28 before 28

28 ๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“ฒ ๐“ฝ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ท 28

You read the title right.

I will be turning 28 on the 30th of August this year. I really donโ€™t want to think about it too much or else an existential crisis will hit again.

I got this idea from booktube, and these types of videos are some of my favourite to watch. I just love seeing what people prioritise in terms of the books they definitely want to read before their next birthday. I am nosy so I love to know!

When I was thinking about the 28 books that I wanted to read in the next 6ish months before my birthday, I was considering those books that:

๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’†๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’•๐’ƒ๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’๐’ˆ๐’†๐’”๐’• ๐’๐’“,

๐’Š ๐’‰๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Ž๐’๐’”๐’• ๐’†๐’™๐’„๐’Š๐’•๐’†๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’… ๐’„๐’–๐’“๐’“๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’š ๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ซ,

๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’‘๐’‰๐’š๐’”๐’Š๐’„๐’‚๐’๐’๐’š ๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’•๐’ƒ๐’“. ๐’Š ๐’…๐’Š๐’…๐’โ€™๐’• ๐’˜๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’–๐’š ๐’‚๐’๐’š ๐’๐’†๐’˜ ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’Œ๐’”.

And we came to these specific 28! Most of these you might recognise from other lists (here) that I have posted concerning my 2022 reading goals and thatโ€™s on purpose! I didnโ€™t want to overload and overwhelm myself too much this year especially considering most of these are chunky bois.

The way I am planning things to go forward is for this to become a new series on my blog. So whenver I read a minimum of two books from the list, Iโ€™ll write a blog post talking about the book/s, my feelings and reading experiences. And then at the end of the series, that is, when I turn 28, Iโ€™ll reflect back on my own mini reading challenge. How does that sound?

I was telling my mum my plans for this blog series and she just looked at me and said, โ€˜why donโ€™t you just make a youtube channelโ€™ and I laughed. Video format would be easier!

Letโ€™s get to the books! I wonโ€™t be writing detailed synopsis, just the reasons as to why I want to prioritise these books for this challenge, etc.

1๐“ 84 ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“พ๐“ด๐“ฒ ๐“ถ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ด๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฒ is the book that has been on my physical tbr the longest. I got this book in 2016, I believe, because I had heard so much about it and wanted to see what the fuss about ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ป๐“พ๐“ด๐“ฒ ๐“ถ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ด๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฒ was about. Since then, I have read Norwegian Wood which was…okay? But I still want to read this. At this point, it’ll be an achievement.

๐“œ๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ญ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฌ๐“ฑ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“–๐“ฎ๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ฐ๐“ฎ ๐“”๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ฝ is one that I’ve been meaning to read for years. I think for the past two years, it has been on various personal reading lists for me to finally read. But this is the year. I can feel it. And also, I am fully intending on picking this up in march…because it just makes sense.

๐“‘๐“พ๐“ท๐“ท๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“œ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ช ๐“๐”€๐“ช๐“ญ is exactly what I want in a book. Weird and unhinged. And I don’t need to know more, to be honest.

๐“š๐“ท๐“ธ๐”€ ๐“œ๐”‚ ๐“๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“’๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ต ๐“œ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ป. The only reason why I haven’t picked this book up is because I know it’s going to emotionally destroy me. I read the introduction ages ago and I cried. Sobbed. So, I’ve been waiting until I feel emotionally stable, but let’s be honest, I don’t think that’s a state I will ever feel in the foreseeable future, so I may as well read it soon.

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“œ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“๐“ต๐“ฎ๐”๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐““๐“พ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ผ is one of the big classics I want to get to this year, specifically, before my 28th birthday. I so badly want to read this and I am hoping that in the June/July months, I will finally be able to actually commit my time to it. All I know is that it’s a story that encompasses the human experience and the extreme emotions we all feel. Maybe too extreme??

