The Ultimate To-Do List

I have a love/hate relationship with to-do lists. I love crossing off each item and that beautiful moment of actual completion. I hate the fact that I usually put may too many tasks on them and feel crushing defeat when there are items unchecked at the end of the day. But, they're effective. 
The ultimate to-do list (83 items):

Updated 6/2/16

We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
The Japanese Lover- Isabel Allende 
Heyday- Kurt Anderson 
All Grown Up- Jami Attenberg
Hagseed- Margaret Atwood 
Maddadam- Margaret Atwood  
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Jane Austen
A Man Called Ove- Fredrik Backman 
The Idiot- Elif Batuman 
A Long Way Down- Ishmael Beah
Searching for Whitopia- Rich Benjamin
Lexicon- Max Berry
The Harder They Fall- TC Boyle  
Talk- TC Boyle
The Terranauts- TC Boyle 
The Women- TC Boyle
A Thousand Miles from Nowhere- John Gregory Brown 
Running With Scissors- Augusten Burroughs
The Constant Gardener- John Le Carre
Don Quixote- Miguel del Cervantes 
The Wangs vs. The World- Jade Chang 
The Atomic Weight of Love- Elizabeth Church 
The House on Mango Street- Sandra Cisneros
Did You Ever Have a Family- Bill Clegg 
The Girls- Emma Cline 
Galore- Michael Crummy 
Flesh and Blood- Michael Cunningham
Sweetbitter- Stephanie Danler 
Solo- Rana Dasgupta 
Reading in the Brain- Stanislaus Dehaene 
White Noise- Don DeLillo 
Zero K- Don DeLillo 
Heroes of the Frontier- Dave Eggers 
The Crimson Petal and the White- Michel Faber
The Stranger in the Woods- Michael Finkel 
Barbarian Days of Surfing Life- William Finnegan 
The Turner House- Angela Flournoy 
Here I Am- Jonathan Safran Foer 
Tree of Codes- Jonathan Safran Foer
Difficult Women- Roxane Gay 
Homegoing- Yaa Gyasi 
Exit West- Mohsin Hamid 
A Raisin in the Sun- Lorraine Hansberry 
Imagine Me Gone- Adam Haslett 
The Nix- Nathan Hill 
The Line of Beauty- Alan Hollinghurst
The Sleep Revolution- Arianna Huffington
Avenue of Mysteries- John Irving 
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce 
Misery- Steven King 
The Poisonwood Bible- Barbara Kingsolver 
The Flamethrowers- Rachel Kushner 
The Clothing of Books- Jhumpa Lahiri 
In Other Words- Jhumpa Lahiri 
Batman and Psychology- Travis Langley 
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest- Stieg Larsson
Random Family- Adrian LeBlanc
California- Edan Lepucki  
A Gambler's Anatomy- Jonthan Letham 
Mercury- Margot Livesey 
An Innocent Abroad- The Lonely Planet
Nutshell- Ian McEwan 
Free Food For Millionaires- Min Jin Lee
The Problem of Pain- CS Lewis 
The Bad Girl- Mario Vargas Llosa
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Mara
Why We Write About Ourselves- Meredith Maran 
Love in the Time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Thirteen Ways of Looking- Colum McCann
The Restraint of Beasts- Magnus Mills 
White Dog Fell from the Sky- Eleanor Morse
Kafka on the Shore- Hurami Murakami
Reading Lolita in Tehran- Azar Nafisi
The Republic of Imagination- Azar Nafisi
By the Book- New York Times
Ways to Disappear- Idra Novey 
After the Parade- Lori Ostlund 
Commonwealth- Ann Patchett 
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage- Ann Patchett 
The Omnivore's Dilemma- Michael Pollan 
A Hundred Thousand Worlds- Bob Proehl 
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers- Tom Rachman
How to Win at Feminism- The Reductress 
Home- Marilyn Robinson
Lila- Marilyn Robinson
American Pastoral- Phillip Roth
Lily and the Octopus- Steven Rowley 
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights- Salman Rushdie 
Joseph Anton- Salman Rushdie 
Swamplandi!- Karen Russel 
Trajectory- Richard Russo 
Interventions- Richard Russo 
Composition No 1- Marc Saporta
The Complete Persepolis- Marjame Satrapi 
The Street of Crocodiles- Bruno Schultz
The Tempest- William Shakespeare 
13 Ways of Looking at the Novel- Jane Smiley
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn- Betty Smith 
The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre- Dominic Smith
Swing Time- Zadie Smith 
White Teeth- Zadie Smith
The Vacationers- Emma Straub 
My Name is Lucy Barton- Elizabeth Strout
Anything is Possible- Elizabeth Strout 
Waterland- Graham Swift 
The Little Friend- Donna Tartt 
Kapow- Adam Thirlwell
Big Girls Don't Cry- The Election that Changed Everything for American Women- Rebecca Traister 
Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel0 Anya Ulinich
Hillbilly Elegy- JD Vance   
Cutting for Stone- Abraham Verghese
Memorial- Bruce Wagner
A Really Good Day- Ayelet Waldman 
The Glass Castle- Jeanette Walls
Salvage the Bones- Jesmyn Ward 
Girls on Fire- Robin Wasserman
The Underground Railroad- Colson Whitehead  
A Perfect Little World- Kevin Wilson 
Girl Through Glass- Sari Wilson 
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953- Elizabeth Winder
I Am Malala- Malala Yousafzai
Prisoner of Heaven- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way about to-do lists -- I probably could benefit greatly from doing a list like this though!