Monday, January 08, 2018

Tuesday Favorites: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at Broke and Bookish.

This week's  Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totally plan to get to in 2018! At least that's the plan.).

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden ~ How have I not read this magical tale yet? I have been wanting to read this since I first heard about it and the second book in the trilogy is already out--yet here I sit, still having not read it. 

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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman ~ I adored A Man Called Ove and have wanted to read more by Fredrik Backman since reading it. I enjoyed his My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry as well. Don't you think it's time. I have Beartown on my shelf to read too . . . 

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Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop ~ I have no good excuse for not yet having read the 4th book in one of my favorite fantasy series. I have to get to it this year. And the 5th book, Etched in Bone.

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco ~ I love books about witches, and if the beautiful cover wasn't enough to make me want to read this one, the content would. I had hoped to get to it this past year, but did not work out. This would be a shoe in for the 2018 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge I am participating in this year.

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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande ~ This book comes highly recommended by many of you. I have never shied away from the topic of growing old (even though I don't like revealing my age) or dying. They are facts of life. As I watch my mother grow older and remembering all my father went through, I can't help but want to read this book. It was a Christmas gift the year before last, and my reading it is long overdue.

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The House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi ~ Nadia Hashimi writes such emotionally-charged and socially relevant books. I have been wanting to read this one since I first heard about.

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A Wrinkle In Time Madeline L’Engle (reread) ~ A childhood favorite of both mine and my husband's. The story of a girl and her brother who set off with a friend to rescue their father who has slipped into another dimension in time.

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng ~ What sounds like will be an emotional read, this one is a story about family, secrets and loss. I have wanted to read this book since I first heard about it, and bought a copy with every intention of reading it this past year. This is the year!

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Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nueval ~ I gave a copy of this one to my brother-in-law for Christmas, with every intention of having read it myself before doing so. It didn't happen, unfortunately. Hopefully I didn't steer him wrong!

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A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1) by Deanna Raybourn ~ Deanna Raybourn's books are a great escape an this first in her "new" Victorian mystery series sounds too delicious to pass up. I'm just slow at finally getting to it . . .

Have you read any of these books? Which do you think I should dive into first? Which books did you want to read in 2017, but haven't yet gotten to?


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70 comments:

  1. Ahhh, The Bear and The Nightingale! I'm so intrigued. I hope you enjoy these books when you get around to them. :-)

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    1. Chrissi - Thank you! I am determined to get to them all. Hopefully my resolve lasts. I am too easily distracted. :-)

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  2. The Bone Witch does have such an amazing cover. And Sleeping Giants was pretty good but I still need to read the sequel.

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    1. Greg - I love the cover of Bone Witch too. I have the sequel to Sleeping Giants as well so need to get on both of those!

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  3. I still haven't started Anne Bishop's series yet! Really need to get on with it, because it looks amazing. Also looking forward to reading The Bone Witch - I want to try and squeeze it in before the sequel hits the shelves.

    You can check out my Top Ten Tuesday here.

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    1. Alyce - Anne Bishop's Others series is so good! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. I hope you get also get a chance to read The Bone Witch--Hopefully we will both enjoy it. :-)

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  4. You have lots of great books here. I loved Mortal and the writing in Everything I Never is beautiful.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2018/01/books-i-meant-to-read-in-2017-but-didnt.html

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    1. Deb - I hear Mortal is a must read. I will probably tackle it this spring. Hopefully. :-) I can't wait to read Celeste Ng's book.

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  5. I`m not a big Sci-Fi fan, but I have heard amazing things about Sleeping Giants. Good luck with your reading.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Georgiana - Thank you! I am looking forward to finally reading it.

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  6. I'm definitely intrigued by The Bear and the Nightingale and Being Mortal. Everything I Never Told You was a great read but I think Celeste's latest was better. Hope you'll enjoy reading them all this year if you can. :)

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    1. Melody - I really hope I can get to them this year. I keep hearing how good they are. I have Celeste Ng's other book as well, but figure I might as well read Everything I Never Told You first.

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  7. Awesome list! I also wanted to read The Bear and the Nightingale! Let's hope we both read it soon!

