Ringing in the New Year means it’s time to make new reading goals and a new to-be-read (TBR) pile. Here’s what your library staff have planned for 2018!
I’ve started Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace around 5 times and have only reached page 250 of 1,000+ before my brain turned to mush from flipping back and forth from the main story and the nearly 100 pages of footnotes. I’m determined to knock it out this year!
My reading resolutions for 2018 include reading some books from genres that are not my favorites, including nonfiction, which I never seem to have time to read since I love fiction, and reading classic or popular titles that I’ve never read or classic or popular authors I’ve never read.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Atonement by Ian McEwan
The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Emma by Jane Austen
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1. Read an I-always-meant-to “Classic” novel.
2. Read a comic or Graphic Novel written or illustrated by a person of color.
3. Read a sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author.
4. Read a mystery by a person of color.
5. Read a book about nature.
1984 by George Orwell
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
IQ by Joe Ide
H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
1. Read 50 books this year.
2. Read a book recommended by a family member.
My reading interests are quite varied. I like to read the newest psychological suspense, literary fiction short-listed for a myriad of awards, stories that are sure to make my eyes all puffy and should come with tissues, thought-provoking non-fiction, and more. I do enjoy a good reading challenge; Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge or the POPSUGAR reading challenge are my go-tos. I like the satisfaction of checking off a box once I finish a book, though I don’t hold so strictly to these challenges that I let them prevent me from reading titles I’m really compelled to read throughout the year. I would like to either read some titles on my TBR (To-Be-Read) list or just resolve to the take titles off the list. Some titles that have been sitting on my TBR include; The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, and River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey. I try to read some of the most talked about books throughout the year; currently I’m reading The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn.
Lastly, I’m making a concerted effort to improve my Spanish language capabilities by reading books translated to Spanish that I can read while listening to the audiobook version of that title on Hoopla; I’m slogging through Matar a un ruiseñor.