What I'm Reading Next

One of my many official and unofficial New Year's Resolutions is to read at least 25 books in 2009. Naturally, a list seemed like the best way to kick things off, keep me focused and ensure success! And so, in the spirit of kicking ass, I give you the next five books that I plan on reading.
  1. American Wife. (A fictionalized account of America's current First Lady, Laura Bush.)
  2. Dangerous Laughter. (A collection of short stories "united by their obsession with obsession.")
  3. Strike Sparks. (Selected poems by Sharon Olds.)
  4. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. (2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction!)
  5. Eclipse. (Rationally, I know the Twilight series is terrible and silly. And yet I can't stop reading them!)
What are you reading next? What books do you recommend? It's a long way to 25 and I can use all the help I can get!

Posted by Chrissy


Erin said...

1. Finishing The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe
2. Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (no need to be ashamed)
3. Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
4. The Memory Keeper's Daughter, by Kim Edwards

And I'm sure I'll read many more, but those are the ones sitting beside my bed, already waiting.

Bridey said...

I've realised that I have read an embarrasingly small number of classic books, and I want to remedy that soon! So my list of books to read includes:

1. A Clockwork Orange
2. To Kill a Mocking Bird
3. Lolita
4. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
5. Alice in Wonderland
6. The Mouse and His Child

Anonymous said...

This is some of what I plan to read this year. My goal is 24 (two books per month)

1) House of Leaves - Mark Z. Danielewski(Suppossedly one of the creepiest books ever written; sort of a literary cult classic. Highly recommended by several friends)
2) Coraline - Neil Gaiman (This will probably take me less than a day, but I would really love to read it before the movie comes out)
3) Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
4)Sophie's World - Jostein Gaarder
5)Wicked - Gregory Maguire

A few that I've already read and recommend...
1)Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman (The movie was good, the book is SO MUCH better!
2) Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman (It's like a fairy tale for grown ups)
3) A Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood (It's a classic, and it's a tad disturbing)
4) The Host - Stephenie Meyer (I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to the Twilight series, but The Host is slightly better written, and still has the essential Stephenie Meyer love story theme. Her books are ((almost unsettlingly)) addictive.

Jackie said...

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
2. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
3. The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling
4. Little Women by Louisa Mae Alcott
5. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
6. He's a Stud, She's a Slut, and 49 other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know by Jessica Velenti

And then of course all of my required reading for this semester which will include several creative non-fiction essays AND tons of kids books (because I'm taking a Children's Lit. class!)

Rachel said...

Here's my reading list for the near future:
1. finish Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
2. finish The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
3. Julie by Catherine Marshall
4. An Irish Country Village by James Patrick Taylor
5. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
6. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

If you're looking for some good classics to read, I'm reading through this list: http://als.lib.wi.us/Collegebound.html, and I've found some really amazing books in the process.

Chrissy said...

I love seeing what people are reading!
Erin - Bird by Bird is one of my favorites! And I will do my best to not feel shame about the Twilight series.

Bridey - I could stand to read a few more classics myself. I'll put some on my list.

Miss Kisslockchain - thanks for the recommendations! The Handmaid's Tale is one of my favorite books.

Jackie - I love Jessica V. Feministing is one of my favorite blogs.

Rachel - thanks for that list! I'll be sure to check it out.

Jenna said...

Just discovered this blog - I'm digging it! Here's my to-read list:
1. Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
2. At Large and At Small - Anne Fadiman
3. The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
4. The Golden West - Daniel Fuchs
5. My Antonia - Willa Cather

Marie said...

I also felt a bit silly about reading the Twilight saga, but I am a librarian, so it was all part of the job! Now, reading both Eclipse and Breaking Dawn in 2 days is not something I have an excuse for...
The books I currently have checked out to read:
1. L.Frank Baum, creator of OZ
2. Bonk: the curious coupling of science and sex
3. The canon: a whirligig tour of the beautiful basics of science
4. The red tent

Rebecca said...

01. The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid.
02. Dreams From My Father - Barack Obama
03. A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson (need to finish).
04. The Power of Style - Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins (need to finish).
05. The Jane Austin Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler.

I read twelve books last year and would love to double it in 2009. I posted a list of the books I read at http://blog.booktagger.com/2009/01/book-month.html

Czina said...

your blog has great design!

Anonymous said...


mine are
1. Fight Club-Chuck Palahniuck
2. All the President's Men-Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
3. Lock and Key-Sarah Dessen

Cat said...

I recommend 'What is the What?' by Dave Eggers. It incredibly intense, but amazing nonetheless.

Right now I'm reading 'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides

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chaospueppchen said...

I wish I would stick to my "list", i.e a shelf full of unread books. Everytime I'm at the library or in a bookstore...

At the moment I'm reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and a lot of books for my BA thesis about Irmgard Keun's Gilgi - One of us, which I also recommend.

Taylor said...

The Blue Lagoon by Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lucky by Alice Sebold
At First Glance by Nicholas Sparks

Godlesscupcake said...

Pardon me, I'm one of those wackos that devours shopping bags of books every year. First I must finish:
* Becoming Vegan - Brenda Davis & Vesanto Melina
and I must finish re-reading:
* The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand
* re-read: Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
* Indestructible - Christy Roads
* Chomsky On Anarchism - Noam Chomsky
* Making A Killing - Bob Torres
* Downtown Owls - Chuck Klosterman
* A People's History Of The United States - Howard Zinn
* Moving Forward: Program For A Participatory Economy - Michael Albert
* My Mother Wears Combat Boots - Jessica Mills
* The Future Generation - China Martens
* The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved - Sandor Ellix Katz
* Pygmy - Chuck Palahniuk

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