At the very beginning of this year, I made a list of 15 books that I really wanted to read (mainly) in 2014. I knew there was no way I was going to finish this list (I’m a mood reader, it just wasn’t going to happen) but my goal was five. And I MADE IT!!!
1. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
3. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
4. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (YES!)
5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt (YES!)
6. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (YES!)
8. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
9. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (YES!)
10. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (YES!)
12. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
13. Looking for Alaska by John Green
14. The Radleys by Matt Haig
15. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Though I do wish I had been able to get through more, and still want to read all of these, I’m pretty impressed with achieving my five. I’m one of those people who are constantly drawn away from my own shelves with shiny new releases, but am slowly learning how to balance my reading.
Work is picking up and I know I won’t be able to read any more of these between now and the end of December, so I thought I would start thinking about my list for next year! I’m not going to repeat any of the books from my previous list, though those will count as bonuses!
15 Books I Want to Read in 2015
(Setting my goal at 6 this year!)
1. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
I read and adored J.R.’s latest book, Sutton, and have always been meaning to go back and read his memoir, The Tender Bar. I finally have a copy and am hoping to get to it very early into next year.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I know I will love this book. I just have a tendency to shy away from classics because getting into the writing takes me a great deal of effort, but it is time for me to try. I have the most beautiful edition of this, which Jay bought for me when I graduated, and yesterday I pulled it off my shelf to read the inscription and felt inspired. I can’t wait to finally read it!
3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Secret History was on this year’s list and turned out to be one of the best books I have ever read. Now it’s time to continue!
4. Among Others by Jo Walton
This is another book I know I will love. Everything about it sounds fantastic, I just haven’t picked it up yet, and I have no idea why!
5. The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
This book has made the rounds, and I have yet to hear one bad thing about it. Boyden himself is a lovely lovely man and I know this will be an absolutely amazing read. Though I’ll admit… I’m a little worried about the violence. It will take a little shove but I do really want to read it!
6. My Life in France by Julia Child
I bought this last year in Paris at Shakespeare & Company. I had that feeling when you buy a book you know will be absolutely perfect, when you get a warmth buzzing from the inside out. I read the first few chapters on our trip and then got home and fell back into my usual routine of reading work books and new releases and never gave this book the time and love it deserved. Needless to say, Julia and I have unfinished business.
7. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Joan Didion is just one of those people everyone seems to respect. I knew nothing about her until getting a job in a bookstore a few years back. Now I own the book, and have every intention of finding out what this lady is all about.
8. Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson
2015 looks like it will be a year of staying home. With my fiancé back in school, we are going to be watching out spending and so I intend to be an armchair traveller and let Bill Bryson lead the way!
9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I still can’t believe I haven’t read this book. That is all.
10. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
I love my scary books, so it still shocks me that I’ve owned Jackson’s work for a very long time and have not given it a shot yet. I also have The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery and Other Stories, so maybe this will be a Jackson-filled year?
11. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower I) by Stephen King
Speaking of my scary reads, Stephen King and I have finally become acquainted and now I can’t wait to grow our friendship. I found a copy of this at a university book sale and the cover is simply perfection. I can’t wait!
12. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I bought this book as a teenager and it’s battered and beat up but I don’t know if I ever finished it. I’ve heard wonderful things about how magical the story is and now I want to go back and try again!
13. The Family Fang by Kevin Wilson
One of my coworkers asks me every few months if I have read this yet. He is so convinced I will love it and last Christmas, I bought a copy for myself. Now I actually have to read it!
14. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I saw the play for Wicked this year and loved it. Now I want to go back and read the book, as well as look into other of Maguire’s works!
15. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
This is a children’s classic that somehow escaped me as a kid. I’ve seen the film plenty of times but would love to read the real story.
And that is it for me! These are all books that are currently on my shelves, waiting patiently to be read. Let me know if you recommend starting with any ones in specific or if you have any books you really want to read in the coming year!