2017 Reading List

2017 Reading List

Before this, I never really planned the books I wanted to read since I mostly choose based on my mood. Unfortunately, that usually end up with me forgetting books I wanted to prioritize. As such, I've decided to start a yearly TBR list and will feature them on the blog from time to time.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

The first book from Maggie Stiefvater I read was Shiver, which is the first installment from her Wolves of Mercy Falls series. Ever since I familiarize myself with the way Stiefvater writes her books, I have fallen in love with her tone of writing. Not only does she writes beautifully, her books are also somewhat lyrical, poetic. The Raven Cycle revolves around four teenagers — three boys, one girl named Blue who came from a psychic family — in an adventure to find the sleeping Welsh king Glendower. I've heard a lot of people talk about The Raven Cycle series, praising its theme that revolves around friendship and paranormal fantasy. I also have a feeling that this isn't your typical YA book with annoying characters and stupid love story.

Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

Set in modern day, dystopian Britain where magic aristocrats control everything and non-magic commoners are doomed to serve, this is the first book in a planned series about two families from opposing sides; the mighty and powerful Jardines and the everyday Hadleys and their entwined destinies when one family enters the service of the other. If you've known me for a while, I'm a sucker for anything dystopian. The fact that this book contains magic as well as England is good enough of a reason to be included in my TBR list this year.

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I was debating between reading Six of Crows or Shadow and Bone first but I decided to familiarize myself with the latter first because even though the two series aren't related, Six of Crows is set within the same universe. In Shadow and Bone, the story revolves around Alina Starkov, a teenage orphan who grew up in the land of Ravka whose life changes after she discovers a dormant power to save her best friend. She is then trained as a member of the Grisha, a magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

When I first read the summary of this book, my immediate reaction was... "this is giving me Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus vibe!" — which is one of my absolute favorite books, by the way. Combining fantasy, magical realism and romance, The Weight of Feathers is said to be a beautifully captivating, richly imaginative read about two individuals from two opposing families, the Palomas and the Corbeaus, traveling performers locked in a feud for over a generation.

All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

A novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

The merging of urban fantasy and dystopian science fiction brings you the story of childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead who, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances, live in San Francisco as the world around them starts falling apart. While Laurence is an engineering genius who's working with a group to avert global catastrophe, Patricia is a graduate from an academy for the magically gifted. Little do they realize, their lives are about to cross path and it's up to them to save the world or plunge it into destruction. 

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

When I first saw this in my local bookstore, I was so interested in the cover. I know better than to judge a book by its cover by come on, this one looks interesting! The plot centers around Henrietta Howel, her power to burst into flames and practicing magic under Her Majesty's sorcerers in London. Since I'm in love with anything and everything magic, I just knew I had to include this in my TBR list. I've also read a review on Goodreads saying that even though there are several potential love interests, there isn't any of that love triangle crap where two boys fight over the same girl and the main problem is ignored.

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

I knew about this book from booktuber Hannah over at A Clockwork Reader and when she said this book resonates the same vibe as Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus, I was instantly sold. Hannah herself is a huge fan of Night Circus so I trust her judgment. In The Gracekeepers, the world is divided between Landlockers and Damplings, those who live inhabiting the mainland and those who float on the sea. Inspired by Scottish myths and fairytales, it tells the story of Callanish, a so-called Gracekeeper whose duty is to supervise shoreside burials, sending the dead into the depths of the ocean. Pulling through a life filled with loneliness, North works as a circus performer with a floating troupe of clowns, acrobats, dances and trainers as they move from one archipelago to the next. It wasn't until a sudden storm offshore brought them together that they began to understand the world they live in.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone  (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor

Yet another recommendation from booktuber Hannah that I was first skeptical about due to the U.S cover. I know, I know — don't judge a book by its cover, right? But the U.S cover was screaming cliche fantasy plot to me and I didn't know why! Probably because when I stumbled upon it by accident before I heard Hannah talked about it, I wasn't in the mood for YA fantasy. But I've decided to trust Hannah since her list of books and favorite genre are quite similar to mine. I'm not really sure what the book is about since I haven't really read reviews but here's a summary from Goodreads...

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. 

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. 

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I'm not going to lie and say that the summary intrigued me as much as...say, Caraval does but I'm willing to try it! I also heard the second book is really, really good so fingers crossed. I hope this won't be yet another annoying YA series with stupid heroine and eternal loop of love triangle.

Now reading: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

I decided to drop Katherine Mcgee's The Thousandth Floor to read this book, a book I have been highly curious about. I've been debating whether to buy this book or wait another month. As it turns out, I just cannot not buy it. I have to pick it up! I have to read it! And it's all because people have been comparing this to the Night Circus. Before I heard people were raving and comparing this book to Night Circus, I've been highly interested in the summary as well. Hannah also mentioned this book and said it's such an enjoyable read so.... you bet I'm gonna drop my other books and prioritize this one first! Hannah also said that even though people have been comparing Caraval to the Night Circus, the two of them are not the same. Caraval does carry that circus-y vibe but it has a completely different plot. This book is said to have magic, suspense, drama and plot twists so I'm really, really excited!

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over. 

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. 

Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

What do you plan on reading this year? What are you currently reading?