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    Update | 2018 Reading Plans

    Following on from yesterday’s post, today I am sharing my 2018 reading plans with you.  I know.  Exciting stuff.

    1. First of all, I will be logging my reading using Sophie’s spreadsheet (if you don’t know who Sophie is, you should definitely check out her YouTube channel, Portal in the Pages).  I love this spreadsheet and can’t wait to see the charts and graphs getting all pretty!  I particularly love the TBR tab on the spreadsheet, more of which in number 3!
    2. As mentioned previously, I am a bit ashamed at the lack of diversity in my reading in 2017, and this year I plan to read with intention and actively seek to read books by authors not from the UK or USA.  This might be tricky, considering the other plans I have (read on!) but it an be done.
    3. I have a huge number of unread books on my shelves and while the number doesn’t actually shame me, the lack of space does.  So my plan is to get through the oldest books on my shelf.  Going from when I added them to Goodreads, I will start with the oldest 12 and choose one to read each month.  If I haven’t read it by the end of the month, it’s goodbye to you sir!  I have added these 12 into Sophie’s spreadsheet, TBR tab and was a little horrified when it told me these books have been gathering dust on my shelves for 9 years … yes, that’s correct … NINE YEARS!!!  Actually it could be more – I obviously owned them before I started using Goodreads, so who knows!  Anyway, here they are … and I’m calling this my #GetReadOrGetRid challenge:
    • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
    • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
    • Lifesaver by Louise Voss
    • Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
    • Notes From An Exhibition by Patrick Gale
    • The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
    • The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
    • One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
    • White Oleander by Janet Fitch
    • The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho

    4.  I feel that I need to read more of Margaret Atwood.  I read The Handmaid’s Tale many years ago and I don’t think I fully appreciated it then.  I have also tried to read Oryx and Crake, but I just couldn’t get into it.  But something is niggling at me telling me that I would really like Atwood’s books, so in 2018 I will be embarking on what I am catchily calling #MyYearOfAtwood.  I own 8 of her books, so I have more than enough to get started and am quite looking forward this challenge.
    5.  I will attempt once again to complete the Book Riot Read Harder challenge.  As usual, there are a couple of challenges which just do not float my boat, but I will make an attempt and see how far I get.

    IMG_2244I’ve decided to start the year with a #GetReadOrGetRid read – White Oleander by Janet Fitch.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about this one and am intrigued.

    What are your 2018 reading plans? Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, and you loved them, please let me know in the comments! (If you hated them, never mind :)!)

    And if you would like to join in with #MyYearOfAtwood or #GetReadOrGetRid please do!  The more the merrier 🙂

     

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