I saw this tag on Simon Savidge’s YouTube channel, although I believe it originated with the lovely Lucy the Reader in a video with Penguin Platform. I really enjoyed watching Simon and Lucy’s videos and, as Simon issued an open invitation to take part in the tag, here I am!
First Read of 2018?
My first read of 2018 was the marvelous The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. I did a full review of this deliciously spooky novel so you can read my full thoughts on it here. It was a great start to the 2018 reading year!
Which books did you read in 2017 that you want to share with everyone in 2018?
Definitely Six Stories by Matt Wesolowski – this was a fantastic debut thriller with supernatural overtones all told in a Serial-like podcast style. It was definitely the book that gripped me the most in 2017 and I really think it deserves a higher profile. Matt’s next book in the Six Stories series, Hydra, has been recently released so watch this space for a full review of that coming later this week as part of the blog tour!
I’d also like more people to read and discover Sarah Lotz’s chilling psychological thriller The White Road, which has an amazing sense of place. Set on Everest, it’s a fantastically twisty novel which leaves many questions and doubts in the reader’s mind.
You can read about both these books, and some more of my favourites from last year, in my Best Books of 2017 post.
What is your reading goal for 2018?
I don’t have one! My goal for 2018 is to stop setting myself goals. I want to take time to discover the enjoyment of reading and re-discover my tastes as a reader. I also want to have a year of reading without pressure and according to whim. I’ve set my Goodreads goal to a manageable 52 books but, beyond that, I am just going to see where my bookshelves take me.
Which new author, book or genre would you like to try this year?
I really want to read some Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie this year – I have all three of her novels and her short story collection on my shelves and I haven’t read any of them! I think I’ll start with Americanah because I’ve heard really good things – a friend recommended it on audio so possibly I’ll read it that way.
Which reading habits would you like to change?
Simon Savidge says he suffers from ‘magpie syndrome’ – getting distracted by other books before finishing the one you are reading – and this really struck a cord with me because I do it all the time! So I definitely want to stop that and just enjoy what I’m reading instead of always thinking about the next book. I also want to give myself permission to give up on books that I’m not enjoying and just move on. Most importantly though, I want to get back into the habit of allowing myself a good bit of reading time before bed – as opposed to playing on my phone until it’s time for lights out.
Finally, what’s your most anticipated release this year?
This is a difficult one because there’s soooo many books coming out this year that sound fantastic! I’m really excited for The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, a mystery novel which is due in February and sounds as if it was written for me! And I’m looking forward to reading This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan, another mystery thriller which sounds right up my street and is released later this month.
What are your New Year, New Books? Please feel free to join in with the tag and spread the bookish love on your own blogs and channels – or by popping some comments down below with your answers to the questions! And, until next time, as always…
Happy Reading! x