You know that book that you keep telling yourself that you’ll get to but you never do? Yeah, I have a lot of those hanging around. For some reason, there are plenty of books on my shelves that I’ve wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t. Honestly, I don’t think it has anything to do with the books and how great they might be–I think it has to do with me.
I’m not really sure why, but there are some books that I just haven’t been able to commit to yet. I don’t know if it’s that they’ve been sitting on my shelves so long that they’ve become more like ornaments than actual fictional works that I could very well read, or that perhaps I’ve just lost interest in them since I bought them however long ago. Anyway, whatever the reasoning may be, I have a few books that I have promised myself I will definitely read in 2017. Let this post be like a promise to myself to actually accomplish this task…
1. All.The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Ahhh! This book! It’s been lined up on my shelf since Christmas of 2015 and I still have yet to read it. I know it’s a Pulitzer Prize winner and so many people have shown nothing but adoration for it, but for some reason I’ve been avoiding it. I can’t really explain as to why, but for some reason other books always end up taking priority over this one. I even brought it to school with me this past semester and it did nothing except sit on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up, which I never did. Though it does make for a pretty shelf addition, the book jacket is absolutely stunning!
2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
I feel like this is a similar situation to All The Light We Cannot See. I’ve kind of been in a funk with reading historical fiction since I read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah in January. The Nightingale was phenomenal and set my expectations so high for all future historical fiction reads and I’m so afraid that the books I have that are similar and have received so much praise won’t live up to my expectations. Maybe I need to just read only historical fiction in 2017. Just kidding! That would probably become somewhat redundant and boring after a while…
3. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
I feel like I need a good thriller in my life. Since July, All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda has been haunting me because it was so satisfying (and I’m constantly scolding myself for not writing a review for it ASAP after I finished it because now I can’t write a quality one). I’ve heard both positive and negative things about this one, which is probably why I’ve been avoiding starting it for so long. I think I’ve had it sitting on my TBR pile since July? Yikes. I had every intention of starting it immediately, but then Glass Sword happened…and then Throne of Glass…and then Since You’ve Been Gone…and well, you get the picture.
So I definitely need to cross these books off my list next year. Unfortunately, I never read books in the order that I intend to. As you can see in my struggle with The Woman in Cabin 10 I get very easily distracted from my intended reading goals. I wish that I could read books in the order I purchase them, but that will never happen. Which explains why books I purchased at Half Priced Books two and a half years ago are still anxiously awaiting me…
Oh, well! Hopefully this year is the year. If not, well then I stink. And I give everyone who read this post permission to throw so many tomatoes at me in 2018.