12 books you & I should read in 2014
12 books you & I should read in 2014
I love reading. Which makes sense considering I love writing. They sort of go hand in hand. And by sort of, I mean they do. I haven’t met a writer who didn’t love to read. If you love words, you’ll love them no matter how you utilize them.
One of my simpler New Year’s Resolutions was to read a book a month this year. Finish 12 books in 2014. In high school or middle school, that would have been a joke of a resolution. I could devour a book in just a day or two, and could easily finish two in a week if I was in a reading mood. I don’t even count the ones I had to read for class (many of which later became favorites). I read as often as I could until I got to college.
When I started college I hit a brick wall.
A brick wall filled with so much college reading material that reading for enjoyment was not joyful. On summer vacations and winter breaks, I had no desire to pick up a book. I did finish a few despite the homework. The Hunger Games in particular I remember reading on top of text books. But for the most part reading for fun was gone…
Then I did all that marriage/moving/career stuff, and it wasn’t until a few months ago on a date to Barnes and Noble that I found myself picking reading back up again. I bought the first in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, the first book to the Game of Thrones series, and a healthy crockpot cookbook. The first two books I finished in a matter of days, eagerly purchasing the 2nd and 3rd novels in the Veronica Roth trilogy and finding myself contemplating my existence on earth after finishing Never Let Me Go. The Game of Thrones book was a little harder to get into, but you get the idea.
I finally have free time, so finishing a book a month should be no problem at all. I’m going to be honest about this too. I won’t even count the the entire Harry Potter series I’m rereading for the umpteenth time.
Even if you’re not into resolutions, I challenge you to read 12 books this year too. Even if you don’t like reading, or say you don’t have the time (turn off Netflix) I’m challenging you to read just 12 books. Why? I think George R. R. Martin puts it best,
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
Here’s 12 recommendations that come with a signed seal of approval from me:
1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
3. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
4. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
5. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman
6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. Divergent by Veronica Roth
8. Peace Like A River by Leif Enger
9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
11. The Giver by Lois Lowry
12. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
(I wanted to add so many more to this list, and if you have a certain genre you like – I can suggest a multitude of books within that genre!)
And here is a list of 12 I want to read this year:
1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
2. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
3. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
4. White Teeth by Zadie Smith
5. MWF seeks BFF by Rachel Bertsche
6. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wells
7. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
8. Watership Down by Richard Adams
9. A Little Princes by Frances Hodgson Burnett
10. Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
11. Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
12. How To Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie
The first five on my list I actually already purchased from Alibris. If you’ve never used that website for book purchases, you are missing out! They sell books that national retailers weren’t able to sell due to bent or discolored pages, and/or already used books. I’ve never received a book from them I wasn’t able to read due to damage and the joy of reading comes at prices as low as $0.99.
What’s on your reading list in 2014?