100 Reads for 2012… and 2013

Posted February 24, 2012 by Bonnie in Reading Challenges / 5 Comments

As you can see, I have more than a few books to get through.

Just kidding. That’s not really my house… I’m too ashamed to take an actual picture. Plus, they’re not in neat little piles; they’re all over the place

Ever find yourself searching through your bookshelves or even your Goodreads shelves for your next read and find yourself so overwhelmed at the vast amount of choices? Ever since I made my ‘BBC List of Top 100 Must-Read Books‘ and my ‘1001 Books to Read Before You Die‘ shelves, well, I haven’t had less than 1,400 on my to-read shelf since. Suffice it to say, I often have an incredibly hard time finding my next read. 

I’ve attempted to create a ‘plan-to-read-next-shelf’ but I find myself always changing it especially with new releases that I can’t resist and I wanted to really commit to something so that I can finally read those books I’ve been meaning to get to for so long! One of my fellow bloggers did a post just like this and I was inspired so…you can all thank Flannery. 🙂 

I have a ton of ongoing series books that need reading and a ton more series that I haven’t even started! I’m going to limit myself to 5 in those categories before I get so discouraged I give up before I’ve even started. 😛

Series I Haven’t Started That I Really Need To

1-5) Ann Aguirre – Sirantha Jax 
6-8) Patrick Ness – Chaos Walking 
9-14) Jennifer Estep – Elemental Assassin
15-18) Mary Stewart – Arthurian Saga 
19-21) Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials

Series I’ve Started and Need to Catch Up 

22-25) Rachel Vincent – Soul Screamers (4 to catch up on)
26-35) Laurie R. King – Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (10 more? haha) 
36-38) Gail Carriger – Parasol Protectorate (3 more to catch up on… 4 if you want to count the new release out soon)
39-40) Kelly Gay – Charlie Madigan (only 2!)
41-43) Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (I know.. I know.. I’ve got 3 more)

YA to be Read

Is it just me or does it seem like there’s at least one YA book released every Tuesday that sounds worth reading? This does not help my to-read shelf, at all. So as a result there have been several built up over the weeks/months that I’d love to get around to. 

44) Anna Sheehan – A Long, Long Sleep
45) Amy Garvey – Cold Kiss
46) Brenna Yovanoff – The Space Between
47) Laura Whitcomb – A Certain Slant of Light
48) Amy Plum – Die For Me
49) Sarah Alderson – Hunting Lily
50) Jandy Nelson – The Sky is Everywhere 
51) Kristy Eagar – Raw Blue
52) Melina Marchetta (I’ll leave the title blank since there are several I need to read.)
53) Lauren Baratz-Logsted – The Twin’s Daughter

List Books

Alright now… moving on to the ‘List’ books as I like to call them. If I have any intention of ever reading all 1,000+ in this lifetime I better get on it. I’m not getting any younger. This is the area that I’m most focused on so there are quite a bit more than the other categories. 

54) Donna Tartt – The Secret History
55) Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo
56) Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
57) Stephen King – The Shining
58) Milan Kundera – The Unbearable Lightness of Being
59) Umberto Eco – The Name of the Rose
60) Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master and Margarita
61) Sarah Waters – Fingersmith
62) Jonathan Safran Foer – Everything is Illuminated
63) Carlos Ruiz Zafón – The Shadow of the Wind
64) Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
65) Kazuo Ishiguro – Never Let Me Go
66) Nancy Mitford – The Pursuit of Love
67) Vladimir Nabokov – Lolita
68) Henry James – The Turn of the Screw
69) Mark Z. Danielewski – The House of Leaves
70) John Fowles – The Magus
71) Virginia Woolf – The Waves
72) John Wyndham – The Day of the Triffids
73) H.P. Lovecraft – At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
74) Joseph Heller – Catch 22
75) Thomas Hardy – Tess of the D’Urbervilles
76) Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre
77) Emily Brontë – Wuthering Heights
78) Jane Austen – Persuasion
79) Yann Martel – Life of Pi
80) Enid Blyton – The Enchanted Wood
81) Iain M. Banks – The Wasp Factory
82) Richard Adams – Watership Down
83) Charles Dickens (I’m currently undecided on which one I should actually pick so I’m leaving this blank for the moment)
84) Margaret Atwood – Cat’s Eye
85) Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
86) Jeffrey Eugenides – Middlesex
87) Zadie Smith – White Teeth
88) Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God
89) John le Carré – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
90) H.G. Wells – The Time Machine
91) H.G. Wells – The Invisible Man
92) Aldous Huxley – Brave New World
93) Isaac Asimov – I, Robot
94) Yevgeny Zamyatin – We
95) J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye
96) Raymond Chandler – The Big Sleep 
97) John Irving – The Cider House Rules
98) Émile Zola – Thérèse Raquin
99) Franz Kafka – The Trial
100) Chuck Palahniuk – Choke

