My reading list: a progress report

In February I asked for your recommendations, and I compiled a reading list for the year. Today, I’m reporting my progress so far.

Here is a snippet of my original post, the list, and some notes I made going in.

Here’s the original list of your awesome recommendations:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • Mama’s Shoes by Rebecca Elswick
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock
  • The Shack by WM Paul Young
  • Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult
  • The Shining by Stephen King
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
  • Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  • True Evil by Greg Iles
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • Dewey the Library Cat by Bret Witter
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
  • Linwood Barclay mysteries
  • John Sandford mysteries
  • Jefferson Bass books

So, I took that list, combined some of your suggestions with some of mine, and this is what I came up with for My 2015 Reading List, (notes included). I made a goal of reading 18 of these 25 books before the end of the year. (Spoiler: I’m doing pretty good! (If you count the books I’ve read that aren’t on the list.))

Here’s the updated version: an asterisk means I’ve read it.

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell *
  2. The World Made Straight by Ron Rash *
  3. People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann *
  4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  5. Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford
  6. Gray Mountain by John Grisham *
  7. Misery by Stephen King
  8. The Dead Zone by Stephen King *
  9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson *
  10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  11. Dewey the Library Cat by Bret Witter (Almost finished!)
  12. How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming by Mike Brown *
  13. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  14. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (I watched the movie. Does that count?)
  15. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman *
  16. American Gods by Neil Gaiman **
  17. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  18. Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock *
  19. Cooked by Michael Pollan
  20. On the Road by Jack Kerouac **
  21. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  22. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ***
  23. Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly
  24. Rules of Prey by John Sandford
  25. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

* Finished already in 2015 (Yay for progress!)
** Started reading in 2014.
*** Rereading because it’s awesome.

***** I reserve the right to substitute books from the first list on any given day at any given time.

****** Despite Matt’s best attempts at persuasion, The Shining is not on my list since I would like to get some sleep this year.

Because I have a hard time sticking to a list, I have also read:

Something Must be Done about Prince Edward County by Kristen Green
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
A Time to Kill by John Grisham

And even though I said I wouldn’t, I did actually read HALF of The Shining before I decided I felt too sorry for Danny to keep reading. (I was NOT scared).

The last time I went to the library, I looked for The Lovely Bones and The Catcher in the Rye and The Kitchen House and Rules of Prey AND THEY WERE ALL CHECKED OUT because that is my luck.

I decided that was a sign I should read something uplifting and fun, so I looked for Chocolat by Joanne Harris (no, it’s not on the list) and it wasn’t there either.

I left with only two books: How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming, and Dewey the Library Cat. I finished the first, and am halfway finished with the second. They are both uplifting and fun and just what the doctor ordered.

I am about 13 pages past the last place I stopped in On the Road. I really don’t want to read that book but I won’t take it off my bookshelf and as long as I can see it I am bothered that I haven’t finished it.

Please go read Me and Emma. I enjoyed The Girl with Dragon Tattoo and The Dead Zone too, but Me and Emma, we need to discuss that one.

After Dewey the Library Cat, I’m maybe going back to American Gods even though The Kitchen House is big time on my radar right now. Also, Chocolat. I know, I know. It’s not on the list.

What are you reading? Is there something I should add? (Obviously, I have a hard time sticking to a list).

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