I finished my first book of 2018 this morning! I started it in November, but finished today. My Goodreads goal of 55 books was a little ambitions for 2017 – I hit some major reading slumps last year. For 2018, I’m setting a goal of 45 books. Still ambitious, but leaves room for me to change some habits and keep reading.

Today, I finished Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood. Atwood has been my favorite writer since I read the Handmaid’s Tale in college. Hag-Seed is Atwood’s retelling of The Tempest (which I have not read, but know the plot of). I loved the way this book was structured. The sort chapters kept my attention, and allowed me to read a chapter, even if I only had a few minutes to spare.

The main character, Felix, loses his job right as he is about to conduct a performance of The Tempest. While most assumes he disappears with his tail between his legs, he allows his anger to simmer into revenge. It takes him years to set the stage to gain his revenge, but he is patient and determined. Felix finally gets to direct The Tempest, through a theatre course for prisoners. Along the way he never loses sight of his goal.

Cheers to all of the reading 2018 will bring!