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?