As 2016 comes to a close, I am (as usual) pondering goals, ideas, and plans for the new year. And while I don’t have a detailed list of “New Year’s Resolutions” written up at this point, I do have a list of books I would like to read in 2017.
Sadly, at least two of these books were on my 2016 list and just never got read. I admit: I’m just not very good at prioritizing reading these days. But there’s nothing like the turn of a new year to say, “Hey, let’s try this again.” And so I will.
Nine of these books are middle grade or young adult fiction. I wrote recently about why I’m enjoying middle grade fiction these days, and honestly, the thought of diving into these books makes me smile. I’m looking forward to getting lost in worlds of imagination and adventure.
Seven of these books are nonfiction. Nonfiction is always harder for me. It requires more time, more focus, more silence…and those commodities can be hard to come by some days. I haven’t decided whether I will force myself to intersperse these books throughout the year, “rewarding” myself with a fun novel after finishing one, or whether I’ll simply read whichever book appeals to me next.
Without further delay, here is my list of “20 books I’d like to read in 2017.”
Middle Grade & YA Fiction
|Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson|
|Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling|
|The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart|
|The Wild Robot by Peter Brown|
|The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill|
|Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo|
|The People of Sparks (The City of Ember) by Jeanne duPrau|
|The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember, Book 3) by Jeanne duPrau|
|The Diamond of Darkhold (Ember, Book 4) by Jeanne duPrau|
|Night Road by Kristin Hannah|
|The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware|
|I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce Mystery, Book 4) by Alan Bradley|
|The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley|
|Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes by Philip K. Ryken|
|None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin|
|The Story of Everything: How You, Your Pets, and the Swiss Alps Fit into God's Plan for the World by Jared C. Wilson|
|Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth|
|More Than a Rock: Essays on Art, Creativity, Photography, Nature, and Life by Guy Tal|
|On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (Masters in Fine Living Series) by Ann Kroeker|
|Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior|
What do you plan to read in the new year? I’d love to hear what’s on your list!