2021 Reading List

As mentioned in my last blog, I am not doing an online reading challenge this year. The main reason is I really want to clear my TBR pile and most challenges seem to require me to buy at least one or two new books. I usually buy any such books on my Kindle because at least they don’t take up physical space but I have a ridiculous amount of unread books on there now so I really need to reign it in a bit.

Last year, I attempted an alphabetical challenge and while I didn’t quite manage it (I missed Y) I did enjoy it and was tempted to do it again. However, that would require me buying a book for Q, X and Y and I don’t want to have to do that. While I was bemoaning the fact that I like to have a list of what I will read for the year but I couldn’t find challenge I wanted to do – and probably to shut me up – my husband suggested that I let him choose a list of possible books to read this year – from our shelves and my kindle. I agreed. Possibly foolishly as he seemed to get a lot of glee out of putting things on the list that he knows I’ve been avoiding.

Anyway, here is my list. Although there are no requirements, I’m going to try to write a review for each one. I want to blog more this year anyway so it will help with that as well. There are a lot more classics here then I would normally read so we’ll have to see how it goes. As I don’t usually make a list of all the books I will read and as I am terribly bad at sticking to a list, there may be additions over the year.

  1. The Girl in a Swing – Richard Adams
  2. The Testaments – Margaret Atwood Finished 8/1/21
  3. Emma – Jane Austen
  4. The Coral Island – R. M. Ballantyne
  5. Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
  6. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernières
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  8. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
  9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – John le Carre Finished 2/4/21
  10. My Antonia – Willa Cather
  11. The Long Call – Anne Cleeves
  12. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  13. Moll Flanders – Daniel Defoe
  14. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  15. Lake of Dreams – Kim Edwards
  16. Middlemarch – George Eliot Finished 9/3/21
  17. Charlotte Gray – Sebastian Faulks
  18. A Passage to India – E. M. Forster
  19. The Collector – John Fowles
  20. Take Nothing With You – Patrick Gale – Finished 11/2/21
  21. Pincher Martin – William Golding
  22. England Made Me – Graham Greene
  23. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
  24. Mysterious Skin – Scott Heim
  25. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway Finished 19/2/21
  26. The Problem with Men – Richard Herring – Finished 7/4/21
  27. The Aspern Papers / Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  28. The Institute – Stephen King
  29. The Buddha of Suburbia – Hanif Kureishi Finished 22/3/21
  30. Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D. H. Lawrence
  31. Tishomingo Blues – Elmore Leonard
  32. Wolf Hall – Hilary Mantel
  33. No one Writes to the Colonel – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  34. Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan – Finished 19/4/21
  35. Moby Dick – Herman Melville – Currently reading
  36. Utopia Avenue – David Mitchell -finished 3/3/21
  37. Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens Finished13/3/21
  38. Dr Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
  39. Bleeding Hearts – Ian Rankin
  40. All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque – Currently Reading
  41. The Plot Against America – Philip Roth Finished 17/1/21
  42. Austerlitz – W. G. Sebald
  43. Autumn – Ali Smith Finished 25/1/21
  44. On Beauty – Zadie Smith
  45. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  46. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  47. Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
  48. Bech at Bay – John Updike
  49. Candide – Voltaire
  50. The Nickel Boys – Colson Whitehead Finished 4/2/21
  51. A Streetcar named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  52. Green River Rising – Tim Willocks
  53. The Midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham

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