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. The Bricks that Built the Houses – Kate Tempest
  2. Skylight – Jose Saramago
  3. The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  4. Cutting for Stone – Abraham Verghese
  5. Fool – Christopher Moore
  6. Badass: The Birth of a Legend – Ben Thompson
  7. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  8. The Beggar and the Hare – Tuomas Kyro
  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
  10. In the Lake of the Woods – Tim O’Brien
  11. Dragonfly in Amber – Diana Gabaldon
  12. Cane River – Lalita Tademy
  13. One Hundred Names – Cecelia Ahern
  14. Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth
  15. All the Names – Jose Saramago
  16. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
  17. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  18. Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  19. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  20. Waiting for Snow in Havana – Carlos Eire
  21. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  22. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  23. Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
  24. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  25. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  26. Dr. Ox’s Experiment – Jules Verne
  27. A Pleasure to Burn – Ray Bradbury
  28. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  29. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  30. Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  31. To Seek a Newer World – Robert F. Kennedy
  32. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
  33. Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  34. Cleopatra – Stacy Schiff
  35. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  36. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  37. The Wee Free Men: The Beginning – Terry Pratchett
  38. March – Geraldine Brooks
  39. Conquistadora – Esmeralda Santiago
  40. The Woman Who Would Be King – Kara Cooney
  41. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
  42. The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
  43. The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  44. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  45. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  46. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm – Philip Pullman
  47. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  48. Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace
  49. The Illustrated Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
  50. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  51. Dream More – Dolly Parton
  52. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  53. Dissident Gardens – Jonathan Lethen
  54. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  55. A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin
  56. The Vegetarian – Han Kang
  57. Lavinia – Ursula K. Le Guin
  58. The Mothers – Brit Bennett
  59. Noggin – John Corey Whaley
  60. Protagoras and Meno – Plato
  61. Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gay
  62. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
  63. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan
  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. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  7. Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. The Nest – Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  9. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  10. Invisible Monsters – Chuck Palaniuk
  11. The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
  12. The Enchanted – Rene Denfeld
  13. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  14. The King Must Die – Mary Renault
  15. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman
  16. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
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