Today, the guys in the Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group have an interesting topic this week: BOOKS I WANT TO FINALLY READ IN 2017! These are those books i meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on MY TBR for a while, and i really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need my love too!
Fairly straight forward topic, one we always seem to start thinking about and talking about this time of year. But, whereas in the past, I have been too optimistic about reading the whole Wheel of Time series, or finally reading Malazan, or whatever; this year I am going to keep my goals lower and more manageable.
The fact is I’ve tried to read this book once a year or so ago and did not make it far. My failure wasn’t because I wasn’t enjoying the narrative as much as it was my inability to get in the right frame of mind to absorb what Mr. Bakker was feeding me. I still believe this book and I are meant to be, so I will be giving it one more try in 2017.
Every year it seems this favorite fantasy of the modern era appears upon my to-be-read list. Why haven’t I already read it then, you ask? I can’t say really. It probably has to do with the subject matter, and the fact I am one of those people who doesn’t find heist-type stories terribly interesting. But even with that being said, 2017 will be the year I read this novel and mark it off my bucket list.
Just like The Lies of Locke Lamora, Patrick Rothfuss’ novel is one which I always say I’m going to read and never do. My reason for never taking the plunge with this one is easier to answer though, because it is all about the hype. It scares the hell out of me. Every time I try to jump on the next fantasy bandwagon I am disillusioned and disappointed, which is why I’ve stayed away from Name, but, now, it is time to bite the bullet and get it over with.
Don’t ask. It was the hype. What has changed is that I have now read several books by Mr. Sanderson and realize I definitely enjoy his writing style and storytelling abilities, so I no longer fear failure with this epic fantasy story. It will be read in 2017, without a doubt.
I’ve maintained my distance from Malazan not due to the hype (though there is definitely a lot of it) but due to the complexity: Most readers talking about how intricate, complex and demanding the plot with its multitude of characters is, and so I have read those reviews and let fear keep me from taking the plunge. No more though. I hereby swear, come January 2017, this one will be first up to read!