Forever Free: Reading Goals for 2015

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”

-Frederick Douglas

Post 21/100, sorry it’s late, WordPress and my computer weren’t friendly for some reason. Anyway, we’ve already heard about how much I love to read. But I have some specific goals in mind for 2015. I’d like to branch out some more, and also keep myself accountable for all of the damn books I keep checking out from the library. So, the first few books on this list have specific titles, since they’re in my room now and I’d like to stop renewing them in vain. After that there are some general goals. I’m always open to book suggestions!!

1.The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun, retold by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve been halfway done with this book for two months. Let’s get this over with, Jess.

2. Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II by Keith Lowe. Again, I’ve been partially done with this for like two months… I’m bad at finishing what I start, apparently. Potential partners, beware!

3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons From the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty. In comparison to how long I’ve had the other two books, I’ve read a hell of a lot of this one in a short period of time. It’s a great book- I read a chapter almost every day. Let’s finish it!

4. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks by Ethan Gilsdorf. I’ve heard mixed reviews of Gilsdorf’s portrayal of being a D&D nerd. But it has to do with escapism and gaming and it sounds awesome!

5. American Whiskey, Bourbon, & Rye: A Guide to The Nation’s Favorite Spirit by Clay Risen. I like to be informed of the things I enjoy. And I enjoy the hell out of good Whiskey.

6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. A guy I’ve been seeing let me borrow it and suggests it- so it’s on my priority list. Mostly because he (of course) wants it back soonish and I’d like to comply. I’ve already read half of the book… I got it a week ago. Go me! But really, I’m super embarrassed I haven’t read it yet.

7. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. My mom told me I needed to read it and gave it to me the last time I went to visit her. Well, okay, mom!

8. Bring It! written by the wonderful, gorgeous Tony Horton! I’ve never read a book about fitness, and his introduction to the book compelled me when I read it in the library.

9. Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. Another mom suggestion. She has good taste in books, so I trust her.

So, those are all of the books strewn about the various table tops in my bedroom. Now, to the other stuff.

10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I have read it in its entirety once, over the course of six years. I’d like to do it all in one month. I’m sweating bullets just thinking about trying it again. That book is a doozy.

Numbers 11, 12, and 13 are “books that I read for high school.” So, any three of the following books: The Great Gatsby, As I Lay Dying, The Sun Also Rises, Grendel, Heart of Darkness, To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, Great Expectations ( I remember nothing other than hating it), Slaughterhouse 5, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Things They Carried, Alas Babylon, The Awakening, The Invisible Man.

Numbers 14, 15, and 16 are “‘classic’ books not listed above.” Here’s where I admit I’ve never read: 1984, The Scarlet Letter, Flowers for Algernon, Animal Farm, Of Mice and Men, Brave New World, Catch-22, Death of a Salesman, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Gone With the Wind, A Clockwork Orange (started but never finished), or anything by Jane Austen (well, I tried really hard but I hated Pride and Prejudice…)

17. A new Stephen King book I’ve yet to read

18. An old Stephen King book I’ve yet to read

19. A banned book I’ve already read, not mentioned in numbers 11-13

20. A banned book I’ve never read, not mentioned in numbers 14-16

21+ all books suggested to me by comment on this post!

So, please comment on this post! I’d love suggestions on what books to read for numbers 11-21! I’ve read a LOT of Stephen King so I didn’t list them on here. I’ll let you know if I have when/if you suggest them. I don’t generally care if I get comments or not, but I’m in love with books and I’d love for you to share your favorites and opinions with me!

Until tomorrow, folks!



  1. The Hitchhiker’s Series is wonderful. I’d recommend the Redwall series by Brian Jacques. Was a favorite fantasy series of mine when I was in elementary school. Also The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho.

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