New Year – New Reading Goal


Since 2012, I have been taking part in Goodreads Reading Challenge and in that time I’ve only complete the challenge twice (2016 & 2020). This is far better than my attempts to write 50,000 words in a month and complete National Novel Writing Month each year. (Hint: I haven’t finished once.)

The Mega To Be Read Pile – Photo Credit @LucindaRose

The goal for this upcoming year is to read or re-read 60 books. Two of the books, I have on my to be read pile were given to by Ed from his collection of writing books. Ed encouraged me as a reader and a writer so including this books is a continuation of his presence in my life. The rest of the books on my to-read pile (TRP) are a mix of books for pleasure, research and curiosity.

The following are the books I’m currently reading or have been added to my to-read pile for the coming year:

  1. Marseille Tarot Revealed by Yoav Ben-Dov
  2. The Old Guard: Tales Through Time – Book One
  3. The History of the Occult of Tarot by Ronald Decker and Michael Dummett
  4. Octavia’s Brood edited by Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha
  5. The Tarot: History of Symbolism and Divination by Robert M. Place
  6. Aftermath by LeVar Burton
  7. I am C-3PO by Anthony Daniels
  8. Monstress Volume Five – Warchild
  9. Sandman – House of Whispers Volume 1
  10. Sandman – House of Whispers Volume 2
  11. Monstress Volume Six – The Vow
  12. The is Ear Hustle
  13. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  14. SwordFighting by Guy Windsor
  15. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? Stories by Kathleen Gollins
  16. Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster
  17. Hostage to the Devil by Malachi Martin
  18. The Invention of Murder by Judith Flanders
  19. How To Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
  20. The Explorer’s Handbook by Marilyn Tolhurst
  21. Writing Horror edited by Mort Castle
  22. The Sandman Preludes & Nocturnes Volume 1
  23. The Sandman Dream County Volume 3
  24. Write Characters Your Readers Won’t Forget
  25. We Should Have Killed the King by Eccarius
  26. Kaleidoscope by Darryl Wimberly
  27. A mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science
  28. Disease: The Extraordinary Stories behind History’s Deadliest Killers by Mary Dobson
  29. 13: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious Superstition by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
  30. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  31. The Blazing World and Other Writing by Margaret Cavendish
  32. The Black Dossier by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
  33. Demonic Foes by Richard Gallagher, M.D.
  34. A Cultural History of Tarot by Helen Farley
  35. The Art of the Occult by S. Elizabeth
  36. Bad Behaviors by Mary Gaitskill
  37. Mad Madge by Katie Whitaker
  38. Blogging for Writers: How authors & Writer’s Build Successful Blogs
  39. Haunted Roanoke by L.B. Taylor JR.
  40. Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
  41. Spellbinder by Melanie Rawn
  42. What Every American Should Know About American History by Alan Alexrod & Charles Phillips
  43. Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre by Paul Gambino
  44. Daily Doses of History by West Side Publishing
  45. The Mummy Congress by Heather Pringle
  46. The Little Book of Whiskey by Lynda Dalslev
  47. 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die by Loren Rhoads
  48. Mummies of the World by Alfried Wieczoriek & Wilfried Rosendahl, EDS.
  49. Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic by Lisa Lister
  50. The Mythology of the Grimm: The Fairy Tale and Folklore Roots of the Popular TV Show by Nathan Robert Brown
  51. The Atlas of Middle-Earth by Karen Wynn Fonstad
  52. Sixty-One Nails by Mike Shevdon
  53. Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You by Cecilia Rodriquez Milanes
  54. The Chanseyville Incident by David Bradley
  55. Justinian’s Flea by William Rosen
  56. Ghosts of Vesuvius by Charles Pellegrino
  57. Notorious RBG – The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
  58. Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters by Jane Austen and Ben H. Winters
  59. Tolkien: The Illustrated Encyclopedia by David Day
  60. Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery by John O. Peters

As you can see the list is quite long and I don’t keep the TBR pile by my bed anymore. It is stacked in various places around the house. This year to keep myself on budget, I’ve decided to read books in my own house or that I can get from the library.

Yes, I own all of books on this list. And no, I don’t know how many books I own. One day, I may count them but that day isn’t today. Maybe the next time that I move, I will count them before I put them in boxes.

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