The Five Books I Have to Read Before 2017 Ends

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had an amazing day! Okay, so on top of my November TBR and all of the things I’m planning to read in December, I wanted to make a list of the top five books I want to read and review before the year is over. I picked these five, because I truly believe with my whole heart that they have the potential to make my “best of 2017” list at the end of the year.

You guys for sure should let me know if you’ve read any of these, or if you just feel like I should read one of these before the others! Seriously, feedback on reading order would be much appreciated! And without further ado, here are the five books I have to read before the end of 2017:

The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere, #2) by Meg Elison:
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife was my absolute favorite book of 2016. This is just such a hard-hitting mirror of our society, but I haven’t felt like I’m in the right headspace thanks to the garbage fire that is 2017.

Age of Assassins (The Wounded Kingdom #1) by R.J. Barker:
I’m 99% sure that I’m going to bloody love this! I just received my ARC kind of on the late side, and since I wasn’t able to review it upon release I just let it fall to the wayside. But this is a high fantasy debut that features a disabled MC and I know I’m going to love it.

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado:
I totally know how privileged and blessed I am with all of the ARCs I receive, but the reason I didn’t immediately buy and read this one was because the publicist said I was going to be receiving a finished copy in the mail upon publication to review. Well, it’s been well over a month now, so I just decided to purchase it myself because I knew I couldn’t not read this after being completely mesmerized by The Husband Stitch, my favorite short story of all time which is also featured in this collection.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng:
This I just know is going to be perfection. Celeste Ng’s sophomore novel and I know it’s just going to end up changing my life. So many people that I love and trust have hailed this book as their favorite book of 2017, and I feel like I won’t feel too differently. Also, I subscribed to Book of the Month just for this book!

Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle, #2) by Jay Kristoff:
I recently read and completely loved Nevernight, and it felt like an adult, dark version of Harry Potter to me. Plus, all I truly want in this life is to read all the fantasy stories about queer assassins! I truly believe this sequel could make my best of 2017 list.

What do you guys think I should read first? I mean, I only have a month and a half left, while also trying to balance all my January ARCs! Thank you in advance for your input, I honestly love you all, and happy reading, lovelies!

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41 thoughts on “The Five Books I Have to Read Before 2017 Ends

    1. Thank you for replying, love! And this is super good advice! Hopefully I am get a couple read this month so December isn’t too…. overwhelming! Haha. Happy reading, love! 💛✨


  1. I don’t know enough about any of the other books, but anything with Assassins has my interest. I’m unlikely to get Godsgrave before the end of the year, even if my husband buys it for Christmas it’s unlikely I’d have time to finish it!

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  2. I’ve only read LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE out of these so I’m going to recommend that one first! Definitely interested to hear your thoughts on HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES! I’ve heard some good things about it & am currently waiting for my hold to come in at the library 🙊

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    1. Thank you, Taryn! I for sure think Little Fires Everywhere is going to be one of the ones I try to knock out in November! Thank you so much for your input, following me, and for blessing my timeline! Happy reading, love! 💗xx

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  3. Great set of books, Melanie! I am very excited to hear your thoughts on “Her Body and Other Parties” whenever you get to it; I thought most of these stories were beyond excellent (and yes, The Husband Stitch was indeed very brilliant).
    I have been on the fence about reading Nevernight, but your enthusiasm might still sway me.

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      1. The story had about 5 subplots and when you have all those threads in a book that isn’t longer than 400 pages, it’s hard to devote time to really develop the idea and characters and let them evolve naturally. The author ended up doing like a flashback to justify actions etc. It was just half baked in some areas.
        But it was a good premise. The author needed to take out a couple of threads and maybe do a Book 2

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      2. Thank you SO much for this. This is honestly how I’m feeling with Zenith right now. 102 random POVS that make me not care about…. anyone? Hahaha. But seriously, thank you for this. You’re the best. 💖


  4. hadn’t heard of the Age of Assassin’s before and it sounds really awesome!! Added it to my wishlist right away! I still have to finish nevernight, but Godsgrave is on the shelves waiting already. I really hope I’ll get into the right reading mood soon, so I can finish both books back to back 😀

    I got sidetracked a lot lately. Started a lot of books and haven’t finished them – and most of them I really liked so far so I really hope I can finish them soon.

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    1. I totally believe you can finish them all, love! And I know how you feel, I keep just looking at everything I have to read before the end of 2017 and wanting to cry! Too many books, too little time! haha! But we will make it work! 💗xx

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  5. I’ve been on the holds list at the library for Her Body and Other Parties and I’m FINALLY getting close to the top. I really can’t wait to read it, I’m pretty sure it’s going to make my Best of 2017 list as well. 🙂

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  6. GODSGRAVE IS SO SO SO FANTASTIC!! like another comment said, it’s got a slightly different vibe from Nevernight but still so good. also bi assassins in fantasy are the hill I will die on

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    1. I’m so excited for a MAYBE ship from Nevernight. Like, I’m trash, but I love mia and “that girl” and….. I have a lot of feelings and wishes that I hope will come true! And it makes me so much more excited that you love it too, Emma! I will 100% read it before the end of the year! 💗🌈✨

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      1. I’m just……not gonna say anything that might be spoilery…… :))) but ahh I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it!!!

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  7. Ok, I have only read Age of Assassins and yes I loved it so I will say try to read that one, but I have been hearing amazing things about Little Fires Everywhere so maybe read that one first then move on the Age of Assassins, like I said it’s the only one I read and yest I want to read all these book too (:


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