Fab 5 July – End of 2017 Reading List

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I started this year with high expectations of reading a book a month. This has totally NOT happened. I’ve read all of one book this whole year. One.

Despite the slow start, and the very unexpected apartment shenanigans, I am determined to finish strong. I have updated my Goodreads goals and will complete at least a book a month the rest of this year, so help me!

Fab 5 July | End of 2017 Reading List

You may remember my original goals for the year which I posted back in January. I had a specific reading challenge list that I was planning on completing. If you don’t recall, that’s okay, I have it here.

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I will almost certainly not be completing this challenge but since it was a goal, I’d like to at least tap into it a little. I have compiled a list of books that I would like to read over the course of what’s left of this year, and I have looked specifically for books that I can fit into one of the original categories.

1. Blue Highways – William Least Heat-Moon

A book you own but have never read

I bought this book about five years ago at a discount book store. I was really excited about the topic, a cross-country road trip. As I was about to embark on a similar journey, I didn’t read it immediately. I thought it might influence my decisions on my trip and I wanted to have my own, organic, experience. After I came back from my trip, I still didn’t read it because I was scared my experience would pale by comparison and then I’d feel shitty about it, like I’d somehow failed at that too. Since then I just haven’t gotten around to it, it’s moved lower on my list of things to do and I’ve been too busy with life. This is the year for it. I’m gonna get this one read.

2. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

A book you’ve been meaning to read

I love Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess). If you don’t know who she is, I highly recommend you find out, and now. I’ve been following her blog for a while now, and have wanted to read her books for just about as long.

3. Into the Water – Paula Hawkins

A book released this year

I’ve been hearing so much about this book. Apparently, it’s amazing, and since I love a good mystery/thriller I’m hoping it lives up to the hype.

4. Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury

A book released before you were born

I’m not gonna lie, I fully plan on reading this in October for Halloween. That’s the time of year I reserve for scary stories. That’s when I read Dracula for the first time and Frankenstein. It’s really the only time of year that I totally dig creepy.

After reading The Night Gardener, I read the author’s notes and Jonathan Auxier said this is one of the stories that inspired him. I loved his book so much, I definitely want to read the books that sparked the creation of his characters.

5. The Apprentice Witch – James Nicol

A book you can read in a day

I’m not actually sure I will be able to read this book in a day. Mostly because it has not been released yet and I have yet to actually see it. But the story sounds cute, and I really do like children’s novels.

Bonus book: ???

I’m not sure if I’m going to get around to a book this month, but if I do, I will need one more book to be able to get through the year. Any suggestions? Let me know in the comments. Bonus points if it fits into one of the categories on the challenge.

Where are you with your goals for the year? I’d love to know, especially if you aren’t where you planned on being. Don’t leave a girl out here on her own!

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