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.