 100 books I meant to read in 2017 but didn’t, but that would have been too depressing!

  • I love The Hate U Give and Strange the Dreamer (though it ends on a cliff-hanger). But I think you should read Turtles All the Way Down first.

    • Ooooooooh, cliffhanger?! That’s definitely grabbed my interest, I’m addicted to books that keep you guessing. I promise I’ll get to Turtles soon!

  • Greg Hill

    Ooh I need to read caraval. And I feel the same way about turtles All The Way Down- I’m a little leery but at the same time I want to read it! 🙂

    Great list!!

    • Phew, I’m glad it’s not just me! I know a lot of people rushed through it the week it was released, and I feel like I’m one of the only ones who didn’t get swept up in the excitement.

  • Ooh I want to read Here We Are Now. Totally intrigued by that one. I hope you love these books when you get around to them.

    • I hope we both enjoy it when we get around to reading it!

  • Sea Reads

    Totally with you on THUG and Strange the Dreamer. I adored Daughter of Smoke and Bone when it first came out, but never followed up with the rest of the series, so I’m going to start with that trilogy before I go for Strange the Dreamer.

    I feel like Love, Hate & Other Filters is going to be the THUG of 2018, which makes me feel like I should read THUG before I try it! 🙂

    • I bought the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy on my Kindle, but for some reason I’ve never felt compelled to start it. Not sure whether to read those first, or to dive straight into Strange!

      Really good point about Love, Hate & Other Filters! I was planning on reading that soon, but I might try and squeeze in THUG first.

  • Jo Elliott

    I haven’t read THUG yet either. I really enjoyed Caraval so I hope you do too 🙂
    My TTT:

    • I’m sure I’m going to love it, but my expectations are so high that I’m terrified to have them destroyed! I’ll be brave and give it a go at some point.

  • Ashley Sapp

    Great list! Strange the Dreamer sounds really interesting! I hope you enjoy all these books!

  • I adored THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, although I loved Simon vs. more, BUT I do think Upside is well-worth your time, as it’s quick, fun and lovely. Also, the MC is great. AND THERE IS A TINY SIMON CAMEO. THUG is one of my favorite books of all time – an incredibly powerful and well-written story. Hope you’ll enjoy all these books when you get to them! 🙂 Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    • Eek, I hadn’t heard that there was a Simon cameo in Upside! That’s completely sold me on it, so I think I’m going to be brave and read that one next. I’ve heard a lot of amazing things about THUG – I’m sure I’ll love it and be mad at myself for waiting so long to read it!

  • Bloggin’ ’bout Books

    Good luck with your 2018 goals! I’m definitely planning to read THUG as well. It’s gotten such amazing reviews that I just have to see what I think of it. I hope we both love it.

    Happy TTT!


  • Bree

    The Hate U Give was amazing! You have so many books that I want to read on here too… Caraval, Strange The Dreamer, They Both Die At The End and The Up Side of Unrequited

  • I absolutely loved Turtles All the Way Down, They Both Die at the End, Strange the Dreamer and the Upside of Unrequited – hope you’ll enjoy them too. THUG was in my list too, and I’ve been meaning to read The Square Root of Summer and Here We Are Now. Hope I’ll get to them this year, as my mission is to read as many books from my TBR as possible!

  • YES! So many of these are on my TBR list, too. I read Turtles. It isn’t my favorite John Green book, but it’s okay.

  • The Hate You Give and Turtles All the Way Down, both have so much hype I hope they do not dissapoint when I am able to read them. Caraval has mixed reviews from so many, so I’m hesitant to pick it up. Happy Reading!! Tori @ In Tori Lex