Imagine that feeling when you finish a book. You get to the last page, then the last paragraph, then the last sentence, and then the last word. You close the book. How do you feel? Satisfied and a little bit sad it’s over? Angry at the ending? Inspired?
Well for me, this year, I mostly felt a sense of relief.
That brings me to my biggest 2018 resolution: No more bad books!
In all of 2017, I only gave one fiction book on Goodreads 5 stars. I’m not saying I read all terrible books last year because I actually did read some pretty good ones. The thing is, I didn’t read any book that I absolutely loved. I can’t pick out a book I read last year and say “this book changed my life.”
Back in high school, I would read what I would call amazing books all the time. I was in high school from 2010 to 2014, and during this time many famous young adult books either just came out or were just being published. I read Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, James Dashner, Rainbow Rowell, Cassandra Clare, Scott Westerfeld, John Green and many other great authors that had a way of transporting me to amazing worlds with their words. Their books were what inspired me to want to write my own novels. The stories I read by these authors were something special.
When I became a senior in high school, life got busier and busier. In college, I began reading less for my own pleasure and more for class. Being an English major, many of my classes had a lot of required reading. Don’t get me wrong—I read some fantastic books in my literature courses and I discovered my interest in the nonfiction genre. From time to time I still managed to read for pleasure, but it just wasn’t at the same rate as in high school. Frankly, I wasn’t reading as good of books either. You could pin this on the fact that there just weren’t as many hit franchises at the peak of their popularity anymore, but I’m not so sure. I think there are always amazing books out there that still need to be read. I think why I wasn’t reading as many good books was simply because I wasn’t taking the time to be selective with what I read, and rather just picked up anything that sounded kind of interesting and was available at the library.
Most of the books I read last year were actually for school. In fact, throughout the entire fall semester, I wasn’t able to read one book for pleasure outside of the classroom due to how busy I was. I plan on changing that in 2018. Since it’s been nearly four years since I graduated high school, I think it’s about time to give some of my old favorites a reread. Even though I’m a senior in college going into my last semester, I’m excited to get back into reading some of my old favorites that I haven’t touched in a while like The Maze Runner and The Hunger Games. I think rereading these books will give me a renewed spark and help remind me why I love reading and writing in the first place.
I also plan on choosing the new books I do read more selectively. On Goodreads, I gave a lot of books I read this year 3 stars. I don’t want to waste any more time reading books that are mediocre. Rather, I want to go out of my way to read the type of books that got me to fall in love with reading in the first place. I want to read mindblowing books by debut authors, old classics I never got around to, and bestsellers. As long as it’s good, I want to read it.
Tell me some of your absolute favorite books in the comments so I’m never without something amazing to read this year!