Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 TBR Jar

One of my bookish goals for 2018 is to finally read some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf for years. Every year I hope to finally read them, but all of the shining new books I come across are my downfall.

Will this year be any different?

I've gone through all of my physical books and pulled out 15 books that I long to read but never have.

There are 15 books in my pile. I put all of the titles into a jar, and I will pull one book title from the jar each month. I'm a mood reader so I have a little wiggle room to put it back and draw another.

My 2018 TBR "Jar"

My biggest book confession is I've never read Peter Straub's Ghost Story. I plan to read it every. single. year. but I still haven't read it. I have a habit of saving books until the time is right. I'm dumb. I really hope I read it this year.

These are the books in my TBR jar for 2018:

The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
Neverland by Douglas Clegg
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Fury by John Farris
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
Ghost Story by Peter Straub
Rebecca by Dauphne du Maurier
1984 by George Orwell
Little Brothers by Rick Hautula
Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
Tell No One by Harlan Coben
The Orchard by Charles L. Grant

I'm most nervous about American Gods because it was a DNF the first time I read it. That was in 2002 so we'll see how it goes this time around.

I was in the middle of reading Summer of Night last year when the IT read-along happened. Having already read IT, I knew I needed to put Summer of Night away for a while. I didn't want to be reading two really great coming of age horrors at the same time.

I suck at challenges so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I can get some of these read before the end of the year. Wish me luck!


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  1. Kudos to you! I wish you best of luck. I want to do something like this, but I already tried doing a "backlist burndown" challenge last year and failed miserably, lol :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Thanks! I remember you doing the backlist burndown.

  2. This is awesome. I should do this too. Good luck. Rebecca and 1984 are really good.

    1. Right behind Ghost Story, Rebecca is the one I hope to read the most.

  3. I DNFed American Gods...I really don't like anything that author wrote!

    1. I have had little success with Neil Gaiman. I really want to conquer American Gods, though. I hope I don't make myself absolutely miserable.

  4. Good luck and I have a newer copy of American Gods I bought after the series started. So now I've never watched the series OR read the book. I loved Summer of Night but it's been so long since I read it. I also really enjoyed The Talisman and its sequel, The Black House, too.

    1. You are more than welcome to read it with me!! I fear it may be a struggle. For whatever reason I've skipped reading The Talisman and The Black House. I have both so I may extend my Talisman reading to include The Black House...

  5. I DNF'd American Gods as well. I just couldn't get into the audio. I'll try again at some point. I've read many of those books. I'll give a 2 second review :)

    The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub *I loved this one.
    My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due *I remember liking it but can't remember anything about it
    Neverland by Douglas Clegg *in my tbr
    American Gods by Neil Gaiman *see above
    The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons *a 5 star read
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer *in my tbr
    The Fury by John Farris *read in the 80's remember nothing
    Summer of Night by Dan Simmons *awesome book
    Ghost Story by Peter Straub *I didn't like this one . . .
    Rebecca by Dauphne du Maurier *5 stars
    1984 by George Orwell *never read it
    Little Brothers by Rick Hautula *read in 80's can't remember anything about this one either
    Tell No One by Harlan Coben ** love Coben and this is a good one
    The Orchard by Charles L. Grant *Read in the 80's fuzzy but happy memories :)

    1. Wooooooohoo! You make me excited to tackle my stack. :)

    2. There's a lot of good stuff in there!

  6. Good luck with your stack of awesome TBR books! I'm a mood reader, too, and so I rarely finish lists/stacks like this. I usually peter out about halfway through the year. But that's just me. :)

    1. Me, too. I will probably fail miserably, but I'm excited for now. Haha.

  7. Jennifer I LOVED Rebecca and would highly recommend. I even said it is one of my all time favourites. Well I recommended it to my book club for December and tried to reread it and couldn't get into it, lol. I'm not a re-reader but all I thought was 'why do I love this'.

    1. Ha! Oh no! I really hope I can finally read Rebecca this year. It needs to happen.

  8. Summer of Night is SO good, and Dan Simmons never disappoints me. Great idea for a challenge, good luck!

    1. I haven't read much Dan Simmons. Just Song of Kali maybe? I need to catch up on reading him.


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