My Winter 2017 TBR List

My Winter 2017 TBR List On Novels And Nonfiction

I spent the last two weeks making plans for what I would post about and review on Novels And Nonfiction in Winter 2017. I’m a little more confident this time around – compared to when I was completing my Fall 2016 TBR list – that what I’m including in this post will match what I actually end up reading this season. I was spot on in terms of the number of books I was able to read in the Fall (I planned for 40 and read 38). I’m being a little more ambitious for Winter 2017 because I’ll have the jump start of 2 full weeks in Milan, during which I typically have plenty of time to read and relax.

I’m hoping to read a total of 42 Books in Winter 2017. That includes 14 Nonfiction titles (some centered around booklists I’m planning on Hillary Clinto, True Crime and China), 12 Contemporary Fiction books (including 4 for an Author Spotlight on Liane Moriarty), 4 Historical Fiction books and 6 Classics (including 3 for an Author Spotlight on Virginia Woolf). In addition I’ll be reading 6 books that are not included in this post for my January and February Book Of The Month packages, which I will be selecting in the future.

Pray for me that I don’t get hopelessly behind immediately and have to change all my carefully laid plans for the blog. Although, I guess even if it happens that’s okay – you live and learn and I’m just starting out blogging 🙂

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Hidden Figures by Margo Lee Shetterly  (September 6th 2016)

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The Glass Universe by Dava Sobel (December 6th 2016)

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These two books are similar in that they both deal with pioneer women who made their mark on astronomy back when women were discouraged from pursuing scientific careers. Hidden Figures has been turned into a movie that is being released on December 25th, 2016 and I just got access to the book from my library. I also received a Net Galley ARC for The Glass Universe and was very excited to read that some of the female scientists discussed in the book went to my same college, Wellesley.

American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin (August 2nd 2016)

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Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry (August 9th 2016)

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I picked these two titles to add to the True Crime book list that I’m planning for early February, alongside 4 or so other titles I’ve already read. I have to confess I know nothing about Patty Hearst but American Heiress sounds deliciously salacious. And just like everyone else I was fascinated by Season 1 of the Serial podcast, and I’m hoping that this book by Adnan Sayed’s family friend Rabia Chaudry dispels some of the doubts I have about the case.

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Big Girls Don’t Cry by Rebecca Traister (September 14th 2010)

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A Woman In Charge by Carl Bernstein (June 5th 2007)

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Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton (April 19th 2004)

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Stronger Together by Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine (September 6th 2016)

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I’m planning a book list on Hillary Clinton for just before the Presidential Inauguration, in part to help me work through my feelings of loss at her failed campaign. I’ve never understood other people’s negative views of Hillary and I’m eager to learn more especially about her earlier life. I personally think she may have been the most extraordinary Presidential candidate we’ve had to date in terms of her qualifications, and I also think it’s important to reflect on how gender discrimination still plays such a significant role in our female politician’s chances of success.

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Under The Tuscan Sun by France Mayes (September 2nd 1997)

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I received a copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Under The Tuscan Sun from Blogging For Books and I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing it. I’m expecting it to be sort of like Eat Pray Love, but just focused on Italy.

Cannibalism by Bill Schutt (February 14th 2017)

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I think the first time I heard about this upcoming title was in early 2016, and immediately the scientific nonfiction lover in me was intrigued. It may seem like a gory or stomach-churning topic to some, but I’m weird about stuff like this. I just finished a book all about human autopsies and loved it, so this seems right up my ally.

Year Of No Clutter by Eve Schaub (March 7th 2017)

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This book isn’t coming out until March, but I was able to snag an ARC from Net Galley. I’ve slowly veered away from my usual minimalism this year, and I want to get back to only owning things that have a purpose and a place. Accumulating books is definitely part of the problem, but as a book blogger, cutting back on those might be impossible.

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China’s Economy by Arthur R. Kroeber (April 28th 2016)

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Age Of Ambition by Evan Osnos (May 13th 2014)

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Dealing With China by Henry M. Paulson Jr. (April 14th 2015)

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China’s increasingly central role in the world makes me want to be as knowledgeable as possible about its inner workings. I picked these three books to read in preparation for a book list on China I have planned for March. It’ll be a bit wider ranging in topics than my North Korea book list – with books on China’s economy, history, and recent near-colonization of Africa.

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Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (February 7th 2017)

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Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner (June 28th 2016(

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Siracusa by Delia Ephron (July 12th 2016)

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The first three novels in this section were my selections for my December 2016 Book Of The Month delivery. I’m especially excited about Swimming Lessons and Siracusa, because I’ve heard great reviews about both. I’m taking all three with me for my trip to Milan over the holidays, and I’m planning on taking some great Instagram pictures of them in picturesque Italian settings.

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (January 23rd 2017)

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I heard about Difficult Women on the Book Riot podcast and I was lucky enough to snag an ARC of it from Net Galley. From Amazon’s description, it’s , a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection.

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Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty (July 26th 2016)

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (July 29th 2014)

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What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty (June 2nd 2011)

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The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty (June 14th 2012)

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I listened to three of Liane Moriarty’s books in audiobook format this Fall – Three Wishes and The Last Anniversary (which I loved) and The Husband’s Secret (which I didn’t really like). I’m excited to read more of her work in preparation for an Author Spotlight on her that I’ve scheduled for mid-January 2017.

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News Of The World by Paulette Jiles (October 4th 2016)

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This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel (January 24th 2017)

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I feel like pretty much everyone has been talking about Paulette Jiles’ News Of The World. I must have heard it recommended half a dozen times on Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s podcast. It’s also one of the early 2016 picks for the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club that I’m part of along with This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.

Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (September 6th 2014)

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This is book 3 in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Series. I’ve been reading and reviewing each book in turn and though I think I might be done with the entire series by the end of Winter 2017, I’ve only scheduled a review of Book 3 for now. The Book 4 review will likely come in early Spring.

House Of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (March 7th 2000)

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This is another book I’ve been hearing about over and over. I’m very intrigued by the fact that the structure of the book is atypical, with words patch-worked onto pages with lots of white space in between. The structure of the book is supposed to add to the experience of the mystery the novel is about – it’s an original concept that I’m looking forward to experiencing.

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (August 2nd 2016)

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The 2016 winner of the National Book Award and one of Oprah’s picks, this is a must read. The reviews of it that I’ve heard have been mostly positive, with a few negative outliers. I’m hoping I’ll be with the majority in loving it.

The Magdalen Girls by V.S. Alexander (December 27th 2016)

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This is another Net Galley ARC that I’m really excited about. The story sounds compelling and moving – it’s about women who were relegated to workhouses for being too ‘rebellious’ for the times.

Before The Rains by Dinah Jefferies (February 23rd 2017)

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I loved Dinah Jefferies most recent release The Tea Planter’s Wife (read my review here) and so I was very excited to get an ARC for her upcoming release Before The Rains. Jefferies writes complex, believable historical fiction with gorgeous descriptions of Southeast Asian countries.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (August 10th 1998)

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This has been a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to read Outlander for quite a while. I hope to get into the series and eventually make it a feature on my blog like the Elena Ferrante series, reviewing each book in turn.

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The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco (1980)

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I still have my Italian paperback version of The Name Of The Rose sitting on a shelf pristine as it stares at me and wonders why I haven’t read it yet. I purchased it back in August in Milan, so it’s about time I get around to it.

Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence (1928)

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Another classic that has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. Apparently it’s very risque, so I don’t know why I haven’t been tempted to read it sooner. Like The Name Of The Rose, its one of the books on the 1000 Novels list by the U.K. Guardian newspaper that I’m slowly working to complete.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (1985)

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This paperback is intimidatingly thick but I think the story itself is probably adventurous, romantic and relatively light. I’m kind of envisioning Gone With The Wind set in the Wild West. Hopefully I’m not too far off the mark.

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A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929)

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Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928)

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The Waves by Virginia Woolf (1931)

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I’ve read most of Virginia Woolf’s books, including A Room Of One’s Own and The Waves, but they were the two that I remembered the least so I decided to re-read them ahead of an Author Spotlight of Virginia Woolf scheduled for late February 2017. Orlando I actually haven’t read, so it’ll be my first time.


What titles are you most excited to read in Winter 2017? Let me know in the comments!

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  12 comments for “My Winter 2017 TBR List

  1. December 19, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    What a great list! I also plan on reading The Underground Railroad this winter. Have you read anything else by Umberto Eco? I love his books, especially Foucault’s Pendulum, but I know very few people who have read his books. I also like all the Hillary books, what a wise reading idea for the inauguration.

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    • December 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      I haven’t read Umberto Eco before. I’m starting with The Name Of The Rose and then I’ll explore his other works. Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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  2. December 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Great list! Swimming Lessons and News of the World are on my tbr as well. Happy reading!

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  3. sarahsbookshelvesblog
    December 20, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Oh my gosh – you’ve really got everything planned out! Do you stick to it?
    Glad to see Siracusa on there and I’m excited for Swimming Lessons as well. And, I really enjoyed American Heiress.

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    • December 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      This is my first time planning out more than 2 weeks to a month in advance so we’ll see 🙂 I’m hoping to get a jump start over the holidays to give myself some breathing room

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  4. December 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Oh wow, you really plan your content. I’m awed by that. I’m such a blogging wreck by comparison!
    It looks like you have some GREAT books planned for yourself. I just finished Siracusa yesterday and really liked it. Will be checking back to see what you think.
    A lot of your non-fiction titles are intriguing to me: American Heiress, Adnan’s Story, Living History…
    And I’m always looking for good historical fiction – Magdalen Girls is sticking out for me!

    I don’t have any plans for what to read – I tend to go book to book!

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    • December 20, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      I’m definitely a major planner but we’ll see if I can stick to it. I need to plan to feel like I know in what order to read stuff, especially for multi book posts like book lists or author spotlights but I may get behind. We’ll see 🙂

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  5. December 26, 2016 at 12:45 am

    It’s insane how many books we have in common. My daughter-in-law and I are tossing around the idea of a buddy read for Hidden Figures, then a girls night out for the movie. Swimming Lessons is the book I got from Book of the Month, but I haven’t started it yet. The Underground Railroad I read this year. News of the World is a book I purchased this week, and Lonesome Dove was among the books I received for Christmas, among others that we have in common. It’s so exciting to find likeminded readers to connect with. Happy reading.

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    • December 26, 2016 at 1:00 am

      That’s awesome! It’s cool that we share so many books on our TBR list. I’m reading Hidden Figures right now and it’s done well for scientific/historical nonfiction – a good balance of science/inspirational life stories/historical context.

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  6. January 5, 2017 at 4:32 am

    I’ve never understood why people hate Hillary so much either. I think she’s amazing and agree that she’s one of the most qualified presidential candidates we’ve seen. I’m not sure I’m ready to read about her in my grieving process, but I would like to learn more about her once I’ve recovered.

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