Last year I completed 3/5 of my 2017 Writing Resolutions, which I think is pretty impressive, and 4/5 of my 2017 to-read list. All in all, I’m calling it a success, considering the overall apocalyptic nature of 2017 (good riddance). Without further ado, here are the five books I am DETERMINED to read in 2018! If you can spot the theme of this year’s list and mention it in the comments, you get a prize (hint: it’s not subtle).
- Release by Patrick Ness
According to Patrick Ness, by whom I was seriously impacted at YALLFest, this book is a combination of Mrs. Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever. For that reason, this reading resolution is actually 3 books in 1, because I will be reading those two to before I read Release. I am very excited for them all.
2. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I actually have this book, and it was recommended to me by one of my favorite people in the world, a very incredible religious studies professor who enjoys, like me, religion and science fiction in any and all combinations. It looks like a great story with a great cast.
3. Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee
I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK SO BADLY. I see it all over tumblr, and have since it came out–it’s been on my “to read asap” list since before it was published. This is the year it happens.
4. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie
Pacific-Rim-type monsters? Pirate queens?? Monster raising??? All of the above but queer???? Count me in.
5. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
So, confession, this is the one from last year’s list that I didn’t manage to read–none of my libraries had it. But I already ordered it and should have it read by the end of the month. I swear! (This time for real!)
Much like the universe, my to-read list is infinite and ever-expanding. I have four libraries covered between home and school, but sometimes I still can’t get my mitts on every book I want to read. But below are the books I absolutely MUST read this year, come hell or high water.
- When the Moon Was Ours by Anna Marie McLemore
This book looks beautiful and hauntingly magical, and I have been looking forward to reading it since before its release. My deeper agenda, however, is research for my current project (World Tree), because The Most Important Thing to do when writing diverse characters is to read books by diverse authors.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A classic I was never forced to read in school, and so I take the responsibility on myself. The truth is, Treasure Planet is one of my favorite movies in the world, so I feel like I should read the book it’s based on.
- The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
This one is just for fun, people. One of those books that’s always been on my periphery, I’ve known about it’s existence, but I’ve never seen it in person.
- The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli
A young boy with nowhere to go finds shelter in the abandoned head of a saint statue-and begins giving advice to the people he overhears pray to the saint. I have been trying to get my hands on this book for a year. This is the year I will make it happen. Mark my words.
- History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
I heard Adam Silvera speak at Yallfest 2016 a few months ago and he was funny and made me want to read his books. This one comes out this month, so I’ll be looking out for it. It looks sad and hopeful, and I’ll probably be blogging about it, and all these others.
I’ll stop myself at five, but don’t get me wrong, I try to average a book a week. Mostly by browsing my library shelves and picking out the ones with pretty covers and shiny blurbs. I’ll review these ones as I finish them.