Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2017

There are only three months left in 2017 and there are still a few books I really want to read before the year comes to an end. These include fiction and non-fiction, novels and short stories. I’m expecting to love some of them, while others I have more doubts about. Nevertheless, I’m curious about what all of them have to offer.


Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula is the book I have saved for Halloween. This is a horror story told through letters and diary entries. Count Dracula employs Jonathan Harker to advise him on a London home and, sometime after, alarming incidents start unfolding around England.


Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness) by José Saramago

I haven’t read a book by the Portuguese author and Noble Prize winner José Saramago in quite a while, but I plan to change that soon. Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, Blindness in the English translation, is a sort of allegory about how the population of a city goes blind and is confined to an asylum.


O Castelo dos Destinos Cruzados (The Castle of Crossed Destinies) by Italo Calvino

From what I could gather, this is a collection of interlinked short stories based on tarot cards. One of my resolutions for 2017 was to read more short story collections. So far, I have read five, but still haven’t read one where all the stories are connected.


Os Memoráveis by Lídia Jorge

The main character in this book is Ana Maria Machado, a Portuguese reporter in Washington who is invited to do a documentary about the 1974 Revolution. Lídia Jorge is also one of the 100 women writers I want to read in my lifetime, so this is an opportunity to tick another name off my list.


The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine di Giovanni

I’ve been saving this non-fiction book to read during November. It focuses on the civil war in Syria and relies on the personal stories of rebel fighters, families who saw dear ones being imprisoned, and the elite.


The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell

This non-fiction book by George Orwell has been on my shelves for quite a while. It was a freebie when I ordered some books online, and maybe because of that I haven’t felt the urge to pick it up yet. It delves into the lives of the miners of the North of England in the 1930s.


All the Light I Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I really have high expectations for All the Light I Cannot See, because it is set during the Second World War, a time I like reading about, as it usually conveys the worst and the best humans are capable of. But, to be honest, I don’t know much about this book besides that.


Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!


3 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read Before the End of 2017

  1. mkbagwell2017 says:

    Also consider The Box Has Twelve Sides: Thirteen Curious Tales to Delight and Disturb. This is a collection of off-kilter short stories in the vein of the Twilight Zone.


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