๐“”๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐”‚๐“ซ๐“ธ๐“ญ๐”‚ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ถ ๐”€๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ญ๐“ช๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐“ฎ ๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ญ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“”๐“ถ๐“ฒ๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ท. This is a more recent purchase but regardless, I feel like I’ve been waiting all of my life to read this book. Cue existential crisis. We are talking about a queer woman, working as the receptionist in a Catholic charity or church, battling with existiential dread and the inevitablity of death as well as being queer in a Catholic workplace. Literally, written for me only *grinning madly*

๐“™๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ท ๐“ข๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฎ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“œ๐“ป ๐“๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ข๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ท๐“ช ๐“’๐“ต๐“ช๐“ป๐“ด๐“ฎ. ‘Tis the year of big books. Period.

๐“‘๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“ค๐“น ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“‘๐“ธ๐“ญ๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“—๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ช๐“ป๐”‚ ๐“œ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ต and honestly the entire Thomas Cromwell series. Before my 28th birthday is when I’m going to finally finish this series. After reading Wolf Hall and absolutely falling in love with it, my desire to complete this series has been at an all time high. I am even thinking of binge reading the rest of the series in my birthday month. But I’ll most likely won’t be able to stop the temptation of picking this series up before then.

๐“‘๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ผ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“”๐“ฐ๐“ฐ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“œ๐“ฎ๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ธ ๐“š๐“ช๐”€๐“ช๐“ด๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฒ. I so badly want to read this book because I feel like it will hit as much or even more than Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 and Convenience Store Woman did. I loved those two books so I can’t wait till this one.

This one is slightly random. ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“œ๐”‚๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ค๐“ญ๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ฏ๐“ธ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“๐“ท๐“ท ๐“ก๐“ช๐“ญ๐“ฌ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ. I just want to read more gothic classics and this one is considered one of the oldest.

๐“›๐“ธ๐“ฟ๐“ฎ ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ฅ๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฝ๐“พ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐““๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ช ๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ฒ๐“ญ! Another relatively recent release and purchase. This book had me at the Sally Rooney comparison. Give it to me.

The past year or so, I’ve been slowly realising that I actually love short story collections. This was a huge surprise to me. So one of the short story collections on this list is ๐“—๐“ธ๐”€ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“Ÿ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ฌ๐“ฎ ๐“š๐“ท๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ข๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ฟ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ด๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ถ ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ฟ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ๐“ช. The reviews for this collection have only been amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

Another memoir that is on my list is ๐“—๐“ฒ๐“ผ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ป๐”‚ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ถ๐”‚ ๐“‘๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ฏ ๐“‘๐“ธ๐“ญ๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“‘๐“ฒ๐“ต๐“ต๐”‚-๐“ก๐“ช๐”‚ ๐“‘๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ฌ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฝ. I discovered this book through Kayla from BooksandLala whom I adore watching on Youtube! This sounds right up my alley – genre-defying, combination of memoir and queer theory. Love it.

๐“œ๐“ฎ๐“ถ๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ต ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“‘๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ช๐“ท ๐“ฆ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ฝ๐“ธ๐“ท was an impulse purchase in 2020 during the many lockdowns we had. Still haven’t read it and I cannot believe I haven’t yet graced my eyes on its pages. The audacity of me.

๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ, ๐““๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฎ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“’๐“ต๐“ช๐“ฒ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“–. ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ท is a non-fiction novel that is a memoir but also a collection of essays, I believe. It is written by Claire G. Coleman, who is an Australian First Nation woman, and it discusses the legacy and trauma of colonisation in Australia and I picked this up this year and will be reading it asap. Pick it up and read it with me!

I think this might be my only poetry collection on this list and it is ๐““๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“œ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฐ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐“๐“ฝ๐”€๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ญ. Margaret Atwood is a hit or miss author for me and I have a few of her books on my physical tbr, but I really want to prioritise her poetry. This book was a christmas gift from 2019 so I really want to read it immediately. The guilt is killing me.

๐“œ๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐” ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“›๐“ช๐“พ๐“ป๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“–๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ฏ๐“ฏ. QUEER WARRIOR NUNS, I MEAN DO I HAVE TO JUSTIFY WHY I WANT TO READ IT?!

I really want to get into this author this year. ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“›๐”‚๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ ๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“๐“ญ๐“พ๐“ต๐“ฝ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“”๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ช ๐“•๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ป๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ is one that is also top of my priority-list to read as soon as possible. I don’t really know much about this book, other than the first few chapters grabbed my heart and also stomped on my chest. Fun times ahead.

