At the halfway point of 2018, a certain panic slowly begins for some of us booknerds. This panic can be caused by the lovely Goodreads Reading Challenge (yes I know I’m 24,000 books behind, and no, I don’t need another email to remind me), but an even taller pressure comes from our to-be-read piles.
Inspired by *spoiler alert* an upcoming Top Five Wednesday topic, Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year, today I’m going to be talking about the books I really want to read before the end of the year. First, I’m going to be checking up on the 2018 reading goals that I outlined in another T5W post back in January, 2018 Reading Resolutions.
My 2018 Reading Resolutions:
Complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge- For 2018, I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 70 books. Since I read 91 books in 2017 (the most I’ve ever read in one year!), I did think about setting my goal to 100 books, but I really don’t know what my 2018 reading time is going to look like, especially with college and what I’ll be doing this summer.
Progress: While I have not yet completed my Goodreads Reading Challenge, I’m quite content with my progress, having read 58 books and being 24 books ahead of schedule. I think that I could finish my challenge by August, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to hit my reach goal of 100 books. I have what I think will be my busiest semester of college ahead this fall.
Read more fantasy- I spent a lot of my reading in 2015 and 2016 catching up on YA fantasy, but I definitely did not read as much fantasy in 2017. I ventured into adult fantasy and read the latest works from my favorite fantasy authors last year, but in 2018 I’d like to read more of the genre. I think I don’t reach for fantasy as immediately as I do contemporary is because fantasy reads often expand into a series and I try to avoid starting a series with only one book published thus far (even though I’ll be breaking this with Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince and I’m sure many others this year)– I just love reading books in a series back to back.
Progress: Sooooooo remember when I saw that I am a contemporary reads girl at heart? While I’ve read more dystopian this year than I’ve realized, I think I’ve read maybe 11 fantasy books so far this year (andddd 7 of them have been Sarah J. Maas books). However, I do have plans to pick up some more fantasy this summer. I’m also happy to inform past self that I don’t have to worry about only being able to read one book in Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series, since I now own an ARC of The Wicked King.
Reread the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and Empire of Storms)- I’ve mentioned this a few times already, but I really NEED to reread the first 5 books in the Throne of Glass series before ToG #7 comes out and so I can finally read Tower of Dawn. I still can’t believe I haven’t read ToD, considering that Chaol is my favorite characters in the series. Throne of Glass is an example with my “problem” reading fantasy because I’ve forgot a lot of the plot details of the series.
Reread the To All the Boys I Loved Before series by Jenny Han- Right after I finished Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I immediately wanted to reread To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Progress: Not yet, but upcoming! I planned to reread To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before this summer in anticipation of its Netflix adaptation coming on August 17th!
Reread The Young Elites & read The Rose Society and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu-Reading Warcross in 2017 reminded me how much I love Marie Lu’s writing and I decided that I wanted to give The Young Elites trilogy a go. I read The Young Elites in 2015 and it wasn’t my favorite; I had recently finished the Legend trilogy, one of my all-time favorite series, and I think I was comparing TYE too much to Legend. After rereading TYE, I plan on picking up the next two books in the series, The Rose Society and The Midnight Star.
Progress: NA. While I read and loved Marie Lu’s Wildcard this month, I still have yet to make my way through The Young Elites trilogy. After attending Book Expo, I have a lot of ARCs to make my way through this summer and fall, so I may hold off on this goal closer to the end of the year.
Books I Want to Read:
In honor of T5W, here’s 5 books that I need to read from my TBR, including some highly anticipated fall releases!
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas– I can safely say that I will not be pulling a Tower of Dawn and waiting to read KoA 7 months after it’s been published. It’ll probably be about 7 hours after that I’ll be finished.
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman – Besides needing more Neal Shusterman while I wait for the next Scythe installment, I am so excited by Dry’s premise. I think I’m juming back into the dystopian rabbit hole and I’m loving it??
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- Yes, I’ll hopefully be reading this entire trilogy this summer and yes, I plan on hopefully loving it as much as I expect to.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo- Another trilogy I plan on binge-reading, I am beyond excited for King of Scars, which means I probably need to meet Nikolai before hand.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab- If you’ve been following Fangirl Fury from the beginning, you might remember that one of the first books I ever screamed about across the Internet was V.E.Schwab’s Vicious. AND THAT WAS BEFORE I KNEW THERE WOULD BE A SEQUEL.
What books are you hoping to get to by the end of 2018? Share in the comments!