Hi, 2018.

I came to post about the upcoming year. I am graduating school in May, and with the gift of graduation comes a thesis. These next few months I will be reading and writing a LOT for school which is amazing because one of my goals is read for one hour a day, write for one hour a day. I haven’t decided yet how much school will factor in, but as my thesis will take precedence, it must count until May. Then I will focus on my own writing projects for the rest of the year and beyond.

We have a family vacation in August, after everything. I am so happy to have spotify to save new albums as they come out so I can listen all summer. I plan to relax outside with my pens and books and notebooks and lighten my hair and tan my skin and enjoy the vitamin D (with sunscreen, of course!)

This upcoming month will be VERY busy but I am looking forward to using the time after to enjoy life and plan for travel, more writing and reading, and finally healing.

Welcome, new year!


Here are the books I plan to read in 2018, but notably missing are the books I will use for research for my thesis since I have only just started preliminary research on what I will use. But the list does include my thesis books, some rereads, mostly new reads, some zines, …


  1. Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han
  2. The Portrait of a Lady – Henry James
  3. Devotion – Patti Smith
  4. M Train – Patti Smith
  5. You Know Me Well – Nina Lacour and David Levithan
  6. The Extra Woman – Joanna Scutts
  7. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland
  8. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  10. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  11. My Sweet Audrina – VC Andrews
  12. Flowers in the Attic – VC Andrews
  13. Brainscan #33 (zine) – Alex Wrekk
  14. Radical Nuns (zine) – Cait Olds
  15. Anyone Can Paint Their Nails Because… (zine) –  Jamie Mortara
  16. The Witch Cake – E. Dwen Douglas
  17. Beneath the Sugar Sky – Seanan McGuire
  18. The Elizas – Sara Shepard
  19. The Origins of Creativity – Edward O. Wilson
  20. ** watch this first** Empire of Storms – Sarah J Maas
  21. Tower of Dawn – Sarah J Maas
  22. Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic
  23. Her smoke rose up forever – Alice Sheldon
  24. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  25. A Little Princess – Frances Hodgson Burnett
  26. Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars – i Cheng Thom
  27. Tash Hearts Tolstoy – Kathryn Ormsbee
  28. I believe in a thing called love – Maureen Goo
  29. Pisces – Melissa Broder
  30. Leah on the offbeat – Becky Albertalli
  31. Catwoman: Soul Stealer – Sarah J Maas
  32. A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas
  33. Feeling Good – David Burns
  34. The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin
  35. So You Want to Talk About Race –  Ijeoma Oluo
  36. Feel Free: Essays – Zadie Smith
  37. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture – Roxanne Gay
  38. Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar –  Harriet L. Elam-Thomas
  39. Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall of Marijuana in America – Emily Dufton
  40. A Darker Shade of Magic – VE Schwab
  41. Exit, Pursued by a Bear – EK Johnston
  42. The Hate You Give – Angie Thomas
  43. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  44. Chocolates for Breakfast – Pamela Moore
  45. Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  46. Jazz – Toni Morrison
  47. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Saenz
  48. Still Life with Tornado – AS King
  49. Sunday’s on the phone to Monday – Christine Reilly
  50. The Feminine Mystique  Betty Friedan
  51. Bonjour Tristesse – Francoise Sagan
  52. Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
  53. Zelda – Nancy Milford
  54. More Happy than Not – Adam Silvera
  55. Furthermore – Tahereh Mafi
  56. Half of a Yellow Sun – Adichie
  57. Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova
  58. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  59. I’d die for you – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  60. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  61. I’ll give you the sun – Jandi Nelson
  62. Frida: A Biography Of Frida Kahlo- Herrera
  63. The Beautiful and the Damned – F. SCott Fitzgerald
  64. My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante
  65. Nights at the Circus –  Angela Carter
  66. Palace of Desire – Naguib Mahfouz
  67. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  68. Romantic Outlaws – Charlotte Gordon
  69. Eureka by Poe (short story below)
  70. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  71. Althea and Oliver – Christina Moracho
  72. Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

Author: maryjanereads

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