24 is just around the corner, so this is the perfect time to curate a list of 25 books to read by 25. i’ve selected a mix of classics, contemporaries and non-fiction, and the hope is that i can average reading two a month to complete them just ahead of my birthday.
– classics –
- anna karenin by leo tolstoy – after war and peace i need to consume everything tolstoy has ever written.
- bleak house by charles dickens – i love big sad books.
- the grapes of wrath by john steinbeck – there’s just something so captivating about steinbeck’s writing. i’m wary of reading the edition i have as it’s held together by luck at this point, so i need to get a new copy if i’m going to see this through.
- les miserables by victor hugo – i had this on my 10 classics i want to read in 2020 list, but i just didn’t. i’m currently halfway through though so a 2021 finish seems very likely.
- looking backward 2000 – 1887 by edward bellamy – i’ve considered reading this like once a month since i got it, but i’ve just never made time for it.
- the master and the margarita by mikhail bulgakov – whilst i’m on the russian hype train i’ve got to visit this classic.
- sylvia’s lovers by elizabeth gaskell – after falling head over heels for mrs gaskell last year, i need to continue on.
- villette by charlotte bronte – adventure and romance? i’m in!
– contemporaries –
- a beautifully foolish endeavor by hank green – i LOVED an absolutely remarkable thing and if this isn’t half as good as that, i’ll scream.
- christine by stephen king – i haven’t read a stephen king novel in like three months, am i okay?
- the decagon house murders by yukito ayatsuji – i accidentally started this right after finishing and then there were none so i had to put it on hold. enough time has elapsed so i’m ready to go!
- exciting times by naoise dolan – this was an impulse purchase from sainsburys of all place. i know absolutely nothing about it, but the cover is excellent and the title is in lower case, so it’s got to be the book for me, right?
- the girl with the louding voice by abi dare – i’ve heard nothing but praise for this, and i’m so ready to love it!!
- heartstopper vol. 5 by alice oseman – i’m not sure if this will actually be released in time, but i’ll be keeping up with the weekly uploads so 🤞 i get to see it through to the end!
- the people in the trees by hanya yanagihara – i started this in january but had to put it down as i wasn’t quite ready for the emotional toll. now though, i think i’m there.
- the travelling cat chronicles by hiro arikawa – this is a charity shop find from earlier this month. the cover is absolutely enchanting and i’m sure the story will be too.
- the underground railway by colson whitehead – i read the nickel boys earlier this year and was in awe of the prose.
- the vanishing half by brit bennett – i so want to love this, but i’m just not sure if i will.
- 1q84 by haruki murakami – i can’t not have a murakami on the list.
– non-fiction –
- burn it down ed. by breanne fahs – i will not be that person with a million unread verso books.
- hood feminism by mikki kendall – i’m so stoked to read this!! i’ve heard it discusses intersections not usually covered in feminist texts, so i’m hoping it’ll offer fresh perspectives
- a life in letters by anton chekhov – i have fallen down a chekhov rabbit hole.
- natives: race and class in the ruins of empire by akala – i was introduced to akala in high school through a friend playing me his videos in IT, but i’ve not kept up with him over the years. it’s high time, i caught up.
- no modernism without lesbians by diana souhami – i picked this up on a whim earlier this year. i kinda hated studying modernism at university as we only really looked at texts written by men and they bored me to tears, so i’m curious to learn the origins. who knows, maybe i’ll end up loving modernism.
- women, race & class by angela davis – this was a christmas gift, and is definitely overdue a read.
have you got a list like this? if so, what’s on it?