Read More in 2018 New Year’s Resolution!

So I’m thinking, maybe, if I wrote down all the books I’d like to read in 2018, I’d be better able to focus and finally accomplish my goal of finishing 50 books.

Not sure if this will work, since I am notorious for making tbr lists then immediately picking up a random book not included in it.  Oh well, no harm in trying…

I’ve listed down some 50+ books I’m interested in reading within the year.  This is just a preliminary list, and I’m sure I will be replacing some titles along the way.

I’m sure a lot of you have read a lot of the books on my list….I’d love to hear your thoughts on my selection (also which I should start with first).

Here goes…

  1. Monday Starts on Saturday – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
  2. Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders
  3. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  4. Possession – A.S. Byatt (I tried reading this years ago, but never got around to finishing it.)
  5. Death on the Nile – Agatha Christie
  6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie
  7. The Meaning of Night – Michael Cox (I started this book last year, but got distracted and never got back to it).
  8. The Familiar #1 – Mark Z. Danielewski
  9. The Quiet Ones – Glenn Diaz (started this last December, 2017…not as compelling as I’d hoped, but I’ll try to finish it anyway).
  10. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (this is a novel I’ve been trying to read since high school…)
  11. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens (I have not read a single novel by Charles Dickens…I know….I know…)
  12. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  13. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco (Another novel I’ve been reading for the past 10+ years…)
  14. Silence – Shusaku Endo
  15. The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles (I tried reading this in 2017…failed to finish it).
  16. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  17. The Charterhouse of Parma – Stendhal
  18. Confessions of Zeno – Italo Svevo
  19. The Makioka Sisters – Junichiro Tanizaki
  20. Beren and Luthien – J.R.R. Tolkien (this is the new edition released in 2017).
  21. Annihilation (Southern Reach Trilogy #1) – Jeff VanderMeer
  22. Authority (Southern Reach Trilogy #2) – Jeff VanderMeer
  23. Acceptance (Southern Reach Trilogy #3) – Jeff VanderMeer
  24. The Castle of Otranto – Horace Walpole
  25. Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (A book I started more than 10 years ago…I’d have to read it again from the start).
  26. The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
  27. The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) – Philip Pullman (I’ve actually read this first book, but never got around to finishing the series.  I might re-read this again to refresh my memories.  I’m reading His Dark Materials in preparation of La Belle Sauvage:  The Book of Dust).
  28. The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) – Philip Pullman
  29. The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials #3) – Philip Pullman
  30. The Book of Dust – Philip Pullman
  31. The Mysteries of Udolpho – Ann Radcliffe
  32. All the Names – Jose Saramago
  33. Baltasar and Blimunda – Jose Saramago
  34. The Thirteenth Tale – Diane Setterfield
  35. White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  36. A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  37. The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  38. Hunger or Mysteries – Knut Hamsun
  39. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness
  40. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) – Deborah Harkness
  41. Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) – Deborah Harkness
  42. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro
  43. A Pale View of Hills – Kazuo Ishiguro
  44. Salvation of a Saint – Keigo Higashino
  45. Malice – Keigo Higashino
  46. A Thousand Cranes – Yasunari Kawabata
  47. Le Liasons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
  48. The Three-Body Problem – Liu Cixin
  49. Death in the Andes – Mario Vargas Llosa
  50. Infatuations – Javier Marias (started this in 2017…)
  51. Nutshell – Ian McEwan
  52. Enduring Love – Ian McEwan
  53. Boy, Snow, Bird – Helen Oyeyemi
  54. A Strangeness in my Mind – Orhan Pamuk (another novel I started in 2017…a rather long read.)
  55. Dear Mr. M – Herman Koch
  56. An Unkindness of Magicians – Kat Howard
  57. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness – Arundhati Roy
  58. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  59. SPQR – Mary Beard (the only non-fiction on this list)

So, what do you guys think?  A lot of these have been on my tbr list for years…hopefully 2018 is the year they finally get crossed out!

11 thoughts on “Read More in 2018 New Year’s Resolution!

  1. I’m also hoping to finally read All The Light We Cannot See this year. I really enjoyed The Woman In White and Great Expectations was the first Dickens novel I read and I think it’s a gentler read than A Tale Of Two Cities. You’ve got some great books here. Good luck!

    • Thank you! I’ve also tried reading Great Expectations multiple times, but I can’t seem to really get into it even though it seems pretty interesting. Hopefully I’ll have better luck with it this year.

  2. Great list! As for Dickens, I agree with the comment above about starting with Great Expectations rather than A Tale of Two Cities. If you end up liking All The Light We Cannot See, another good one is The Nightingale.

  3. That’s a very comprehensive list! I enjoyed the Phillip Pullman books but haven’t read the others. I’m currently reading one of Agatha Christie’s books – Five Little Pigs. Pretty good so far.

    • Thanks! I was just looking at my unread books and made up a list of all the books I’d want to read or looked interesting. I’d be lucky if I get to even half of those books! The Agatha novels I’ve read in the past are Orient Express, And Then There Were None, and The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

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