- Insurgent by Veronica Roth (February)
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (March)
- Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (March)
- Looking For Alaska by John Green (March)
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (March)
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (April)
- Paper Towns by John Green (May)
- Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (May)
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (May)
- The Maze Runner by James Dashner (May)
- The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (June)
- The Death Cure by James Dashner (June)
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (June)
- The Giver by Lois Lowry (July)
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (July)
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (August)
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (September)
- Emily of Emerald Hill by Stella Kon (September)
- Sold by Patricia McCormick (September)
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (September)
- The Kill Order by James Dashner (October)
- Slaughterhouse-five by Kurt Vonnegut (October)
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (November)
- Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (December)
- Girl Online by Zoe Sugg (December)
My goal: Finish reading at least 25 books by the end of this year.
Rationale: I know it may not seem like a lot for some bookworms out there – frankly when I was a literature student I had to read at least 36 books in one semester (and I honestly never finished any of them nor remember most of them and I certainly do not remember reflecting on most of them).
Therefore, I gave myself a safe number this year, after finishing and recovering from my major (recovering from literature analysis fatigue). This number is safe enough for me to read one book every, maybe two weeks and spend a good amount of time just leisurely digesting it and then reflecting on it.
Last but not least, I put this reading list up because I was afraid. I was afraid that I was losing my goal of ultimately becoming a writer, and I pinpointed this lack of inspiration and motivation to one habit I’ve been losing over the years: the habit to devour books. As Stephen King gladly points out:
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King
And that is my motivation behind this list.