My goal this year is a have a “year of variety” on my reading list. My goal is to make it a point to read plays, non-fiction, new-fiction, classics, and education. I tend to lean towards the classics, however, I have started listening to new(er) fiction audiobooks, so my list in that genre is growing rapidly. I have already read quite a few books this year, but I am looking forward to my long list that still awaits me. The list grows every day, like most bibliophiles, and most I won’t get to because I have the tendency to go rogue and read everything except the books on my list…it’s a problem. There are, however, 5 books that are my top priority for the year, and by golly, I’m going to read them.
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Last year I read two works of Russian literature (a novel and a novella both by Fyodor Dostoevsky) and since then I have vowed to read Russian lit. every year. I fell in love with the style and drama of those stories and I have heard Anna Karenina does not disappoint in the slightest. I have seen the movie with Kiera Knightly and I really enjoyed it–yes, it’s crazy and filmed in a very unique way, but that only further intrigues me to read book and see all the drama that was cut for the sake of time in the movie.
- The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
- This story follows the story of a priest in Southern Mexico who is on the run following the slaughter of his fellow priests. I don’t know much about this story, aside from that brief description, however, too many people have recommended it to be for me to ignore and further.
- We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
- This novel will fulfill my desire to read a book published in 2017 and my desire to read a WWII novel. WWII novels are my favorite, and despite my thinking that there couldn’t possibly be more stories about that time period, more keep popping up and they are truly wonderful. This one looks precious. It’s about a Polish, Jewish family who are separated at the beginning of the war and are determined to find their way back to each other. Tears will probably be she in this one.
- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- This book was recently recommened to me by a friend whose book judgement I fully trust. She told me I would love it, so it goes on the list. I was a little weary at first because I am not the biggest fan of of late 19th century romance novels (i.e. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre…those types of books), and I assumed this one was similar to those. However, I’m going to give it a go, mainly because my friend told me to, and it’s another classic I can check off this list!
- Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
- I am obsessed with C.S. Lewis and a year without a book from his would be a sad, sad, year. His books are magical and thought-provoking, always pushing your brain past the narrative and into something deeper. This book has a 4.18 rating on GoodReads, which is pretty good, especially because this is not one of his most popular books. This story is a retelling of the mythical story of Cupid and Psyche and, based off this first line, will trap you in it’s story right from the beginning: “I am old now and have not much to fear from the anger of gods.”
Wish me luck! If you have any suggestions for me to add to my list, please let me know!