2017 Reading List

I’m again setting a goal of reading 52 books in 2017—though I’ve nearly doubled this goal in recent years, I don’t want to get too ambitious now.

And, because it worked well for me in 2016, I’m setting a few more reading goals in 2017. I’m hoping to read one book (or more, depending on the person) by the following authors: Kate Chopin, Charles Dickens, William Faulkner, Gustave Flaubert, Gabriel García Márquez, Ernest Hemingway, John Irving, Carson McCullers, Toni Morrison, William Shakespeare, Zadie Smith, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf. I’m also settings goals to read two books of poetry, two short story collections, and three books of nonfiction.

Recommendations? Tell me about your favorite books!


  1. 01/02: Swing Time, Zadie Smith
  2. 01/03: Lady Windermere’s Fan, Oscar Wilde
  3. 01/04: A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde
  4. 01/04: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling
  5. 01/04: A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf
  6. 01/06: Salomé, Oscar Wilde
  7. 01/07: An Ideal Husband, Oscar Wilde
  8. 01/11: The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  9. 01/13: How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
  10. 01/14: The Tempest, William Shakespeare
  11. 01/16: A Midsummer Night’s DreamWilliam Shakespeare
  12. 01/28: The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Nikolai Leskov
  13. 02/07: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Mindy Kaling
  14. 02/08: The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
  15. 02/12: milk and honey, Rupi Kaur
  16. 02/25: Oedipus the King, Sophocles
  17. 02/28: Feminine Gospels, Carol Ann Duffy
  18. 03/05: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
  19. 03/07: ‘night, Mother, Marsha Norman
  20. 03/13: One Hundred and One Famous Poems, edited by Roy J. Cook
  21. 03/13: Antigone, Sophocles
  22. 03/28: Drums of Autumn, Diana Gabaldon
  23. 04/02: The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
  24. 04/07: Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  25. 04/09: Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare
  26. 04/13: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
  27. 04/17: Act Like It, Lucy Parker
  28. 04/22: Pretty Face, Lucy Parker
  29. 04/24: Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty
  30. 04/30: Henry V, William Shakespeare
  31. 05/02: A Night in Acadie, Kate Chopin
  32. 05/06: What You Do to Me, Barbara Longley
  33. 05/08: Accidentally Hers, Jamie Beck
  34. 05/16: The Awakening, Kate Chopin
  35. 05/18: Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
  36. 05/25: Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
  37. 05/31: Everybody Rise, Stephanie Clifford
  38. 06/03: Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
  39. 06/05: On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  40. 06/10: China Rich Girlfriend, Kevin Kwan
  41. 06/11: The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy
  42. 06/13: Uncollected Stories, Kate Chopin
  43. 06/29: Theft by Finding, David Sedaris
  44. 08/07: The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway
  45. 08/09: In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes
  46. 08/20: Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
  47. 08/31: Beloved, Toni Morrison
  48. 09/09: Beautiful Broken Rules, Kimberly Lauren
  49. 09/16: Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
  50. 09/23: The Blackwater Lightship, Colm Toíbín
  51. 10/18: Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
  52. 10/22: After the Fall, Kate Hart
  53. 10/24: Beautiful Broken Mess, Kimberly Lauren
  54. 10/30: Look Both Ways, Allison Cherry
  55. 11/01: The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  56. 11/03: His First and His Last, Terri Osburn
  57. 11/05: The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon
  58. 11/12: All the Dirty Parts, Daniel Handler
  59. 11/15: That Thing We Call a Heart, Sheba Karim
  60. 11/19: A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab
  61. 11/23: Bonfire, Krysten Ritter
  62. 12/10: A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin
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