Like many things, book titles and I seem to have a feast or famine type of relationship. Some days, I have dozens of titles swirling in my head that I am eager to read, and then other days (typically when I actually have the time to log into my public library account), I can’t seem to think of even one book that I’d like to read. So, while my mind is full, I thought I’d compile a list of literary hopes and dreams I have for 2018, so if the famine comes, I can return to this blog post to inspire me.
If you missed it, you can see what I read in 2017 here.
(These titles are in addition to my Book Club reads. We decide on our next title at each meeting, and switch up who makes the recommendations, so the titles for this year are yet to be determined.)
My 2018 literary hopes …
The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss
I’ve become more intrigued by Children’s Literature as I look forward to the day when Eamon and I can read together, and this is a title that I’ve never read in full.
The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We like Longfellow around these parts even though (in my limited research) he never spent much time here. It must just be the local references in this poem that cause this affinity? (Any native Minnesotan is welcome to set me straight here.) Anyway, I had this illustrated version of the poem as a child and really liked it, and would like to read more poetry. This seems like a good one to read and then save to enjoy with Eamon some day.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Because I have never read this. Eeeek! I feel sheepish just mentioning that, but it’s the truth. I think I can partially blame my high school curriculum on that, right? In which Shakespeare had a decisive monopoly on English Literature. There’s no time like the present to make a new friend, so 2018 is the year for Jane and I to get acquainted, hopefully.
My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story by Abraham Verghese
Because I loved his Cutting for Stone. And because I’m intrigued by Appalachia. And because the synopsis tells me this could be a timely read in our currently polarized nation.
Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett
A friend gave me this book for my birthday, and I’m looking forward to reading it with excitement and intimidation, if I’m honest. I love Krista’s On Being podcast, so I have high hopes about this book. However, my typical reading time is before bed, when I’d like to wind down a bit, and I have a feeling this one is going to demand my full attention, so I might need to rethink my reading patterns to give this book the time and mental space it deserves.
I’m tempted to continue adding to this list, but I will keep my literary expectations modest in hopes of actually accomplishing them. I think five seems reasonable, in addition to whatever Book Club titles we choose. If I’m really wanting for more reading ideas, I can always hop on over to this blog, which is a treasure of a resource regarding book recommendations, among other things.