Books I Want to Read in 2017

A lot of these are library books because I plan on doing my ‘read from home’ in March. It’s also a much shorter list on what I want to read from the library PDQ

Fiction

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
I don’t know why but this one is seriously piquing my interest.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
I didn’t even know she was coming out with a new book but I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Both unique takes on the underground railroad that have received an insane amount of praise.

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
A literary one trick pony wrote a spy novel? This oughta be good.

Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein
I ran out of time to read it this year and have a feeling I’m going to adore this book.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
I missed the hypexplosion when this first came out but better late than never.

Mash-Up edited by Gardender Dozois
An anthology I helped talk my library into getting

Nonfiction

The Secret Language of Dogs by Victoria Stilwell
I adore Victoria Stilwell’s method of training and really respect what she has to say.

Being a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
I think this will be very informative on my quest to work with dogs.

A Matter of Breeding by Michael Brandow
Different dog breeds have occurred fairly recently in the history of the species. This delves more into how that came to be.

Secrets of a Dog Trainer by Victoria Schade
I think the title says it all

Sleeping with Dogs by Lindsey Grant
A memoir of an animal nanny.

Extracts from The Second Sex and The Beauty Myth
I was able to score two short versions of these classic feminist texts.

Negroland by Margo Jefferson
A perfect read for black history month.

A Thousand Naked Strangers
Remember, I love other people’s drama.

The Big Tiny by Dee Williams
I have a curious love of tiny houses and would like to see one woman’s journey into making it part of her life.

In Order to Life by Yeonmi Park
North Korea absolutely fascinates me and I have heard amazing things about this memoir.

The Real Thing by Ellen McCarthy
I love reading about other people’s drama and what generates more drama than a wedding?

Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
She was my first and favorite Star Trek captain. I want to hear about the rest of her life.

No Baggage by Clara Bensen
The ultimate minimalist travel memoir

Teen/YA

Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl
My library finally decided to get this. She hasn’t gotten a movie yet but let’s see what she does with her own book.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Everyone raves about it and if I love it, the sequel is already out.

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
An autistic teen must try to save herself and her family from certain annihilation

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined
I can’t wait to see how this goes.

Graphic Novels

Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa
I discovered this series and was able to get my hands on all of the editions. This one intrigues me the most because I know the least about Africa’s various fables.

Prison Island by Colleen Frakes
A graphic memoir about growing up on a prison island in Washington state.

Posehn’s Deadpool series starting with Dead Presidents
I want to reread the entire series from the beginning and get to the stuff I haven’t finished yet

Deadpool Classics Vol 1
I have the first one and would like to get started on that series. I’ve enjoyed some of the newer stuff but let’s see where this mad man came from.

2016 End of Year Reading Survey

From BooksandLala. My 2016 reading year in review with some help from GoodReads.

How many books did you read?
99

Did you meet your goal?
I surpassed my GoodReads goal but did not meet my reading challenge goal.

Most read genre?
What I call genre fiction: sci-fi, (urban) fantasy, horror. If you include graphic novels, the number goes up for this.

Longest and shortest books you read.
Ensign Sue Must Die with 32 pages and Stiletto with 583 pages

Favourite book published in 2016?
Stiletto. I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped but it was still pretty great.

Favourite debut book in 2016?
Shrill by Lindy West. It was her first book despite being a known writer. It was phenomenal.

Favourite book not published this year?
The Princeless series.

A book that lived up to the hype
Challenger Deep. So fantastic. Go read it right now.

A book that did NOT live up to the hype
Vinegar Girl. It was so true to the inspiring source material that I was wholly underwhelmed by it.

Book that felt like the biggest accomplishment?
The Dog Merchants. It was the tangible beginning of me trying to change my life.

Favourite character
Odette and Felicity from Stiletto. I found them both very compelling characters.

Least favourite character
Malorie from Bird Box. The story is creepy and intoxicating but it annoyed me to no end that she refused to name her children.

Most shocking book/moment
When Harry Potter turned into an episode of Doctor Who during Cursed Child.

Favourite couple/OTP
Clements and the Barghest. (Stiletto)

The best written book you read this year
The Never Open Desert Diner. It capture the spirit of where they were perfectly and had so many quotable moments..

Book that you pushed the most people to read in 2016
Probably The Rook or Challenger Deep

Favourite book cover of the year
Neurocomic. So gorgeous.

Favourite adaptation
Deadpool. It really nailed the character.

What book made you cry the most?
The Never Open Desert Diner.

