10 Books I Hope to Read In 2018

First off, here’s wishing you and your family a happy and prosperous new year, from me and mine! 🙂

The most important year-end exercise that I never fail to take up is that of planning my reads for next year. This involves creating a new excel file to keep track of the books I read during the year while updating my comprehensive book list. Yes, Goodreads is a good place to keep track, but I prefer something more personal; something that I can access without the need to go on the Internet.

My first book of the year will be a graphic novel – something that I haven’t yet had the chance to read. Game of Thrones is a phenomenon, so when I got The Hedge Knight at a huge discount, I grabbed it with both hands. The Hedge Knight is the first in George R. R. Martin’s Tales of Dunk and Egg and takes place about a hundred years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire.

But I digress a little. While I have my first read of the year figured out, it is what I hope to read during the rest of the year that excites me. Right now, as I write this article, I have 195 books, both hard copies and Kindle eBooks that I have yet to read. Still, you cannot stop a booklover from making purchases whenever the discount gods are sweet on them!

Here’s a list of 10 books that I hope to read in 2018 – 5 that I have and 5 that I don’t. The ones that I have will be easy to polish off. It’s the ones in the warehouses that are the real problem. 😉

  1. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman:

I have been coveting this for ages now. There is no particular reason I haven’t yet given in and bought. Sometimes I think it is expensive, other rare times I think of the books waiting on my shelf. But mostly, I feel like I should be giving this book all of my time, even if it makes me cry in the end. Aren’t many relationships in this world like this?

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  1. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr:

With close to close to 600,000 ratings on Goodreads and still standing at 4.3, this novel comes highly recommended, both by a larger global community, and by a relatively smaller, close-knit community of booklovers that I have come to depend on immensely. I haven’t read the blurb because the cover did me in and I don’t want to spoil it for myself by reading any spoilers.

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  1. Wonder – R.J. Palacio:

The movie came out in India recently and people have been raving about it. But much before the movie, came the book. There were tears and speechlessness when people spoke about it. I didn’t understand then the reason behind all this. But one look at the blurb and I knew I wanted to have this book in my possession. Soon, I promise myself.

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  1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak:

There are a lot of things that annoy me to no end, and many are to do with books. I hate it when people mutilate books, especially those that are mine. And if they happen to steal one, may God have mercy on them. This title, along with the praises that accompany it, is enough to send my pulse racing because of how bad I want to own it.

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  1. Ghachar Ghochar – Vivek Shanbhag:

With its intriguing cover that doesn’t give away anything about its story, Ghachar Ghochar piqued my interest and still does every time I look at it. Translated from a Kannada novel of the same name, the novel already has my heart, maybe because I am a Kannadiga, too. It somehow makes me proud even if I don’t yet have the book.

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  1. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee:

I own this book. Bought it a couple of years ago along with 6 other books (including the next on this list) as part of a Raksha Bandhan gift from a big brother. But I have no explanation as to why I still haven’t read the book. I may be a little apprehensive of the expectations its reviews have laid on it. Yet, I cannot wait to find out for myself.

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  1. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult:

There have been a lot of polarizing opinions on this one, but the majority of them told me this is one book not to be ignored. And when I found this at a discount at a store near my place, I lapped it up with a glee that would seem almost vulgar. I don’t mind sitting down with tissues beside me as long as it gives me what I want – an experience to remember.

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  1. Em and the Big Hoom – Jerry Pinto:

There was a long period of time during which this book made waves in the snug little community of booklovers on Facebook. It was then that I decided to buy it, along with six others (just like the previous book on this list). With a beautiful cover and the earnest recommendations accompanying it, Em and the Big Hoom lay on my bookshelf. I just hope 2018 will be the year of its calling.

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  1. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes:

I watched the movie before I even knew there was a book. This has happened only once before (The Fault in Our Stars) and I absolutely loved it. So when I loved the movie, I instinctively knew, like before, that I had to have the book. Now, it sits there on my shelf, gazing forlornly at me until I look back and assure it that I will come to it soon. Very soon.

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  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows:

The book has everything it needs to attract my attention first. A long-ish title that invokes curiosity, a background that has the power to send shivers down my spine, and one of the best things to happen to mankind – book clubs. I have a Kindle version of this book but if I love it enough, I might just buy myself the hard copy of it.

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There are many other books that I want to read, but realistically (a word that I, as a booklover, scoff at), they will have to wait for me to pick them. At the end of the year, I hope I will be able to reference back to this article and say that I did read all these books!

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6 thoughts on “10 Books I Hope to Read In 2018

  1. Wonder was a great read. I read it a couple years ago. To Kill A Mockingbird is fantastic as well. The last time I read it was high school and if I remember correctly it was a little slow in the beginning. But it’s a wonderful story. I should re-read it sometime.

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