the-new-youI hope that the holidays have treated you well. 2016 wasn’t a bad year for me on a personal level, but I did really fall down when it came to writing reviews regularly. I do hope to pick up the pace in 2017.

In years past I’ve pledged to read a certain number of books or certain types of books. However, I don’t know if that tactic really works for me — over time, the books that I haven’t yet read become imposing, and the fact that I’ve “promised” to read them makes them less attractive prospects. A lot of what I read depends on gut feelings and moods and recent events. So here’s a list of books that I’d like to read in 2017, as well as ones I’ve promised to review because I was given a copy by the author/publisher.

Books About Politics

  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (I’m currently reading this)
  • The Canadian Constitution by Adam Dodek (Another one I’m currently pecking away at)
  • The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer (You can get it for free!)
  • Fascism: A Very Short Introduction by Kevin Passmore
  • The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  • Rhetoric for Radicals by Jason Del Gandio

Books for Myself

  • Borderline by Mishell Baker
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan
  • Arrival/Stories of Your Life by Ted Chiang
  • Company Town by Madeleine Ashby
  • The Soul of Rumi by Rumi (a collection of poems translated by Coleman Barks)
  • Take Me to Your Chief by Drew Hayden Taylor
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (translated by Gregory Hays)
  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  • House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith
  • Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr
  • Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard
  • Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison
  • The Starlit Wood, edited by Navah Wolfe and Domink Parisien

Books for Which I’ve Received Review Copies

  • Invisible Influence by Jonah Lehrer
  • The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu (I still need to read The Grace of Kings first! Ack!)
  • The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories by A.C. Wise
  • World Atlas of Tea by Krisi Smith
  • Strangers Among Us: Tales of Underdogs and Outcasts, edited by Lucas Law

Will I read all of these books? I have no idea. Chances are that something new, or some resurfaced classic, will capture my attention in 2017. But these are the books that are taking up space in my mind at the moment.