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, Eugene O’Neill, 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: The Merchant of Venice, William 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