30 December 2014

15 Books I Would Like to Read in 2015

It's a good person whose New Year's resolution is to read more.

By this, of course, someone might hope to read more books or more frequently. Maybe they would like to get more involved in the literary world by joining a book club or obtaining a library membership. Or, why not become more invested in an unfamiliar but intriguing genre? How about sending fan messages to a favourite author? -- if you're that bold; I'm not.

I admit with some level of shame that I haven't read very much over the past year. (Gasp! How scandalous!)

I hate to search for excuses, but I continue to half-recklessly purchase novels despite the fact that I literally have stacks of unread ones piling up. Also, as a high school student enrolled in an honours English class (all of my classes are actually at rigorous levels), I don't have much time to read for leisure.

The books I must read for school are often intensive, somewhat difficult, and as such, require my attention and dedication. Therefore, it is absolutely my resolution to read more books for leisure. I anticipate that the easiest time to do this will be during the upcoming summer, when I won't have classes.

Here are fifteen books I've resolved to read in 2015:

1. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Since it gained popularity after its movie adaptation was released, I have heard very good things about this book. To add to this, several months ago, my best friend read the book in a number of hours and briefly took the time to promptly recommend it to me before she moved on the the next story. (She reads impossibly fast, usually finishing a typical 350-page young-adult fiction novel in a day.) Not only that, but the length is tolerable, the subject matter appeals to my interests, and hey -- I can't watch the film until I've read the book, can I?

2. Night by Elie Wiesel

Following on the topic of World War II . . . this memoir rooted in history provides all (or a lot) of the experience of a Jewish person facing a concentration camp who, simultaneously, does not face a high likelihood of escape. The book might be a lazy addition to this list, as I will definitely read it in the springtime as part of my English class's curriculum, but I'm honestly eager to read it. From what I know of the book already, I will probably be genuinely engaged.

Image via Wikipedia.

3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

If I recall correctly, I first came across Plath when I was in eighth grade. Having nurtured my love for poetry over the previous three years, I immediately admired her poems and writing style. (It also helped that I had an interest in psychology.) After conducting small amounts of research on her biography, I was only fascinated more.

Earlier in the autumn, I recently read her short story "Initiation" as part of my English class. (It was one of my prouder moments when my teacher first introduced us to Plath, asked if my class knew any background information, and after being the only student to volunteer, I recited about three key facts about Plath.)

4. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

I'm a virgin when it comes to Vonnegut -- I have never, ever read any of his work. Still, I am recurrently reminded of his legacy and that many people view his books as classic, timeless, and wise.

As such, I expect to be exposed to his writing at some point in the future . . . and I want to start with this book not only because of its brevity but also because of its satire (which I tend to appreciate in literature) and the plot synopses I have encountered. It's one of his more famous pieces, anyway -- so I might as well read it!

5. On Beauty by Zadie Smith

I don't quiet recall how I first learned about this book. But, yes, I would love to read it. Something about the course of its plot feels vaguely relatable to me . . . maybe it's because the story follows a British family living in the United States, and I'm an American high school student hoping to attend university in Scotland?

Nah, that can't be it.
Image via Wikipedia.

6. The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

I bought a copy of this book over a year ago and have been unable to read it because of different priorities and responsibilities, and having to more urgently read other books. And if The Casual Vacancy was formed with the same wholehearted effort that Rowling put into her magnum opus, then this novel should be thoroughly enjoyable.

7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Honestly, I have heard so many good things about this relatively new novel. I have heard the enthusiastic opinions of several of my friends who have read it -- not to mention, the predominantly positive reviews it received from media giants and the public alike.

8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Because you can't seek out one of an author's critically acclaimed YA fiction novels without seeking the other. Also, I kind of-sort of-might have heard that it (in and of itself) is a good read. Possibly.

Image via Enticed by Books.

9. Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson

I've described in past posts how I've followed the Maximum Ride novels since primary school, and extensively: They used to be my favourite books.

I do love them, dearly, but there are some difficult emotions remaining for me to sort out with them. For years there were conflicting rumours as to whether or not a film version would be produced, and most of the fan base expected the previous book (the eighth one) to be the last -- even the way it was written suggested so, but a lot of readers were unhappy with the vague ending.

This ninth book will be released on January 19th and is, according to Patterson's official website, the final instalment in the series. (Hopefully.)

10. The Pact by Jodi Picoult

I remember first encountering a synopsis of this book and feeling immediately interested in it. Previously I've read My Sister's Keeper and I'm also curious about Nineteen Minutes, which my friend read last spring and apparently liked it.

11. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

Oldie but goodie. In middle school this book was on the recommended reading lists in my English classrooms. Until recently I had never heard very much about the plot: my attention was solely captured by the title, the cover design, and the fact that its writer was "anonymous" . . . I was fascinated but not motivated enough to actually read it, until now.

12. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

A copy of this book has been in my possession since late 2012 or possibly early 2013. It was quite inexpensive and rumoured to be a classic so I purchased it. Since then I have read another Stevenson piece, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and hope to eventually read The Suicide Club . . . but I have scarcely touched Treasure Island. I plan to change that.

Image via Books4yourkids.com.

13. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book has been passed down between the females of my family since I was a child, but I never had the personal opportunity to read it. Currently it sits, patiently awaiting five pairs of eager fingers with which to read it, within my sister's bookshelf. It's a relatively short story and a reputably good plotline, so I feel I should try it out.

14. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Again, with the psychology appeal. Add in the fact that its plot made for a rather iconic film, and I'm rather interested in it now.

15. Margot by Jillian Cantor

Have you noticed a trend among some of the previously-listed books, as well as this one? That's because I find World War II a compelling era. This story is inspired by Anne Frank's real-life sister Margot . . . Yes, I would like to read it.

Image via Goodreads.

Are there any upcoming 2015 releases you hope to get your hands on? What new books have you picked out for January? Tell me in the comments what you're reading!

1 comment:

  1. I would highly recommend Rainbow Rowell's books and the Boy in The Striped Pajamas. However the Boy in the Striped Pajamas will break your heart. It is so emotional!


Thanks for reading! What do you think?
(Please be considerate in your comment.)