Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Reads for 2017

It’s another week of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish link-up for bloggers to share their top ten lists! My it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…and what a perfect week to do it, because it’s a freebie week!

So one of my big goals this year (besides a myriad of others) is to hit my reading goal for 2017. I was so happy to have hit my reading goal of 25 books last year, and I want to keep that momentum going by reading at least 27 books.

Since I’m rereading the Harry Potter series this year, I know I have seven books under my belt for the year, but what about the other 20?

These are the top 10 books I hope AND PLAN to read in 2017. Have you read any of these?

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay: Because I loved the the illustrated edition of the Sorcerer’s Stone, I’m really looking forward to reading the illustrated Chamber of Secrets.
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2 by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany: It’s a play, I know it’s a play. But I need to see what all the hype (and disappointment) was for this for myself. And I will do that after I reread the series, just so everything is fresh.
  3. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham: If my brother is reading this, I know he’s having a fit. While he might not like Lauren Graham or Gilmore Girls, she and it are two of my favorites. So the fact that she wrote a book recapping her career that flourished because of an all-time favorite show of mine–I’m really looking forward to it.
  4. To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin: I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before, but I’m obsessed with all things French, as well as historical fiction. Give me a historical fiction novel set in France and I’m as happy as a clam.
  5. The Queen’s Accomplice by Susan Elia MacNeal: Besides loving all things French, I’m also a big Anglophile. Who binged watched The Crown on Netflix? This girl. Who watches movies and documentaries revolving around the British Monarchy? This girl. So an espionage/spy book set in Britain during WWII. Again, happy clam.
  6. The Innocent by Harlan Coben: The first genre that I religious read before expanding into other genres was mystery. I’ve only read one of Harlan Coben’s books, and I remember it put me on a thrill-ride.
  7. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova: THIS HAS BEEN YEARS IN THE WORKS AND IT’S JUST SO INTENSE THAT I GET SCARED IN THE DAYLIGHT. But this will be the year I finish it! 
  8. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson: As an Illinoisian, I obviously have pride in my state, and the World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago is absolutely fascinating. This is a non-fiction piece about the splendor of building the World’s Fair exhibition grounds known as the White City as well as the movements of the United States’ first serial killer using the fair as his hunting ground.
  9. The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth: I read The Things We Keeplast year and I fell in love. Sally Hepworth does an amazing job of capturing the emotion of family, loss and hope in a way that I can’t explain. In short, this book is about “the story of a single mother who is dying, the troubled teenaged daughter who is battling her own demons, and the two women who come into their lives at the most critical moment.” (From Goodreads).
  10. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis: I picked up the arc for this from NetGalley late last summer and haven’t gotten around to reading it. Time to change that. Yay for historical fiction set in New York City with a mystery appeal to it.

What’s on your reading list for 2017?

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Reads for 2017

  1. Rhea says:

    Oooh! The Devil in the White City is *excellent*! The two stories entwine together beautifully and what’s more, the film rights have been optioned and both Scorsese and DiCaprio are attached to the project… so read it before they make the movie. ;)

    Happy reading!


    • Mary says:

      I heard that about Scorsese and DiCaprio too! This book was on my TBR for YEARS and once I heard the news, I knew I *had* to read it. Oh, I’m so glad to have someone’s else’s opinion on that book! :)


    • Mary says:

      I haven’t cracked open my illustrated of Chamber of Secrets yet, but I really enjoyed Jim Kay’s illustrations for Sorcerer’s Stone. You’re right, though. It would be kind of interesting to see how other illustrators would interpret JKR’s writing though.


  2. Chasity Marsh says:

    Oh, I’m very interested to see how your reading The Cursed Child goes after rereading HP! I was late to the Harry Potter party as I only read it in 2015, but like everyone else I adore the story and characters. Good luck on your reading goal this year! I’ve got mine set right behind you at 25 :)


    • Mary says:

      My reading goal was 25 for the last few years and I finally hit it last year! You can do it! :) And thank you–I’m eager to see what all that talk about the Cursed Child was about, but I need a refresher on the Harry Potter books. I couldn’t bear rereading the seventh book again after it first came out, but I can’t avoid it any longer.


  3. Lisa says:

    Ooh, I loved The Historian! It’s been years since I read it, so I’m probably due for a re-read. I really enjoyed HP & the Cursed Child, even though I know some folks didn’t. (I’m going to see the play in London in June! So excited.) I have the illustrated HP books and haven’t taken the time to enjoy them yet, so that’s on my to-do for 2017. Good luck with all of these! Looks like you have some amazing books lined up.


    • Mary says:

      I’ve heard from almost everyone who has read The Historian that they’ve loved it! I’m about 200-250 pages in, and I’m really enjoying it so far, but–and maybe I have too much anxiety–just as something big happens, I have to put it down and recover for a while. I. Must. Finish. This. Year.


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