As promised, the below is a list of books I plan to read this year (at least 15-20 of them). This list is literally a collection of books I have either physically or digitally (on Kindle) acquired over the last year or so that I haven’t gotten around to reading or finishing yet. (I obviously have a book buying problem.) In no particular order, I simply want to read what I already own. The titles range in genre from non-fiction and historical fiction to contemporary. Many were part of the Kindle First program (where I got a free book every month for having Amazon Prime.)
Have some suggestions for after I complete this list? Have thoughts on any of the books here? Let me know! (But no spoilers please!) I plan to review most if not all of these books, but it of course depends on the book and how much I have to say about them. Some will likely merit a deeper dive than others.
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (I’m nearly finished with this one!) – A fun, heartwarming book for any dog lover, written from the perspective and in the voice of Enzo, a dog who wants to be a man.
2. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, now a major motion picture.
3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Can you believe I’ve never read this, not even for a class? I can’t and quite frankly I’m ashamed.
4. Serena by Ron Rash (this I started and got decently into it but lost interest–shall try again)
5. The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – a dive through a family’s history through its material culture.
6. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly – also now a major motion picture!
7. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – now a HBO series.
8. Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne
9. Daybreak by Frank G. Slaughter
10. Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography by Susan Cheever
11. Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln by Richard Slotkin
12. Miriam: The Southern Belle Who Became the First Woman Governor of Texas by May Nelson Paulissen and Carl McQueary
13. Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes
14. Surface by Stacy Robinson (Honestly, I bought this book simply because it was on sale at Target for $1.76.)
15. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich
16. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
17. The Shelf Life of Happiness by David Machado
18. It is Well by James D. Shipman
19. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
20. Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
21. Crooked Little Lies by Barbara Taylor Sissel
22. A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White
23. Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace
24. Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
25. The Dirty Parts of the Bible by Sam Torode
26. Helen of Sparta by Amalia Carosella
27. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (A Major Motion Picture…and pop culture reference in the Gilmore Girls revival. Let’s see if it inspires me to go hiking.)
28. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
29. Everything Burns by Vincent Zamori
30. Ticker by Lisa Mantchev