Saturday, January 06, 2018

2018 Reading List

So I only read 58 books last year. That's not bad, it's just annoying that I didn't make it to an even 60. I am halfway finished with the 59th book, but I was about 50 pages in at the beginning of December and just didn't pick up a book for an entire month. I also didn't get on an elliptical machine for an entire month either, and the elliptical is where I do a lot of reading. I did manage to do my weights workout twice a week for the whole month, so at least I did something for exercise, but I am ready to get back into regular cardio workouts (so is my waist!). I wouldn't call this last December a total fail, but I hope to do subsequent Decembers better.

As for 2018 and New Year's resolutions and all of that, I usually like to have a little bit of a book list for the year- one that I will certainly add to, but that gives me the beginnings of a plan. Sometimes I have books on my list that I'm not really looking that forward to, but this list is all good stuff.

1) The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen- This was supposed to have been number 60 for last year, but my library didn't have it ready for me until this week anyway.

2) Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella- This one comes out mid-February

3) I'll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa de los Santos-  This one comes out in early March

4) Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Anne Burns- George has been telling me I should read this for years. I kept forgetting about it. He finally just gave it to me for Christmas.

5) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell- This is another book George has been telling me to read for years. Why don't I listen to my husband better? He put it in my to be read stack this week himself.

6) The World of Jeeves: A Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus by P.G. Wodehouse- I love all of Wodehouse's Uncle Fred stories and novels, so George gave this to me for Christmas last year so I could read the Jeeves stories as well, but I didn't realize the stories came before any of the novels and I was just overwhelmed by entering into the world of Jeeves. Silly me. I'm ready now. Just reading the titles of the stories tonight had me laughing already.

7) The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson- I read Jackson's most recent novel last year and enjoyed it. She is a Southerner so that's nice. I decided to give her another try this year.

8) The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope- I have been meaning to read a Trollope novel for months. I read that this is considered his masterpiece, so this is where I begin.

9) Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy- I have been meaning to read a Hardy novel for years. In 2016, I had three Hardy novels on my list and I never got to any of them. This one was not on that list but it was his first novel and one I haven't read (I had actually read the three I put on my list in college). So this is where I begin again with Hardy.

10) Les Miserables by Victor Hugo- Here's another from my 2016 list. I read a couple hundred pages of this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. I quit because I had library holds come in and was under a time crunch to finish them and I wanted to up my total number of books for the year. Silly me again! I have learned over the past several years that I definitely prefer quality over quantity. And so I am stopping this year with a short list of ten books. 

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