2014 Reading Resolutions

15 Jan

Hello all! Firstly I’d like to wish you all a very Happy New Year full of loads of excellent reading and book connecting.  I’ve been reflecting quite a bit these days on my reading resolutions for this year, while reading of course.  I’ve decided to be practical and throw out some titles that I’d like to pick up this year.  Last year I wanted to read more varied and I think I attempted that but I wouldn’t say it was a total success, but not bad.  I also wanted to read more classics.  Well that was a bomb!  However, I did read more Afo Literature, which I will continue to do this year.  I did read some graphic novels and thoroughly enjoyed all of them.  Now enough of last year and on to what is happening and what you and I have to look forward to.  The following books have been on my shelves now since about the month of November.  The main reading goal of this year is to read as many of those big books that are hanging around on the shelves that I’ve been passing over.  The next big goal is to try to read quality.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t get in a little Walking Dead or something else light now and then.

These first 3 are called The Australian trilogy and it’s by Bryce Courtney.  Now I’ve read The Power of One and Tandia and enjoyed them immensely.  I saw these three on Goodreads and I thought they would help me fulfill the Australian reading challenge over on Booklover Book Reviews.  I’m aspiring to take part in and to succeed at the Wallaroo challenge.  If you guys have any titles to recommend, drop them in a few lines below.

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The next trilogy I’d like to attempt is MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood.  Now I’ve only had the pleasure of reading two of her books The Robber Bride and The Handmaid’s Tale and they both left me reflecting for some time there after.  They were excellent!  So, I figured since MaddAddam came out in September 2013, why not check out the entire series.  I hate nothing more than reading book one and then having to wait 2 years for the next bit to be published.  Having the entire trilogy in my possession is sparking my interest  even more.

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Now the next books are my prize winners/finalists for something.  I can’t help it but I just fall for those kinds of books.  Pulitzer, Man Booker, Nobel Prize in Literature, Women’s Prize,etc. you name it and I’m checking it out.  One of these is and oldie and hopefully a goodie and the other two were finalists for the Man Booker.  I’ve been dying to read them and I’m sure some of you already have.  I received these books in November for my birthday and couldn’t make the shift to get started on any of them. 2014 is the moment!

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The next two are epic novels that are being talked about and raved over all over the net, in newspapers, and literary magazines for a few months now.  They have been on my TBR since I heard they were being released at the end of last year.  I absolutely have to read these two books this year.  One is from the young new Booker prize winner and the other is from an astounding author whose last book was published in 2002 and whose first book was a hit that her fans can’t stop talking about, The Secret History.

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These last three novels were picked up toward the end of last year as well.  Curiosity is the best way to describe why I picked them up.  This will be my first time  trying these authors but I’ve heard so many good things about the first 2.  The last one I discovered while reading a Goodreads pitch about it.  I couldn’t resist.  They say curiosity killed the cat but I prefer to use Stephen King’s variation “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought him back”.  That’s definitely going to be me in 2014.










Well that’s all I have for reading goals in 2014.  I want to read loads of big books and most of all good books.  I’m participating in the 2014 Big Book Challenge where we read books over 400 pages.  I’ve challenged myself to 10 books this year.  Last year I challenged myself to 5 and I read 7 which was pretty good because I didn’t really read that many big books. I felt like I was subconsciously avoiding them.  This year a big book is going to be the go to book.  My Goodreads 2014 reading challenge is 55 books just like last year.  I succeeded in reading 58 books in 2013 and stayed at least 1 book ahead on my reading challenge the entire year.  I was pretty proud of myself for that.  I’m looking forward to bringing you more reviews and maybe even introducing you to some books you wouldn’t normally read.  I’ll be continuing Teacher Feature as I find more interesting teachers that you’ll enjoy reading about.  I also hope to do some more book spine poetry and some hauls.  There may be more surprises throughout the year as well so sit tight, keep reading, and commenting. :)

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14 responses to “2014 Reading Resolutions

  1. Cecilia

    January 15, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Wonderful list! I have many of these on my TR list as well. I’m currently reading A Tale for the Time Being and enjoying it. I read The Lowland last year and really liked that one too. I hope you enjoy them as well. I’m also a sucker for prize winners. I have a lot of big books on my list for 2014, so I’ll check out the challenge that you mentioned.

    • didibooksenglish

      January 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

      Yeah I figure a lot of us die hard readers have a lot of these books to read this year. I’m really looking forward to the Aussie challenge to discover Down Under in books. Will be doing my introductory post this weekend, probably on Sunday.

  2. Nish

    January 15, 2014 at 3:09 am

    You’re inspiring me to consider The Big Book Challenge. Let’s see. It’s a challenge I’ve always avoided, but this year, I may just jump into it.

    And I love that quote “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought him back”. Awesome one!

    • didibooksenglish

      January 15, 2014 at 9:41 am

      You should join in on the Big books Challenge. You read a lot already and I’m sure you could challenge yourself to read one more big books. You set the goal yourself. Yes I love that quote too. Stephen King is a genius!

  3. Yvonne Anwanwan

    January 15, 2014 at 3:16 am

    Now you’ve got my interest sparked!

  4. Vonnie

    January 15, 2014 at 4:25 am

    The potato factory is not listed in my library’s catalog. However, Tommo & Hawk is expected soon

    • didibooksenglish

      January 15, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Well you should start with the Potato Factory since it is book 1.

  5. margaret21

    January 15, 2014 at 6:27 am

    Oh, you’ll be good and busy. I’m a bit ashamed that I’ve only read one of your ‘must reads’ so far: Kavalier and Clay (hated it). And I see you’ve had a go at graphic novels too and enjoyed the experience. I can’t seem to get on with them. It seems so arduous reading the text at the same time as exploring the images. I know I’m missing something as they are so popular. Maybe someone will take me in hand and show me the way. Oh dear, I’ve come over as very negative. But no, your post sparked enthusiasm to look out for quite a few of the titles you mentioned. Thank you!

    • didibooksenglish

      January 15, 2014 at 9:47 am

      No you haven’t. I wasn’t so keen on them in the beginning either. I guess it’s my husband’s influence that got me started. I also started to love them when I realised there were some really interesting stories out there other than the typical superhero type comic. Will be putting up a couple of reviews on 2 comics I started the year with. As for K&C I hope I’m going to love it. I think I will. I usually like Pulitzer Prize winners. Well you’ll see when I review it. Are you interested in reading any of my must reads? Which ones?

      • margaret21

        January 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

        Well, I realise I haven’t got much further than Peter Carey as far as Australian novelists go: I’m currently reading his ’30 days in Sydney’, a very idiosyncratic and enjoyable take on a city and continent I know not at all. So the Bryce Courtney trilogy’s on the list. Then the Ruth Ozeki appealed. So does ‘Mrs. Poe’, as I enjoy novels that are rooted in documented history but don’t feel obliged to stick closely and only to the verifiable facts. So much to read, so little time…..

      • didibooksenglish

        January 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm

        I totally agree. I try not to think about it. Makes me anxious. ;)

  6. Adria J. Cimino

    January 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    This is a great list… I’m interested in reading “The Goldfinch” and “We Are Water.” Just too many books and too little time! I look forward to reading more of your reviews in 2014!

    • didibooksenglish

      January 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks Adira! I have so many good ones I feel like a kid in a candy shop sometimes. It’s hard to choose. We’ll have to get together in Paris when it’s warmer.


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