Ten Books I Plan to Read in 2017

My last post like this was all the way back in 2015, and it’s funny because I still haven’t read most of those books. But this year will be different, I say, for the fourth year in a row.

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1) The Winds of Winter, by George R. R. Martin.

That’s right, I’m calling it. This book will be published this year. I know I said this last year and the the year before that, but I mean it this time. I mean, he has to finish it eventually, right?

Right?

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What a boring cover

2) Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

I pick this book because it’s short, it’s supposed to be great, as well as an easy read. That’s what I love about YA books: they’re all quick to read, even when they’re bad. Plus, Emma Watson was in the movie adaptation, and come to think of it, I haven’t seen her act in anything since Harry Potter, so I hope to watch it after finishing this. 

Image result for extremely loud and incredibly close3) Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathon Safran Foer

I remember seeing the trailer to this movie and thinking, “I don’t know what this is about, but I like it.” I never got to see to see the movie, but I heard the reviews for both it and the book were very divisive. It was either the most beautiful, heartwarming novel you’ve ever read, or a three hundred page piece of trash that belongs in the depths of hell.

I will get to decide which it is.

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4) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Fun fact, I actually read the first fifty pages or so, and found it fascinating. Sure, the main character was kind of a jerk to his friend, but I assume he’ll grow out of that. Plus I really want to learn more about the history of the middle east. The gist of what I know is this: Afghanistan got fucked over real bad in the 1970s, and I’m pretty sure the Russians were responsible, because the Russians are sort of awful like that. Although I’m sure the U.S. was also at fault in one way or another, because at one point in the novel Henry Kissinger was mentioned, and that guy’s famous for being a bit of a war criminal. Either way, I doubt this book has a happy ending.

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5) The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

I also read about 80 pages into this book, and I loved every moment of it. Although I do find it kind of arrogant of the author to just ignore the rules of punctuation. “Pff, I don’t need commas or quotation marks,” I can imagine him thinking. “My story is just that powerful.

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6) Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King

I know, I know. It’s been over three years and I still haven’t read this book. However, I recently started getting back into King’s Dark Tower series, after putting it aside for a long time, so I think I’m ready to go back into his work. 

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7) The Price of Salt, by Patricia Highsmith

It’s a romance novel about two lesbians in the fifties, which was recommended to me by Engie from Musings from Neville’s Navel. While I wasn’t a fan of The Maze Runner, I do tend to love most of the books she recommends me. Like A Game of Thrones, or Between the World and Me, or The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Or V for Vendetta.

So intend to get around to reading this book, and the pages will be soaked with my heart-shaped tears.

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8) Life, the Universe, and Everything, by Douglas Adams

This is the third book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and if it’s half as funny as the first two, I will be in for a good time. 

Seriously, though. You know how rare it is for me to laugh out loud when reading a book? Usually I just smile, or exhale out of my nose, but Adams sends me into fits. And then I find myself thinking about scenes from the books months afterwards and I crack up again, and then I have to explain to people why I just started laughing for seemingly no reason.

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9) I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson.

I remember seeing the Will Smith movie adaptation for this, and thinking, “meh, seven out of ten.” But apparently the book is completely different? Also, the book is currently sitting on a shelf in my basement, and no one knows how it got there, which adds quite a bit to its mystique.

10) Maggie Stiefvater’s new book, whatever it is.

Stiefvater’s become one of those authors whose books I would immediately buy the moment they were released. Other authors include John Green, Markus Zusak, George R. R. Martin, and Suzanne Collins. If any of them publish a new book this year, I guarantee I’ll be buying it, no matter what the circumstances.


So what are you planning to read this year? And if you’ve read any of the novels above, feel free to share your (non-spoilery) thoughts. Oh, and Happy New Year!

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Author: mattblack42

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5 thoughts on “Ten Books I Plan to Read in 2017”

  1. I’ve read the road it’s so well written apart from the punctuation that was annoying.(says me , although I don’t purposefully attack the rules of English) But bleak. Very bleak. Bleak is an understatement actually.

    1. Weirdly enough, I find bleak stories to be strangely comforting. Because it reminds me that as hard as life may be, at least I’m not stuck in a post-nuclear wasteland, surrounded by death and creepy cannibals.

  2. Gah, I certainly hope The Winds of Winter is FINALLY published this year!

    I wasn’t a huge fan of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so I hope you like it better than I do. Plus, the movie adaptation has one of my favorite Bowie songs (in the tunnel scene)!

    EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeEEEEE YES YES PLS DO READ THE PRICE OF SALT. And then watch the movie, which was renamed Carol! Both are amazing, although I think this is one of the few (maybe the only?) instance in which the movie is actually BETTER than the book. 😀

    I’ve been meaning to read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Kite Runner, and The Road as well. Maybe we could read one of them at the same time!

    I need to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy this year and then go on to the rest of the series!

    Ohhhh my god yes if Maggie Stiefvater and/or Suzanne Collins release a new book this year, I will be ALL over it. 🙂

    1. I’m definitely open to us reading a book at the same time. My top choice would be the Kite Runner, because I picked up Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close the other day and if the first few pages are any indication, it’s going to be a very quick read, whereas I remember The Kite Runner being a slow and steady sort of story. The Road is also a good choice, because while I remember it being depressing, it was depressing in a very optimistic way. Like, a character would be eaten alive by mutated cannibals and I’d be like, “this is sad and all, but I want to take a moment to appreciate that none of this is happening to me. *high fives self*”

      Also I’m surprised you haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yet, because I feel like that sort of humor would be right up your alley. I predict a 4/5 Goodreads rating in your future.

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