So there it is; my reading list for the 2012 (and 2013 because pigs will fly if I’m able to finish this list this year). Of course new books will be discovered that must be read immediately and new books will be released so I won’t force myself to work solely off this list. The fact that I have made it a point to create an actual list that I can go back to and cross off when I complete something? Means this Reading Goal might actually work because I love being able to cross something off as complete; love that feeling of accomplishment. 🙂 I’m going to follow in Flannery’s shoes and post my list (with updates) as well. I don’t promise reviews as I’ve actually been slacking off on my reviews so that I can read more, and that’s more important to me anyways. My goal? Finish this list two years from today. Wish me luck!

Click here to track my progress!

If my name was actually Leah, this letter would fit me to a T.



5 responses to “100 Reads for 2012… and 2013

  1. Flannery Anderson

    YES! Wasn’t it interesting to go through them all and pick ones you actually have the intention and motivation to read? Now that I’ve looked through it, I can see a few that will be easy-peasy to cross off: His Dark Materials, any Melina Marchetta Book, A Long, Long Sleep, A Curious Incident of a Dog in Nighttime, Choke, Catcher in the Rye (?!). I can also see one book that is a total mistake to include: HOUSE OF LEAVES. Oh man, have you ever cracked that one open? Good luck, woman:)

    We should read The Magus together. Or maybe The Master and the Margarita or The Shadow of the Wind. So many mutual choices!

    I’ll be checking up on you!

    • Bonnie Regan

      This was so much fun… thanks for being my inspiration. 😀

      I know? Can you believe I somehow missed reading Catcher in the Rye in school? Like two decades ago? haha! You know, I have not taken a look at House of Leaves. Blah. Maybe I should read that soon and get it over with. lol

      I would love to do a readalong with you, we do seem to have more than a few in common. 🙂 You just let me know, I’m always ready!

  2. Ang

    I am terrible at making to read lists and deviating from the plan! I also have far too many books sitting around my house bought and rented. Not to mention, the classics I swear I will get to!! Catch-22 and Jane Eyre are just a few staring at me.

    Of your “List” I rec, Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Jane Austen – Persuasion, and J.D. Salinger – The Catcher in the Rye. And I suggest skipping Wuthering Heights a. cause we both felt the same way about Heart of Darkness and b. cause I personal dislike the book even though I’ve never read the whole thing. Annnnd that be my two cents. *high five*

    • Bonnie Regan

      I’m really terrible at sticking to lists too but I’m determined to really try! There are so many classics that I somehow didn’t manage to read in school like everybody else did!

      Thanks for the recommendations, I was actually just looking at Persuasion this morning. Austen and I have a touch and go relationship… I wasn’t a fan of Pride and Prejudice (blasphemy, I know) but I did enjoy Northanger Abbey.

      You know, I think I attempted Wuthering Heights at one point but decided to come back to it in the future. That one may be a toughie to get through. 😀

      *high five*

    • Ang

      I do like Pride and Prejudice, however, I might like Northanger Abbey and Persuasion more. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, kay?

      And I know what you mean, I didn’t read a lot of classics in school. Most of the “older” books I’ve read have been on my own. I really got into short stories after taking a class a few years back. It’s a great way to squeeze them in. =)

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