Ready for a confession?
I love lists of book lists.
These get me into trouble, though, because for every book list I add to my Pocket account it means my to-read pile grows exponentially.
But, it’s worth it. Why?
Because I always find a few gems tucked away in these lists. And let’s be honest, is there anything better than stumbling upon a random book and falling in love with it?
Didn’t think so.
In this post, I’m throwing open my electronic file dump and exposing all. My epic list of book lists that I’ve collected so far this year.
If you read any one of these, you’ll have enough to keep you going for years.
So come sit by me, grab a coffee, tea, glass of wine, or root beer, and start adding dozens of books to your wish lists.
2017 Reading Lists
I’ve long thought that school reading lists demonstrate what a country holds important so being able to see the reads of others around the world was pretty fascinating.
I love to see what are considered classics. I’ve always wondered if classics are classic because they’ve been around forever and deemed important by previous generations or because they truly deserve it.
Whenever Summer comes around the reading list list’s begin popping up. I like being counter cultural which is why I make my list of lists once the Summer is over.
I always like seeing the books recommended by people I admire. Thankfully, there are a lot of people to admire in this list that covers a huge diversity of topics and authors.
You bet your bottom dollar I always check Goodreads ratings before I dive into a book. They rarely ever let me down, so it’s interesting to see what books my fellow readers love.
Anyone who knows me would tell you that ‘slightly obsessed with true crime’ is sort of the understatement of the century when it comes to my interests. This list was right up my alley.
I loved finding a list that was heavy on the science books. I think they are criminally underrepresented in these sorts of lists but I find so many of them fascinating.
Sometimes a list of books doesn’t need to have a reason or a theme it’s just a list of cool books the author loved. More often than not I find something good hidden in lists like these.
There are some books that you read and they make a massive impact on your life. They are so rare but when you come upon them it’s pretty magical.
A debate almost as old as the chicken and the egg, what’s better the book or the movie? Feels like 2017 was a year where tons of books hit the big screen so you can be the judge.
When I finish a book I love one of the first things I do is try to either find more from the same author. When that doesn’t work, lists like these are a lifesaver.
When I’m not reading, my real life job is running my own content marketing business (psst, I’m available for hire) so seeing what books have inspired big name entrepreneurs is interesting to me.
I really liked this list. It had a really great variety of both types of books as well as authors which you usually don’t see in some of these lists. It’s a great place to start.
When I lived in New York City I could tell at a glance what books were hot. You’d see everyone reading the same book from the gym to standing in line at Starbucks to the subway. This list makes it a bit easier.
Before you see “YA” and think this isn’t for me, hold your horses. YA books are great and they aren’t just for kids. If you want to dig into some engaging fantasy reads that you can tackle in a weekend, these are great.
I love a good self help book. Sure they can be cliched, but more often than not, I can pick up at least one really good insight that will stay with me.
When famous people unabashedly promote reading my heart grows three sizes. So Emma Watson’s book club is something I am here for.
Ironically, every time a book is banned it makes the book more popular and widely read. And it’s a good thing because these books should never be hidden from the public again.
Can’t hop in a car and drive cross country this year? Well, this might be the second best thing. This list features the most iconic book set in every state in the country.
I’m always interested in these lists. What happens when you read all these books? Are you suddenly well-read? They usually feature a bunch of the same books, so that’s a good place to start.
I am a true romantic at heart despite my crusty sarcastic outer exterior. So I love a love story and will gobble them up when a great one crosses my path and cry into my whisky.
Love this big list of 2017 reading lists? Awesome!
I’m going to keep updating it as we approach the end of the year. So be sure to come back and visit to get more reads.