Book Bucket-List 2018!

2017 has been a good year reading wise. I read 16 books in total! 4 more than my target of 12 books for the twelve months. Although my favorite genre is horror, most of the books I read were fiction. I also ventured out of my comfort zone and read some different books just to expand my range of reading. I’ve listed all the books on the blog, and you can find their reviews and ratings here, based on my opinion.

I’ll admit that sometimes it was a bit difficult with a job, but I found most of my reading time while traveling for work. A lot of people prefer to catch up on television in their free time, but I chose books for the majority of last year. That doesn’t mean I gave up TV, of course! In fact, I may have watched a little bit more than normal, and there is a post coming about that as well!

The goal for 2018: 20 books! 

This post is on my Bucket List for 2018. All the books that I dream about, and plan on reading. They are in no particular order of preference. Some books I end up fancying by reading someone’s review, or Instagram book-fies. But mostly, Amazon and Goodreads recommendations based on my previous reads make the list. I don’t have a very fancy, photogenic bookshelf yet, but it serves its purpose. It looks pretty and my goal for 2018 is to ‘double-park’ it with more books! Another line of books along the front so I can feel proud of my bookcase-baby!


Without further ado, here are the books that Amazon recommended or I fancy reading:

  1. Little fires everywhere, Celeste Ng
  2. Into the water, Paula Hawkins
  3. Before we were yours, Lisa Wingate
  4. Sleeping beauties, Stephen and Owen King
  5. Without merit, Coleen Hoover
  6. Beartown, Frederick Backman
  7. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  8. Rich People Problems, Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians #3)
  9. The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand
  10. The God of Small things and The ministry of Utmost happiness, Arundhati Roy
  11. The Great Gatsby
  12. The Fault in Our Stars
  13. Les Miserables
  14. Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird
  16. The Giving Tree
  17. One hundred years of solitude, Garcia Marquez
  18. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnell
  19. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  20. War and Peace, Tolstoy
  21. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Following are my Goodreads Recommendations, along with their average ratings:

  1. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf  3.61
  2. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind really liked it 4.00
  3. Middlemarch  by George Eliot  3.94
  4. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Henry Fielding  3.73
  5. Love’s Labour’s Lost  by William Shakespeare 3.54
  6. Moonfleet by John Meade Falkner 3.91
  7. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse  4.12
  8. The Monk by Matthew Lewis  3.80
  9. The Young Man’s Guide by William A. Alcott  3.53
  10. Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond by Denis Johnson  3.84
  11. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock  3.53
  12. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu  3.83
  13. Against Nature Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans  3.88
  14. Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis  4.23
  15. The Code of the Woosters (Jeeves, #7) by P.G. Wodehouse  4.36 avg rating
  16. The Fall of the House of Usher  by Edgar Allan Poe 3.94
  17. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Tales of Terror  by Robert Louis Stevenson  3.95
  18. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy 3.84
  19. The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello 4.00

Some of the books are available for free on the Project Gutenberg website, which makes me very happy indeed. I’d love to know your suggestions about good books to read, or comments about any of the books I’ve mentioned. Or you can tell me I’m crazy for thinking I could read 20 books in 2018!

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  1. I feel like many of the books I am reading are books required for school. A lot of them relate to Western Civilization, the only class I don’t want to read. My favorite genres of books are classics, mysteries, and fantasies. Every year, I read at least two classics: this year Nicholas Nickleby will be the first followed by David Copperfield. I will be graduating in May so I hope I will have more time to read more books.

    2017 consisted of at least 11 books

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    1. That happened to me all the time in school. Only the recommended books were read, while I never got time for other books.

      Thank you for your comment, Meg! It is so lovely to have met you, and learn about your reading schedule. It is one of the finer things to find people who love reading books as much as you do!

      Welcome to Vintage Sapience! Hope you stick around 🙂


      1. Right now, I am reading a boring history book, which is an autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. For any history book, I only have a week to read or the required pages I only have one week to finish.

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        1. Ugh. I can only imagine the boredom. Having to do it just for the sake of it. You cannot even enjoy the book as you work for an assignment!

          You can count down the days to the end of this semester, if it helps! 😛


          1. Especially if you are not enjoying the book. Only one week to read the book and it is over 100 pages and not even on page 100 yet. This Western Civ class is driving me nuts even thought class started last week

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