Bucket List Item #18: Keeping my 50-Book Pledge for 2012

The savvy readers at The Savvy Reader have motivated hundreds of book lovers again this year by calling out a 50-Book Pledge in 2012.

This is my first time pledging to anything other than my marriage vows ten years ago, so as you can see, I mean business.

50-books kinda business.

Here are my 50 hopefuls for this year:

1. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

 

2. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

 

3. The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

 

4. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

 

5. The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar

 

6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

 

7. Tell It to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami

 

8. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

 

9. The Antagonist by Lynn Coady

 

10. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

 

11. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

 

12. The Free World by David Bezmozgis

 

13. In Other Worlds by Margaret Atwood

 

14. Mordecai: The Life & Times by Charles Foran

 

15. Killdeer by Phil Hall

 

16. The Paper Garden by Molly Peacock

 

17. The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq

 

18.  An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy

 

19. Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre

 

20. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

 

21. American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar

 

22. Bride of New France by Suzanne Desrochers

 

23. A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

 

24. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai

 

25. Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

 

26. Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner

 

27. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

 

28. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

 

29. Some Ether by Nick Flynn

 

30. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

 

31. The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don Delillo

 

32. The Best American Poetry 2011 ed. David Lehman

 

33. Printmaker’s Daughter by Katherine Govier

 

34. An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer

 

35. Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

 

36. The Flowers of War by Geling Yan

 

37.  The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

 

38. Floating Like the Dead: Stories by Yasuko Thanh

 

39. History of a Pleasure Seeker by Richard Mason

 

40.  The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

 

41. Ten Thousand Saints by Eleanor Henderson

 

42. The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol

 

43. The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

 

44. The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood

 

45.  Swamplandia! By Karen Russell

 

46. The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

 

47.  All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson

 

48.  The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam

 

49. Folk by Jacob MacArthur Mooney

 

50. Ossuaries by Dionne Brand

 

It’s a list. It’s a start. Why don’t you join me and countless others in our quest toward 50 books by the end of 2012?

Time to make a hot cup of tea or coffee, wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket, put on those ugly, fuzzy slippers Aunt Suzy gave you last year, make sure your reading lamp is on, the children are in bed, and the phone is disconnected. Time to bend that binded beauty.

Ready?

Let’s go!

(c) Zara Alexis D. Garcia-Alvarez

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