I'd hate to say it, but I'm a big goal setter during January. This year I'm trying to read 2-3 books every month which translates to reading somewhere between 24 and 52 books total. Last year I read 15 books which isn't terrible, but I'd like to be more mindful about reading this year.
So I've come up with this list of books I'm trying to read this year. I haven't got these in any sort of order or theme, just books I've been wanting to read. It should be noted though that I have no problem stopping a book halfway through if I get too bored with it- I'm looking at you The Emperor's Children.
I like to keep my list really flexible and add to it during the course of the year, so I've only got 16 books to read so far. If you're a book nerd like me you should check out my Goodreads, where I share everything I read.
1. Infinite Jest - David Foster WallaceI got this sucker on Kindle so I'm not lugging around a brick with me and it makes the footnotes a breeze.
2. The Sun also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
3. The Emperor's Children - Claire Messund
4. Housekeeping - Marilynne Robinson
I'll be honest, I don't know much about this book but rather found it on a list somewhere. I've really been into contemporary novels recently and I've gotten so tired reading about New York and Paris in other novels. This one takes place in a "Far West town of Fingerbone set on a glacial lake," which seems about as far from NYC as you can get.
5. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
6. Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert. A HeinleinA Darker Shade of Magic and Cloud Atlas last year and loved them, so I'm really trying to consume some more science fiction. I got an Amazon gift card for Christmas and picked up Stranger in a Strange Land used for a penny!
7. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. - Adelle Waldman
8. The Bone Clocks - David MitchellCloud Atlas by Mitchell when I read it last year so I'm really looking forward to reading another one by him. The Bone Clocks was released in June of last year.
9. The Poisonwood Bible
I'm kicking myself for not taking AP English my senior year of high school. I opted for dual credit English comp instead and missed out on tons of great books like this one. My friend–who was smart enough to take AP English–said this was one of her favorite from the course so I definitely wanted to read it this year.
10. The Handmaids Tale - Margret Atwood
Ok so I cheated, I got this book for Christmas and consumed it the two days after. So technically I guess I read it in 2015. My boss at the library said this was one of her favorite books and I definitely see why, Atwood has the perfect balance of language and plot that makes me like a book. It's also relatively short, so I definitely recommend it.
11. The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
I may or may not be reading this just because the cover art is so gorgeous. Seriously though, poetry is one genre I've never read before so I though I'd try some out this year. I will however say I'll be getting this at the library because even used it's really expensive. If I really love it I may break down and buy a physical copy, I did the same for Cloud Atlas, I listened to it on Audible then picked up a copy from Half Price I loved it so much.
12. On the Road - Jack KerouacStranger in a Strange Land –I got for a penny used from Amazon. I suppose I didn't have any 20's lit on my list.
13. Call Ee by Your Name - André Aciman
This is probably one of the more spicy novels on my list so far. Last year I bought a two dollar kindle book that sounded interesting. A few chapters in I realized it was a romance novel, talk about weird. While erotica is definitely my idea of casual, academic reading Call Me by Your Name has more of a coming-of-age feel which made me want to add it to my list.
14. The Group - Mary McCarthy
Instead of making friends of my own I'd much rather just read about people with friends, #introvertstatus. Seriously though, I'm really into books that take place over a long period of time, this one follows a group of friends from meeting through adulthood.
15. The Fountainhead - Ayn randAtlas Shrugged.
16. One Flew over the Cukoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
I haven't read many books about mental illness since The Bell Jar when I was in high school. This one is another American classic.
17. Ready Player One - Ernest Cline
This was a New York Times bestseller that my boyfriend got in a loot crate last year. It seems like a really cool sci-fi novel.
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