This year, I’ve decided to really focus on reading books that I want to read, and not putting as much pressure on myself to read what I feel like I should be reading, like I’ve done in the past. That said, I do still like setting yearly and monthly reading lists for myself, because it helps me make sure I keep my reading diverse. I’m also just about done with grad school, so I’m excited to have a lot more time to read!
This year, I divided my reading list into fiction and nonfiction. One of my goals is to read more nonfiction, and I picked out a few books that are at the top of my TBR. I also limited myself to ten, because last year I only got around to eight out of my sixteen picks and I think this is more manageable. If you’ve read any of the books on this list, let me know your thoughts!
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. I read and LOVED The Name of the Wind last year. and I’ve been saving this book as a reward for finishing my thesis. And my thesis is done! So I will be diving into this book very soon.
Emma by Jane Austen. I’m more than halfway through my reading of the works of Jane Austen, and I would like to read at least one more this year. A twitter poll decided I should read this before Sense & Sensibility, so that’s what I’m going with. Honestly, I’m a bit apprehensive, because I tried to read this for a class in college and didn’t like it all that much. Hopefully I’ll get through it this time around!
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Each year I try to read at least one big classic (last year I picked too many), so I decided to go with this one for 2017. Exactly a year ago, I picked up a really beautiful vintage copy at the dollar bookstore, which is making me excited to read it.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I meant to read this last year, and I keep hearing everyone rave about it, so I’d love to get to it this year. In reading diversely, I also want to read more diverse adult books, and this fits perfectly.
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. This book has been on my TBR for years. Not kidding, it was on my 2015 Reading List. It’s rare that friends recommend books to me (I’m usually asked to give the recommendations), but one friend insisted that Murakami was a must-read, and recommended I start here. I immediately went out and bought it, and have been staring at it for three years. So it’s happening. Feel free to yell at me if I don’t read it.
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Do I really need a reason for this one other than Hamilton fever? Really, though, I find his life fascinating, and I would really love to read this book. It looks really good, and I’ve been into biographies lately, so I think I’m finally in the mood to read it.
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy. JFK’s A Nation of Immigrants was an unexpected favorite of mine last year, and I’d like to continue on with this one, which sounds equally amazing. It also won him the Pulitzer, so I hope it is just as impactful.
Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt. Yes, I’m the nerd who actually adored my graduate class on Shakespeare. I picked this up on the recommendation of my professor, and haven’t gotten around to it yet. But I really would like to! Hopefully it sparks my interest in reading a few more of Shakespeare’s plays this year as well.
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher. I’m on a big memoir kick at the moment – having just finished Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody – and in light of recent events, I thought I’d pick this one up as well. I’m currently listening to the audiobook, and it’s so good! But it’s hard to read about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds without feeling a little sad.
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. The preview for the film adaptation makes me smile every single time I see it, and, obviously, I need to read the book before I see the movie. I’m planning on starting this in the next few days, and I am really excited about it!