2017 TBR Reading List

Last year I gave myself the goal of reading twelve books in the year. I not only achieved that goal, but I ended up beating it by more than double. This year, my goal is to read twenty books. It's still not a huge number, but being a busy grad student, who doesn't always find the time for pleasure reading, I wanted to keep it a number that was still achievable. Like last year, I've put together a list of books that I want to read this year. There aren't twenty books on the list, because I wanted to leave flexibility for the books I know I will discover throughout the year. I'd love to know what you're hoping to read this year, so please share with me in the comments!

 ~ 2017 TBR ~  

Dreams of my Father by Barack Obama - This is one of the many books I picked up from the book sale my library had this past year and I just haven't gotten to it yet. I figure, now is as good a time as any to read something in Obama's voice...maybe it can help me get through this nightmare we are now collectively experiencing.

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs - Another book sale pick up, I'm a fairly novice knitter and sometimes a little light fiction is just what I want to read, so I grabbed it. Sometimes I acquire books this easily. I like the gamble I guess.

Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen - I read the first book in this trilogy what feels like ages ago, and was anticipating the second book for awhile. Then, I got distracted and never picked it up. Then I did pick it up...but it sat on my shelf for what felt like forever. This year I'm vowing to finally read it and then perhaps I can finish out the trilogy??

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande - I like memoirs, and I like reading the story of peoples journeys, especially those of immigrants. So when I heard about this book via social media, I was intrigued and decided to pick it up!

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Adichie is one of those writers who I feel I must read. I finally read We Should All Be Feminists in 2016 and loved it, and I picked that and Americanah up from Book Depository, so that's next on the list!

A Nation of Nations by Tom Gjelten - Another book re: immigration. This one was discussed on MSNBC one day and I was gifted it for Christmas so it's on the reading list for 2017!

Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla (A collaboration of 21 writers) - I think I heard of this book from JK Rowling (not personally...though wouldn't that be a nice brag..."oh yes, I get my reading recommendations from JK Rowling...NBD."), and like I've said before, I'm fascinated by peoples stories and the experiences they have as immigrants, so I grabbed it from Book Depository (a wonderful site when books aren't available here in the states, as this wasn't!).

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - I'm a big fan of Trevor Noah and when I heard he had written a book, it went on my Christmas list straight away! Luckily I was gifted the book and it's now in my TBR pile. I know from watching The Daily Show a bit that Noah has a rather interesting story to tell so I can't wait to dive into his book!

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult - I can honestly say that I have never read any Jodi Picoult books before. I came across this one in my new releases newsletter and it intrigued me enough to add it to my wish list.

March series by John Lewis - I don't really think these books need any explanation. I was gifted them for Christmas, and I cannot wait to dive in. John Lewis created this trio of graphic novels to tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement as he experienced it. It's won awards and received a lot of recognition and I'm so excited to crack these open!!

Jane Austen collection  - (includes Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, & Persuasion). - I've never read any Jane Austen, and I picked this up last year thinking that it was about time I did. I hope to get through these at some point during the year, but I must admit that the size of this book is a bit overwhelming. I sort of wished I had gotten them all separately! 

A  Colony In A Nation by Chris Hayes - This book isn't out yet, but I've had it on my wish list since I first heard about it. I read Twilight of the Elites and really enjoyed it, so I have little doubt that Hayes' second book will be anything less than great.

Well, that's it for now...This list will of course grow as the year progresses...they always do! Like I said above, I'd love to know what you're reading this year - I'm always looking for ideas!! I'm especially wanting some good YA books to dive into - I like to mix up my genres so I don't get burnt out from one particular type of book. :)  

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