Sunday Coffee – Looking Ahead to 2018

I know, it’s a bit early to start looking ahead to the next year. I guess there’s some part of me that has already left 2017 behind. I’ve started writing my dates with /18 at the end already. It’s not that 2017 was a particularly bad year. Lots of frustrating and negative things happened, but the eventual changes were good ones. I think it’s those changes that make me anxious to leave the old behind and start anew. The beginning of the year always feels like a new beginning, so it’ll be nice to have the new year to compliment the new house, new job, new routine, etc.

Anyway. For whatever reason, I’m starting to look forward. Making plans and goals. And more to the point here, making reading lists.

Every year, I make a list of the books I want to get to that year. I don’t actually have to read every once of these books – plenty get tried and culled along the way – but it helps me to organize my reading year. It’s the best way for me to keep track of the books that are coming out, and to keep my audio queue and to-investigate lists pared down to minimums. In beginning 2018’s list, I’ve realized that this is going to be a lull year. As of this writing, there are only a half-dozen books being released (that I know about) by authors I love, and of them, only two are ones I know I won’t cull. I’m currently in the process of thinning out my to-investigate list and audio queues, and depending on how far I get in that process this year, I might have less than a dozen titles on my priorities list next year!

Who knows? Maybe that’ll lead to the discovery of lots of fun new stuff. Maybe it’ll be like other lull years and I’ll have a lackluster reading list. Maybe some of you lovely bloggers will clue me in to other books I should be looking at in 2018. Maybe some of the books I’ve been looking forward to but which currently don’t have release dates will release (Lethal White, The Muse of Nightmares, The Lost Metal, the next Shades of London or Dublin Murder Squad books…).Β Pretty please?

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6 Responses to Sunday Coffee – Looking Ahead to 2018

  1. Michelle says:

    I hear people planning for Christmas and you for 2018, and I am over here going I can’t even think about Thanksgiving yet. I have only been thinking of next year because I have to do so for my job. I think that is another reason why I shy away from end of year preparations right now. I don’t like my real life and my work life to intersect like that.


  2. Kristen M. says:

    I’ve started organizing my winter reading shelf but I can’t quite decide what kind of mood I’m in/will be in. Right now I’m reading a Christmas murder mystery and it turns out that I *was* totally in the mood to get to the holidays already! Past that? Who knows! πŸ˜‰


    • Amanda says:

      I’m really only in the mood for Oathbringer. Only a week and a day to go! Then that’s probably the only thing I’ll read for the rest of the year. Over and over again. A six-week long book hangover. πŸ˜€


  3. Ceri says:

    I commend you for already looking ahead in regards to the books you want to read next year. I can’t even decide what I want to read next week. πŸ˜€ But I’m totally with you on looking forward to 2018 too. Lots of changes coming here too so I’m excited for fresh starts. It’ll get here quicker than we think! The Christmas decorations and Starbucks Christmas drinks were already out here before Halloween. :O


    • Amanda says:

      It might be another reason is that my most anticipated book of the last two years is coming out next Tuesday. I know I pretty much won’t be reading anything else for the rest of the year. It’s one of those books that I’ll read/listen to over and over again, the same way I did the last one in the series. The publisher has been releasing three chapters a week for the last two months so I’ve been even more obsessed. I know that after next Tuesday, I’m pretty much done for the year in books, so I’m trying to get what I can get done now before the release, then I’ll forward the rest for 2018. πŸ˜€


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