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This week’s theme is all about the backlist books we want to read, which is basically the story of my life. There are so many older books I still want to read, some I own and some I’ve only discovered recently, but to stop myself from driving myself too crazy with all the books I still haven’t read, today I’m going to talk about some of the 2017 releases I still need to read!
The Good People by Hannah Kent: You’re about to see a bit of a recurring theme in that 2017 seemed to be the year that a lot of second books by authors I love were published. I adored Kent’s debut, Burial Rites, and have been meaning to read The Good People since it came out last year but I’ve never quite been in the mood for it. I have a feeling it’s going to be another sad read, and right now I feel like I need stuff that will make me happy.
Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis: I had so much with Ellis’s How To Be a Heroine and Anne Brontë is my favourite of the Brontë sisters, so I should have read this by now, but I haven’t read any non-fiction at all this year. Now that it’s non-fiction November I’ve started reading non-fiction again for the first time in months, but I’m not quite in the mood for this one yet.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, was my favourite read of 2016 so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her sophomore novel, and yet I still haven’t read it because I’m the worst. Again, I’m very much a mood reader and this year I’ve been craving fantasy so contemporary and literary fiction has fallen to the wayside for the time being.
Florence in Ecstasy by Jessie Chaffee: Another more literary book that I simply haven’t reached for. I do want to read it, though, because Florence is my favourite European city and I’d love to revisit it via this novel. It sounds brilliant, it’s just not what I want to read right now.
The Witchfinder’s Sister by Beth Underdown: Matthew Hopkins, or the Witchfinder General, is one man from history I loathe. He was a horrid man, and I love the idea of watching his campaign against England’s women through the eyes of his own sister. I’ve heard great things about this, and I think there are plans to adapt it for television, I just haven’t reached for it yet.
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence: Assassin. Nuns. I definitely should have read this one by now.
The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig: I really, really enjoyed The Girl From Everywhere, a lot more than I thought I would actually, and considering this year has made me realise I love duologies it’s about time I got to this one. As it’s currently Sci-Fi Month I might try to read and review this one soon, it all depends on how NaNoWriMo goes!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden: This one sounds right up my street and I still haven’t read it because, as stated above, I’m the worst. This sounds like the ideal read for the winter, though, so I’m going to save it for then.
Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng: I love the sound of this debut novel so much and I still haven’t read it. I really want to read this one soon!
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant: I’m disappointed because I’d hoped to read this and some other horror titles during October, but October ended up being a bit of a slumpy month for me which was a real shame. I’d like to read this one soon, though, because killer mermaids are for life, not just for Halloween.
Which books made your list this week?