2017 Reading Bucketlist

January 23, 2017

As an English major, I am constantly reading for class. For some that would mean never wanting to pick up a book in their spare time, however for me that means adding even more books to my personal list. While these 10 are not all of what I'm hoping to read this year, they are a look into my style and interests.

When The Moon Was Ours - Anna Marie McLemore
I'm still grappling with the fact that I'm entering adulthood, and to cope with this I try to read some YA fiction every so often. This novel sounded different from others in the sense that it contains some magical realism. Plus, the cover and title are beautiful in a romantic way.

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway has such a classic style that has always intrigued me. This has been sitting on my shelf for a few years, and I have decided that I will finally get to it in 2017. Although it will most likely be a heavier topic, I love Hemingway's embodiment of the “lost generation” of the 20s and 30s. His aimlessness after World War I creates an interesting platform in which to tell a story.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
I remember some of my friends reading this in high school, and I'm excited to add something a little lighter and funnier to my list. While the protagonist is a younger boy, I think it's necessary to read characters both older and younger in order to gain a larger sense of the world.

The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
I grabbed this copy during my Chicago Bookstore Tour last summer and have been trying to find a time to read it ever since. It wasn't until I read the last title on this list that I was inspired to pick it up, because that story pays homage to this one. I love the 60s and I love characters that have weird nicknames, so this should be perfect.

On the Road - Jack Kerouac
Once again a book that's been sitting on my shelf for ages (as you can see by this playlist from the summer), this story is classic for anyone interested in travel, growth, and finding themselves. I love the way this novel was written - Kerouac wrote it down in notebooks while traveling - and it inspires me to get on the road.

Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
This book seems very daunting because of its size, but I am nevertheless excited to read the classic. I am always interested in reading works by female writers, regardless of the story's topic and themes.

Milk and Honey - Rupi Kaur
I have already finished this, but I wanted to include it because I think it's an essential read. Split into four sections of short poems, this book looks into different areas of relationships - hurting, loving, breaking, and healing. The message is great for not only women and feminists, but for all people who have experienced or will experience relationships (so, basically, everyone).

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love - Raymond Carver
Basically an older version of Milk and Honey, this is a collection of short stories about love and relationships. My mom recommended this book to me on the premise that it gave her an interesting outlook on love, and therefore I am very interested to begin.

Ariel - Sylvia Plath
I'm a huge fan of The Bell Jar, so I am even more excited to read Plath's poetry. She had incredibly interesting ideas, plus a fantastic style of writing. Whether you're interested in feminism, women's rights, or a look into women's lives in the 50s and 60s, Plath is an author to add to your list.

Kids of Appetite - David Arnold
Lastly, this YA novel was my Cancun beach read. I loved Arnold's first work, Mosquitoland, and had just as much fun falling in love with the flawed and funny characters of this story. As I mentioned earlier, it ties in themes from The Outsiders, which gives the story an interestingly layered effect.

What are you reading this year?
Have you read any of these?


  1. I LOVE Sylvia Plath and I'm glad Ariel made your list. I had to read parts of that book for school back in the day but I ended up reading the whole book anyway because I just genuinely enjoyed her poetry!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  2. This is a great list! I've only read three of these, so I'm excited to read the rest on your list. What made the Diary of a part-time Indian stand out as one of your favorites? xxx


    1. I actually haven't read it yet! But I'm hoping to within the month. It seems like it's going to be a more fun, relaxed read compared to some of the more serious novels I have on the list.

  3. Needed some new book suggestions - thanks for this!





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