Wednesday, 4 January 2017

My Top Books to Read in 2017

I figure people must be sick of these by now and to be honest I know I am. I feel like a new year is such a mundane time for content, with everyone rushing to post their faves of the previous year and their hopes for the future one. I can't complain about that because it's exactly what I'm doing now. I love doing this but I think it works more in blog form than in video as it's much less clunky.

There are books I of course want to read this year. They are not necessarily new releases as I am rubbish at keeping track these days, but they are some hugely popular books I can't wait to get around to!

Without further ado!

1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
I have never had much love for this fan favourite. I do love to delve into an epic fantasy every now and then but I have never been able to endure The Lord of the Rings... until now. After pretty much forcing me to watch Fellowship of the Ring nearly two years ago, and me falling asleep at least four times before I could finish it, I recently watched the other two films after my sister bought Fraser the box set of blu-rays for Christmas. Now I'm hooked and definitely want to read the books!

2. The Scarecrow Queen by Melinda Salisbury
I adore this series. The first two books have managed to land themselves in the top 3 books I have read in the past two years. They were insanely gripping and so unique in a cluttered world of young adult fantasy. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on this final installation in the trilogy. If it follows the general pattern of improvement this series is on, it's going to be magnificent.

3. The Princess Diarist and Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
I love Carrie, that much is clear if you look at my tweets and posts in the last few weeks. After reading/listening to Shockoholic I am so excited to get my hands on the rest of her memoirs. Eventually I will read her novels but right now, these are what I desire. Her wit and humour and raw emotion is so poignant and intriguing. And I can't wait to learn about her naughty affair!

4. The Demon Cycle by Peter V. Brett
Last Christmas one of my very dear friends gifted me the first three books in this epic series. I adored the first book but was deep into my final year of university when I stopped. I wanted to take a break and then devour these when I had the chance. Since then I've been putting them off and putting them off. There are more books out in the series now and I can't wait to emerge myself back into this world!

5. The Optician of Lampedusa by Emma Jane Kirby
This non-fiction book was sent to me on behalf of Oxfam and I have been anxiously waiting to read it. The harrowing tale of the refugee crisis when one of the boats toppled, I'm quiet obviously preparing myself for this one. With so much cruelty in the world, it's important to open our hearts to love and compassion and time to welcome these refugees. Their homes have been devastated, let us show some humanity. I really hope this book opens my eyes and I can pass it on to many others.

Those are just a few of the books I'm anticipating reading this year. Most have already been released but there are a couple which will be coming this year or are relatively new releases. I'm really excited for what this year brings to my reading. Already it's been much better than the last few months and so I couldn't be happier.

Let me know what books you're most looking forward to reading this year and come talk to me in the comments!


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