32 Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!) #TopTenTuesday


I'm participating in Top Ten Tuesday today, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This meme will be moving to That Artsy Reader Girl next week indefinitely (click here for the upcoming TTT topics).

Here's today's topic: Ten [32] Books [I] Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

When I went and looked through my books (physical, ebooks, and ARCs) from last year to see which ones I MUST read, the list got really, really long. I missed a lot of books last year. Especially in the Young Adult genre, which I love. I missed a lot of auto-buy authors. It made me wonder what I did read last year... another post on that to come.

I counted the books that made my list and there were 62. SIXTY TWO!!! I read less books last year than I have the previous three, so I knew I definitely didn't catch as many, but still. That's a lot of must-read books to have missed. I do plan on reading them all. At some point.

So, I settled down to see what I would pick for this post... What books was I for sure, 100% positive, that I would read this year? That I will start on this month and next month and on to get caught up on. Which ones can I just not miss? There are still a lot, but I figured I could do a couple of categories and include more than just the ten. Here goes...

Young Adult Contemporary

There were a lot of contemporary YA releases that were on my list and some I added due to friends liking them. Here are the ones that are must reads for me (in no particular order):


Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali - I love the mix of cultures and the comin-of-age story idea. GoodreadsAmazon

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West - This is an author I auto-buy and I always adore her books. This story has a girl with a plan who finds that she's going to have to open up and be vulnerable if she's going to be able to show herself in her art. GoodreadsAmazon


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - I have heard so many awesome things about this book! It was high on my list and I still can't believe I haven't read it! Hopefully soon. GoodreadsAmazon

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett - This is another one that's been on my list all year and I also saw lovely reviews for. I love a sweet romance when they're done right. GoodreadsAmazon


The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims - I have to say that the cover is a little boring, except I love the dog. I love that this one contrasts a guy who can't feel any pain and a girl who is in a lot of pain and they help each other through. GoodreadsAmazon

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate - I pretty much love anything with a music spin, but this one also got great reviews from a lot of my friends. GoodreadsAmazon


Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith - Jennifer is another author I read everything from. This is the second book from last year where someone wins the lottery and gets really rich. I'm curious how this one goes. GoodreadsAmazon

Coming Up for Air (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally - Yep. Another author who I've pretty much read all of her books. I love the sports theme and how genuine her characters always come across. GoodreadsAmazon


Letters to the Lost (Letters to the Lost) by Brigid Kemmerer - I read her past series and enjoyed it. This one is much different, but I'm in and have heard great things. GoodreadsAmazon

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord - Emery is another author who writes very genuine characters. This one is heartbreakingly sweet (I hear) and deals with illness. GoodreadsAmazon

Young Adult Non-Contemporary

Non-contemporary is including fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, historical and urban fantasy. There were a lot of books I had to take out here and some that are still must-reads, but I think these are my top ten of them all (again, in no particular order):


Thick as Thieves (The Queen's Thief #5) by Megan Whalen Turner - I was ecstatic when I heard there was going to be a fifth book in this series. I've read all the others (although the later books I didn't love as much as the first two). I'm excited to jump back into this fantasy world. GoodreadsAmazon

Wayfarer (Passenger #2) by Alexandra Bracken - I love this author! I have both books to read in this series, but I love that it's a duology and I'm really looking forward to diving in! GoodreadsAmazon


Ally (Nemesis #2) by Anna Banks - I read the first book of this series and LOVED it (review here), so it's no surprise that this is a must-read for me! GoodreadsAmazon

The Valiant (The Valiant #1) by Lesley Livingston - I loved Lesley's Wondrous Strange series and have been so excited for a new series from her! I need to read this because book two comes out soon. GoodreadsAmazon


The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (The Grishaverse 0.5, 2.5, 2.6) by Leigh Bardugo - Umm.. it's Leigh Bardugo. It's also in the Grishaverse. Need I say more? GoodreadsAmazon

Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima - Love her! I also loved this fantasy world in The Seven Realms series and am happy to go back. She's amazing at world-building and with her characters! GoodreadsAmazon


Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons #1) by Leigh Bardugo - I love super heroes, especially the new Wonder Woman film persona. Also Leigh Bardugo. Definitely a book I cannot miss and is on my shelf, so I really should get to it already. GoodreadsAmazon

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber - This one was super high on my list before 2017 and I have only heard great things about it. Why have I not read it yet?!!! GoodreadsAmazon


Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer - Another auto-buy author. I love super heroes too so I've been stoked about this one! It's been sitting on my shelves since release day and I must devour it soon!!! GoodreadsAmazon

Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) by Jodi Meadows - Jodi has just gotten better and better. I thought her debut series (New Soul) was interesting, but really loved her next series (The Orphan Queen). I'm curious if she'll top herself in this one. And dragons... Love them! GoodreadsAmazon

Christian Romance

I know. This is quite a jump in genre, but I read a wide array and Christian Romance is one of the main ones. Here are some of the ones I missed that I must read:


When Tides Turn (Waves of Freedom #3) by Sarah Sundin - I LOVE this series (review of book one here and book two here)! I can't believe I still haven't read this one, so I must correct that. Pronto. GoodreadsAmazon

To Wager Her Heart (Belle Meade Plantation #3) by Tamera Alexander - Another author I love and who I auto-buy. This is my favorite series of hers to date as well. I can't wait to read this and be blown away. This is one of three books she published last year and I missed all three, which is a crying shame. GoodreadsAmazon


Rescue Me (Montana Rescue #2) by Susan May Warren - This is another favorite author. I loved her last series and this one has started off with a promising beginning. I can't wait to fall in love with more of her characters. GoodreadsAmazon

Just Look Up (Harbor Point #1) by Courtney Walsh - I've really enjoyed this author's books. They're sweet and heartfelt. This one is high on my list. GoodreadsAmazon


A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3) by Sarah E. Ladd - Sarah is another author I enjoy and I love her historical English settings. GoodreadsAmazon

With You Always (Orphan Train #1) by Jody Hedlund - Jody is a fantastic author and really does her research. I was so thrilled to get a review copy of this one and have only seen rave reviews for it. GoodreadsAmazon


The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin - She's become a dominant author in contemporary inspirational romance and I'm really looking forward to her newest. This one is about a gal who has given up on love. GoodreadsAmazon

All this Time (Walker Family #4) by Melissa Tagg - I adore the Walker family and can't wait to get to know Raegan Walker better and see how her happily-ever-after comes about. GoodreadsAmazon


The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen - I love this author! This story's heroine becomes opens a library. I love books and characters who love books. There's also a little bit of a mystery. Can't wait! GoodreadsAmazon

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay - Katherine blows me away with every single book! I'm a huge Austen fan and so there's always interest there for how she plays off of Austen (always brilliantly done) and her stories pull on my heart, bring tears, and still give that happily-ever-after contentment in the end. I was supposed to read this for a read-a-long, but life got too crazy. I know it's going to be another winner! GoodreadsAmazon

Adult Fiction

I generally read most of the adult fiction books that I wanted to with a few exceptions. These two are must-reads for me:


Engaged in Trouble (Enchanted Events #1) by Jenny B. Jones - Jenny usually writes inspirational contemporary romance, but this one is a cozy mystery. She's a fantastic author and I've loved all her books (I also own them all and re-read them off and on), so I know this one will be marvelously good. I have a physical copy waiting for me. GoodreadsAmazon

Royal Ball (Pimpernel #2) by Sheralyn Pratt - I loved the crazy, roller-coaster ride in the first book in this series, The Pimpernel (review here), that I read back in 2016. I enjoyed the classic, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and how this modern play off of it was so well done. I'm sure this one will be brilliant as well. GoodreadsAmazon

Which of these do you think I definitely should read? Are there some you think I shouldn't read? How about you? What is on your list?

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