Feels like forever since I have participated in one of these! It probably is six months or more. But I’m going to try and get back into participating regularly. It won’t be every week but hopefully I can do a couple a month. This one is a particularly pertinent topic for me! Hosted as always by the girls at The Broke & The Bookish, this week’s theme is:
Top 10 2016 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To (But Totally Plan To)
- Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil by Melina Marchetta. I honestly can’t quite believe I still haven’t read this yet. I bought it back in August at the Melbourne Writers Festival where I heard Marchetta speak on it. It seems like I waited for ages for it to come out and then never ended up getting around to reading it. I wasn’t reading a huge amount at the end of last year though so I definitely hope to get to it hopefully late this month or maybe early February.
- Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I was sent this for review last year but it was another one that somehow didn’t make it off the TBR shelf. I have mixed feelings about Picoult. The first couple I’ve tried by her I didn’t like at all but I’ve read a couple of her recent ones and really enjoyed them – The Storyteller was really good. Hopefully this one is too.
- Leave Me by Gayle Forman. Why haven’t I read this yet either? Honestly, I buy so many books!
- Feverborn, by Karen Marie Moning. Okay I know why I haven’t read this. I haven’t seen it in store to buy and the eBook was ridiculously expensive and I refuse to pay that much. Also this series…..I don’t really think it’s still worth ‘autobuy/read’ status. I’ll probably borrow it from the library when I have finally paid my fine.
- Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, by Chris Cleave. Okay I’m a bit behind with my Chris Cleave reading because I haven’t read Gold yet either. My husband bought this one and read it really quickly and it’s been sitting there for me to read ever since. I’ll get to it!
- The Sun Is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon. This comes highly recommended from several people I know.
- Your Heart Is A Muscle The Size Of A Fist, by Sunil Yapa. I saw this in a bookstore in February or so and really wanted to get it but ended up getting something else at the time – the 4th Neapolitan novel I think. I always meant to go back and get it (this was when I didn’t have an actual bookstore and had to travel into Melbourne to buy anything interesting) but never ended up getting around to it.
- Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler. Anne Tyler was referenced quite a bit in a few sessions I was at during the Melbourne Writers Festival. I haven’t read her and this had come out just beforehand so I was seeing it everywhere as well. I definitely want to read it at some stage and find out what I’m missing, not having read Tyler’s work yet.
- Fight Like A Girl, by Clementine Ford. If there was ever a year to read something like this, 2016 was probably it. However I’m not sure any of the issues it is concerned with are going away anytime soon, so 2017 will probably be just as good.
- Rosie Batty: A Mother’s Story by Rosie Batty and Bryce Corbett. I’m cheating with this one as it was released in late 2015 however I bought it in 2016 after the seeing her speak at the Melbourne Writers Fest. This woman’s courage, honestly. Although she’s a well known name in Australia, people overseas may not be aware of her. In a nutshell, Rosie Batty’s 11yo son Luke was murdered by his father, a known violent man who was granted access to his son whilst his son was playing public sports, despite numerous investigations into violent behaviour, restraining orders against him and even a child pornography investigation. He used that to murder his son in a cricket net at cricket practice and since then, Rosie Batty has been an unwavering campaigner against domestic violence. She was Australian of the Year (a title that often comes with public scrutiny and judgement) and was constantly criticised for “grieving in the wrong way” by many people, including women and mothers. I will read it when I think I have the strength to, because I’m sure it’s going to be a very difficult book to read.
So these are the 10 books I had hoped to read last year but will now aim to read this year. I need to keep track of these posts, to kind hold myself accountable to the statements I make! Looking forward to seeing what everyone else intended to read but just didn’t quite get the time to fit in.