I’m in the middle of a  little personal metamorphisis. In a lot of ways, I’m coming into a new sense of being, and getting back into a few things that I cast aside in favor of other things. One of the things that I am pushing back into is reading. I read constantly when I was in middle school and during the early years of high school. But then I fell out of touch with my bookish spirit as the rocky emotional currents of adolescence pulled me toward various other social and creative outlets. But the older I get the less solace I find in the things that brought me comfort and joy. So I’m getting back into my first passion and issuing myself a little challenge. It has been abbreviated because as much as I would love to take on 100 books a year, I can recognize that my other interests and passions deserve some of my time too.

I compiled a reading list for the year based off os some friend’s recommendations, classics, bestsellers, favorite authors, and previous reads that I want to revisit since my mindset has changed since the time of my first reading. I’m not going to read the books in any particular order and I may occassionally swap one or two out for something different if I can’t seem to get into it.  Feel free to join me and tell me your thoughts on one of the books, or recommend some others 🙂

  1. What She Saw by Lucinda Rosenfeld

  2. Paper Towns by John Green

  3. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  4. A Visit from The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  5. Contents May Have Shifted by Pam Houston
  6. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  7. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  8. It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzinni
  9. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins
  10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  11. The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
  12. Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
  13. Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood
  14. African Safari Papers by Robert Sedlack
  15. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  16. Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
  17. The Fortress of Solitude by Johnathan Lethem
  18. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Trooper
  19. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
  20. Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
  21. Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
  22. The Lover by Marguerite Duras
  23. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by Z.Z. Packer
  24. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  25. Passing by Nella Larsen
  26. Just Kids by Patti Smith
  27. The Complete Poems of Audre Lord by Audre Lord
  28. My Misspent Youth by Megan Daum
  29. Girls In White Dresses by Jennifer Close
  30. The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
  31. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  32. In the Arms of the Beloved by Rumi
  33. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  34. Leftover by Laura Wiess
  35. Room by Emma Donoghue
  36. Skinny by Ibi Kaslik
  37. Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
  38. When You Reach Me by Recca Stead
  39. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  40. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  41. Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt
  42. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
  43. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  44. Mosquitoland by David Arnold
  45. The Disenchantments by Nina Lacour
  46. The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  47. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid
  48. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  49. The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis
  50. Women Without Men by Shahrnush Parsipur