A new year means new reading goals. This year I set myself 50 books as a goal to read. For me, it is a low number but I have a lot going on in my life and don’t have as much time to read as I used to. I have a mental list of books that I plan to finally conquer this year because they have been on my reading list for what seems like forever and I simply haven’t gotten to them yet for one reason or another. This year will be the year (I hope).
1. Ulysses by James Joyce – Honestly this is on my list every year. I can’t seem to get through it. Maybe this year. It will definitely have to be a summer read. There is a reason it is considered one of the hardest books to read period.
2. The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan – I have heard such wonderful things about this series from so many people. The length and size of the series though is a bit intimidating and that’s saying something coming from me. However, if I can get through all of Terry Goodkind, I should be able to get through these.
3. Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman and Melanie Kupchynsky – This is a book about a no-nonsense strings teacher who shares his love of music with his students through a rough but caring attitude. I have had this on my list for ages because I tend to be this kind of teacher at least to a point. Tough love is a really helpful thing and praising students when they earn it, makes it far more valuable. I have started this a couple of times but simply have had bad timing with it. I hope to get through this one this year.
4. A New Kind of Christianity by Brian MacLaren – This book has been on my shelves for far too long and has been recommended by fart oo many people to not pick it up and get it read this year.
5. The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov – I know, I know, I should have read these a long time ago. I just have never gotten around to them. I have them all now thanks to my local used bookstore who sold them all together for 8 bucks and no I really have no excuse. This year I’m going to tackle this series, I swear.
6. Vanity Fair by Willaim Makpeace Thackery – This one has been sitting on my shelf for ages in unabridged paperback and it’s size even intimates me a little bit. I hope to make it through this one this year. Right now epicly long reads have been a bit daunting so I am not sure about this one.
7. It by Stephen King – I watched the new version of the movie and have a renewed interest in getting through this one. The book is always better than the movie right? I have a love/hate relationship with Stephen King because I feel that sometimes he really struggles to land the plane well sometimes.
8. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – This book has been sitting on my shelves for about six months now. I want to watch the new series based on the book but I really don’t want to do that until I read the book. I know that the show can’t compare to her writing so I want to experience the real thing first.
9. IQ84 by Haruki Murakami – This book has been one I’ve wanted to read for a while and have attempted a couple times but simply wasn’t in the right place to read. I am hoping to make it through this one this year.
10. Rob Bell – I really want to get back to the Rob Bell books this year. I have read Love Wins and really am looking at some elements of my faith this year from a fresh point of view. While I don’t agree with everything that he has to say, Rob Bell definitely challenges the reader to think for themselves and evaluate what they believe and why by asking the tough questions.
What is on your list of things you want to tackle this year? Leave it in the comments below!