Top Ten Books to Read in 2017

  1. A Closed and Common Orbit – Becky Chambers. My mountainous TBR pile has so far prevented me from picking up the sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, which was one of my favourite books last year. I will definitely read it this year.
  2. Infidel – Kameron Hurley. Another sequel whose predecessor made it to my top ten last year. It’s been languishing on my unread list because my local library, in the manner of libraries everywhere, has the first and third books but not the second. But I’m moving house this week, on to a new library!
  3. In the Night Garden – Catherynne M. Valente. Isn’t this also the title of a children’s TV programme? Anyway, Valente’s work is so gorgeous and I just want to read all of it.
  4. The Sandman: The Doll’s House – Neil Gaiman. Another victim of the Library Series Condition. I love the Gothickry of Preludes and Nocturnes but can’t quite justify the cost of actually buying the second volume outright.
  5. Shards of Honor – Lois McMaster Bujold. I recently read Jo Walton’s What Makes This Book So Great and it’s finally convinced me to embark upon the Miles Vorkosigan series. I think Shards of Honor is the volume to start with?
  6. Downbelow Station – C.J. Cherryh. Another classic SF series! Again, I’m guessing from publication order as to where the best place to start is.
  7. Binti – Nnedi Okorafor. I read a review of Binti in Strange Horizons early in 2016 and it sounded fantastic. It’s a novella, though, so I think it might be quite hard to find in hard copy. (I don’t like reading electronically.)
  8. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson. Bryson’s Notes from a Big Country is screamingly hilarious – I tend to read it whenever I need cheering up – but too many re-readings are going to make it less funny quite soon, so I think I need to find some more Bryson before that happens.
  9. Saga Volume 5 – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Please let my new library have volume 5!
  10. King Rat – China Mieville. Well, I always need more Mieville in my life; and, good news, he doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down any time soon.

(The theme for this post was suggested by the Broke and the Bookish’s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday.)

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