2018 TBR: To Be Read Pile

This year I want to explore more books from genres I haven’t read much of. The LGBTQ+ and mental health genres particularly spark my interest because I feel it’s important to include people of all types in books, (even though there is a genre for a specific type of character).

I also want to dive back into my love of fantasy by reading all of the books in the Harry Potter series as well as continuing more Brandon Sanderson books, especially the sequels to the Mistborn Trilogy. The Mistborn trilogy is one of my favourite fantasy series I have ever read. The world building is insane and the magic system is so interesting, it’s not the classic ‘it’s just magic, so magic exists’. Also, the Mistborn trilogy is a great place to start because it’s a YA, with little romance so even though each book is a good 700 pages long, you’ll fly through them. The twists are unexpected and you’ll root for the characters as they’re just so lovable. I would also like to read more of Sanderson’s stand-alones, for example, Warbreaker and Elantris (which, now I think about it, I think maybe becoming a series of some sort), as well as another series of his the Stormlight Archives a, so far, three book series each consisting of 900 pages minimum. Let’s hope I get through these faster than IT by Stephen King.

I’d also like to keep up with my reading of Classic texts, for example, Metamorphoses by Ovid, a text which heavily inspired Shakespeare. But I’d also like to read more vintage classics such as Replay by Grimwood and I.robot by Isaac Asimov.

My reading goal for 2018 is to read 50 books. I feel this is realistic as I read 45 books last year, which you can read about in a previous blog post. Hopefully, I’d like to do monthly summaries as well as individual reviews of books to provide overall thoughts of each month.  

Currently, I’m about 50 pages into The Alloy of Law, but I flew through it as Sanderson’s writing style is just so easy to glide my eyes across. Although I’m listening to the Audiobook for Stephen King’s IT, which originally my aim was to finish before the film came out, it has taken me longer than I expected. I think this may be because I read about the different characters’ stories like episodes, rather than a collective whole. But one thing that makes It so easy to listen to is King’s writing style, like Sanderson’s it reads incredibly well. Although I’m enjoying ‘It’ so far, I doubt I’ll finish it anytime soon since I’m not really in the mood for horror at the moment…it’s January, I need motivation!

To view my full TBR list on Goodreads click here. I was thinking about doing module reviews for each of my modules I study, would anyone be interested (even though it’ll probably do it anyway)? Thank you for reading my ‘To be read’ blog post, I’d love to hear about which books everyone is anticipating for 2018.

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