Update: Four books have been added to the 2017 reading list. Find out what it’s included in the 38 books to read in 2017 list.
Tis the season for new endeavors and an annual reading list fits the bill. Below is my 2017 reading list.
Maybe you’ve always kept a yearly list of books you want to read. This is a first for me. Now that I’ve become more practiced about my reading, there are books I want to be sure and read.
A reading list helps. And it prevents me from forgetting a book I come across.
The 2017 reading list is organized into categories. As the reading list organization is for my purposes, you won’t find these categories in a library or on Amazon. (See “Oldies but goodies”).
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Diversity is important to me; diversity of experience, genre, authorship, and more. That’s why I devote an entire category to African literature or works by African authors.
Another aspect to the 2017 reading list is that it’s editable and incomplete. The list’s purpose is to guide me through a focused reading life. But it’s not intended to be restrictive.
New books will be published. I’ll discover previously published books I want to read. Someone will recommend a book to me, or I’ll need to read a book to better understand a topic or person.
And that’s why only 34 books are currently on my 2017 reading list. I plan to read at least 50 books this year. As the reading list stands now, there’s room for 16 additional books to be added to the list before the year is out. And I’m always looking for reading recommendations.
Which brings me to your 2017 reading list. What books are you hoping to read this year? Let me know in the comments.
2017 Reading list
- David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
- Lord of the Flies, William Golding
- Beloved, Toni Morrison
- Light in August, William Faulkner
- Battle for Butte, Michael P. Malone, William L. Lang
- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story, John Berendt
- The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life, Francis Parkman
- Eleanor and Hick, Susan Quinn
- Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard
- The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
- Upton and the Army, Stephen E. Ambrose
Missed in 2016
African literature/Books by African authors
- All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu
- Open City: A Novel, Teju Cole
- Beneath the Lion’s Gaze: A Novel, Maaza Mengiste
- Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
Oldies but goodies
- Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison
- The Stand, Stephen King
- Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West, Cormac McCarthy
- Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
- Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
- True Grit: A Novel, Charles Portis
Coming in 2017
- Idaho: A Novel, Emily Ruskovich
- Amiable With Big Teeth, Claude McKay
- Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
- Homesick for Another World: Stories, Ottessa Moshfegh