I managed to read 113 books in 2013, a personal best for me (never having cracked the 100 mark before). Now that we’re done and dusted, what lies ahead for Sam Still Reading in 2014?
Obviously books (although it seems on Instagram, people prefer pictures of home cooked food and birds)! One of my biggest ‘problems’ is that I like reading about books and buying books nearly as much as reading them. So the first thing to do is keep reading books that I buy and perhaps looking at more electronic copies. (Or, just buying a few more bookcases). You can probably tell that I’m not too keen on changing my habits – so let’s just say that resolution one is to reduce the TBR pile. Fortunately, there’s a challenge for that – thanks to the bloggers who alerted me to the 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted at Bookish. My level will be 31-40 books (Sweet Summer Fling) from my pile, published in 2013 or earlier.
I also noticed that I read a lot of Australian writers in 2014 – especially women. So I’ll be joining the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2014. I’ll be aiming for Franklin level – 10 writers. This is not to say that I don’t love Australian men (writers or not, nudge nudge wink wink) so if there’s an Australian Men Writers Challenge out there, do let me know!
Of course, I’ll still be reading new release fiction and non-fiction (one of my addictions), whether it be from my own purchases or from publishers! There are loads of fantastic books coming out this year. Here are some of my picks from what I’ve heard/read…wonder how many I will end up reading?
- Before We Met – Lucie Whitehouse (a marriage with secrets and questions)
- The One Plus One – Jojo Moyes (sure this will be a tearjerker)
- Nora Webster – Colm Toibin (set ten years after Brooklyn)
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami (it’s going to be crazy and full of unanswered questions but beautiful)
- The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters (certain to be detailed and intricate)
- Outback Blaze – Rachael Johns (the second in the Bunyip Bay series)
- The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon (the end of the Jazz Age…can’t wait!)
- Frog Music – Emma Donoghue (a San Francisco murder mystery)
There are also new titles from favourite popular authors, including:
- Ken Follett
- Jodi Picoult
- Nick Hornby (about a 1960s TV sitcom)
Are you excited about any of these? Will you be setting yourself any reading challenges in 2014?