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 (76 items):

Updated 8/1/16

The Japanese Lover- Isabel Allende 
Heyday- Kurt Anderson 
Hagseed- Margaret Atwood 
Maddadam- Margaret Atwood  
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Jane Austen
The Idiot- Elif Batuman 
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 
Galore- Michael Crummy 
Flesh and Blood- Michael Cunningham
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
Barbarian Days of Surfing Life- William Finnegan 
The Turner House- Angela Flournoy 
Tree of Codes- Jonathan Safran Foer
Homegoing- Yaa Gyasi 
A Raisin in the Sun- Lorraine Hansberry 
The Line of Beauty- Alan Hollinghurst
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 
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 
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
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
The Omnivore's Dilemma- Michael Pollan 
A Hundred Thousand Worlds- Bob Proehl 
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers- Tom Rachman
Home- Marilyn Robinson
Lila- Marilyn Robinson
American Pastoral- Phillip Roth
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 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
Waterland- Graham Swift 
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
Cutting for Stone- Abraham Verghese
Memorial- Bruce Wagner
The Glass Castle- Jeanette Walls
Salvage the Bones- Jesmyn Ward 
Girls on Fire- Robin Wasserman
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953- Elizabeth Winder

1 comment:

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