Books in 2017

My goal for 2017 is to read at least 75 books by December 31st.

I made a whole list of specific things I wanted to read in 2017 in November, but I ended up throwing most of it out because I hate putting constraints on myself. Here are the goals I want to accomplish:

Finish Zadie Smith’s works (The Autograph Man, NW); finish Jhumpa Lahiri’s works (Unaccustomed Earth, The Lowland); finish Joan Didion’s nonfiction collection, We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live (Miami, After Henry, Political Fictions, Where I Was From); reread the three Shakespeare plays I read in high school (Romeo and JulietJulius CaesarKing Lear); read three science fiction works; and read War and Peace.

Out of the big list I made for myself, these were the goals I was most excited about actually working toward, so I’m ready to get started. I finish graduate school in May, so after that, I’m thrilled about being able to read whatever I want without any guilt.

As usual, I’ll do book-by-book posts as I read, and you can also follow my progress on Goodreads. Feel free to comment and tell me what you’re reading or give me suggestions!

Here’s a running list of what I’ve read for the year. Books I really enjoyed are bolded, and an asterisk denotes a reread.

  1. Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
  2. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
  3. What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
  4. Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
  5. The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov
  6. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  7. Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
  8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  9. Selected Poems by Thomas Hardy
  10. On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller
  11. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  12. Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
  13. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
  14. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  15. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  16. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton*
  17. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  18. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  19. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  20. Blood River Rising: The Thompson-Crismon Feud of the 1920s by Victoria Pope Hubbell
  21. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  22. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
  23. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  24. Maurice by E.M. Forster
  25. Wild Things by Jaimee Wriston Colbert
  26. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*
  27. On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  28. The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham
  29. Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy
  30. Stung with Love: Poems and Fragments by Sappho
  31. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
  32. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
  33. Enigma Variations by André Aciman
  34. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  35. ‘night, Mother by Marsha Norman
  36. South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion
  37. Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rossetti
  38. The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor
  39. Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri
  40. Standing Female Nude by Carol Ann Duffy
  41. The Crucible by Arthur Miller*
  42. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  43. Selling Manhattan by Carol Ann Duffy
  44. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  45. The Other Country by Carol Ann Duffy
  46. White Tears by Hari Kunzru
  47. Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy
  48. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie*
  49. Map to the Stars by Adrian Matejka
  50. Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
  51. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
  52. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  53. All the Lives I Want: Essays about My Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey
  54. What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  55. The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy*
  56. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  57. The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love by bell hooks
  58. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  59. Cassandra by Christa Wolf
  60. Mother Love by Rita Dove