Thursday, 9 January 2014

14 Books To Read In 2014


A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that he made a list of 14 books in read in 2014, in which he tagged me as he had already finished one of my favourite reads of 2013 (The Snow Child by Ewoyn Ivey).

As a big reader anyway, I thought that this was a great idea and decided to do the same. It may also help me to get through the huge pile of books I already own but haven't gotten around to reading yet.

These are the books that I plan to read in 2014, in no particular order...

1. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J Watson - As I somehow ended up with a paperback and kindle version of this book,  my husband and I were going to read it at the same time so that we could discuss it. He actually read it about a year a go and it has taken me until now to get started. Oops. I like to describe this book as a bit like the film 50 First Dates but with a dark-side. 

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - This is another book which has been sitting on my book shelf for far too long! I would really like to read it before the film comes out which I think is in February. Set in Nazi Germany this 'Young Adult' book focuses on a young girl with a love of reading. I have heard nothing but great things about this book and I am really looking forward to finally reading it.

3. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern -  A book about the sudden and unexpected arrival of a mysterious circus and the competition of two young magicians. I don't really know anything else about this book but in this case I think that is probably best, the mystery is certainly intriguing.

4. The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson - I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Psychopath Test' by Jon Ronson when I read it a couple of years ago and am eager to read more by him. I recently watched the film of the same title which convinced me to give this book a read. Jon Ronson's books aren't fiction but I'm not sure you could call them non-fiction either, perhaps truth with the occasional embellishment or exaggeration, but fascinating investigations in to unusual topics nonetheless.

5. Life of Pi by Yann Martel - This was one of those books that everyone seemed to be talking about at the end of 2012/beginning of 2013 and another one that I would like to read before I see the film. I have heard its difficult to get in to but worth it in the end.

6. and 7. The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman - I read the first book of the  'His Dark Materials' trilogy, Northern Lights, in 2013 which I did quite enjoy. I would like to finish the rest of the series whilst it is still fresh in my mind or else the second and third may become a little confusing. 

8. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - A classic which I am sure I should have read many years ago. I have started it a couple of times before but I am determined to finish it this year. If you don't already know it is the story of a group of young boys who are stranded on an island after a plane crash without an adult in sight.

9. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  is one of my favourite books of all time. Wide Sargasso Sea was written as a sort of prequel to Jane Eyre which looks in to the back -story of one of the characters and is based in 1830s Jamaica. I thought this one may be quite interesting and provide a new insight in to one of my favourite books.

10. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick - I enjoyed the film and I have heard that the book is even better. The main character Pat has just left a mental health facility and is determined to win back his estranged wife with the help of recent widow Tiffany. The only thing that puts me off is that it apparently includes some major spoilers for other classic novels which I hope to read in the future.

11.  East of the Sun by Julia Gregson - I somehow ended up with two or three copies of this book and am still yet to read it. 2014 will be the year. It is the story of three women each on their way to India in 1928, a chaperone, a bride and a bridesmaid, each with their own secrets and hopes for their new beginnings in Bombay.

12. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini - This is my sister's favourite book and one that she keeps telling me to read. I did actually start it years ago and got about a third of the way through but for some reason couldn't concentrate on it. It is the story of two women in Afghanistan and the oppression and second-class treatment that they are subjected to.

13. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - My husband got this book as a present for Christmas and it was highly recommended by his family. It is a mystery/thriller and is about the disappearance of a woman on her wedding anniversary, with her husband as the main suspect. I definitely need to read more books from this sort of genre.

14.  Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips - If ever I am at loss as to what to read next I simply pop on to my favourite book blog - booksandboxes.blogspot.co.uk and know that I can rely on Jasmine's recommendations. We largely have the same tastes in books and her reviews are insightful but without giving too much away and her passion for reading is inspiring. This book is one of her favourites from 2013 and her description makes it sound hilarious. Being an 'Ancient History nerd' as she calls them, I have a feeling I am going to love it! See her review here - link.

What books are you planning to read in 2014? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know by commenting below....

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1 comment:

  1. i enjoyed novels of golding and Hosseini . but lord of flies is the first by golding. next novels are strongerand deeper. you wish to read the pyramid. it is the one/

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