New Year’s Resolution: Read More!

My 2014 New Year’s Resolution is to read more. To be specific, I want to try to read 1 book every 2 weeks. That’s 26 books in a year.

I obviously read a lot in college, because I was an English major and I had to. I think I was lucky because instead of textbooks I got to read novels for my classes, but I still always had a long list of books I would read if I had more free time. But now that I’m a real adult, there’s not as much time for reading as I thought there’d be. Maybe because I mostly use my free time for working out, crafting, or watching Netflix but that is not the point! There’s a whole world full of books out there and I am determined to read them.

Everyone tells me I need to read this before the movie comes out!

Everyone tells me I need to read this before the movie comes out!

Before I start on my reading journey, I think it will help if I have a schedule of what book I will read and when. Here’s a start to my to-read list; its a few books that have been recommended to me, a few I saw online in a “101 Books to Read Before You Die” thing (AH! No pressure or anything), and a few that I only read part of/pretended to read in college and now want to actually read. They are:

– Ulysses by James Joyce

– Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

– Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

– The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

– Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

– Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

– Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

– Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

– The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

– Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

– I Wish Someone Were Waiting for Me Somewhere by Anna Gavalda

– The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

– One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

– B***h: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel (Note: I censored the first word in this title.)

– The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

– The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor

– Divergent by Veronica Roth

But that’s only 17 books. So I need 9 more. If you have any recommendations, please let me know! Leave a title or two in the comment area.

Before January 1st, 2014 I will give you a final list and then I will periodically update you throughout the year on how I’m doing. Maybe do a little book review here and there. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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