I fell in love with reading when I was 13. Before that I hated it. Not really sure why I hated it so much. Maybe it's because my eyes twist-up words after I read for a while. Maybe it's my mild dyslexia. I don't really know but since I was 13 I have loved books and the way they can pull me into a whole new world.
Reading and writing became a huge passion for me. I usually read at least 15 books a year but last year I didn't read much. I decided I needed to set a reading goal for 2017 and make a list of books I need to read. I also set some blogging goals for this year as my reading and writing motivation was out the window in 2016.
I have a bunch of books that I got forever ago and haven't even opened them. I got Girl Online by Zoella when it first launched and it has just sat there waiting for me to read it, collecting dust.
I got a Kindle for Christmas and with tons of free classics and with kindle editions being cheaper than paperbacks I decided that 2017 needed to be the year I got back to reading.
Today I wanted to share my 2017 reading list with you guys. Partly for you guys to possibly give you something new to read and mostly so I have it written in stone to keep me motivated to read these books.
Starting out a little ominous. Death Note is about a 17-year-old genius named Light who finds a notebook that can kill anyone just by writing their name and picturing their face. Light decides to use the book to kill criminals.
But the cause of death from the book is a heart attack unless a cause of death is written so the police quickly notice that someone is killing criminals.
A detective named L, who is a lot like Sherlock, takes up the case and starts investigating. Light quickly figures out how to keep the investigation away from him and he and L start a battle of wits.
I just watched all of the episodes of the Death Note anime so now I'm dying to read the manga. There are 12 volumes of it so I'll be reading them all year. Maybe I can read one a month. They sell them in 6 books now in a super fitting "black edition" that has 2 volumes in each book so maybe I'll finish it faster.
Girl Online by Zoella
As I mentioned I have the first edition of Girl Online just sitting there collecting dust that has never been opened. I've seen a bunch of people saying how good it was and I know I need to read it.
For those of you that don't know much about Girl Online here is the synopsis from Amazon.
"I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we’re something we’re not… But until that day, I’m going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias GirlOnline, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse at school, her parents accept an opportunity to whisk the family away for Christmas at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
There, Penny meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly she is falling in love—and capturing every moment she spends with "Brooklyn Boy" on her blog.
But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny’s cover—and her closest friendship—forever."
Girl Online On Tour by Zoella
So I haven't even opened Girl Online but I still bought the sequel anyway. These two are a must-read for me this year!
Girl Online Going Solo by Zoella
Book 3 in the Girl Online series. From what I've heard about the series I want to read all three. They sound really good. I have book 1 and book 2 and when I'm done with them I'll going to get book three.
Binge by Tyler Oakley
Yet another book I have bought that I have not really cracked open. I did read a chapter but then got sidetracked. Oops.
I've been watching Tyler for years so I really want to read this book. It's a bunch of stories he has never told online. I swear I'm not a creepy stalker. Hahaha.
Paper Towns by John Green
I read The Fault in Out Stars in less than 24 hours. I laughed, I cried, I loved it. I've been wanting to read more of John's books ever since. I've had Paper Towns on my desk for ages and haven't read it. This year is the year.
This is also the second John Green book to be turned into a movie but I'm 100% a book before movie person so I'll be waiting to watch it until I've finished the book. But if it is anything like TFIOS movie I'll be a little disappointed.
Anyway here is the Paper Towns Amazon synopsis.
"Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. When their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Margo has disappeared. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Embarking on an exhilarating adventure to find her, the closer Q gets, the less he sees the girl he thought he knew."
Looking For Alaska by John Green
Another John Green book. I've had this one since summer. I have so many books I want to read but I just had no motivation to read last year. I have no idea where my motivation was in 2016 but I couldn't find it anywhere.
Here is the Amazon synopsis.
"Miles "Pudge" Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps."
Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally."
Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan
I got this book from the Author for free to review and I still haven't read it. Way to go me! I've read the first chapter and it already seems really interesting. I got this from the author but if this book was suggested to me I'd still be reading it.
Here is the Amazon synopsis.
"Fifteen-year-old Mina Clark lives in a future Manhattan that is ruled by extremists. Girls aren’t allowed to get an education, they need permission to speak to boys, and all marriages are negotiated by contract. But Mina’s grandmother has secretly been teaching her to read, leading Mina down a path of rebellion, romance, and danger that not only threatens to destroy her family’s reputation, it could get Mina killed."
