Top Ten Tuesday: My YA Reading Goals for 2018

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I don’t know about you, but when I find a book I really love one of the first thought that comes to mind after I finish it is, “where can I find more stories like this one?” Sometimes the author who wrote it will have something similar in their back catalogue.

At other times, though, I have to do a lot of digging to find anything remotely similar to it. This could be one of the reasons why I like to reread old favourites so much.

Due to all of these preferences, my reading goals for 2018 are all pretty similar to each other. I want to reread a few favorite stories, and I’m also still hoping to find similar books to some of the new ones I read and loved last year.

1. The first book I’m hoping to reread in 2018 is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I just started watching Anne with an E on Netflix. It’s excellent so far, but it is definitely much darker than the previous adaptations of these books. The more this TV show digs into Anne’s truly terrible experiences early in her life, the stronger my desire becomes to reread this series.

2. After I finish the Anne books, I’m hoping to start with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone again and work my way all though until the end of Harry Potter and the Death Hollows. I wasn’t a big fan of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last year, but I’m hoping that might change if the whole series is fresh in my mind when I give it another shot.

3. After reading Skipping the Scales by Pete Tarsi a little over a year ago, I’ve been on the lookout for more stories about mermaids who have the option of walking on land sometimes.

4. I know I’ve talked about this before in previous Top Ten Tuesday posts, but I loved The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. While I’m waiting for her to release another book, I’d really like to read something similar to this.

Secret Path by Gord Downie was a graphic novel I read last autumn about a twelve-year-old boy who died after running away from the Cecilia Jeffrey Indian Residential School. It was based on a heartbreaking true story from the 1960s. While it definitely wasn’t an easy read, I was surprised by how harsh the conditions were at the residential schools. It would be interesting to read more Young Adult fiction that’s based on the lives of real kids from that era.

6. I meant to read The Doll’s Eye by Marina Cohen last year, and I’m hoping to get to it this year. It’s about a young girl who was deeply frustrated with her siblings. One night she wished that they were more like the antique dolls she’d found in the attic. Based on the description of the plot and all of the positive things people have said about this author in general, I think it’s something I should read sooner rather than later.

7. Reading more middle grade novels is also one of my goals for this year. I recently read and loved The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill, a fairy tale about a baby who was left in the forest and raised by the witch who lived there.

8. Confession: the last time I read children’s poetry was when a relative gave me a copy of Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. I’m hoping to read more modern poetry in this genre this year.

9. Based on how much I enjoyed Monster: A Graphic Novel by Walter Dean Myers, reading more young adult graphic novels is definitely on my list as well. The subject matter of them doesn’t have to be as serious as the tale of a teenager who is awaiting trial for allegedly robbing and murdering someone. I’m open to trying many different types of stories in graphic novel form.

10. Finally, I’d like to check out more suggestions from other people this year. If you have any recommendations for me, please speak up in the comments!
What are your reading goals for 2018?

Comments

  1. I reread Harry Potter every year! It gets me through the difficult parts of the year, and reading slumps!

  2. These are some great goals! I need to give the Harry Potter books a reread too, it’s been so long since I’ve read them, and I really should read Anne of Green Gables – I’ve never actually read it before! Recently I’ve been in the mood to reread The Secret Garden, which is my favourite children’s classic, so I may have to get to that one soon. Best of luck with all of your goals!

    • It’s been ages since I reread Harry Potter, too.

      I hope you enjoy Anne of Green Gables. The first three books in that series are the best in my opinion.

  3. I’ve been wanting to reread Ann of Green Gables for a long time. I’ve only read it one time, and I was pretty young.

    • It’s definitely worth a re-read. There were several subtle references to what was really going on in certain character’s lives that I didn’t catch when I was a kid. It was fun to finally catch onto them as an adult reader.

  4. I want to reread Harry Potter this year too!
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  5. I have to finish HP series too. I have just read one book till date. But this year I am hoping to finish it 🙂 Nice list of goals. I hope you accomplish all of your goals this year 🙂

    • Thank you! Have fun reading the rest of the Harry Potter books. There are all kinds of wonderful adventures in your future.

  6. I loved THUG too! She is releasing another book on May 1st: “On the Come Up”!

  7. I have read the Harry Potter books many times and listened to them on audio as well. They never grow old. I fully support rereading – it’s comforting.

  8. Anne of Green Gables is one of my all time favorite books! I’ve read it easily fifty times. My copy is so worn out, it is falling apart but I deeply treasure it. In elementary school my best friend and I would play Anne of Green Gables. I would be Anne and she would be Diana. Not surprisingly, we could never get any of the boys to be Gilbert. Good luck with your goals this year!

    • Thank you! I think it’s delightful that you and your best friend used to play Anne of Green Gables in elementary school. What fun you two must have had. 🙂

  9. A book similar to The Hate U Give is A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. It is very short, too. Good luck with your reading goals. I hope to reread Harry Potter books, too, and I didn’t like The Curse Child either.

    • I just requested A Long Way Down from my local library. Thank you very much for the recommendation.

      I hope you enjoy rereading the Harry Potter series, too.

  10. Looks like you’ve got some amazing goals for 2018. All the best with them!

  11. These are some great goals! I definitely hope to get to THUG in 2018 and re-reading Harry Potter sounds like a great idea!

  12. I watched Glitch on Netflix recently where this lady rose from the dead and insisted she was Anne of Green Gables lol. I however never read that book but too often I see people talk about it.
    I loved Harry Potter and Cursed Child and look forward to finish writing my book reviews for the last 3 books in the series. YA in general is not my thing but I’ve heard so many people say they loved The Hate U Give. I never liked school and YA books typically center around school so that could be why. I like your goal to reread some of your favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much! Here is my Top 10 Bookish Resolutions/Goals

    • I watch Glitch, too! It’s such a fantastic show. That scene made me chuckle.

      Yes, a lot of YA books do revolve around school. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Harry Potter series.

  13. I’m hoping to reread some of my favorites too. There’s no feeling like diving into a cherished book again.

    Good luck with your goals! 🙂

    • Thank you! I hope your rereads go well. Isn’t it interesting to catch little details that you might have missed the first time you read a book?

  14. I hope you get to all of these! I have yet to read the Anne of Green Gables books. Maybe with my daughter when she’s a bit older… I love the Harry Potter books and would love to reread those one day. The Hate U Give is such a great book, isn’t it?

    • Yes, The Hate U Give is a fabulous story.

      Honestly, the Harry Potter books are even better when you reread them. I’d say the same thing about the Anne of Green Gables series, too. I hope you and your daughter enjoy them if you decide to give them a try.

  15. Ooh nice set of goals! I haven’t had much time for re-reads in years! Good luck with your resolutions!

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  16. I’ve been curious about Anne with an E on Netflix, since some of their shows are pretty good. And I do the same thing- when I finish a particularly good book, I immediately ant one just like it lol!

    Good luck with these! 🙂

  17. I have been seeing ‘The Girl Who Drank the Moon; everywhere so added it to my TBR just today! and Anne of Green Gables as well as Where the SIdewalk Ends are among my favorites (thanks for visiting )

    • I hope you enjoy it. It’s nice to meet another fan of Shel Silverstein’s writing. He was a very creative poet.

  18. I LOVE Anne with an E! I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables but I want to.

  19. Great goals. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites. I used to read the series once a year. I have to admit that I enjoyed the first two movies a bit better than how things happen in the first three books. It’s been a while since I’ve read Harry Potter too. My daughter just had a HP movie marathon with a friend.

    Good luck with your goals. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Thank you! I agree with you on the first two Anne of Green Gables movies. The screenwriters for them really captured the essence of those stories well.

  20. Those sound like some great goals. As far as your 3rd goal goes, I would suggest checking out the Diving Under series by Ginna Moran. It’s all about mermaids that split their time on land and in the sea.

    Have a great week.

    • Thank you for that recommendation! I’ve added that series to my requests from my local library. It sounds very good.

  21. I love graphic novels!

  22. Good luck with your goals. They seem really managable. I’ve heard Dear Martin is a great read for those that loved The Hate U Give. 🙂

  23. Nice goals! If you loved THUG, I dare say Dear Martin by Nic Stone might be something for you as well. It’s thinner, and I still believe THUG is better but it really is an enjoyable read that deals with racism as well!

    Good luck!

  24. You have some great goals this year. It’s wonderful that you would like to re-read some of your favorites again. I have not read the Harry Potter series (gasp), I’m just not a fan. I hope you enjoy all the books you have planned to read this year. 🙂

  25. Very cool list — as are the book mentions! I don’t know some of these, so I will have to look them up.

  26. I actually really loved Anne With an E, despite it’s darker take on the classic. Hope you enjoy the rest and that your reread of the first is successful!

  27. I should make 2018 the year I read “Anne of Green Gables” (for the first time). I adore the 80s movie, but don’t think I’ve ever read the book. A story I’m sure is wonderful. Another I need to read is L.M. Montgomerey’s “The Blue Castle,” which I’ve been told is wonderful.

    Good luck with your 2018 goals, and thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • Thank you. Making 2018 the year of Anne of Green Gables sounds like a fabulous idea to me.

      Oh, and “The Blue Castle” is one of my all-time favorite books. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

  28. I could re-read Anne of Green Gables and Harry Potter each year! Love this list.

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