Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season, and that we all have a better year in 2018. (Which really shouldn’t be that hard, right?)
There are a lot of books I’d love to get to this year, but I narrowed it down to my top ten: five fiction and five nonfiction. This list does not contain any 2018 releases – I have an entirely separate post planned for that list. But these are the books that have been on my TBR – or sitting on my shelves – for months or years, and that I would really like to read this year.
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. My last Jane Austen novel! This is the only one of her six main works I haven’t yet read, and it’s happening this year. I am really excited to delve back into classic romance (it’s been a while), and I think I’m going to enjoy this one.
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan. We’re not going to talk about the fact that I own FIVE books in this series and haven’t read a single one. I just need to read them. Hopefully I love it, because FIVE BOOKS. FIVE.
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. This year, I really want to start the Mistborn trilogy because I haven’t read a single Sanderson novel, and I definitely need to fix that. And I got the boxed set for Christmas – I haven’t technically recieved it yet because of shipping issues, but it’s coming – so I can just binge-read them all.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I picked up a copy of this years ago, and I still haven’t read it, despite the fact that it’s been recommended to me multiple times. Follett is another author I’ve never read, but think I’ll really love.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I started this, oh, a year and a half ago now, and was really enjoying it. But then I got distracted, and never finished it. I have a feeling I am going to love this book, and want to read more historical fiction this year, so I think it’s time I finished it.
The Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. I just recently read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, which was amazing, and this one seems fairly similar. I’ve heard great things about it, and it sounds really interesting, so I’m excited to give it a shot.
Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman. I’ve read quite a few very interesting articles and one memoir about autism, and I am really intrigued to know more, specifically from a scientific perspective. This book keeps catching my eye when I look at my shelves, so I would really like to finally pick it up this year.
Fucking Burning by Dan Marshall. I’ve been very into memoirs lately, and I’ve had this one for a while. It is about how the dynamics change in a family when they find out their mother has cancer. That’s something I’ve gone through, and I’m curious to read about someone else’s experience. Plus, the title is amazing.
1776 by David McCullough. I have a degree in history and a minor in American studies, and somehow I still haven’t read this book. I need to fix that this year. (Also, I really want to read a McCullough book, and this is the shortest of the ones I own, so…)
Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. This book has been on my list for a while, but after seeing two close family members struggle with cancer in 2013, I didn’t think I could handle reading this. But it’s been long enough (and working at a hospital has gotten me more comfortable with the topic), so I would really like to read it this year.
Here’s to a great reading year! What’s on your must-read list for 2018?