There are only a few days left in 2017, but there are still so many books I want to read. As always, my to-read pile is overflowing, and even though I would like to cut back on my book accumulation this coming year, that trend will probably continue even if I do stop buying books (I literally just checked out 5 books from the library. So. The TBR pile will never cease.)
Here are three books I want to make sure I finish before the end of the year. Let me know if you’ve read any of them!
1. The Screwtape Letters
This one is a reread. I first read The Screwtape Letters in high school when a friend recommended it to me, and uncharacteristically, I have since forgotten almost all of what happens in the book. I’d like to reread this one via audiobook before the end of the year as a refresher. I love C. S. Lewis and have enjoyed indulging in his books this year. During the spring, I read Out of the Silent Planet by Lewis and reconnected with the voice and storytelling that I liked so much about the Narnia series, so I am definitely excited to check this off my list before January!
2. Mrs Dalloway
I’ve never read a full novel by Virginia Woolf. That seems like English-major-feminist blasphemy, but it’s true. I’ve owned a copy of Mrs Dalloway for serveral years which I picked up at a bookstore in Nashville during a visit with a friend (if I’m remembering correctly) and just haven’t gotten around to it until now. So far, I find it really interesting how the narrative voice moves around examining the characters, giving a close up of so many people while still anchoring on Mrs Dalloway. In the interest of reading the oldest unread books on my shelves, I would really like to finish it before the new year.
3. The Hate U Give
This books seems to be on every YA reader’s end of the year list, whether as a favorite or a book they just have to get to next. It’s culturally relevant right now, and from what I’ve read so far, pretty engaging. The reason I want to finish this book before the end of the year, instead of letting it role over into January, is because it was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend. I have begun a tradition of reading whatever book he inevitably buys me for Christmas before the new year. Last year, it was Hi, Anxiety by Kay Kinsman, and this year it will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I look foreword to immersing myself further in the story and seeing what Angie does with it.
What books do you want to squeeze in before the end of the year? Let me know! To make sure you don’t miss future blog post you can follow @halfwaytoitblog on Twitter!
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