2014 Reading Resolutions

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.

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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. 🙂

Poetry from Spine to Spine – I am Charlotte Simmons

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I am Charlotte Simmons –  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231.I_am_Charlotte_Simmons

Loving Frankhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/898885.Loving_Frank

An Accidental Affair – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11737273-an-accidental-affair?ac=1

Between Lovershttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/339698.Between_Lovers/

The Alchemy of Desire – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/328470.The_Alchemy_of_Desire

Perfect Chemistry – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4268157-perfect-chemistry

Poetry From Spine to Spine – Love

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Love – Toni Morrison  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11326.Love

In the Kitchen – Monica Ali  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6065178-in-the-kitchen

Sexy – Joyce Carol Oates  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12523.Sexy

Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7619057-warm-bodies

Tumbling – Diane McKinney-Whetstone  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/429931.Tumbling

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37781.Things_Fall_Apart

Behind the Beautiful Forevers – Katherine Boo  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11869272-behind-the-beautiful-forevers

Books you should read?

Yesterday, a book I’d ordered from TheBookDepository.co.uk came and as usual I found one of their original IMG_1626paper bookmarks inside the package next to my spanking brand new book, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal,and the Real Count of Monte Cristo.  Love these bookmarks!  I already have a collection of them; even one that glows in the dark that has a Halloween theme.  This time the bookmark was labeled on one side ‘International Books you should read as voted for by our customers’.  The titles were marked in different languages.  The other side was marked ‘Books you should read as voted for by our customers’.  I’m not sure when this survey took place but I would guess within the last year.  From what was listed, I’d personally like to finish Harry Potter, and read The Fault in Our Stars, A Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and The Road.  What do you think of the list?  Is there anything that surprised you on this list?  What would you like to read on this list? Here is what was listed:

Life of Pi                                                      The Lord of the Rings

Great Expectations                                       The Hobbit

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy            The Slap

Catch-22                                                       Tomorrow When the War Began

The Alchemist                                               Little Women

The Book Thief                                              A Game of Thrones

Pride & Prejudice                                          The Catcher in the Rye

Jane Eyre                                                      The Hunger Games

The Thorn Birds                                            Wuthering Heights

1984                                                              The Great Gatsby

Cloudstreet                                                    A Fortunate Life

Harry Potter                                                   American Gods

To Kill a Mockingbird                                    Alice in Wonderland

Animal Farm                                                  My Sister’s Keeper

Dracula                                                          The Road

The Help                                                        We Need to Talk About Kevin

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo                     Twilight

The Time Traveler’s Wife                                The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Fault in Our Stars                                    The Perks of Being a Wallflower