My 2013 Book Challenge! Who’s with me?
I spend a lot of time reading books. In fact, I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t go to bed without reading a chapter or two, or setting aside a half hour or so to sit down with a good book. I’m the type to keep a spare book in my car in case I ever find myself stranded somewhere without something to do.
Lately I’ve been spending a large amount of time thinking about my love of books. My Goodreads blog now contains a shelf called “Books That Changed Me”, which is devoted specifically to all those moments you read a novel and it sticks to you like glue long after it’s read, for whatever reason. I LOVE writing reviews about books that I’ve read. Now that I’m fully entrenched in Goodreads, I just can’t stop talking about books.
I’m definitely going through a “sharing” phase and if I can be responsible for ONE person falling in love with a book or discovering a new favorite author based on my suggestion, I couldn’t be happier.
As my “To Read” pile on Goodreads reached 50 titles, I stopped adding to it and made a vow. I will read every single book PLUS all the books to be read in the next 6 months for my regular physical book club meeting. In all, we are talking 55 books for 2013. I’ve read 8 so far.
My To Read list is an eclectic mix made up of friend suggestions, Goodreads recommendations, books I’ve always wanted to read but never got around to it, and a few “late night” additions reminiscent of my Netflix queue: beware of drinking a couple cocktails and then getting online around 2am (there were a few weeks where we kept getting really obscure independents and “steamy foreign romance” films in the mail). My list also includes several new authors and this is why a challenge like this is great for me because I tend to get unadventurous at times when it comes to exploring unfamiliar writers.
But I am determined to read AND review all of these books. Why? Because my soul needs to be shaken and stirred and literature has the power to do that to me. And I have this absolute need to share my love of books with everyone.
I invite you to befriend me on Goodreads to share and comment, however I will also start posting reviews here as well. AND, if you have a suggestion as to what I should read next in my pile let me know!
Without further ado, here is my challenge for 2013:
|I Was Blind But Now I See||James Altucher|
|Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea||Chelsea Handler|
|Time and Again||Jack Finney|
|City of Thieves||David Benioff|
|Great Tales from English History: A Treasury of True Stories about the Extraordinary People — Knights and Knaves, Rebels and Heroes, Queens and Commoners — Who Made Britain Great||Robert Lacey|
|The Night Circus||Erin Morgenstern|
|The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)||Patrick Rothfuss|
|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)||George R.R. Martin|
|How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking||Nigella Lawson|
|Water Music||T.C. Boyle|
|Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant : Confessions of Cooking for One and Dining Alone||Jenni Ferrari-Adler|
|Where Tigers Are at Home||Jean-Marie Blas de Robl√®s|
|Far to Go||Alison Pick|
|Seek: Reports from the Edges of America and Beyond||Denis Johnson|
|Bright Lights, Big City||Jay McInerney|
|The Adventures of Augie March||Saul Bellow|
|Requiem for a Dream||Hubert Selby Jr.|
|For Whom the Bell Tolls||Ernest Hemingway|
|Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook||Anthony Bourdain|
|The Golden Age of Cinema: Hollywood, 1929-1945||Richard Jewell|
|The Raven’s Seal||Andrei Baltakmens|
|Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald||Therese Anne Fowler|
|The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks||Amy Stewart|
|Murder Below Montparnasse (Aimee Leduc Investigations #13)||Cara Black|
|The Alchemist||Paulo Coelho|
|Not the End of the World||Kate Atkinson|
|Human Croquet||Kate Atkinson|
|Started Early, Took My Dog (Jackson Brodie, #4)||Kate Atkinson|
|Life After Life||Kate Atkinson|
|Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking||Susan Cain|
|Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle||Rachel Dratch|
|The Red House||Mark Haddon|
|On Writing||Stephen King|
|One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd||Jim Fergus|
|The Time Machine||H.G. Wells|
|Le Coeur D’une Autre||Tatiana de Rosnay|
|Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Seth Grahame-Smith|
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Stephen Chbosky|
|My Mother Was Nuts||Penny Marshall|
|Bohemian Paris: Picasso, Modigliani, Matisse and the Birth of Modern Art||Dan Franck|
|Pope Joan||Donna Woolfolk Cross|
|River of Darkness (John Madden, #1)||Rennie Airth|
|Fraud: Essays||David Rakoff|
|Light in August||William Faulkner|
|The Partly Cloudy Patriot||Sarah Vowell|
PLUS 5 to be determined book club books.
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
I am counting on you out there to keep me honest and motivated. I know I can do it!!