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 darkness that comes before5. THE DARKNESS THAT COMES BEFORE 

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.


the lies of locke lamora4. THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA 

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.


the name of the wind3. THE NAME OF THE WIND 

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.



gardens of the moon1. GARDENS OF THE MOON 

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!


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  1. MiRakelBooks says:

    You have to read The Lies of Locke Lamora, it is amazing! I have The Name of the Wind on my T5W list too 😛

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  2. Bob Milne says:

    Bakker and Lynch are both on my list of books I need to get around to reading as well. With Erikson I needed 3 false starts before I finally found my way into the book, but I can honestly say it was worth it. As for The Name of the Wind, I read it as a random paperback pick-up at Barnes & Noble, not knowing any of the hype . . . but that hype has probably delayed me in reading the sequel.

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  3. Despite your distrust of heist stories, I believe you will like Locke Lamora and the Gentlemen Bastards: the story is not all about heists, and there is more, much more… 🙂

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  4. If you read these next year, then I have a feeling you are going to have a really great reading year! I am also hoping to tackle Gardens of the Moon either this December or next year, and I am definitely intimidated by what I’ve heard. I’m also hoping to read The Darkness that Comes Before. The other three are all favorites of mine, and I hope you enjoy them all!

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  5. I’ve started reading Name of the Wind this year and I have to say this guy knows how to write! But I can’t say I’m completely in love with the story. It’s pretty damn good, but it has some not-awesome elements too 😉

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  6. I read The Lies of Locke Lamora some years ago, but sadly never got round to reading more of the series. However, I now have a copy of the second book Red Seas Under Red Skies, so next year I am looking forward to a re-read and moving on with the series 🙂

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  7. Bookstooge says:

    Bakker is feeding you a great big poop loaf. That’s what 🙂

    I’m going to be doing a re-read of the Malazan books [both Books of the Fallen by Erikson and the Empire books by Esslemont] so I am quite interested in what you end up thinking of Gardens.

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  8. Read The Lies of Locke Lamora for this first time this year, and it is now one of my favorite. Highly recommend it 🙂

    Also, I with you on every other book on your list. Sanderson one of my fav, but don’t plan on starting that seres an decade soon XD Of the three left though, The Name of the Wind is one I do plan on reading in the next couple of years.

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  9. PHS says:

    Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    I might just read a few of these myself!

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  10. ncthomasblog says:

    I’m curious, have you read Gardens of the Moon yet? This is one of my favourite series of books. I’ve just restarted them and am envious of anyone getting to walk into this incredible epic for the first time.

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  11. ncthomasblog says:

    Enjoy when the time comes.


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