The Proving by Ken Brosky
Another book I got for review. I've only gotten to chapter 3. Not because it is boring but because as I've said I had 0 motivation in 2016. This book is an interesting take on aliens and it is something I would read on my own if I came across it. I can't wait to see where it goes.
Here is the Amazon synopsis.
"The Earth that man once knew is long since gone. Gone are the days of human dominance - For over one hundred years now, Earth has been overrun by Specters, terrifying ghost-like aliens that have forced the remaining humans to take refuge inside protected cities. These Xenoshields may protect, but they also cage. Humanity yearns for freedom. Tensions run high between the clans.
Today is the day of The Proving, the day when clan children of a certain age and training venture beyond the protection of the city shields into the wilds where Specters haunt the ancient ruins of a man. Tasked with a routine maintenance mission, the clan children venture deep inside Specter territory and quickly find a secret so shocking that it challenges everything they've learned.
Poignant, thrilling, and deeply atmospheric The Proving is a non-stop thrill ride you can't help but sink your teeth into. This coming-of-age tale is a vividly detailed testament to the realities of social pressure and resilience of the human spirit in the shadow of Armageddon. Journey forth into the breach as the last of the human race balances on the precipice of Earth's final hours."
The Little Yarnmouth Abduction by Tim Van Minton
Another review book but this is 100% a book I'd read on my own if I came across it or it was recommended to me. The opening line of the description is "Falsely accused of murder, twelve-year-old Evan Peregrine battles through a raging storm to get home to the island of Little Yarnmouth, only to find it deserted." I was hooked I can't wait to read it!
This book sounds amazing! Here is the Amazon synopsis. Like I said I read the first line and was hooked.
"Falsely accused of murder, twelve-year-old Evan Peregrine battles through a raging storm to get home to the island of Little Yarnmouth, only to find it deserted. Searching for explanations he is soon plunged into the savage world of the Conkwoyoto, an Arctic tribe that turned to piracy after the polar ice cap broke apart. But there is something strangely familiar about these fearsome men and their tattooed faces, and memories of the day he lost his leg and his mother in a collision with an iceberg come flooding back. Now Evan must avoid being captured by the police and Conkwoyoto while trying to track down the missing islanders, prove his innocence in a murder, and uncover the mystery of the Arctic tribe that’s travelled thousands of miles to Little Yarnmouth Island."
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
I read the first 2 Divergent books in 2016. I started Allegiant but I haven't finished yet. I also want to read Four which is parts of the Divergent books in the character Four's point of view.
Buffering by Hannah Hart
I'm so excited to read this book! Hannah is so open in this book and I can't wait to read about her experiences and see what advice she gives in this book. She gives the best advice.
Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa
I've been watching Joey's YouTube videos for a long time, but that's not why I want to read this book. The story just sounds so interesting.
Here is the Amazon synopsis.
"Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Indeed, her kaleidoscopic eyes may very well give her away to the ruthless Center government.
Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.
As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run."
5th Wave by Rick Yancey
This book has some pretty mixed reviews but I decided I'm going to give this series a try. Let's see where it goes. I'm not sure if I'm going to read the other 2 books in the series since the reviews are so mixed but I'm going to give it a try.
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
I found this book on the Kindle store on amazon and the cover caught my attention. It's a Stephen King-style thriller. I really want to check this out and get a change from the teen dystopian future story. I read Hunger Games and Divergent recently and all the books I was sent for review are the same kind of thing so I need a good break from them after I finish the 3 review ones.
Here is the Amazon synopsis.
"Something is out there . . .
Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?
Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?"
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Speaking of Stephen King I got this book not too long after it can out and still haven't read it. I guess I'll be reading a lot of murder this year. I want to read a few Stephen King books this year. Which ones are your favourites?
The Ripper by Stephen Petrucha
This story is about if Jack the Ripper had come to NYC like he said he would. It is told through the eyes of a young boy named Carver. I've read like 3 chapters and it seems so good. I have had it since 2014. I might have to re-start but I can go to finish it this year!
So those are 17 books from my 2017 reading list. My list is much bigger than this one but it would take all day to list them all. Maybe I can do a part 2 when I finish these.
My list is longer than when I have here, but I am always looking for new books to read. What are some books I should check out in 2017? What are some books you want to read in 2017? Are you interested in reading anything on my list? Let me know in the comments!
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