Late Declaration of Reading Plans for 2014

I’ve been wanting to write this post since I posted my first haul more than a week ago but college demanded that it be delayed somewhat. Like so many other book bloggers out there, Goodreads has become invaluable to me overory gilmore challenger the years in helping me to compile lists of the books I’ve read, books I want to read and just lists  of books in general (God I love lists! :P). So it’s not surprising that I’m entering into their book challenge for my fourth consecutive year. I successfully read 36 books in 2013 and only challenged myself to read 30. I was more than surprised that I read as much as I did over the year because I spent the summer away from home in New York, working. Despite being incredibly busy and unable to bring a lot of paperbacks with me, a 2 hour daily commute and my trusty Kindle meant that I surpassed my own expectations. This year, while I hope to get a job, it won’t be in another country so I should have a lot more time to read. Therefore, I’m setting my challenge for 40 books. I failed to read that many books when I set it as my goal in 2012 but I was under a lot of pressure to study for exams in the first six months of that year so I forgive myself :).

I promised a reading list of some sort that would map out my reading for the next year and I sat down today and compiled it. It’s not exhaustive and it’s open to change but I either have to (for college) or want to read all of these in the next 12 months and I’ve left 9 spaces free for books I just pick up (or more likely books for the next semester of college).

The List is as follow:

College Books

  1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  5. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  7. York Mystery Plays
  8. The Knight of the Burning Pestle
  9. The Revenger’s Tragedy
  10. The Alchemist and other plays
  11. Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  12. As you Like it by William Shakespeare
  13. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
  14. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare


  1. As I live Now by Meg Rosoff
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  4. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  6. This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl and Earl Family
  7. The Fault in Our Stars (while it won’t count towards the Goodreads challenge as it is a re-read I can’t resist reading it before seeing the film in June)
  8. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  9. Eon by Alison Goodman
  10. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  11. Are You Somebody? Nuala O’Faolain
  12. The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  13. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  14. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David
  15. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  16. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  17. The sonnets by William Shakespeare

I also stumbled across a reading challenge called ‘The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge’ recently on two blogs which I’ve linked: NJC Novella and Blogs-of-a-bookaholic. Basically a list has been compiled of all the books which the character of Rory Gilmore either read or mentioned during the seven seasons of The Gilmore Girls . She was a veracious reader and I loved the series when I was growing up so it seemed like the perfect challenge to start with. I’ve gone through the list and marked the ones I want to read in purple and the ones I have read in blue however changing the colour of font on WordPress is beyond my abilities so I’ve just added two separate lists below (edit: I’ve since learned how to do it but this way works too). There are a number of books that I want to read this year and there are a lot that I have no intention of ever reading but my personal challenge is to eventually read the books off the list that I have indicated below.

Books to read for the challenge

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain – 2014 TBR
  2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  3. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – 2014 TBR
  5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  6. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger – 2014 TBR
  7. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  8. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  9. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père
  10. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  11. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown
  12. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  13. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  14. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  15. Emma by Jane Austen – started to read but didn’t finish – 2014 TBR
  16. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  17. The Fellowship of the Ring: Book 1 of The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  18. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
  19. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  20. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  22. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
  23. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
  24. Henry V by William Shakespeare
  25. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  26. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  27. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  28. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  29. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  30. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
  31. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  32. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris – 2014 TBR
  33. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  34. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  35. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  36. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck – 2014 TBR
  37. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  38. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  39. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  40. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – 2014 TBR
  41. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  42. The Return of the King: The Lord of the Rings Book 3 by J. R. R. Tolkien
  43. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  44. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Started to read but didn’t finish 2013
  45. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare – 2014 TBR
  46. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare – 2014 TBR
  47. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  48. Ulysses by James Joyce
  49. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  50. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  51. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Books I’ve read for the Challenge

  1. 1984 by George Orwell – read February & March 2011
  2. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – Childhood read
  3. Atonement by Ian McEwan – Read December 2010-June 2012 repeatedly for school
  4. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney – Read April 2013
  5. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer – Read December 2012
  6. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – Read July 2012 –Reviewed
  7. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Read August 2013 and again in November for College
  8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Read August 2011
  9. Hamlet by William Shakespeare – Read September 2010 to June 2012 repeatedly for school
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling – Childhood read
  11. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – Childhood Read
  12. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini –  Read January 2013
  13. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – Childhood read
  14. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Childhood read
  15. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold  – Read October & November 2010
  16. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka – read January 2012
  17. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Read March 2012
  18. Othello by Shakespeare – Read unwisely read during my leaving cert J – June 2012
  19. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Read March 2013
  20. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Read 2012
  21. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe – Read June 2011
  22. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – Read March 2013
  23. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – Read January 2014
  24. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Read June 2012
  25. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee – Read 2008- June 2010 repeatedly for school
  26. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Read October 2010

