January 14, 2014

Reading List For 2014

This is my first time planning a reading list. It’s a little daunting. I usually have no clue what the kind of book I’ll read next let alone what its title is; it just depends on my mood and what I had just finished.

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My reading preferences are eclectic. To give you an idea, here are the three books I’m in the middle of right now:


I’ve never read YA fiction in about two decades, but since the play is coming to Omaha, and that’s kind of my thing,I’m reading the book.

Paris in Love: A Memoir

Mr. Wonderful saw this at a bookstore and thought I’d like it. I love travel stories, LOVE THEM, especially if they are funny, thoughtful, or set in France. This happens to have a bit of all three.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life

This book by Renée Peterson Trudeau is an exercise in reflection and a good motivator.

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So, I can be a little random.

Book List For 2014

However, I have made a list of books that I want to check out from the library, so I’ll share that list with you. Part of list has come from friends recommending great books they’d just finished, part comes from a random tweet with a link to HuffPost column about meaningful books that all sounded fascinating, and the rest comes from Goodreads.com.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

This was a friend’s recommendation and it sounds absolutely engrossing.

Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane #1)

Another friend recommendation, and it’s a book about friendship. How apropo. It’s the first in the series, so if I like this one, then I can tack on the others.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book by Gretchen Rubin. Having more fun sounds good to me.

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

This was one of the “9 meaningful books to read” list I mentioned above. In fact, the author of the list said if you pick just one, pick this one to read. So, I’ll have a reading date with Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., someday in 2014.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

When I run out of friend recommendations, I turn to whatshouldireadnext.com. This book was one that keeps popping up on searches for other books I’ve enjoyed. I think I ought to check it out.

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew

A book about food and drink set in France? You know I’m interested.

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

I enjoy reading the very funny, very good writer, Bill Bryson, and somehow have not read this one – the #1 travel book on Goodreads.


I have no idea why I have not managed to read Tina Fey’s book from a million years ago. I love her sense of humor, so maybe this year’s the year.

 A Thousand Splendid Suns

Since Khaled Husseini’s  “The Kite Runner” was really moving, I’ve been wanting to read this book of his for a long time.

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I’ll be honest. I’ll probably forget about half of these by May and I’ll have read something completely different. Someone check back on me mid-year and remind me of this post.

Your turn: What’s on your 2014 reading list?