This post is coming super late, but lately my life hasn’t gone exactly how I planned and I have been struggling to keep up with everything. Still, I promised myself I would publish this, so here I am.
Like every year, I love to take part in the Goodreads reading challenge. As soon as 2019 started, literally the first thing I did on the morning of January 1st was to go on the app and set my goal for this year. As I know I will be really busy with my master’s degree, I decided to go for (at least) 35 books. It’s not much, but I secretly hope I can read many many more. I have already read 3 (actually 2, but I am almost done with Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë!).
At the same time, I wrote down a list of books I want to read
at all costs before the end of the year and I am gonna share it with you now. The titles are of course in no particular order.
1. Killing Commendatore pt. 2 – Haruki Murakami: yes, the book is coming out in two parts here in Italy (*sighs*). I have already read the first part in December, and I am desperately waiting for the second, which will finally be out in just a few days!
2. Suite française – Irene Nemirovsky: for some reason, this book never really attracted me much in the past, but in the last few months it has climbed up my TBR list and now I can’t wait to dive into it.
3. Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy: I read a short version of this novel when I was in high school as part of my English literature class. I remember loving it and I am really looking forward to reading the actual book soon.
4. Kafka on the shore – Haruki Murakami: Murakami is one of my favourite authors and I am shocked at myself for not havind read this one yet, knowing it’s considered one of his masterpieces by many. I do have it on my shelf, but I made the mistake of picking the wrong version and the font is so tiny it hurts my eyes >.< I will probably get a copy from the public library.
5. The Radetzky march – Joseph Roth: years ago I read The emperor’s tomb and I loved it. I found The Radetzky march for just 2.30€ at a used book store last month and I got so excited, I can’t wait to read it as well!
6. I’ll be right there – Kyung Sook Shin: in September I read Kyung Sook Shin’s Please look after mom and it made me cry. I love her very simple but effective way of narrating, and the plot of I’ll be right there, mixing friendship and politics, sounds so interesting to me.
7. The vegetarian – Han Kang: this is turning into a list of “I’ve read their other works and I want to get to know this author better” :’) but yes: I read Han Kang’s Human acts a few months ago and it was probably my favourite book of 2018. It was absolutely incredible and powerful and, although I know The vegetarian tells a very different story, I can’t wait to read more of what she has written.
8. Villette – Charlotte Brontë: one of my goals for this year is to read more 19th century literature, which used to be all I read in high school but that I have been neglecting for the past few years. Villette is a Very Big Book but I heard great things about it so I’d like to check it out.
9. The man who laughs – Victor Hugo: again, 19th century literature. I have had this book on my shelf for so long and it’s about time I pick it up and fall back in love with Victor Hugo (Les Miserables is still my favourite book ever). I’d also like to read Notre Dame de Paris, so we’ll see which one I’ll choose in the end (hopefully both!).
10. Anything and everything by Virginia Woolf: I admire Virginia Woolf so much. I found a copy of her Diaries at a used book store, but I honestly want to read everything she has ever written.
So this is my list! I hope I’ll be able to tick most of these titles off of it. My goal overall is to just read as much as possible, because reading is beautiful and it helps me so much when I am stressed – something that will probably happen very often this year.
What are your reading goals for this year? Did you set a goal on Goodreads and take part in their reading challenge?