Plans for 2017



The End of the Year is almost here and since I’ve got a 4 day weekend [with only 1 1/2 days left!] I figured I should write up some of what I am planning for 2017. That way, nobody will be surprised, including me,

1) First thing will be the potential biggest thing.

A) I’ve stated this around Booklikes but not sure I’ve ever actually said it on my own place. I need a staff member present at Booklikes for me to continue there. For Booklikes to survive, an active, present Staff needs to be there just like how things were back in ’13 or so. If no Staff is present by the beginning of ’17, then I’ll be making my move to WordPress a complete thing. I will be at Booklikes, but not in a meaningful way.

B) I have already started to follow some really great people on WordPress and I am looking forward to finding more. So no matter what happens, I am now on WordPress. You can follow me at:

Bookstooge at WordPress


2) Reading plan for the year.

A) I have about 100 books currently on my kindle and another 100 in my Calibre library with the TBR tag. So I have enough books for next year already. I am going to be curtailing adding new books until I get that 200 a lot closer to 100.

B) I plan on doing a lot of Re-Reading in 2017. I have wanted to do this for quite some time and my little Project Reread this year was an early attempt. Of course, I cherry picked books I knew I already loved, so that helped.This time around, I’ve got several series that took years to read and I want to see how they do over the course of 1 year.

I) Malazan books of the Fallen by Steven Erikson

II) Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert

III) Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia Wrede

IV) Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

V) Patricia McKillip’s books

VI) Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis

VII) Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky

VIII) The Malaz Empire novels by Iain Esslemont

IX) Swan’s War trilogy by Sean Russell

X) ??? Something will take this spot by years end, I just don’t know what yet.

So, very few NEW books added to the TBR. I HAVE to be more picky.

C) Keep up to date on Manga Monday and blow through Eyeshield 21. I have my next series already picked out, Oh My Goddess. Since it is 48 volumes long and I’ll be reading them in paper [I own up through 37 and will be acquiring the rest over the course of the next year], I have enough to take me well into ’18.

D) Read at least one old graphic novel a month. After Superman: Doomed, I need to read some old school comics to keep the dream alive 🙂 I’ve got a bunch of Elseworld stories I will be working my way through.

E) Read War and Peace how I am currently reading Don Quixote. IE, buy a paper copy and mark the daylights out of it.


3) Social Plan


Finally, I won’t get too attached to my Plans, because “Reasons”.





20 thoughts on “Plans for 2017

  1. Paul Bowler says:

    Great plans there for 2017! 🙂

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  2. This is awesome! I am currently re-reading The Malazan Book of the Fallen 🙂 Am only at the start of Deadhouse Gates though, so you will probably catch up with me 😀 I will probably pick it up again in 2017 as I want to finish all of my TBR first. But then it’s definitely back to it! My favourite books were Memories of Ice and the Bonehunters – can’t wait to re-read those!

    Did you read everything by Esslemont? I only read Knight of Knives and The Return of the Crimson Guard but didn’t like them as much and never continued.

    Dune is still on my to-read list this year.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Memories of Ice was my favorite of the Books of the Fallen.

      I have read all of Esslemont, except for his latest, which just came out this year, “Path to Ascendancy” or something.


  3. Great goals, and I wish you luck! And it’s a shame about Booklikes, I maintained a presence for a while there too, but the lack of support and activity there gradually made me drift away.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      There is a solid core group of active people, but without staff, that number just keeps shrinking 😦

      And thanks. I am really looking forward to ’17 and exploring what WP is like.


  4. Transhaan says:

    Great list of plans. The whole Booklikes thing really sucks, but I’m glad to have discovered you on WordPress though! 😀 Love your social plans by the way. 😛

    – Lashaan

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    • Bookstooge says:

      By now, I’m pretty used to booksites disappointing me, sadly.

      Thankfully, with people like you all who post and comment, the move to WP is going really well.

      And social plans. Yeah, none of those for me, thank you very much. I have my books and my couch, so I’m good 🙂

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  5. Oh, how I empathize with your ever-growing TBR pile! 🙂
    The problem is, books are ever worse than candies: no matter how many you already have, there is always that particularly tasty one you have to try out… But that’s part of the fun, isn’t it! 😉

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  6. Manuel Antao says:

    Wonderful take on things. I must do something along the same lines. For now, I just a few random thoughts running around in my ugly, big head……I have to get my act together for 2017.

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  7. Matt Ries says:

    You’ve got a lot planned for 2017, I’m especially interested in reading your reviews of Erikson’s Malazan series. He, along with his series, is among those I want to read once my own TBR pile (+rereads) is decreased.

    Due to the length of Volume 1 of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, I’m going to make that my last “scheduled” book the year. Yesterday I read 54-55 pages, but it was an introductory essay, an introduction by the editor, and Gibbon’s preface; in other words I’m on page 1 of 840. I told you that to say that I’m going to make Don Quixote my first book of 2017, so I plan reading and commenting on your Cervantes posts starting then.

    I’ll be posting my own “plan” for 2017 on January 1 since I’m going by the list I started a few years back.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I really enjoyed the first 5 or 6 of the malazan books when I read them initially, so we’ll see what happens this time around. I AM dreading the final 3 books already though, because I remember hating them 🙂

      Looking at my Quixote read, you’ll catch up, and most likely, surpass me pretty quick. I am going much slower than I was planning, not because I’m not interested, but I just don’t want to rush it. I want to really “get” the book.

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  8. Right now, I’m pretty much committed to abandoning my BL blog after my 2016 reading challenge is done. I’ll still look in from time to time to catch up with the folks who haven’t come to WP or GR but I won’t be adding any new books on there.

    If the people who run the site can’t be bothered with it, why should I? It’s really sad that they’re just leaving it there to deca. If you can’t keep up on it, get rid of it. Don’t drag it out!

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I concur wholeheartedly. Make the place work or shut it down. Since I am philosophically opposed to GR, wordpress and blogger it is for me. And on wordpress I really like the “like” button. Allows me to show someone I read their post even if I don’t leave a comment.


  9. […] For my other plans for 2017, please feel free to read them HERE. […]


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