Top Ten: 2017 Backlist Books I Want to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was backlist books I want to read. Because I have so many books on my TBR (seriously SO MANY), I decided to showcase 2017 titles that I actually put on my list pre-publication… and yet I still haven’t read them.🤦‍♀️

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin // A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes // Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia // The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft by Edward Jay Epstein

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay // Nasty Women by 404 Ink // The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder // The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente // You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages by Carina Chocano

Top Ten: Books by My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was books by my favorite authors that I still haven’t read – because oops life gets in the way. (Btw: this list is by no means exhaustive!)

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green // Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld // The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling // Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay // The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

Night Film by Marisha Pessl // Nimona by Noelle Stevenson // Origin by Dan Brown // The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee // What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America by Michael Eric Dyson

Top Ten: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was my most anticipated releases for the second half (July through December) of 2016.

Yay new books! I am also very excited about Roxane Gay’s new memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors.

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July
5: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson
12: Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen
26: The Unseen World by Liz Moore

August
2: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward
9: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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16: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo / The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

September

27: Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates / Time Travel by James Gleick

December

16: Lumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

The Hold Shelf #1

Very rarely do I place library holds on new releases – either because I can’t predict when a book will find its way to me (when I’m in the middle of something else??) or because there just isn’t anything I absolutely have to read right away. And then there are these titles:

The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin: all I can say right now is some variation of this and this. Not only am I planning on reading The City of Mirrors right away, I’m about 110% sure that I am going to pre-order the hardcover copy because I AM SO READY FOR THIS BOOK.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab: after (basically) speed-reading through A Darker Shade of Magic, I knew I wouldn’t be able to wait very long for its sequel.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller: I am obsessed with this musical (and its soundtrack), okay. OBSESSED. I want need this in my grubby hands asap because reasons. (Also Lin is my queen.)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay: after reading (and loving) Bad Feminist, anything Gay writes is pretty much going to be a “stop what you’re doing and read this right now” kind of deal – especially if its nonfiction.

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold: not all school shootings get their own biographies (a la Columbine by Dave Cullen), and not all school shooters are revisited decades later, but, for better or worse, the tragedy at Columbine stands out. Cullen’s book is already on my tbr list, but reading A Mother’s Reckoning might push it up to the top.

Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir by Tom Hart: this book will probably make me cry (I’m sort of expecting it to), but, from what I’ve heard, it’s going to be amazing (in that heartbreaking sad kind of way).

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: I rarely get seized by literary FOMO – either something that “pops” sounds interesting and I put it on my tbr list to be revisited when the hype dies down (and library copies become available) or I do a little research and am, like, “eh, not for me” – but Kalanithi’s posthumous memoir is something I’m willing to wait months to read.

Top Ten: Books I’ve Recently Added to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was books I’ve recently added to my TBR pile.

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All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister // A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe // The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World Building by David J. Peterson // Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld // Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau

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Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay // The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan // Mad Men Unzipped: Fans on Sex, Love, and the Sixties on TV by Karen E. Dill-Shackleford // A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold // Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown