Reading Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2017

Reading Regrets: The Books We Wish We Read in 2017

So many books, so little time. The Bookish team read a library’s worth of books in 2017 (you can even read about our favorites here), but we’re still ending the year with some must-read titles sitting on our TBR shelves. Here’s a look at the books that we regret not reading. We can’t be alone, right? Share your #readingregrets with us in the comments or on social media!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Becky Albertalli’s debut is being made into a 2018 film and the trailer took my breath away. I have been meaning to read this book for far too long, and the trailer was the fire I needed to get to reading so I can hurry up and meet Simon already! I am so ready to laugh, cry, and fall in love with this book. —Kelly

Little Fires Everywhere

I keep hearing great things about Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Every time someone brings the book up in a conversation with me (most recently, my mother), I think oh, I’ll definitely read that next. I haven’t done it yet, but Ng’s latest definitely remains near the top of my TBR list. –Elizabeth

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

This summer I journeyed to Themyscira. First in Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer and next in Patty Jenkins’ stellar film, Wonder Woman. Interviewing Bardugo and diving deeper into Diana’s origins was one of the highlights of my year, and it sparked a desire to learn more about this incredible superhero. I’ve had Jill Lepore’s history of the character on my shelf all summer, and yet haven’t had the time to pick it up and learn more about Wonder Woman’s creator and the the two women she was based on. Now, I’m moving it to the top of my 2018 list.—Kelly

Sing, Unburied, Sing

This year, I wish I had read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. It seems like an epic journey-novel, exploring relationships of family, poverty, addiction, and hope. It’s been on so many lists, and I can’t believe I haven’t yet succumbed to its call. —Kristina

Manhattan Beach

I basically worship Jennifer Egan (and even got to meet her at BEA), so it makes no sense at all that I haven’t yet devoured Manhattan Beach. I think I even wrote about it for Friday Reads one week, fully intending to pick it up… and then I never did. I’m the worst! –Elizabeth

The Abyss Surrounds Us

Lesbians, pirates, sea monsters—could you ask for anything more? This is a book that gives me chills of excitement every time I see it on my shelf, and yet for one reason or another I wasn’t able to get to it in 2017. The sequel came out this spring, and my winter plan is to curl up and read them both back to back. —Kelly

Lincoln in the Bardo

How on earth did I get through all of 2017 without reading George SaundersLincoln in the Bardo? It was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I even got an advance copy. Somehow, though, I never quite got around to it. At least this gives me one more thing to look forward to in 2018! –Elizabeth

This Savage Song

V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light is hands down one of the best books of 2017. Schwab blew me away completely in this series finale, and I vowed to read everything else she’s ever written. I had planned on picking up This Savage Song (and the sequel Our Dark Duet) but life got in the way before I was able to. With 2017 coming to a close, I’m moving these to my 2018 list and looking forward to seeing what dark and intriguing characters Schwab has in store for me this time around. —Kelly


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