I never make a tbr (to-be-read) as I usually read depending on my mood. I pick books sometimes just to find that I am not in a mood to read them. But this year, I wanted to make a list just for my own reference. This list will help me understand which books are top priority on my shelf. I may not be able to read all these in 2017 and may have to push some of these to 2018. But I just wanted to have a list that I could refer to if I was unsure what book to read next.
I have way too many unread books on my shelf. I had reduced that number this year and then again went on a buying spree which resulted in lot of unread books. I am not worried though as I always wanted to own a huge library of my own so I am already on the way.
I am also planning to participate in Vintage Sci-fi event in January (hosted by Little Red Reviewer) for which most of these sci-fi books will work as they were all published before 1979. Also I am planning to make 2017 a sci-fi year and want to read more sci-fi than anything else.The books that I am planning to read in 2017 are –
- Foundation series – I have read the original trilogy already so this will be a reread. Along with that, I am planning to read all the prequels and sequels to this series. This is one of my favorite series ever and I was blown away when I read the trilogy many years back. I am not sure if my opinion is going to change when I read it again. I read “The Lord of the rings” again this year and liked it even more than I did the first time so I am hoping that would be the case with this series as well. This book has science fiction, politics, mystery, intergalactic empire and everything that I love.
- The man in the high castle by Philip K. Dick – I started reading this book this year and must have read 40-50 pages and I liked the part that I read. I then kept it aside to read some other book but my curiosity is making me want to pick up the book again. I watched the first episode of the TV series and want to watch the rest once I am done with this book. This book talks about an alternate history where Germany and Japan won the second world war, instead of the allies.
- Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein – Heinlein along with Clarke and Asimov, is considered one of the three fathers of Sci-fi. Since I am already a fan of the other two, I am curious to see how I will find Heinlein’s books. I am planning to read this book in January for Vintage Sci-fi. This one is on top of my tbr list. I have not read many military sci-fi books so I am intrigued.
- Ringworld by Larry Niven – This is another author that I am very much interested in. I have not read anything by him and want to start with this book soon.
- The Forever War by Joe Haldeman – I have read couple of chapters from this book and liked whatever I have read so far. This book was on my tbr for november but somehow I could not read it. I want to definitely read it in 2017.
- Solaris by Stanislaw Lem – This book is considered one of the best sci-fi novels ever. I have not seen the movie too which I want to watch after reading the book. I am planning to read the book and then watch the movie in 2017.
- Dune by Frank Herbert – Being a huge sci-fi fan, I have not read Dune. I am ashamed to admit that. This is considered the best sci-fi novel ever by most of the sci-fi fans so I have to read this book soon. But the only reason for not reading it is that this book is huge and bulky. It intimidates me with its size.
- The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene – I got a copy of this book some 5-6 years back and I still have not read it. I watched Greene talk on Nova about string theory and ever since I saw that show, I have been wanting to read it. I have to read this book in 2017.
- The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov – Again, another book which was sitting on my shelf from 5-6 years. I tried to read this when I bought it, but for some reason I was not in the mood for it. This is considered Asimov’s best novel by many people so I have to read it soon. I also heard this is one of the best time travel books ever written.
- Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb – I consider myself a huge fantasy literature fan and I still have not read anything by Robin Hobb. I can’t believe it. I have to read something by her this year and if I like it, I would like to finish this series in 2017.
- The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – I had planned on reading this book this year but somehow could not as I suddenly lost interest in fantasy somewhere in mid-2016 for unknown reasons. I have to read this book and other books in this series soon.
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie – I have heard nothing but good things about this book. Everyone seems to like it and it has won Hugo and Nebula awards. I have to read it soon. Also any story with space and space shuttles, I am in.
- The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell – I think I read one or two chapters in this book and loved them so much! The beginning itself was mind blowing. I am not sure why I did not continue reading this book. This book is about Vikings and I have to read it soon and also watch the TV series after I am done. I also want to read all the books in the series.
I also have few classics that I want to get to this year –
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – I can’t believe that I have not read this classic yet. I did read around 50 pages I think and totally loved it. The writing was phenomenal. Probably one of the most well written books I have ever read. I have to finish this book.
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – I read few chapters but found them to be boring. That is the reason why I have not picked this book again. But I do want to force myself to finish it as so many people like it. I am hoping that it gets better as we progress.
These won’t definitely be the only books that I read in 2017. I am going to choose books depending on my mood for sure. But I want to finish some of these books atleast in 2017. And maybe complete all these by 2018/2019.
What is on your tbr for 2017? What are you planning to read?
Have fun with Vintage Sci-Fi Month! One of these years I want to join, but it’s always after Sci-Fi November and in December I usually need to catch up with some of the other genres 🙂
Thanks Mogsy. I so agree with you. I have quite a few fantasy books that I need to catch up with in the next few months.
I have not read Heinlien, Clarke or Asimov! But now I know where to start. Or maybe I can start with Jane Eyre. Let’s see.. I like Sci-Fi. Used to, I mean.
Yeah give one of these authors a try and see if you like them. But they are not fast paced so you need lot of patience, just like with classics.
Excellent selections. I personally would like to read The Man in the High Castle. As you said, it tells alternate history where Germany and Japan were victorious in WW2. (Do you think Subash Chandra Bose would have become the first Prime Minister of India? He sought the help of Japanese for liberating India from the British.)
Oh yeah, trying to think what would have happened if India was liberated from British with the help of Japanese is an interesting idea. If that were true, we would probably have no Pakistan and no wars. It is a good topic for a novel too 🙂
The end of eternity is the brilliant book . One of the best by Issac Asimov. I loved your list. I will try to compile my own list inspired by you.
oh thanks. I will prioritize End of eternity over other books then. Would love to see your list!
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Great list! You reminded me I have Ringworld sitting on a shelf somewhere around here…
🙂 This post was also kind of like a reminder for me to pick these books from my shelf.
Good to see your love for books grow, Ash.oh please do finish little women. I love that book. ☺
Oh thanks Dil. I should read Little Women this year then. 🙂
I consider all the unread books I own to be my TBR, but I like to have fun making short-term lists that I then cheerfully ignore when the time comes to pick up the next book 😉 Next year, I will definitely be finishing the Temeraire books (4 to go!) and joining you in some classic SF (a Dune reread is on my list, along with Asimov’s Robot stories; after that, we’ll see – I’d like to read at least 6 classics across the year). I also want to complete my reread of Iain M Banks’s Culture novels. This year has been low on fantasy, so I also want to go back to my roots and see how I find it. I’m looking forward to reading Den Patrick and Jen Williams next year.
Haha same here. I make all these lists and then end up picking a different book to read. I want to get back to reading some fantasy too next year. This year I did not read many fantasy books.
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I’m very good at jumping from one series to another so my goal for the next year is to finish up some series that I have left hanging.
Oh me too! I usually read the first book in a series and then go ahead and pick a new series.
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I read Assassin’s Apprentice and enjoyed it quite a bit. But not enough to read the rest of the books in the series. Thinking about it now, and I don’t think I will continue with it anyway. Nice, but not memorable enough.
Dune though is awesome!
I need to see if I will like Assassin’s Apprentice. Need to read Dune soon.
Quite the list you have here. And we do have the same classics on our TBR for 2017 – Little Women and Jane Eyre. Let me know when you plan to get to them, and we could possibly do a buddy read of sorts?
P.S. I have made a list of books for 2017 too (yet to publish it though). Hopefully soon.
Oh that’s great. Let’s buddy read the classics then. When are you planning to read them? Let me email you. Would love to see your list for 2017.