Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Resolve to Read in 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish list meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Sigh. This list could be dozens of books long, but, in an effort to pick books that I will definitely actually read, here is my list:

1. 1984, by George Orwell
This has been on my TBR list forever and ever. I finally get the push I need to finally get to it in 2013 – one of my book clubs is reading it. And, as an added bonus, it is on my Classics Club list.

2. Enduring Love, by Ian McEwan
I am tempted to dub 2013 the year of Ian McEwan, since I am tantalizingly close to owning everything the man ever published. But, in an effort to be circumspect, I will simply pledge to read this one, as it is next on my list.

3. A Madness of Angels, by Kate Griffin
This is one of Jenny‘s favorite books, and I have pledged to read it. I’m very much looking forward to it.

4. The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
This one won the National Book Award in 2012. And, most importantly, it is one of the sixteen finalists that will compete in the Tournament of Books in March 2013. So, it will definitely be read – and soon.

5. Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen
Ah, this this one has been on my TBR list forever. I think it has been on every R.I.P. list I’ve ever made. And, it is one of two books by Jane Austen that I have yet to read (the other is Mansfield Park). It too is on my Classics Club list.

6. Arcadia, by Lauren Groff
This is another finalist in the Tournament of Books. But it was on my list before it earned that designation. After Delicate Edible Birds, I pledged to read everything Lauren Groff puts out.

7. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel
Yet another book related to the illustrious Tournament of Books. This one won the Tournament in 2010 and the Booker in 2009. It is the first in a trilogy in which Bring Up the Bodies is second. Bring Up the Bodies is a finalist in the 2013 Tournament and it won the Booker in 2012. So, Wolf Hall first.

8. The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr
This is one book that will be a specific exception to my 2013 book buying ban. Sara Zarr is one of my favorite authors (and local), and she has two books coming out in 2013! I will likely read both of them shortly after their respective releases.

9. Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer
While, at the moment, I am not prepared by pledge to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life, I do want to explore eating way less meat. And, I am interesting in what Mr. Foer has to say on the matter.

10. Building Stories, by Chris Ware
I got this unusual “book” for Christmas. It is pretty far outside of my comfort zone, being both a graphic novel and in an experimental form. But I am very much looking forward to delving into it. Oh, and it, too, is a 2013 finalist in the Tournament of Books.

So, I’m fairly confident that I will be reading these books in 2013. Which books are you hoping to get to in 2013?

Categories: Memes & Miscellany


    • Jessica

      I hear you Kathy. I vacillate from year-to-year. Making resolutions. Failing them. Not making resolutions the next year. Being brave (or deluded) and making resolutions again the next year. I guess that’s where I am on the cycle at the moment. :)

    • Jessica

      Thanks for dropping by. I have heard that NORTHANGER ABBEY isn’t her strongest work, but I’ve got to read them all!

    • Jessica

      She almost always manages to make it on to mine. :) I look forward to seeing what you read this year: Austen and non-Austen.

  • Alex in Leeds

    I am determined to get myself a copy of Building Stories, it caught my eye when it first came out and it’s ever so slightly annoying to see it on so many ‘Best of 2012′ lists when I still haven’t read it yet!

    • Jessica

      I know that feeling. I put BUILDING STORIES on my Christmas list at the very last minute and just lucked out that I got it. Apparently, it is on back-order most places at the moment because of the fervor.

  • Jenny

    I too will be dropping everything when Sara Zarr’s books come out. I’m so excited to see what she comes up with next. I hope you really do get to A Madness of Angels. I promise I’ll get to Edenbrooke.

    • Jessica

      I do heart Sara Zarr’s books. And, one thing I didn’t realize until I put it on my list, THE LUCY VARIATIONS is middle grade fiction. It will be interesting to see how she does with that.

      And I’m definitely getting to A MADNESS OF ANGELS. Hopefully sooner rather than later. :)

    • Jessica

      I love seeing everyone pick out books for a fresh year as their eyes roam the shelves hungrily. I hope you get to yours soon too. :)

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    I loved Enduring Love, I think I read it after seeing the movie with Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Rhys Ifans, and loved both but for different reasons.

    I still haven’t read Northanger Abbey either! The only one I have left out of my matching set of six. ;)

    I have Wolf Hall and Arcadia to read as well. I was reading 1984 years ago, borrowed it from someone, but had to give it back unfinished when I left for Japan. Have been meaning to re-read/finish it ever since!

    Happy New Year :)

    • Jessica

      I can’t wait for ENDURING LOVE. I love me some Ian McEwan. And go you for only having one Austen left. Or maybe that’s sad? :) We’ll have to compare notes on WOLF HALL, ARCADIA, and, hopefully, 1984. Happy New Year!

  • Sasha

    I feel the same way about Wolf Hall–I’ve been so intrigued about it ever since it came out, but I kept telling myself that I was just feeling trend-envy, kept asking myself: DO YOU REALLY CARE ABOUT CROMWELL?

    Well, I think I do. I just found a pristine copy of this book over the holidays, and I can’t wait to read it and like it. And the sequel too, haha.

    Happy New Year, Jessica!

    • Jessica

      Yes, WOLF HALL has been languishing on my shelves since Borders went out of business! I even read a chapter or two once. But this, this is the year I’m going to read it. Cromwell and I are going to get tight.

      Happy New Year to you!

  • Arti

    Looks like a good list. I’ve Wolf Hall in my TBR box for some time now, but it just looks too demanding… since I’m such a slow reader. That’s why all these Read-Along’s are great so I have others to push me, or support, rather. Thanks for stopping by Ripple Effects and joining our Proust Read later in the Spring. Hope this is the beginning of some mutual visiting. Have a year full of great reads! BTW, your summing up is impressive, 105 books in a year!

    • Jessica

      Thanks for stopping by Arti. I’m very much looking forward to the Proust Read. It’s actually perfect timing, since I’m going to try to get a lot of these books out of the way first. :)

  • Suey

    Okay, how about a Wolf Hall read along, hmmm? I know there was one a few years ago, and I missed getting on board with it. So, it’s time for another one don’t you think? What say you?

  • Rory O'Connor

    I love 1984 and Northanger Abbey remains the only Jane Austen I haven’t read (though sadly I don’t think I’ll fit it in during this upcoming year). I also adore Louise Erdrich. I too am curious about Building Stories (I like graphic novels), so I’m curious to know what you think. Happy New Year!

    • Jessica

      NORTHANGER ABBEY seems to be one people leave to the last in their Jane Austen reading…interesting. And I’m planning an in-depth, picture-filled review of BUILDING STORIES. Stay tuned!

  • Iris

    I remember being intrigued by Arcadia a few years ago (that’s when it came out, right?) I had forgotten all about it, but it does sound interesting.

    As for Wolf Hall, I feel that has been on my list for so long, even if in reality the book hasn’t been out for that long. Hmm.. I think it might be on my list for this year, especially now that the second novel is winning so many prizes (like the first).

    • Jessica

      ARCADIA came out at the very beginning of last year, but it’s already out in paperback! It is interesting, if a little strange. :)

      And I’m glad that you’re going to join our readalong of WOLF HALL. Let’s tackle it together.

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