This year was actually pretty successful for reading for me. I got through 19 (going on 20) books and really felt like I got something out of each one. Sometimes I get so focused on hitting a number I forget to remember the importance of reading, opening yourself up to something new and different. My book list this year will hopefully keep me excited to read, challenge me, and help me learn something new.
One thing I am going to start doing this year is put an index card in each book as a bookmark. As you go through the book, you write key ideas, notes, quotes on the index card, and then leave it in the book once you’re done. That way, when you’re looking back on it later, you have a few little memory-helpers to remind you of that spark that went off as you turned the pages.
My goal for the year is 26 books, about one every other week. My goal of 50 last year was as ambitious as that giving up ice cream goal I had (lol). I definitely struggled to feel motivated to reach my goal since once I started slipping it was nearly impossible to catch back up. 26 is still a lot, but will keep me going throughout the year.
What else will keep me going is this list of books that I plan on reading!
If you haven’t seen/read Murder on the Orient Express yet, go and do both (read the book first, obviously). The Orient Express made me fall in love with Agatha, and I was pretty impressed with the movie as well. They did, in the end, hint that the next movie may be based of her other book, Death on the Nile, so that will be on my list in hopes of a sequel.
I recently read What Alice Forgot and fell in love with it. This is the same author that wrote the story behind big little lies, the now-HBO series. She was amazing at making you keep guessing and weaving stories together. I read it while traveling last year, and I instantly added a couple of her other novels to my book list.
Probably 10 years behind everyone else since I still haven’t read Sophia Amoruso’s infamous Girl Boss novel, but hopefully it will bring a little motivation and energy in to 2018. Seriously, I’ve listened to her podcast, watched her Netflix show, and now I’m finally getting around to it?! I have issues.
This was on my book list a while ago, but kept getting pushed off because I’m cheap and couldn’t find a good used copy. Hopefully I can take the time to make it to the library or someone will graciously put a cheap copy up on Amazon or at Second & Charles. I just recently read his holiday collection book, Holidays on Ice, and I was cracking up the whole time, perfect for a glass of wine and a lazy night under the tree.
Here’s a quick look at some of what else is on my Amazon Book Wish List:
- Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
- Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
- The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
- The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months by Brian P. Morn & Michael Lennington
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- Mastery by Robert Greene
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Looking at my bookshelf I think I could list off another 100 titles (I really need a bigger bookshelf) that I’m excited for this year, but I hope you’ll follow along my Goodreads account to see all that I’m reading and my thoughts as 2018 comes closer!
What’s on your must read list?!
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