I have three resolutions for reading this year, and they all go back to one problem: I buy books that sit on my shelves for months or even years, and I never read them. So my resolution for the new year? Start reading those books I already own.
But it isn’t just that. I have three specific goals that I can accomplish by reading the books I already own. They are:
1. Read more classic literature (1 a month). I’d like to think I’m rather well-read, but there’s still so much I haven’t read yet.
2. Read more contemporary literature/literary fiction geared towards adults because I tend to stick with young adult literature.
3. Continue reading the multiple series I’ve already started. I tend to pick up a book series, buy the next book, and never actually get around to reading it. So obviously, I need to stop doing that.
Because I like lists, I made a list of the books I plan on reading this year. Essentially, I plan on reading two of these a month. The other two books I choose to read are “freebies”.
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
- One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Vanity Fair by William M. Thackery
- Light in August by William Faulkner
- Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
- Room by Emma Donoghue
- Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
- Misery by Stephen King
- The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
Continue a Series:
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy
- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
- Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
- Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
- Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card