While I am in the midst of composing my actual goals for 2014 (yes, I’m finally in that stage), I thought I would share my reading list for the year. I am so, so excited to read this year after composing this post. Want to know the best part? I already own all but 3 of these books. Cha-ching.
Last year I over committed by a long shot on what to read during the year (2 books a month? Who was I kidding?) So I have decided to take a step back in 2014 and set a more realistic goal. If I read more, then great (and I have a list of books ready if I do)! With such a busy year ahead, I have decided that I should be able to conquer reading 9 books in 2014. After all, this is something for me. I have always loved reading and shouldn’t let that fall away due to a busy schedule. I can and should make the time.
Side note: I could totally go for an awesome reading chair like the one here. This image reminds me of the all-nighters I pulled while compiling annotated bibliographies in college. I certainly don’t miss that!
Here’s what I have in mind for 2014:
January: The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy & Kathy Keller. I’m already through Chapter 1 (which I discussed here) and love it! And It Starts With Food– which ties into one of my year’s goals. Both of these books might not be entirely finished by the end of the month, but that’s okay. However, they are both extremely important for the year ahead so I wanted to start them as soon as I could!
February: Margin by Richard Swenson. This is about emotional, physical, financial and time needs for “overloaded” people. AKA: Me.
March: Crash the Chatterbox by my pastor, Steven Furtick. I’ve heard SUCH good things!
April: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Several teacher friends have taught this in World Literature and I want to try it out!
May: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Too many good things have been said about this book. I must read this book this year.
June/July/August (I’m bunching these months together because I’m not sure what kind of time wedding preparations and end-of-school-year season will provide me): Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas. Yes, another marriage book. I hope this will help keep me grounded during the craziness of the weeks leading up to the wedding–and remind me of the more important thing: the marriage, not the wedding.
September/October: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. I decided to read this after reading The Paris Wife (about Hadley Hemingway) and loving it. I’m a sucker for historical fiction.
November/December: Divergent by Veronica Roth. Too many of my students are reading these books for me to not know what they’re talking about. I’ve heard they’re The Hunger Games 2.0, so we’ll see.
Other hopefuls (ha!):
- Sarah’s Key (gifted to me by my mother-in-law–trying to make time!!)
- something by Ernest Hemingway (I’ve only ever read The Old Man & The Sea)
- The Great Gatsby (I am ashamed to say that I have struggled to get into this book 3 times. And I’m an English teacher. Maybe 2014 is the year it happens!)
- Life of Pi– there is teaching potential here.
- For Women Only– I’ve been curious for a while, but felt I should hold off until we are married
- Captivating– This will be my 4th time reading. I really feel like I could read it once a year and learn something new.
What do you plan on reading this year? Any recommendations?
[Photos found on Pinterest.]