08 December 2009

Book List 2010

Having been recruited to read 52 books in 2010, I've been accumulating a reading list for next year, something to keep me on track in case I get lost along the way and don't quite know what to read next. Like Alissa's list, mine isn't packed. This list only includes 37 books, so I have some room for spontaneity and book recommendations (which I'll gladly accept at any time). Also, I'm hoping to delve back into poetry reading, though I'm so out of touch, there's no way I could put together a list of what I might read.

Of course, I may not get to all of these -- many of them are not available at my local library, which may make it difficult to get my hands on them. But for now, this is some of what I plan to read.

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them -- Francine Prose*
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit -- Brenda Ueland
The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing -- Richard Hugo*
A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housekeeping and Life -- Nancy Peacock
Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life -- Margaret Peterson
Real Food: What to Eat and Why -- Nina Planck
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto -- Michael Pollan
Name All the Animals: A Memoir -- Alison Smith
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek -- Annie Dillard*
The Liar's Club -- Mary Karr
Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays -- David Foster Wallace
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen -- Christopher McDougall
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time -- Greg Mortenson
Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today -- Anne Matthews
Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home, from Birth to Age Three -- Paula Polk Lillard
To Know as We Are Known: Education as a Spiritual Journey -- Parker Palmer
Teach Them Diligently: How To Use The Scriptures In Child Training -- Lou Priolo
Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring -- Andi Ashworth
In His Steps -- Charles M. Sheldon
Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church -- N.T. Wright
Outliers: The Story of Success -- Malcolm Gladwell
Against Medical Advice -- James Patterson
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business -- Neil Postman
The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child -- Robert Sears

The Hours -- Michael Cunningham
Love and Other Impossible Pursuits -- Ayelet Waldman
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay -- Michael Chabon
Howard's End -- E.M. Forster
Middlesex -- Jeffrey Eugenides
Lolita -- Vladmir Nabakov
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -- Mark Haddon
The Princess Bride -- William Goldman*
Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits -- Laila Lalami
The Road -- Cormac McCarthy
Peace like a River -- Leif Enger
Olive Kitteridge -- Elizabeth Strout
Empire Falls -- Richard Russo

*An asterisk denotes books previously read.
A strikeout denotes books read in 2010.

Read in 2010, but not on the list
To Bedlam and Partway Back -- Anne Sexton


kate o. said...

great list, lindsay. omar and i started writing out lists a couple of years ago and i'm amazed at how much more i read when i plan ahead a bit.

time to make my own, thanks for the reminder!

johanna said...

i recently purchased 'consider the lobster'. maybe we should time our readings and then discuss :)

Lindsay said...

Kate, will you be sharing yours on your blog? I hope so.

Johanna, yes, let's read it together. I think that's fantastic! It's one I'm going to have to order (stupid library). Should I purchase it and let you know?