This is one of my nerdiest posts of the year and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
I loved the books I read in 2014 and wanted to give a quick list of what I was able to get to, in no particular order.
1. The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller
2. The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith
3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. Divergent by Veronica Roth
5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
7. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
8. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
9. Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick
10. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
11. The Harry Potter series (a re-read)
Below are the books I will read this year:
1. Make It Happen by Lara Casey: I just finished reading this on Sunday and I look forward to referring back to this book for a long time to come. I highly recommend it!
2. Seven by Jen Hatmaker: I’ve been looking at this book for a while now based on several recommendations and I’m excited to make time for it. It’s about ridding yourself of excess in seven areas of your life. I look forward to sharing about it.
3. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: This is Zach’s favorite book of all time and he’s been hounding me to read it for a while. It’s about time. That way I can understand his references for the rest of our lives.
4. Bread + Wine by Shauna Niequist: I received several of her books for Christmas that I look forward to reading and this is one of them. It also has recipes throughout that I am excited to try.
5. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini: I teach “The Kite Runner” and I would like to know what his other writings are like. I also have several students who have inquired about this text and I don’t have a frame of reference to offer.
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: This is one of my friend’s favorite books. I am less familiar with Emily Bronte and have only read Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.”
7. You + Me Forever by Francis and Lisa Chan: This was another Christmas gift. I look forward to learning more about marriage and how to continue to grow as a wife.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: This is one of the books I didn’t get around to in 2014. I teach Holocaust literature and I know several other teachers who use this text. I am excited to see what there is to offer for my class.
9. Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist: This is another of Shauna’s books I received for Christmas. Zach and I love listening to her on the Relevant podcast and reading her blog so reading her books will be icing on the cake.
11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: I have heard so much about this book. Obviously the movie has come out (I haven’t seen it) and a lot of book clubs are reading it, so I want to be in on the know.
12. The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien: Mom taught this for years when she taught English. I don’t teach American Lit, but I’ve heard great things about this book for a long time and haven’t had the time to read it. Now I do!
a Jane Austen novel, because I’ve never gotten through one
an Ernest Hemingway novel- maybe A Moveable Feast?
the Chronicles of Narnia, because I’ve only ever read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”
What books do you plan on reading this year? Any recommendations?