Dear Journal… Reading Plans 2018

Hi all.

Apologies for the late post. I’ve been majorly busy with work, writing my novel and of course, reading. I recently set my goal of reading one hundred books on GoodReads, which I am currently seven books into. Admittedly, I’m counting graphic novels and poetry collections but they all count.

I thought about what novels I wanted to read and I realized that my tbr (to be read) shelf is growing by the day. Yeah, I want to read the novels that won all the awards, that make me seem intellectual and blah, blah, blah but I thought, mix it up, and enjoy the experience. After all, books are meant to be enjoyed. At the moment, I’m reading three books at a time: one novel, a non-fiction novel and a pulp horror from the 70’s/80’s. That way, I have choice if a particular novel doesn’t mesh with me. But what of my tbr? I have no idea if I’ll get through these this year, because what I want to read varies on how I feel at that time. My current (rough) tbr is:

  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
  • Replay by Ken Grimwood
  • The Postman by David Brin
  • Drown by Junot Diaz
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  • The Sex Lives of the Siamese Twins by Irvine Welsh
  • Wild Embers by Nikita Gill
  • Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  • Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
  • Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien
  • We Are The End by Gonzalo C. Garcia
  • The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  • Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
  • We Gon’ Be Alright by Jeff Chang
  • Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Planet Hulk (Omnibus)

So yes, I have a lot to get through and I’ll probably be distracted by other novels. Which is a good thing! I love being spoiled for choice.. no doubt helped by impulsive purchases on eBay or in Waterstones.

Oh, I’m halfway through writing my second novel. It’s coming on a lot better than the first.


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