Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Didn’t Get To In 2017

17 Jan

Neglected books: it happens to the best of us. We get all hyped for a new release or a book we’ve added to our tbrs, and then somehow it falls by the wayside. I am very, very guilty of this: my tbr is always growing and I tend to get more excited for shiny new releases than the ones already sitting on my Kindle. I am a huge mood reader so I find it really hard to stick to any sort of reading list, no matter how big. As soon as I think “I should read this” my brain goes into “I do what I want!!” mood and I end up passing on books I really, really wanted to read. I do (somehow) get to many of my most-anticipated books, but still some slip through the cracks. Let’s take a look at some of them, shall we?

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The Muse, by Jessie Burton. This is probably the most understandable book on the list, because I don’t find the plot summary interesting at all. In fact it comes across as really dull to me and if I was basing it on the blurb alone it wouldn’t get anywhere near my tbr. But I loved Burton’s first novel. The atmosphere of The Miniaturist was just enthralling! The Muse has been on my tbr for ages (it was published in 2016, sigh) and I swore to myself that I would get to it in 2017. Whoops… maybe this year?

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The Queen of the Night, by Alexander Chee. Just look at that cover. Drool-worthy. And the plot! Historical fiction about an opera singer with ~secrets~ and someone ends up writing an opera about her own life? And asks her to star in it? Juicy AND meta. This ticks off so many boxes of things I love but let’s be real, it is MASSIVE. Almost 600 pages. And while I do love long books, it’s hard for me to start one when I don’t know the author. I’m thinking of buddy reading this one with my mom, so hopefully that will give me some much-needed motivation.

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Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi. I read a lot of literary prize longlists and I really like to go through them in big chunks. So if there’s a lot of buzz around a book and people think it’s going to get a nomination, I tend to avoid it until that finally happens. Homegoing was the buzziest of buzzy books: it was predicted to be on the Bailey’s, Man Booker, National Book Award, and a few others. Yet it made none of those lists in 2016 OR 2017! Meaning… I avoided it for no reason. And once I was swept up in prize reading I honestly didn’t have time for this poor little book. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for a year and a half just waiting patiently to get read.

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Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. You probably know that I’m not a big Young Adult reader. At all. I avoid it like the plague, actually, because I have had so many bad experiences in the genre. Yet I adore Daughter of Smoke & Bone series, and was highly anticipating Taylor’s next release. Why didn’t I read it? It’s so chunky, and reviews seem very mixed! That seems to be the theme here, right? Either I’m not sure about the plot or it’s a really long book. Strange the Dreamer happens to have both of these “flaws.”

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October, by China Mieville. This is absolutely the most shocking addition to my list. I’m honestly embarrassed by myself: Mieville is hands-down my favorite author and I’ve read all of his books. So why did I skip this one?? Well first off it’s historical nonfiction so I found myself a bit intimidated. I also wanted to read it in October, yet I only read horror in October so… that didn’t happen. I love his writing so this honestly isn’t a book I need to be in the “mood” for yet I’ve convinced myself that it just isn’t the “right time.” Bullshit! Get it together, Leah! I will absolutely read this one in 2018. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

So there you have it! 5 books I swore upside down and sideways I’d read in 2017 but just didn’t get to. Funnily enough, The Familiar Vol 5 was going to be #1 for me on this list but I read it first thing in 2018. So there is hope for these poor, lonely books!

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