Tuesday, July 18, 2017

10 2017 Releases I Enjoyed and 10 I Hope To Read Soon

Right now I'm a self-imposed ban(-ish) from reading new releases. July is to be (almost) entirely devoted to reading older books, preferably pre-2016. The reason for that is it's really not been a steallar reading year for me -- and I think that's partly because I've read almost all new books. I decided it was time to focus on some backlist that I'd been meaning to read for ages -- and that I felt sure I'd like (and so far I have). The other day, though, I was in a list-y mood and I jotted down a handful of newer books I want to request from the library after my ban is over, and I figured I might as well turn it into a post!

First up we have 2017 releases that I thought were decent (and trust me, I read a few that I did not think were decent). I left off series continuations and only listed standalones or first-in-series. After that is a list of already-released 2017 books I'm looking forward to diving into come August!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What're your favorite new books for the first half of 2017?

2017 releases i enjoyed

(links go to my reviews)
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (3.5 stars)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (4 stars)
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (4 stars)
The Dry by Jane Harper (4 stars)
The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo (4.5 stars)
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins (4 stars)
Sputnik's Children by Terri Favro (4 stars)
American War by Omar El Akkad (4 stars)
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai (4.5 stars)
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (4 stars)

2017 releases i want to read

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
The Fact of a Body by Alexandra Marzano-Lesnevich
The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
The Confusion of Languages by Siobahn Fallon
Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz


  1. I've not read any of these but have heard only great things about The Dry. I've been wanting to read Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore.

    1. Guess what -- I just one "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" in a Goodreads giveaway!

      Definitely read "The Dry." It's one of the better books I've read this year, AND it's the start of a new series. And it's set in Australia, which is a nice change of place.

    2. *won!!! Oh dear, what a typo!

  2. I loved The Chilbury Ladies' Choir and Eleanor Oliphant! I have been wanting to read Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. I love books about books or bookstores :)

    1. "The Chilbury Ladies' Choir" sounds like a such a lovely, quaint book -- like a Masterpiece period drama in book form! And it's got such a pretty cover.

      I love book-y books too. Have you read "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry"? That's my favorite bookworm book. ("The World's Strongest Librarian" is another bookish one that is more of a hidden gem.)

  3. I admire your discipline! I just reviewed Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore and am looking forward to reading Magpie Murders and The Confusion of Languages.

    1. Oh, I don't have all that much willpower. I already made a list of newer releases I'm going to request as soon as August hits! ;)

      I'll have to check out your review of "Midnight." I just won it in a Goodreads giveaway!

  4. I read American War and though it was well written, it wasn't the kind of book I wanted it to be. I didn't feel like I really got to know the main character as well as I wanted.

    The Fact of a Body is on my to-read list as well, but I have to read a whole stack of books for a book award committee and my library's community read committee so I have no idea when I'll finally get to it!


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