Welcome, welcome to my first TBR of 2017! Luckily I don’t have too much required reading for class, so, in theory, I should have a little more time to read.
The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
It’s 2017, and that means, at long last the third book in this series is out this year, March 7th to be precise, so of course it’s time for a re-read. The Bone Season is a set in an intricate fantastic fantasy/historical fantasy world where certain people have clairvoyant powers, something that is punishable by death. Enter out heroine Paige Mahoney, employed in the criminal underworld of London 2059, to break into the minds of other people. Without saying too much, because there is so much world building that you really have to just read it for yourself, this takes you in places that you definitely do not expect. If you’re interested in reading this during January then I will leave a link for the GoodReads read along here, so feel free to join!
Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Player follows a new couple, in the form of the bookish Hanna and playboy venture capitalist Will, in what promises to be a steamy not-suitable-for-children romance. Despite being part of a series, there is no ongoing narrative so they read more-or-less as standalones. Hanna, a chemistry grad student, is pressured by her brother to get out of the lab and start living her life, when she enlists his best friend, Will, to help her do just that… If the other books are anything to go by it will be addictive and sexy, and a super quick read that’s perfect for kicking off your reading goal for 2017.
The Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simons
It’s been a long time since I last read some pure historical fiction, free from demons or time-travel, but that is exactly what tis is. The Bronze Horseman is the first in a historical fiction trilogy set in World War II, 1941 to be exact, but instead of German or England it is set in leningrad, USSR. Don’t ask why, but I really like Russia, and Russian history, even though my knowledge of both is pretty elementary, so From what I can tell it does seem to be primarily a romance between Tatiana and Alexander, a soldier in the Red Army, during the German siege of the city. I’m really interested in the opportunity to see WWII from this alternate perspective.
Onyx (Obsidian #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
This time last year I read my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book, and after hearing so much love for her books, I was left disappointingly underwhelmed. However, I am here now with the second book in her YA Sci-fi series, int he hope that things will get better. In the first book, Obsidian, we are introduced to Katy, our human protagonist, and new girl in town, who is definitely the reader personified. She live her normal, book filled life, until she meets her next door neighbour Daemon Black, Mr Tall-Dark-and-Alien. I guess you can see where I’m going with this. The relationship parts I’m looking forward to, it’s just the rest of it that I’m not quite sold on yet.
Nocturnal Animals by Austin Wright
Previously published as Tony and Susan, Nocturnal Animals was lucky enough to get this title change thanks to the recent film adaptation staring Jake Gyllenhall and Amy Adams. Defintely a thriller, but also a little more complicated than you might expect as Wright juggles three narratives simultaneously. The book begins with Susan, now living a “perfect” life as a gallery owner, and doctor wife with their children in NYC, but she maybe begs to question this when she receives a manuscript for her ex-husbands new novel. As she reads the manuscript, the terrifying tale of kindknapp on a lonely road, which we also get to read with her, she recalls her first marriage to Edward, and how he came to write something so dark.
The Bad Beginning and The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1 & #2) by Lemony Snicket
I am super excited for this re-read of one of my all time favourite series’ just as the Netflix adaptation stars, with the first two books in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Even though this is technically a children’s series, I still think that no matter your age you will get a kick out of these books. The Bad Beginning kicks off with Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire learning of their parents sudden death by fire and that they’re to live with a distant relative, Count Olaf, who maybe isn’t the most suitable guardian for… well for anyone. Not only is the narrative itself really fun, and full of dark comedy, something which you never see in books for this age group, but there is an extra layer in the narrator of the books, Lemony Snicket which really makes this series memorable. I should probably save at least some of this gushing for my wrap up, so I will leave you with one last note about the beautiful illustrated hardback editions that are out there!
Hamiltome (or Hamilton: The Revolution) by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
Yay Hamilton! Of course this is straight onto my TBR, right off the back of my Christmas Book Haul. This is a non-fiction look at the conception, lyrics and process leading up to the musical theatre phenomenon that is Hamilton: An American Musical. Witten and staring Lin-Manuel Miranda, of In The Heights fame, this book is a look behind the scenes of one of the most successful modern musicals. Sure a hip-hop musical about the founding father and first treasury secretary of the USA, Alexander Hamilton, may not sound like a good idea, but maybe the numerous awards might change your mind.
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
This is the first in the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, a fun, cosy, mystery series by Charlaine Harris. Since I had the 4th and 5th in the series for Christmas I’m hoping to just marathon right through to the 9th and final book n the series. Here we are introduces to Aurora, or ‘Roe’, Teagarden, part-time librarian and avid member of the Real murders club, who meet every whenever to discuss real murder cases. This is all uni and games until the members start getting killed off in manners that are eerily similar to some of the murders they have previously discussed.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling
I think we all know the plot line, here and other than the fact that it is narrated by Stephen Fry, and I didn’t finish it last month, there really isn’t much more to say.
So these are, in theory, the first books that will count toward my 2017 reading challenge of 100 books, but I’m not the greatest at finishing set TBR’s so there might be a few surprises in my wrap-up.
Did you complete your 2016 reading challenge? What’s your 2017 reading challenge?
Thanks for reading!