I don’t know about you guys, but I found 2011 to just be a very bleurgh year, to say the least. It seemed like there was just a general malaise that seemed to infect the world the past year — earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, flooding. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one happy to see the back of last year.
And yeah, there’s that whole Mayan apocalypse thing that’s supposed to happen this year, but you know what? I’m going to be a freaking optimist about the whole thing. World’s going to end? Then I’m going to read ALL the books.
I don’t really keep track, but if my Shelfari profile is to be believed, I managed to read 25 books last year — an achievement considering I’m generally swamped with work and often just want to play a video game when I’m not on the job.
So this year, I’m actually setting a goal for myself — finish at least 50 books over the course of the year. Or at least before December 21 rolls around. And for the first quarter of the year, I’ve got these books lined up:
“The Marriage Plot” by Jeffrey Eugenides – I have to admit that I didn’t quite fully understand “The Virgin Suicides” when I first read it
more than a decade ago, but I did appreciate Eugenides dreamlike style and the whole melancholy atmosphere that came with the book. I’ll probably have to reread “The Virgin Suicides” eventually, but for now I’m sticking to his latest work.
“Clockwork Prince” by Cassandra Clare – I know I haven’t exactly been the biggest Cassandra Clare fan, but even I have to admit that when she’s not recycling her earlier books, she is actually readable. Let’s just hope that “Clockwork Prince” brings us something fresh.
“Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor – This book ended up on my to-read list because everybody else around me was raving about it. And I am but a weak man prone to following trends.
“Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson – I got this book in the bargain bin, but I had already been seriously considering getting a copy of it even before. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with anorexia as the main “conflict” before, and I’d like to see how Anderson deals with it.
“The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler – Given how popular Facebook is, it was only a matter of time before a Facebook novel like “The Future of Us” would come out. It’s got an interesting premise — two teenagers from the mid-nineties discover their future Facebook profiles — and Jay Asher got a lot of praise for “Thirteen Reasons Why“, so I thought I might as well give it a shot.
“The Perks of Being A Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky – Because I bought it January of last year and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Two of my siblings, on the other hand, have already finished it.
“Modelland” by Tyra Banks – I will finish this book if it’s the last thing I do.
“Happy Accidents” by Jane Lynch – Because when Sue Sylvester writes your name on her book, you better damn well read it.
“Handling the Undead” by John Ajvide Lindqvist – I really loved “Let The Right One In“, and thought both Swedish and American movie adaptations were pretty good. Let’s see if Lindqvist has the same magic touch with zombies as he does with vampires.
“The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes – Because it won the Man Booker Prize. I don’t think there’s any better reason than that.
“Eve” by Anna Carey – I honestly don’t even remember when I got this book. Hopefully I will be enlightened when I start reading it.
“Palo Alto” by James Franco – I’ll be honest — I only bought this book because of James Franco. Also because of the boy on the cover.
“Reckless” by Cornelia Funke – Another book I bought because of the cover. I’m shallow and I know it. Also, if I end up liking this, I may finally get started on the Inkheart trilogy, which has been on my shelf for what seems like decades.
“Divergent” by Veronica Roth – This book has been recommended to me by countless persons already, so now is a good time as any to finally sit down and crack it open.
“A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs – Once again, my shallowness led me to this book. Since the “John Carter” trailer went live last July I’ve been scouring bookstores for copies of the books. I didn’t find this book in National Bookstore, while the remaining 10 I got as ebooks.
“The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove” by Lauren Kate – While waiting for “Rapture” to come out, I’m digging into this Lauren Kate novel that doesn’t have a fallen angel anywhere in it.