Friday, January 23, 2015

A Plan for Reading More Books in 2015.

On and off over the years, I'm an avid reader. Honestly, I really got burned out in college (minoring in English and reading approx 10,000 pages in 10 weeks will do that you I suppose!) and took a break for a few years. Eventually though, I came back with a vengeance. Now, the reason I don't read as much as I like is life... work... Candy Crush... Netflix. So many distractions! Last summer, I made it a goal to read every night when I went to bed. And I read a LOT of books. So I want to bring back that habit... and I have a plan to go with it.

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A few days ago on Facebook, I asked for book recommendations since I have a fair amount of travel time in my future and I'm on the hunt for new books.  I got an overwhelming response and now my list is HUGE! Good problem to have, right? :)

And so I can keep track of it, here's the list I received (in the order I received it!):

Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
China Girls, Shanghai Girls, Dreams of Joy, Snow Flower & the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
A Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Mean Streak by Sandra Brown
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (still can't believe I haven't read this!)
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wisner
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (multiple recommendations for this one!)
The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Defending Jacob by William Landay

And previously on my list that are holdovers from the last time and not mentioned by someone....
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
The Help by Kathyn Stockett
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen (the Rizzoli & Isles series - love the TV show!)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

So I look at this amazing list of 50+/- books and think this:

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Right?! Please tell me I'm not alone on that one! And to be perfectly honest, after getting such an awesome list, I wasn't sure where I wanted to start...

Lucky me though, I happened to be on Pinterest later that day, and found this challenge. YES. 26 books in 2015? A book every other week? That I can do! And I like the challenge of taking my new list of must-reads from my friends and family, then working my way through it like this:

And I will start with number 1! There are more than a few that will fit that prompt I'm sure. :)

In the meantime, I will be finishing up I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson... it's interesting but annoying and slow all at the same time.  Almost done though so I plan on finishing it...

I'll periodically update on here how this plan progresses! In the meantime....

What are you reading? :)


  1. That sounds like a really fun challenge. I read daily and it's still not as much as I wish! Lately I'm reading a lot of children's literature. Trevor will check out a huge stack from the library and put any "Mommy, you have GOT to read this!" books on a stack for me. It's about 60% of the books he reads. :)

    1. Oh my goodness. Trevor is too cute! How could you say no to that?! :)


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