To Be Read List – 2017

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to delve into the world of book blogging. I’ve always loved reading, writing and I sure have a lot of opinions, so it seems like the perfect option! Read book, write about thoughts on book, read more books and repeat, right? Easy peasy.

Although, since I started saying to myself that I’ll start book blogging in the next few months – I haven’t been able to finish a single book! This is not like me, I used to read at least 3 good size novels in 2 days at the very most, I’ve always been a bookworm. But since adding pressure to myself to reach deadlines and write reviews (I’ve never written a book review before) it suddenly hasn’t seemed so appealing.

I have a huge pile of books I want to work my way through, but I’m going to try to do it without putting pressure on myself and taking the fun out of it. The same thing happened when I studied English for a year at university. I spent so much time reading books I didn’t enjoy, analysing every word, full stop and speech mark that I lost all enjoyment in reading, even in my spare time. I instantly linked reading with work and my scary lecturer and pushed myself away from books. It’s been a long bumpy road to bring myself back, I’ve mainly managed to enjoy reading again through spending a LOT of money of hundreds of books I’ve always wanted to read but admittedly still haven’t.

It’s nice to have them sitting there though, I’m a total book cheater and I usually have more than one on the go at any given time, how scandalous!

I decided to make a list of the books I’d like to try to get through this year, but I won’t set any concrete goals just in case! To try to introduce myself to book blogging, but without putting any pressure on myself,  I thought it would be good to list a few of the books I’m hoping to either start or finish (or both, as a bonus!) in 2017 and maybe it might make book blogging seem a lot less terrifying!

I usually do most of my reading from May-September time anyway when I’m in the garden, lying on a blanket with the sun shining down on me and running from bees every 10 minutes, so it’s the perfect time for my TBR list!


1. Uprooted – Naomi Novik

I’m actually halfway through this now and I LOVE it but I find it so hard to read. The story is so interesting, I love the characters and I love the fantasy aspect but it just seems to take me hours to finish one chapter. I’ve never had a book like this before, I either love a story so much I finish it in an hour or two, or else I can’t get into a book so give up reading it. This is different and I have no idea why!

Have you ever had a book like this?

2. The Girl With All the Gifts – M. R. Carey

A friend recommended this to me and I’m really intrigued by it. I think this is more in the horror genre which isn’t usually my thing but I’m actually really looking forward to getting started on it.

3. A Streetcat Named Bob – James Bowen

I got this book for Christmas and I can’t wait to start reading it! I saw the movie when it came out, last year I think, and I’ve never been so moved and inspired by a story in my whole life! I actually didn’t know this was a book until after the movie finished because I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, but I really can’t wait to get reading this one. I’m saving this for my holiday so that I’ll have a few hours here and there to fully fall into the pages and finish it there and then because I just feel like it’s one of those kinds of stories!

4. Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard

Again, I got this for Christmas but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I actually think I’ll leave starting this one until after I’ve finished watching all the PLL episodes because it’s hard enough to keep up with the drama without adding more! I’m pretty sure this is a full book series too, which is my dream but also my enemy because I struggle with the commitment. Hopefully, after the show finishes I’ll be more likely to get my PLL fix from this series!

5. Skin – Adrienne Maria Vrettos

This was given to me by my boyfriend whilst he was packing up his room ready to move out. I  think this book belonged to one of his sisters who left it behind when they got their own houses too, and I can’t stand to see a book thrown away, so I decided to give it a good home. I think this is more of a YA kind of book, which I love anyway, but it seems like it’s quite serious and dark as it focuses on eating disorders. Again, I feel like this is one of those books that you won’t want to take a break from once you start it so I’m saving this for a holiday or day off before I pick it up.

6. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Again, another Christmas gift! (My list for Santa is always just full of books if you couldn’t already tell!) I feel like the only person in the world who hasn’t read this. In school loads of English classes got to read this book, but my class studied The Great Gatsby instead and I forgot all about it until the sequel came out a few years ago. I honestly haven’t heard a thing about this book, and I have no idea what happens in it or what it’s about (apart from racism) so it’ll be weird going into a book so blind (I’m a read the back page and every spoiler/review before the book kind of girl) but I don’t want to go in with any expectations.

7. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

This was actually a gift from my boyfriend as it’s basically the one and only book he’s ever read, but it’s also his favourite! When he found out I’d never read it, he went and got me the book and the DVD too so that we could watch it when I’d finished reading. I’m also halfway through this one and even though it’s so tiny I just never manage to find the time to sit and read through it all. Hopefully, I’ll finish this one soon so that I don’t keep Ryan waiting to see the movie any longer!


This isn’t even a quarter of the unread books I have but these are the 7 I’m hoping to read first! I hope you enjoyed having a look at my TBR list for 2017! I’m on Goodreads if you’d like to see how I’m getting on with my list or are just looking for more friends to add!

Are any of these books on your TBR list or have you read them already?

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May 22, 2017
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  • Reply Thoroughly Modern Emily

    Oooh, you have some fantastic picks on this list! I first read To Kill a Mockingbird a couple of years back, after showing the film in a class I was teaching on law, and it’s wonderful. You definitely need to watch the film afterward!

    It’s been a long time since I read Pretty Little Liars, but I remember thinking it was a fun, engaging read!

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    May 22, 2017 at 5:17 pm
  • Reply Envy

    Hahaha, ‘running from bees’ might just be my favorite line in a TBR post ever. I’d also like to read To Kill A Mockingbird, but I can’t buy books at the moment and the library barely has any books left anyway…

    x Envy

    May 22, 2017 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Abbie

    I know the feeling about book blogging! I find it hard to write a review once I’ve read the book. I have read to kill a mocking bird quite recently and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I’m not that into the ‘classics’ and I read a catcher in the rye sometime last year and wasn’t a fan and so I wasn’t sure if I would feel the same about to kill a mocking bird but I was pleasantly surprised. I also read of mice and men at school so I can’t remember it particularly but I’m not sure it would be one I’d read now.


    May 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    The Girl With All The Gifts is AMAZING, I devoured that book in about a day. It’s a bit sad but not in an off putting way. The film was actually a fairly good representation of the book too, which I don’t think happens very often.

    May 22, 2017 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Maddy

    Interesting list! I have so many books I’d love to read this year, I hope I have time to get through them all

    May 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    Of mice and men is amazing! This is what some of my English GCSE grade was made up of. After you’ve read the book, I’d recommend watching the film

    Tasha x
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    May 22, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Ahh the Girl with the Gifts sound something I may like; I love horror! Haha! Duuuude I LOVR To Kill A Mockingbird!!! I read it in 8th grade (13 years old). I’d like to read Of Mice and Men cause I love classics. I’m in the middle of War and Peace. I wanna read Gone Girl; I borrowed it from my mother in law hehe

    May 22, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • Reply Cora @ Tea Party Princess

    Nice TBR – I read PLL a few years ago and quite enjoyed it. Uprooted is on my TBR too!
    I find that the more I pressure myself, the lower the quality of my reviews.
    I read a stupid amount of books at one time too – means that I can go weeks without finishing one and then finish 4 in a day. Ooops!
    Cora ❤
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    May 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Bobbi

    I love to see what other people are reading/want to read. I have PLL on my list too. I love the show, so I want to try out at least the first book.



    May 25, 2017 at 12:35 am
  • Reply Steph

    Some of these I’ve heard about and others I have not.

    It’s evident that you love reading. Keep doing that! Don’t put any stress or extra pressure on yourself about reviews. Find a way of making it all work.

    You got this!

    Happy reading ahead!


    May 27, 2017 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Belle

    I can’t wait to see how you find these books. I am in similar position in which I want to expand and start reviewing books and now that I’ve finished university I can finally read!! xx

    June 15, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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