Never has entering a new year made me so excited to read! After a long reading hiatus, I realized I didn’t know where to start in finding books I wanted to read. This prompted me to find a 2018 reading challenge to guide me in the right direction. I found this particular reading challenge over at Modern Mrs Darcy, so check out their post for more details, and if you’re in need of some reading inspiration as well! There are 12 categories, and I’m challenging myself to read 12 books this year. Let me know what you’re planning on reading this year!
And now, allow me to share the books I’ve chosen to fulfill each category:
2. A book recommended by someone with great taste: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz; my friends have been bugging me to read this book for ages, and their raving reviews have piqued my interest.
3. A book in translation: The Box Man by Kobo Abe; about a man who decides to go through life with a box over his head. This book is originally in Japanese, and I’m extremely curious about the Box Man’s experiences.
4. A book nominated for an award in 2018: TBD!
5. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: The Language of Flowers selected by Jane Holloway; I received this anthology of poems for Christmas, and the concept is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to read more poetry this year!
6. A book you can read in a day: An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec; another recommendation from Ariel Bissett, so I’m looking forward to thoroughly enjoying this one! It’s around 60 pages, so I’m confident that I’ll be able to read it in a day.
7. A book that’s more than 500 pages: The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro; at a whopping 535 pages, this book has succeeded in intimidating me!
8. A book by a favorite author: Oblivion by Jennifer l. Armentrout; I adored the Lux series by Armentrout, and Oblivion is a retelling of the first book from another character’s point of view. I’ve had Oblivion sitting on my shelf since it came out, and I’m finally ready to crack it open.
9. A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory; I found this book on an article about books librarians have been loving lately. It’s like a Hallmark movie, but in book form. It sounds like an adorable story, and I think it’s one I’m most excited for!
10. A banned book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley; history is one of my favorite subjects, and I’m eager to learn more about Malcolm X.
11. A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction: Out of Egypt by Andre Aciman; this memoir is about the author’s family and their life in Egypt, and the summary alone just makes you want to read it!
12. A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own: Savage Theories by Pola Oloixarac and The Mind-Body Problem by Rebecca Goldstein; Savage Theories is an exciting book about the lives of different students on a college campus in Argentina! The Mind-Body Problem also has a main character in college! This book is also titled after the classic philosophical problem, so I’m interested in how that ties in with the story.