I love reading so much! I didn’t do a very good job of reaching my reading goal in 2017, but I’m hoping this year will be better. It’s one of my resolutions to set aside some time everyday either when I wake up or before bed to read a little bit. In doing so, I hope to reach my goal of reading 36 books in 2018. Of those 36 books I would like to read, these ten I’m sharing are at the very top of my list!
I keep a cute little journal filled with all the books that are on my list and add them to the back of the book under the year when I finish reading them! Here’s to a fresh start! Happy reading!
1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
I absolutely love John Green’s books. I have heard good things about his latest release and can’t wait to start it. The only thing I know about it is that it’s about a 16 year old girl coping with anxiety and investigating a billionaire. I think that it will be a good book for one because it’s by John Green, but also because the topic is relatable to my field of study, psychology!
2. Snow Falling by Jane Gloriana Villanueva
I started this one the other day and am already loving it! If anyone watches the show Jane the Virgin, you’ll know that this is the book that Jane publishes on the show. She released it in one of the latest episodes and it was simultaneously released in real life. I love when television shows include characters writing a book and then making them available in the real world too! The actual story is very similar to Jane’s story on the show, but set in the early 1900s. If you watch Jane the Virgin, this should definitely be at the top of your reading list!!
3. The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck
Fun fact about me, the Oregon Trail is my favorite time period in history. I loved playing the old computer game Oregon Trail II when I was little and reading all the books about it that I could find. A favorite of mine is a Dear America book called Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie. I started this book in 2017, but have not wanted to read it because I don’t want it to be over, but I guess therein lies the joy of rereading books my friends. Anyway, it’s a non fiction book about the author’s attempt to recreate the journey of the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon with only his brother for company. So far, the read is super inspiring and gives me such wanderlust to just pack a backpack and travel the world!
4. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
I am a big fan of psychological thrillers. I devoured the book The Girl on the Train also by Paula Hawkins and loved it. I don’t doubt that I will love her next book too! From what I can tell, it is about two mysterious drownings and mysterious secrets these deaths reveal.
5. The Sacrament of Happy by Lisa Harper
My roommates and I started this one as a house Bible study, but haven’t had a lot of time to get very far. Hopefully we can discuss more of it together in this new year! Lisa Harper is a thought provoking writer and provides thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter. She breaks the common view of what it means to be happy and shows that happy is how God wants us to be!
6. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
I like to try to read one classic each year. This one has been on my list for a while now and I refuse to watch the movie until I finish the book. One of my best friends read over half of it one Christmas and loved it! The last classic I read was Pride and Prejudice and I loved it! Hopefully this will be just as good!!
7. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
This book has been sitting on my shelf alongside its sequel for years! I feel like this is the year that I need to finally read it! Wicked is one of my all time favorite musicals and I would love to read more of the story to compare it to the Broadway interpretation!
8. What Alice Forgot by Laine Moriarty
I love Laine Moriarty’s writing. I’ve read both Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret. HBO made Big Little Lies into a limited series which was good, but not as good as the book! All of her books that I’ve not yet read are somewhere on my list, but this one’s at the top! It is about Alice waking up after a head injury and it is 10 years later and her life has changed completely. The book is about rediscovering who she is and what has happened in the ten years she forgot.
9. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
I got this one for Christmas last year and haven’t made it a priority to read until now. I love Lauren Graham and have watched every episode of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. She is so relatable and funny and I don’t doubt that her book will be phenomenal.
10. The Dying Game by Asa Avdic
Set in the near future in a dystopian world, this psychological thriller sounds sort of like a cross between Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games in that people are sent to a remote island and have 48 hours to compete for a top secret intelligence position. It sounds like for one character, faking her death might be the only way to survive. From what I can tell, it will be an exciting, psychological thriller full of twists and turns!