What’s on my bookshelf to start 2017?
So it’s 2017! The first day of a brand new year when my social media is jammed with happy new year and new resolution messages, and there is an air of hopefulness that this is the year when everything can happen. It’s a traditional time to set goals and re-evaluate how much (if any) progress got made last year.
My goal setting is usually a disaster area. Too broad, and too many. However there’s one thing that always gets done, and that’s the ‘To Be Read’ pile, so I thought that’s how I will start off this year.
I like to read a little bit of everything, so I tend to divide my reading lists into sections, depending on the mood of the day. I still like to wade into huge series now and again, but for the purpose of this list, I’ll leave those ones until another day.
My reading base of classic literature is sadly lacking, both in older and contemporary titles. I like to have a few peppered around my other books so I keep that base knowledge ticking over.
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (Yes, I haven’t read it… I can’t believe it either)
- Young Adult
Easily my favourite genre for reading, this section will get a lot bigger over the year, this is just the starters…
Seven Black Diamonds – Melissa Marr
The Madman’s Daughter – Megan Shepherd
Thorn Jack – Katherine Harbour
Panic – Lauren Oliver
- Short Stories
I’m a latecomer to the world of short stories. In fact, until I started writing them, I had one short story collection in my possession, which was Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew. I kept this because I loved the introduction so much it made me want to read the stories again just for that. These days, I love the short form. It’s the perfect reading solution for my rushed life, I can read a short story or two most days and it keeps me going till I have enough time to settle into a novel again.
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – Stephen King (I’ll admit, I got this for Christmas and I’ve already started so not technically ‘to be read’ anymore!)
Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman
Tales from the Tower Volumes 1 and 2 – Isobelle Carmody and Nan McNab
Last, but definitely not least, the big books I can’t wait to sink my teeth into…
The Passage – Justin Cronin
The Strain – Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
So what’s on your list? And what do you think is missing from mine? It’s an ever growing entity, I just can’t help myself.