January is a month that is filled with content looking back on 2017, and looking forward to 2018, and today I decided to continue with this theme by doing the New Years Resolutions Book Tag. I wasn’t actually tagged to do this, but I saw this on Lia @ Lost in a Story‘s blog, and I thought it looked like a lot of fun – you can read her tag here!
1. An Author You’d Like To Read That You’ve Never Read
I definitely want to read some V E Schwab in 2018 – I have heard nothing but amazing things about her books, and A Darker Shade of Magic sounds like just my sort of thing!
2. A Book You’d Like To Read
A lot. There are a lot of books I want to read in 2018; books I meant to read last year but didn’t get round to, and books being released this year that I cannot wait for. A few books that I wanted to read in 2017, and really need to read this year, include: The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence, Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh, How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, and The Power by Naomi Alderman.
3. A Classic You’d Like To Read
I have a classics shelf in my room, which I have been growing lovingly for about six months now. However, I now have a huge amount of classics to read alongside the YA I want to read! Two I would really like to read soon are Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Shirley by Charlotte Bronte.
4. A Book You’d Like To Re-Read
I mentioned that this was one of my goals for 2018 in my wrap up of last year, but this year I am planning to re-read the Harry Potter series! I have read the series twice in my life, and I bought a Hufflepuff addition of The Philosopher’s Stone in the summer, which I think that’s the perfect reason for a re-read!
5. A Book You’ve Had For Ages and Want To Read
For about a year now I have had a copy of Letters to my Fanny by Cherry Healey, which I have been meaning to read for ages! I have been itching for some non-fiction recently, and I really want to read more non-fiction on these sorts of topics, so I think this is a great place to start.
6. A Big Book You’d Like To Read
This was another thing I mentioned in my 2017 wrap up – I am aiming to read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy this year. I find the size of the book, and the size of the font, very daunting, but I think I will break it up into five chunks, and perhaps try reading one a month until I have finished it!
7. An Author You’ve Previously Read and Would Like To Read More Of
I discovered so many authors in 2017, from all different genres. A YA author I really want to read more of is Patrick Ness – I read Release last year, and I really enjoyed it. I also (confession time) haven’t read A Monster Calls, and so I really want to this year! Another author I want to read more of is Jane Austen; I read Pride and Prejudice in the summer, and completely fell in love with it! I really want to read Sense and Sensibility sometime soon this year.
8. A Book You Got For Christmas and Would Like To Read
Not quite a Christmas present, but over Christmas a family friend gave me a copy of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Three of my family members have now recommended this to me, so I would really like to read it soon, and I think it is one I will enjoy!
9. A Series You Want To Read From Start to Finish
In 2016, I read Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and fell completely in love with it. However, when I tried to read the sequel a year later, I found that I had forgotten a lot of key plot details, and so I stopped reading early on. Now that the third book in the trilogy, Hero at the Fall, is being released this year, I plan to read all of the books from the beginning, and I know that I will fall in love with the series all over again!
10. A Series You Want To Finish That You’ve Already Started
In December I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and I really want to read the rest of the series over the course of 2018 – I love Marissa Meyer’s writing style, and I think she is amazing at taking a YA approach to fairytales! I also want to read Legendary by Stephanie Garber, the sequel to Caraval, and I believe this is going to be a duology rather than a series!
11. Do You Set Reading Goals? If So, How Many Books Do You Want To Read in 2018?
This year I want to read 60 books – this is definitely manageable for me, I think (I hope, anyway). I have so far read four books, so I am already ahead of schedule, which I am very happy about, as I spent the entire second half of 2017 constantly behind on my Goodreads goal!
12. Any Other Reading Goals?
The only other reading goal I have is to read a poem a day – which I have so far managed, except for a couple of occasions when I was really tired before bed, in which case I read two poems the next day to make up for it!
By now, I think my bookish resolutions for 2018 are well fleshed out, so now it’s time to actually start working on them. Even though I wasn’t actually tagged to do this, I thought I would tag a few people who I think would enjoy this (of course, no pressure!):