Why do I keep wanting to start series? ๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฆ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ท ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ธ๐“ท๐”‚ ๐“ฃ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ต๐“ธ๐“น๐“ฎ is the first book in Trollope’s Barchester Towers series and I just really want to read it. I have heard some really fantastic things!

Now, the next is ๐“˜๐“ท๐“ฏ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ท๐“ธ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐““๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฎ. I was going to write the entire Divine Comedy but I thought to be nice to myself. I have recollections of actually reading the Divine Comedy but I honestly don’t remember any of it other than it was beautiful. I think I read it in high school, though, so that makes sense as to why I don’t remember much of it. Unless I lied to myself.

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“—๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ด๐“ฎ๐“ฎ๐“น๐“ฎ๐“ป ๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“Ÿ๐“ป๐“ธ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ป ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“จ๐“ธ๐“ด๐“ธ ๐“ž๐“ฐ๐“ช๐”€๐“ช. This just sounds really heartbreaking and wonderful. I want to read this and then eventually, I want to read The Memory Police.

๐“”๐“ช๐“ป๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ท๐“ฐ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ข๐“ช๐”‚๐“ช๐“ด๐“ช ๐“œ๐“พ๐“ป๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ช is one that I will also be prioritising as soon as possible. I know that this book is completely unlike anything I have ever and will ever read and that it is completely different from Convenience Store Woman. I can’t wait.

๐“‘๐“ฎ๐“ฏ๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ฎ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ฏ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ๐“ฎ ๐“–๐“ฎ๐“ฝ๐“ผ ๐“’๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ญ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ฃ๐“ธ๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ด๐“ช๐”ƒ๐“พ ๐“š๐“ช๐”€๐“ช๐“ฐ๐“พ๐“ฌ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ. At this point, I just want to cry really.

This choice might seem random, but the next on my list is ๐“ž๐“พ๐“ป ๐“ฅ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ต๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“”๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“’๐“ฑ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ฎ ๐“–๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฐ. I quite enjoyed These Violent Delights and I want to conclude this duology and also see how Chloe Gong likes to write her endings. I am interested to see what happens in this finale.

I am trying not to start too many series this year, but I do want to try and read at least a few novels by this author. And the one I’m prioritising is ๐“”๐“ต๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ป๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“‘๐“ป๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ข๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ผ๐“ธ๐“ท. It is going to happen! It is. I know technically this is going to become a series, but for the moment, it is a standalone. So I thought this might be a good book to start with the Cosmere universe.

๐“ฃ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“‘๐“ฎ๐“ต๐“ต ๐“™๐“ช๐“ป ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“ข๐”‚๐“ต๐“ฟ๐“ฒ๐“ช ๐“Ÿ๐“ต๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฑ is a book that I still haven’t read. Which surprises me! I tried reading it years ago but couldn’t get into it. I think I’m ready to now, though. I’m in my sad girl era.

๐“ก๐“ฎ๐“ช๐“ต ๐“›๐“ฒ๐“ฏ๐“ฎ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“‘๐“ป๐“ช๐“ท๐“ญ๐“ธ๐“ท ๐“ฃ๐“ช๐”‚๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ป is also a book that I purchased in the midst of 2020 lockdowns. I just really want to read this soon as it sounds like something that I am going to enjoy reading.

And the last book is also a recent purchase and release. ๐“๐“ผ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ถ๐“ซ๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“ซ๐”‚ ๐“๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ผ๐“ฑ๐“ช ๐“‘๐“ป๐“ธ๐”€๐“ท. This is a novella and one that I am thinking of picking up in the next couple of weeks to read on a Saturday. All I know is that it’s supposed to be fantastic and is blurbed by Bernadine Evaristo. That’s all I need.

Wow. Okay. Trying not to feel overwhelmed. Why do I do these things to myself?

But I thought this would be fun for me – a running challenge that I can create a blog series about it as I read through these books. Let me know if you’ve read any of them?!

Until next time, happy reading!







3 thoughts on “28 before 28

  1. That’s a brilliant list and I love how wide ranging it is. The Warden is one of my favourite classic novels and I love Middlemarch too. It is deceptively funny especially if you read some of the dialogue passages aloud. Good Luck with reading these before by the end of August.

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