Last year I barely made any time to read.
I was so distracted by things that do matter and are important, but I didn’t take much time for myself. School, work, family, friends and hobbies took up the majority of my time, but I love reading and I should make time for it because without a regular reading habit my life feels incomplete.
For the past year or so I’ve been keeping lists of all of the books I one day hope to get around to reading; they’re saved on my phone, in my journal, on a piece of paper pinned to my cork board. And I thought it would be nice to share them with you! To inspire you to read, or maybe to help you add a few more books to your own reading list.
Here’s what I hope to read this year:
1. Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste by John Waters
Crackpot: The Obsessions of by John Waters
I was first introduced to John Waters work back in my early teens when I came across him on an interview for midnight madness movies where his movie Pink Flamingos was featured. At that time I was already infatuated with bizarre and thought provoking books and films and his work intrigued me. I made it my mission to watch every one of his movies. Then, in 2011 I went to Toronto Fan Expo with my cousin Alissa simply because John Waters would be there, as well as Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), where I got my picture taken with John Waters and an autographed copy of his book Role Models, which is absolutely amazing! Since reading his book twice now, I can’t help but want to read more of his work!
2. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
This book has been on my reading list long enough! It’s about time I finally read it! Apparently, every creative entrepreneur and artist must read this book at some point in their lives and I can’t help but wonder why I haven’t yet! Just last month I wrote about my creative block frustration and Erika urged me to get this book, which was another reminder that yes, yes I need to put this on my reading list.
3. SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions by Rainn Wilson
This book was really popular a couple of years back and I’ve seen it a few times at the book store but I haven’t bothered to really look at it before. To be honest, even years I still feel compelled to read it!
I can’t remember how I came across this book or why I put it on my reading list in the first place, but since it’s there it must be for good reason and so I plan on reading this book at some point this year.
5. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
This book got a lot of hype last year in the blogosphere. And apparently every woman should read it. Obviously I need to check it out.
6. Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen
This book was on Leonie Dawson’s favourite book list from 2014. It sounds like an interesting book.
7. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruse
Another book I’ve seen in the blogosphere a lot and can’t help but feel curious about it.
8. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I really enjoy Amy Poehler’s comedy, and after seeing this book online for a while now, I just have to get around to reading it!
9. The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It into a Global Brand by Pamela Skaist-Levy, Gela Nash-Taylor and Booth Moore
I love inspiring books about creating successful businesses. I hope this book offers valuable information and entertainment.
10. On Writing Well by William Zinnser
I received this book for Christmas in 2013 but I haven’t read it yet. It was recommended by one of my teachers because apparently it’s a great book that every writer should read at least once.
11. The Shining by Stephen King
I love his books and I love this movie. I heard the book is way different and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. Actually it’s been too long since I read a Stephen King novel in general. Last year I read Under the Dome. The year before I read Misery, Pet Semetary and Gerald’s Game. I love his style of writing, I enjoy the evolution of his writing over the years and I can’t wait to read one of his older novels.
Last year I read Spirit Junkie as part of the self-love book club and I really enjoyed it. Nick bought me this book for Christmas and I’m excited to start reading it. In fact, it’s going to be the first book I read this year!
Over the next twelve months I hope to get around to reading all of these 13 books. That’s basically one book for each month, assuming I read both John Waters books in the same month and probably will.
Having a reading habit is so important for so many reasons and it saddens me to think I barely read at all last year. I hope having this reading list encourages me to get back into the habit of reading on a regular basis! Also, in the next couple of days I will be launching an exciting project on my blog that will also help me stick to my reading list! So keep a look out on Peace and Chaos!
What do you plan on reading over the next year?