Every year I peruse my bookshelf and see the books I bought but never got around to reading and I feel so guilty. It’s not that I don’t read (please! I read every day), it’s just that I have a tendency to re-read old favourites and the new picks sort of get forgotten. I think I get a little too lofty with my goals; 10 new books just seems a little much when I know that I’ll inevitably end up with some tried and true favourites on my list as well. This year I’ve picked 5 (a nice easy number) that have been on my list for a while and I thought that I’d share them here with you in the hopes that this may hold me accountable and I’ll actually get through them this time. Here’s hoping.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
This is a prime example of a book that I bought with the best of intentions but that has sat on my shelf with it’s spine yet to be cracked. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve almost just bought the audiobook and listened to it instead, but I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet!
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I read The Great Gatsby in high school (I’m sure most of you did, as well) and I fell in love. Not with the story, necessarily (Daisy is super annoying and Gatsby is a little creepy), but more with Fitzgerald’s writing. I think that he is an amazing storyteller and writer. I keep saying that I’d like to read another of his novels and just haven’t gotten around to it. This one is getting crossed off the list this year.
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
This is a sequel to Crazy Rich Asians, which is a book that I loved. It was funny and weirdly relatable (who knew that Chinese and Indian families had so much in common?!) and I was excited to hear that there was a sequel. And yet … I never got around to reading it. It’s sitting on my shelf, mocking me every time I pass it over in favour of my old standby’s.
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
When my sister finds out that I haven’t actually read this yet, she might kill me (it’s one of her favourite books). I watched the movie years ago, sobbed like a baby and, naturally, wanted to also read the book. I hate admitting that I still have not. I think that now though I’m at a time in my life where I need this book.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
This is one of those books that I see every time I go to the bookstore. I pick it up and flip through it and seriously consider buying it and then … I put it back. Every time. And then I go home and think about it whenever I need a new book to read. I don’t know why but this process always repeats itself. This year I’m going to buy it (or borrow it) and read it and I am going to break this stupid cycle. Finally.