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My 2014 Book List

Books to Read 2014

I have compiled a list of books that I want to read, or listen to, over the coming year. I like to listen to books when I’m doing mind numbing work or driving. However, I find that I retain information better when I read, as opposed to listen. I also enjoy imagining the voices for different characters. Although I must admit, there are a few audiobook narrators that are very talented. I especially enjoy Jim Dale, he narrated all of the Harry Potter books, among others. Dale changes his voice for every character and reads with true emotion. He captivates the mind and creates an immersive experience.

When I do actual reading, I prefer a tangible copy over digital. Digital copies are cheaper, easier to come by and better for the environment, but there is something about curling up with a book that truly appeals to me. I like the smell of old books and flicking through the pages. I enjoy marking my page and visually seeing my progression through the book. Above all, I desire to have a large personal library of books to display. I want to be the crazy old lady with a house full of books and cats.

As of this very moment, there are seven books that I began over the past few years and have yet to finish. It’s not as if I have become disinterested in them. Quite the contrary, I am keen to finish them. However, it would seem that I have the reading version of ADD. I am easily distracted and find it hard to come back to just one book. I blame the Internet for this. With a thousand lifetime’s worth of knowledge at my fingertips, I often bounce from site to site, subject to subject without a moment’s hesitation. If a topic or word, comes up during my reading that I find particularly interesting or vexing, I’ll stray from my reading and investigate said topic; often spending hours devouring new and somewhat interconnected subjects. Staying in one place for long is so last century ;)


Books to Read 2014

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien – I attempted listening to the audio version at the beginning of this year, but found I wasn’t retaining enough information. The Silmarillion is very detailed and contains a lot of information about Tolkien’s history and lineage of Middle Earth.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglass Adams – I have a book containing the entire Hitchhiker’s series and read the first book of the series a while ago. I also listened to an audio version of the second book late last year, narrated by Martin Freeman. He did a nice job and because I saw the movie before reading the book, his voice fits perfectly with my imagination of the Arthur Dent character. I am torn between reading the third book and continuing with the audio series.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – The novel of which the wildly popular HBO series is based. Unable to read the books before the series’ inception, I started reading this book well into my viewing of the second season on a flight to Hawaii and that is where my progress ended.

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins – I am nearly finished with this book and have only a few chapters to go. The arguments Dawkins presents are logical, succinct and quite useful. Although, I do find his presentation to be a bit pompous at times and this is coming from someone who is in complete agreement with him.

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – I read the entire Percy Jackson series and have only begun to start Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series. I admit, these are very childlike books, but I am drawn to them. Perhaps influenced by my childhood love of the Harry Potter books.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – I started re-reading this before the release of the second film, great movie by the way, and was unable to finish it before seeing the film. I’ve read the book before and know they story, but I find it uncomfortable leaving an unfinished book. It haunts the back of my mind.

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – If not glaringly obvious by now, I am a huge Middle Earth fan. These books I have also read before, multiple times in fact. About a year or so ago, I began to re-read them and now they lie in a pile by my nightstand, waiting for me to finish them.


Books to read 2014

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Oh Myyy!: There Goes the Internet by George Takei

The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

This year, my goal is to read each and every one of the aforementioned books. I like to make goals for every year, not resolutions, as that implies a firm determination that apparently I am incapable of. Goals however, are something to strive for. They are not resolute in their existence, but can be changed and rewarded. Failure, although inevitable, is something I despise. If I feel that I may fail in an endeavor, it is very likely that I will not even attempt it. Over the years, I have gotten better at this. Substituting goals for resolutions and purposely attempting things that I know I will fail at; often surprising myself and succeeding. My goal leaves me at approximately one book per month. Certainly an obtainable feat and one that I will reward with new books and perhaps a fancy new bookshelf to store them in.

What’s on your reading list this year?

  • beautylovesbooks

    I prefer reading instead of listening too, but I listen to audiobooks when my eyes are tired. I love e-books because my Kindle is pretty light and some books tend to be quite heavy and you can check words in the disctionary and Wikipedia on your Kindle. I also love to check facts.

