2017 came and went so quickly, that I am still struggling to come to terms that it is over! I started last year in the best possible way: backpacking through Southeast Asia for almost two months. Five countries and several adventures later, I am dreaming of the day I can go back there and explore more.
While backpacking I brought books and discovered new ones in every single hostel I stayed at. For the first time in ages, I was reminded why I love books so much, it was impossible to leave them behind, or stop reading! I would read on the bus, on the boat, at the beach, even ignoring spiders while I kept on reading (which is rare as I am terrified of spiders). I suddenly remembered how much joy they used to bring me.
I used to love writing and reading, but somewhere along the way, trying to become a responsible adult, I did lose a little of that enthusiasm I used to have for it. So before going on my trip I started my instagram account, bookstrider. I would post a few pictures and captions here and there, without really having an idea of what I wanted to do with it.
Then after returning from my trip, I met someone who told me to just do it. Just write something, anything, write about stuff you like, about who you are, about your discoveries, anything! The only way you will be a better writer or reader is to do that: write and read. A lot! So after giving it some thought, I decided to go back to the idea I had carried for years; a book blog.
Throughout the years I have discovered other things that I really enjoy and now are a part of me, traveling for one, but then there is photography. Even though I am still a newbie on the field, I do have fun with it. Through instagram I discovered a whole new community with people who do the same thing and give me inspiration to continue doing what I do. Looking to great accounts like bookishbronte, mybookishdelight, thelibrocubicularist, bookbaristas and many more, I have found inspiration and people like me: book lovers.
The past few months in this community has been great, I have learned about authors I never knew of, found new books to read (my reading list is just getting bigger by the minute), discussed books and joined a buddyread group for the first time. It is safe to say that the enthusiasm I had been missing lately, is returning.
So what is up for 2018?
First of all, I will try and complete my goodreads challenge, I have put up that my goal is 60 books in 2018. However, I do hope that I will read many more than that! This year I am trying to challenge myself a little as well – I have a tendency to end up reading books within the same genre. So this year, my goal is to try something a little different. I will read at least 60 books this year, but within these 60 books there has to be:
- At least 3 books in Spanish – my mother tongue is Spanish, and I am losing the language a little since I don’t practice it much.
- 5-10 books have to be something else than fantasy.
- At least 3 classics, which ones I have no idea just yet (so if you have suggestions please let me know!)
- One book has to be about Mongolia, or written by an author from Mongolia. I am going backpacking in Mongolia in June, so I would like to read a book about Mongolia or by an author from there. (Suggestions please!)
- Two books by Norwegian authors (Not Jo Nesbø – I always read him when I go for a Norwegian author haha).
– Golden son by Pierce Brown – Golden son is the second book in the Red Rising series about Darrow, a Red trying to destroy the society that dictates the way of life on Mars. It picks up two years after Darrow left the Institute and we follow him on his quest. I am already halfway through this book and I am enjoying it – even if it is science fiction!
– Morning star by Pierce Brown – The third book about Darrow in the Red rising serie.
– The Tearling series by Erika Johansen – Consists of three books:The Queen of the Tearling, The Invasjon of the Tearling and The Fate of the Tearling. I have read them all, but I did read them in Norwegian then. Now I am reading it in English as a part of my buddyread group – and I do recommend reading it in English! Review will come later. 19 year old Kelsea was raised in exile, far away from the kingdom she is meant to rule. Now that she has come of age, she is sent back to reclaim the throne from her uncle – but will she survive long enough to rule?
– Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – This is one of those series that just kept pooping up on my instagram feed, and was recommended by several friends . I am really curious about this one as I have not heard of the author before this. The series follows a young assassin in a corrupted kingdom with, you guessed it – a corrupt ruler. That description there was enough for me to go and get it at the library.
– A Charles Dickens novel – believe it or not but I have actually never read Charles Dickens before!
– The Selection series by Kiera Cass – Another one of those books that just kept popping up in conversations. This one was even recommended by my friends who normally don’t read as much so that intrigued me as well. From what I have heard so far, it is a dystopian young adult novel. It follows the main character America Singer who is selected to a competition called the selection – where the heir to the throne finds a partner. Kinda like the bachelor I guess? But I am intrigued so looking forward to a little dystopian romance novel!
I am looking forward to 2018 – and all the worlds I will visit!