2018 Reading Challenge

Compared to 2016 when I read a whopping 100 books, I had a slow reading year in 2017. Mostly because K (the Kindle) died and physical books don’t have the same charm it had on me like in my earlier reading years. I have 50ish plus books I haven’t touched yet at home. I only read 13 novels last year which didn’t really leave a dent on my ever growing TBR pile. I did complete my reading challenge, though it doesn’t feel like a win.

For 2018, I plan to read 18 books. That means I need to read 1 book every 21 days or 3 weeks to reach my goal. I don’t know how to do that yet, it will not even lessen my TBR pile because I plan to read books from genres I don’t usually read. I know I have to let go of books I will never have the time to read ever but whenever I think of letting go of them (again), I can’t do it yet. I think I’ll procrastinate and hold on them for a little more time.

Here are some of the books I want to read this year. I am already looking for copies I’ll borrow from friends while the rest would be an e-copy once I get my new Kindle Paperwhite.

Fiction
• Beartown by Fredrik Backman
• Everything I Ever Told You by Celeste Ng

Historical Fiction
• Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
• The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Fantasy
• The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1) by Katherine Arden

Horror
• Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King & Owen King

Young Adult
• The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
• Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
• One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
• Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Humor/Retelling
• My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodie Meadows

YA Fantasy & Science Fiction
• Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
• Warcoss by Marie Lu
• Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
• Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
• Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

GLBT
• History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
• The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Mystery & Thriller
• The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Poetry
• The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Nonfiction
• When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
• The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing

I want to know the books you want to read this year too. Leave a comment or do a post and send me the link. If there are any from my list you want to read too, let’s have a buddy read? Yes?

– wl, a.

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12 Replies to “2018 Reading Challenge”

  1. Everything I Never Told You is one of my favorites! Also, I’m currently reading Turtles All the Way Down. Not a big fan of it so far but then again, I’m only on the 4th chapter. Hahaha. Good luck, A! I only set my goal as 15. Hopefully, I can reach that goal or even exceed it.

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  2. Alona!! I’m planning to go for Google Play Books instead of buying physical copies so I can read while stuck in traffic or waiting in lines (alam mo naman dito sa Pilipinas). But I promised myself to finish all the books I bought at MIBF first.

    As for me, I don’t want to list down books I want to read cause I’ll end up feeling pressured and not enjoy the process. It’s already the 19th of January but I still haven’t started reading anything! I’m excited to read all your reviews! ❤

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    1. I don’t like reading on tablets or smart phones, that’s why I got stucked to not reading anything last year when my kindle died (techinically, still a form of tablet but the no glare and book like feature of Amazon’s Kindle won me over). I’ll get the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite before the quarter ends. I didn’t even purchase any books last year since I haven’t touched the current pile I have at home. I just borrow copies from friends of books I want to read.

      I don’t normally make a list but after years of reading random books from my go to genres, I grew tired of not knowing what to read next. I did try this a few years ago and I got pressured too. This time, I’ll use this list as a guide of what to read instead of “should” read specially now that I’m starting to read from diverse genres.

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      1. I’ve seen the Kindle but another thing that held me back from buying one is it’s another gadget – yung ganung feeling. Anyway, whatever works for you naman. 🙂

        I’m excited to read about what you’ll read. Looking forward talaga ako!

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  3. Nangako ako sa mga tao na babasahin ko ang ilan sa mga librong binanggit nila e, so feeling ko panay ‘yun muna ang nasa listahan ko. Feeling ko rin hindi ko matutupad, haha, pero okay din naman ‘yung may motibasyon slash accountability, haha.

    Anyhoo, dahil tinanong mo, heto ang ilan sa mga librong sana mabasa ko ngayong taon. Sampu lang muna, ‘yung medyo realistic kasi may mga kopya na ako.

    1. The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson)
    2. Literacy and Orality (Walter J. Ong)
    3. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (Arundhati Roy)
    4. Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
    5. Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
    6. The Witches (Roald Dahl)
    7. A Ring of Endless Light (Madeleine L’Engle)
    8. Gun Dealer’s Daughter (Gina Apostol)
    9. The Lonely City: The Adventures in the Art of Being Alone (Olivia Laing)
    10. The Quiet Ones (Glenn Diaz)

    Baka basahin ko rin ang Ready Player One bago lumabas ang pelikula. Hindi ko alam ang rules ng Buddy Reading e, pero pag-usapan natin ‘to ‘pag nabasa na natin pareho! 🙂

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  4. Grabe ka. Nila “lang” mo lang ang 13 na books e 2 lang ata nabasa ko last year! Haha. Nakabili ako ng lumang book, “Murder by Prescription” dahil nainspire ako sayo, pipilitin ko na tong tapusin haha! May 3 thriller pa akong binili na di ko pa nabubuklat 😦 Di na ako updated sa mga bago pero gusto ko basahin mga bago ni Sparks at Albom kung meron saka yung Murder at the Orient Express ba yun.

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