While lots of people spend hours, if not days, deciding on goals for the new year. I spend days figuring out my reading list. It’s a very involved process that includes pouring over “Books You Must Read Before You Die” lists, searching through releases by fellow author friends, and finding the lost desperate papery souls on my Goodreads “Want to Read” list.
Then there’s all the hot new books from 2017 that I probably missed… When you’ve got kids home more often than not, quality reading time is hard to find.
Out of the fifty or so titles making up the preliminary list, only twenty-four can survive the final cut. Twelve fiction. Twelve non fiction. Could I read more? Yes, absolutely. However, the best part of the reading experience is spending time sinking into a story and relishing each page. I can’t do that if I’m stressing out about finishing in time.
January’s selections are Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and Strunk and White’s Elements of Style – reviews to come, stay tuned!
2018 (Mostly) Fiction Titles. Drum roll, please:
|Bel Canto – Ann Patchett|
|Ready Player One – Ernest Cline|
|Man from Shenandoah – Marsha Ward|
|Heroes of the Valley – Jonathan Stroud|
|A Darker Shade of Magic – V E Schwab|
|Stardust – Neil Gaiman|
|Looking for Alaska – John Green|
|Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Jonathan A Safran Foer|
|Forest of Hands and Teeth – Carrie Ryan|
|Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman|
|Never Let me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro|
2018 Non Fiction Titles. Kazoo chorus, please:
|The Question of God – Armand M Nicholi, Jr|
|Worlds of Wonder: How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy – David Gerrold|
|Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl|
|Stiff: Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach|
|Lucifer Principle – Howard Bloom|
|Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell|
|Eats, Shoots, and Leaves – Lynne Truss|
|Power Cues – Nick Morgan|
|The Gift of Fear– Gavin De Becker|
|Rules for a Knight – Ethan Hawke|
|Be Different – John Elder Robison|
How about you, dear reader? What titles have made your “Must be read” list this year?
Have you read any of the books on my list? If so, what did you think?
Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
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