2018 Reading Plan

Jan 23, 2018 | 3 minutes read

Tags: reading lists, books

(Note: This post was rescued from Medium, where it first appeared. It is here for archival purposes.)

Even though we're almost a month in, there's still plenty of time left in the year to get started reading if you haven't already. And if you need a list, that's what this is for.

The basic list structure contains one series, often a trilogy, each two months. (Edit: I am also spacing out an additional series, James S. A. Corey's The Expanse, over the remaining year.) At the end of the main list, I will offer up the list of books from which I am supplementing this, because the nature of the main list makes for a faster reading pace than I can manage with classics. I will endeavor to write up some thoughts on what I am reading, but I don't want to make promises I can't keep.


The first series is N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth trilogy:

  • The Fifth Season
  • The Obelisk Gate
  • The Stone Sky

Update: I've completed this series as of 1/20/2018.


Kim Stanley Robinson's Science in the Captial series was collected in an omnibus edition called Green Earth. You may notice a strong environmental thread in this list.

Bonus: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey


Cixin Liu's series Remembrance of Earth's Past comprises three volumes, two of which were translated by award-winning author Ken Liu.

  • The Three-Body Problem
  • The Dark Forest
  • Death's End

Bonus: Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey


The late, great, Terry Pratchett collaborated with Stephen Baxter to produce a five volume series called The Long Earth:

  • The Long Earth
  • The Long War
  • The Long Mars
  • The Long Utopia
  • The Long Cosmos

Bonus: Abaddon's Gate by James S. A. Corey


This was originally allotted for Charlie Stross's Empire Games series, but the last volume of this won't be available until January of 2019. I am tentatively replacing this with Octavia E. Butler, either her Xenogenesis series, or Earthseed. I may just do both, since that's 5 volumes, and both series are thematically related to the others in the main list. The other contender is Nnedi Okorafor, who won a Nebula and a Hugo for Binti, the first book in her recently completed trilogy. Assuming I stick with Butler:

  • Dawn
  • Adulthood Rites
  • Imago


  • Parable of the Sower
  • Parable of the Talents

Bonus: Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey


Of the items on this list, Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota is the least familiar to me.

  • Too Like the Lightning
  • Seven Surrenders
  • The Will to Battle

Bonus: Nemesis Games by James S. A. Corey


I'm making my way through War and Peace again, at the pace of a chapter a day; it will take me all year to read it again. Mahabharata is still in my rotation as well.


From my list of supplements, I have already begun Watership Down by Richard Adams. I also have Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Trial by Franz Kafka, A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr., This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and The Three-Cornered World by Soseki Natsume. These I will pick up as time permits between other readings.