2018: The year of the big books

2017 was the year of reading.

I set myself a goal at the beginning of the year to read 50 books. Once I hit that goal I decided to stretch my goal to 100 books. Just this past week, I met that goal. It was a pretty exciting moment to realize that over the past 11 months, I’ve read 100 books. That’s an average of 9 books a month!

I’ve started to think about what I want to accomplish in 2018 and have decided that 2018 will be the year of the big books. These are books that ended at the bottom of my to-be-read pile because they intimidated me. I found myself so focused on the number of books I wanted to read, that I set aside really good books because of how big they were.

Some of these books include the ones pictured above. I plan on starting the year with Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King. This is Stephen King’s newest novel that he partnered with his son to write. This book takes place in the future where women are enveloped in a cocoon when they fall asleep and are transported to another place. If they are awoken, they become violent and feral creatures. Men are left to their own devices and are becoming increasingly primal. There is only one woman who is immune to the sleeping blessing/curse, Evie. It is unclear if Evie should be studied or destroyed. I am hoping this book will be a good introduction to the world of Stephen King (though I’ve been recommended The Shining by many people).

Another book that will be an early 2018 read is The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind is the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle and has been endorsed by the amazing Lin-Manuel Miranda. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series and I need to get through it before the show adaptation is released on Showtime!

Hame by Annalena McAfeeTheft by Finding by David SedarisDracula by Bram Stoker, and World of Tomorrow by Brendan Mathews are other giant books that I know I want to read in 2018.

I may not hit 100 books again next year because of how much longer it takes to read giant books and that’s okay. I’ve been neglecting the stories in all of these pages and want to get to them more than I want to read a lot of books!

Do you guys have any giant book recommendations? What is your reading goal for 2018?

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