Thursday, January 1, 2015

My January 2015 Book Bucket List

Last year, around Thanksgiving, I made a book bucket list to help myself prioritize my reading for the end of 2014. I managed to actually read the five books I picked, and while I didn't love them all, I am glad to finally have my own opinion about them and to have crossed them off my TBR, as many had been there for years. I enjoyed the experience so much, I'm creating a new book bucket list for this month. My emphasis is once again on books I've been meaning to read for quite some time. Thus it doesn't include new releases I also hope to read this month. It's a mix of authors whose work I've enjoyed in the past and authors I've never read. They are intentionally diverse in genre and setting. And I have a copy of all of them lingering on my shelves waiting to be read.

Here is my January 2015 Book Bucket List:

The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger
Nell Freudenberger is one of those writers I feel like I like, but I haven't actually read either of her novels. The Dissident is her first novel, and I expect she's an author whose work I'll appreciate most when reading it in the order in which it was published. 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
M.L. Stedman's debut historical novel was both longlisted for the Women's Prize and chosen by my book club, and yet somehow I haven't managed to read it yet. It strikes me as the perfect read for a long, lonely, cold winter night, and I expect January will have a few of those. I also somehow own it both in hardcover and on my Kindle. 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
I adored Margaret Atwood as a teenager, but I don't think I've read any of her books since then. I snapped this one up when it was on sale on Kindle in August of 2010, which is almost five years ago. Now that all three volumes in this trilogy have been published, it's time to get started.

The Position by Meg Wolitzer
I've read and enjoyed two of Wolitzer's novels (The Ten-Year Nap and The Uncoupling), and the premise of this one intrigues me greatly: parents in the 1970's write a Joy of Sex-like book that mortifies their children. 

The Rehearsal by Eleanor Catton
I'm still too intimidated by the length of The Luminaries to tackle it, but I've had The Rehearsal on my Kindle for almost five years, since it was longlisted for the Orange Prize. 

Now tell me: what's on your January 2015 Book Bucket List? Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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  1. Great bucket list! The Light Between Oceans fell prey to my terribly slumpiness in 2014 so hopefully I can knock it off the TBR in 2015. We'll see. I also would like to try Oryx and Crake.

  2. Great list! My goal for January is to read one book -- Alex Myers' Revolutionary -- but I haven't had the energy to stay up to read. Can't wait to see what you think of the Catton.

  3. One I loved, one I didn't get, one that scares me, one I'm interested in, and one I've never heard of!

  4. I really loved Oryx and Crake; maybe not my favorite Atwood, but the writing was outstanding and the story will keep you reading.

  5. I absolutely loved The Rehearsal. It is nothing like The Luminaries, but is totally brilliant. I hope you enjoy it as much as i did. It is not an easy read, but ends up coming together very artfully.


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