What book made you laugh the most?
If You Loved Me, You’d Think This Was Cute. The cartoons from a Washington Post advice column.

A new favourite author you discovered this year
Mira Grant. I loved her short Rolling in the Deep. I might finally pick up her main series in 2017.

Guilty pleasure read of the year
The in Death series. It’s not the pinnacle of literature but entertaining AF.

Favourite book you re-read this year
The Rook. I read it in preparation for Stiletto and still adore it.

Were you happy with your reading year?
Yes. Even though I didn’t finish my challenge, I checked several things off my TBR and didn’t finish my reading challenge because I focused on what I wanted to read rather than what I should be reading.

What will you do different in 2017?
I’m going to start my challenge early and I’ve hopefully set it up so I can succeed this year. I will be attempting to read more diversely and still cater to my interests.

Nerdy 30: The Books

I have talked about doing a book challenge to celebrate turning 30 next year and part of that is coming up with 30 books I want to read. I have figured out that there is some sort of theme for most months in the U. S. so I wanted to incorporate that into my challenge. Unfortunately, some months had nothing so I borrowed from months that had several things.

I’ve also liked the idea of doing a challenge of pairing opposites. I didn’t come up with enough pairs to merit its own challenge so I added them here. To finish off the list, I’ve added a few challenge staples that should keep things fun.

The Months

  • January: Weight Loss and/or Human Trafficking
  • February: African American History Month
  • March: Women’s History Month
  • April: Autism Awareness Month
  • May: Asian Pacific Heritage Month
  • June: LGBT+ Pride Month
  • July: National Wilderness Month (borrowed from Sept)
  • August: Mental Health Awareness (borrowed from May)
  • September: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • October: Disability Awareness Month
  • November: Native American Heritage Month
  • December: Non-Christian Faith/Culture

At least we made it halfway into the year before we had to start borrowing themes. December had no themes but since Christmas beats us over the head, I decided to focus on any of the other religions in the world. The on-theme books will be read in the applicable month.

The Pairs

  • Big Name Press – Penguin, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins
  • Indie Press – A small publishing house you may never have heard of
  • Old – Owned for at least a year
  • New – Owned for less than 4 weeks
  • Short – Under 200 pages
  • Long – Over 500 pages
  • Near – Within the DC metro area
  • Far – At least 3,000 miles away from the DC metro area
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

I’m going to try to read the pairs close together but if I don’t immediately feel like reading a long book when I get done with short, I don’t have to.

The MISC

  • Award winner/nominee
  • Recommendation
  • Celebrity
  • Translation
  • Non-western mythology and/or fairy tale
  • Genre I typically avoid
  • Library book
  • Book from a TV show

When trying to figure out an award winning book I wanted to read last year, I realized some of the nominated books were more interesting to me. Let’s not forget the runners up. Genre I typically avoid is that same as ever: self-help, Christian, sports, history, and romance. This gives me a lot to work with so hopefully I can find something I won’t dislike.

TV can be something a show is based on like GoT or an off-shoot of a TV show like Doctor Who novels. I love mythology and fairy tale tropes but the European ones are ubiquitous so I wanted to branch out and explore other stories.

Nerdy 30: The Activities

The activities for this year are a mix of stuff of different things I enjoyed in 2016 and things I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

  1. Participate in at least one read-a-thon
  2. Listen to a new podcast about books
  3. Give away a long time TBR resident
  4. Read 6 books that have been sitting unread on my shelf for too long
  5. Donate to a bookish charity
  6. Visit a famous library
  7. Have a book themed party
  8. Read the rainbow
  9. Shop in an indie bookstore
  10. Be read to
  11. Create a book tag
  12. Only read from home for a 3 weeks
  13. Only read from the library for 3 weeks
  14. Only read from my Kindle & computer for 3 weeks
  15. Only reread books for 3 weeks
  16. Dress bookishly for a week
  17. Read a banned book
  18. Attend an event at the library
  19. Read a book by an author from a country I’ve never imagined visiting
  20. Sign up for a book box
  21. Post an elaborate bookstagram
  22. Read a book for a holiday (Christmas, Halloween)
  23. Read the book, see the movie, debate
  24. Color
  25. Attend a bookish event
  26. Do at least one book purge
  27. Smell a book
  28. Make a bookish playlist
  29. Use a TBR jar
  30. Chosen for me

One thing I tried to change from last year was how many of the activities centered on reading. There’s more than one way to incorporate books into you life than just reading them. I opted to do more of those. I’m planning on having some of the activities overlap like using a TBR jar and rereading books, for example.

