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2015 Reading Resolutions

Last year was the first year that I decided to do reading challenges beyond the basic "read x books" and I loved it. I read more books in 2014 than I ever have before, so I'm going to stick with it for 2015.

First up is the challenge I created all on my own. When I was a precocious youngster, I was obsessed with reading "the best" books. Now I've learned the importance of reading things you enjoy, but I've read a lot of classics and tend to enjoy them, so I spent way to much time compiling various "best of" lists and made one master list of best novels. For 2015, I plan to read 50 of the 100 best (that I haven't already read). Below is the list, with the ones I read linked to my Goodreads review.

Progress: 10 of 50


Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall Apart
Aligheri DanteThe Divine Comedy
AnonymousOne Thousand and One Nights
Atwood, MargaretThe Handmaid's Tale
Austen, JaneEmma
Austen, JanePersuasion
Baldwin, JamesGo Tell It On the Mountain
Burgess, AnthonyA Clockwork Orange
Burroughs, William S.Naked Lunch
Camus, AlbertThe Stranger
Cather, WillaMy Antonia
Cervantes, Miguel deDon Quixote
Chandler, RaymondThe Big Sleep
Chekhov, AntonThe Stories of
Coetzee, J. M.Disgrace
Conrad, JosephHeart of Darkness
Conrad, JosephNostromo
Crane, StephenThe Red Badge of Courage
Defoe, DanielRobinson Crusoe
Dickens, CharlesGreat Expectations
Dickens, CharlesBleak House
DosPassos, JohnU.S.A. (trilogy)
Dostoevsky, FeodorCrime and Punishment
Dostoevsky, FeodorThe Brothers Karamazov
Dreiser, TheodoreAn American Tragedy
Dumas, AlexandreThe Three Musketeers
Eliot, GeorgeMiddlemarch
Ellison, RalphInvisible Man
Faulkner, WilliamSound and the Fury
Faulkner, WilliamAbsalom, Absalom!
Faulkner, WilliamAs I Lay Dying
Faulkner, WilliamA Light In August
Fielding, HenryTom Jones
Fitzgerald, F. ScottTender Is the Night
Ford, Ford MaddoxThe Good Soldier
Forster, E. M.A Passage to India
Forster, E. M.Howard's End
Gogol, NikolaiDead Souls
Grass, GunterThe Tin Drum
Hardy, ThomasTess of D'Ubervilles
Hardy, ThomasJude the Obscure
Hemingway, ErnestA Farewell to Arms
Hemingway, ErnestFor Whom the Bell Tolls
Hemingway, ErnestThe Old Man and the Sea
HomerOdyssey
Hugo, VictorLes Miserables
Hurston, Zora NealeTheir Eyes Were Watching God
Huxley, AldousBrave New World
Irving, JohnThe World According to Garp
James, HenryPortrait of a Lady
James, HenryThe Ambassadors
Joyce, JamesUlysses
Joyce, JamesPortrait of the Artist As a Young Man
Joyce, JamesFinnegan's Wake
Kafka, FranzThe Trial
Kerouac, JackOn the Road
Kesey, KenOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
King, StephenThe Stand
Lawrence, D. H.Women in Love
Lawrence, D. H.The Rainbow
Lawrence, D. H.Sons & Lovers
Lessing, DorisThe Golden Notebook
London, JackThe Call of the Wild
Lowry, MalcolmUnder the Volcano
Marquez, Gabriel GarciaOne Hundred Years of Solitude
McCarthy, CormacThe Road
Miller, HenryTropic of Cancer
Mitchell, MargaretGone With the Wind
Morrison, ToniBeloved
Morrison, ToniSong of Solomon
Nabokov, VladimirPale Fire
Naipaul, V. S.A Bend in the River
Proust, MarcelIn Search of Lost Time
Rand, AynAtlas Shrugged
Rand, AynThe Fountainhead
Rhys, JeanWide Sargasso Sea
Richardson, SamuelClarissa
Roth, HenryCall It Sleep
Rushdie, SalmanMidnight's Children
Salinger, J. D.Catcher in the Rye
Sebald, W. G.Austerlitz
Spark, MurielThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Steinbeck, JohnOf Mice and Men
StendhalThe Red and the Black
StendhalThe Charterhouse of Parma
Sterne, LaurenceTristram Shandy
Styron, WilliamSophie's Choice
Swift, JonathanGulliver's Travels
Tolkein, J. R. R.The Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
Tolstoy, LeoWar and Peace
Updike, JohnRabbit, Run (series)
Vonnegut, KurtSlaughterhouse-Five
Walker, AliceThe Color Purple
Warren, Robert PennAll the King's Men
Waugh, EvelynBrideshead Revisited
Wharton, EdithThe Age of Innocence
Wharton, EdithThe House of Mirth
Woolf, VirginiaTo the Lighthouse
Woolf, VirginiaMrs. Dalloway
Wright, RichardNative Son


Next up, I'm going to stick with finishing series this year, but this year I'm going to try to finish 5 series.

Progress: 8 of 5
  1. Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
  2. Stargirl Duology by Jerry Spinelli
  3. Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (Book 4 expected in 2016)
  4. Sinners On Tour by Olivia Cunning
  5. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas (book 5 expected in 2016)
  6. Don Tillman Series by Graeme Simsion
  7. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (book 5 expected in 2016)
  8. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson (book 2 expected in 2016, maybe)

And my final goal is to again read 50 books I own. We'll see how close I get this time.

Progress: 24 of 50
  1. The Tyrant's Daughter by J. C. Carleson
  2. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  3. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (reread)
  4. Living a Life That Matters by Ben Lesser
  5. The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick
  6. Thomas & Friends Story Time Collection by Rev W Awdry (I generally don't include picture books, but this is a 320 page collection of 13 stories)
  7. Rotters by Daniel Kraus
  8. Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star by Rachel Rene Russo
  9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (reread)
  10. Lover Unbound by J. R. Ward
  11. Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
  12. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  13. Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
  14. While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull McKinstry
  15. Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
  16. The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
  17. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  18. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (reread)
  19. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier (reread)
  20. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
  21. Dracula by Bram Stoker (reread)
  22. A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
  23. Reasons My Kid Is Crying by Greg Pembroke
  24. The Best Yes: Making Wise Decision in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa TerKeurst
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