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.


Let’s go!

(c) Zara Alexis D. Garcia-Alvarez


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