Towards the end of last year I decided that I wasn’t going to attempt monthly TBR (to be read) lists any more as it’s something I am just not good at sticking to. I am, hands down, 100% a mood reader, preferring to approach my shelves and have a browse before pulling out a book which appeals to me at that time.
I think there is a lot to be said for reading a book at the wrong time. My own personal experience has been that I simply don’t enjoy a story if I didn’t feel like reading it but was making myself plough through for the sake of it.
Of course that doesn’t mean that I want to wander aimlessly through my reading life in 2018 with no thought or purpose. I do want to read the books that I want to read, without worrying about how it will appear when I record videos or have discussions but I also want to set myself a couple of loose goals.
The first is that I want 2018 to be the year I finish series’. I have so many that I’ve started and never got to the end of, even when I own all the books, so if I have begun to read a series in the past couple of years then I want to read those to completion.
The second is that I want to re-read some books. You can see I have pulled out Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin. Six of Crows is a re-read because I simply LOVED the books and I know for a fact that I raced through the second, Crooked Kingdom, just to know what happened in the end. I’d like to take my time with reading them a second time around. Re-reading the Song of Ice and Fire books is a BIG commitment but prior to having children every time a new book in the series was released I would go back and re-read all of the previous books. I haven’t read the very last book, A Dance With Dragons: After The Feast and I feel like it has just been too long now. We will have to see how that one goes.
The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley and Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb both fall into the completing series task although Lucinda Riley hasn’t yet finished writing all the books in her Seven Sisters sequence. The Robin Hobb book is (wait for this…) the second book in her final trilogy about Fitz and the Fool. The third book was released last year and I already have the paperback on pre-order…hurry up March! I have heard nothing but great things about it and I am honestly preparing myself to be utterly ruined by the final chapter. I have cried at the end of every one of her trilogies featuring the Fool and Fitz and I have no doubt this will be the same. If you’ve never picked up anything by Robin Hobb and you are into fantasy then I would highly recommend it.