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 Juliet, Julius Caesar, King 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.
- Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
- Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
- What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell
- Whatever Happened to Interracial Love? by Kathleen Collins
- The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Nikolai Leskov
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
- Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- Selected Poems by Thomas Hardy
- On Being Different: What It Means to Be a Homosexual by Merle Miller
- Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
- Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
- My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
- The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
- Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton*
- Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
- Blood River Rising: The Thompson-Crismon Feud of the 1920s by Victoria Pope Hubbell
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
- Maurice by E.M. Forster
- Wild Things by Jaimee Wriston Colbert
- The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway*