Must-Read List for 2013

I realise that I’m a little late with this post, but it takes me some time to get my reading plans for the year ahead prepared. To begin with, here is a photo of the books that I’ve gained recently, which may or may not interest you.

The majority of my family refused to buy me books this Christmas, I’m afraid to say, which decreases the books gained compared to previous Christmases. Despite this, my grandmother did get me Tolstoy’s Master and Man, alongside a Penguin Dictionary of Quotations that I’m very excited about. However, she did tell me, I quote, to “get a life”, and got me some Clinique eyeliner to somehow help this. My mother also refused to get me books, but slightly cheated by getting me the Fresh Meat book (haha). My Dad, being lovely, said he’d buy me all the books I need for my next English module. The ones that have arrived already are pictured above, including: American Notes (Charles Dickens); On Beauty (Zadie Smith); Star of the Sea (Joseph O’Connor); Notes From a Small Island (Bill Bryson). Oh, Sylvia Plath’s Crossing the Water is also tucked away under American Notes.

A delivery man just knocked on the door bearing my new bookshelf, which I’ll leave for somebody with DIY knowledge and common-sense to construct. When completed, I’ll probably spend an afternoon embracing my bookishness and frequently compulsive organisational tendencies. Photos are likely to follow.

Of all my new literary material, I particularly appreciate the quotations dictionary, and therefore I thought it deserved a photo of its own:

But, moving on, here are my reading-related plans for 2013. I’ve divided the books somewhat into categories, for reasons of organisation and having the free time to do so. There are only fourteen books, 13.3% (ooh, unlucky?) of the 95 books I intent to read in 2013 according to Goodreads. Actually, I’ve checked and I apparently want to read 100 books – therefore, the books below account for 14%, and I am no longer unlucky.

I hope that I shall read a lot more than the following, but many of these books are ones that I’ve wanted to read for some time and I’ve never quite got round to. Writing them down like this should make the goal feel more concrete.

Tolstoy Challenge

  • Master and Man
  • Childhood, Boyhood, Youth
  • Hadji Murad
  • Metamorphoses – Ovid
  • Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  • The Magic Mountain – Thomas Mann
  • The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • Ulysses – James Joyce
  • The Tempest – William Shakespeare
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
Books Neglected on my Bookshelf
  • Bleak House – Charles Dickens
  • Coriolanus – William Shakespeare
All the best for 2013 – read plentifully!
It's good to meet you! I started Tolstoy Therapy back in 2012 to share my healing journey through anxiety and PTSD with books. I also climb mountains, go on solo adventures, and write over at

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