My 2018 To-Read List

Every year I get really excited about all the reading I want to get done in the new year. I usually set a numeric goal and some years I meet it and some years I don’t. However, as I mentioned in my last post, I learned that I need to disconnect more often, which means I am determined to carve out more reading time for myself. If reading is an activity that nourishes my soul and makes me feel at ease, I need to prioritize it.

This year, I already have a handful of books I want to read. I thought I would share the titles that I am most excited about reading in 2018:

The HobbitThe Lord of the Rings trilogy and the new Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

If you knew me in my younger years, you would know that I was almost inseparable from my massive copy of the trilogy when I was a teenager. I am already almost done with The Fellowship of the Rings and even as an adult, it still fills me with wonder. This is a series that is so special to me and I genuinely feel that magic when I pick up his work.

The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns

Dr. Burns is known for his cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety in his book Feeling Good. However, I decided to jump straight to the workbook because it allows me to be more involved with the reading. So far it is very practical and applicable, which I am grateful for.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Dennis and I were supposed to read this together last year, but I fell behind! It’s been some time since Dennis and I read the same book, so I am excited to share the experience with him.

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection by Sharon Salzberg

I am new to mindfulness and find it challenging, but effective (when I remember to practice it). It has started to trickle into different areas of my life, especially work, and I was curious to know if mindfulness could affect my relationships with my loved ones. I found this title and I can’t wait to learn more about this other facet of mindfulness.

Each of these books spark joy for me (shout out to Marie Kondo!). Whether it is a self-improvement title or a fantasy book that can whisk me away from the real world, I believe each title will contribute to my own self-care and self-love this year. Plus, I can’t wait to share any lessons that I take away from these books.

If you have read any of these titles, please let me know your thoughts. Also, what books are you planning on reading in 2018? Do you have any book recommendations for me? Happy reading!

 

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6 thoughts on “My 2018 To-Read List

  1. Sarah Klonower says:

    This post makes my heart happy! I’m reading Ready Player One right now and love it! I’m so excited to hear your thoughts once you and Dennis read it. It is the most sci-if book I’ve ever read. And that’s saying a lot!

    The Sharon Salzberg book you mentioned sounds amazing, and I’m definitely going to check it out.

    I just finished City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty after a Barnes & Noble employee recommended it to me, and I absolutely loved it. It’s a historical fantasy about a Muslim girl in her early 20s set in Egypt and the Middle East. I’ve been burned out on fantasy books lately because I feel like they have all become so similar, so this book was definitely refreshing.

    Yay for books!

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    • City of Brass sounds so interesting! I totally get how fantasy books are all starting to bleed into each other. I think one of the reasons why I’m really enjoying my reread of The Fellowship is that I can see his influence in fantasy today and it’s just mind blowing! I am sooo grateful to have a friend that appreciates books the way you do :]

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  2. I definitely enjoyed reading The Hobbit when I picked it up like two years ago!! I’ve been in a reading slump since…but in the back of my mind, reading is still one thing I want to prioritize. I have yet to read LOTR, so maybe that could be a good read to start this year.

    (I also want to buy that leather bound set of the series that’s in the picture above; it is GORGEOUS. Could be an idea for my personal housewarming gift for this new apartment lol)

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  3. I just finished The Way the Crow Flies by Anne Marie MacDonald. I am currently reading chapter 10 of Psychology in Education by Sorenson. I plan to read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” next. Good luck to you and me.

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