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My 2021 Reading List

A Book a Month

It’s January 3rd (at the time of writing this) and I’ve already read 2 books this year. Last year I read 9 books without even trying. I haven’t read that much in a long time! That being said, 9 still isn’t really much. So, I’ve decided I’m going to challenge myself to read 1 book every week this year! I’m also challenging myself to stop drinking. What good is exercising my noggin during the day if I’m just gonna drink it all away at night?

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With all the time I spend on the bus, and my 45 minute lunch breaks, and all the time I’ll save by staying sober, it should be easy to read a lot this year. And with all that reading, it’ll be hard to make time to drink. Right?

(If that’s not motivation enough, I’ll just remind myself that the $10/wk on booze will add up to $520 extra this year!)

Last Year’s Books

Before telling you some of the books on my reading list for this year, I’d like to share the titles that I read last year. Many of these books were recommended to me, and they were all great reads. If they weren’t great, I probably wouldn’t have finished them! In no particular order, the books that I read last year are:

  • Story of My Life by Giacomo Casanova
  • Going Solo by Roald Dahl
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
  • The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  • The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Takahe by Stacey Heague

I think that’s all of them! There were others that I started, but for one reason or another never got around to finishing. And others, too, which I re-read.

Already Read This Year

As for the books I’ve already finished this year, they are:

  • Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
  • My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Both books were relatively short, mind you. 76 pages and 132 pages, respectively. I’ll be writing up a review of Wodehouse’s ‘My Man Jeeves’ here in the next couple of days, just you wait! Both of the books that I started this year off with were finished the same day that they were started, though I don’t think that I can on keep up with that pace over these next 52 weeks!

My 2021 Reading List

Originally, I wasn’t planning on actually putting together a list of 52 titles to read. But… here we are. So, without any further ado, here are all of the books that I hope to read in 2021:

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  • Frogs by Aristophanes
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Tales of Belkin by Alexander Pushkin
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Melancholy of Resistance by Laszlo Krasznahorkai
  • A Double Life by Karolina Pavlova
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • Come Close by Sappho
  • Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
  • The Bacchae and Other Plays by Euripides
  • The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf
  • Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  • Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo Neruda
  • Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgokov
  • Contact by Carl Sagan
  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
  • Carmilla by J. Seridian le Fanu
  • The Misanthrope by Moliere
  • The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • 2001: a Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clark
  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  • Journey Through the Impossible by Jules Verne
  • Rococo: The Continuing Curve 1730 – 2088 by Sarah D. Coffin
  • Socrates by Voltaire
  • The Confessions of Wanda von Sacher-Masoch by Wanda von Sacher-Masoch
  • Erotism: Death and Sensuality bt Georges Bataille
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot
  • Bitter Lemons bt Lawrence Durrell
  • Sounds by Wassily Kandinsky
  • Born Under Saturn: The Character and Conduct of Artists by Margot Wittkower
  • 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade
  • Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Ariel by Sylvia Plath
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Plague by Albert Camus
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare

This list is in no particular order, and is always subject to change. Are these all of the books I want to read? Not at all! But for one year, I think these will suffice. 😉 Can you recommend some books for me to read this year?


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