Starting 2018 out with some READING GOALS! You know what I’m sayin’. So far I’ve read two books in 2018 (we’ll get to those later) and I’m hoping to read 43 more this year. I can do it. I feel it in my bones this year. Also I’ll be in LA with no friends a week from now so books will be my homies. On the beach, though, cause we’re not selling LA short.
Without further adieu, here are some books I’m going to make myself read this year!
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life follows four college classmates at a small university in Massachusetts as they move to NYC and attempt to forge their own paths. There’s Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude. Decades pass and they struggle with addiction, success, and other real-life things, but their biggest issue turns out to be Jude, who has faced trauma and can’t seem to escape it. This book delves into issues such as race, sexuality, mental illness and more. I’ve heard amazing things so can’t wait to pick it up and probably sob.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
I just picked this one up the other day finally! I should have grabbed it in Scotland when I first saw it, but didn’t want a ton of books to bring back to the US. The Power is set in present day and everything is normal until overnight teenage girls have suddenly come into power, able to cause pain and ultimately kill. An interesting look into how the world would flip if women held all the power in their literal hands, and it’s supposed to provide an insight into our own contemporary world. CANNOT WAIT.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
When Breath Becomes Air is by Paul Kalanithi, a neurosurgeon who suddenly finds himself with stage 4 lung cancer. Going from doctor to patient, Kalanithi struggles with questions of morality and how to be a father while knowing he doesn’t have much time left. I’ve had this on my list for a few years now and just haven’t been in the right mindset to pick it up. But in 2018 I’m challenging myself to do it even if I cry. Also, a random note: One of my favorite bloggers is Paul’s sister-in-law. Read her take on his book here.
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
I bought The Luminaries in 2014 while I was living in New Zealand because it had been winning a ton of awards and it was also based in NZ! Perfect timing and I thought I’d pick it up as soon as I got home to take me back to my fav country. Well, it is a giant book and I did not pick it up. But this year I WILL! This book is during the mid-nineteenth century during a gold boom, when Walter Moody (our protagonist) stumbles upon a gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss an unusual set of events. Also, it’s a MYSTERY! I never read mysteries even though I’d love to. Two in one.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Sing, Unburied, Sing won a ton of awards in 2017 and I’ve been picking it up and putting it down, but this is the year to read it! Jojo is 13 years old and growing up with a mother who struggles with her own conflicts of being half black, half white. This southern gothic novel seems to delve deep into race, what it means to be a man, drugs, love and violence. I’ve heard it’s incredibly real and difficult to read, but well worth it. I’m very intrigued.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
OKAY. This movie is out and it’s all everyone is talking about and it’s a BOOK! A very good one, too. This is the story of a romance between a teen boy and a guest of his family that stays with them one summer on the Italian Riviera. I honestly don’t want to know much more than that so I’m going to dive in somewhat blind and hopefully love it.
What is on your reading list for 2018 books this year?? Let me know in the comments!