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2018 Reading List, What’s On Yours?

By  La Shell Reid Hoilett

My 2018 Reading List

I don’t normally set reading lists and challenges because I find some a bit unrealistic and it builds pressure that I don’t really care for. Instead, I’m making a mental note and aspiration to read more. At least one book a month if possible. I currently have a full time job, this blog, I volunteer two days a week, plus I have you know, every day stuff to deal with. So as you can see, time is a precious commodity in my household. Reading though, has been for a very long time and continues to be, a must for me. It opens my mind, broaden my horizons, educates and entertains me.

My reading has changed throughout the years. From thriller and horror in my early teens (Dean Koontz and Robert Ludlum) to romance in my later teens (Danielle Steel mostly), to crime drama (John Grisham and Dan Brown), to now, a mixture of comedy, classics, religion and everything else.

For 2018 I’m going to mix things up a bit and try genres that I’m unfamiliar with. I haven’t read many classics so I’d try to get some in along with some true crime, more memoirs, inspirational and of course a bit of fiction to level things out. These are a few of what I have in mind:

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish I love Tiffany Haddish. She is extremely funny, relatable and is an awesome actress. Her life story is far from butterflies and lollipops and I can’t wait to read about her inspirational journey to stardom.

The Book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama Two powerful men who have, time and time again, converted adversity into prosperity and strength. Who would be better fit than these two, to teach me about joy and happiness? This one will be read over time as I want to wholly enjoy and savor their musings.

After The Eclipse by Sarah Ferry I have never ventured into reading true crime but i feel compelled to this year. I listen to many true crime podcasts but there are some stories I wish I could spend more time with. Dark I know, but this stuff holds my fascination.  I prefer investigative narrations and i think this is the best place to start.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte This classic has been on my reading list for as long as I can remember but for some reason I never got around to it.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald This should be on everyone’s reading list. I cannot count how many times I’ve watched the movie. I can fairly say that I really really really love it. Maybe it’s the actors, the score, the story or the script. Who knows? After giving this a read I hope I can figure out what it is about this story that has me coming back time and time again.

1984 by George Orwell Listen, I have tried to read this book on many occasions but I can never get into it. It’s on every recommended bestseller reading list out there and I can’t see why. I’m giving it one more try! Just one more.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank Although I’ve seen and read hundreds of hours worth of information and adaptations on the Holocaust, there is always more to be seen and learned. This has also been on my reading list for many years and I think 2018 is the year that I sit down to read and attempt to understand this young girl’s horrifying but telling experience.

The catcher In the Rye by J. D. Salinger I’m seeing a trend here. Another one that has been on my list for some time.  As I said, this is the year of the classics for me. I’m sure it’ll take me back to those angst filled teenage years of mine.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins Just because it’s considered the first ever detective novel written. Not only that, an elderly book critic pegged it as her favorite book of all time, while a trusted friend of mine praised his work. I’m not a detective novel kinda girl but I’d give this one a shot and see where it goes.

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls THIS! Is my favorite book of all time. It is always on my reading list. Always. I cannot describe it justifiably. You need to read it. All I can say is that Jeanette reflects on growing up with her very hippy and eclectic parents. I’m not going to give up too much, so go on, give it a try!

Columbine by Dave Cullen Why do people do the things they do? Specifically, why do teenagers and younger people commit crimes that no one can understand? This investigative piece promises to answer some of those questions about the entire situation surrounding the unfortunate events of Columbine High.

Mind Hunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker Mainly because I watched the HBO series and fell in love. I listened to podcasts profiling some of the subjects in this series and so I cannot wait to get into the book.

What about you? What does your reading list look like?

Thanks for stopping by!


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  Comments: 19

19 responses to “2018 Reading List, What’s On Yours?”

  1. Cait says:

    these are all great books to read and i def need to get my butt into gear and grab of a few of them!

  2. Chelsea says:

    Oh my gosh, great list! I just read Perks of Being a Wallflower, would highly recommend it! Also, I’ve been dying to read Columbine.

  3. Tori says:

    Awesome list! The Glass Castle is one of my favorites! I just finished The Circle and just started The Handmaid’s Tale!

  4. Taylor says:

    I’ve had 1984 on my list forever and I also keep starting it but I can’t seem to get into it! One of my reading goals this year is to actually read more of the books that I already own (I love buying new books.) I also made myself a reading challenge to change up what I read, instead of reading the same genres! I’ll definitely be adding some of these books to my list!

    See my reading challenge:

  5. Fabulous list! Great Gatsby is one of my all time favorites! Columbine is fabulous too. I’m going to have to check out After the Eclipse, I hadn’t even heard of it, but I read a lot of true crime. If you haven’t read in Cold Blood by Truman Capote, consider it. It’s the gold standard for the true crime novel! Happy reading, you picked great ones!

  6. Michaela says:

    So many great choices. I love how you’re sticking with so many classics. I teach middle school language arts, so most of the books I read are YA Lit. My current read is “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green.

  7. I LOVE tiffany haddish!! I can’t wait to read her book too!! Actually I really like most of your picks and the others I just haven’t heard of, so i guess i’ll add em to my list!

  8. kara says:

    So many great suggestions! I really want to read Tiffany Haddish’s book this year 🙂 If you need another suggestion, my dad just published a murder-mystery book thats awesome! (Not biased or anything) lol

  9. I’ve been gathering a book list, adding some of these now! Thanks!

  10. What a fabulous list! I haven’t read diary of a young girl, but I played Anne Franke in a play rendition of it, so that’s near and dear to my heart since I know the story well – I need to read the full diary now!

  11. Ginger Smith says:

    This is a great list, and I might even follow along and read them with you! lol Some of these are classics that I want to read but keep putting off!

  12. Karrie Frost says:

    What a great list that encompasses many genres. I especially like that you have classics and some newer books thrown into the list as well. I have read some of them, and have added some to my list. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Helen says:

    SO many good choices!! I need to work on my list for 2018!

  14. Oh! I totally want to read Tiffany’s book this year. Awesome list in this post! 🙂

  15. Karen says:

    The Anne Frank book was one of my favorites. Love it! Such a great story. The Great Gatsby is also a classic.

  16. Shannon says:

    I read The Glass Castle last year and it’s amazing, you will love it! I need to read some of these classics as well.

  17. Kelsie says:

    These all look great! I want to read the Mind Hunter book!

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