Last month I participated in my first ever ‘Top Five Wednesday’, which you can see here. The festive theme for that week was the ‘The Top Five Characters on the Naughty List’, and I had so much fun taking part that I was determined to do it again this month. For anyone who may be new to this, ‘Top Five Wednesdays’ is a group on Goodreads where a different themed topic is posted each week for people to respond to with their own top five bookish answers. It’s a great way to meet other like-minded people, as well as great fun seeing the different answers people have come up with.
The topic for this week is ‘The Top Five Books You Didn’t Get To In 2017’ and now want to prioritise in 2018. Let’s be realistic here – there were far more than five books which I desperately wanted to read last year but which somehow kept getting pushed back. After perusing my shelves for a while however, I managed to whittle it down to the five books I am most eager to read in 2018. I’m hoping that compiling this list will actually help me complete this, so perhaps I’ll return to this post at a later date to see how I get on. For now though, here are my top five books (which somehow all appear to be quite chunky)!
- Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb (Farseer Triology #3)
One of the things I was most pleased with last year was the fact that I finally got around to reading Robin Hobb. She is a phenomenal fantasy writer and I am now an avid fan of hers. I decided to start with her Farseer trilogy and I managed to read both book one (review here) and book two (review here). Even though I was ecstatic to have read these, it’s been killing me that I didn’t manage to get to the last book in the trilogy, Assassin’s Quest. I am definitely going to be reading this near the start of the year and I cannot wait to be alongside Fitz once more as he battles the dangers of being a royal bastard in such troubled times.
2. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (Books #2 and #3)
Following on with the fantasy theme we have another series of books, this time falling under the Children’s category. Philip Pullman’s His Dark materials series are a collection of books which have plagued me for years. I’ve always felt a massive sense of guilt for not having read these books which hold such a firm place in so many people’s hearts. The last thing I read in 2017 was actually the first in the trilogy, Northern Lights (review here) and I instantly fell in love with the entire world. My goal this year is to finish the series altogether. I only hope the next two books are as brilliantly imaginative as the first.
3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
Next up we have the last fantasy addition on this list. I first discovered The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch a while back after it had a bit of a buzz on BookTube. I instantly felt myself drawn towards the book and purchased it pretty soon after. I adore the cover of this book so I’m not quite sure what’s stopped me picking it up before now. I think the fact it was a first in a series deterred me somewhat, as I don’t like having to many different series on the go. Anyone who knows me will understand how much I love historical fiction, and this book combines this alongside the fantasy aspect, a surely winning combination. It follows Locke Lamora, a man who steals from the rich, but not to give to the poor as the fables suggest. No; Locke’s gains are strictly for him and his band of thieves, The Gentlemen Bastards, a group which soon finds themselves caught up in a murderous game. Can’t wait for this one!
4. The Secret History by Donna Tart
Moving on from fantasy altogether, we have another favoured genre of mine; literary fiction. I’ve actually already read something by Donna Tart, The Goldfinch¸way before this blog was created, and it is without a doubt one of my favourite books I have ever read. Her writing style is brilliantly literary yet follows a thoroughly engaging plot. I really want to read another book by her, The Secret History, which I believe is somewhat of a mystery following a group of elite college students (the equivalent of University here in Britain). I don’t know much about this book, but I really don’t need to – I’m already completely sold on her writing!
5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Lastly for this list, I had to include a classic of some sort. Classics are possibly my favourite genre of books and I find it so heartbreaking that so many people are put off by such brilliantly books purely because of the fact they believe them to be a more challenging read. This year the classic I really want to tick of the list is a real chunkster, coming in at just under 700 pages. It is of course, the epic Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Strictly speaking, I have already read this novel back when I was perhaps about 12. As you might imagine, most of the book went over my head and I can’t really remember the plot bare the key points, so I really want to delve once more into these pages.
There we have it, the top five books I didn’t get to in 2017 which I am determined to read this year. Have you already read any of these? What did you think? What are the books you really want to get to this year?