10 Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2017

for-20172017 is going to be a great year for bookworms. I can feel it already. From series conclusions to movie adaptations, there should be plenty for every reader to enjoy. I’m trying to be a bit more intentional about finding books this year in an effort to keep a steady stream of fantastic books on my nightstand. Even though I still have some books unfinished from 2016, I’m eagerly anticipating quite a few of my next reads. Here are ten of them:

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor won’t be released until March, but I’m already excited to get my hands on a copy. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was so immersive and original; this one sounds like it should be just as fascinating: “alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.”

League of Dragons by Naomi Novik is the last book in the Temeraire series. Novik’s books were such a bright spot for me in 2016, so I’m equal parts eager and sad to finish the series. You can bet that if she publishes anything else this year, I will read it immediately.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle is the oldest book on this list. It was one of my all-time favorites as a child, and I’ve been impatiently waiting to read it to my own children. It may not be until next fall, but 2017 is the year I plan to read it with my son. I can barely wait!

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris makes me think of the friend who first recommended I read Sedaris. She’s graceful, kind, and a freakishly talented genius. Reading anything I know she likes makes me feel a bit smarter by association. But since David Sedaris is hilarious, it’s the sort of smart reading I actually enjoy.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was published in June 2012, but it has been getting a ton of press recently. Last June I mentioned that I still hadn’t read it, even though it sounds like something I’d enjoy. I still haven’t. A good friend sent me a copy for Christmas, so it’s time to get serious about reading the book. A movie adaptation is scheduled for early 2018 release, so I definitely want to read it this year.

The 50 Best* College Football Teams of All Time (*the most interesting, innovative, and influential, anyway) by Bill Connelly will be a bit out of my comfort zone. As much as I love college football, I’ve never read any football books. I’m planning to start with this one because I am a big fan of Connelly’s podcast and I’m hoping it may be the sports version of a short story collection—easy to read a little at a time.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I may never read quickly enough to make it through everything Neil Gaiman has written, so I’m bumping this one to the top of my list. I’ve loved Norse mythology since college (and for some reason, Josh still wonders why undergraduates change majors from the sciences to humanities. Ha!). I don’t know what to expect, but I’m anticipating something great.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta. Melina Marchetta is one of my favorite authors of all time. This is her first book for adults and was released in October 2016. I’ve heard mixed reviews of the book, but Marchetta is one of those authors I will always read. Here’s hoping I love this new direction she’s heading since she doesn’t seem to be writing anything new in Lumatere.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson is the third book in his gigantic Stormlight series. My brother finished the first book (The Way of Kingsjust days before Sanderson announced a release date for book 3: November 2017. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I may just reread the series to get ready.

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner. You guys. Last February I wrote, “This year marks 6 years since the last installment, so don’t mind me while I obsessively check for any news of a publication date all year long.” There wasn’t any news last February, but there is now! Mark it down, folks: May 16. The number of books I’ve preordered in hardback is somewhere around 4. This will be one of them. I don’t think I can wait on the library here. (Please let it be good. Please let it be good.)

I’d love to know what you’ve got your eye on. What’s on your reading list this year?


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