2017 Book Goals

Friday, 6 January 2017



2017 is going to be the year that I fall back in love with reading, after a couple of years of being distracted too easily with flashy lights and lethargy it's time to jump head first into the written word yet again. I used to read quite a bit, not to the extent that some people do but still a substantial amount. One big reason is that I want to become a better writer, and one thing I've heard countless times from writers I respect is that reading as much as you can is one of the best ways to learn and find your own style.



Also thanks to my lovely fiance Jemma I have a shiny new Kindle to help out with this little goal. Let this be a lesson that if you want me to do something a little gadget is one sure fire way to get me interested. So I've made a list of books that I want to read that I can pick and choose from. As you can see from the list below I'm a fan of speculative fiction and books that incorporate philosophy and metaphysics. Some of these are from writers I know I like already and some are books that I probably should have read already.

  • The Summer Book by Tove Jansson (I'm currently reading this book by the Moomin creator, and have wanted to for a while. There is just something about her outlook on life that I really like)
  • Hells Angels by Hunter S Thompson 
  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac (Really should have read this already)
  • Road To Wigan Peir by George Orwell (One of the last Orwell books I have left to read)
  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (Tried reading it last year but it made me too sad even though it was interesting)
  • Valis by Philip K Dick
  • Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut 
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (Probably should have read already. Also interested in why it gets so many eye rolls)
  • I am a Strange Loop by Douglas R Hofstader 
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • The Handmaidens Tale by Margret Atwood
  • Island by Aldous Huxley 
This is just the start of a megalist of books I still have read, for example I've wanted to make a start on The Dark Tower series for ages but haven't gotten around to it. 

What other books should I add to my list?
What books are on your list?

~Gary

1 comment :

  1. I wanna read some of these too!!

    On The Road by Jack Kerouac
    Cats Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
    Island by Aldous Huxley

    Also you should have read SYBPS by now! Pfft. haha
    <3 xx

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