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:

WAR HORSE 


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.

Bossypants


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?