It’s the New Year and time once again to make our annual New Year’s Resolution. Now I know what you’re thinking, there’s no point in making promises you don’t intend to keep, but what I would like to do this year, instead of calling it a New Year’s Resolution, I’m going to call it a New Year’s theme. I like themes instead because it encompasses lots of goals you can achieve. For example, my theme this year is all about reading. I’m not a strong reader, but I’m going to change that. So this year I’m going to set aside my time and try on a bunch of books for size. I know I’m a picky reader, but I’m sure there are lots of books out there I would enjoy, I just need to find them. So, me and my wallet are hitting the stores, thrift shops, and libraries for the best books.
I started early and already have a nice collection of books I’m excited to read. I will post my reading list below, along with a short summary and why I selected it. You can also follow me on GoodReads by going to my reader profile here and clicking on 2017 Reading List, where a master list will be posted of what I plan to read.
Feel free to post your New Year’s themes below, I’d love to hear about them.
2017 Reading List
1. Clockworks by Phillip Pullman
Fritz, the writer, spins a spine-tingling tale to cheer up Karl, the apprentice clockmaker. But rather than helping matters, the story begins to come true….
The stories of Karl, the apprentice; Dr. Kalmenius, his nefarious “savior”; Gretl, the brave daughter of the town innkeeper; and a young prince whose clockwork heart is in danger of winding down come together in surprising and magical ways in a story that has the relentless urgency of a ticking clock. (GoodReads)
I choose this story because I read it in elementary school and was quite put off by it because of its creepy storytelling, but even still the story has always stuck in the back of my mind. So I think it deserves a second chance.
2. The Jewish-Japanese Sex and Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves by Jack Douglas
Summary not found.
I couldn’t find a good summary for the book, but I was immediately drawn to it by the title. If I can get my hands on a copy I’ll post a better summary and review.
3. The Hike by Drew Magary
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects. (GoodReads)
I found this book while browsing my local B&N and the cover art jumped out at me, along with its funny and eye catching summary. I knew I had to add this to my list.
4. The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad by D.A. Alston
The Unlikely Tale of the Royal Elite Squad follows four young girls as they embark on an exciting new journey after an accident occurs at their school. (Amazon)
I love to support new authors and this book looked very interesting, so I thought I’d give it a read.
5. The Wild Road by Gabriel King
Secure in a world of privilege and comfort, the kitten Tag is happy as a pampered house pet–until the dreams come. Dreams that pour into his safe, snug world from the wise old cat Majicou: hazy images of travel along the magical highways of the animals, of a mission, and of a terrible responsibility that will fall on young Tag. Armed with the cryptic message that he must bring the King and Queen of cats to Tintagel before the spring equinox, Tag ventures outside. Meanwhile, an evil human known only as the Alchemist doggedly hunts the Queen for his own ghastly ends. And if the Alchemist captures her, the world will never be safe again . . . (GoodReads)
This was an incredible find! I found this in the donation bin at work and thought it was very similar to the cat adventure story I was writing. I love cats and can’t wait to follow Tag on his adventures.
6/7. Storm Front and Fool Moon apart of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
Summary for Storm Front
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. (GoodReads)
These two books were gifted to me by one of my closest friends. She loves the series and was nice enough to get me two copies. It looks interesting, can’t wait to start reading.
8. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.
And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake… (GoodReads)
Another wonderful gift from my good friend. This looks equally good.
9. Wandering City Blues by Jonny Lupsha
13 creatures emerged from the ocean, each over 1/4 mile tall. Then came a lethal fog that covered Earth’s surface. A small remnant of mankind built cities on the backs of those beasts and migrated up over the fog forever. 99 years later, Detective Leon Adler and his mysterious new partner Iris investigate a murder case that takes them halfway around the world to an extinction-level conspiracy. Can they survive the journey, chasing leads on massive skyscraper-perched birds and colonies of inbred cannibals, or will they succumb to the Wandering City Blues? (GoodReads)
I actually got to meet the author at a comic book convention. He had such a wonderful pitch, but in the end it was the cover art that sold me. I’m looking forward to reading this one.
**Readings will start in either late February or March. Books will be selected at random to read, so check back in on my blog to see what I’m reading. While I strive to finish every book, if I don’t like it or get too busy I may stop reading without warning, with that being said I may pick it back up again.**