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2018 Reading Challenge

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So, now that last year’s has been wrapped up in a slightly messy, bow it is time to move on to the next one. Which has somehow ended up bigger than last year’s, which I did finish but still didn’t finish a book that was technically on the list…again, but I blindly went through my ‘to read’ shelf on Goodreads and just added ones that sounded interesting to me at the time, which was the last week of 2017. I also had to add a bunch of books that I impulsively bought on Boxing Day because I had heard good things and I wanted them in my life. And then there are the pre-orders.

Anyway, the list currently stands at 65. Noticed how I said currently…yeah I hate that too but that is where we’re are. Also, you may notice that there is literally only one play on here working in almost complete opposite to this post, but that’s where we are at with that.

Be warned this is going to be lengthy, there are 65 books on the list:

1) Red QueenVictoria Aveyard –  The whole damn series of this book will be read this year. They are all on the list, given that this is book one we are obviously going to start with this one.

2) Glass Sword, Victoria Aveyard – Yeah, they’re all coming back to back. I’m gonna start as I mean to go on. And this will be the year that I complete not one, but 3, whole series and don’t just leave the first book hanging as I am prone to do.

3) King’s Cage, Victoria Aveyard – There’s the third one.

4) War Storm, Victoria Aveyard – Not gonna lie, I forgot that there was going to be a fourth one to this series and so this was added after I had thought the list was complete and knew that this list was probably going to be ever lengthening. It’s gonna involve a lot of deep breaths, it’s gonna be fine.

5) Cruel Crown, Victoria Aveyard – And we conclude this whole series. First 5 books down.

6) London Fields, Martin Amis – This feels like it might be a little heavy hitting, although I don’t actually know what it’s about, but the cover seems a tad intense and yes I am judging it by that.

7) The Girl of Ink and Stars, Kiran Millwood Hargrave – I’m looking forward to reading this actually, I had kind of forgotten about it, but then I remembered how much people liked it and it got me excited again.

8) Fight Cub, Chuck Palahniuk – Kinda looking forward to going back to Palahniuk’s writing, it was something that I enjoyed the first time.

9) A Darker Shade of Magic, VE Schwab – I am far too stressed about the fact that this does have me leaving a first book hanging again, which I kind of knew would happen when I bought it on a whim in the first place.

10) Shockaholic, Carrie Fisher – I’m both apprehensive and hyped to read this.

11) Postcards From the Edge, Carrie Fisher –  I’m gonna read 3 of her books this year. And it’s probably still not going to feel like enough.

12) The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher – I don’t think I wanna read this for reasons, but also I need to read it.

13) Big Little Lies, Lianne Moriarty – This is one of those books that I am looking forward to reading because I loved the show so much and I wanna see how they differ.

14) The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood –  This is gonna be intense. I just know it. Headspace is gonna be everything when I go to read this.

15) the princess saves herself in this one, amanda lovelace – I really do need to read more poetry. And this is currently the only one that I have.

16) the witch doesn’t burn in this one, amanda lovelace – I discovered while I was compiling the list that there was a sequel of sorts to the other one and so here we are adding another poetry collection to the list.

17) The Uncommon Type, Tom Hanks – I forgot about this book and had to tag it on. It raised the number again.

18) The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafron – I’m intrigued by this book, looking forward to reading it.

19) Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas – Yet another book I’m gonna leave hanging. I have so many open ended series on the go that I read the first book from and then never appear to return to no matter how much I want to.

20) All That She Can See, Carrie Hope Fletcher – I am curious as to where this is going and figuring out further how I feel about her style of writing.

21) When the Curtain Falls, Carrie Hope Fletcher – Apparently though I am not going to wait to have read that book before buying her next one because it’s already on pre-order…

22) The Little Friend, Donna Tartt – I have missed Tartt’s writing, going back to it will be great..

23) Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert – It’s time to figure out the hype.

24) Now I Rise, Kiersten White – I loved the first one, looking forward to getting back to these characters.

25) Bright We Burn, Kiersten White – And this will be another series that I can marked as finished when this gets published. Again, I forgot about this and had to add it to the list, which ticked it up ever higher.

26) Godsgrave, Jay Kristoff  – If the next book for this series comes out this year, I don’t wanna know about it.

27) Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen – I’m almost tempted to scrap this off the list, just because I’ve put it off for so long what’s a little longer? I’m not, but there is a part of me that is thinking about it.

28) The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck – Same as above.

29) The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas – I have heard so many great things about this book I just have to read it.

30) Legendary, Stephanie Garber – This may be the quickest turnaround for the reading of a second book that I have ever scheduled for when I haven’t gone in to outright read the whole series from start to finish. But loved it so much I need to know what is happening with these characters.

31) Rebel of the Sands, Alwyn Hamilton – For some reason I just haven’t got around to reading this series yet, even though it seems like it would be right up my street. So this is the year that I’m gonna do the whole thing in one.

