One of the questions I get asked most often is “how do you read so much?” To be honest, I don’t really have a big secret that will blow your mind. In all reality, I like reading (haha I mean… I
love am obsessed with reading) so I make time for it. Just like anything you want to be a part of your life, you need to make time for it (because there is time for what you make time for.) And I do that with reading.
As I’ve been thinking about 2018 and what my reading goals will be, I knew that I didn’t want this year to be like the past few years. In 2016 I started using Goodreads again. I’ll still be using it to track what books I read, but I won’t be giving myself a Goodreads Challenge number. Over the past two years, there were times that I felt like I was reading just so I could hit that number at the end of the year. In 2018, my theme is Abundance, and instead of quantity, I want to focus on quality. I want to be reading books because I want to, not because I feel pressure to read a certain amount.
Another question I’m often asked is “how do you find new books to read?” Well… I find a lot through Bookstagram and many on Instagram in general. I love reading books that other people recommend (even the ones that aren’t the most popular) and I also do a lot of browsing at the library and bookstores. But, I know that it’s so hard to find new books to read. Where do you even start? How do you find another book once you’ve finished the one you’ve been reading?
- Follow me on Goodreads if you want to see what I’ve been reading lately.
If you’ve asked any of these questions, this post is for you. I had so much fun putting together this list of different books you can read throughout the year! This is the only book challenge that I’ll be participating in this year, and I’m really excited about it.
So without further ado, here is my 2018 Reading Challenge:
18 books that you can read in 2018. If you read a book for my challenge, be sure to tag #hopefulreads2018 so I can see what everyone is reading! As I was putting this list together I’ve already been thinking about some of the books that I’d like to read for this!
In 2018 I want to make reading fun again, I don’t want to feel pressured to read any books. Instead, I’ll be focusing on reading what I want and when I want. (TBH I sort of do this anyway, but this year I will be making more of an effort to read what I want.)
Need some recommendations? Watch out for my post of all the books I read in 2017, until then here are My top 10 reads from 2017:
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (YA, Mental health rep)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA, Black Lives Matter)
- Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally (Literary Fiction)*
- Big Magic by Liz Gilbert (Self-help)
- Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller (Literary Fiction)*
- The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (YA, Own Voices)*
- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (YA, Mental health + LGBQ+)
- The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (YA, Historical, LGBQ+)
- Nourished by Lia Huber (Memoir + Self-help + food!)
- Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (Memoir + Religion)
What are you planning to read in 2018? Will you be joining my reading challenge? Let me know in the comments!
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