Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I MEANT to read in 2017 and Didn’t

I am not a regular participant in Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by Broke and Bookish, for now) much anymore, but this is one theme I’ve done in the past and enjoy writing up. It’s the Top Ten Books You Meant to Read in 2017 and Didn’t Get To.  So many good intentions and only so much time in the day, right?  I’m sure we all have a list of the things we wanted to read last year.  But just because we haven’t gotten to them yet doesn’t mean we can’t read them this year.  There’s always hope.

We all know that I didn’t get to Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns and Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo.  But what else had I been hoping to read last year?

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie. Stefanie, Teresa, and other bloggers who’ve read this have rated it charming and funny, and it looks like the kind of smart, quirky book I need in my life.

The Fire This Time:  A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward.    I own a copy of this, and I WILL get to it in 2018.

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel.   Looks like my kind of weird.  Maybe by the time I get to it the third one in the trilogy will be out!

On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman.  One of my favorite comedic novelists.  Also very underrated.

March: Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell.  I had a copy of this checked out from the library but I didn’t get to it before I had to turn it in – it had holds! And then it just got lost in the shuffle.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah.  I’ve heard so many good things about both the book and the audiobook that I ended up waffling between the two formats and never getting either one.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.  I enjoy short story collections, but I tend to put them off indefinitely!

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae.  One of three Kindle purchases I made last year that I haven’t read.  I just don’t like reading on a screen as much as reading on paper, so I put it off.

Any of George Saunders’s short story collections (besides Tenth of December.)  He’s one of my favorite writers (based on December and Lincoln in the Bardo,) so why haven’t I read any other of his books?

Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches From Lahore, New York, and London by Mohsin Hamid.  Another book I had in my hands from the library and didn’t read.


Have you read any of the books on my list?  Do you also check out library books and never get to them, and then they get lost in the shuffle?  Anything you wish you’d read last year that you’re determined to read this year?  Let me know in the comments.




45 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I MEANT to read in 2017 and Didn’t

  1. I read and enjoyed Trevor Noah’s: Born a Crime. It is one my favourite memoirs and I hope that you will get a chance to read it too someday 🙂 Two books come to mind, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Jane Eyre. I was meant to read both books last year and actually started them and then didn’t get to finish reading them. I hope to do so this year 🙂

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  2. I did not like The Portable Veblen. I thought the characters were all too stereotypical, and I didn’t get why the squirrel is there. But since reading the book, I constantly run into mentions of Thorstein Veblen, who I thought was a made-up character when I started reading the book. Maybe that’s the book’s revenge for me not liking it. 🙂 I hope you have better luck with it! I’d like to read The Warmth of Other Suns at some point as well, but I have the Kindle edition, and I don’t like reading on a screen much anymore either.

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  3. The only one I’ve read is the last March volume. And of course I share your problem with books from the library with holds that have to be returned and then there’s a gap before the next attempt. Sometimes it’s years. I borrowed Louise Erdrich’s The Beet Queen last autumn and expected to be able to renew it (because it’s from 1986!) and then had to return it for someone else’s hold. No worries, i thought, but a month later that copy had been removed from circulation and I had to buy a copy instead. That scarred me a little, so I have been trying to read everything in a single borrowing period since then. *snorts at self* Which is probaby what most people just *do*, right? As opposed to borrowing by the dozen. Good luck squeezing this list into 2018. Seems do-able!

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  4. I’d be curious to read the Mohsin Hamid, for sure. I’ve heard such opposite reviews of Sleeping Giants I’ve not picked it up so far – it seems to be a Marmite book (you love it or you hate it).

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      1. Fun to see that term used here! Marmite is yeast extract and is famously divisive. People generally spread it on toast or add it to gravy, etc. I’ve never had the name-brand stuff but I have recently started to eat yeast extract on toast — so I guess that means I love it!

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      2. It’s an evil breakfast spread (see where I stand on this one) – the love it or hate it line is a brilliant bit of advertising they’ve used for years that is – shockingly, because hey, advertising 😉 – true.

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  5. I’m not sure I’d be able to narrow a list down to only 10! If I had a dollar for every time I saw I’d like to read something soon…sigh. I hope you get to the Portable Veblen. It isn’t amazing but it is fun. March book 3, however, is amazing.

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  6. I first found Roxane Gay thanks to her first book, a short story collection called Ayiti. There are times when I wish she’d focus more on fiction instead of essays because her fiction is excellent, but her essays tend to wander and lack a point.

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  7. I think my list could go on forever – I’m not even going to look! But you’ve reminded me of something I’ve wondered about before… don’t you wish the library kept a record of everything you’ve ever borrowed? Then I wouldn’t be so paranoid about returning unread books and then forgetting to get them out again. Maybe most people don’t worry about that. Ha!

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      1. That would be nice! I don’t think we can do that here, but it’s very possible that I just don’t know how.
        I just checked again and found a button for creating lists – that could come in handy!

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  8. I have The Fire This Time sitting on my shelf right now, and I *almost* bought The Portable Veblen on sale last year…hope I won’t regret it! I’ll just check it out from the library if you read it and say you love it!

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  9. I haven’t read any of the books on this list, but Sleeping Giants has been on my radar for a while. I’ve also wanted to read a Roxane Gay book as well. She came to a city near me towards the end of last year, but I was out of town and unable to attend. I bet she is absolutely fascinating to see speak in person.

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  10. I didn’t participate in this TTT, even though I participate regularly, since I never really put together a TBR for the year. However, looking at your list… well, I think I DO put together a TBR in my head! Born a Crime, March and Difficult Women are all on my to read list! The only book from your list I’ve read is Sleeping Giants. I *adore* it. Such a unique epistolary novel format! I am looking forward to finishing the series this year.

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