Reading Tip And My List Of 18 Books For 2018

Did you read as much as you wanted last year?  Me either.

My reading habits left me far short of the 52 books in 52 weeks I accomplished a few years ago. I hope this reading tip helps me achieve that again.

The credit for this tip does not belong to me. On my initial post about reading 52 books in the year,  Patty commented about stopping every day at 3p.m. and reading:


I read all the time. I stop what I’m doing most days at 3:00 and have a coke and read for about half an hour. I’m a fast reader, too, so I can get through a lot of books with just 30 minutes a day. Not that I limit myself to only 30. Sometimes I read too much. If I’m working on a quilt, I usually quilt in the evening, but if I’m not, I read.

What a great idea! As one of the 18 things I’d like to accomplish in 2018 (list of those coming soon), I am adding in this habit.  I’ve decided I’ll stop what I’m doing at 3:30 (may move that up to 3:00 as 3:30 is when J walks in the door from school), make a cup of tea, maybe grab a snack, and set the timer to read for 30 minutes.  Timer starts when the tea is ready and not a moment earlier.  reading tip

My List Of 18 Books For 2018:

Here are 18 books I’d like to read in 2018. Hopefully, I’ll read more than 18 books but these titles are ones I know I want to make a priority. Forgive me, they’ll simply be in a random order.

  1. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (Curious if it fits my word of the year)
  2. Raising a Responsible Child by Dr. Don Dinkmeyer and Dr. Gary D. McKay
  3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  4. The Naughty Nineties by David Friend
  5. Silence in the Age of Noise by Erland Kagge
  6. A World in Disarray by Richard Haass
  7. Leap Year by Helen Russell
  8. Gone Viking by Helen Russell
  9. The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins
  10. The Second Lives of Honest Men by John R. Cameron
  11. Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to Calculation by Joseph Weizenbaum
  12. The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
  13. The Demon Crown: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins
  14. Under The Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
  15. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
  16. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot
  17. The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  18. Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness by Candace Cameron Bure


Wow, those titles are so random. Wondering where I came up with my list?

I have an ongoing word file of books I’d like to read (first created in 2012). Also, I have a small text file on my phone where I’ll jot down titles if I hear of something interesting or see a television character reading a book that piques my curiosity (# 6 up there made the list during an episode of Madam Secretary).

While I plan on using my reading tip to  read all the books in my list, my hope is to double (or triple! or quadruple!) the number by the end of the year.  Some of the titles listed are the first in a series, some authors have other books I’d also like to read, and then, I have a few books I’d like to go back re-read (re-reading books feels like visiting old friends to me).

How do you select the books you want to read?


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12 thoughts on “Reading Tip And My List Of 18 Books For 2018

  1. Rachel

    That is a good tip for getting reading time in. I don’t know that I could do 3pm, but I am going to try to be in bed by 10/10:30 and reading until 11 each night instead of messing around on the tablet playing Blast Solitaire after I am in bed. As far as how I choose books? I have authors that I love to read so if they have something new out I will look for it at the library. I get books to review from a couple different publishers. I also just go to the library and peruse and see if anything looks good. Sometimes it is just a random book on a shelf that looks good. I don’t really plan ahead what books I want to read through the year as my taste change, or my mood changes, etc. Sounds like overall you have a good list going. Good luck!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Reading your comment makes me realize how much sense it makes to change my time to night. Maybe I’ll have a set night time to read for if I’m gone all day (like yesterday). I also love grabbing random books off the library shelves!

  2. Christine

    What a great list! I’ve heard of a bunch of them, but haven’t read any. I love the idea about stopping everything at a certain time and reading! It’s like a little reward for yourself every afternoon.

    Have you tried using Goodreads? I don’t always write reviews, but I do use it to track the books I want to read and the ones I have read. I don’t like to re-read books, so I hate that feeling when I’m reading something going, “I think I’ve read this before”. Grr.

    You could also try audiobooks. I do most of my “reading” via audiobooks I download to my phone. There’s Audible, of course, but that’s expensive. A lot of libraries use an app called Overdrive, and if you’re lucky, some use Hoopla. Both will let you download audiobooks to your phone for free! I’m a total addict. I listen to the books while I’m doing house work or connect to the stereo in my car for while I’m driving.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I use Goodreads to find quotes and read reviews sometimes but I’ve never actually made and account/written reviews. I should probably do that. For some reason listening to books (unless it is another preschool teacher reading a story to the kids, could do that all day, lol) doesn’t appeal to me as much as it probably should, I’m the same way about podcasts. I know podcasts as well as vlogs are super popular in the blogging world but I’d so much rather read something than listen to it. Probably because I can read things back here on the computer (or in my book) while other family members are watching their television shows or whatever.

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  4. Lucie

    I’ve only read Eat, Pray, Love and it a favorite of mine.
    I’ve just started Goodreads to follow my books. I’ll add some these to my ‘to-read list’ there.

    1. Jean Post author

      Glad to know that one will be worth reading. I’ll have to see if there is a way to find you on Goodreads (I honestly don’t know much about the site) and see what’s on your to-read list 🙂

  5. Rebecca L Knox

    Although I haven’t heard of most of them, your list of books for 2018 looks great! I work as a proofreader for the gal who wrote Reshaping It All with Candace Cameron Bure (Darlene Schacht). Good book! For the most part, I prefer non-fiction, Christian books and children’s books (the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is my all-time favorites). Most of the books I’m reading right now are mandatory reading for the Rhema Bible College classes that I’m taking and books that aid in spiritual growth. I also enjoy Christian women’s books. Elizabeth George’s WOMAN AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART and BEAUTIFUL IN GOD’S EYES are my two favorites. I also enjoy nature books (field guides) and very selective books on poetry, art, and color. Strange, I know, but that’s what I enjoy! 🙂
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    1. Jean Post author

      Non-fiction is one of my favorite genres, always has been, especially biographies. I used to read biographies for my book reports when I was in grade school and I never lost my love of reading them. And of course, I also love reading children’s books. My all-time favorite as far as children’s chapter books will always be the Narnia series. I’ll have to check out your two favorite Christian women’s books listed up there as well. Always good to read a variety 🙂

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