I don’t have a great track record with #23 from last year but this will be literally any movie based on a book. I can even compare Clueless and Emma if I’m so inclined. It can be a freaking fairy tale movie or rewatching Deadpool. I’ll get it done.

The Nerdy 30

2017 is the year I turn the big 3-0. It’s a new era and the start of a year full of changes. Hopefully my body, life, and relationship will all change for the better. The country has completely gone to shit so something has to be good to counter balance it, right?

In addition to trying to get a lot of good things going, I’m also going to get my reading game on point. There will be 30 bookish activities, 30 diverse books, and a limit of 30 new books coming into my home.

Settling on a new, higher limit of books was easy. Last year I quickly discovered that 16 books was not very many. Throw in some of my bookish activities and it simply won’t happen. 30, however, matches the theme and is a much more realistic number.

As usual, gifts, books purchased with a bookstore gift card, and anything I get personally autographed does not count. Amazon cards will be up for debate when the time comes. Posts about the books and activities will be following shortly.

 

Casual Challenge Final Update

To the surprise of no one, these challenge wound up being less casual than I had anticipated. I put work into trying to finish them and check off books. It wasn’t until I realized I couldn’t do it all in a year that I had to ask myself what was the most important challenge I focus on.

That shifted my focus back to my main challenge and downgraded these two to the casual status they should have always had. If both of these places do 2017 challenges, maybe I can try again…

BookRiot Read Harder Challenge

I managed to check off 18 out of 24. Not too bad. I think BookRiot made a really great list for this year. It was diverse but easy to check off all the categories if this was your only reading challenge for the year. It definitely broadens your horizons and opens your mind. It definitely helped me.

Of the categories I did not check off, I had a few options from the decade I was born but was never excited about any of them. The audiobook that won an award was getting too dark and I decided to come back to it later. Partial credit for making a reasonable dent in a gripping but depressing AF story.

I still plan to take a stab at Head Scarves and Hymens but this was not the year for it. Maybe I’ll visit the Middle East in 2017. The first book in a series by a POC was on my TBR but I only managed to read the prequel. Politics was not happening after the 2016 election although I deserve partial credit for making a dent in two different books on the subject. I don’t know if reading anything political in 2017 will be a good idea either.

 

Popsugar Reading Challenge

  • Set in my hometown – The Year of Voting Dangerously by Maureen Dowd
  • Set in Europe – Hunted by James Patterson
  • National Book Award Winner – Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • Road trip – The Curse of Jacob Tracy

For my latest additions, I grew up just outside DC, the hometown of politics. I didn’t finish it but I made enough of a dent that I’m counting this. Hunted is a modern update to Most Dangerous Game and it’s set in England. It was entertaining but underwhelming. 3/5 I did a full review of Neal Shusterman’s book for the Richer Reading Life Challenge. 5/5

No one said the road trip had to be in a car so I’m counting Jacob Tracy since he go to various parts of Missouri by horse and Idaho by rail, I’m counting it.

This year I managed to read 29 out of 40. The list was pretty intense for this year and would be manageable if it was your only challenge. Still, it would be a stretch for a lot of people.

Of the ones I did not finish, Political Memoir was mentioned above. I’m not a big fan of huge books so I didn’t read anything that hit 600 (but I came close). I wanted to read Oprah’s Book Club’s latest pick but the wait list at the library was insane. I finished the prequel but did not get to the original book. As someone who doesn’t vacation much and gets no PTO, I wasn’t too amped to read about someone else enjoying those things. As for culture, see Middle East above.

Protagonist with my occupation is on my ereader and I plan to read from that for a few weeks so maybe I’ll get to it then. As for future romance, I’m not big on romances so it’s not a shock this didn’t happen. My FMIL and FSIL recommended the same book but I never got a chance to read it. I love fall and winter so once it cooled off, I wasn’t interested in reading about summer.

 

Bookish Mixtapes

I was watching one of my favorite BookTubers and for Vlogmas, she talked about books that were tied into music. The idea of a book generating a mix tape made me think of my music Mondays. There’s usually some central theme for each one but there are definitely some books that are worthy of having a mix tape devoted to them.

I’ve always had some songs that I’ve associated closely with books (Who’s There by Smash Mouth with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for example). In 2017, I’m going to start posting bookish mix tapes. Unlike Mondays, there won’t happen on a schedule but when the mood strikes.