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. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ – Philip Pullman
  16. All the Names – Jose Saramago
  17. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
  18. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  19. Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  20. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher – Hilary Mantel
  21. Waiting for Snow in Havana – Carlos Eire
  22. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  23. Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace
  24. Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
  25. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  26. The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
  27. Dr. Ox’s Experiment – Jules Verne
  28. A Pleasure to Burn – Ray Bradbury
  29. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
  30. The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  31. Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes
  32. To Seek a Newer World – Robert F. Kennedy
  33. People of the Book – Geraldine Brooks
  34. Women Who Run with the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  35. Cleopatra – Stacy Schiff
  36. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  37. The King Must Die – Mary Renault
  38. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  39. The Wee Free Men: The Beginning – Terry Pratchett
  40. The Magicians – Lev Grossman
  41. March – Geraldine Brooks
  42. Conquistadora – Esmeralda Santiago
  43. The Woman Who Would Be King – Kara Cooney
  44. The Little Friend – Donna Tartt
  45. The Association of Small Bombs – Karan Mahajan
  46. The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George
  47. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
  48. The Blind Assassin – Margaret Atwood
  49. Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm – Philip Pullman
  50. Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
  51. Consider the Lobster – David Foster Wallace
  52. The Illustrated Screwtape Letters – C. S. Lewis
  53. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
  54. Dream More – Dolly Parton
  55. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  56. Dissident Gardens – Jonathan Lethen
  57. A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara
  58. A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin
  59. The Vegetarian – Han Kang
  60. Lavinia – Ursula K. Le Guin
  61. The Mothers – Brit Bennett
  62. Noggin – John Corey Whaley
  63. Protagoras and Meno – Plato
  64. Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gay
  65. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green and David Levithan
  66. 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