Happy 2018, fellow bibliophiles!!!
I hope you have all had a wonderful start to your new year. I know I certainly have.
I begin this year with an apology. I have severely neglected this site for months as I have put other obligations first.
One of my resolutions/goals for the new year is to give this attention and, by extension, my reading time, the attention it deserves.
With that, I present 18 of the books I hope to read in the coming year. (My ultimate goal is to read 35 books. I was at 30 in 2016 and 29 in 2017…)
- Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann–I’m reading this book right now and it is definitely worth the billing it got as one of the best books of 2017. The true story of a series of murders of Osage Indians right as the FBI was being born, it is well-written and researched.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle–With a movie of this book set to come out in a few months, I want to refresh my memory. I read this book (and its sequels) when I was in middle school or junior high, so it’s been–shall we say–a while…
- The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon–The Bone Season series is fantastic and I’ve been neglecting this third entry since its release in March 2017. While books downloaded on Kindles don’t collect literal dust, I’m brushing this one off to read at some point in 2018.
- Everything by Ruth Ware–I own all three books Ruth Ware has release thus far and have already added her fourth novel to my Goodreads To-Read list. I have heard nothing but good things about Ware’s writing and I can’t wait to check it out for myself. Up first, In a Dark, Dark Wood!
- Cleopatra and The Witches by Stacy Schiff–I’ve been slowly making my way through Schiff’s biography of Cleopatra and was gifted The Witches for Christmas. Her writing style and research make her work fascinating to read.
- Elizabeth, The Queen by Sally Bedell Smith–With a royal wedding and a new royal baby coming in the first half of 2018, catching up on the history of the head of the royal family is a must. (Also, I’m making my way through The Crown on Netflix, so this is a good tie-in there.)
- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson–Narrative non-fiction and true crime are some of my favorite books to read, so this book about a serial killer should be a great read!
- Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham–Gilmore Girls is one of my favorite shows and I’m beyond excited to get some behind the scenes scoops from Lorelai herself.
- The Girls by Emma Cline–A best book of 2016, I’m fascinated to see what all the fuss is about.
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson–This novel has been staring at me from my bookshelf for too long. The concept is interesting and I’m curious to see what it’s all about.
- Me Before You by JoJo Moyes–OK, so I’m waaaayyyy behind the ball on this one. But every time I’ve gone to start this book, I haven’t been in the right frame of mind. (Does anyone else need to be in a good mood to read a sad book?)
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern–Another book I’m way behind the curve on, but I’m still looking forward to reading it.
- In Cold Blood by Truman Capote–The last time I read this classic of the narrative true crime genre, I was in high school. How will a decade more of life experience (including more than 5 years covering crime) impact my perception of this book? Only time will tell.
- You are a Badass by Jen Sincero–Everybody needs a little reminding of this in their life from time to time!
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides–Another book that has been staring at me from my bookshelf for far too long.
- The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon–I LOVE the Outlander series and book 5 is definitely on my to-read list for 2018. (This will likely be my project book that takes me most of the year to get through…)
- Ruth’s Journey by Donald McCaig–Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies and this companion novel was gifted to me several years ago. It’s time I finally read it.
- Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers–Speaking of favorite movies, Mary Poppins is my all-time, number one, I know all the words to it and I’m not ashamed movie. With a sequel coming out late in 2018 (Please don’t mess this up Disney….), I want to read all the books the character was originally based on. Even if she isn’t Julie Andrews.
- BONUS–Something I haven’t discovered yet. I always want to leave room open for that book that takes the literary world by storm or a new release I’m just dying to read Right. This. Minute.
What are you planning to read in 2018? Let me know in the comments!!