10 2017 Releases I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Read Last Year

Hey guys! Every year there are some books I am GREATLY ANTICIPATING and then, um, never actually get around to reading. Oops. I did a post like this last year (haven’t finished everything on that list yet, either – BIG OOPS) so I thought why not repeat the format this year as well! Here are the top ten books I meant to read last year, when they were published, and then didn’t. Because sometimes focusing is hard.

1. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This is a prescheduled post so by the time you see it, I may have read this book. I may not have. All I can tell you is that it’s one of my most-anticipated books on my 2018 TBR stack. If it doesn’t get 4 or 5 stars from me I’ll be astounded because I’ve really enjoyed Coates’ other work.

2. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I’m always down to learn more about myths! It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Neil Gaiman, so I think it’s time I dove back in. My exposure to Norse mythology comes mainly from versions aimed at children, so I’m looking forward to something more challenging and complex.

3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

How did 2017 fly by so fast that I didn’t get a chance to read this book?! I really slacked off on my reading of YA novels last year. Can’t wait for this one as well as her second novel, On The Come Up, about an aspiring teen rapper. (Due out in 2018!)

4. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

See also: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay.

You can really tell that I felt out of sorts last year because Ms. Gay had not one but TWO books published and yet I didn’t get around to either.

5. Project Semicolon by Amy Bleuel

This book appeared on my radar after I heard that Bleuel had killed herself last spring… I’m very curious to see what it has to say but I’ve also heard that it is, unsurprisingly, a very sad work. I’ll make sure to mentally prepare myself as much as I can beforehand!

6. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

I feel like the Lit Fic™ types I know and love (to hate, that is… lmao) just WILL NOT SHUT UP about this book. I mean, it does sound kinda cool – set over a single night, with little Willie Lincoln caught in a supernatural realm after his untimely death? I’ll give it a try!

7. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

I’m super curious about this novel because, while some of my friends whose reading tastes align nearly 100% with mine loved it, it’s also been popular with some of those friends whose tastes are, shall we say, usually at odds with my own. So I really don’t know what to expect going in.

8. The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit

I adored her earlier collection of essays, Men Explain Things to Me, and expect to find this one just as fascinating, if not more so, now that I’m majoring in Gender, Women’s, & Sexuality Studies. Should provide plenty of food for thought!

9. All The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

I love? That cover? So much? Like wow. What a great color combination. Anyway, really excited for this one because she’s written so many series books and only two standalones. Interested to see how her skills + style have changed since her first standalone, The Scorpio Races.

10. Everyone’s A Aliebn When Ur A Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

Sounds like a book to heal my soul. Sounds a bit like The Little Prince tbh. Sounds adorable.


Are there any books you were excited to read in 2017 (or even in 2016 or before) that you still haven’t read? If so, what stopped you from reading them? Do you find this to be a common problem for you?

Have you read any of the books on my list? Or are they on your TBR, perhaps?

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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1 Response to 10 2017 Releases I Can’t Believe I Didn’t Read Last Year

  1. Shanti says:

    I’ve only read TGGTVAV and ThUG, but both were excellent. And some of these look wonderful too–there’s a range of literary fiction from last year I’ve been eying up, and Lincoln in the Bardo is certainly one. I also want to read more essays so I might have to check out Ta-Nehesi Coates as well.

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