Saturday, January 18, 2014

Reading goals for 2014

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Trying to get going again, this link-up seemed like an easy way to start.  I actually could use some more suggestions.  I like a lot of non-fiction (A. J. Jacobs is a favorite), but I do read fiction.  I have a hard time determining what I'm really going to like I guess.

But here's what's up for me so far:

Heaven is for Real (The movie is coming out soon and this one has been recommended a lot since we lost our baby.)
The Poisonwood Bible (Kind of embarrassed to admit I haven't read this yet, but I have a copy in hand!)
Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy (Recommended by a friend)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Also embarrassed to admit I haven't read this yet.)
Evolving in Monkey Town (Recently read A Year of Biblical Womanhood and would like to see what else Rachel Held Evans has to say.)
The Complete Stories (Flannery O'Connor)
Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashares--5th book in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series)
Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
The Red Tent

I'm not a goal-oriented person at all, but I always have this list of books I'd like to get to and I think reading goals might actually be something I could accomplish.  However, I instituted a policy a few years ago that if the book doesn't interest me enough, I can stop reading it.  I'm not forcing myself through books anymore.  Life is too short and I'm sure there are plenty of ones I will love out there.  If I can put it down easily, if I can go to bed and not try to feign insomnia so I can get up and read more late at night, if I can get through it without recommending it to someone else--it's not good enough (for me).  I think I have rather unpredictable taste in books so just because I don't like it doesn't mean it's not good.

So here goes!

See Haley's link-up at Carrots for Michaelmas for more.


  1. Interesting list! I loved Memoirs of a Geisha and The Poisonwood Bible, though Barbara Kingsolver gets too preachy at the end. I tried reading the KL trilogy because everybody on the internet is reading it and raves about it, but.... I'm not Catholic so maybe that's the problem, but there seemed like a good deal of misogyny in there. Then again I was also reading the older translation which has awkward language - I've heard it's best to try the newer translation which has language that fits the "tone" of the Norwegian better. I'll be interested to see if you like it!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Caroline. I'm in the Poisonwood Bible now and your comments keeps running through my head! I'll have to see if I agree. My friend also raves about KL so I feel like I have to read it just to understand HER better!


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