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January 8, 2009

Books, Books, Books!

Filed under: 2009,books,reading,reading list,resolution — by Monica @ 5:40 am

A lot of these blog entries have been about goals and resolutions. This one will be no different. I love reading and I ought to be doing it a lot more often, so this has become one of my resolutions, as you may have already learned. I have compiled a reading list of 30 books for myself to be completed by the year’s end. A few titles may be subject to change, without notice (and I’m already thinking of changing a few titles). Here’s my list of books I would like to read:

1  Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

2 Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler 

3 The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

4 Life of Pi by Yann Martel

5 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6 Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs

7 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

8 Cease to Blush by Billie Livingston

9 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 

10 Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

11 Emma by Jane Austen

12 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

13 A Thousands Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

14 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

15 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

16 Humpty Dumpy was Pushed by Bruce Lord and Elisabeth Richards

17 Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

18 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

19 Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

20 Confessions of a Window Dresser by Simon Doonan

21 The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

22 We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

23 Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

24 The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel by David Wroblewski 

25 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith

26 The Road by Cormac McCarthy 

27 100 Places Every Women Should Go by Stephanie Griest 

28 Blackout Girl: Growing Up and Drying Out in America by Jennifer Storm

29 The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

30 Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black


Listed below are books I’ve already read last year in 2008 and they are my absolute favorite:

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


If you’ve already read a book and do not mind sharing with me you’re opions/reviews on it or have heard not-so-good/great reviews on a certain title, please let me know! I would love to hear  about it and I’m open for suggestions as well! Thanks again for stopping by and have a wonderful Thursday!


  1. I really enjoyed The Bell Jar and The Fountainhead. I have a copy of Ishmael available on my blog for free if you need a copy You have a good list. Pride & Prejudice is also on my list this year. Good luck!

    Comment by stacybuckeye — January 8, 2009 @ 6:14 am

  2. Hi there and welcome to BTT.

    Thoughts on what I’ve read:
    Ishmael- Good
    Little Women- One of my childhood favorites, that I still have.
    Brave New World- Excellent to the point of scary.

    Sedaris’ Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim was good humorous light reading. Me Talk Pretty One Day, which is also on my List, is along the same lines.

    Also on my list:Time Traveler’s Wife; Life of Pi, Hosseini’s Kiterunner; Interview with a Vampire and/or Lestat.

    Happy reading!

    Comment by Mish — January 8, 2009 @ 6:01 pm

  3. I read Brave New World in 2008 but wasn’t impressed. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is near the top of my TBR list, too. I loved The Glass Castle, The Thirteenth Tale and Water for Elephants, too.

    Comment by carolsnotebook — January 8, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

  4. I forgot Water for Elephants – I loved that book and we got some other books by Sara Gruen for Christmas. I’m looking forward to reading them, but I’m not sure she can do as well as Water …

    Comment by Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good) — January 8, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

  5. Water For Elephants was a great book, so was The 13th Tale! You got some great reads on your TBR list.

    Comment by Nise' — January 8, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  6. Brave New World is on my list for 2009, hopefully I’ll be getting to it soon. I always wanted to read The Fountainhead but haven’t gotten to it yet. And Me Talk Pretty One Day is GREAT!

    Comment by D Dubs — January 8, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

  7. Thanks for the tip on Lullabies for Little Criminals. I’ve put it on my wishlist so I won’t forget it! Water for Elephants was a big favorite of mine.

    Enjoyed your lists!

    Comment by Deb — January 9, 2009 @ 12:40 am

  8. Hey Thanks Everyone! So I’m feelin’ pretty confident about my list then!
    Thanks for all your opinions, I have lost of reading to do this weekend. I’ve been slacking, to be honest. Can’t wait. I’m just about done Ishmael…

    Comment by Monica — January 9, 2009 @ 5:26 am

  9. Lullabies is a heartbreaking little story; so poignant. I’ve heard some say that, because they have children of their own, they wouldn’t be able to read something like this. I’m sure you’ll appreciate it. It’s a good read, I know I just couldn’t put it down! Let me know what you think of it when you’re done…

    Comment by Monica — January 9, 2009 @ 5:30 am

  10. I think it is a great list. I certainly hope that Humpty Dumpty Was Pushed doesn’t get pushed off your list — or maybe it should be “I hope it doesn’t fall off your list” – I guess it depends upon whether you believe Humpty was pushed or if you actually think he legitamately fell…

    Anyway, just thrilled to see Humpty finding his way onto your list. Hope you enjoy it. I think it will bring a smile to your face and maybe even make you laugh out loud at least twice.

    Comment by B — February 12, 2009 @ 7:21 am

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