In 2018 I want to try and read some of the books I own that I’ve either been putting off reading or that people have recommended to me a fair bit so here are my 12 (one for each month hopefully) priority read for this year.
Pet Sematary by Stephen King
To this day I haven’t read a full Stephen King book no matter how much I want to. I’m not entirely sure why but I haven’t and it some what frustrates me because I really want to get through at least of his books especially given how much I love his son’s work. The reason behind me wanting to read Pet Sematary as my first King book, besides it being recommended to me multiple times, is because was the first King film adaptation I ever saw and I want to what I may have missed in the story by only seeing the film.
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire by J K Rowling
As you my know I finally started to read the Harry Potter books for the first time last year. I managed to read the first 3 but still have the rest of the series to get through. I can’t wait to read the Goblet Of Fire, I mean there are dragons in it so of course I can’t wait but I also know a lot of details are missed out as there is with all the HP book to film adaptations *still wishing Peeves was in the films* so I really want to see what I missed from the books that wasn’t in the films.
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
Last year I started to get more into Fantasy books but I haven’t really ventured into High Fantasy yet so I’m hoping that this will be my first High Fantasy books and yes I’ve seen all the ridiculously long Peter Jackson films so of course I want to see what I’ve missed but I also just really want to read them anyway. I hope it’ll be the great book I always hear that it is but I guess we’ll see if I ever get round to reading, hopefully I will though!
Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Everyone seems to have read this and if I’m honest I had absolutely no idea what this book was about until I actually bought it at the end of last year but I’m so glad I did get because it sounds like a lovely book and with the film coming out soon I may actually be able to read it before the film comes out unlike the books previously mentioned. I think I may even try to read it this month if I can too, at least then I will have read it before the film even comes out if I do read it this month which would be good for once!
City Of Ashes by Casandra Clare
Ah the TMI series. I originally started reading this series when I was 15/16 so a fair few years ago now but when I started to read City Of Ashes I just found myself bored and ended up not getting passed about 50 pages of the book. Last year I decided to try and read TMI again so read through City Of Bones and actually liked it so hopefully when I pick this book up again I’ll be able to get passed more than just the first 50 pages but I guess we’ll see when I try again.
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
This book of complete controversy has had my interest for a while now and I really can’t wait to read it. I saw a review for this on Bookstagram and was instantly drawn to the story, partly because it sounds completely depraved and partly because it’s based on a true story about a young girl who was abused and tortured by her neighbour who was meant to be looking after her while her parents were away. From what I’ve heard about this book it seems not for the faint of heart but even those with lead lined stomachs seem to have been effected by the content of this book and I still can’t wait to read it.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This book is one that I want to take me out of my comfort zone. I rarely read SciFi books but when I read the blurb to this book I just had to get it because sounds like such a brilliant read and I have not heard a single negative word about it yet. The story seems really good and I think this could be the book to properly get me into the SciFi genre in terms of books. This may even be my next read because I’m so excited to read it.
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas is another book I’ve seen the film of but not read the book but you can’t blame me, school practically forced me to watch it when we were learning about WW2 before I started reading as a passion so it’s schools fault and not mine. Now though I really want to read this book because even though the film was utterly heartbreaking I’m sure the book will be even more heart-wrenching so, I won’t say I’m looking forward to reading it given the context of book but I do think it’s about time that I did read it as I want to with lots of books that I’ve seen the film for but not read the book.
(Sorry the picture is rather Christmasy, I may change it soon when I get chance to take a new one)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Is this Gothic Horror or Classic SciFi or a mix of both? Either way I really want to read more classic literature and Frankenstein is the main I want to read at the moment because Classics by the Brontes and Austen have never appealed to me so most of the classic books I have are Classic SciFi and Horror books apposed to those about pride and sensibility. I don’y know why them types of books don’t appeal to me but they don’y so for the time being I’ll stick with Shelley and H G Wells.
Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
I’m not sure that many people have actually heard of this book but to me it sounds like a fairly good book in terms of LGBTQ+ representation. I know the title may be misleading but yes this book has a gay MC not a straight one like the majority of books do. As well as wanting to read more Classic literature I also want to read more Diverse literature so this is one of the books I want to read with a gay MC which makes this the second LGBTQ+ book on this list and not the last but I can’t wait to read it and the other diverse books I want to read this year.
The Girl Before by J P Delaney
A one point last year I ended up ordering a few thriller hardbacks and this was one I really wanted to read but never got round to because of all the other brilliantly books I ended up reading last year. I’m not entirely sure what to think of this book but it does sound like it could have a few good twists and plenty of suspense as long as it’s written right so I can’t wait to read it to see what happens and if it’s as good as I hope it is.
The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
And here is the last LGBTQ+ book I mentioned. This one has a transgender MC so it’s definitely not a type of book I’ve had the pleasure of reading. This is a subject I honestly think needs to be written about more, when I’ve searched for books which are about Transgender characters I’ve only found two, both of which I own and intend to read hopefully very soon. I hope it handles to subject well and creates what I would hope be a heart warming film even though I’m sure there will be some negative subjects within the books too.
So, that’s the 12 books that are my priority to read this year and I hope I get though at least half of them. If I read even just half of these or even just one then I’ll be happy but we’ll see as the year goes on!
Until next time guys, happy reading!