Here is my list of books to read for 2014. It is extremely short, because 1) I don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to, 2) There are always just too many books I would like to read, 3) The book club I am in dictates a lot of what I read–especially at the times when we seem to meet during consecutive months, and 4) I am pretty spontaneous about the type of book I happen to be in the mood for the moment I finish a book.
1) The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J. K. Rowling — So far I have yet to read a Rowling book I did not like, including The Casual Vacancy, which had very mixed reviews. This one on the other hand has great reviews and sounds very different from what I normally read. I am anxious to find the time for this one!
2) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty — This one just looks intriguing to me, and I already have it downloaded on my Kindle. Might be considered chick-lit, which as long as it’s not completely predictable is still my favorite genre.
3) & 4) Deadlocked & Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris — These are the last two books in this series…#12 and 13. Though I have heard already that they are not great, I’ve read the first 11, so I feel obligated to finish the series!
5) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter — My bff gave me this in the hospital when I had Avery and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Hopefully this will be the year.
And finally, here is a visual of other books I am interested to read…but no way am I going to put on my list, because they may or may not happen in 2014.
I did this last year as well…with a lot more books!
I essentially copied my “Books to Read in 2013” post from January. I read 5 out of 9 of the books on my main list, and read 2 more off of my secondary list. They are crossed out with dates below.
Books to Read in 2013:
Allegiant by Veronica Roth — The third book in the Divergent trilogy is set to come out this fall. I can’t wait for this one! (Finished 11/2013)
2) Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn — After reading Gone Girl, I’m dying to try out one of her other books, though I think this one is even more dark and twisted, which is not a typical read for me. Still want to give it a try.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson — I have owned this one for quite some time, but just haven’t gotten around to reading it. I hear it is absolutely hilarious! (Finished 3/2013)
4) Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12) by Charlaine Harris — There is only one more Sookie book after this one before the series finally ends. Each book is certainly not a masterpiece, but having read 11 of them already I am anxious to see how it will all turn out. I have this one waiting patiently on my bookshelf as well, so I just need to read it!
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling — Though I know this book is nothing like Harry Potter, I don’t care, I still want to read it because I think Rowling is fantastic. It’s a must-read this year, since I didn’t get around to it last year. (Finished 3/2013)
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2) by Alan Bradley — I adored the first book in this series, and there are three more after this one, so I need to get with it and keep reading. These books are so unique and fun, plus I’m still amazed that the lead character is an eleven-year old girl and these books are written by a retired, older male. (Finished 7/2013)
7) Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss — Woodiwiss is one of my Mom’s favorite authors and I have yet to read any of her novels. This is a long one, but I’ve heard one of the best. It’s on my Kindle ready to read.
8) The Chosen by Chaim Potok — I got this one at our Christmas book club party, it sounds interesting and seems to be a fast read.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Alexie Sherman — Someone else got this one at book club, and I have been very interested to read it ever since. (Finished 2/2013)
~The rest of these books are ones that sound very intriguing and that I may or may not get to this year, but hope to someday read:
Paris in Love by Eloisa James (Finished 6/2013)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) by Luisa Weiss
All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane Austen by Amy Elizabeth Smith
Little Men (Little Women #2) by Louisa May Alcott
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty
The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch (Finished 5/2013)