Here comes 2018

2018 Reading ChallengeHi Everyone!

Most people who know me will be well aware that I haven’t actually done any major updating for a little while. There’s reasons behind this, or excuses, depending on who you are, and how you perceive things; however, my theme for 2018 is Accelerate, which means that I’m pushing the gas pedal down on a number of different projects in my life – especially including my writing.

So 2018 will be bringing more updates, more writing, and more communication.

To start the year, though, I first need to set a fresh reading challenge. As any good writer will tell you, writers are readers, so here’s my list of books that I’m planning on working my way through in 2018. Thanks to Hannah Braime for this list.

So I’ve done some research, and come up with these as my list.

Last time I did this, I explained why I was picking each one. This time, I’m just going to list them out, but the intention is from here to actually write a commentary/review on each one when I finish it, so keep an eye on my Reading Challenge 2018 tag!

  • A book you read in school: To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
  • A book from your childhood: Biggles of the Camel Squadron (W.E. Johns)
  • A book published more than 100 years ago: The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
  • A book published in the last year: Sing Unburied Sing (Jesmyn Ward)
  • A non-fiction book: On Writing (Stephen King)
  • A book by a male author: A Shadow on the Glass (Ian Irvine)
  • A book by a female author: Manhattan Beach (Jennifer Egan)
  • A book by someone who isn’t a writer: Rebrand Worship (Wayne Huirua)
  • A book that became a film: The Martian (Andy Weir)
  • A book published in the 20th Century: The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • A book set in your hometown/region: The Hunter (Julia Leigh)
  • A book with someone’s name in the title: Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
  • A book with a number in the title: Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury)
  • A book with a character with your first name: Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
  • A book someone else recommended to you: Enders Game (Orson Scott Card)
  • A book with over 500 pages: Magician (Raymond E. Feist)
  • A book you can finish in a day: Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
  • A previously banned book: Another Country (James Baldwin)
  • A book with a one-word title: Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
  • A book translated from another language: War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
  • A book that will improve a specific area of your life: Live Love Lead (Brian Houston)
  • A memoir or journal: My Story (Michael Clarke)
  • A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year: The World Duology (Lance and James Morcan)
  • An award-winning book: When the Jaguar Sleeps (J.A. Kalis)
  • A self-published book: Heaven Earth or Hell (Maeve Nolan)

Some of these I have read before, and am taking the opportunity to read again. Others are ones that I’ve discovered whilst searching for something that fits the category. In the case of When the Jaguar Sleeps, I just happened to see it in the list of items people also bought on Amazon when looking at The World Duology, and kind of felt drawn to it straight away, so I found a spot for it (it apparently won an award in the International Book Award Contest in the Fiction-Adventure category).

So off we go. I’m getting started tonight with Biggles of the Camel Squadron, one of many novels by W.E. Johns about the famous (fictional) British air ace. My late father loved these novels as a boy himself, and passed on his enjoyment of them to me when I was a child as well.