Hello lovelies! So I’ve been out of the reading game for quite a while now, only really picking up a book if it’s something to do with my studies. However, I’m ready to set myself a small list of books which I definitely want to get around to in this new year!
When I went back to visit my parents over the Christmas period, I looked over all of my old bookshelves and realised that my taste in books has changed quite drastically over the past couple of years. It made me a little sad at first, but I suppose it just means that I’m going to experience and explore a lot of different genres now – which definitely isn’t a bad thing!
So moving away from YA (but not too far away, mind – I still have a lot of beloved series’ and characters in this genre), here’s my slightly more diverse 2018 TBR list!
1. More Than This by Patrick Ness
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, it’s been sitting on one of my old bookshelves back home which I only remembered about when I was visiting over the Christmas period. Everyone in the bookish community seems to love Patrick Ness so I really need to get involved! The only other book of his that I’ve read is ‘A Monster Calls’, which I adored and would highly recommend to anyone and everyone in the market for a good cry.
2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
I’ve not read many classics in my time, unless they were for school. I didn’t enjoy them much because I had to read them, but hopefully I’ll enjoy them more now that it’s a voluntary read… and where is a better place to start than with a Brontë book? I liked Pride and Prejudice when I read it, so I have high hopes for Wuthering Heights and the whirlwind romance of Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff!
3. Paradise Lost by John Milton
This is another book which has been sitting on my shelf for years. I first came across it in a Cassandra Clare novel (obligatory Shadowhunter mention for this post, I promise this is the only one!), when she quoted:
I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night,
Taught by the heav’nly Muse to venture down
The dark descent, and up to reascend,
Ever since reading that first excerpt I’ve been intrigued, after all, who doesn’t love a bit of the darker aspects of fiction?
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is another book I’ve heard amazing things about from a variety of sources. I just need to read it and I’m annoyed at myself that I haven’t already done so.
5. Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Okay… so I know I promised I was only going to mention Cassie Clare once but in a bookish post that’s just not possible for me! Unfortunately, during the great year and a half reading slump, Cassie’s been bringing out books and announcing new ones left right and centre – I’m so far behind! I need to get back on top of the Shadowhunter Chronicles this year, starting with Lord of Shadows. Oh, how I’ve missed these characters!
So there we have it! I don’t want to set myself a list that’s unachievable in length, so I’m starting small and working my way up. Which books are you planning on reading this year? Let me know!