Merry Christmas, everyone! I can’t believe that the year is almost over and 2017 is right around the corner! I know everyone says this every year, but I really do think that time is moving quicker with every new year. Maybe one of these days it will slow down. But I highly doubt it.
Since it’s been so long since I’ve posted, I haven’t had the chance to share that I’ve recently become obsessed with BookTubers (people who talk about books on YouTube). My favorite one is Epic Reads, but I also enjoy Sasha Alsberg. Watching their videos has enlightened me to the fact that there are so many YA books that I haven’t read (and how small my book shelve is). So my goal for 2o17 is to read more books. I have only read 13 fun books this year – very shameful. So to increase the number of books that I read this year, and to push myself to read different books, I have decided to participate in a reading challenge that I found on Pinterest. The challenge consists of 26 books (which should be quite a challenge for me, considering how many books I read this past year). But I think this reading challenge will allow me to read more books and increase my knowledge of YA fiction and other books that I’ve never read. Posted below is the different category of book and which ones I’ll be reading. Please feel free to join me on this challenge! Let 2017 be the year that you read the most books.
*just a note* All but three of these books are already out, but I’m such a Type A person and have to have all the books I want to read planned out in advance. So I will most likely be sticking to most of the books on this list, and if a book happens to come out in 2017 that I really want to read, I’ll try to fit it in somewhere.
Chose for the cover: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
I mean, just look at this cover! This is the first book in a duology that takes place in the Ottoman Empire. From what I gather from the summary on Goodreads, it kinda sounds like there’s this game and the prince must fight for the girl he loves. But things go wrong and stuff happens. Sorry that’s a terrible summary, but when Margo from Epic Reads explained it, it sounded really good. And the cover looks amazing.
Reputation for being un-put-downable: Heartless by Marissa Meyer
This is a fairytale retelling, and Goodreads said that it was worth loosing sleep over, so it’s made its way on the list!
Set somewhere you want to go: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
This book is set in London, and if you know anything about me, I’ve always wanted to visit London. And any book about someone who tries to hunt down Jack the Ripper sounds really cool.
A book I’ve already read: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I really just love this series, and I want to read the first book again. And after having read The Fever Code, I think it will take on a new meaning.
A memoir: A Stolen Life by Jacie Duggard
I’m pretty sure that this is a book about a girl who gets kidnapped and then escapes several years later. It was just the only one I recognized when I was looking at Goodread’s list of good memoirs.
About books or reading: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I know, I know, I’ve never read this book, despite everyone telling me that it’s really good. So I will be reading it this year.
A genre you usually avoid – When We Collided by Emery Lord
This is a contemporary YA love story, set on a beach in the middle of summer. I always shy away from these kinds of stories, because I feel like they have no plot. Although this book is a contemporary romance, I’m kinda cheating because it’s about a girl who has bipolar which does sound interesting. So I’m not going for the cheesiest beach read, but hey, I can’t torture myself too much. And maybe if I read this book in June, I’ll like it better. Who knows?
Won’t admit to wanting to read it: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Okay, okay, this book seems pretty stupid, but the movie was good, and it’s Pride and Prejudice, so I have to give it a try.
Backlist of a new favorite author: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Although this book isn’t that old, I’ve recently become obsessed with Maggie’s writing in The Raven Cycle, so I want to read more of her books. And her older books are a part of four book series, and I’d rather not take the time to read that big of a series when I’m trying to read so many other books.
Recommended by someone: Wonder by RJ Palacio
People having been telling me to read this book for years and I’ve never gotten around to it. So I’ll finally be reading it this year!
Excited to buy but haven’t read yet: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard
Okay, so I’m kinda cheating on this one. This is my most highly anticipated book of 2017, and I will definitely be buying it when it comes out in February. But I might wait a couple weeks after I buy it to fulfill this part of the challenge.
A topic I already love: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
I am obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and this series is a genderbent, teenage version of Sherlock and John when they meet at boarding school. It sounds really good, so I’ll be reading it this year.
Newberry Winner: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
I honestly have no clue what this book is about, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, so it’s on my TBR for this year.
Translation: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
This is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood written by a German author. And the only translation I could think of.
More than 600 pages: King’s Blood by Jill Williamson
This is the second book in The Kinsman Chronicles, and I have been waiting to read it since I finished the first one earlier this semester. And thankfully it’s over 600 pages so it meets the criteria for this category!
A play: The Cursed Child by JK Rowling
I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this book, so I’m eager to form my own opinion about it. And it’s Harry Potter, so that’s always a plus.
Addresses current events: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book won’t be out until February 28, but I’ve already heard a lot about it. It follows the story of an African-American girl whose friend is killed. I’m not much a fan of current event stories, but I know this book will push me out of my comfort zone, and it was the only one I could think of that fit this criteria.
An immigrant story: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I’m not entirely sure what this book is about, but I assume that it’s about an immigrant who comes to New York. And I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time, so this challenge gives me an excuse to read it.
Published before I was born (1997): Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
I know this book was published way before I was born, but I don’t read much classics, except for school, so I wanted to read another one.
Three books by the same author: Shadow and Bone, Seige and Storm, and Ruin and Rising (The Grisha Trilogy ) by Leigh Bardugo
This trilogy is about a soldier girl who is fighting against these two opposing kingdoms, and that’s about all I know. The main reason I want to read this trilogy is because I’m pretty sure it’s the prequel for Six of Crows/ The Crooked Kingdom and those covers look amazing, and I’ve heard good things about it.
#diversebooks author: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
I looked at the nominees for the Diverse Books category in the Book Shimmy (Epic Reads) awards and the second book in this series was listed, so I’m pretty sure the first book would qualify too. This series is based on the Arabian Night stories about a girl who becomes the queen to someone who kills his bride every night in order to take a new one. But the MC wants to marry this king because he killed her best friend. Sound interesting to me, so I decided to give it a try.
Unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
I had to look up books with unreliable narrators because I had no basis of books to choose one, and I recognized this book on Goodread’s list. I know it’s a WWII novel, which always sounds interesting to me.
Nominated for an award in 2017: TBA
Obviously, I can’t pick this book out yet, but I will let you know which one I do pick later on this year.
Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This book has been on my TBR list for a while, and I was happy to see that it had won a Pulitzer. It’s another WWII novel, although I’m not sure what it’s about beyond that. Only that a lot of people have been talking about it, so I should probably read it.
And that’s it, folks! Man, was that a lot of books! I want to start doing book reviews on this blog, so I’m hoping to review all of these books for you, explaining why I did or didn’t like the book. It should be a fun year in 2017, and I can’t wait to read these books. If you’ve decided to do this book challenge, let me know which books you’re going to read (or the ones you’re most excited about).
I hope you all had a merry Christmas, and if I don’t talk to you before the New Year, have a great rest of the year. Hopefully we can all read more books (and more celebrities won’t die).
Till next time!