My 20 Books to Read for 2018

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I often joke that the last time I’ve ever read a book was back in elementary school (before boys were invented 😉 ). Being a voracious reader back then, I was going through two and three books a week. I may have been 7-10 years old, but I found reading advanced books to be the most fulfilling (high school level and beyond). But, I also couldn’t tell you what the last book I read during that time was. 

After going through my books on my shelves, I realized I was wrong about my initial statement. I have read ONE book since then-twenty years later (well, maybe two books, but only ONE do I remember vividly).  Ayn Rand’s We The Living. It’s a relatively short read, but it left me in tears for three days. 

I hardly ever cry. But I did that time. Over a BOOK. For some reason, that pretty much ended my book reading days. Gotta keep up that tough girl persona, you know! 

It’s a funny thing about books though, even if we’ve read it a hundred times, we can’t bear to part with it. And if we bought it and haven’t read it (most of my collection is in this category) we can’t bring ourselves to get rid of it. It’s always in the ‘someday’ section of our libraries.

This is why I think the printed word will never die. There’s just something about the smell of an old book or the wonder of what is in a new book’s pages. Sure, digital versions are convenient, but they can never replace the weight and feel of a good book, both in the literal sense and in the emotional one. 

 

An unread book does nobody any good. Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page. Brandon Mull.

Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. Nassim Nicholas Taleb

 
 

Earlier this year, I set a goal of completing 101 Things in 1,001 Days (ICYMI, you can read about it HERE). One of the many goals I chose to work toward was to ‘read 20 books recommended to me by my friends’. Last week, I started asking around and my friends were more than happy to help, and this list is a compilation of the suggestions I received (thank you, everyone!). I’ve also added a few that caught my eye as “suggested reads”, as I looked to purchase the initial suggestions. I’ve included links to each one below so that you can check them out too! 


1. 

The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen Flynn

2. 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

3. 

George Washington’s Sacred Fire by Peter A. Lillback

4. 

Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery (I read one of the books in elementary school but never finished the series). 

5. 

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

6. 

East of Eden by John Steinbeck 

7.  

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

8. 

 Beach Music by Pat Conroy

9. 

Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence. by John Francis Ph. D. 

10. 

Grant by Ron Chernow

11.  

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

12. 

CHURCHILL AND ORWELL: The Fight for Freedom. By Thomas E. Ricks.

13. 

THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. By Richard Rothstein.

14. 

“Trickle Down” Theory and “Tax Cuts for The Rich” by Thomas Sowell

15. 

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

16. 

Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

17. 

Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranks Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All by Dan Bongino

18. 

The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson by David Barton

19. 

Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

20.  

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder.


 I own only one of these books currently, so I’ll be starting with that one first until the others arrive via inter-library loan at the library (my first choice!) or from online booksellers. Looks like I’ll have a lot to talk about in 2018! 

Do you have a list of books to read for 2018? Should there be a book in this list (that isn’t) that I should read instead? Let me know below! 

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