    • http://whimsicalallure.com/ Lindsey D

      E-readers are convenient, I guess I’m just a traditionalist when it comes to reading. I do own a rooted Nook though and find it quite handy on vacations.

  • http://cosmoslyn.blogspot.com.au/ Ailyn Koay

    the silmarillion is not a book you only read once, it is like Dickens, slow yet so nice

  • Rusin D

    Great list of books. I really want to read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I’ve heard about them a lot.


  • lionstigersandfashionohmy.com

    Thank you for sharing and great idea to listen in the car. My bf and I drive between NY and Michigan a lot this would be so nice to listen to something, music gets old after a couple hours!



    • http://whimsicalallure.com/ Lindsey D

      It’s great to pass the time! My family used to bring an audiobook along on every road trip.

  • http://oneticktobesick.blogspot.com/ Chelsea W

    I hope you make it through A Game of Thrones. It’s so worth it to read the complete series.

  • http://alysalovely.com/ Alysa E Friesen

    Mindy Kahling’s book is SO GOOD! It’s Hilarious! :) Hope you enjoy it :)

  • Christine Ly

    I read the Lord of The Rings trilogy in the 5th grade and it’s what really got me into reading books. I got the Game of Thrones book set for Christmas but haven’t been able to get through it, though. Lately I’ve been reading textbooks.

    Invisible Blush

  • http://msberrystylish.blogspot.com/ Sierra Calah

    I’ve always wanted to read the Hobbit but never found the time. But this year I want to find more time for books because I use to be obsessed with reading <3

    – Sierra Calah ♡ Berry Stylish  
    Giveaway going on now! :) 

  • Stephanie Medeiros

    Loved the Dark Tower Series, huge fan of A Song of Ice & Fire, and read most of Tolkien’s work. Although, I only recommend The Silmarillion if people prefer reading lore and “history” before plot, kinda like reading Dungeons & Dragons lore books and whatnot, haha.

    • http://whimsicalallure.com/ Lindsey D

      I listened to probably half of The Silmarillion before deciding that I had better read it. It’s sooo detailed. I love looking up trivia and background information on my favorite books though, so I’ll enjoy it. I just want to be able to remember it after I’m finished :)

  • Heerea

    I love the fact that you are reading all the Tolkien books! I absolutely love his work and they are also something that I am really looking forward to read during summer break! I also feel the same way about digital books- there is nothing better than curling up and having the books in your hands. Enjoy reading! :)


  • Fairy Wind

    You have summed up my thoughts about audio books and paper ones very well. I enjoyed reading your post very much. Thanks

  • http://www.atelierzozo.com/ zozo

    Resolving to do something and setting a goal are the same to me haha
    I’m interested in The Silmarillion (Gandalf is an angel!?) and Mindy Kaling’s book too.
    The Road by Cormac McCarthy has been on my list for a while and I finally started reading it a couple days ago.

    x atelier zozo

  • Andrea Shepherd

    So many of these are great! I am almost done with day 2 of the KingKiller Chronicles. It is wonderful!


  • KPsays

    I cannot do audio books! My mind wanders while listening. I like to actually read the words and escape. I prefer actual “books”, but have given in to the digital age for convenience. When traveling, my kindle weighs less than the actual books I read ;)

  • Mieke Beelen

    I always start reading, but somehow i cannot finish it… Nice blog! I started following you. Please take a look at my blog: http://nancy-mulhouse.blogspot.be/
    I only started las month and some tips are more than welcome! Thank you x Mieke

  • Meg Casson

    I have really gotten into reading lately and I will definitely check some of these out, thanks!


  • Helen

    I love Stephen King, although some of his books never quite get to how good they could be, they sometimes end a bit silly

    Please come check out my latest post
    if you have time :)

    Fragile Bird
    | http://www.fragile-bird.blogspot.co.uk



  • Lucy Platt

    love reading when i find the time, feel like i’m always behind the times when it comes to new books, just finished the fault in our stars and it was amazing, would fully recommend it. Though think most people will already have read it!!! :)

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