Books I’m not interested in currently from the challenge list (there are a lot hence the cut)

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  2. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
  3. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  4. Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  5. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
  6. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  7. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  8. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  9. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  10. Babe by Dick King-Smith
  11. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  12. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  13. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  14. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  15. The Bhagava Gita
  16. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  17. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  18. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  19. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  20. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  21. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
  22. Candide by Voltaire
  23. Carrie by Stephen King
  24. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  25. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
  26. Christine by Stephen King
  27. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  28. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
  29. The Collected Short Stories by Eudora Welty
  30. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
  31. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  32. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  33. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker
  34. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  35. Cousin Bette by Honor’e de Balzac
  36. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  37. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  38. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  39. Cujo by Stephen King
  40. Daisy Miller by Henry James
  41. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  42. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  43. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  44. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  45. Deenie by Judy Blume
  46. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
  47. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  48. The Divine Comedy by Dante
  49. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
  50. Don Quijote by Cervantes
  51. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
  52. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  53. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  54. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  55. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  56. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  57. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  58. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
  59. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  60. Ethics by Spinoza
  61. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  62. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  63. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
  64. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  65. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  66. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  67. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  68. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  69. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  70. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  71. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
  72. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  73. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  74. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  75. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
  76. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
  77. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  78. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  79. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
  80. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
  81. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  82. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
  83. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  84. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky
  85. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
  86. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  87. The Graduate by Charles Webb
  88. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  89. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  90. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  91. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  92. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
  93. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
  94. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  95. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  96. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  97. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  98. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  99. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  100. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
  101. How the Light Gets in by M. J. Hyland
  102. Howl by Allen Gingsburg
  103. The Iliad by Homer
  104. I’m with the Band by Pamela des Barres
  105. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  106. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  107. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  108. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
  109. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  110. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
  111. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
  112. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  113. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  114. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  115. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  116. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  117. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
  118. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  119. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  120. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  121. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  122. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  123. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  124. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  125. The Love Story by Erich Segal
  126. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  127. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  128. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  129. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  130. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  131. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  132. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  133. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
  134. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  135. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  136. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  137. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  138. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  139. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  140. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  141. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  142. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  143. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  144. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  145. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  146. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  147. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  148. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  149. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  150. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
  151. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  152. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
  153. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  154. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  155. Night by Elie Wiesel
  156. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
  157. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  158. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  159. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  160. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  161. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  162. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
  163. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  164. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  165. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  166. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  167. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  168. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
  169. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
  170. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  171. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  172. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  173. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  174. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  175. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  176. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  177. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
  178. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  179. Property by Valerie Martin
  180. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  181. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  182. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  183. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  184. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers
  185. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  186. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  187. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  188. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  189. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  190. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  191. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  192. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
  193. Roman Fever by Edith Wharton
  194. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  195. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  196. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  197. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  198. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  199. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  200. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  201. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  202. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  203. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  204. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  205. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  206. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  207. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  208. Sexus by Henry Miller
  209. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  210. The Shining by Stephen King
  211. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  212. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  213. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  214. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  215. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  216. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers
  217. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  218. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  219. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  220. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  221. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  222. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  223. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  224. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  225. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  226. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  227. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  228. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
  229. Stuart Little by E. B. White
  230. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  231. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  232. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  233. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
  234. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  235. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
  236. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  237. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  238. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
  239. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  240. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  241. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  242. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  243. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  244. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  245. Unless by Carol Shields
  246. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  247. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  248. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  249. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico by Joe Harvard
  250. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  251. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  252. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten
  253. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  254. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  255. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
  256. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  257. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  258. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  259. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  260. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  261. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  262. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

One thought on “Late Declaration of Reading Plans for 2014

  1. beckyday6 says:

    Good luck with the challenge and all the college reading. That is a hefy list, phew! 🙂 I hope you manage to get some enjoyment out of the course ones as well rather than having to slog though them!

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