32) Traitor to the Throne, Alwyn Hamilton – There’s the second.

33) Hero of the Fall, Alwyn Hamilton – And fortunately for me the 3rd book gets published this year and so I can complete it all. Yay.

34) Everless, Sara Holland – This book came onto my radar and I was hella intrigued hella fast and before I knew it I was putting it on my list and preordering it.

35) The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho – I do not get how I have never read this before and so I am going to do now, when the book arrives in my life.

36) Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman – I had never heard of this book until the film and then it was everywhere and obviously my interest was piqued and so here we are.

37) History is All You Left Me, Adam Silvera – I’m reading both the books by Silvera that are on my radar, I was only going to read one but I couldn’t decide so I picked both. They are already on their way to me.

38) They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera – Here’s the second one. I’m excited to read both.

39) The Belles, Dohnielle Clayton – I’ve seen a lot of positive reviews regarding this book and the cover is all kinds of stunning and so I am gonna get ‘er done and pretend I’m not starting yet another series…

40) Runaways, Rainbow Rowell – I will read anything written by Rowell, that’s it.

41) The Sun and her Flowers, Rupi Kaur – Her first collection was heavy, I’m interested as to what her second will bring.

42) The Virgin Suicides, Jeffery Eugenides – I was gonna read this like 7 years ago and then just didn’t, so now is the time.

43) The Kids Are All Right,  Diana Welch – I’ve no idea what to expect from this book, but it was on my to-read shelf on Goodreads and the title intrigued me so here we are.

44) Seriously…I’m Kidding, Ellen Degeneres – I love Ellen and yet I’ve never read anything she’s written, so I’m starting here for the time being.

45) The Burning World, Isaac Marion – I found out recently that there was a sequel to Warm Bodies and well that got me interested because I can’t think of where it will go and I need to find out.

46) Simon vs the Homo Spaiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli – This has been on my radar for years and was fully bumped up after I watched the trailer for the film.

47) Hunger, Roxane Gay – This will also be the year of reading Roxane Gay work. This is one of 3 books.

48) Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay – The second.

49) Difficult Women, Roxane Gay – And the last one. There is a theme I know.

50) I Am the Messenger, Markus Zusak – We all know how I feel about the other Zusak work I have read. I wanna know what else he has to offer.

51) My So Called Freelance Life, Michelle Goodman – I discovered as I was going through my ‘to read’ shelf that I have a lot of these kind of non-fiction/self help books on there and so I have shifted a lot of them onto this year’s reading challenge shelf. I think this might be a useful read for me.

52) Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher – I want to read this book before the second season of the show comes out and also see where they differ, because from what I understand there are some drastic differences.

53) The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, Sarah Knight – I could have really done with this book last year, but better late than never.

54) The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla – I need to read this book. That’s all I’ve got on this.

55) The Crucible, Arthur Miller – And here we have the one and only play scheduled for reading this year. It’s nice and easy.

56) Carol, Patricia Highsmith – There are a fair amount of LGBT stories on this list, I’ve made that a conscious effort this year. And trying to read from POC writers, which I feel I’ve been less successful at. Better, but not as good as it could have been.

57) Everyday Sexism, Laura Bates – This book has been on my radar for a while now, so now it is finally time to read it.

58) Girl Up, Laura Bates – And this one. I am also very aware that Bates has a third book coming out this year, but I’m gonna wait until it has a paperback before I even think about reading it.

59) Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari – I have a great appreciation for this man and so I am looking forward to reading this.

60) Why Not Me?, Mindy Kaling – I loved her first book and so I am looking forward to reading her second one.

61) A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood – I love the film adaptation of this and have just been very slow to read the book.

62) The Defining Decade, Meg Jay – I turn 25 in a couple of weeks and the past few years have kind of been a bit of a mental clusterfuck and kinda draining so the idea that this is the defining decade kind of makes sense but is also kind of terrifying. And I’m hoping this book will do something to make sense of it all.

63) It’s Not Me, It’s You, Mhairi McFarland – I’m in this for the title. Kinda. And also the contents.

64) Generation X, Douglas Coupland – I don’t even really know what this book is but the title interested me as I was going through my to-read shelf and so it shifted to this list.

65) Lost Boy, Christina Henry – The concept of Peter Pan is being played around with here, I am only so strong. And I quite liked the concept of Alice which I read last year and for the most part it is I liked the way it was written.

And that is my year in books. It’s nice and small. Totally doesn’t have the potential to get longer at all.

It’s fine.

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  • soccerspook

    Seriously…I’m Kidding is a hilarious book!

    This is quite a list, I don’t think I could plan out the books I read for the year… I prefer spontaneity 🙂

    • Sophie

      I used to enjoy that, but then I found that I am much more productive as a reader when I take out some of the element of choice.

      I’m looking forward to reading Seriously…I’m Kidding, I love Ellen

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