Resolve to Read: 105 Books You’ve Always Wanted to Read

105booksEvery year one of my New Year’s resolutions is to read a book I have always wanted to read but haven’t, whether it was a classic or just a few years old.  One year I read Brontë’s Wuthering Heights; another year I read Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, and just last year I read Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story. This year I’m Resolving to Read Dickens’ Great Expectations. However, I wondered what books other people were Resolving to Read this year. So, I asked our HPB bibliomaniacs what books they have always wanted to read that they are Resolving to Read this year. Here are their answers.

  1. Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
  2. Underworld, by Don DeLillo
  3. Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families, by J. Anthony Lukas
  4. Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann
  5. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah
  6. At Swim, Two Boys, by Jamie O’Neill
  7. Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
  8. The 42nd Parallel, by John Dos Passos
  9. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  10. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
  11. Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
  12. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
  13. Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray
  14. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story, by Richard Preston
  15. The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende
  16. Dune, by Frank Herbert
  17. East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
  18. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  19. The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
  20. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
  21. What Alice Forgot, by Liane Moriarty
  22. The Man Without Qualities, by Robert Musil
  23. Ulysses, by James Joyce
  24. Gravity’s Rainbow, by Thomas Pynchon
  25. The Art of Asking, by Amanda Palmer
  26. The Sandman series, by Neil Gaiman
  27. The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
  28. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
  29. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  30. The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho
  31. The Path Between the Seas, by David McCullough
  32. Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre
  33. In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust
  34. House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
  35. Louder than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal, by Jon Weiderhorn and Katherine Turman
  36. The Revenant, by Michael Punke
  37. Magick Without Tears, by Aleister Cowley
  38. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
  39. Sentimental Education, by Gustave Flaubert
  40. The Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson
  41. The Bible
  42. Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
  43. Storm Front, by Jim Butcher
  44. Iced, by Karen Marie Moning
  45. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  46. The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
  47. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  48. Thanking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  49. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck
  50. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
  51. Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
  52. City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare
  53. Interview with a Vampire, by Anne Rice
  54. The Glass Bead Game, by Herman Hesse
  55. The Danger of Music, by Richard Taruskin
  56. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  57. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
  58. The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx
  59. A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
  60. Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry
  61. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  62. Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue
  63. Mischling, by Affinity Konar
  64. Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
  65. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
  66. Collected Works of Shakespeare, by William Shakespeare
  67. The Game of Thrones series, by George R.R. Martin
  68. The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
  69. The Princess Casamassima, by Henry James
  70. King Rat, by China Mieville
  71. Green Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  72. Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  73. A Hologram for the King, by Dave Eggers
  74. All Men are Mortal, by Simone De Beauvoir
  75. Killing Reagan, by Bill O’Reilly
  76. Trump: The Art of the Deal, by Donald Trump
  77. Gifted Hands, by Ben Carson
  78. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
  79. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
  80. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
  81. A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman
  82. By Land, Sky & Sea: Three Realms of Shamanic Witchcraft, by Gede Parma
  83. The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Ellix Katz
  84. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  85. Iron Lake, by William Kent Krueger
  86. Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
  87. Our Revolution, by Bernie Sanders
  88. The Thing Around Your Neck, by ChimamandaNgozi Adichie
  89. Pastoralia, by George Saunders
  90. Only Revolutions, by Mark Z. Danielewsky
  91. Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis
  92. The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens
  93. The Crying of Lot 49, by Thomas Pynchon
  94. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  95. The Stranger, by Albert Camus
  96. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
  97. The Shepherd’s Crown, by Terry Prachett
  98. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville
  99. The Plague, by Albert Camus
  100. The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros
  101. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon
  102. The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter, by John Pipkin
  103. A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens
  104. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
  105. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

So, what books have you always wanted to read that you are Resolving to Read this year?

13 thoughts on “Resolve to Read: 105 Books You’ve Always Wanted to Read

  1. It seems a bit unfair to throw in several books just published in 2016. They take up spaces that could go to War and Peace, Rebecca, more Dickens, etc.

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