As of this writing, there are only 37 days left in 2017, and what an odd, chaotic, and exhausting year it has been. On all fronts -- personally, socially, educationally, professionally, and especially politically. But it hasn't all been bad. In 2017, I've written a book (which I'm currently trying to find an agent for, hint hint), gotten a real job, taken some classes, done some theater, and read the most books since I was in middle school.
Yes, ever since I entered high school and especially college, I've had a hard time finding the time and energy to sit down and read. (And, let's face it, the internet probably hasn't helped.) But ever since starting this blog, I've been motivated to read a lot more. So, in hopes of carrying this momentum with me into the new year, I've made a list of books I hope to read by the start of 2018!
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
The book I'm currently reading! This is a book I bought 95% because of the cover, but so far, it's worked out pretty well for me. This is a fantasy story, where fae cannot create art without crumbling into dust, so human artists such as our main characters are highly prized members of society. Things of course go awry for our hero, and she and a fae prince have to go on a road trip, and try super hard not to fall in love. (Which, of course, they do, because come on.) The writing in this book is beautiful, and I'm really enjoying it so far. I can't wait to finish it!
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
The latest John Green book, after a five-year drought! I'm going to be honest; I don't have a damn clue what this book is about. But I love John Green, and I'm so thrilled to get another book from him that I just ordered it straight away. No spoilers!
Warcross by Marie Lu
This is the first in a new YA sci-fi series about a girl who makes her living hunting down people who illegally bet on the world's most popular virtual reality game, Warcross. When she accidentally glitches herself into the game, she's shocked when the game's creator offers her a job. I've heard really great things about this book, and it's been awhile since I've gotten into a new YA series, so I'm eager to give it a go.
The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano
This is the book that came in last month's OwlCrate. It is a brand-new YA fantasy about a princess who's been raised to act as a spy for her father. When she finds out she has the ability to turn people into gemstone with a single touch, chaos ensues, and she gets pulled into a web of political and family drama. I really don't know what to expect from this one, so I'm just gonna dive in and see where it takes me.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Another book I got from OwlCrate! In this magical realism story, all the women in a certain family can grow the most beautiful, luxurious plants in the world. However, if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish without a trace. I've heard good things about this book, and I know it features a diverse cast, with several POC and queer characters. And I do love a good magical realism tale, so I can't wait to see how it goes.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This is a book I've had since the week it came out, but I still haven't gotten to it yet. Inspired by the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it follows Starr, a teenage girl who is the only witness to her childhood friend getting shot and killed by a police officer. When her friend's death becomes a national headline, Starr must choose between staying silent and safe, and speaking up for what is right. Everyone who's read this book seems to love it, and I know it's getting a move adaptation very soon, so I hope to read it soon.
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After I finish An Enchantment of Ravens, I will definitely be reading Turtles All the Way Down. But after that, what book should I get to first? Tell me what you think in the comments below!