Friday, January 20, 2017

Books I Want to Read in 2017

These are not books that are releasing in 2017, 
you can read about my most highly anticipated releases here, these are previously released 
books/series that I am hoping to read this year.

(Click on the Title of Each Novel for More Information)

I started the Mara Dyer trilogy in 2012 when I found a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer at my local library. Once I started the novel, I immediately fell in love with the characters and plot. Soon afterwards I started and finished the second novel. I remember how I went berserk after finishing The Evolution of Mara Dyer and immediately researching the release of book three. I remember "patiently" waiting for the release of The Retribution of Mara Dyer and the hopelessness when its release date was pushed back. When its release finally came around, I protested a day because of the anger I still felt towards it; but then I put aside my pettiness and started it. I reached the first page and immediately put it back down. I could not handle the first page and apparently I am still not strong enough to handle it. I have never tried to read it again.

Last summer, I had hoped to reread the first and second novel and finally finish book three before I met the author, Michelle Hodkin, at San Diego Comic-Con. I only managed to get through book one and half of book two. This year, however, I will finally finish the trilogy. The Shaw Confessions, a spin-off series that is from the perspective of Noah Shaw comes out this year and I am beyond excited. This is the year I will finally finish this trilogy and move on with the spin-off series. I believe I am finally strong enough to finish the trilogy! After more than four years, I am finally ready to say goodbye to one of my favorite trilogies.

One of my best friends had introduced me to the Lorien Legacies in 2011 with the movie I am Number Four. After watching the movie, I was hooked and immediately borrowed the books currently released in the series. Over the years, I have read up to the fifth novel, The Revenge of Seven; however, I never got around to reading the last two novels, The Fate of Ten and United as One. I had originally boycotted The Fate of Ten because it was supposed to be the last novel in the series, but the series was extended with one more novel. This year, I want to reread the first five books in the series and then finish the other two books. It is time for me to finish the Lorien Legacies.

In late June of this year, Generation One, the first novel in the Lorien Legacies Reborn series will be released. I forget if it is a spin-off or prequel series to the Lorien Legacies, but I am excited for the novel nonetheless. I am excited to finish one of my favorite series. Although it will be bittersweet, I would love to wrap-up the story with these particular characters. While I have grown attached to them over the years, it pains me to see them suffer throughout the series. I want to end their story so they can live in peace and I can have finally have closure with those who unfortunately did not make it through the series.

Susan Dennard is one of my absolute favorite authors. I am fortunate enough to be on the Street Team for her current series, the Witchlands, which is one of my favorite series. I started Something Strange and Deadly last year during a read-a-long with fellow Street Team members but I was unable to keep up with the read-a-long due to my schedule. 

This year, I want to finally read the entire Something Strange and Deadly trilogy. I love the plot, world, and characters of Susan's Witchlands series, which is a newer YA fantasy series. I really want to see her take on Historical Fiction and Zombies. I am also excited to read the series that launched her career. Something Strange and Deadly had attracted my attention in bookstores for years; however, I never had the desire to buy it because I am not a huge fan of Zombies. I never understood the craze. Having read Susan's other series, I know her writing style and her abilities. I am interested to see how she has grown as an author and if her storytelling differs from genre to genre.

Markus Zusak is my favorite authors. I have read two of his novels, The Book Thief and I am the Messenger. Unfortunately, I have never read his Underdogs series. It always disappoints me that I am such a huge fan of his, but I have not read all of his published books. However, I am hoping to change that this year. When I met him in March of last year, he had talked about his first signing, for the first Underdogs book, and how no one attended the event. It was amazing to learn that such a renowned author started his career with no one at his first book signing.

Only two people that I follow on social media have mentioned that they read his Underdogs series. They both enjoyed it, but they are books that are hardly mentioned or seen in bookstores. I have no expectations for the Underdogs novels. I have no idea what the series is about and the two novels I have read by Markus are extremely different from one another. While I have no idea what to expect, I am interested to see how he has progressed as an author and if this series will make it to my favorites list. Although Markus is currently working on a novel, I have no idea if it will ever be published or when it will be. This could possibly be the last new work of Markus' that I read. I really want to savor them. 

I have currently read the first three books in the Outlander series, Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager. Although I would love to be caught up with the series, the series is massive and I would be forced to wait for the publication of the next novel in the series. I started Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in the series, in June of 2016; however, I was unable to attach myself to the story. Although I am invested in the characters and their story, Drums of Autumn contains a few different plotlines and perspectives, one of which I was more interested in. It was hard to force myself to read through chapters I did not want to read. 

Due to the problems I was having, I put off reading the novel because, at the time, I was already more than a book ahead of the television series on Starz. Season three will be returning this spring and I would love to start the fourth novel sometime this year so I am ready for season four, which has already been renewed, in 2018. I prefer being one book ahead of the current season, especially if the producers of the show decide to steer away from the novel or add in plot points from later books in the series. Adaptions of book series are not always faithful so I would like to be ready for the next season or what possibilities are ahead in the third season.

There are so many upcoming and past releases that I am excited to read this year! I might not read some or any of these novels, but these are some of the books and series that I would like to read in the upcoming year. Please comment below what books you are excited to read this year and if we have any in common. Also let me know if you have read any of these books and what you thought of them. I hope your reading year is going well!

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