    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - Hopefully we will both get to The Bear and the Nightingale--and enjoy it!

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  8. Great list! Being Mortal is a tough, but important, read.

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    1. Kathy - Thank you! I really want to get ti Mortal. I think it's an important read too.

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  9. I've read 3 of these - BEING MORTAL (think everyone should read that one), SLEEPING GIANTS (really liked it and also read the sequel), and EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU (led a group discussion of that one - liked it a lot too). I agree with Melody that her second book, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE (which I am close to finishing) is a tiny bit better, in my opinion. Lots of good reading here! Enjoy!

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    1. Kay - Just making this list I wanted to drop everything and start on these. I am glad you enjoyed those you've read. I have Ng's latest and am looking forward to reading that one as well.

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  10. I highly recommend the Victoria Speedwell books and am getting read to start the new one tonight. I understand your no excuses about The Others. I ADORE that series and have yet to read the 5th book.

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    1. Barb - I am glad you recommend the Speedwell series. I am looking forward to diving in finally. I don't know why we procrastinate reading books in a series we love. Fear of disappointment? To make it last longer? Whatever it is, hopefully we get to them soon.

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  11. Oh, The Bear and the Nightingale was fantastic. I hope you enjoy it.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thanks!

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    1. Astilbe - I hope so too! I'm especially excited about that one. :-)

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  12. I read the Ng book but actually like her latest one better (Little Fires). She is a great writing though.

    I need to read A Wrinkle in Time again. Why? Because when I read it I didn't think it was all that much to speak of. Clearly I am missing something because it's a beloved book for many.

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    1. Ti - I'm looking forward to Little Fires Everywhere as well. It seems a lot of people like that one better. Even more reason I want to start with her earlier one first.

      I remember so little from my initial reading of A Wrinkle in Time. To be honest, I was more taken with A Wind in the Door, which is the second (?) in the series. That's the one I remember most.

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  13. The Bear and the Nightingale is on quite a few lists (mine as well). Since the Speedwell series is only 3 books and so good, jump into that one!

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    1. Nise'- I hear The Bear and the Nightingale is really good. I look forward to redlading it. It's nice to know I'm not too behind in the Speedwell series. I have time to catch up! :-)

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  14. 1-3 are also on my list for this year. I tried The Bone Witch but just couldn't get into it. Hope you fare better with it.

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    1. Melissa - I've heard mixed thoughts on The Bone Witch, but most agree the beginning was not the greatest. I hear the ending makes it worth it though. I guess I'll find out. :-)

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  15. I've been wanting to read A Curious Beginning for a long time. Just love the setting and of course, that book cover! Hope you get to read all the books on your list.:-)

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    1. Laura - Same here! Hopefully this will be the year I get to it. :-)

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  16. I read Sleeping Giants, Everything I Never Told You, and Being Mortal. The 1st 2 were okay. But Being Mortal is outstanding. I agree with Kathy that it's a bit tough to read in parts. But it is indeed an important read. It actually took me 2 posts to review it.

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    1. Lloyd - I am glad you liked Being Mortal. I have hear nothing but great things about it, and am looking forward to reading it.

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  17. I wasn't that fond of Sleeping Giants, but am certainly in the minority. I really enjoy Ann Bishop's series and just finished her latest. I need to keep Being Mortal in mind!

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    1. Jenclair - I have heard the sequel is better, so we'll see. Hopefully I will enjoy it.

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  18. I see The Bear and the Nightingale made your list too! And The Bone Witch should totally have been on my list, but I forgot. I even bought a copy; it's sitting on my TBR shelves right now. As for A Wrinkle in Time, I love it and will definitely be rereading it before the movie comes out.

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    1. Lark - I can't wait to reread a Wrinkle in Time. Hopefully we will both enjoy The Bone Witch and The Bear and the Nightingale. :-)

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  19. Nice list of books!! I hope you read them all in 2018!!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment! Happy reading!!

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  20. I really want to read The Bear and the Nightingale and I feel bad that I've never read A Wrinkle in Time.

