The end of 2016 is among us! And for an indecisive reader, such as yours truly, it’s also time to decide the books I have to read before the year’s up. Though there are many I hope to get to, be it so I can catch up to a series or finally check one off my TBR, these five in particular are haunting me. Every time I see them on Goodreads, it’s as though I’m hearing a taunt of “Read me, read me now”. And obviously you have to listen when the books talk to you! So, without further ado, here’s my Top 5 Wednesday- Books I Need to Read Before 2017!
1.Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I love fairy tale retellings with all my heart, so Naomi Novik’s Uprooted practically describes my dream book. I’ve seen it categorized as both adult and YA, but the bottom line is that it’s a cross terrain type story; one that has even non-fantasy lovers falling for it. Spoiler alert: it’s actually the only book in this compilation that’s not a part of a series. So why am I so eager to read it before the end of 2016? Because I feel like if I don’t do it now, I’ll miss out on a really great read (as I’m so notorious of doing). Also, for those of you not in the know, Ellen Degeneres has the rights to produce the film adaptation. Talk about awesome! And only furthering my adoration for it, Novik opted to write the book in the style of a traditional Slavic fairy tale. I absolutely love Poland (as my Pinterest boards can testify to), and am excited to see her homage to the culture. In summary: a great fantasy storyline, potential movie awesomeness, and a unique setting = sign me up.
2.A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
I was so excited to read VE Schwab’s new release, This Savage Song, last month. I had it all checked out, put up with a crazy long wait list, and finally received my copy. But then a little thing called “library fines” forced me to return it unread. Ridiculous, I know. That doesn’t mean I plan to abandon my goal of starting the Shades of Magic series, however. I demand to be caught up by the time the final book releases! So, in an effort to actually keep my promises, I’ll be putting this one on hold as soon as this post publishes. Now that’s commitment! But how could I put off reading this any longer? (A) it’s by VE Schwab (pretty much the raddest author EVER) (B) features parallel universes (#mydreambook) and (C) Magic…enough said. I’m really, really, REALLY hoping that Schwab’s storytelling has grown even more since I read The Archived, because I need this story to yank me out of my semi-reading slump. The expectations are high.
3.Alive by Scott Sigler
Back when I was a Booktube fanatic, Scott Sigler’s Alive was pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. EVERYONE was reading it, and EVERYONE was singing it praises. And I was all like “nah, not the book for me”. Because summer of 2014 Megan obviously had terrible tastes. But now, as the worldly reader I am (aka having experience the awesomeness that is More Than This), I think it’s time to revisit the topic. And the end of 2016 seems like the perfect deadline to put on it. Even if “waking up surrounded by caskets with no idea who you are” isn’t exactly a plotline that screams holiday cheer. Similar to my situation with the Shades of Magic series though, I’m very eager to be caught up with these books before the trilogy ends in February 2017. So even if I go crazy reading Alive and Alight, I will make it to Alone!
4.The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
When The Bone Season debuted back in 2013, Samantha Shannon was being touted as the next J.K. Rowling. A lofty comparison for sure, and one (from what I’ve heard) she’s more than lived up to. Each book in this anticipated seven part series is rather large, and takes almost two years each to write, edit, and publish. Hopefully that means it’s also large on great plot elements. Even better, it’s only on the third book, releasing in 2017. I also love the truly unique plot, which blends elements of dystopia and the supernatural. Plus, criminal underworld. And walking into other people’s thought. And an otherworldly race. All things I can get on board with. So I’m reading it, stat!
5.The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
For those of you not in the know, I read and fell in love with The Wrath and the Dawn last year. It totally blew away any of my expectations, and had me reaching for more of Renee Ahdieh’s beautiful writing. However, I just couldn’t get around to reading The Rose and the Dagger as soon as it came out last April. But there’s no time like the present, and I plan to finish this much loved duology before the end of 2016. All of the reviews for it have been great (it holds a pretty staggering 4.23 average rating on Goodreads), and I can’t wait to see what Ahdieh has in store for readers. Also, that cover. It’s pretty much the best. Not that I would ever let such an arbitrary thing determine my TBR. But let’s just say I need it on my shelf. As well as the words contained in the pages (which I hope are soaked in metaphorical gold), detailing Shazi’s burgeoning magic and the brewing war. Let me finally end my curse with sequels!
What books do you need to read before the end of 2016? Let me know in the comments!