2015 Goals

I’m still working on the book that I’ve been reading since November, but I wanted to do a blog entry since it’s been a while.  I don’t typically come up with New Year’s Resolutions, but I do set reading goals for the year.  I met my goal this year of reading 45 books, but the vast majority of that reading was done before I started my current job.  If things continue as they are now, I probably won’t have much time to do reading after the semester begins again until spring break, and then not again until summer break, so I’m actually going to scale back my Goodreads goal for 2015 to 35 books.

In addition, I make a list of books that I want to read for the year.  The list is longer than the reading goal, so I never complete the list (not to mention I read books not on the list), but these are the priority books for me for this year.  Some of the books are rolled over from this year and some are newly added.  Any book with the ∞ symbol next to it, I don’t currently own:


  • Dajjal – The AntiChrist by Ahmad Thompson
  • Enjoy Your Life by Dr. Al-Arfti
  • Muhammad Messenger of Allah by Qadi ‘Iyad Ibn Musa Al-Yahsubi
  • Burnishing the Heart: Selections from the Qur’an for Self-Awareness by Abdulwahid Hamid
  • Miracles of the Prophets by Abdul Mum’im Hashmi
  • The Ideal Muslim Society by Dr. Muhammad Al-Hashimi
  • Islamic Awakening by Yusuf Qaradawi


  • Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
  • Bengali Girls Don’t by L.A. Sherman
  • American Gypsy by Oksana Marafoti
  • I’ll See You Again by Jackie Hance
  • My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure by Shawn Decker
  • Laughing Without an Accent: Adventures of an Iranian American, at Home and Abroad by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in Mumbai’s Undercity by Katherine Boo
  • First Darling in the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood by Thifty Unrigar
  • Unorthodox: A Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman


  • Fortune’s Fool by Mercedes Lackey
  • The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  • Storm Front by Jim Butcher
  • Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Wolves of Calla by Stephen King
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan
  • Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind


  • What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck ∞


  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Graphic Novels

  • Boxers by Gene Luen Yang
  • Saints by Gene Luen Yang
  • Persepolis Volume 2 by Marjane Satrapi ∞

South Asian

  • Untouchable by Mulk Raj Anand
  • Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
  • Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair
  • The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • In the Convent of Little Flowers by Indu Sundaresan

African/African American

  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  • Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful by Alan Paton

Far Asian

  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim
  • The Red Chamber by Pauline A. Chen
  • Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan
  • The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon ∞

Middle Eastern

  • Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mojha Kahf
  • Gate of the Sun by Elias Khoury
  • Bone Worship by Elizabeth Eslami

Historical Fiction

  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Purge by Sofi Oksanen
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Fires in the Dark by Louise Doughty
  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • The Wild Princess by Mary Hart Perry
  • London by Edward Rutherford
  • The Clan of Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel


  • Trail of Tears by John Ehle
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson ∞
  • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  • Hiroshima by John Hersey
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • A Night to Remember by Walter Lord
  • The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story by Richard Preston
  • Flu by Gina Kolata
  • No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses by Peter Piot  ∞
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn
  • The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Londoners by Craig Taylor


  • Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Something Blue by Emily Griffin
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods

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