This year, I've pledged to read 50 books. That basically amounts to one book per week which sounds easy. But, even as a frequent reader I have yet to complete the challenge. I'm confident that this is my year! I've gone ahead and mapped out which books I would like to read so that this challenge will double as a method of reading through the insane amount of books that I already own.
1. Slade House by David Mitchell
A very readable, multi-genre haunted house story set in the same universe as Mitchell's The Bone Clocks.
2. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
The memoir of a clinical psychologist who experienced bipolar disorder firsthand.
3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Essentially Gossip Girl set in the upper echelon of Singapore society.
4. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
The sequel to Crazy Rich Asians.
5. The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolino
A little memoir about a woman's life on the Rue des Martyrs.
6. The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor
The story of a woman who befriends two Americans who spied during the Cold War.
7. A Wild Swan by Michael Cunningham
Reimagined versions of old fairytales including Rapunzel and Jack & the Beanstalk.
8. 33 Artists in 3 Acts by Sarah Thornton
A collection of narratives about the world's most renowned contemporary artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons.
9. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
A sprawling family story and party to which I am very late.
10. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
An imagined alternate reality in which the Nazis and Japan won WWII.
11. Tales From the Back Row by Amy Odell
A book of essays about the fashion industry.
12. Intern: A Doctor's Initiation by Sandeep Jauhar
The story of a doctor's residency.
13. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
An epic ode to traditional storytelling.
14. The Ice Twins by S.K. Tremayne
A creepy suspense thriller set on a Scottish isle.
15. Black Chalk by Christopher J. Yates
A tragic game played amongst friends at Oxford. Sounds similar to The Secret History!
16. Love Style Life by Garance Dore
A beautifully illustrated book from one of my favorite bloggers.
17. Avenue of Spies by Alex Kershaw
The story of a doctor's espionage in Paris during WWII.
18. Far From the Madding Crowd by Tom Hardy
A girl takes a position as a farmer and attracts three suitors.
19. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The story of a woman in German-occupied France.
20. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Two sisters, music, depression.
21. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
A book, which has been described as enchanting and soothing, about two sisters living in a magical house.
22. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
The sequel to Garden Spells, this time set in autumn.
23. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
I'm hoping Mindy Kaling's second book is as funny as the first!
24. A Guide For the Perplexed by Dara Horn
The intertwined stories of a software engineer and a Cambridge professor in the libraries and synagogues of Egypt.
25. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
An analysis of the societal idea of the Western woman.
26. Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik
Expat life in Paris.
27. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
A philosophical soap opera set in London.
28. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Evocative, Proustian stories of small town America.
29. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
Amanda Lindhout's story of being taken captive in Somalia.
30. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
1980s Wall Street satire.
31. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
A collection of short stories about possibility.
32. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
A comedy about an orphan living with her relatives in the country.
33. The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton
The philosophy of travel told from departures at Heathrow.
34. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
Family secrets and another orphan on a farm.
35. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Cafes and drinking and artists in Paris.
36. Villette by Charlotte Bronte
An Englishwoman in France tries to find freedom in a marriage-oriented society.
37. How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson
A film critic discusses how best to enjoy and analyze films.
38. She-Wolves by Helen Castor
The women who ruled England between the 12th and 15th centuries.
39. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem's memoir about the beginnings of the equality movement.
40. Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
An aptly titled biography of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
45. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Two sisters grow up with family members in the town of Fingerbone.
46. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Three generations spanning from the Civil War to twentieth century.
47. Home by Marilynne Robinson
The sequel to Gilead, set in the same town.
48. Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The third story set in Gilead.
The final two spaces on my list are to be determined. I've got to maintain some element of spontaneity!