For as long as I can remember I’ve always had a list of books I wanted to read. The list started out very short, with simple books and because I was a kid with a lot of time on my hands I read most, if not all of them. Being completely serious I read anything I could get my hands on , as long as it interested me. My parents even bought my sister and I a case of Disney Little Mermaid books, it was the best!

Of course over the years the list got longer and my free time shrank or I wasted it. For the last 2 years I’ve been trying to change that. Like last year I made a list of books I want to read, it’s a lot longer but only to give me more options and I tried not to include anything I had read before (unless it was unfinished). So without, to move this post along, here is my 2018 reading list, (I have put a star on the ones I kind of started a long time ago but never finished):

  • ‘Salem’s Lot
  • A Brief History of Time*
  • Heart-Shaped Box
  • Catch-22
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • The Quantum Universe*
  • In Cold Blood
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Yes, Please
  • Ghost Story
  • A Room of One’s Own*
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • NOS4A2
  • The Ritual
  • The Brothers Karamazov*
  • Bossy Pants
  • Welcome to Oakland
  • Rebecca
  • The Great God Pan
  • Blood Meridian
  • The Universe in a Nutshell
  • Good Omens
  • I, Robot
  • The Ruins
  • Leave Your Mark
  • Don’t Look Now
  • Hell House
  • Les Miserables

Almost 30 books and from that list I have read two of them (‘Salem’s Lot and Heart-Shaped Box), and started one (In Cold Blood). To be perfectly honest though I have read two other books this year: House of Leaves (which I started late last year) and The Left Hand of Darkness (which was also on last years list). So if I add those two then my list hits an even 30.

I don’t think I’ll finish the list or even reach 6 books by the end of the year, I really want to and I’m going to make an effort to hit at least that. As I type this the book in my bag is The Dark Half, another one I started but never finished. I didn’t really get into In Cold Blood, I do like it but life feels a little too intense as of late and I need something fictional to pull me out. I’ll finish this one for sure, certain distractions are necessary and at least reading a book is a good way to do it. That or working on something in general.

Went off topic for a second but tell me are there any books on this list you want to read or have read? About how long is your ‘To Read” list? Got any recommendations for me to add? Leave a comment if you want, or don’t, it’s your life.

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