Hi everyone! I recently compiled a list of 16 books I want to try to read by the end of 2018 and thought I’d share them with you all. In the past few months I’ve noticed I’ve been putting off reading any literary fiction or SFF books in the fear that they would take me too long to read. A goal of mine in my reading is to stop caring so much about the quantity of books I read and care more for the quality. I read books because they challenge my world view, make me think, and teach me something new. Sometimes the books that do this best will take me a little while to read and that’s okay.
My end of the year reading list is comprised mostly of literary fiction and young adult novels, with a few fantasy and one non-fiction read. I’ll be highlighting my top 5 most anticipated reads on this list & will just list the remainder of them at the end of the post! I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to all of these by the end of the year but I’ll see what happens! I’ll be posting a follow up post in January detailing which books I completed.
End of the Year TBR (Most Anticipated)
1. “The Poppy War” by R.F. Kuang
I have to say, I think The Poppy War has to be my most anticipated read on this list. I have heard nothing but great things about this very heavy fantasy book but it intimidates me so damn much. I don’t read a lot of fantasy as it is and this is an almost 600 page book, so every time I go to pick it up I always chicken out. I recently downloaded Scribd though, so I think I may find I read it quicker by alternating between my physical hardcover copy and the audiobook. Despite its size, I cannot wait to jump into this one and will certainly be reading it in the next month or so!
2. “Summer of Salt” by Katrina Leno
If The Poppy War is my 1st most anticipated from my end of the year TBR, Summer of Salt is certainly my 2nd most anticipated. I haven’t actually heard much about this one, however everything I have heard has been spectacular. All I really know about this book is that it is a queer contemporary romance with some whimsical elements to it and I am so keen to read it. I’ll be buddy reading this later in September with the lovely Mel @ Mel to the Any. I’m hoping we both love it as much as I’m expecting I will.
3. “Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia” edited by Anita Heiss
This is the only non-fiction read on my end of the year TBR and I’m very excited to read it. I’ve read & own other non-fiction books about race, however I shamefully have not read many books about race/racism in Australian. Being from Australia myself, I think it’s important to educate myself on the issues faced by the Indigenous people of my country and therefore I consider Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia a must read. It’s all well and good for me to read books detailing the racism black people in America or the UK face, however I find this a very necessary read to educate myself further on racism in Australia.
4. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel
Station Eleven is a book I picked up during the Boxing Day Sales last year and I’ve put off reading it ever since. I’ve heard so many good things about this one that I think the hype kind of scares me. I think the reason for putting this one off is mostly out of fear that I won’t love it. But, from everything I’ve heard about this book, it sounds right up my alley and therefore I refuse to put it off any longer. I’m hoping to read this before Boxing Day this year so that I can at least day I accomplished reading it within a year of buying it!
5. “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
I’ve had my eyes on Brown Girl Dreaming for a year or so now and finally got a chance to pick it up a couple months ago. I haven’t had the chance to read it yet, but I am very very excited and determined to read this by the end of the year. I’ve heard nothing but extraordinary things about Jacqueline Woodson and her books and so I’m excited to jump on the hype train. I’ve also heard great things about her newest release Harbor Me, however I want to make sure I read at least some of her backlist before starting that one!
Other Books on my End of the Year TBR
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
- Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
- The Boat People by Sharon Bala
- The Map of Salt & Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
- Mirage by Somaiya Daud
- Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
- Running With Lions by Julian Winters
- The Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
- The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
- Sadie by Courney Summers
And there we have all of the books I’m hoping to read by the end of 2018! If you’ve read any of these or any of your favourites are on the list, comment & let me know which one(s) you think I should read first!
Thanks so much for reading!