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T5W: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is  Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017.

These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.

Top 5? I probably could write a top 50 with this topic. So today’s post is a list of… categories of books I want to prioritize in 2017. It could probably be summed up with anything but YA new releases, stop prioritizing YA new releases, Acqua, you don’t even like them that much.


Hyped Backlist

Also called “Acqua, why haven’t you read them yet, what’s wrong with you” backlist. These are some books that aren’t necessarily new releases but are really hyped on twitter and goodreads and I want to give them a try.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: one of the very few adult contemporary/historical fiction books I’m interested in. I wanted to read it since I’ve heard of it, and everyone on twitter is talking about it now. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: I’ve yet to read a bad review of this. Everyone loves it, everyone talks about it on twitter. So I guess I’m going to read it?

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: f/f fantasy. It’s kind of polarizing from what I’ve seen, but many loved it so… I’m going to try it.


“My Fave Wrote It” Backlist

Some of my favorite authors have published a lot of books and I haven’t read them yet.

Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee: a collection of short stories by my favorite author. Of course I want to read it. I own a paperback of this and I love the cover so much.

The Orphan’s Tales by Catherynne M. Valente: Deathless and Radiance made it to my favorite books of the year list for two years. Maybe this will too.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore: I kind of hate this cover and I can’t say the synopsis is that interesting to me, but Anna-Marie McLemore wrote it. Of course I’m going to read it.


2017 YA Releases I Haven’t Read But Want To

Instead of trying the first random YA fantasy that gets some hype on goodreads (Caraval! A Shadow Bright and Burning!), I’m going to try the ones I’m actually interested into. There are many, but I’m only going to talk about three of them because space.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston: I don’t expect this to be that great (even if it weren’t for the controversy, YA sci-fi isn’t good at worldbuilding), but I have it so I might as well read it.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum: sounds weird. I’ll read it.

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I read the first chapter a while ago and loved the writing, and while it wasn’t what I wanted at the time, I definitely want to read this in 2018.


2017 Adult SFF Releases

I discovered many of them in the second half of the year (when I decided I wanted to read more adult books) so I haven’t read many of them in 2017. Again: there are more than three of them, but I don’t want to make a 10+ list of books I haven’t read yet for each category.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire): while I think Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series is somewhat overrated, this sounds really interesting. I’ve read the first chapters and it’s great to read about marine biology/biologists when the author has actually done their research. Also, f/f. I’m not sure this is my kind of horror but we’ll see.

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden: a science fantasy book set in South Africa? And most review describe it as “weird”? I hope it’s my kind of weird because this sounds like a great idea.

Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns: f/f space pirates, and it’s not a standalone. Yes, I have to read this.


Adult SFF Backlist

Adult books that aren’t that new anymore but sound really interesting. Again, there are more than three of them.

Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake: This is apparently an underrated classic. I own it in Italian, let’s see how it goes.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie: Everyone keeps comparing Ninefox Gambit to this and most Ninefox Gambit fans like it so… I want to read it. I am always putting this off because going into a book comparing it to your favorites is always the worst idea.

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: Probably the most hyped diverse adult fantasy series. I’m always putting this off too because Jemisin’s first series got worse with every book (and I really loved the first one, it was one of my favorites of 2017) so I don’t know if this is worth it.


Have you read any of these? Is there any book you want to read but for whatever reason you keep putting it off?

15 thoughts on “T5W: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017

  1. Seriously, you have the best taste in books!

    I’d love to hear what you think of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, it’s way out of my usual reading tastes, but the hype’s got me curious. I really want to get to Midnight at the Electric and The Weight of Feathers in 2018 too.

    I love, love, love The Orphan’s Tales. It’s long and complex and sometimes challenging, but very beautiful. So…classic Valente. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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    1. “Classic Valente”
      I almost never say “this will be a favorite” before reading, but if The Orphan’s Tales is like the other two books I’ve read by her… it will be a favorite.
      Midnight at the Electric is a mix of historical fiction and near-future sci-fi and from the first chapter it looked like a really good idea; I need to get to it. And Evelyn Hugo’s story sounds very intriguing, but at the same time it’s totally out of my comfort zone so I’m procrastinating. Which could be said about most books on the list, but especially this one.

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