Ten Books I Didn’t Read in 2017 (But Plan To in 2018)

January 9, 2018 Top Ten Tuesday 23

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)  Beginning next week, TTT will be hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, because The Broke & The Bookish are closing their blog.


Ten  Nine Books (plus a bunch more) That I Didn’t Read in 2017 – But Plan To in 2018

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This book got all kinds of love around the blogosphere, and it sounds and looks beautiful. I definitely want to read it, but the library hold list is miles long.

Artemis by Andy Weir – Weir’s second book is a heist novel set on the moon and sounds slightly reminiscent of Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. I loved The Martian and can’t wait to see what Weir has done this time. Luckily, I have an ARC (that I didn’t have time to read), so I can dive in as soon as I find room in my reading schedule—and I’m in the right mood.

Snow & Rose by Emily Winfield Martin – I really wanted to read this MG retelling of the Snow White and Rose Red fairytale, but my name came up on the library hold list just before I had to leave for New Mexico, so I didn’t get a chance.


A Scandal in Battersea by Mercedes Lackey –  If you follow my blog, you know that despite a few reservations about the inconsistent quality of her books, I’m a longtime Lackey fan and read most of her books when they come out. I borrowed this from the library in late November, but didn’t have time to finish it before I left on vacation. I’m definitely going to finish it next time I get my hands on it!

The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford –  I attended a talk and signing that Mr. Ford gave at my public library. I was so impressed with his warmth, compassion, insight, and sense of humor that I bought both Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (for myself) and his newest book, Love and Other Consolation Prizes (for my mom) and had them signed. But I didn’t get a chance to read my copy before I left on vacation. It’s high on my list to read this winter.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer –  I was on the library hold list for this book, but there were a lot of people ahead of me. Luckily, my sister gave it to me for Christmas!


A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab –  Robin has been trying to get me to read this book for a while now. I actually started it over a year ago and thought it was really good, but I put it down to get through a batch of ARCs, and for some reason, I never picked it up again. I’m hoping this will be the year I get through the whole trilogy.

The Fiercest Joy by Shana Abe –  I loved the first two books in this series, and was deeply disappointed when the publisher apparently decided not to publish the third. So I was excited last January to discover that Ms. Abe had finished the trilogy and published book three on her own. Then a friend died, I was swamped with work, and oh, yeah, mono happened… and I never got around to reading it. This year, I’d like to reread the first two (because it’s been so long) and then read this one.

The Waking Land by Callie Bates –  I actually started this ARC and was finding it interesting despite the use of first person present tense (which I don’t normally care for.) I don’t even remember why I stopped reading it, except that I was sick while I was reading it, and probably put it down for something comfortingly familiar.

Honorable Mention

I couldn’t decide on the 10th book, because there were so many contenders. I was terrible about getting to (or through) my review copies this year. I blame it on the mono; I had very little mental focus or enthusiasm for much of anything, even after I “should” have been over it—though I’m starting to get them back now.  All of these looked good to me at the time, or I wouldn’t have requested them. My hope—I can’t quite call it a goal!—is to get most of them read this year.


23 Responses to “Ten Books I Didn’t Read in 2017 (But Plan To in 2018)”

  1. Anna @ The Bibliotaph

    Ahhh you have so many pretty books on here!
    I actually just read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and it was good. Cute. Not what I expected. I hope you like it!
    I also have some Mercedes Lackey on my TBR…so maybe I’ll have to also get around to reading her in 2018.
    Thanks for the list!:)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I hope you enjoy the Lackey books on your list! What are you planning to read? And thanks for the rec on HotCoBaS. I’m looking forward to it!

  2. Literary Feline

    I want to read so many of the books on your list too! I like how you snuck in so many extras under honorable mention. 🙂 Terminal Alliance is one I really regret not getting to this past year. It sounds like such fun. I hope you love The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Its a good one. Enjoy all of these, Lark!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Everyone I know who has read Bitter and Sweet loved it, so I’m looking forward to it. And I actually started Terminal Alliance; it was fun, but I’ve had the staying power of a gnat this past year. I’m hoping that improves going into 2018.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I got far enough into A Scandal in Battersea to get a sense of it, and I would agree it’s not one of her best, but I plan to finish it anyway.

      Snow & Rose is a MG retelling, with illustrations. It’s been getting good reviews. Have you read Patricia Wrede’s retelling of the same fairytale? It’s decades since I read it, but I remember really enjoying it.

      • Nicole

        I think the thing that bugs me the most about modern Lackey books is her overuse of accents.

        I didn’t know that Patricia Wrede wrote a Snow White & Rose Red retelling! I’ll have to look for that one — thanks for the link!
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  3. Greg

    Artemis is one I’d like to get to as well. And I love the look of A Murder for the Books. It might be cozy time for me again in 2018!

  4. Alleyne

    I started The Bear and The Nightingale, but it was a little too tense for the mood I was in at the time. Needed something fluffier. The same with A Darker Shade of Magic. Sometimes I just have to be in the right frame of mind. Life is stressful enough. My reading tends to be light these days.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That may prove to be an issue for me with both books. Part of me wants to get back to reading more of a mix of fluffy books and involved/intense/chewier books, but so often, the stressed-out part of my brain says, “No, not reading that; get back to the fluffy stuff (or at least the familiar stuff.)” So we’ll see how it goes.

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