One of the joys of my reading life is making elaborate reading plans and long lists. I have never seen a reading challenge I don’t want to join or scanned a book list I don’t want to complete. But it is also a truth of my reading life that I hate assigned reading and rebel against any kind of plan, including the assignments and plans I set for myself. So I make the plans and curate the lists–and then promptly go read something else. Still. I love making the lists.
Last year, I added a twist to one of my favorite reading challenges, Carrie Gelson’s #MustReadin2018: crowd-sourcing. I tried to be the last one making my list so that I could borrow a title from each participant’s list to create my own. I didn’t finish all the books on the list, but it was still a very successful reading experiment. In fact, two of my top 10 books of the year came from my crowd-sourced #MustRead list.
Here are the 22 titles I have selected for my own #MustReadin2018 list.