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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?