Welcome one, welcome all, to ‘Emma Remembers Top 5 Wednesdays Exists And Decides To Join In’… again. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme/challenge which was created by the wonderful Lainey from gingereadslainey and is now overseen by the equally lovely Sam from Thoughts of Tomes. Every Wednesday, participants devise their Top 5 based on a given topic.
This Wednesday’s topic is Books You Want to Finally Read in 2017. As Sam says: these are those books you meant to read in 2016 or 2015 or 2014 and never got around to. Those books that have been sitting on your TBR for a while, and you really want to get to. These aren’t upcoming 2017 releases; these are older books that need your love too!
It will surprise precisely no one that I have a proverbial tonne of books that I’ve meant to read for months and months and, let’s face it, years and years. The problem is, obviously, that the book industry rather rudely continues to persist in publishing more and more new books every single day, adding even more titles to the already lengthy ‘to be read’ lists we all have in the back of our mind, or on a metaphorically groaning Goodreads shelf. Unless I make a concerted effort to “get to” those books I’ve been meaning to for years, I probably never will. So this week’s topic will be a very useful step towards accepting that fact – and, as we all know, acceptance is the first step. Hopefully 2017 will be the year I take a rather logical and proactive approach to finally reading some of those titles that have been sadly abandoned on my TBR shelf for too long. So let’s have a look at the 5 I most want to finally read in the upcoming year…
5. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt (x)
I really love Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and every time I read it I fall back in love with the tone of Tartt’s writing. So, needless to say, I bought The Goldfinch once I became aware it was a thing – if I recall correctly I treat myself to it in Waterstones during a day trip to Edinburgh with my friends. The fact I bought it from an actual shop and paid full price for it says something about how much I did want to invest in Tartt’s writing. Yet, my lack of, oh you know, actual reading of it might suggest otherwise. I’m just a little intimidated by it, if I’m honest. But that’s silly and I need to get over it and just dive into it soon!
4. The Picture of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde (x)
I know, I know, but Emma I thought you’d already read this? Well, no, not entirely. I don’t know how far through this novel I actually got. I don’t remember finishing it and yet I feel like perhaps I did – but I wonder if the only reason I think this is because I know how the story ends? Anyway, I don’t consider myself to have read this book because I barely remember the experience of reading it. Therefore I definitely need to finally get to it (properly) in 2017. Also because my friend Liz very kindly bought me a beautiful edition (it’s one of her favourite books!), so it would be rude not to read it, frankly.
3. Moby Dick- Herman Melville (x)
This is one of those self-titled ‘project books’ that really probably isn’t as much of a tricky read as my mind seems to have decided it will be. I’ve wanted to read Melville’s famous novel for years – I’d say my many viewings of the Matilda film in my childhood probably had something to do with it – but only now am I starting to feel like I’m old enough to be able to properly appreciate it… once I get around to it, that is. The fact of the matter is that if I don’t prioritise this, I never will, regardless of how much I do want to read it.
2. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell – Susanna Clarke (x)
Anyone aware of this book will probably know the main thing that has constantly put me off finally picking this up – yep, that’s right,the sheer size of it. Now, generally speaking, I’m not one to read short books anyway so it’s not the actual page count per say but, rather, the (im)practicality of trying to read this has meant it has been shelved for a long time. There is no way I could justify trying to fit this in my bag every day and as I tend to read on the train, it’s just impractical. However, those problems are a thing of the past – I’ve now bought the audiobook via Audible so I really have no excuses left. 2017 will be its year!
1. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (x)
I cannot count the amount of TBRs and Resolutions posts this book has been on over the years. I’ve even started it (and got a sizeable chunk of the way through it!) on numerous occasions. But, as always, something else has cropped up along the way and I’ve ended up setting it aside in favour of shorter or easier books. I say “easier” but actually, the last time I tried to read it, I was pleasantly surprised by how readable this book is. It’s just not finish-able, to me, apparently. 2017 is the year I will change that. Hold me to it, people, I mean it.
So there we have it – those were the top 5 books that I want to finally read in 2017.
Do you agree/disagree with my choices? Do you have a Top 5 Wednesday list or post of your own? Be sure to link it below if so; I’d love to take a look!