Hi everyone! With the end of the year upon us, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to read in the next year. First, I decided I won’t be doing a Goodreads challenge. I haven’t hit my goal of 40 the last few years, and I don’t feel like forcing it.
The biggest change is that I want to read more books in the NA/Adult categories. I got a taste with N.K. Jemisin and Gillian Flynn this year and absolutely LOVED those books. I’m making this a big theme for 2018 because as a writer I think exploring writing geared toward different age groups is important, and I want to read about people my age or just adults. While YA tackles tons of heavy and “risque” topics, I want a little more from books and I think stories written for an older demographic will have that.
Btw, I am definitely reading the big YA releases next year!
I’ve keeping my eyes and ears open these past few weeks, and spent some time browsing Goodreads for some books to add to my list.
In no particular order, here is what I’m excited to read next year:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I’ve been seeing this book everywhere and I get a very Big Little Lies vibe from the description so that’s an automatic yes! Little Fires is set in a perfectly planned suburb where Elena Richardson lives with her family. Then Mia Warren, an eclectic artist type, moves into the neighborhood and becomes close to the Richardsons’ children. Then, a couple’s attempts to adopt a Chinese-American baby sets off a custody battle.
I’m not sure how that last sentence relates to everything else, but I’m so excited to find out.
Checkout the full description on Goodreads here.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
I feel like Stephenie Meyer was our gateway drug to books. Well, if you’re around my age, anyway. I haven’t read The Host, and I wasn’t planning on reading this until a coworker recommended it to me.
The main character, a former agent of the U.S. Government, is on the run from her former employers trying to kill her. I mean…it sounds like gender-bent Jason Bourne sooo there’s not much else I need to know.
Full description here
The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre
This book looks so good! It’s about a famous author who’s lied to the police and her family to keep a secret. She’s ready to tell her story and whatever this secret is may very well kill her.
This sounds amazing, can’t wait to get my hands on this!
Full description here.
The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This books just looks fabulous. Really, just look at it! Seven Husbands is the story of Evelyn Hugo, an Elizabeth Taylor-esque starlet who’s chosen Monique, a down-in-the-dumps reporter, to tell her story. As she spends time with Ms. Hugo, Monique realizes that their lives “intersect in tragic and irreversible ways.”
Tbh, this doesn’t sound like something I would usually read. I find flashbacks tedious and boring a lot of times, but again this came highly recommended and I’m supposed to be trying new things so it’s happening. I’ll be sure to report back on how this goes.
Full Description here.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
What I really mean, is I want to finish the last four books. Reading these have been super fun this year and I’m excited to keep it going!
I’m going to be getting sorted on Pottermore pretty soon. Would you like to see?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I’ll be honest here, I’m more excited to say I’ve read this book than to actually read it. I say that because I started it this year (2017) and I’ve made some decent progress, I just couldn’t finish it! It’s so damned difficult and wordy, which is characteristic of these kind of books but I really want to finish this. Even if I have to read it in 2 page bursts.
I. will. conquer. this. book.
What are you reading next year?
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