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    1. Charlie - There's time to read A Wrinkle in Time before the movie comes out. ;-)

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  21. I meant to read The House Without Windows, or ANY book by Nadia Hashimi, last year, too. Sigh. Where did the time go? I'll have to try again this year. :)

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    1. Lark - I wish I knew where the time went. Right out the door! I loved the last book by Nadia Hashimi I read. I have high hopes I'll like this one too.

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  22. Oh some of these are also on my list to read. The Bone Witch cover is lovely and for that alone I think I would pick it up! :) Hope you are able to dip into some of these!

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    1. Iliana - I love the cover of The Bone Witch too! I am eager to read all of these--hopefully I can get to them all. :-)

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  23. YOu have several books on your list that I loved! The Bear in the Nightingale, Marked in Flesh, and A Curious Beginning are all great. I loved the audio of Sleeping Giants and recommend that route if you are someone who likes audiobooks.

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    1. Carole - I am so glad to hear it! That means I have some good reading ahead of me. :-)

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  24. YES! So many of these are on my list, too. I even own some of them. I need to read faster.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. I hope you get to reread A Wrinkle in Time before the movie comes out. :) It's one of my favorites, too.

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    1. Jennifer - I hope so too! That's my plan anyway. :-)

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  26. Gah, I've wanted to read the Anne Bishop series since the first one came out. hah I should really try them out now that the final book has been released. I suggest A Wrinkle in Time soon since the movies is out in a couple months I think? It's the only one in the series I've read but it's a goodie!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Lauren - It's a really good series. She's already writing books set in the same world, but featuring different characters. I'm so glad there's more!

      I hope to re-read A Wrinkle in Time soon. I enjoyed it the first time I read it, but that was so long ago.

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  27. I reeeally want to read The Bear and the Nightingale! Hope you get to read all of these, especially Marked in Flesh. <3

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  28. I still haven't gotten to Everything I Never Told You either. I'm determined to read it this year.

    The Bear and the Nightingale and its sequel The Girl in the Tower are so good. Two of my favorite reads from last year so I hope you enjoy those when you get to them.

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    1. Suzanne - Hopefully we will both be able to get to Everything I Never Told You this year and enjoy it!

      I have a copy of The Girl in the Tower too--so hope to read that one soon after The Bear and the Nightingale. I am glad to hear you liked both!

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  29. You have a lot of great reads ahead of you! I am reading Etched in Bone at the moment on audio. Getting ready for book 6 out in, I think, March.

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    1. Kelly - I am excited about them. :-) I hope you are enjoying Etched in Bone.

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  30. Such a line-up of great titles and covers, no WONder you want to read them! I hope you get to them, Wendy :)

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    1. Donna Marie - I just home I can get to all of them! There is a never ending supply of books I want to read. LOL

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  31. Sleeping Giants and it's sequel are awesome - happy reading!

    Lauren @ Always Me

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    1. Lauren - I'm glad you loved them! I look forward to reading them both.

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  32. What a great list of books! I haven't read The Bear and the Nightingale either and neither have I ever read A Wrinkle in Time, though I'd love to. Hope you get to these during the year:)

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    1. Sarah - Thank you! I'm really looking forward to reading all of these.

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  33. Yesss The Bear & The Nightingale is SO good, and I liked it's sequel 'The Girl In The Tower' even better!!!

    Awesome choices, feel free to check out my TTT list :)

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    1. Katrina - I can't wait to read both. I have the two books in my TBR pile. :-)

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  34. I've been thinking of rereading A Wrinkle In Time - it has, after all, been more than 40 years since my 5th grade teacher read it to us (how how we loved when she read books - she was great!). I wonder if I would love it as much or get more out of it as an adult.

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    1. Lisa - It's been close to that for me as well. I remember the second book in the series more, actually, which was a favorite of mine. I hope it holds up well for both of us if we reread it.

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  35. I need to reread a Wrinkle in Time too. I loved those books as a kid. And I refuse to see the movie before a reread!

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    1. Stacy - Me too! I don't want to see the movie until I've re-read the book too. It may mean I don't get to see it in the theater, but we'll see.

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