Welcome to 2012!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Now that we’re hours into 2012, I guess it’s time for me to declare my next book-related challenge. This year I’m planning to read 100 books again, but with a somewhat twist/added challenge.

I was on Stylist magazine’s website a while ago, just looking around, and I found their list of the Top 50 Most Romantic Lines from Literature. After reading through it, I decided that I would read all of the books on that list, partially because I’m such a romantic at heart, and partially becase a lot of them are typically referred to as “classics,” and I have read precisely none of them.

After closer inspection, though, I realized I’d have to eliminate a couple from the list: there were three (Wuthering Heights, Hamlet, and Romeo and Juliet) I’d already read, and a few were lines from poems, which were included in anthologies (and I don’t like poems therefore won’t be reading any of them). That left me with 38 books that I’m willing to read. So I’ll be reading 38 books with the most romantic lines in literature, and the other 62 will be my choice.

Same rules as last year apply:
1. I have to read 100 books or more.
2. I must keep a record of everything I read.
3. Books I have read before are unacceptable, unless I’ve read them 5+ years ago.
4. Recommendations are welcome, and this year I will actually try to read the ones you suggest.

Anyway, for anyone who is interested, here is the list of books I know I will be reading this year (the first 38 are from the aforementioned list).

1. Anna Karenina — Leo Tolstoy
2. Gone With The Wind — Margaret Mitchell
3. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin — Louis de Bernieres
4. Persuasion — Jane Austen
5. Brokeback Mountain — Annie Proulx
6. Cyrano de Bergerac — Edmond Rostand
7. Les Miserables — Victor Hugo
8. The Notebook — Nicholas Sparks
9. Clarissa, or, The History of a Young Lady — Samuel Richardson
10. Doctor Zhivago — Boris Pasternak
11. Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
12. Love in the Time of Cholera — Gabriel Garcia Marquez
13. Dangerous Liasons — Choderlos de Laclos
14. Lady Chatterly’s Lover — D.H. Lawrence
15. North and South — Elizabeth Gaskell
16. Maurice — E.M. Forster
17. Prometheus Unbound — Percy Bysshe Shelley
18. The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald
19. Our Mutual Friend — Charles Dickens
20. Possession — A.S. Byatt
21. The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
22.The Road — Cormac McCarthy
23. The Rover — Aphra Benn
24. Vanity Fair — William Makepeace Thackeray
25. Winnie The Pooh — A.A. Milne
26. Beloved — Toni Morrison
27. Adam Bede — George Eliot
28. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
29. The White Company — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
30. The Age of Innocence — Edith Wharton
31. The God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy
32. Sense and Sensibility — Jane Austen
33. David Copperfield — Charles Dickens
34. The English Patient — Michael Ondaatje
35. Far from the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy
36. Unaccustomed Earth — Jhumpa Lahiri
37. The Map of Love — Ahdaf Soueif
38. Atonement — Ian McEwan
39. The Very Picture of You — Isabel Wolff
40. My Dear I Wanted To Tell You — Louisa Young
41. The Night Circus — Erin Morgenstern
42. 44 Charles Street — Danielle Steel
43. The Surrogate — Tania Carter
44. The Creeper — Tania Carter
45. Lethal — Sandra Brown
46. A Home at the End of the World — Michael Cunningham
47. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks — Rebecca Skloot
48. Best Friends Forever — Jennifer Weiner
49. First Impressions — Nora Roberts
50. Into the Heart of the Country — Pauline Holdstock
51. Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes — Kamal Al-Solaylee
52. Currently untitled Terry Fallis book to be released this year

So as you see, I have 48 book slots available. As I said before, I’m going to really try to read the books that are recommended to me this year. If you have books that you think I would love (or even ones you think I would hate and want to torture me with), and you don’t mind loaning them to me, please do so. I will love you and kiss your face.

See you after I finish the first book!

– Kelsey


2 thoughts on “Welcome to 2012!

    • 1. James Frey. Got it. Can you lend me your books? 😀 Also: isn’t James Frey the guy that Oprah hated because he faked his memoir?
      2. I’m looking forward to The Great Gatsby! I always confuse it with The Catcher In The Rye (which I also haven’t read), so I’m looking forward to being able to distinguish them.
      3. No I haven’t read Brave New World. Who is it by? 🙂

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