While this is late, it is still valid in my mind nonetheless. This year, 2018, I am going to be reading, amongst other activities as I am studying abroad and turning 21 in May (finally).
On the first of January I reevaluated my situation of 2017, where I found myself barely reading or completely finishing anything I picked up. With that, I quickly came to the decision that reading is necessary in 2018. This is one of those new year resolutions I will enjoy pursuing.
I’ve been watching Youtube a lot, especially during my recovery period after getting my wisdom teeth removed a couple weeks ago, and I found myself diving deeper into creators focused on study methods and books. While I find that my own methods of studying work best for me, I have very much so picked up on the tips for reading more, even if you are a student. Ruby Granger is one such youtuber (I’ll link her channel here). She offers the advise of reading when you wake up and go to bed. I’ve been doing well so far on the going to bed portion, need to work more on reading when I wake up. She also advises to bring a book everywhere you go, which is something I am working on too. Now this girl can read. 102 books in 2017, that’s a goal for future years (I’m a slow reader). But I’ve actually made a decently long list to push myself and to have ample options.
My list consists of 3 parts: physical books, ebooks, and audible books. I have just gotten into audible and it is great for subway rides in NYC (or any city for that matter) and allows one easier access to literature as audible is a downloadable app.
I will separate my future texts into 5 parts: reading now, physical books, ebooks, audible books, and completed books.
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (physical)
The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa (ebook)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audible)
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus
The Plague by Albert Camus
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
If on a Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Şafak
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
True Grit by Charles Portis
The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
Big Fish by Daniel Wallace
Fragile Things by Neil Gaimen
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Times Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
Completed List 2018:
1. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
Also, I’m adding a 6th part that consists of books I would like to reread:
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The Old Country by Mordicai Gerstein (a book I read when I was a child and loved madly)
Let me know if you have read one of these books or have any recommendations that are not on the list! I would love to expand its length into 2019.
I’ll post updates on where I am with my completed list and perhaps I’ll write mini reviews of the novels as well.