In 2017, reading became one of those hobbies I struggled to make time for. I could try to make excuses for this, but to be frank I can’t afford to keep up with my own demand. It also hurts that after you buy a book, it’s worth little to nothing on the market. Honestly, the economy’s rooting against readers.
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During the second half of the year, I found this awesome app called Overdrive which lets you borrow ebooks from your city’s public library. All you have to do is own a valid library card, and connect it through the app.
Overdrive saved me. It’s odd how a person can go so long without realizing how much something impacts their life. It’s like tolerating a subtle shade of suffering, until you find your way back to that something again.
Reading on the regular is magic. Whenever I’m tired of writing blog posts or doing school work, I’ll read a book. After that, it’s like I’m motivated to complete hours of work again.
After finding Overdrive I rekindled my relationship with Goodreads, and committed to reading 35 books by December. At times I thought I wouldn’t make it, which was disappointing. I mean, 35 books? That’s nothing for me. But I made it! Right on time.
My reading goal for 2018 is 50 books. I’m going to try branching into new genres and longer lengths to push myself beyond the home I’ve found in YA. You can follow my progress on Goodreads.com or through the mobile app.
Here are a few of the books I want to read in 2018:
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
This novel is essentially The Breakfast Club with a twist. Instead of reconciling with each other and coming to appreciate their differences, one of these Saturday school kids ends up dead. I wanted to read this book last year, but it's so popular that I've been on hold to borrow my library's copy for months.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
This book has also carried over from my 2017 reading list. Though it's not Young Adult, it still falls in line with my favorite type of Fiction. Eleanor is social awkward in that she doesn't hesitate to speak her mind. Girl meets boy, and boy is also socially challenged. Together they save an old man who turns the newly formed pair into an uncanny trio. Honeyman's book discusses mental health and is filled with deadpan wit, meaning it's bound to be a good read.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
Orbiting Jupiter is about a young (school-aged young) father named Joseph who has a rough past, but is devoted to connecting with his daughter. It is told from the perspective of his "new" brother, who is younger and more than willing to help. This book might just destroy me, and I can’t tell if I’m scared or excited. Reviewers say they couldn't help but cry. Ergo, there is absolutely no chance I'll get thought his book tear-free.
I have a feeling it might even win a spot in my Book of the Month reviews, so look out for that one.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Here's the thing: I have never read Sylvia Plath. I follow a Twitter that regurgitates quotes from her novels and every one of them is beautiful to me. I know The Bell Jar isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm baffled as to how I haven't read this book.
Besides being the kind of book I love to consume, The Bell Jar has made my 2018 Reading List because I'm disappointed I haven't read it already.
Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory
This is a non-fiction story about a man whose wife is paralyzed from an accident on the Subway. After the accident, he turns to drawing, and now he has published a graphic novel. This is a journal, turned memoir, executed as a graphic novel. I am extremely interested in this read.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
As a self-help blogger (more or less), it is safe to say I love consuming content that is related to self-help. So, I’ll let Mark Manson fill me in on the Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Don't worry, I'll feed the best bits back to you. I have a feeling it's going to be great.
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
Can I fill you in on a little secret? My second favorite past time is taking a look into the workings of other people’s minds. That's why I love to read. What's the first? Trying to understand my own, haha.
This book is packed with the collections of 161 artists, who share their approaches to achieving success. Of course I'd love to know what inspires those who inspire me. If it's good enough, I might even buy it. I have a feeling this is one of those books that become a home for dog-ears and frenzied pen markings.
Feed by M.T. Anderson
I love stories that pose interesting commentary on our modern world. Particularly if it is critical of the way society has standardized a relatively lackluster approach to life. This book seems to be right up my alley.
It transports readers to a time when people connect to the Internet through their brains. Trips to the Moon are as rare as movie nights and it is way more unusual to think your own thoughts. Interesting...
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Last year I read a book called Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli. I loved it. In fact, I wrote about it on Medium, and I may just draft a review to share my thoughts here. If you are at all curious about this world and how we're all kept together, it's definitely worth a read.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
Thugs? The Midwest? Unexpected Love? It's almost like I'm in high school again. Only this time, the book will have a thicker plot and better grammar.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
This summer I also read Hoover's book, It Ends with Us, which was brilliant. It Ends with Us has somehow snuck its way onto my list of favorites. Now, I would love to read another one of Hoover's novels. Her writing is golden.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
The rave around this book speaks for itself. It is filled with short stories, each providing a glimpse into the minds of the neurologically impaired. Yes! I am ready for it.
Now, I've shared 12 of the books I plan to read this year. How about you?
Do you have any books you want to read in 2018? If so, what are they?
And before you go, if you’re a Goodreads member, don’t hesitate to add me as a friend! I love reading and I love making new friends. There’s no way to lose with that combo. If you want to push yourself to read more often, definitely set a Reading Challenge on the site. It helps to keep you accountable.