Reading Goals for 2017

Establishing goals and announcing them is a great tool as it holds us to what we’ve committed to. Reading and writing is no different. So, with that in mind, I’d like to share my reading goals for 2017 with the world, albeit somewhat anonymously. (After all, who else is reading this…?)  I want to read fifty books!  Actually more than that, but I need to be realistic. Here is a list of books I would like to read. As I cross things off this list, I will try to, but may not always, share a short review here as well.  Here goes (deep breath):

  1. Water for Elephants – Sara Gruen – done!
  2. Small Gods – Terry Pratchett
  3. Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. Bartimaeus books – Jonathan Stroud
  5. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  6. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  7. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkein
  8. Night Watch – Terry Pratchettdone!
  9. Rascals In Paradise – James Mitchener
  10. Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare
  11. The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster – done!
  12. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
  13. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  14. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R R Martin
  15. 1984 – George Orwelldone!
  16. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  17. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  18. To The Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  19. The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
  20. We Have Always Lived in the Castle – Shirley Jackson
  21. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  22. Frankenstein – Mary Shelleydone!
  23. Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin
  24. All the short stories – James Tiptree Jr (Alice Sheldon)
  25. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  26. Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  27. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  28. Norwegian Wood – Murakami
  29. Charmed Life – Dianna Wynne Jones
  30. The Hound of Baskerville – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  31. A Tangle of Knots – Lisa Graff
  32. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
  33. The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  34. The Virginian – Owen Wister
  35. The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
  36. His Majesty’s Dragon – Naomi Novik
  37. Red Mars – Kim Stanely Dragon
  38. A Dog’s Tale – Mark Twain
  39. To Build a Fire – Jack London
  40. An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge – Ambrose Pierce
  41. The Ransom of Red Chief – O’ Henry
  42. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  43. Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  44. East of Eden – John Steinbeck
  45. Starship Troopers – Robert Heinleindone!
  46. The World According to Garp – John Irving
  47. Wonder Boys – Michael Chabon
  48. The Death of Ruth – Elizabeth Kata
  49. Endless Night – Agatha Christie
  50. Misery – Stephen King
  51. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas
  52. Skellig – David Almons
  53. I Lucifer – Glen Duncan
  54. The Atrocity Exhibition – J.G. Ballard
  55. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  56. Empire from the Ashes – David Weber
  57. Blade Dancer – S. L. Viehl
  58. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg & Other Stores – Mark Twaub
  59. Kim – Rudyard Kiplingdone!
  60. The Dragonbone Chair – Tad Williamsdone!
  61. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewisdone!