It’s January, time for readers everywhere to set a book goal for 2016. For the past five years, I’ve participated in the Goodreads Challenges and every year I’ve failed. In 2011 I pledged to read 10 books, but I only managed 2. 2012 and 2013 I also pledged 10. In 2012 I read 4, 2013 it was 3. For 2014 I went big and pledged 20 books! I read 0. I went easy on myself for 2015, 1 book. And for the second year in a row, I read nothing. A big, fat goose egg.
Let’s hope this year I break the “losing” streak. I set a goal of 12. One book per month. This year is different though, because I’m now reading with more of a purpose. It’s been said if you want to be a good writer, you have to be a reader. And I will be a writer! I want to write a book or two, something people can put on their must read lists for future challenges.
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
I already have a list of the top books I want to read this year. Once I’ve finish these 20 books, I’ll make a new list!
Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: The Transfer, Four: The Traitor, Four: The Son, Four: The Initiate by Veronica Roth – I started reading Divergent during a hospital stay in 2013. Never got around to finishing it, so I’m going to start over and read the entire series. Hopefully I finish the books before the final movie comes out.
The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the LEGO Phenomenon by Sarah Herman
Chain Letter; The Ancient Evil by Christopher Pike – I’m pretty sure I’ve already read these, since Pike was my favorite author as a teen. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic, so I’m going to reread them to see if they are as good as I remember.
Extras (Uglies Trilogy) by Scott Westerfeld – I finished the three books of the trilogy in 2013, but had a really hard time getting into this bonus book because it’s vastly different from the others. I’m going to attempt it again just so I can say I finished the series.
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith – Coming in at 976 pages of a small font, this is the largest book on the list. It could offer a bit of a challenge.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith – Another book I hope to read before seeing the movie.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, and Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
The Silent Stars Go By by Dan Abnett – The Silent Stars Go By is a Doctor Who story. I love the tv show so much, how can the books not be amazing.
The Hoard by Alan Ryker
I also have a large collection of research books about writing, poetry, photography, animation, and toys I’d like to tackle this year. I want to improve my skill sets and increase knowledge in areas of great interest to me.
I’m off to hit the books! What are you looking forward to reading this year?