Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Hahaha NOPE.

Posted January 9, 2018 by Amber in Memes / 22 Comments


Aaaaah guys.  While 2017 was the best ever reading year for me (thank you audiobooks, I love you), I missed out on so many good, hype-ish things.  Things people loved.  Things I know I would love.  The books people started talking about last year and the books people have been talking about for ages.

I want to read them all.  Can I just, like, clone myself and and have clone!me go to work and be social and whatnot while real!me drinks tea and reads books all day?  That’s a sustainable lifestyle, right?

I’m telling myself that this year, I’ll get to these books.  Nevermind my 3 TBR jars that force me to choose my hardcopy books at random!  Me + 2018 = These Books.  Gonna happen.


That book everybody was raving about.

Eliza and Her Monsters

by Francesca Zappia

When I put this book on my (failed) Autumn TBR, I got so many comments saying “BEST. BOOK. EVER.” (paraphrased).  You all loved it and were SO EXCITED that I was finally going to read this beautiful thing.  And it’s not like I needed to run off and get it from the library because I OWN IT.  OwlCrate sent it to me, anticipating its awesomeness.  And I didn’t read it.


For me, Eliza and Her Monsters is either going to be the BEST. BOOK. EVER. or it’s going to be a shelf cleanser for me.  Both of which are good things in my life.  So I really, really want to get to this one in 2018 and see what all the hype is about.

Plus the cover is adorable.  I love the mixed media.


That book with a movie based on it that everyone loves.

Howl’s Moving Castle

by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle has been #goals since the Studio Ghibli film was introduced to me in college.  So, you know, like… 9 years?  OMG TEN.  It’s 2018 now and this was a 2008 viewing.  Aaghhh time is going too fast.

But anyway, this book has been on my TBR for ten years now, and for SantaThing 2016, I was gifted a paperback copy (it was so much thicker than I expected?) and I really wanted to read it this year, but I got wrapped up in LIFE and POPULAR RELEASES and BLOGGING and WORK and EVERYTHING and I completely forgot about it until I was putting together my SantaThing post about a month ago and I facepalmed hardcore and I really want to make sure I get to that one this year.

And if I’m being completely honest?  I don’t remember much of what happened in the movie.  So this one will likely end up being a two-for-one deal where I read the book and then revisit the movie and there will be popcorn so I really can’t see this going wrong in any possible way!


That other book by an award-winning author I was given two Christmases ago.

The Killing Moon

by N.K. Jemisin

I haven’t read anything by N.K. Jemisin.  Pretty much as soon as I got this book, though… I started seeing her name pop up everywhere.  I told myself repeatedly to read this book, then I forgot about it much like Howl’s Moving Castle (this one also came from 2016’s SantaThing).  Then Jemisin’s name would pop up again and that lightbulb would go off again! and well, anyways.  Here we are.  On my “You Failed To Read This in 2017 Shame On You” list.

But seriously lets talk about all the reasons this book should be read without even looking at the blurb.  This cover is all sorts of magnificent to me.  That cityscape?  It pulls at my historian’s heartstrings because it’s carved out of a mountain and reminds me of Petra and OMG I want to go to there.  Then you’ve got this ENORMOUS, ominous harvest moon and the whole cover feels sort of creepy autumnal and YES.

Plus, The Killing Moon?  This book is going to be fantasy and murdery and seriously why am I not reading this right now?

Oh yes that’s right.  The TBR jar.  It controls my life now.



Book 4 in a series that I actually love… WTF.

Something Rotten

by Jasper Fforde

I really frustrate myself when I don’t get to the books with worlds and characters I’ve established I’ve really enjoyed.  And that I already own.

Something Rotten was hauled back in February 2017 and I didn’t read it then.  I also didn’t read it when I put it on my Autumn TBR.  Why.

I really, really love the Thursday Next series.  Honestly, everything I’ve read by Jasper Fforde has been a hoot, although I’ll be honest, I think you need a certain sense of humor to enjoy it.  It’s very Britishy.  But I adore Thursday, and where we’re at now she’s still SUPER pregnant and her husband still doesn’t exist and she’s got to sort all that out plus it sounds like we’ve got canonical trouble in Hamlet so there’s that as well.  Because Ophelia is precisely what poor Thursday needs….

I really want to read this one.  I have no excuses.  It’s not even a long book.


I bought this trilogy especially for reading soon.


by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is one of the hot authors in the YA Fantasy world.  Shiver has been on my TBR since it came out and it sort of got lost there.  When I discovered #BooksForTrade on Twitter, I knew I didn’t have any good ARCs to trade, so I set off to finding TBR reads that people wanted to sell.  You know – support other book bloggers!  I traded Caraval with a signed bookplate for Shiver, Linger, and Forever.

And yet.  I still haven’t read any of them.

