Reading List 2018

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ~ Stephen King

In my life, I have done a LOT of writing. But I’m a terrible reader. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading, but I’m very particular about what I read. And when I do finally find a book that sounds like I’ll enjoy it, I never find the time to read it because I’m writing.

However, this year I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to read more. And because I don’t do things by half, I’ve decided to join my friend Cayleigh in creating a reading list helping her to read a book a week. That’s right. Even though I only read two books last year, I’ve decided to try and read 52 this year.

I have to confess that I am cheating somewhat. I still don’t have any more time than I used to so I simply have to use my time more wisely. So I’m resorting to audiobooks. Not ideal, I know. But I’m no book-medium snob. I will digest literature in whatever form it comes. So it’s not so much a reading list as it is a listening list. Meh, who’s counting.

This list is a bit late too because I’ve already ticked off two on the list this year (and I even squeezed in another one that presented itself to me that wasn’t on the list in the first place, so that now makes the list 53 books instead of 52…).

So Without Further Ado…

I know what I like. So I’ve selected my list quite carefully. I’ve found books I’ve always wanted to read, books I’ve been recommended, and books that are well-revered in the genres that I seem to frequent. I won’t lie, the majority of them are either fantasy, magical realism or science fiction. There are a few that don’t fit those categories, but they are few and far between.

As the year goes on, I shall attempt to do a write up on each of these books and link through to it from here.

Reading List 2018

  1. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet – Becky Chambers 
  2. Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor 
  3. The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch 
  4. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams – Stephen King
  5. Moon Over Soho – Ben Aaronovitch
  6. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
  7. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  8. Dune – Frank Herbert
  9. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  10. Foundation – Isaac Asimov
  11. John Dies at the End – David Wong
  12. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  13. The Girl with all the Gifts – MR Carey
  14. Seveneves – Neal Stephenson
  15. Odd Thomas – Dean Koontz
  16. The Man in the High Castle – Philip K Dick
  17. The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman
  18. Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
  19. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss
  20. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern
  21. The Thousand of Autumns of Jacob de Zoet – David Mitchell
  22. Uprooted – Naomi Novik
  23. The Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guin
  24. Welcome to Night Vale – Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor
  25. The Library of Souls – Ransom Riggs
  26. Whispers Underground – Ben Aaronovitch
  27. Neuromancer – William Gibson
  28. Dune Messiah – Frank Herbert
  29. Artemis – Andy Weir
  30. Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  31. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
  32. Slaughterhouse 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  33. The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
  34. The Subtle Knife – Philip Pullman
  35. Catch 22 -Joseph Heller
  36. Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
  37. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  38. Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  39. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  40. Forever Odd – Dean Koontz
  41. Broken Homes – Ben Aaronovitch
  42. Children of Dune – Frank Herbert
  43. The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie
  44. The Light Fantastic – Terry Pratchett
  45. Slade House – David Mitchell
  46. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman
  47. Red Seas Under Red Skies – Scott Lynch
  48. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  49. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  50. Brother Odd – Dean Koontz
  51. God Emperor of Dune – Frank Herbert
  52. Equal Rites – Terry Pratchett
  53. After Dark – Haruki Murakami

Join Me

If you fancy joining me as I read through any of these books I would love to chat about your reading experience. Also, if you have any suggestions for other books that might fit into this reading list it’d be great to hear them, so just drop a comment in the box below.

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