What’s Your Reading Goal for 2018?

Books, Journal / Saturday, January 6th, 2018

2017 was a great reading year for me. I managed to read 85 books. My goal was to reach 70.

To give you an example of what kinds of books I read, here’s 10 of them:

  • The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
  • East, West – Salman Rushdie
  • The Colour of Magic – Terry Pratchett
  • Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder
  • The Narnia series
  • What Really Matters – Arthur Kleinman
  • Life Lessons from Bergson – Michael Foley
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Staring at the Sun – Irvin Yalom
  • The Road – Cormac McCarthy

My reading goal for 2018 is to first of all get through all the paperbacks I haven’t read. I have a tendency (it’s actually like a disease) to visit second-hand bookshops and walk out with a bag of books and a smile on my face. Fortunately my wife is rather forgiving.

I have specific writing goals this year (which includes writing a novel for a Taiwanese movie director – no small task!) that I didn’t have last year, and so already I know I won’t have as much time to read.

Being the reading geek that I am, I’ve just pulled out all the books I’m to read this year and piled them up next to me, so I can list a few for you here.

Wife: Why can’t you just post a picture of them?

Me: Because I want to list them.

Wife: You’re very strange.

So, ignoring my wife, here goes:

  • Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Season of Secrets – Sally Nicholls
  • Kafka on the Shore – Haruki Murakami
  • Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood
  • Formosa Under the Dutch – D.W Campbell
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
  • Junk – Melvin Burgess

If I can reach 50 books this year, I’ll be a happy camper.

What about you?

What were your reading goals last year? Did you reach them?

What about this year? What do you plan on reading?

May 2018 be a super reading year for you.

“Good readers make good leaders” – Jim Rohn


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