I know most Stiefvater fans are partial to The Raven Boys, but I really want to read Shiver first… after all, it’s been on my TBR for much longer! 🙂

I would like to take a moment to appreciate the fact that I spelled “Stiefvater” correctly up there without even looking.  Small victories!


Wizard of Oz retelling? Um, yes.

Dorothy Must Die

by Danielle Paige

This is another one I scored with #BookForTrade on Twitter.  It’s another book that promptly landed on my bookshelf and has stayed there since.

My three fairytale fandoms are Alice in WonderlandThe Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan.  I will devour any retelling of these and I am usually disappointed in my Alice and Peter retellings.  But not The Wizard of Oz?  I really liked Wicked and I’m not putting off Dorothy Must Die on purpose… I really want to read it.

I actually had a moment where I was rearranging my bookshelves last month and I forgot I owned it.  Yes, my bookshelf situation has reached that point.  Thus why I’m trying to go in and read my hardcopies and determine worthiness.  Plus, have you ever moved with a bookworm?  Those boxes of books are murder to transport.


I was so excited for this how is it on this list. *shame*


by Jennifer Mathieu

Aaagh, a pox on me and my spawn!

I was so, so, so PUMPED for Moxie.  All of it sounded like perfection – the cover, the summary, the hype… like, all of it.  After squirming about things like “book buying ban”, I broke down and bought this one for myself as a birthday present in October.

Then, instead of picking it up promptly and devouring it (as was my full intent) I panicked about all the ARCs I needed to get done and now it’s on this list and I sort of just want to go read it right now?


I need to know the ending of this but don’t tell me.

They Both Die at the End

by Adam Silvera

The premise of this book is one of my new favorite Would You Rather? questions.  “Would you rather be informed on the morning of your death so you could prepare for it, or remain blissfully ignorant but not be able to say goodbye?”  For those wondering, most people don’t want to know – myself included!  I am terrified of oblivion and yeah nope I’m done with that.

Anyway, this title is pretty blatant.  They both die at the end.  It’s said and done.  DO THEY THOUGH. DO THEY CHEAT THE SYSTEM. HOW DOES THIS BOOK END.

Okay, I know it’s more of a contemporary, so chances are they both actually die at the end.  But I need to know.

I’m hoping 2018 will bring me the answers I need.


The hottest book of 2017.

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Can we all just agree that anyone in the YA book blogging scene who didn’t read this book last year should probably repent, drop everything, and read it immediately?

The Hate U Give was such a timely book and so well done and was at the top of the NYT Bestseller list for a small eternity.  I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book – from the subject to the characters to the writing to just EVERYTHING.

And I bought a copy last autumn thinking, “Okay, seriously, I need to read this.”

I still haven’t.

I’m not putting it off for any particular reason!  I’m not even actively putting it off – I’m like a magpie, I get distracted by shiny things and suddenly I’ve committed myself to another book and then another and oh wait I am nothing but a pile of books now send help.


Another sequel I’ve been holding on to for no reason.

“When Did You See Her Last?”

by Lemony Snicket

Up until the week before Christmas, this slot was held by A Darker Shade of Magic.  But you know what?  I rebelled, ignored my System and my Carefully Controlled TBR Jar and read it anyway.  Worth it.

So this place goes to Lemony Snicket instead.

Are y’all familiar with A Series of Unfortunate Events?  As a kid, I found them just okay, but as an adult, they amuse me.  Um, plus NPH kills as Count Olaf in the Netflix series.  Total commitment.  It’s a delight to watch.  So while David Handler is a real and fancy proper author, his alter alias Lemony Snicket writes the childish amusing things, and All the Wrong Questions is fantastic.

This series is about Lemony and Beatrice, and as a fan of the narrator’s voice in ASoUE, how could I POSSIBLY resist?


This is only a small sampling of the books I really want to read in the upcoming year.  Honestly?  There are SO MANY.  So, so many.  I’m hoping to make a big dent into my hardcopy TBR and to continue cruising through audiobooks.  Plus, I’ve got a whole grand two weeks of vacation in April!  All the relaxing, all the reading!

2018 is going to be a year of redemption and all the good books, my loves!  And thanks to Top Ten Tuesdays, maybe I’ll make myself accountable for these ten.  Or, you know, maybe not!

I really hope none of these books are on my “You Failed in 2018, You Gonna Make it Work in 2019?” list….


By the way… after 8 years of hosting, the Broke and the Bookish is passing the hosting torch of Top Ten Tuesdays to That Artsy Reader Girl.  Ladies – thank you so much for all these years of hosting, you are amazing.


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22 responses to “Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Hahaha NOPE.

