2018 Reading Resolutions

Morning my loves! Today’s post is about the resolutions I have set myself for the coming year. Over the last two years I have set myself only a few such challenges and those were; to read more poetry, to read more short story collections and to read more non-fiction (at that time I read absolutely none). I feel chuffed with those goals and so this year I have decided to set myself three more challenges. Like before, I will not be setting myself a specific number of these books to read but will definitely endeavour to read MORE of them. Here are my resolutions;


1# Read Around the World

I have realised recently that in terms of the variety in my reading, there isn’t an awful lot of it. That has pushed me to ‘read around the world’. My primary aim with this resolution will be to read books by authors from countries outside of my own and also translated works, whether that be in poetry, non-fiction, fiction or short stories, this is probably the resolution that I am most looking forward to. This is where I need your help, if you have recommendations for this challenge then pretty please let me know in the comments down below! You can get more information on this challenge here.


2# Classics

I would like to read more classics this year, that includes modern and children’s classics too. I read a couple last year and it has inspired me to read more! I have already bought some lovely Penguin Modern Classics Editions (Alice in Wonderland and Frankenstein) ready. I have also bought a boxset of children’s classics that include The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. What are your favourite classics? Let me know in the comments.


3# Sherlock Holmes

Even as I child I can remember my father loving the Sherlock Holmes stories and flipping through his book of the complete collection. In 2017 I bought a beautiful clothbound edition from the Wordsworth Library Collection which contains everything. This year I would like to get around to reading at least half of the stories in the (the book hits at around 1230 pages so don’t want to set myself up to fall by saying I’d read them all! I have already read A Study in Scarlet, which I read at the end of last year and I am really looking forward to reading all of the other stories.


Peace and pages

15 Replies to “2018 Reading Resolutions”

  1. I love a good children’s classic! My personal favourite is Charlotte’s Web, but I also recommend The One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and White Boots by Noel Streatfield (which I enjoyed much more than Ballet Shoes)
    Amy xx

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  2. Hannah says:

    Great resolutions! I also always try to add different genres to my reading (I also started with more short stories and more non-fiction, but this coming year I’m trying more Science Fiction).

    Recommendations: The Vegetarian by Han Kang; Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebeyo; Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (that one isn’t out yet, but it’s veryy brilliant); Nine Continents: A Memoir in and out of China by Xiaolu Guo. I hope to have met your taste but these are all books I really enjoyed. If you would like some recommendations for German classics just let me know but I cannot speak about the English translations as I have read them in German.

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    • tomeswithtea says:

      All of those recommendations are fantastic! The only one I’ve read is The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Have you read her other books? I thoroughly enjoyed them all. I’d absolutely love some German classics! I tried teaching myself to speak German a few years ago, I didn’t go very well…

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      • Hannah says:

        I only read The Vegetarian so far, I own Human Acts but heard it’s very dark and I am a bit scared.
        I cannot imagine how difficult German must be to learn later in life. Ok, here are some in no particular order: Portrait with Lady – Heinrich Böll, The Perfume – Patrick Süskind (that one is filled with literary allusions to other books and poems and feels like a treasure hunt or annoys people deeply, there seems to be no middle ground), Faust by Goethe is the obvious one but the one that might work the least in translation. My favourite German author is Christa Wolf: here I especially recommend Medea or Kassandra, if you like feminist mythology retellings at all .

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      • tomeswithtea says:

        I’m bilingual anyway but I always wanted to learn another language as a child. My father speak a little German and even now we greet each other and other such things in German. I will definitely be picking some of those up! The idea of feminist mythology retellings really intrigue me! Thank you!

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  3. Richard says:

    I am with on reading more classics this year too! Frankenstein is high on my list of classics to read.

    I can wholeheartedly approve of reading all of the Sherlock Holmes novels and stories having read them all myself. My favourite novel is the one up next, The Sign of Four. Some of my other favourites are The Five Orange Pips, The Final Problem, The Empty House, and The Red-Headed League. 🙂

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    • tomeswithtea says:

      I think Frankenstein will be the first one I pick up!

      I loved being read them as a child and cannot wait to read them all again. I’ve already read A Study in Scarlet and I’m really looking forward to The Sign of Four, which seems to be a lot of people favourite!

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  4. Sarah says:

    I love Sherlock Holmes! I’m back home for Christmas and there’s a well thumbed complete collection still sitting on my bookcase in my childhood bedroom. I really need to find a nice new copy to live on my Scottish shelves!

    Also if you like audiobooks the complete collection of stories as read by Stephen Fry on Audible is incredible. It’s a little pricey but if you’re a member and have any credits it only costs one so it works out as a bit of a bargain!


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