Top Ten Tuesday: 10 books I resolve to finish this year

2016-01-05 22.38.24I’ve already written about my literary resolutions, but then I saw that the Top Ten Tuesday meme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) for this week was all about resolutions. At first, I was disappointed, and then I realized I didn’t make a resolution about specific books I am hoping to read/finish this year. So here they are:

  1. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (I’ve read much of this and loved it, but didn’t finish it, and then didn’t want to go back to it because I’ll have to start it in the beginning.)
  2. Home by Toni Morrison
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Working through it right now!)
  4. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  5. Characters and Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card
  6. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (I know, I feel ashamed that I haven’t read this, especially since I just completed a college Shakespeare class.)
  7. 1984 by George Orwell
  8. The Casual Vacancy (I’ve heard it wasn’t very good, but the author of Harry Potter wrote it, so I feel as if I should read it anyway…and I already own it, so why not!)
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  10. On Writing by Stephen King



Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under my tree this year

This topic comes from The Broke and the Bookish‘s weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday. Here goes:

  1. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    After finishing—and loving—Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, I really want to read Crime and Punishment. It’s also my professor’s favorite book, so I have to read it!
  2. Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Ed.

    Adding this to the list is so nerdy. But the editor in me really does want this book, or at least the online subscription.
  3. Just Show Up by Kara Tippetts

    I read The Hardest Peace by Tippetts earlier this year, and it was so amazing and convicting and saddening. Though I haven’t read this book yet, I’m sure it will be phenomenal.
  4. Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

    This isn’t a new book, but I stumbled upon the description recently, and it seems very compelling and helpful. Also, I think it would help kick-start my devotions for the coming new year.
  5. Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

    This book is truly a gem. I’ve already skimmed through much of this book, but it was a library copy, and I know I’ll want my own copy. Butterfield’s writing is clear and beautiful, and her topic is of utmost relevance.
  6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    I have only read the first chapter of this book, but I could tell immediately that the writing is top-notch. The novel has been on the New York Times bestseller list for some time, and it won the fiction Pulitzer Prize. I want to read this book, so why not stick it under the tree!
  7. 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories 

    Because why not!? Also, having wrote primarily short stories over the past six months, it would be extremely helpful, and of course pleasurable, to read the best.
  8. Tartuffe by Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere

    This play of Moliere’s has been a favorite of mine for some time, but, alas, I sold my anthology textbook back and lost this wonderful, humorous play. The translation by Wilbur is essential.
  9. On Writing by Stephen King

    Because King is a brilliant writer, and books about writing are fun. Is there really any other reason needed?
  10. Characters and Viewpoints by Orson Scott Card

    Again, books about writing and fictional elements are great. This book has been recommended to me by several different writers. Also, Card’s Ender’s Game was great—the book, not the movie.