This is my second year participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. Like last year, I set my goal for fifty books (last year I made it to fifty-two), and I’m already four books ahead of schedule. Woo-hoo! I’m planning on doing a favorites post at the end of the year, but I thought it might be cool to share some of the books I hope to finish this year (and then see if I actually do). I kind of read whatever I feel like reading at the moment, so I’m going to narrow down the list to fifteen (I was going for ten, but who was I kidding?). Here we go!
1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I have been reading this behemoth off and on since August. No joke. I picked it up a week ago, and am finally getting into it. As of yesterday, I am exactly one quarter of the way through! Tracking my progress on Goodreads is really motivating me to keep going. My goal is to finish this book by this August. I know I’ll be reading other books in between, but I’m determined to finish this.
2. The Shining by Stephen King. I’ve read my fair share of King, but haven’t tackled this one yet. It’s my cousin’s favorite, so he’s been nagging me to get it for ages. I recently picked it up, but I feel like I need to be in the right mood for this. Plus, if Joey Tribiani can read The Shining, I can read it.
3. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray. This book doesn’t come out until August (the release date keeps getting postponed), but thanks to Amazon, it will be in my mailbox the day it does. It is a sequel to The Diviners, which I read about a month ago and loved. I have been a Libba Bray fan since I read A Great and Terrible Beauty in high school, and so far I’ve loved everything she’s come out with. I still need to read Beauty Queens (a retelling of Lord of the Flies, but with beauty pageant contestants instead of pre-pubescent boys) and Going Bovine.
4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I somehow missed out on this one when I was in high school. I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m thinking this might be a great read when my brain is fried from grad school and I just need something fun.
5. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. I have a confession to make: I flat out lied to David Mitchell’s face about reading this one as he was signing my copy of The Bone Clocks (which I also still haven’t read). Oops. So I kind of feel like I need to read this now.
6. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. One of my best friends insisted that I read this, and that everyone from his grandmother to his little sister loved it. After our tea date, I immediately went out and bought it, but still haven’t read it.
7. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I have also never read a Murakami novel, and my friend suggested this one as a good place to start. I’ve heard great things, but haven’t gotten into it yet.
8. Paradise Lost by John Milton. This one has been on my list since high school, and despite having a really awesome vintage copy, I haven’t cracked it open yet. I will feel incredibly accomplished if I manage to finish both Paradise Lost and Anna Karenina this year.
9. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Like every other person who went to high school in America, I have already read this. But I kind of want to revisit it as an adult, partly because I don’t really remember much about it, and partly because I remember really enjoying it and am curious to see how I feel about it now.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read this in eighth grade, so it’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to re-read this for a few years now, and since Go Set a Watchman is coming out in a few months, I thought this might be the perfect time.
11. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaimain. I’ve been making my way through the Gaiman canon for the last year or so, and this one is next on my list. I just finished American Gods, so this seems like a good next pick.
12. The Magician King by Lev Grossman. I’m going to give this one another shot. I really liked The Magicians, but the whole idea of them kind of having to start over in the sequel put me off for some reason. But I’m pretty stubborn, and I rarely leave books unfinished, even if it takes me years.
13. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This seems like the kind of historical novel that really binds history and storytelling (like The Book Thief, which I love), so I’m really excited about this one. Plus, it just won the Pulitzer for fiction.
14. Ready Player One by Ernest Kline. This book’s been on my radar for a while, but I never really looked into it until recently. It seems like a really unique take on dystopian fiction, and the perfect geeky book to satisfy my craving for soft sci-fi.
15. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I discovered this one pretty recently, but for some reason it reminds me a bit of The Night Circus, which is one of my absolute favorite books. It seems like a really cool story, and I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m excited to get into it.
What’s on your reading list this year?