When it comes to reading, I always have a difficult time picking what book I want to read next. Since I have an extensive book collection, over 300 books, I have an overwhelming amount of choice. While looking at my personal library, I looked at all the books I haven’t read, and thought why haven’t I read them yet. Some of the books I’ve been wanting to read for years, but I never read them because new releases came out, or I decided on something else.
I decided in 2018, that I didn’t want to keep waiting to read these books. As well, some of these books are classics, and I really want to see if they live up to the hype. The books I picked vary in length and topic, but I think it sums up my literary preferences pretty well. Not exact, but not a bad representation.
In 2018 I want to read:
1. Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien
Since having this book, I’ve met the author and it has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. I think this novel is going to be a future favourite of mine.
2. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I have an edition of this book that is a double novel. Since I’ve read A Tale of Two Cities, the first part, I really want to finish the rest of the book.
3. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
I received this book for Christmas a few years ago, and I think it was time it stopped collecting dust on my shelf.
4. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Ever since I’ve watched Matilda as a child, I really wanted to read Moby Dick.
5. Hot House by Boris Kachka
I visited Simon and Schuster Canada as an undergrad, and was able to receive this book on my visit. It has been in my collection ever since, and I really want to read it!
6. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
I think this book has been the most hyped book I’ve seen on Instagram. Almost every bookstgrammer I know has raved about this novel. After building up so much hype, I decided I wanted to finally read it.
7. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I have seen this book everywhere when I used to go book shopping. After finally buying the book, I thought it was time to read the book that followed me everywhere.
8. Ulysses by James Joyce
My English professor in university told our class that he has started, and never finished, reading Ulysses for years now. I thought I would give the novel a go, and see if I can finish the book before my professor does.
9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
In high school, almost everyone I knew read Lord of the Flies, but I was one of the few classes that didn’t. I ended up reading To Kill a Mockingbird instead, which I enjoyed immensely. Now many years later, I want to finally read the book I missed out on in high school.
10. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I’m in the process of learning French, and I know this book is a French literature classic. As well, since I’m a French beginner, I thought it would be the right level of French for me to understand.