Sunday, January 1, 2017

20 Books I Must Read in 2017

It's here! 2017. I've decided to not participate in the Goodreads reading challenge this year. It had started to make reading a chore rather than an enjoyable pastime, so I'm doing without in 2017. But there are some books I really must read. Some of these I've started already and some are re-reads, but they are all books I hope to turn the last pages of before 2018 begins.

~Hood by Stephen Lawhead

~North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell

~The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Buroughs

~The Scorch Trials by James Daschner

~A Voice In The Wind by Francine Rivers

*pastes random picture of cat, who, unfortunately, is not mine*

~Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

~Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

~Emma by Jane Austen

~The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

~The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

~Beauty by Robin McKinley

~Winter by Marissa Meyers

~The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

~The Book Thief by Markus Zuzkak

~Perelandra by C. S. Lewis

~The Ruins of Gorlan(Ranger's Apprentice) by John Flanagan

~A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle

~The Princess Bride by William Goldman

~Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery

~A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Have you read any of these? What are some books you're hoping to read in the next 364 days? 


  1. Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors! I love A voice in the Wind! I have also read the whole space series by C. S. Lewis. But I prefer the Narina books. :) Happy New Year, Meredith!! :D

    1. Hi, Morgan! It's nice to see you back on Blogger. :)

      I've heard lots of good things about her(and A Voice in the Wind particularly), so I thiiink I'll like her.

      Yeah, I expect to prefer the Narnia books, but I should try to read more books from one of my favorite authors. :)

      Happy New Years to you as well!!

  2. Lovely list Meredith!!! From all of the books, I read only Emma, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and Mansfield Park. Actually, there aren't so much I want to read in 2017. :)

    Almost forgot, Happy New Year Meredith, may you have a blessed 2017!!!

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I love your profile picture by the way:)

      I've also read The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and the entire Penderwicks series actually, but they're so fun I'm wanting a re-read.

      Well, at least you're lucky to not be overwhelmed by to-reads. It's easy to get stressed(for me at least).

      Thank you and you too! :D

  3. *claps for Mansfield Park, Emma, Winter, The Book Thief, and The Princess Bride* Very nice list. Tell me what you think about Mansfield Park. XD

    1. *bows* ;) I'll have to tell you(although you'll probably see on Goodreads) when I finish Winter. I expect I'll need someone to talk to. ;)

      And I will definitely tell you my thoughts on Mansfield Park. Ahhh, all these books are so exciting!

  4. Yass. Yasss. YAAASSSS.

    I'm particularly excited to see what you'll think of The Man Who Was Thursday, The Blue Castle, The Book Thief, Perelandra, and The Princess Bride. Because reasons xD

    I want to read Hood and Beauty, too!

    1. I KNOW. This list is getting me all excited for 2017 reads. :D

      Okay, I will try to remember to post Goodreads reviews for all of those, and then you can comment if you so desire and we can exchange enthusiasm(or not, as the case may be). :D

      Ohh, those ones look so good! Here's to hoping we both get to them soon.

  5. OOOO. Hood! Stephan Lawhead is an amazing author. *nods* Is that one of the ones you've read before? The rest of that list looks fantastic, too. I've heard of most of them and have read quite a few, if I remember correctly. All the ones I've read are quite good. Except Emma. *makes face*

    Also I've been following your blog for some time now and I can't for the life of me remember where I came across you. Anyway. Hi. :D

    1. Actually it will be a new one to me! I'm excited. :D Oh, you don't like Emma? I would ask why not but perhaps I shouldn't because spoilers and all. :)

      Ahh, I'm so honored. (Hi!) :D I'm glad you ran into my little corner of the blogosphere even if you're not sure how!

    2. Nah, I just don't like the main character. I probably also read it too young. But apparently Jane Austin hated it herself, so I'm in good company. :P

      WAIT I REMEMBERED. Didn't you guest post on Mary's blog?

    3. I see. Oh really? How interesting. Now I'm intrigued. :)

      I did! And I just went back and re-read your comment. So that's you! Nice to re-meet you:)

  6. I've read a bunch of these! Love The Blue Castle and The Princess Bride and North and South and A Study in Scarlet. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favoritest Harry Potter book <3. I've also read the Emily of New Moon books and the two Jane Austen titles, and The Book Thief. Looks like you have a super fun year ahead!

    1. Wow. I'm also starting to suspect this will be a particularly good year of reading after all these comments from people recommending the books on here. :) I've also read The Prisoner of Azkaban and Emily of New Moon before, so I know I'll like those. :D

  7. HOOD! YES!!! You will love it, I promise!!!

    Ok so I never actually finished Perelandra, but what bit I read was sooooo intense and good. A Wind in the Door is amazing, probably my favourite one in the Time Quintet. It's nuts in the best way possible! I'm trying to remember if I've read a Study in Scarlet or not.... But anything Sherlock Holmes is amazing, so.....

    The Book Thief is on my TBR too! I got it for Christmas so I'm definitely reading that one. I've only heard good things. I'm also wanting to read The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Myers, it looks soon good!!

    And of course anything Austen and Gaskell and Montgomery will be fantastic!

    1. I knoww! I'm looking forward to it!

      I've heard it's really good. And if Wind in the Door is like A Wrinkle in Time I'll probably like it. And yep, it's Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so... xD

      Apparently The Book Thief a good gift idea because I got it for my birthday. :) I've also heard overwhelming praise for it. Oh, I think you would like The Lunar Chronicles. You should try it. :)

      Yep! Thank you for commenting! :D


  8. We love the Penderwicks (I’m going to reread them when waiting for the 5th book this year). The books improve in quality and interest after the first one (same for HP series, the first three are more juvenile, the fourth is my favorite).

    Beauty, The Penderwicks, Harry Potter, North and South (I’ve read this three times, I think; there is just so much to savor), The Book Thief, Montgomery novels. You are in for a fun year. All of these are in my favorites!
    For myself, I have lists everywhere compiled from blogger recommendations, my searching, etc. I kind of have some goals (and I'm trying tons of challenges, but not strictly), but I'm better off with a lot of flexibility. I'm not setting my Goodreads challenge until the very end of the year so that I can see all the stats on what I've read.

    1. I love them too. I grew up with them. :D Woah, there's a new one this year? Eek! Interesting, I personally love the first books of each of those series, but I agree they both mature in the later books.

      Wow, three times? I'm a slow reader, so I don't see myself attempting it again in the near future, but I can see how it's a good book to savor, especially now that I can anticipate the resolution. Yep, I think so! :)

      So many lists, right? ;)


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