New Year, Fifty Books!

I wanted to pick a different kind of habit to culture for New Year's this time, so I decided to focus on reading more. I hate to admit that in the past I was lucky to find the time to read more than two or three books a year, so this year I want to make reading a priority. 

This is a pool of books from which I want to read 50 books this year. There are about 70 right now. They're a mix of classics, fiction, global, some comedy, crime/mysteries, children's, some magical realism. If you have some recommendations, especially to add a few more to the mystery or children's section, give me a shout (not more than 2 or 3 or else I'll get overwhelmed). 

If anyone wants to jump in on my quest, please do! The more the merrier. 


Jess's Book Pool
(not in any particular order, loosely alphabetical)




Amy poehler, Yes please

BJ Novak, One More Thing

Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm

Mann, People I want to Punch in the Throat

Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy, Gentleman…

Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy

Jerome, Three Men in A Boat

David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again


Magical realism:

Sarah Addison Allen, The Girl Who Chased The Moon

Isabel Allende, the house of the spirits

Isabel Allende, Eva Luna

Bender, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

Marquez,One hundred Years of Solitude

Gaiman, The Ocean At the End of the Lane

Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

Obreht, The Tiger’s Wife


Mysteries/ Crime:

Berger, Sneaky People (funny)

Chandler, Farewell , My Lovely

Greene, The Quiet American

Hammett, The Maltese Falcon

PD James , An Unsuitable Job for a Woman


Mix of Others:

Austen, Persuasion

Camus, The Fall

Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Carroll, Through the Woods (Graphic)

Carver, What we Talk about when we talk about love

Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Gaiman, Stardust

Ghosh, Sea of Poppies (part of a trilogy)

Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper

Handler, Adverbs

Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls

King, On Writing (re-read) (non-fiction)

King, The Shining

King, Misery

Munro,  Dear life  (shorts)   

Munro, Too Much Happiness (shorts)

Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru…

Murakami, Norwegian Wood

Plath, The Bell Jar (re-read)

R.K. Narayan, Malgudi Days

RK Narayan, The Guide

Rand, The Fountainhead

Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

St-Exupery, Southern Mail

Tartt, The Secret History

Tartt, The Goldfinch

Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Young, How to Lose Friends & Alienate People



Selection of women writers under male pen names:

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

Amantine Dupin, Indiana

Harper Lee, To Kill A mockingbird

George Eliot, --


Extra Sci-fi/F

Cavendish, The Blazing World

Gilman, Moving the Mountain

Grossman, Magicians trilogy

Harkness, All Souls Trilogy

Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (Cycles)

Pullman, His Dark Materials (trilogy)

Vandermeer, Annihilation

Weir, The Martian

Woolf, Orlando

Woolf, The Clockwork Man


Already completed this year: 

Stephen King, On Writing (re-read), nonfiction. Always good. 

Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru…  (I like Murakami, but I wouldn't recommend... needed to be 40% shorter, imo)

Alice Munro,  Dear life (half finished, fast read that I had to return :( )   notable story: Gravel