Making a list of books to read shows good intentions (whether genuine or fake) and eliminates the need for optimistic thoughts like "I'll stumble on this one book again, out of the hundreds of thousands of books I could possibly reach for in this library. When I see it I'll remember that I wanted to read it, I'll have the time to read it, and I'll actually (gasp) read it."
Here's my newest list:
How we live & why we die: the secret lives of cells / Lewis Wolpert
Nocturnes: five stories of music and nightfall / Kazuo Ishiguro
The Sugar Queen: a novel / Sarah Addison Allen
Child 44 / Tom Rob Smith
Catching Fire: how cooking made us human / Richard Wrangham
more to come...