Reading Challenge 2017

Soooo…my reading challenge from 2016 was a bust. I wasn’t even close to finishing and I am more than a little disappointed in myself.

But…this is a new year, and with that comes a tabula rasa for me to redeem myself. Not that this is any easy. In fact, I’m dedicating myself to a task that I have yet to ever complete: read half of the books on the to-read shelf. What is this shelf? You may ask. A post will come soon detailing all my shelves, but as of right now, I own about 80 books (not including graphic novels) that I haven’t read. That’s blasphemous in my opinion, so this year I’m going to try to cut that number in half and read 40 of them. But Erin, what are these books?!?!? Well, LET ME TELL YOU. 🙂

Listed below are the books on my glorious shelf. I’ll move them to a separate list as I finish them.

Unfinished Books Finished Books
  1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  2. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  3. The Bricks that Built the Houses – Kate Tempest
  4. Skylight – Jose Saramago
  5. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  6. Dune – Frank Herbert
  7. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  8. Fool – Christopher Moore
  9. Badass: The Birth of a Legend – Ben Thompson
  10. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  11. The Beggar and the Hare – Tuomas Kyro
  12. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  13. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  14. In the Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien
  15. Dragonfly in Amber – Diana Gabaldon
  16. Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney
  17. Cane River – Lalita Tademy
  18. One Hundred Names – Cecelia Ahern
  19. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  20. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman
  21. All the Names – Jose Saramago
  22. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
  23. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  24. Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  25. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  26. Waiting for Snow in Havana – Carlos Eire
  27. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  28. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer
  29. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  30. Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
  31. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  32. The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
  33. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  34. Dr. Ox’s Experiment – Jules Verne
  35. A Pleasure to Burn – Ray Bradbury
  36. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  37. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  38. Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  39. Red Rising – Pierce Brown
  40. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
  41. The Square of Revenge – Peter Aspe
  42. To Seek a Newer World – Robert F. Kennedy
  43. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
  44. Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  45. Cleopatra – Stacy Schiff
  46. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  47. The King Must Die – Mary Renault
  48. Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palaniuk
  49. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  50. The Wee Free Men: The Beginning – Terry Pratchett
  51. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  52. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  53. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas
  54. March – Geraldine Brooks
  55. Conquistadora – Esmeralda Santiago
  56. The Woman Who Would Be King – Kara Cooney
  57. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
  58. The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
  59. The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  60. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  61. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  62. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  63. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm – Philip Pullman
  64. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  65. Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace
  66. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  67. Adultery – Paulo Coelho
  68. The Illustrated Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
  69. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  70. Dream More – Dolly Parton
  71. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  72. Dissident Gardens – Jonathan Lethen
  73. The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides
  74. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  1. Hold Your Own – Kate Tempest
  2. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  3. Chronicle of a Death Foretold – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  4. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel
  5. The Art Forger – B. A. Shapiro
  6. The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney