Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

Posted January 26, 2017 by Tara in Let's Talk Books, Lists /// 3 Comments

New year, new TBR stack…amiright?

Okay, so we all know that’s a bit of a lie. My TBR stack (ummm…shelf) (okay…*cough*… whole bookcase) is filled with dozens of books I’ve been telling myself I’m going to read since 2012. I’ve given away literally hundreds of books I know I’ll never read, but there are many books that I just can’t give up hope that I’ll find the time to enjoy one day. That being said, there are a few new books that have made their way to my reading pile or Goodreads “Want to Read” list that I do hope I can get to in 2017.

I’m sticking to five because, let’s be honest…I’ve been making these lists for years and I’ve never read all 10 of the books I’ve featured. Choosing five gives me some hope that I’ll actually read these books!

  1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness –I’m reading this one right now, so it’s a fairly safe bet that I’ll finish. It’s a story about all of the “normal” kids in a high school full of paranormal students fighting aliens, vampires, and the like. Ever wonder if the other kids in Buffy’s high school got mad when their gym kept getting blown up? This tackles that very question.
  2. Scythe by Neal Shusterman — I love Shusterman! This book is about a world where people can no longer die unless they are officially “gleaned” by a person called a Scythe. A girl and a boy are chosen to be Scythe apprentices and, at the end of their training year, one must glean the other so only the best can survive. Sounds fascinating!
  3. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGiniss — I can’t succinctly summarize what I’ve read this about, but it essentially explores a female character who has committed a violent act. I’m interested in it because it sounds feminist-y, dark, and wholly unique.
  4. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier — On the theme of dark, violent lady characters, this one explores a boy who believes his sister is a sociopath. *grabs the popcorn*
  5. Only Ever Yours and/or Asking For It by Louise O’Neill — I’ve owned (and have wanted to read) Only Ever Yours for two year, but Louise O’Neill has been on my radar lately after winning a Printz Honor award for Asking For It. If the book gurus think these feministy dystopian books have literary merit, I’m down. The former is about a society where all girls are raised and trained in schools to be selected as companions for men. The latter is a story that seems to be influenced by the Steubenville High School rape case.  I want to read a least one of these in the new year. Hopefully I’ll read both, as I need to be prepared for Trump’s America.

Clearly I have a dark soul or something, because these are all very dark books. Of course, I’ll share my reviews with you as I cross them off the list!

What are you planning to read in 2017?


Tara is a PhD student studying education. Her dissertation will be on digital book communities as public pedagogy (ask her about it!), though she often takes a break from all of that to read books about oppressive governments and sassy teenagers. In a former life, she was a middle school teacher and middle school librarian. In her future life, she's a professor of YA lit. In her free time, she drinks a lot of coffee while planning her next grand adventure (there's always something).

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3 responses to “Five Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

  1. I SO hope you read The Female of the Species and Asking for It. I read them in 2016 and they BLEW ME AWAY. I also really really want to read Only Ever Yours– especially now that I know this author is FOR REAL. And I have The Rest of Us Just Live Here and it does sound pretty cool. Should really get to that soon too!!

    • I’m so excited about The Female of the Species! It was a Christmas gift from my soon-to-be-brother-in-law and he even said he bought it because the description sounded so interesting. I may have to lend it to him when I’m finished!

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