2018 Reading Goals: Tackling My Shelvess


I have three resolutions for reading this year, and they all go back to one problem: I buy books that sit on my shelves for months or even years, and I never read them. So my resolution for the new year? Start reading those books I already own.

But it isn’t just that. I have three specific goals that I can accomplish by reading the books I already own. They are:

1. Read more classic literature (1 a month). I’d like to think I’m rather well-read, but there’s still so much I haven’t read yet.

2. Read more contemporary literature/literary fiction geared towards adults because I tend to stick with young adult literature.

3. Continue reading the multiple series I’ve already started. I tend to pick up a book series, buy the next book, and never actually get around to reading it. So obviously, I need to stop doing that.

Because I like lists, I made a list of the books I plan on reading this year. Essentially, I plan on reading two of these a month. The other two books I choose to read are “freebies”.


  1. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  4. Vanity Fair by William M. Thackery
  5. Light in August by William Faulkner
  6. Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  7. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  8. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  9. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
  10. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  12. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift


  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  3. Room by Emma Donoghue
  4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  5. Misery by Stephen King
  6. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

Continue a Series: 

  1. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy
  2. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
  3. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  4. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  5. Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  6. Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

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