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.

2 comments:

  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!

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    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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