This was previously attempted in 2016 (see here – I successfully read 10/12 books). I think my downfall was choosing books that I only part-way wanted to read. So we learn from that lesson and begin again. List idea taken from Modern Mrs. Darcy here.
- A Newbery Award winner or Honor book.
- A book in translation.
- A book that’s more than 500 pages.
- A book of poetry, a play, or an essay book.
- A book of any genre that addresses current events.
- An immigrant story.
- A book recommended by someone with great taste.
- A book about food / cooking.
- A book with an unreliable narrator.
- A book nominated for an award in 2017.
- A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner.
- A book with a reputation for being “un-put-down-able.”
- A book about dogs.
- A book set somewhere you’ve never been, but would like to visit.
- A book you chose for the cover.
Here’s what I’m thinking for each category:
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (by E.L. Konigsburg)
- Silence (by Shusaku Endo)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (by Alexandre Dumas)
- The Givenness of Things (by Marilynne Robinson)
- I Am Malala (by Malala Yousafzai)
Americanah (by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) A Gentleman in Moscow (by A.W. Towles)or Commonwealth (by Ann Patchett)or Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (by Ramona Ausubel)
- The Supper of the Lamb (by Robert Farrar Capon) or The Omnivore’s Dilemma (by Michael Pollan)
Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
- The Underground Railroad (by Colson Whitehead)
Behind the Beautiful Forevers (by Katherine Boo) Big Little Lies (by Liane Moriarty)
- Bones Would Rain from the Sky (by Suzanne Clothier) or Being a Dog (by Alexandria Horowitz)
The Shadow of the Wind (by Carlos Ruiz Zafon) The Shepherd’s Life (by James Rebanks)
I will be tracking my progress both on here and on my Goodreads account (2017 Reading List here).