I know I am probably a little bit behind everyone else, but seeing as it is still January, it’s ok for me to talk about my reading resolutions for 2018… right? Usually, I set myself a simple reading target, a set amount of books I want to read. However, as it is my first year of blogging on Don’t Bend the Spine *jazz hands* I thought I would set myself some challenges to mix things up a bit.
Resolution #1: Read More Thrillers
Can’t-stop-reading, hold-my-breath-its-so-tense, stay-up-until-2am-to-finish-it – I love a good thriller. I’m surprised that I only read FOUR of them last year, so I definitely want to read more in 2018. I enjoy stories with unreliable narrators and twists that tie me up in knots when I try to work them out.
Of course, there are SO many other books I want to read in the thriller genre, but these four are at the top of my reading list:
- Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan
- Anything You Do Say by Gillian McAllister
- The Surrogate by Louise Jensen
- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Resolution #2: Read More Non-Fiction
I know I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I enjoy reading non-fiction, and I’d like to do more of it in 2018. In particular, I’d like to read some non-fiction books focusing on feminism and women’s history, as well as books from authors with a BAME background.
If I only read four non-fiction books this year, I’d like it to be these books:
- The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts
- The Women Who Shaped Politics by Sophy Ridge
Resolution #3: Read The Chaos Walking Trilogy
An author I desperately want to read more of is Patrick Ness, so I am setting myself a resolution to read his bestselling, award-winning series, the Chaos Walking trilogy. Set in a dystopian world, everyone can hear each other’s thoughts, in a stream of images, words and sounds. Crikey, if anyone heard my thoughts it would be a constant stream of “did I lock the front door?” and “did I send that email to the right person?” (I’m starting to think I definitely should get out more). I’ve already bought the first book in the series, The Knife of Never Letting Go, and I can’t wait to start reading it. I hope I love the series as much as everyone else does.
In terms of general reading resolutions, I’ve set myself the target of 50 books for my GoodReads reading challenge. Perhaps I’m being unnecessarily pessimistic, but this may not be a challenge I complete this year. It’s the 23rd January and I’ve only read one book so far – argh!
Have you set yourself any reading resolutions in 2018?