Hi! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam@Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads. This week’s theme is: Your 2018 Reading Goals. One of my reading goals for 2018 is to complete two challenges, so I’ve included those in this post as well.
1. Read the books I own.
I have so many books sitting unread on my shelves that I am genuinely excited to read, but never get around to because I’m distracted by new and shiny releases. Thankfully books don’t come with expiration dates. In 2018 I want to read my backlist and buy less books than I read.
2. Read diversely.
In 2018 I want to continue to make it a priority to read books my marginalized voices. I also want to expand my horizon in other ways and read books from different countries, time periods and genres.
3. Reread some favorites.
With a huge backlist and lots of exciting fresh releases it’s not always easy to make time for rereading. But there are lots of books I’d like to revisit and I hope to get to a few of them this year.
Beat The Backlist is hosted by Austine @ Novel Knight. The basic premise is to read books released in 2017 or earlier. My goal for this challenge is:
- Reading 100 Backlist Books
- Reading the books I already own (So no 2018 purchases regardless of release date)
I won’t be making a tbr for this challenge, I’m just going to read whatever I’m in the mood for and pick books from my shelves on a whim. But here’s a collection of books that are currently unread on my shelves. If you’ve read any of these I’d love to hear your thoughts! Are there any I should absolutely get to this year?
New People / A Tale for the Time Being / Homegoing / The Idiot
Winter’s Tale / The Namesake / Manual for Cleaning Women / Savage Detective
Do Not Say We Have Nothing / Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao / How to get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia / Margareth the First
Perla / History of Wolves / The Blazing World /Our Endless Numbered Days
Daughter of the Burning City / Nevernight / Truthwitch / The Weight of Feathers
A Court of Thorns and Roses / The Gracekeepers / Beyond the Red / The Last Magicians
A Thousand Nights / The Rose and the Dagger / The Scorpio Races / The Lies of Locke Lamora
Midnight at the Electric / Library of Fates / A Gathering of Shadows / The Fate of the Tearling
This challenge is hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate and as you probably already figured out, this one is all about reading the classics. Since this challenge has categories, I’ve made a tbr. This isn’t set in stone and might change, but for now these are the books I’m hoping to read.
1. A 19th century classic – Wives & Daughters
2. A 20th century classic – The Winter of our Discontent Steinbeck
3. A classic by a woman author – Night and Day
4. A classic in translation – Pnin
5. A children’s classic – The Wind in the Willows
6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction – In Cold Blood
7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction – Motorcycle Diaries
8. A classic with a single-word title – Cranford
9. A classic with a color in the title – The Scarlet Letter
10. A classic by an author that’s new to you – A Single Man
11. A classic that scares you – The Sound and the Fury
12. Re-read a favorite classic – Emma
So those are my goals and challenges for 2018 – what are yours? Are you participating in any of the same challenges as me?