Hey everyone! I know it seems early, especially since I haven’t done my last 2016 update post yet, but since I’v officially finished #RockMyTBR 2016, I thought I would compile my list for 2017. In case any of you haven’t been keeping up with my #RockMyTBR efforts for this year, or are new to the blog, #RockMyTBR is a challenge created by Sarah over at The YA Book Traveler, in which you make a list of books that have been on your TBR for a while (and that you already own) and read at least one book minimum from this list throughout the entire year. This challenge was so much fun to do this year, so I thought why not try it again this year? I mean the TBR is never getting any smaller, but I can at least try to make some feeble attempts to shrink it! Here is Sarah’s introductory post if you want to check it out:
Since picking 12 books worked so well this year, I decided to do the same this year. It’s a nice low pressure challenge and as my reading speed this year seems to have averaged at roughly two books a month, it allows me to read some new releases as well. However, this year, instead of compiling the list myself, I decided to let the wonderful bookish people of Twitter to decide what I was going to read for this challenge through a series of polls. I offered them a choice of 4 books for each of my 12 reads and this is what they decided on:
- A Court of Mist and Fury-Sarah J Maas-I’m not surprised that possibly the most popular book on any of my polls, won it’s poll by a landslide 71%. I lent this book to my friend a few months ago, and she absolutely loved it and has been bugging me to read it ever since, so I guess I will have to get to this one pretty early on in 2017. I’m a little nervous, because I didn’t totally love the first book, but I have heard that this one is better so I hope I like it more.
- Six Of Crows-Leigh Bardugo-Another of my friend’s favourites! I’m actually really excited for this one, it sounds kind of like Heist Society but in a fantasy world? I’ve been told it’s okay to read this without having read the Grisha trilogy, and I’m actually quite excited because I’ve heard so many good things about this book.
- The Crown’s Game-Evelyn Skye-AHHHHHH! I’m so happy that this one won it’s respective poll (I mean I would have been happy reading any of the three books it was up against too) as I’m really excited for it. Magic + Imperial Russia=Very Excited Jo. I lent it to my friend (same friend I lent ACOMAF to) and she loved it, so I think that’s a good indication that I probably will too as we have very similar reading tastes.
- This Savage Song-VE Schwab-I devoured the first two Shades of Magic books this year and completely fell in LOVE with Victoria Schwab’s writing. The wait for A Conjuring of Light will be agonising, but I have that and this hopefully wonderful book to look forward to next year (I am also hoping that 2017 will finally be VE Schwab’s time to win a Goodreads Choice Award! Up against Neil Gaiman and JK Rowling? Now that’s tough. Hopefully next year will be better!).
- Under Rose Tainted Skies-Louise Gornall-This was one of my YALC acquistions from this year. This was probably the closest poll, the winner kept changing throughout the week but eventually this book won! I’m not usually a big contemporary fan but I’m always looking out for new diverse books to read, and I’ve never read about a character with agoraphobia before and I definitely want to try and support some #ownvoices books this year.
- A Study In Charlotte-Brittany Cavallaro-I was planning on reading Sherlock Holmes inspired books in January anyway, in celebration of BBC Sherlock being back (it’s only a few weeks away guys!) and I love the idea of a book about the descendants of Holmes and Watson, and that the detective role is taken by the girl in this book. I’ve never read a Sherlock retelling before, so I’m definitely excited for this to be my first read of 2017.
- And I Darken-Kiersten White-STABBING! STABBING! STABBING! Sorry did I say stabbing too many times? I love stabby books and I have been assured that this book is sufficiently stabby by a very reliable source (thanks Cait @ Paper Fury!). Plus a female Vlad the Impaler? The Ottoman Empire? How awesome is that?
- Frozen Charlotte-Alex Bell-The poll that this one was in was tied (both times, I tried to run it again with the tied top two=still tied) so I used a random number generator and this one won! This book gives me serious PLL vibes, with all the dolls and I may not be able to sleep after reading it (dolls seriously creep me out) but it sounds like a fun read, and it will be great to knock another YALC book off my TBR.
- Salt To The Sea-Ruta Sepetys-I loved the first Ruta Sepetys book that I read, Between Shades of Grey and apparently this features the main character’s cousin so that’s interesting, plus I’m excited to learn more about another historical event that I’d never heard of and I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m definitely looking forward to this one.
- The Girl From Everywhere-Heidi Heilig-I’ve heard such good things about this book from lots of different bloggers. I like the idea of the time travel aspect and the historical aspect and I’ve never read anything set in Hawaii, plus I definitely want to try and read more diverse books this year.
- Scarlet-Marissa Meyer-I wasn’t totally keen on Cinder, the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, which I read this year, but there’s such hype about this series and I’ve been told that the second book is much better than the first, so I hope I enjoy this one much more than I enjoyed Cinder.
- Afterworlds-Scott Westerfeld-This one won it’s poll by a landslide 70% as well. I love the idea of a book about an aspiring novelist who just got their first book published (hopefully that will be me one day!) & the intertwining dual narratives seems really interesting, so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it*.
*December 2017 update: I did not, had to DNF it, so I’m counting this challenge as finished when I’ve read the 11 other books on the list. Only one more to go!
So there you go, that’s my list for 2017! Thank you to the lovely bookish Twitter peeps for voting on my list of books for this year and I hope you all enjoy hearing about my experiences reading the books you’ve chosen for me! I’m really excited, Twitter has chosen an amazing bunch of books for me and I can’t wait to dive into the wonderful choices on this list.