There are so, so many books I want to read right now that I thought it would be fun to make a list to keep myself on track (or try to), and also have something to look back on at the end of the year to see how I did.
These are the books that are top of mind right now, either because they are newly discovered, or because I have been hearing about them so much that I don’t want to put them off much longer, or because they have been in my TBR pile for centuries.
1. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – This has been in my TBR pile for centuries. I have heard so many good things about it, and I own it, so why haven’t I read it yet??
2. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach – Cathy named this one as her book of the year this year, so of course I have to read it now.
3. Tell by Frances Itani – I loved Deafening, and Tell was shortlisted for the Giller Prize this year.
4. The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley – After reading and loving Black Snow, I discovered there was a new book out that takes place during the Halifax Explosion. I have to read it and compare!
5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Everyone seems to love this book, and it sounds right up my alley. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.
6. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels – This book won the Giller Prize this year. I have already started it, and I am loving it.
7. A Measure of Light by Beth Powning – I loved The Sea Captain’s Wife so much, and this is her newest book, coming out in March, 2015.
9. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden – I have read The Orenda and Three Day Road and loved them both. This one has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years, and I haven’t read it yet?
10. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Another book that has been in my pile forever.
11. The Republic of Nothing by Lesley Choyce – I have had this in my TBR pile since the Canada Reads list for 2014 came out last November. I really do want to read it.
12. Running the Whale’s Back – This is a collection of stories from Atlantic Canadian authors that came out at the end of 2013. I got it for Christmas, and thought it would be a good one to read for the Summer of the Canadian Short Story Challenge hosted by Write Reads.
13. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – I got this for Christmas, as well, and have heard lots of good things.
14. No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy by Ida Linehan Young – A new memoir by a woman from Newfoundland whose family home was destroyed by fire when she was girl. I discovered it at Atlantic Books Today.
15. Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder – This book has finally come in at my library, so I will be reading it soon!
18. I have just recently joined the Anne Read-along with Lindsey, so I will hopefully be reading one Anne book each month from now until August. I’m looking forward to re-reading my favourite childhood books, and happy to have company doing it!
19. And, of course, I will continue with my A-Z CanLit Challenge. I am currently on letter ‘L’, and am trying to decide between The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon and Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Any opinions or suggestions?
Okay, I am scaring myself with this list.
My kids and I were talking one day about whether it was possible for someone to have two heads. I told them that if I had two heads, I’d be able to read two books at the same time, and I could get twice as much reading done. They looked at me like I had ten heads, but, come one, wouldn’t that be great?
What book(s) are you most looking forward to reading this year?