Between all of the Tweets and Insta-grids summarising last year on my feed, and perhaps yours, I feel quite reluctant to add my own to fray. I tend to find it apt to look forward rather than backwards at this time of year and 2018 is no different. I often get the itch to make some sort of change, wether that be my job, my health, or to pick up a hobby – and today I think I’ve finally put my finger one what I’d like to do in the new year.
You may have noticed that last year I took a break from a Goodreads Reading Challenge. I find myself under pressure whenever I take part in the Goodreads challenges and although I thrive on that feeling of achievement when I hit my target, I just didn’t have the time or the mental space in 2017. I was so busy with my glue gun at my dining table most evenings for my bridal bouquet ready in time for wedding in April, and then we moved home and I had a new job to settle into so Christmas practically fell onto my new doorstep – I hadn’t the time to even think on the miserable number of books I’d managed to squeeze in between it all (it was nine!).
I noticed the other day that my bookcase is fuller of books I haven’t read, rather than those I had so I set about with a pen and paper and composed a list. This list is the books I want to read by the end of 2018. That’s right, I’m officially tackling my TBR pile!
These books have been clogging up my bookcase for close to two years so I’m setting about the challenge on myself to not just read them, but to not buy a single new physical book for a whole year. The only exception to this rule is new Kindle ebooks, BUT I must have ten books or less to finish from my list of forty-three before I go on an Amazon store spree. I’ve got to read these books because I’ve got so many in my collection that I’ve wanted to read but never gotten around to and my bookcase needs a very thorough clear out at the same time.
Below is my master list of books in my TBR pile for your beady eyes to judge me over:
Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant, #5) – Ben Aaronovitch
Do Not Say We Have Nothing – Madeleine Thien
It Was Snowing Butterflies – Charles Darwin
In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom -Yeonmi Park
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
A Slip Under The Microscope – H.G Wells
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
Elizabeth Is Missing – Emma Healey
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
A Long Way Down – Nick Hornby
Circles of Hell – Dante Alighieri
Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1) – Hilary Mantel
The Hundred Names of Darkness (The Wildings, #2) – Nilanjana Roy
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) – Leigh Bardugo
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, #1) – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) – Sarah J Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) – Sarah J Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) – Sarah J Maas
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2) – Hilary Mantel
White Teeth – Zadie Smith
When Dimple Met Rishi – Sandhya Menon
Wintersong (Wintersong, #1) – S. Jae-Jones
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
Caraval (Caraval, #1) -Stephanie Garber
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – Oscar Wilde
Pandaemonium – Christopher Brookmyre
Marina – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Midnight’s Children – Salman Rishdie
Battle Royale – Koushun Takami
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir – Jenny Lawson
Paradise Lost – John Milton
The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx
Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
When We Collided – Emery Lord
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The Vegetarian – Kang Han
Circe and the Cyclops – Homer
Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
I’ll be going back to my monthly reading round-ups starting from the end of January and then will be linking those posts back to this master list for my own record. Feel free to share or bookmark this post if you’d like to read up on what I’ve thought of each book when I’ve finished in my round-ups.
I’m quite looking forward to doing something like this again because I really miss having a target to read towards and it’s quite an impressive feeling to look back on the actual volume of words I can get through in a year. I have two books on the go and nearly finished right now so as soon ad they’re done with I’ll be cracking on with this list.
Have you set yourself a reading challenge this year? Do you enjoy them or does it feel more like a chore? Let me know in the comments.