The Value of a Reading List

I was not a fan of a reading list until a few years ago. I will admit with Goodreads coming on the book reading scene has helped in letting me see the need of a reading list. Since 2015, I have kept a reading list, and it has made a better reader.

My reading list has shown me what genre of books I tended to gravitate towards (primarily science-fiction and fantasy) and how I needed stretch beyond my preferred genres.  I have added (and read) literary fiction (from the likes of Richard Ford, Ann Patchett, Charles Johnson, and Haruki Murakami), mystery (Louise Penny and Walter Mosley), and indie published authors (J.F. Penn, K.M. Tremills, Milton Davis, and Leonora Meriel) to my reading lists over the past several years. Also, I have added classics to my reading list for this year.

I will admit that keeping a reading list ( or any list) can be time-consuming and tedious.  I have changed my lists several times throughout the year and rarely end up with the list I wrote at the beginning of each year by that year’s end.  This year, I decided to wait until January was finished. (Today is the 30th) before posting my definitive list for 2018.

I read between thirty and thirty-five books a year.  I know there are many of you that read twice or three times as much as I do. However, I like the rhythm and pace of reading two to three books a month and I have been able to retain more of what I read with that kind of volume.  Also, I have posted reviews since 2011 for most of the books I read and that amount makes it possible with my lifestyle.  So, here is my reading list for 2018 (I have already read the first four books in January.  More than my normal pace):

  1. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  2. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Estate Planning for Authors by M.L. Buchman
  4. The Resurrection of Frederic Debreu by Alex Marsh
  5. Exit West by Moshin Hamid
  6. Self Publishing Unboxed by Patty Jansen
  7. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  8. Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
  9. Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
  10. Malacqua by Nicola Pugliese
  11. Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck
  12. Outside the Dog Museum by Jonathan Carroll
  13. Memory and Dream by Charles deLint
  14. Warrior (Great Lands Book 2) by K.M. Tremills
  15. Meji Book 2 by Milton Davis
  16. Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn
  17. Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson
  18. Brave Free Men by Jack Vance
  19. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  20. Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
  21. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  22. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  23. Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya
  24. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  25. How The Light Gets In by Louise Penny
  26. Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

There is my reading list for 2018.  I would like to know do you keep a reading list?  If so, where?  Has it benefited your reading life? Looking forward to your comments.

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