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Reading Goals for 2018

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I’m not ashamed to say it: I don’t read that many books in any given year. I’m one of those people that takes forever to finish a book because I have to think about it. However, this year, I’m going to try to read as many books as I can.

The number of books I read doesn’t matter to me. I still consider myself a book nerd. However, seeing BookTube videos and posts on Instagram and reading reviews about all these amazing books out there is making me feel like I’m missing out. So I have to step it up if I want to consume all these stories! I’m aiming to read a total of 35 books this year. That might not seem like a lot to some people, but it’s a reasonable goal for me.

It’s not all about quantity, however. I also want to diversify what I’m reading. Of course, I want to maintain what I did in 2017 and read books mostly by people of color, but I also want to delve into more nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and YA. I’ve been a die-hard fiction reader up until I first started this blog, right around the time I was getting into graphic novels. It’s time for me to grow out of just reading fiction because, again, I am missing out!

I’ve written about TBR lists on BookRiot before. I can’t do them. I just can’t. I don’t like having to read books in a certain order. However, there are books on my bookshelf and in my Want to Read shelf on Goodreads that I want to prioritize for this year, including some books that will be published as 2018 progresses. Instead of a TBR, I have an assortment of titles that I will make my way through as the year goes by. Here are some of those titles:

Books already on my physical and/or Goodreads shelf:

  • “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck
  • “Don’t Call Us Dead” by Danez Smith
  • “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez
  • “We Were Eight Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • “Green Grass, Running Water” by Thomas King
  • “One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter” by Scaachi Koul
  • “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness
  • “Electric Arches” by Eve Ewing
  • “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward

  • “Her Body and Other Parties” by Carmen Maria Machado

  • Start “Love and Rockets” by the Hernandez Brothers

On Audiobook:

  • “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” by Shana Knizhnik
  • “Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person” by Shonda Rimes
  • “The Princess Diarist” by Carrie Fischer

Books coming out 2018:

  • “This Will Be My Undoing” by Morgan Jerkins

  • “Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture” edited by Roxane Gay

  • “Love, Hate and Other Filters” by Samira Ahmed
  • “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo

That’s not including the books I’m currently reading:

  • “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us” by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
  • “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor
  • “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang

Those titles do not equal out to 35, but I’m sure I will run across more titles as the year progresses that will (hopefully!) add up to 35, maybe even more!

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