  1. Ahhhh Moxie is on my list too!! I was so excited, how have I not read it yet?!? I also really want to read Eliza and Her Monsters, They Both Die at the End, and The Hate U Give too. I’m glad I’m not alone in my suffering!! 😄

    I’m SUPER curious to see what you think of Shiver. I listened to the audiobook of it right before I started my blog and, not to put a damper on the party, but I hated it. It was way too Twilight-y for my taste. It actually put me off of Maggie for a little while, but then I listened to The Raven Boys and became an obsessive fangirl. Lol. Whenever you get around to The Raven Boys, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobooks because Will Patton is AMAZING.

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    • Amber

      Noooooo nooooot Twiliiiight nooooooooooo. :'(

      Well now I’m dreading that one lol.

      I feel like all these big hit books came out last year and I’m so behind on them. And I’m already behind on this years book because I have copies of Everless and Gunslinger Girl on my shelf that have not happened yet, either. Aghhhh it’s hopeless. 🙂

      Since I wrote about this post, I forgot about Moxie again. And now I’ve remembered and am ashamed and excited. I really don’t know how I keep forgetting about that book! *facepalm*

    • Amber

      Ah, thank you! I honestly feel like I’m the only person in the universe who hasn’t read The Hate U Give yet, and I’m so relieved to find others who haven’t.

      That’s good to know about Howl’s Moving Castle! I saw the film years ago, but remember nothing about it, so it really feel like brand new!

  2. Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read The Hate U Give yet… I really want to, and I’m just waiting for my hold to come in to the library, but I still feel bad about not having read it yet…! It sounds like such an important book, and it’s been SO hyped, so I feel like I should have read it by now, even though I actually have a perfectly valid reason fro not having read it…
    You should definitely read Eliza and Her Monsters! It was one of my absolute favourite books this year! It was just SO good!

    • Amber

      You have a good reason at least! I have a copy sitting on my shelf! And it’s already been put in the giant TBR Jar so I hesitate to grab books that are in there because I can’t really take out the slip without opening a hundred of them. XD So realistically, chance will tell. Or maybe I’ll get impatient and read it anyway. 😛

  3. Oh how terrible am I for not even KNOWING about Shiver? I read the Raven Cycle and was REALLY into it and somehow I just didn’t…follow up with any of her other books? What was I thinking! That is definitely going on my TBR!

    THUG and They Both Die At The End are also on my list, my plan is to at LEAST read THUG before the movie comes out. Which should be…doable? RIGHT? It’s just one little book, how long could that take me?!

    • Amber

      Ah, but there are so many other delicious, tempting books to get in the way! It’s the greatest bane of a book lover – there’s always another book to read! I hope you are able to get to THUG before the film is out though! 🙂

  4. I LIVE for the Dorothy Must Die series. It was so good! I really enjoyed Shiver too. They Both Die at the End was pretty good. I sadly didn’t love the Hate U Give as much as everyone else did, but it was still good and I would still recommend reading it. I hope you get to all of these books this year!

    • Amber

      I haven’t heard very much about Dorothy Must Die at ALL but I love the covers and the concept… I’m so glad someone out there has read them and loved them. XD

  5. I saw the movie ‘howl’s moving castle’ – it is nothing like the book – the same story and everything but still vastly different. in fact, I actually like the movie better. there are a lot of things they took out and I think it’s probably for the best but you judge for yourself.

    I guess I’m the opposite of you because I would not read books relating to ‘alice in wonderland, wizard of oz or peter pan’- for reasons even I’m not sure of, I just don’t like them. I read several reviews about ‘Dorothy must die’ and they all say it’s bad but perhaps it’s just a matter of opinion.

    have a lovely day.

    • Amber

      There are a lot of people out there who don’t care for retellings, and that’s perfectly alright. 🙂 I’m drawn to them, even if I haven’t found many I enjoy. I guess we’ll see! 🙂

  6. There are a few on here that I fancy and a couple I’ve read. I like the sound of Dorothy Must Die and They Both Die at the End.
    Lynn 😀

    • Amber

      I’m actually a bit nervous about Dorothy Must Die – there seems to be a very love-it-or-hate-it vibe about that book! Which ones have you read? I’d be interested in your thoughts!

  7. The only books on this list that I’ve read are the Wolves of Mercy Falls series (each book/ series she writes is so different!) and Howl’s Moving Castle.

    I hope you get to read Howl’s Moving Castle soon!! It’s a marvellous book, and pretty different to the movie (I love both though).

    • Amber

      That’s what I’m hearing pretty consistently – that the book and the film are each their own entity and each magnificent in their own way. I’m really glad you enjoyed it!

  8. There are soooo many good books on your list! TBDATE and THUG were INCREDIBLE. I also really liked Moxie – the writing wasn’t perfect, but the feminism was ON POINT. I have Eliza on my TBR for February, for a group read on facebook, and I’m also tentatively hoping to read Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time this year, because I love the movie and have watched it about a million times. I highly recommend it.

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    • Amber

      I have seen the movie, it’s just been aaaaages and now I’m holding off until after I read the book so I’m not comparing the two the whole time. XD

      I hope we both love Eliza!